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February 6, 2018
Utica, NY - At a joint press conference today, officials from the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), Oneida County, City of Utica, The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and Mohawk Valley EDGE announced next steps to support property owners within the footprint of the new regional healthcare campus in downtown Utica.“The new regional healthcare campus project is one of... continue
February 5, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. –Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC), staffs recently announced their 2018 officers.The 2018 FSLH medical officers are:Waleed Albert, MD, FACP, president.Dr. Albert received his Doctor of Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of Damascus University in Damascus, Syria. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Trenton Affiliated Hospitals... continue
January 30, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Erica Kennerknecht, BSN, RN, CMSRN, has been named nurse manager for 3A at the St. Elizabeth Campus of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS).Kennerknecht has been employed by MVHS since 2013 and has served as a staff nurse for the Neuro Peds, 3A and 3B units at the St. Elizabeth Campus. She has most recently served as clinical educator for 3A.Kennerknecht earned her Associate of... continue
January 24, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Bikash Regmi, FNP, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group as a family nurse practitioner at the Barneveld Medical Office and has privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare.  Prior to joining MVHS, Regmi was employed as a registered nurse at the St. Luke’s Campus of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare in Utica, New York, and at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in... continue
January 23, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, Mayor Robert Palmieri presented a check for over $15,000 to the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Center.  The money was raised for the MVHS Breast Care Center at Mayor Palmieri’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon, which took place on October 27, 2017, at Daniele’s at Valley View and was the largest amount the luncheon has raised to date... continue
January 23, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Denise C. Milde, PHR, SHRM-CP, has been named corporate director of Total Rewards for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, Milde will ensure the total rewards programs, including benefits, compensation, retirement and wellness offerings are competitive, sustainable, scalable and are appropriately reflected in operations and policy materials.Milde earned her... continue
January 22, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Cody White has been named executive director of Revenue Cycle for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this position, White is responsible for the oversight of Revenue Cycle operations and the design, implementation and maintenance of initiatives and work plans to enhance net revenue while maintaining MVHS mission objectives related to the care and treatment of patients. White... continue
January 19, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. –  For those who get nervous at the idea of making a public presentation, there is help in the form of confidence building that meets at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). A group called The Caring Communicators meets the second and fourth Thursday each month for educational programs on leadership skills and public speaking.“We meet for an hour and not only practice giving short... continue
January 17, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Jolene Day, CPA, has been named strategic financial manager for the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS). In this role, Day is responsible for identifying, analyzing and monitoring productivity throughout MVHS. She will also coordinate and oversee system-wide complex financial activities, including the new hospital project and the consolidation of the two acute care facilities.Day has... continue
January 15, 2018
UTICA, N.Y – St. Luke’s Home, the Mohawk Valley Health System’s (MVHS) long-term care and subacute rehabilitation center is changing its name to MVHS Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (RNC). Officials received approval documentation from the New York State Department of Health Bureau of Nursing Home Licensure and Certification. MVHS Rehabilitation and Nursing Center remains in the same facility... continue
January 11, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – Vishal Vakani, MD, has joined the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Medical Group as a hospitalist and as a Faculty Member at the St. Elizabeth Family Medicine Residency Program. He has privileges at St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Dr. Vakani earned his medical degree at the American University of Antigua in Antigua. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at the St. Elizabeth... continue
January 10, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – On Thursday, January 4, 2018, members of the Believe 271 Board, the Oneida County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Board and the Pink Tie Committee met with the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Center team to present the charging unit for the Infusion Unit.“This is our way of giving back to the community that has been so good to us,” said Brian McQueen, a Believe 271 board... continue
January 8, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Board of Directors announces the retirement plans for president and CEO Scott H. Perra, FACHE. He will retire from the organization 18 months from now on June 30, 2019. Perra was appointed president of Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) in January 2009. FSLH and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) affiliated in March 2014 at which time he was... continue
December 27, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On December 22, 2017, the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Cancer Center received a donation from the employees of JETNET in Utica, New York, for the purchase of camisoles to be used by breast cancer patients prior to having surgery. JETNET employees took the opportunity to donate to the Cancer Center in memory of Carmelita Esposito, a former patient, and to benefit the members of... continue
December 18, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Some of the children at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) Children’s Health Center (CHC) are receiving holiday gifts at their visits to the doctor in December, thanks to employees in the Customer Service Department at Preferred Mutual Insurance Company in New Berlin, New York. Knowing that there is much need in the Utica area, the department’s 19 employees purchased toys in all... continue
December 13, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC) celebrated its 151st anniversary Tuesday, December 12, 2017, by honoring an employee and a recipient of its community award.Following a 12 p.m. Founder’s Day service in the SEMC Saint Marianne Cope Chapel, Alicia Dicks, president and CEO of The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, Inc., received the Founder’s Day Community Award... continue
December 7, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Officials from the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) have engaged the law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King (BSK) to begin the acquisition process for the properties in the footprint of the new downtown hospital. Starting this week, property owners whose appraisals have been completed and approved by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) will receive Option... continue
December 4, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) is hosting two informational sessions about the new downtown integrated health campus on Thursday, December 7, 2017. The two sessions will be held in the Grande Ballroom at the Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre: 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Because seating is limited MVHS officials recommend registering at community@... continue
November 29, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – Jonathan Blancaflor, MD, FACS, a specialist in General, Colorectal and Thoracic Surgery, has joined the MVHS Advanced Endoscopy and Surgical Group – St. Luke’s Campus, Professional Office Building (POB) and has admitting privileges at Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) and St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC). He has been named medical director for Robotic Surgery at Mohawk Valley... continue
November 21, 2017
UTICA, N.Y. – On Saturday, November 4, 2017, members of CrossFit Mohawk Valley hosted a fundraiser at their Marcy location to benefit Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) cancer patients and their families. The fundraiser brought together more than 80 CrossFit athletes who raised nearly $2,000 through member donations, T-shirt sales and donations from three small, local businesses: A&P Master... continue