Category Archives: Golisano

Revitalizing through reading as you recover from illness, injury

Book suggestions from Mary Laverty, a librarian in the Family Resource Center of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Sometimes you need a story that makes you laugh Preschool “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons,” (2013) by James Dean and Eric … Continue reading

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Battling cancer and saving kids at the Waters Center

Richard Sills MD was a high school student in 1964, the year that Upstate’s hospitals opened. At that time, he laments, “almost nobody survived childhood cancer.” The medical specialty of pediatric hematology-oncology was new in those days and William Waters … Continue reading

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Zach is ready to play ball again after cancer treatment

At the age of 8, Zach Ellingson had heard of cancer. It was a disease that other people got. “Thinking about it now,” he says as a 12-year-old, “I know that I am ‘other people’ to other people.” Zach is … Continue reading

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“A smile in snowy white and strength in a starched skirt”

Retired nurse Jean (Farmer) Pirozzi was happy to share 50th anniversary memorabilia with Upstate, including her 1963 nursing-school yearbook which has a seven-stanza poem describing the student nurse as, “A smile in snowy white, strength in a starched skirt…a modern … Continue reading

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1964: A very good year for hospitals…and children’s books

Upstate University Hospital’s 50th anniversary exhibit — on display at the children’s hospital gallery — inspired librarian Mary Laverty to look for 50th anniversary books to read with pediatric patients and their families at the hospital’s Family Resource Center. During … Continue reading

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Volunteers in 2014: Pinafores not required

“Volunteers are required to wear pinafores,” read the invitation to the hospital’s first volunteer recognition event, a formal afternoon tea held on a Sunday in 1964. Fifty years later, hospital volunteers wear unisex navy blue vests or jackets when they’re … Continue reading

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‘Changing Sports Changing Lives’ symposium includes Upstate pediatrician

An adapted sports documentary that premieres at Syracuse University April 28 includes footage from a unified wheelchair basketball event involving Upstate caregivers. Admission is free to the “Changing Sports Changing Lives” symposium at 4 p.m. April 28 at SU’s Watson … 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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Modern birth control options for women

Q&A with Karen Teelin, MD Q Why are the rates of sexual activity among American teens the same as in other developed countries, but our rates of teen pregnancy and abortion are higher? A “That’s partially because of the use … Continue reading

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Photojournalist spotlights patients in series of films

A child without hair reaches inquisitive fingers to the strings of a guitar during a “music therapy” session. A man with kidney failure tears up when his sister — “she’s my everything,” he describes — offers her healthy kidney for … Continue reading

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