July 2023 Announcements
By Office of Communications & Marketing | Jul 1, 2023
HSEB/395 Lenox Rd. Entrance Temporary Closure
To the Downstate Community, Contractors will be finalizing their work on the revolving doors, starting July 27, 2023 at 6:00 pm the 395 Lenox Rd entrance will be closed. Entry to and Egress from the HSEB shall be redirected through the Grove side doorways. We anticipate this work to be completed by July 31, 2023 at 6:00am.
We are actively working with the Contractor to ensure that the work has a minimal impact to the Downstate Community. As always, we appreciate your continued patience and cooperation.
Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to:
Ellana Construction Managers
Facilities Program Coordinator
Introducing Your HR Team
As part of our ongoing commitment to customer service, transparency, and enhancement of the workplace environment, we are pleased to introduce (or reintroduce!) you to your HR staff.
The attached HR Table of Organization outlines the structure and roles within our HR department. It will help you understand the specific areas of responsibility and expertise of each HR team member. We believe that clarity in our organizational structure will enable more effective communication and assistance for all your HR-related needs.
In our endeavor to foster communication and efficient HR assistance, we have also compiled a contact list of our HR team members. This list includes names, titles, and contact information for each HR representative, making it easier for you to reach out to the relevant person whenever you need support, guidance, or clarification.
We also want to take this opportunity to emphasize that our HR department operates under an open-door policy. This means that we are always available to lend a listening ear, address your concerns, and collaborate with you to find effective solutions. Your well-being and professional growth are of utmost importance to us, and we encourage you to feel comfortable approaching any member of our HR team with your inquiries, feedback, or suggestions.
Above all else, please remember that our primary objective is to serve and support our staff members. We are committed to creating an inclusive and respectful workplace environment where everyone can thrive and contribute to the success of our institution. Your dedication and hard work inspire us daily, and we are here to ensure you have the resources and assistance needed to excel in your roles.
If you have any questions or require further information about this email or any other HR-related matters, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us individually or at our main email address: HumanResources@Downstate.edu.
Thank you for your dedication and support. We look forward to our continued partnership in helping to create a positive and fulfilling work environment for everyone.
Register Today For An Upcoming AVERT Active Shooter Training
AVERT, short for Active Violence Emergency Response Training goes beyond active shooter training by teaching emergency bleeding control techniques, warning signs of a potential aggressor, quick response in a violent situation, escape, evade, or attack in critical seconds during an event, and staff confidence needed to respond. University Hospital at Downstate is now a training center with 14 certified instructors that includes staff from Emergency Management, University Police, the HAZMAT team, and the ED.
Please RSVP by using the link below to register for an upcoming Active Shooter Training:
- Event Address: University Hospital at Downstate
- Exact location will be emailed after registration is complete
- For more information, contact Jennifer Guzman at Jennifer.Guzman@downstate.edu
- Register for an upcoming event here: https://downstate.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3Da7gRVrzTWnjzU
UPD Announce Evolv Weapons Detection System (Evolv)
In response to the seemingly endless tragic mass shootings nationwide, the President’s Office has instructed University Police Department (UPD) to impose greater rigor in screenings at the various entrances to our campus, including enhancing technology to improve safety for all constituent groups. As such, UPD is proud to announce the deployment of the Evolv Weapons Detection System (Evolv) throughout the campus.
Evolv is a non-intrusive system that balances a new approach in technology with the community's needs and understanding the role that security measures play in reducing anxiety and improving safety on campus. The system incorporates state-of-the-art weapons detection that identifies weapons while ignoring harmless personal items as students, staff, patients, and visitors enter at a natural pace. This technology has been employed around the state, including at other SUNY campuses. We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible to keep each member of the Downstate community safe.
Regardless of these new measures, always remember that safety is a shared responsibility. If you hear, see, or have an alarming or unusual experience on or near the campus, it is vital that you immediately contact UPD at X-2626 or from a non-campus phone at (718) 270-2626. If you are off campus, dial 911 for emergency assistance. Timely reporting can help prevent crimes or other incidents.
UPDATE: Wearing Masks in the Hospital and Clinical Areas
As of now, we will not screen staff or visitors at the entrance utilizing WellScreen or with hand-held devices. If any employee has any symptoms related to COVID-19, please report to Employee Health Service.
Masks are to be worn on all inpatient nursing units, the Emergency Department, procedure areas, diagnostic testing areas, Student Health Center, Employee Health Service, and all outpatient clinics.
Masking will no longer be required in first-floor corridors, lobbies, the cafeteria, break rooms, conference rooms, and offices.
Staff who elect to wear face masks should continue to feel comfortable doing so.
It is strongly recommended that staff, patients, and visitors with respiratory symptoms wear a face mask and practice respiratory etiquette.
The Infection Control Office actively monitors the situation and will adjust the hospital masking policy accordingly. Our paramount concern remains with the safety of our patients, visitors, and staff.
We thank everyone for their continued dedication and cooperation.
Meet With Your Fidelity Workplace Financial Consultant
School of Public Health Master of Healthcare Administration Application Open through August 1st
EAP WellNYS daily To-Do's for July 2023
July brings us right into summer in New York. Hot weather lovers can discover Summer in New York at the I Love New York website. Learn about great events, places to visit, things to do, many of which may be within a short drive from where you live. Don’t forget to register for this month’s WellNYS daily To-Dos, and go outside and enjoy nature in New York!
Join Us For A Special Treat on July 13th
Tuesday, July 13th 2023
11:00 AM - 12:30PM
A Conversation with Jonathan Santos-Ramos, MPA
Wednesday, July 19th, 2023
9:30AM - 11:00AM
Downstate Health Hospital-Wide Meeting
Thursday, July 20th, 2023
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
The Americans with Disabilities Act in a Healthcare Context - ZOOM
Friday, July 28th, 2023
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
SUNY Startup Summer School Class of 2023 Demo Day University at Albany, ETEC
August 9, 2023
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm
SUNY Startup Summer School culminates with a Demo Day Celebration, where over a dozen selected teams will pitch their ventures and compete for $100,000
in SUNY Technology Accelerator Fund Catalyst Investments. The Demo Day pitches will
be judged by investors and venture development professionals who work closely with
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. You will not want to miss it!
Please RSVP by Monday, August 7.
University at Albany, ETEC Building
1220 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12226
Enter "ETEC Building" into Google Maps and select the first option. Parking is free!
Demo Day will start promptly at 3 pm.
Please arrive early.
There will be a networking reception following the pitches after the winners are announced.
If you have any questions regarding Demo Day, please email S4@rfsuny.org
Ice Cream! Ice Cream!
SUNY Downstate celebrated National Ice Cream Day early yesterday with our friends from Centers Health Care as part of their On the Move campaign. Thank you for coming out to SUNY Downstate to share some sweet treats! We even got a chance to celebrate National Ice Cream Day—every third Sunday in July—a little early!
Holidays / Observances
7/4: July 4
7/15: World Plastic Surgery Day
7/22: World Brain Day (World Federation of Neurology)
7/24:International Self Care Day
7/26: Americans with Disabilities Act Day
7/28: World Hepatitis Day
BIPOC Mental Health Month
Disability Pride Month
International Group B Strep Threat Awareness Month
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month
National Cord Blood Awareness Month
National Hemochromatosis Screening Awareness Month
Sarcoma Awareness Month
UV Safety Awareness Month
7/3: Asala Puja – Dharma Day (Buddhist)
7/3: Guru Purnima (Hindu)
7/4: July 4, Independence Day
7/6 – 7/27: The Three Weeks (Jewish)
7/6: Take your Webmaster to Lunch Day
7/9: Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i holy day)
7/11: World Population Day (United Nations)
7/14: Bastille Day (French)
7/14: International Non-binary People’s Day
7/18: Nelson Mandela International Day
7/18-19: Al Hijira (Islamic)
7/19: Ra’s as-Sanah (Islamic)
7/23: Haile Selassie’s Birthday (Rastafarianism)
7/26-27: Tish’a B’Av / The Fast of Ninth of Av (Jewish)
7/27: Korean War Veteran Recognition Day
7/28: Day of Ashura / Muharram (Islamic)
7/30: International Day of Friendship
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