Press Releases

Can you get the care you need outside of the ED?

Edward Byrnes - Friday, January 21, 2022
   – There are millions of visits to hospital emergency departments (ED) in New York state each year that don’t result in a hospital stay, according to New York State Department of Health data. And while some health conditions require emergency care, many are better suited for care in a different setting, such as a physician’s office, telemedicine, or urgent care...

Excellus BCBS appoints Lori Florack, Senior VP, Human Capital Management

edward byrnes - Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Excellus BCBS appoints Lori Florack, Senior VP, Human Capital Management   SYRACUSE, NY – Lori Florack has been appointed senior vice president of Human Capital Management at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.   Florack most recently served as president of Lifetime Benefit Solutions (LBS), a subsidiary of the Rochester–based Lifetime Healthcare Companies, where...

How to Stay Safe this Holiday Season with COVID and Flu on the Rise

Edward Byrnes - Friday, December 17, 2021
How to Stay Safe this Holiday Season with COVID and Flu on the Rise SYRACUSE, NY – If you’re wondering what the rise in COVID-19 and flu cases, and the new Omicron variant means for holiday gatherings or travel, Lisa Y. Harris, MD, vice president of medical affairs at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, has some answers.   Q. What is the best way to protect ourselves...

Dr. Justin Iorio is First Spine Surgeon in Area Trained in Prone Transpsoas Surgery

nicole chidsey - Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Dr. Justin Iorio is First Spine Surgeon in Area Trained in Prone Transpsoas Surgery Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) announced that Justin Iorio, MD, a spinal surgeon with the practice, is the first physician in the area to be trained and certified in prone transpsoas, or PTP™, surgery. With the PTP approach, patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery (MIS) are placed in a...

SOS and PRL, Hold Second Annual Competition to Collect Donations for the Food Bank of Central New...

nicole chidsey - Monday, November 29, 2021
SOS and PRL, Hold Second Annual Competition to Collect Donations for the Food Bank of Central New York    Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) recently had their second annual challenge with a local business partner, Practice Resources, LLC (PRL), to collect food for donation to the Food Bank of Central New York. The companies collected food from their employees...

The Silent Pandemic: COVID-19’s impact on mental health

Edward Byrnes - Monday, November 29, 2021
The Silent Pandemic: COVID-19’s impact on mental health   SYRACUSE, NY – Forty-one percent of adults report struggling with mental health or substance use, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), up from 20 percent pre-COVID. Nearly one in three adults now report having symptoms of anxiety or depression. “Behind the masks, people are...

Excellus BCBS has raised its minimum wage to $18 an hour

Edward Byrnes - Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Excellus BCBS has raised its minimum wage to $18 an hour   SYRACUSE, NY – Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has raised the minimum wage for all employees at its company to $18 an hour. Previously, the minimum wage was $15 an hour.   “I’m excited to share that our organization has a new $18 an hour minimum wage,” said Jim Reed, CEO and president of...

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announces recipients of 2021 Health Equity Awards

Edward Byrnes - Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announces recipients of 2021 Health Equity Awards   SYRACUSE, NY — Excellus BlueCross BlueShield announced today the recipients of its 2021 Health Equity Awards. The awards represent more than $388,000 in financial support the nonprofit health insurer is providing to community programs that address racial and ethnic health disparities across its...

Innovative benefits for 2022 define Medicare from Excellus BCBS

Edward Byrnes - Friday, October 15, 2021
  Innovative benefits for 2022 define Medicare from Excellus BCBS   SYRACUSE, NY – A NEW zero-premium option, $40 Part B monthly refunds, savings on select insulin, and a meal delivery service are among the 2022 benefit highlights for Medicare Advantage Plans from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. And that’s in addition to longtime favorites including benefits for...

St. Joseph’s Health Recognized as 5-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery by Healthgrades

kelly quinn - Tuesday, August 24, 2021
St. Joseph’s Health Recognized as 5-Star Recipient for Vaginal Delivery by Healthgrades St. Joseph’s Health is the only hospital in Syracuse to receive this award for the 4th year in a row   Syracuse, NY  (August 24, 2021) – St. Joseph’s Health today announced that it is a 5-star recipient for Vaginal Delivery as recognized by Healthgrades,...