Category Archives: hospital

One pint of blood can help three people; donate Thursday or Friday downtown

Make a blood donation — Thursday or Friday at Upstate University Hospital — and you can potentially save the lives of three individuals. That’s because four types of transfusable products can be derived from blood: red cells, platelets, plasma and … 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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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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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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Epic transition begins at University Hospital downtown

Upstate University Hospital becomes the first hospital in Central New York to fully integrate electronic medical records on Saturday, March 1 when Epic goes live. Epic is the name of the EMR system Upstate adopted. “During this time, your care … 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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Syracuse Free Dispensary, Then and Now

In the days before Medicare and Medicaid, sick and injured Syracusans who had no money for doctors’ bills could be seen at the Syracuse Free Dispensary, located at 610 East Fayette Street in Syracuse. Howard Weinberger MD was a medical … Continue reading

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