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The Red Cross is experiencing severe inventory shortages nationwide due to decline in donors, cancellation of blood drives, and staff shortages. This is the worst shortage in over a decade.

To aid in this critical effort, Crouse Hospital will host an employee and allied/medical staff blood drive on March 2, 2022 at Marley Education Center.  Please go to to pre-register and/or confirm eligibility. 

Eligible donors are also encouraged to participate in local community blood drives. As some prior donor restrictions have been lifted or modified, visit for more information and a list of community blood drives.

Join us for MSSNY’s Virtual Lobby Day March 8th

With Governor Hochul releasing her proposed state budget next week, it is more important than ever that leaders in Albany listen to the concerns of physicians. To make their voices heard, physicians should plan to attend MSSNY’s Virtual Lobby Day on Tuesday, March 8th. Register Now!

The format will follow previous years formats, where assembled physicians and allies will hear from legislative leaders in the morning (via Zoom), and then have virtual visits with their respective legislators in the afternoon (coordinated by their county medical societies). We urge all physicians to join their colleagues in advocacy to protect access to quality care for their patients!

Please forward this message to members of your respective county medical society who may be interested in attending. To learn more about lobby day and the issues being discussed, see the flyer. 

Interview: Dr. Stephen Thomas, Upstate’s Director of Global Health

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Christie and Jeff speak with Upstate Hospital’s Director of Global Health, Dr. Stephen Thomas. Among the topics discussed are the CDC’s updated recommendation for N95 and KN95 masks and at-home test accuracy.


Onondaga County Medical Society Appoints New Executive Director

SU Alum Brings Decades of Public Affairs, Organizational Leadership, and Advocacy Experience to CNY Organization

Syracuse, NY – The Onondaga County Medical Society (OCMS) is excited to announce Julie Panna as its new Executive Director.  “We are beyond pleased to welcome Julie to the organization, her background in public affairs advocacy, communications and business leadership makes her an exceptional choice for this position and we are very lucky to have her on board,” said Dr. Robert Dracker, OCMS President.

Click here for the press release.

Getting vaccinated is a gift to children, neighbors, health care workers (Guest opinion by Dr. Robert Dracker)

While this is a hectic time of year, it is also a joyous one, especially for our children.  The COVID Scourge has not dampened our enthusiasm during this season of hope and celebration, but it has once again caused us to modify our lives, alter traditions, and change our social interactions. 

Click here to read the letter. 

Upstate has a wonderful 2-Session Educational series focusing on Lung Cancer Screening and a 1-session Survivorship ECHO. These will be presented by some of SUNY Upstate’s top area providers.  

Please see the attached flyers with all of the details. No registration is necessary but all contact information can be found on the flyer. All attendees will be presented with digital and physical copies of materials to help better understand screenings and requirements. There are also AMA-PRA Category 1 CME credits available at no cost to attendees.

Lung ECHO Flyer

Survivorship ECHO Flyer  

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