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CVP alumni, friends of Nicholas Rappa, discuss impact he had on others

Ryan Price and Stefanie Cavanaugh, CVP alumni, classmates and close friends of Nick's, discuss the endowment set up in memory of their friend and the tremendous impact he had on his classmates in this podcast.  Listen here. (Powered by SpecialtyCare, Scrubbing In is a podcast, webinar, and live event series about innovation and those making a change in the operating room).

The legacy of Lucy Reff featured In Good Health newspaper

It is especially difficult when the Upstate campus experiences the untimely loss of a student who is on the threshold of a new stage in life, almost ready to begin their professional career. In January, second year Respiratory Therapy student Lucy Reff lost a brief battle with a sudden illness.

This week, Lucy was featured In Good Health newspaper, a CNY Healthcare publication, and honored for her organ donation.You can read the article here:

Lucy’s family and friends are also raising funds to establish a scholarship in her name. Click here to help reach the goal to endow the scholarship. In the ‘designation’ line, simply click the down arrow and choose ‘other.’ Then type ‘Lucy Reff Scholarship.’


Upstate opens new state-of-the-art simulation center to enhance patient safety and improve quality

Story from UpOnline


Upstate Medical University has opened a new $11 million teaching center that will simulate real-time responses to medical emergencies—in the ICU, labor and delivery, the operating room and in any setting where health care is delivered.

The aim of the Upstate Simulation Center is to improve patient safety and patient care, as well as build highly-trained multidisciplinary healthcare teams.

This new and sophisticated learning environment, totaling about 8,600 square feet will become a hub of teaching and training for students from all areas of the health professions. The center will also be dedicated to improving the competency of health care providers as well as training them in new techniques. Read more


Endowed scholarship for clinical lab sciences honors O'Learys


Upon the retirement of Dr. Colleen E. O’Leary, the Upstate Foundation, Upstate Department of Anesthesiology, and Upstate Administration have established the Colleen E. O’Leary, MD, and Michael R. O’Leary, MD, Endowed Scholarship for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Dr. Colleen O’Leary has served Upstate Medical University in numerous roles, including interim medical director and president of the medical staff at Upstate University Hospital; interim chair, Department of Anesthesiology; and member of the Upstate Foundation board of directors. Along with her husband, Dr. Michael O'Leary, she has been involved in many community-based philanthropic initiatives.

Each year medical laboratories across the country perform more than 7 billion tests and must hire 12,000 employees to keep up with the growing volume of tests ordered by physicians. However, only 5,000 lab professionals graduate annually.

The new scholarship will help Upstate’s College of Health Professions continue to attract the finest candidates for its Clinical Lab Sciences program to help alleviate this critical shortage. The CLS program celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015 and averages 18 graduates each year.

In addition, the Upstate Foundation and Upstate Administration established the Colleen O'Leary, MD, Endowed Scholarship in 2008 to support a scholarship at the College of Nursing. The O’Learys created the Alfred F. and Shirley D. Enwright Endowed Scholarship at the Upstate Medical Alumni Association.

Donate to the new O'Leary scholarship endowment.

With Distinction blog features Upstate students

Upstate Medical University students do great things on campus, down the street and around the world. They raise money for a fellow student whose home burned down, volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, give up their winter break to help at clinics and orphanages in Haiti.  Our students are a wonderful blend of talents, ages, backgrounds and ethnicities.  Where can you find out more about them?  Check out our With Distinction blog at