Category Archives: community

Clean cooking Mother-daughter team turns love of healthy food into blog

BY JIM HOWE A lifelong interest in fresh, healthy food and a love of cooking together inspired an Upstate physical therapist and her mother to launch a food blog in their spare time. Jillian Cardinali, DPT, of Liverpool, grew up … Continue reading

Posted in community, diet/nutrition, physical therapy/rehabilitation, recipe

Why I served my country: Veterans tell how military experience opened doors, broadened outlooks, taught valuable skills

BY JIM HOWE For some it was a way to afford college or gain entry into the working world. For others, it was duty. Military service changes the lives of many Americans, including several who now work in a variety … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, health careers, history, volunteers

A sculptor shares her life history

BY JOEL POTASH, MD On the back wall of Upstate University Hospital’s lobby is a bronze plaque memorializing the Syracuse Dispensary. It was created in 1964 by the artist Dorothy Riester. As she neared her 99th birthday last fall, Riester … Continue reading

Posted in bioethics & humanities, community, education, entertainment, history

Diana’s reason for donating blood

By Stephanie DeJoseph Nine years ago this June, Diana Pelletier of Camillus was in a serious car accident. She was driving her husband, 22-month-old toddler and 3 1/2-week-old infant when the car crashed, flipping over three times. Her family was fine, … Continue reading

Posted in community

‘Hello, and welcome’ to Upstate’s new president

Upstate Medical University’s new president, Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, is a native of Haiti who immigrated to the United States in 1962 and who speaks multiple languages. When you meet her, surprise her by saying “hello, and welcome” in a language … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, health care, medical education

‘Smallest acts of kindness can mean the world to an autistic student,’ speaker says

The Syracuse skyline featured a blue building Saturday night, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day and the start of Autism Awareness Month. Onondaga Tower on East Jefferson Street was the site of the “Blue Lights for Autism” celebration, which … Continue reading

Posted in adolescents, autism, community, disability, entertainment, psychology/psychiatry, Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/pediatrics | 1 Comment

Popular baby names at Upstate

Mom 365, the company that photographs new arrivals for Upstate’s online nursery, reports these as the most popular baby names at Upstate University Hospital’s community campus . Girls Scarlett Emma Zoe Willow Penelope Sophia Mia Madison Abigail Grace Boys Alexander … Continue reading

Posted in community, maternity/obstetrics

How to train doctors who will care for the underserved

An analysis of the mission statements for every American medical school reveals a recipe for producing doctors who will provide primary care to communities in need. Many students begin medical school idealistically, with a desire to become primary care doctors … Continue reading

Posted in community, education, health care, medical education, medical student, public health, research

Can you feel the compassion of your caregiver?

A hallmark of good nursing care is that hospitalized patients sense the innate compassion of their caregivers. In this era of electronic medical records, it’s not as simple as tracking the amount of time a doctor spends with a patient, … Continue reading

Posted in community, health care, nursing

Grateful patient and orthopedic surgeon ride Erie Canal, side by side

Several years ago, at age 68, Patricia Martin organized the Erie Canal Ride and challenged her doctor, orthopedic surgeon Richard Tallarico, MD, to ride the two-day, 68-mile ride alongside her. They rode those miles and, over five years, raised more … Continue reading

Posted in bones/joints/orthopedics, community, fundraising, health care, illness, patient story, surgery