Category Archives: volunteers

Rural care: How a small-town PA found a niche career

BY JIM HOWE “Physician extenders” — such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners — have proved their worth to health care, especially in small towns and rural areas, where doctors are often scarce. “Doctors have found out that there is … Continue reading

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St. Baldrick’s money to boost clinical trials

Upstate is one of 39 institutions nationwide selected to share $2.2 million in grant money from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to advance patient access to clinical trials. Having access to clinical trials is vital to the treatment of childhood cancers. … Continue reading

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She provided care in Ghana

  Brandy Baillargeon of Watertown, a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, traveled to Ghana through Upstate nurse Lauri Rupracht’s Americans Serving Abroad Project. She was touched by the gratitude of those she helped in several villages during the eight-day … Continue reading

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From Elbridge to Ethiopia, with an Upstate nurse

BY AMBER SMITH Brooke Fraser, a 20-year veteran nurse from Elbridge who works in the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, saves her days off for mission trips to countries in need. Last summer she travelled to Ethiopia and spent two weeks … Continue reading

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Got a couple hours to help save lives? Donate platelets

BY SUSAN KEETER “What if you could do one thing on Monday that might save a cancer patient’s life on Wednesday?” That’s the message from a Red Cross video encouraging platelet donation. I’ve donated blood since high school but learned about … Continue reading

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Breast cancer survivor preaches screenings

BY JIM HOWE Janet Bacon’s breast cancer is rare in one way, but typical in another: It shows the importance of early detection. Bacon, 59, of Syracuse, had skipped her annual mammogram in 2014 – she had let a lot … Continue reading

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What’s Up at Upstate: A look at educational, health care, research and community endeavors

Organ lessons and clinical exposure A renewed curriculum for the first two years of medical school at Upstate introduces students to the body, organ by organ, and provides them with clinical exposure earlier in their academic careers. Their study begins … Continue reading

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A kidney unites them: Facebook connects Upstate nurse with woman needing a kidney transplant

BY AMBER SMITH As Jody Adams scrolled through Facebook in January, one post stuck with her. It was written from the point of view of a baby boy named Carter, seeking someone to donate a kidney to his ailing mother. … Continue reading

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How can you help patients at Upstate?

Some of the best gifts for a person facing a medical crisis are simple, with a “thinking of you” message, and many Central New Yorkers with giving spirits make such donations to Upstate University Hospital. If you would like to … Continue reading

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Sun smart: Teaching kids to protect themselves from skin cancer

BY JIM McKEEVER Protecting your skin from the sun starting at an early age is an important way to guard against skin cancer. That’s the message a group of medical students shares with elementary school students each spring. “Our goal … Continue reading

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