Category Archives: hospital

Upstate and the Bacons in the 1960s: two careers, one marriage and a baby girl who wants to be a doctor

In the early 1960s, Shirley Graves was a hospital nurse in Greensboro, North Carolina. She responded to an ad in the American Journal of Nursing recruiting RNs to apply to Syracuse’s Good Shepherd Hospital to “fulfill your educational goals, broaden … Continue reading

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Remembering Jake: the president who built the hospital

Yesterday’s post told a bit about the late “Cookie” Jacobsen, the first lady of Upstate who is being honored tomorrow, along with her husband, Jake. Carlyle “Jake” F. Jacobsen PhD, was president of Upstate Medical University from 1957 to 1965 and … Continue reading

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Honoring the beloved ‘Cookie’ Jacobsen

On Wednesday, November 12 at 3 p.m., Ellen Cook “Cookie” Jacobsen MD and her husband Carlyle “Jake”  Jacobsen PhD will he honored at a dedication ceremony, held in Upstate’s medical alumni lounge, Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse. Jake was … Continue reading

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This issue of Upstate Health is brought to you by the number 5

Lots of important “fives” around Upstate these days, including: 5 years ago, the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital opened its doors in a “treehouse” addition above Upstate University Hospital in downtown Syracuse. 5 members of KidzBop visited patients at the Upstate Golisano … Continue reading

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1970s discovery makes bones ‘light up like a Christmas tree’

If you’ve read or seen the teen romance, “The Fault in Our Stars,” you remember the moment that Gus tells his girlfriend about his cancer recurrence by explaining that he had had a bone scan that “lit up like a … Continue reading

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Book shares advice from hospital spiritual care volunteers

A book called “Open the Eyes of My Heart” showcases the volunteer spiritual care that takes place within Upstate University Hospital as part of professional chaplaincy provided by the Department of Spiritual Care. Spiritual care volunteer Walt Wasilewski crafted the book … Continue reading

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‘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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She’s so Syracuse, she remembers Renwick Place

The 50th anniversary of the opening of the Upstate hospitals and the “I’m so Syracuse” memory project inspire the question, “What was Upstate’s downtown location like before the hospital was built?” Answers can be found in a 1960 “SUNY Upstate … 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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Ridlon wildflower painting hangs in hospital lobby

Wildflowers adorn the lobby of Upstate University Hospital downtown, in a painting called “Goldenrod and Wild Asters.” The painting is the largest from artist Jim Ridlon’s garden series. It consists of 30 9-by-12-inch painting he made over a year at fields … Continue reading

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