Upstate Hospitals Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Upstate’s Remembering Our History Exhibition on Display through June 30
Visit the art gallery on the 12th floor of Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital to view Upstate’s impressive Remembering Our History exhibition, on display through June 30. The exhibit celebrates the 50th anniversaries of Upstate’s Community and Downtown campuses and includes timelines of both campuses from 1964 to the present, old photographs, memorabilia and stories. While you’re there, be sure to complete the card that asks for your suggestions for items to include in Upstate’s Time Capsule. The suggestions should include anything that represents health care in 2014. A Time Capsule suggestion box is also located at the Community Campus main lobby. Time Capsule suggestions can also be sent to Susan Keeter, (Story from Upstate Online – 3/1/14)

Share Your Memories!
Help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Upstate’s Downtown and Community hospitals. If you have memories/artifacts of the construction of either hospital, please contact Susan Keeter, or 315-464-4834. Take your own walk down Memory Lane at


College News

March 2014 -- Health professions students and faculty filled the lobby of Silverman Hall to greet US Representative Daniel Maffei at the College’s recent Leadership Coffee.


Alumni Notes  

Spring 2014 -- Sophia Lustrinelli, BS/MT ’85, has been named interim director of the Clinical Laboratory, Department of Pathology at Upstate University Hospital. Sophia succeeds Karla Lauenstein, BS/MT ’75 (pictured), who will retire from Upstate after more than 39 years of service.


NIH Funded Study Led by PT Educator

January 2014 -- A four-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health to determine treatment for a common flatfoot disorder is being led by Christopher Neville PT, PhD, associate professor of Physical Therapy at Upstate.  Adults aged 40 and older with flatfoot due to Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction (PTTD) may be eligible to participate in the Upstate clinical trial. The trial will test various ankle braces used to treat the disorder and findings will determine which brace design is most successful to use clinically and will provide insight for future device development. For more information, contact the Motion Analysis Laboratory at 315-464-9966 or

Portion of $481,000 Grant for High Need PT Program

December 2013 -- Programs in the colleges of Health Professions and Nursing at Upstate will receive $481,000 in funding over the next three years to support workforce development in high need career fields.  The grant is awarded through the SUNY High Need Program of the Governor’s Office.

Susan Miller, PT, DPT, chair of the Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy program, says that the CHP portion of the grant will help the program expand its program class size from its current 33 students to 40 students.

“We are very excited about the grant,” said Miller, “which includes funding to purchase a video capture system and simulation mannequin. The mannequin is ideal for physical therapy as it has moveable limbs and more accurately approximates the weight of an actual person. Also included is two years of funding for an additional faculty position, specifically with neurological expertise.” According to Miller, one of the obstacles to a larger class size is clinical placements, especially in acute care. The simulation mannequin will help the program to train students and clinical instructors to work with students in this practice setting.


Alumni Scholarships Awarded

November 2013 -- The College of Health Professions Alumni Association awarded 12 scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year to entering students who have demonstrated excellence. Each $1,000 scholarship provides needed financial assistance for recipients who will become qualified health care professionals in our communities. In addition, 15 CHP students received a total of $10,000 in renewed scholarships.

Incoming Class of 2015 recipients are:  Melissa Abbate (MT), Spencer Blackman (DPT), Tania Brice (CP), Anna Brothers (RADT), Kelly Carolan (DPT), Joseph Ciciarelli (MBT), Ethan Curtis (RT), Britteny Hasselmayer (MIS), Irena Henry (MIS), Yiming Liu (CP), Brianna Rossi (RADT) and Alex Tabone (RT).

Thank you to our alumni for making a real difference in these students’ lives! Support our students using the “ways to give” link at or by calling 315-464-4416.


Success in State Licensing for Perfusionists

January 2013 -- Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law on October 22 a bill advanced by Upstate Medical University that will create a pathway for all cardiovascular perfusionists to be licensed by 2016. The signing marks the culmination of almost a decade long campaign to make perfusionists the 51st profession to be licensed by the state Department of Education. In addition to local legislators’ leadership, College of Health Professions Dean Hugh Bonner, PhD, and Cardiovascular Perfusion Department Chair Bruce Searles, CP ‘93, both played strong roles in keeping the issue alive. Overall coordination for the activity was handled by Dan Hurley, director of the Upstate Office of Government and Community Relations.

“The law’s passage is significant for setting a legal scope of practice for perfusionists and maintaining patient safety,” noted Searles, who is president of the NYS Society of Perfusionists. “It sets entry-level criteria that practicing perfusionists must now meet in this state.”

Approximately 20 percent of NYS perfusionists are not certified and have no continuing education requirement. “Licensure of perfusionists in New York will set a minimum bar for initial and continuing education for our profession,” said Searles.

Upstate is home to one of only two perfusionist training programs in the state. It is expected that perfusionists will be able to apply for a NY license beginning in 2015 and if they are practicing in state, will be required to have a NY perfusion license starting in 2016.


With Distinction blog features Upstate students

Upstate Medical University students do great things on campus, down the street and around the world. They raise money for a fellow student whose home burned down, volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, give up their winter break to help at clinics and orphanages in Haiti.  Our students are a wonderful blend of talents, ages, backgrounds and ethnicities.  Where can you find out more about them?  Check out our With Distinction blog at

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