Press Releases

Tips for working at home this summer

aida byrne - Friday, June 5, 2020
  Tips for working at home this summer By Melissa Gardner   Melissa Gardner is senior vice president for Strategic Business Programs at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.     Many employers have made it official: Their employees will be working from home this summer. Now that you know the plan for the next couple of months, here are some things to think about...

SOS Announces Elective Orthopedic Surgeries Have Restarted

nicole chidsey - Friday, May 29, 2020
SOS Announces Elective Orthopedic Surgeries Have Restarted Surgical Patients Will Receive Covid-19 Test Prior to Surgery   East Syracuse, NY – Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) has announced that it resumed elective surgeries at the Specialists’ One-Day Surgery Center (SODS), after having to pause surgeries in March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details for...

Pandemic may trigger change in views on mental health

aida byrne - Wednesday, May 27, 2020
  Pandemic may trigger change in views on mental health SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Excellus BlueCross BlueShield estimates that New Yorkers used telehealth benefits about 290,000 times last year. In the first four months of 2020, a time period marked by the global spread of COVID-19, the number skyrocketed to an estimated 2.6 million times. According to Excellus BCBS’s claims-based...

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield selects nine Central New York nonprofits to receive 2020 Community...

aida byrne - Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield selects nine Central New York nonprofits to receive 2020 Community Health Awards SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Excellus BlueCross BlueShield chose nine organizations from among more than 40 Central New York nonprofits that submitted applications for the Community Health Awards the company made available in upstate New York earlier this year. Each recipient was...

With Visitation Still Being Restricted in Hospitals Throughout NYS, Oswego Health Provides Patients...

Jamie Leszczynski - Tuesday, May 19, 2020
With Visitation Still Being Restricted in Hospitals Throughout NYS, Oswego Health Provides Patients and Their Families with Assistance from a Surgical Navigator to Keep Open Lines of Communication  Since March 14th, visitation has been suspended throughout all hospitals in New York State. Oswego Health understands how this can cause fear with patients and their families.  With...

Recognizing signs of stroke can speed treatment and limit damage

aida byrne - Friday, May 8, 2020
  Recognizing signs of stroke can speed treatment and limit damage      Only one-third of adults in New York state say they can recognize the signs of a stroke, according to a review of self-reported data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. And that’s bad news since every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke, according to the American Heart...

Loretto Promotes Lyon and Pease to Administrators

crystal destefano - Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Loretto Promotes Lyon and Pease to Administrators   Syracuse, NY (May 6, 2020) – Loretto has promoted Courtney Lyon to the role of Administrator for Loretto Health & Rehabilitation in Syracuse, and Jack Pease, former Administrator of Loretto Health & Rehabilitation, to Administrator for The Nottingham Residential Health Care Facility in Jamesville.   Formerly...

Oswego Health Reminds Community It’s Safe to Seek Emergency Care

Jamie Leszczynski - Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Oswego Health Reminds Community It’s Safe to Seek Emergency Care (Oswego, NY – May 5, 2020) In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, emergencies unrelated to COVID-19 still happen. But a troubling trend is emerging. People with warning signs of a heart attack, stroke or other crisis are putting off going to the emergency room (ER) or urgent care centers as they’re afraid of...

SOS hosts Online Educational Event for those with Postponed Joint Replacement Surgery

nicole chidsey - Wednesday, April 15, 2020
SOS hosts Online Educational Event for those with Postponed Joint Replacement Surgery     WHAT:            Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) will be live on Facebook sharing key steps patients can take if their joint replacement has been delayed due to COVID-19.     WHEN:     ...

COVID-19 crisis shows the need for advance care planning

Aida Byrne - Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    COVID-19 crisis shows the need for advance care planning   SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The COVID-19 pandemic is shedding new light on the often-abstract concept of advance care planning, where individuals document what matters most to them, and then select the right health care agent to make decisions on their behalf if they are unable to speak for themselves. During this...