February 2024 Announcements

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Feb 1, 2024

Lefferts Clinic Temporarily Moves to Family Medicine Practice (Suite B) at UHD

We would like to let everyone know that effective February 12, 2024, our services at the Lefferts Clinic (840 Lefferts Avenue) have been temporarily moved to the Family Medicine Practice (Suite B),1st floor, located at our 470 Clarkson Avenue entrance at the hospital. This move is temporary and pending a move to our permanent new space at 253 Empire Boulevard at a later date to be announced.

If you have any questions or referrals, please call (718) 493-0300 or fax (718) 493-6166. Patients may also be directed to our website

A Reminder About The Importance of Cancer Prevention

Ruth O'DonnellDuring National Cancer Prevention Month, we want to emphasize the significance of proactive measures in reducing cancer risk. While the topic of cancer prevention can feel overwhelming, even minor adjustments can profoundly impact our well-being. Whether it involves quitting smoking, undergoing screenings such as mammograms or prostate exams, shielding our skin from UV rays, or being mindful of our diet, each choice contributes to a healthier future.

Every endeavor, regardless of its scale, contributes to prioritizing our health, particularly in cancer prevention. Maintaining regular check-ups, embracing a balanced diet, or integrating exercise into our daily routines—every step taken toward prevention is invaluable.

Cancer prevention and early detection can make a difference. We celebrate Director of Nursing Ruth O’Donnell MSN, RN,and her very personal journey of breast cancer diagnosis, her treatment right here at UHD, and how she continues to maintain her health.

Voluntary Self Disclosure of a Disability 2023-2024

In February 2022, Governor Hochul established The Office of the Chief Disability Officer (CDO) to advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities.  The CDO iscollecting information to help determine the number of people with disabilities currently working in New York.  

Pursuant to Executive Order 31, Committing New York State to Becoming a Model Employer with People With Disabilities, the CDO is requesting all state agencies to complete a Voluntary Self Disclosure of a Disability 2023 survey. This survey is completely anonymous and the information is sent directly to the CDO.  

The deadline to complete the survey is February 23, 2024. Please reference The State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University as agency of employment.

Register Today For An Upcoming AVERT Active Shooter Training

AVERT, short for Active Violence Emergency Response Training goes beyond active shooter training by teaching emergency bleeding control techniques, warning signs of a potential aggressor, quick response in a violent situation, escape, evade, or attack in critical seconds during an event, and staff confidence needed to respond. University Hospital at Downstate is now a training center with 14 certified instructors that includes staff from Emergency Management, University Police, the HAZMAT team, and the ED.

Please RSVP by using the link below to register for an upcoming Active Shooter Training:

Information Security Awareness
February 2024 Newsletter

February 2024 Newsletter

Labratory Customer Satisfaction Survey Period Extended to Friday, February 16, 2024

Dear Colleagues,

In the Pathology Department, we are committed to making our UHD vision, of “The best place to get care and the best place to give care”, a reality. In order to make sure we’re meeting your needs, you’re invited to share your opinions by completing an online survey regarding the University Hospital at Downstate Laboratory Services.  By rating our services, we will be able to identify improvement opportunities and enhance the efficiency of UHD Laboratory Services. All responders and responses will be kept confidential and anonymous. Sub-optimal responses will require action plans from our staff, ensuring that issues are corrected. We would appreciate it if you take a few minutes to access the short survey by clicking on the following link or QR Code and complete the questionnaire.

Survey Access Link:

UHD Clinical Laboratories Customer Satisfaction Survey

Survey QR Code Access:

QR Code

We thank you in advance for completing the questionnaire and ask that you encourage others to provide their opinion as well. The survey period is extended to Friday, February 16, 2024

Please contact Alix Laguerre, if you have any questions regarding the survey,

Alix Laguerre, MS, CLS 
Administrative Director, Pathology & Laboratory Services 

Upcoming TIAA Consultations

TIAA continues to offer on campus/in-person counseling sessions by appointment only. If there are no times available, that means all appointments are taken. Please consider virtual/zoom meetings as an alternative. Please self-schedule via website or by phone. When choosing by video(virtual/zoom) be sure to select “Stephen Baumeister” as the TIAA Financial Consultant. RSVP today, as space is limited. Register for sessions at or by calling 800-732-8353, weekdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).

TIAA Consultations



Upcoming Events

Corebridge - 2024 Q1 Appointment

In preparation to meet retirement and financial goals, employees are encouraged to sign up for appointments being offered by AIG. Employees in the TDA program are also welcome as there will be some valuable information. 


AIG Retirement Services is now Corebridge Financial

Now is a great time to take action for your financial future  - Free Financial Planning

Schedule a time to meet to make sure you’re on track for the retirement you want. 

When we meet, we can discuss:

  • The benefits of enrolling in your workplace retirement plan  
  • How to boost your overall financial wellness via Financial Planning
  • What your retirement income picture looks like – Thorough Financial analysis  
  • Your broader financial/retirement  goals so we can put a plan in place to help you get there  

We can meet in person at a time that is convenient for you. 

Click here to schedule an appointment

Tuesday, February 20th
Wednesday, March 6th
Tuesday, March 19th

Time:   7:45 AM to 2:00 PM
(45 minute appointments available)

Location:  Downstate Student Library - 1st Floor OR your Office
Downstate Health Sciences University

Virtual Meeting Dates: Will accommodate by Email Request

Email for Virtual Meeting Request

Location - Microsoft Teams Meeting – Link sent after registration

Need help, contact us. 

With Corebridge, you get help from a financial professional at no extra cost – plus access to our tools and resources. 

Richard Grofsick, CFP®
Financial Advisor
Direct: 973.902.8488
Office: 603.594.8340
307 Fellowship Road, Suite 205 Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

Michael L. Grofsick
Financial Planning Advisor
Direct: 973-461-3834
Client Care: 800.448.2542
307 Fellowship Road, Suite 205 Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054 

Mike R Grofsick
Financial Advisor
Direct: 631.241.0493
Client Care: 800.448.2542
307 Fellowship Road, Suite 205 Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054

Ash Wednesday

February 14, 2024
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM & 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Ash Wednesday

School of Public Health Information Session and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, February 20th
5:30 PM

SPH Info Session and Panel Discussion

Binghamton University: Healthcare Education and Scholarships Session with On-Site Admissions Evaluations and Open House

Saturday, February 24, 2024
1:00 PM

The information attached/below is intended for individuals within the University Hospital at Downstate (UHD) employee network. We welcome prospective students to learn more about opportunities to advance their education through our scholarship programs

This specialized one-year, Saturdays-only program is designed to provide individuals with a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills for modeling, analyzing and/or designing healthcare delivery systems and processes. Classes are held once a week (Saturdays) at the SUNY College of Optometry in New York, N.Y. and/or online for distance learners. 

More information is attached and registration links for our next info session are below. FYI the in-person session includes an optional networking lunch 12-1 p.m. with current students and faculty. Attendees who bring transcripts or resumes to the session can also receive an on-site eligibility evaluation. 

In-person in Manhattan – meet with the Program Director and Current Students; optional Networking Lunch Included

Health Systems Graduate Information Session - in-person
Saturday, February 24 at 1:00 PM
New York, NY 

Online via Zoom

Health Systems Graduate Information Session - virtual via Zoom
Saturday, February 24 at 1:00 PM

Questions can be directed to Erin Hornbeck (Administrative Coordinator – or SUNY Distinguished Professor, Chair, and Program Director Dr. Mohammad Khasawneh (

Health Systems Master's Degree in Manhattan

Executive Program in Health Systems

School of Health Professions Dean's Lecture Series - 4th Edition 2023 - 2024 

February 26, 2024
5:00 PM

February Deans Lecture Series

Register Today for the 9th Annual Cancer Health Disparities Symposium

Friday, March 1, 2024
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Cancer Disparities

7th Annual Transport Symposium: Advancing Health Equity Research: Building Partnerships between Academia, Community, and Government

Friday March 22, 2024
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Advancing Healthy Equity Research


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