Category Archives: health care

‘Clear thinking requires courage’ said the late Dr. Szasz

  Legendary psychiatrist Thomas Szasz MD (1920-2012) was a professor at Upstate when the hospitals were built 50 years ago. Around that time (1961), Szasz’s “Myth of Mental Illness,” was first published. Considered to be the most influential critique of … 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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July: A great month for ribbon-cuttings and new buildings

Fifty years ago, on July 20, Upstate marked the opening of the outpatient clinic of its new downtown hospital with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Estella Nolta, the first patient, cut the ceremonial ribbon and led the crowd into the then-new $22 … Continue reading

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A ship, a fort and the medical school meeting

Many Thursdays in 2014, we’ve posted a story about the opening of the hospitals 50 years ago. This week, however, we’re going back 70 years in honor of a Viennese chemist and his pivotal encounter with medical school professors. How … Continue reading

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“Happy to share,” writes Dr. Albert Falcone

“I am full of stories and happy to share,” wrote Alfred Falcone DDS, MD in response to a request for first-hand memories of the opening of Upstate’s downtown and community campus hospitals 50 years ago. Dr. Falcone, a retired plastic … Continue reading

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Wanna smile? Just listen to Jim.

Need a boost? Ask retired hospital administrator James H. Abbott about his career at Upstate. “Very exciting,” he smiles. “Thoroughly enjoyable.” A Syracuse native, Jim began his career with the US Public Health Service in Staten Island and Washington, DC. … 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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Assemblyman Roberts: Growing up down the street from Upstate

Assemblymember Sam Roberts’ brown leather Park-Brannock shoe may still be buried under Upstate University Hospital on East Adams Street in Syracuse. How did it get there? It was the early 1960s. Sam Roberts and his mother had walked from their … 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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