Page three of Upstate Health magazine this quarter features five random pieces of information you might not otherwise know about Upstate, including:
* The roof of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is marked with an H in a big cross symbol so that helicopter pilots can locate their landing target in the midst of the downtown buildings in Syracuse.
* Upstate University Hospital receives about 12,000 packages per month, ranging from letters to new pieces of research or medical equipment.
* Bar codes on sharps containers — where needles are disposed after use – allow for the containers to be tracked as they are sterilized and reused for up to 600 times. The new Stericycle containers are expected to save money as well as improve safety for nurses and other medical care providers, says Jason Rupert, assistant director for outpatient operations and materials. The lids on previous containers opened like post office boxes. The new ones have holes on top, a design that Rupert says has been shown to reduce accidental needle sticks by up to 80 percent.
* Upstate’s prostate cancer team helped raise money for prostate cancer research at Upstate Medical University through a Movember Mustache Challenge involving the Syracuse Crunch hockey team. The men grew facial hair throughout the month of November, and fans voted by making online donations which totaled $4.467.58.
* Upstate’s College of Graduate Studies conferred 27 degrees in 2014, including 14 doctorates, 10 masters and three MD/PhD degrees. Programs of study include biochemistry and molecular biology, cell and developmental biology, microbiology and immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology and structural biology, biochemistry and biophysics.