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Contentment, inner peace seen as integral to one’s health

Friday, August 19th, 2016

A person’s wellness depends not just on managing his or her diseases, but in getting into a routine that brings contentment and peace, says Kaushal Nanavati, MD, a family practitioner and medical director of integrative therapy at Upstate. He explains his “Core Four” concepts of wellness: nutrition, physical exercise, stress management and spiritual wellness, which he outlines in a recent book. Among topics he touches on are the importance of relationships, how deep breathing can cut stress, and why people should take time to think, reflect and set priorities in a hectic world. He has a book out on the subject.

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HealthLink on Air radio show/podcast: June 5, 2016

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

June 5, 2016

Gastroenterologist Nuri Ozden, MD, and Jane Cross, chapter chair for the National Pancreas Foundation, tell about multidisciplinary care for people with pancreatitis. Physical therapist Karen Kemmis provides steps to better bone health. Editor Deirdre Neilen, PhD, shares the new edition of The Healing Muse literary journal.

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HealthLink on Air radio show: Jan. 3, 2016

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

January 3, 2016

Upstate cardiologist Harold Smulyan, MD, and infectious disease expert Donald Blair, MD, take a historical look at a deadly heart infection. Upstate assistant vice president Thomas Pelis shares how big institutions, such as Upstate Medical University, are going green. Bioethics and humanities assistant professor Thomas Curran, MD, and associate professor Robert Olick, JD, PhD, discuss the importance of the health care proxy.

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Reasonable expectations a key to happier holidays

Friday, December 18th, 2015

One source of stress is believing you don’t have enough time, money or energy. Those feelings can hit as people deal with the “extra stuff” of the holiday season, such as socializing, decorating and gift giving, says Upstate psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD. To keep the holidays positive, he suggests that people set realistic expectations, do what worked well in the past, learn to say no and take time to regroup. Making simple, personal connections is a better idea than aiming for perfection, he adds.

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Check Up From the Neck Up: A honk from above

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Upstate psychologist Rich O’Neill, PhD, finds inspiration for a nostalgic and poignant recollection that takes him and his listeners from long ago encounter with his father to the present day, evoking the power of memory and the personal associations we all make.

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Hospital patients create book to ease troubled minds

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Rev. Terry Ruth Culbertson The book, “Peace in the Midst of the Storm” offers an opportunity for reflection and hope during hospitalization, as its title suggests. The paperback includes poems, letters and thoughts from psychiatric patients at Upstate, as well as exercises and blank spaces to write one’s own thoughts, according to the Rev. Terry Culbertson of Upstate’s Spiritual Care Department, which conceived the book project to help troubled patients tap into their creativity and find a measure of self-worth as well as excitement. The book will be available through the Spiritual Care Department.

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New book shares stories from spiritual care volunteers

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Rev. Terry Ruth Culbertson Walt WasilewskiRev. Terry Ruth Culbertson, manager of Upstate’s Center for Spiritual Care, is joined by Walt Wasilewski, an author and Catholic lay volunteer with the center, who has written a book about his experiences.  Spiritual care volunteers may be lay or ordained persons who volunteer four or more hours a week to do patient visitation, assist in the office, provide music ministry, or other needed functions. Wasilewski will explain why he wrote his book “Open the Eyes of My Heart, stories of spiritual care“, which is full of amazing stories from the program, and who it was intended for. 
Read more about: The Volunteer Partners and Spiritual Care Program, or call (315) 464-4687 for more information.

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Second-career chaplains share their stories

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Alice ChicoDare DutterAlice Chico and Dare Dutter, recent graduates of Upstate Medical University’s Clinical Pastoral Education program, share their journeys to become second-career chaplains. Both are “adult learners,” Dutter was a grade school teacher and principal for 30 years, and Chico was a nurse practitioner for 50. For more information about the program, call (315) 464-4687. Read more about: The Center for Spiritual Care at Upstate. 

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Compassionate rounds for healthcare providers

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Reverend Dr. Virginia Lawson

Rev. Virginia Lawson, PhD, will talk about a new program coming to Upstate called the Schwartz Compassionate Rounds, designed to promote the importance of healthcare professionals listening to one another to enhance patient care. Lawson is an ordained Rinzai Zen Buddhist who serves as an Interfaith Chaplain at Upstate, and specializes in organ donation support. 

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Upstate’s Partners in Clergy program in need of volunteers

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Rev. Kevin AgeeReverend Kevin Agee, presiding elder of the Washington-Virginia district of the CME Church and former pastor of Hopps Memorial CME Church in Syracuse, describes his experiences as a volunteer on-call chaplain at Upstate University Hospital, and the need for additional volunteers. He also helps us understand the connection between spirituality and healing/health, and the importance of spiritual support for patients near the end of life and families who have just suffered loss.   Read the article: The departure of Rev. Kevin Agee: As Syracuse grapples with a Taser incident, he’s already missed.  For more information about Upstate’s Partners in Clergy program, call 315-464-4687.

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Chaplain interns graduate from Clinical Pastoral Education program at Upstate

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

Upstate Chaplains and Linda CohenChaplain interns Eric Haynes and Jorge Ramirez, recent graduates of Upstate Medical University’s Clinical Pastoral Education Program, will describe their experiences in the nationally accredited program that includes clinical experiences in addition to instructional hours as they learn the art of spiritual care.  Haynes is a seminarian and licensed minister in the Christian Missionary Alliance Church, and Ramirez is a seminarian in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester.  The program is one of the requirements for ordination in many faith traditions.

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‘Age-ing’ is a spiritual adventure – are you ready for the journey?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

joel potash mdJoel Potash, MD, retired Upstate family physician and medical ethicist, explores the possibility of adventure as people age without denying that aging can be challenging as well.  Dr. Potash is sponsoring an upcoming seminar on end-of-life issues titled ‘Age-ing is an Adventure in Spiritual Growth  – Are You Ready for the Journey?‘.  For more information, call 315-413-3272.

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