Author Archives: Amber Smith

Chaplain interns graduate noon Thursday

Interns from Upstate’s Clinical Pastoral Education program will graduate at noon, Thursday, April 10 in the Interfaith Chapel of the downtown hospital. The ceremony is open to the public. Upstate is one of 350 nationally accredited training centers by the Association … Continue reading

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50 years ago, air conditioning was a draw for new recruits

The “entirely new” 300-bed Community Hospital of Greater Syracuse is “completely air conditioned” and “designed for maximum satisfaction of patient and nurse,” says a recruiting advertisement from 1964. It offers nursing salaries ranging from $4,400 to $5,400. Of course pay … Continue reading

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Centering on diabetes in pregnancy

Pregnant women, some with their partners, gather in a circle with their obstetrician, midwife, a nurse and nutritionist. A chime sounds. The Centering Pregnancy group begins.  Centering Pregnancy is a program offered in a variety of medical practices throughout the … Continue reading

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Listen to lectures on public health topics all week for National Public Health Week

Celebrate National Public Health Week this week by participating in these activities and events that are open to the public. The lectures on Tuesday through Thursday will be available on line. * Monday, April 7  from noon to 12:30 p.m. … Continue reading

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Drugs you rub into your skin can be dangerous, too

When a previously healthy 18-month-old child developed a diaper rash, the toddler’s mother reached for some pain-relieving cream. What she grabbed was a prescription her husband used for neck pain. She rubbed a small amount onto her son’s rash and … Continue reading

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Urge to smoke begins in utero

Babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy are four times more likely to begin smoking in adolescence. Scientists at Upstate recently showed that nicotine, the most addictive of more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco, modifies part of the brain … Continue reading

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Roasted delicata squash with mushrooms and thyme

Delicata squash stars in this wintery dish, which is equally happy in a supporting role next to meat or stealing the show as a vegetarian centerpiece. This gourd is called delicata because its skin is delicate enough to eat without … Continue reading

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Volunteer smocks find second life in schools, missions

When Community General Hospital became part of Upstate in July 2011, Volunteer Services Director Kristin Bruce was left wondering what to do with 300 pink volunteer smocks, many  embellished with the old hospital logo.  The smocks were in great condition, … Continue reading

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Good read: Christopher Hitchens travels from ‘Welltown’ to ‘Tumortown’ in ‘Mortality’

By Joel Potash, MD Christopher Hitchens was a famous author, journalist, and lecturer who loved to debate religion with representatives of various religions. He was an atheist and perhaps best know for his book, “God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.” … Continue reading

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Adding electronics to patient care

Eighty to 90 percent of communication between humans is nonverbal — which means that healthcare providers could overlook important patient information if the provider’s focus is on the Electronic Medical Record computer screen. Body position, eye engagement, gestures and facial expression can provide important information when diagnosing … Continue reading

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