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February 15, 2018
UTICA, NY – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) recently announced four new members of its Board of Directors: Waleed Albert, MD, Catherine Brownell, PhD, Alicia Marie DeTraglia, MD, FACP, and Karen Leach, MBA.Waleed Albert, MD, is a board-certified physician and the chairman of the Antibiotic Stewardship committee for MVHS. Dr. Albert earned his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine of... continue
February 15, 2018
UTICA, NY – Lisa Perry, RN, CEN, has been named vascular coordinator for Interventional Radiology and Neuroendovascular Services for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this role, Perry is responsible for day-to-day operations of Interventional Radiology and Neuroendovascular Services, patient care coordination and staff development.Prior to this position, Perry has served as a staff... continue
February 15, 2018
UTICA, NY – Audrey Cross has been named project manager of Support Services for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this role, Cross is responsible for the management of construction, renovations and other Support Services projects. Prior to joining MVHS, Cross was employed at Excellus BlueCross Blue Shield in Utica, New York, as facilities manager and she was also employed as project... continue
February 12, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Allen Hurd has been named Facilities field supervisor for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, Hurd will supervise the facilities staff at the Faxton Campus and oversee facilities of the MVHS Medical Group Medical Offices.Prior to joining MVHS, Hurd was the maintenance and facilities manager for TECT Corp. in Whitesboro, New York.Hurd attended the Residential,... continue
February 12, 2018
UTICA, NY – Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has recognized the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) with a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Bariatric Surgery designation as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective... continue
February 12, 2018
UTICA, NY - The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Foundations and F.X. Matt Brewery will hold the 10th annual Prohibition Party on Friday, April 13, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the historic F.X. Matt Brewing Co., 830 Varick Street, Utica. The event is sponsored by Theresa Flemma, CFP®, senior vice president of Flemma ~ Gornick Financial Group and M. Griffith Investment Services, Inc.  Tickets... continue
February 9, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. - For the 13th consecutive year, IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer each guest a free short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day, Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Our area’s IHOP, located at 535 French Road, New Hartford, participates in National Pancake Day each year to raise awareness and funds for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) at... continue
February 8, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Matthew Young has been named Patient Access Services Manager for the St. Luke’s Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this role, Young is responsible for overseeing Patient Access Services staff in the Emergency Department and in the general Admitting area at the St. Luke’s Campus.Young has been an employee of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare since 2010, serving as a... continue
February 6, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Jonathan Blancaflor, MD, FACS, medical director for Robotic Surgery at Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), will host a free, private hernia screening on Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, 1777 Burrstone Road in New Hartford, New York. Presentations will take place at 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.A specialist in General, Colorectal and Thoracic Surgery, Dr... continue
February 6, 2018
Utica, NY - At a joint press conference today, officials from the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), Oneida County, City of Utica, The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and Mohawk Valley EDGE announced next steps to support property owners within the footprint of the new regional healthcare campus in downtown Utica.“The new regional healthcare campus project is one of... continue
February 5, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. –Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC), staffs recently announced their 2018 officers.The 2018 FSLH medical officers are:Waleed Albert, MD, FACP, president.Dr. Albert received his Doctor of Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of Damascus University in Damascus, Syria. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Trenton Affiliated Hospitals... continue
January 30, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Staff from the New York State Department of Education will attend a site review at St. Elizabeth College of Nursing on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. The public is invited to meet the team at St. Elizabeth College of Nursing, 2215 Genesee Street, Utica, New York.The site review is for continuing accreditation of its Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Nursing program by... continue
January 30, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Erica Kennerknecht, BSN, RN, CMSRN, has been named nurse manager for 3A at the St. Elizabeth Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).Kennerknecht has been employed by MVHS since 2013 and has served as a staff nurse for the Neuro Peds, 3A and 3B units at the St. Elizabeth Campus. She has most recently served as clinical educator for 3A.Kennerknecht earned her Associate of... continue
January 29, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – On Saturday, February 10, 2018, the After Breast Cancer (ABC) Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. in the Community Room at the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services on the St. Luke’s Campus, 1650 Champlin Avenue, Utica. Teresa Dowe Huggins of Clinton, New York, is a best selling author, international speaker and someone who has heard the words, "you have cancer."... continue
January 24, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Bikash Regmi, FNP, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group as a family nurse practitioner at the Barneveld Medical Office and has privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.  Prior to joining MVHS, Regmi was employed as a registered nurse at the St. Luke’s Campus of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare in Utica, New York, and at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in... continue
January 24, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – On Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Mohawk Valley Health System will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Soggs Room at the Center for Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services at 1650 Champlin Avenue, Utica.More than 38,000 blood donations are needed each day in the United States, but only 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate. Just one donor can help save or... continue
January 23, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Mayor Robert Palmieri presented a check for over $15,000 to the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Center.  The money was raised for the MVHS Breast Care Center at Mayor Palmieri’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon, which took place on October 27, 2017, at Daniele’s at Valley View and was the largest amount the luncheon has raised to date... continue
January 23, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Denise C. Milde, PHR, SHRM-CP, has been named corporate director of Total Rewards for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, Milde will ensure the total rewards programs, including benefits, compensation, retirement and wellness offerings are competitive, sustainable, scalable and are appropriately reflected in operations and policy materials.Milde earned her... continue
January 22, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Cody White has been named executive director of Revenue Cycle for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, White is responsible for the oversight of Revenue Cycle operations and the design, implementation and maintenance of initiatives and work plans to enhance net revenue while maintaining MVHS mission objectives related to the care and treatment of patients. White... continue
January 19, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. –  For those who get nervous at the idea of making a public presentation, there is help in the form of confidence building that meets at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). A group called The Caring Communicators meets the second and fourth Thursday each month for educational programs on leadership skills and public speaking.“We meet for an hour and not only practice giving short... continue