Category Archives: health care

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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Three governors, one hospital, three cheers

In our April 3 blog, we described the personal experiences that prepared Upstate President Carlyle “Jake” Jacobsen, PhD to oversee the building of our state-funded hospital at 750 East Adams Street in downtown Syracuse. His Minnesota childhood helped, and so … Continue reading

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Jake’s take on how to build a hospital

More than 50 years ago, Upstate President Carlyle “Jake” Jacobsen PhD (1902-1974) began working on the creation of Upstate University Hospital in downtown Syracuse. As a seasoned college administrator, brain researcher and professor of medical psychology, “Jake” had impressive credentials … Continue reading

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Shocking news in ’64: Smoking causes lung cancer

Fifty years ago, Upstate’s hospitals opened their doors and the US Surgeon General issued the first report on Smoking and Health, linking cigarette smoking to lung cancer and heart disease. That report — the first of 31 issued by the … Continue reading

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1958: Citizens envision community hospital

The well-worn adage – never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world – may remind us that this small group of citizens got together in 1958 with the idea of building a new hospital … Continue reading

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Love Potion ’65: A gall bladder, a black out and a blizzard

The hospital’s 50th anniversary — and this cold, snowy winter — inspired Paul Berman MD, class of ’63, to share his strongest memory of the newly built Upstate University Hospital: The night the lights went out and he met his … Continue reading

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Got a quarter? Looking for gems for the 2014 time capsule

Upstate is collecting items and suggestions for our 50th anniversary time capsule and, thanks to a recent discovery, we know what’s buried inside the time capsule pictured above. There are lots of papers (budget proposals, staff lists, course catalogs, route … Continue reading

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Retired administrator and volunteer share memories of Upstate’s hospitals

For forty years, Charles, 87, and Rose, 86, Calligaris drove together to work at either Community-General Hospital or Upstate University Hospital. Charles was an administrator and Rose was a volunteer at both hospitals. After his retirement, they both volunteered to … Continue reading

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