Press Releases

Gambling on when to get the flu vaccine is a losing bet

leva doyle - Tuesday, September 20, 2016
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Guessing when the flu season will hit is a bit like playing the lottery, according to an analysis of confirmed cases of the flu in New York state issued by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Excellus BlueCross BlueShield conducted a review of state statistics on confirmed cases of the flu for the past four years and found wide variations on when the flu begins to peak. For...

More people are undergoing surgery and taking opiates to treat back pain

leva doyle - Wednesday, March 9, 2016
More people are undergoing surgery and taking opiates to treat back pain SYRACUSE, N.Y. — More upstate New Yorkers with back pain are undergoing surgery and taking prescription medications (including opiate painkillers), even though noninvasive treatments such as simple exercises and over-the-counter drugs usually work, according to a new Excellus BlueCross BlueShield report. “If...

St. Joseph's Health Welcomes New OB/GYNs to Primary Care Center-West and Maternal Child Health...

vicki vanslyke - Monday, March 7, 2016
St. Joseph's Health Welcomes New OB/GYNs to Primary Care Center-West and Maternal Child Health Center Locations SYRACUSE - St. Joseph's Health welcomes Kevin P. Cunningham, M.D. and Samuel Saleeb, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., as specialists in obstetrics and gynecology to St. Joseph's Primary Care Center-West and the Maternal Child Health Center. "St. Joseph's Health is committed to providing excellent...

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Welcomes New Hospitalists

vicki vanslyke - Friday, March 4, 2016
St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Welcomes New Hospitalists   SYRACUSE – St. Joseph’s Health welcomes Zaki Badawy, M.D., Deep Baraj, M.D., Jeffrey Hughes, MD, Neil Shah, M.D., and Asim Siddiqi, M.D. as Hospitalists at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse. As Hospitalists, the doctors’ primary role will be to focus on the general medical care of hospitalized patients and to...

Neurohospitalist Kevin Thomas, M.D. joins St. Joseph’s Health

vicki vanslyke - Friday, March 4, 2016
Neurohospitalist Kevin Thomas, M.D. joins St. Joseph’s Health   SYRACUSE – St. Joseph’s Health welcomes Kevin Thomas, M.D. to St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, NY. As a Neurohospitalist, Dr. Thomas will care for hospitalized patients, with or at risk for neurological disorders and disease.   Dr. Thomas earned his Doctor of Medicine from Indiana University...

Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare Designated Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care

lindsay mogle - Friday, March 4, 2016
Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare Designated Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care    UTICA, N.Y. –To support prospective parents and help them find hospitals that deliver quality, affordable maternity care, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield(BCBS) announced that Faxton St. Luke’s Healthcare (FSLH) has been designated as one of the first hospitals to receive the...

Upstate New York’s Uninsured Rate is 52 Percent Lower than U.S. Rate

leva doyle - Thursday, February 25, 2016
Upstate New York’s Uninsured Rate is 52 Percent Lower than U.S. Rate SYRACUSE, N.Y. — In 2014, upstate New York’s uninsured rate was 52 percent lower than the national rate and 36 percent lower than the state rate, according to a report issued today by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Favorable upstate New York comparisons were the conclusion of the health plan’s analysis of the 2014...

Dialysis Center Offering Chronic Kidney Disease Program Tuesday, March 8

erin gigliotti - Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Dialysis Center Offering Chronic Kidney Disease Program Tuesday, March 8   UTICA, N.Y. – The Dialysis Center at the Mohawk Valley Health System offers an educational program for those who have been diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). The program will take place on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Weaver Lounge at the Faxton Campus, 1676 Sunset Avenue, Utica...

MVHS Wellness Center Classes Beginning Week of March 7

Christina Polowicz - Monday, February 22, 2016
MVHS Wellness Center Classes Beginning Week of March 7 The Mohawk Valley Health System Wellness Center is beginning a new session of specialty classes. Classes run in either six or eight-week sessions and begin the week of Monday, March 7, 2016. Space is limited and registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Participants must register and pay for the entire six or eight-week session...

Central New Yorkers are Not Getting Enough Sleep

kelly quinn - Monday, February 22, 2016
Central New Yorkers are Not Getting Enough Sleep February 22, 2016 – One in three Americans does not get enough sleep on a regular basis, raising their risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke, U.S. health authorities said Thursday. Sleep experts at St. Joseph’s Sleep Laboratories agree; Central New Yorkers are not getting enough shut-eye.   According...