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September 01, 2015

In Brief

UR Medicine acquiring two urgent care centers

UR Medicine announced that it will acquire two local AccelCare urgent care centers—one at 1300 Jefferson Road, Henrietta, and one at 3400 Monroe Ave., Pittsford—this fall. Buffalo-based AccelCare has operated its Rochester sites for three and five years, respectively. UR Medicine will take ownership in October. The centers will be staffed by a mix of UR Medicine employees and current AccelCare staff.

Strong Memorial Hospital specialties ranked among nation’s best

Four adult specialties at Strong Memorial Hospital have each captured a spot in the top 50 programs in the nation for treating complex conditions, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015–16 ranking of America’s Best Hospitals.

Strong Memorial specialties include diabetes and endocrinology ranked 34th; gynecology in a threeway tie for 22nd; nephrology 39th; and neurology/neurosurgery 41st, that program’s fifth consecutive year of top 50 results. Earlier this year, Golisano Children’s Hospital’s pediatric diabetes and endocrinology specialty was listed as 42nd; and nephrology was 41st in the nation in the Best Children’s Hospitals ranking.

Move from semimonthly to monthly payroll suspended for 2015

Each year, employees who are paid semimonthly but have reached the threshold of $50,000 annually move to the monthly pay cycle on September 1. Because of proposed federal regulations, Human Resources has suspended the transition in 2015 to allow time to review changes that may be required. If the process is approved, the transition would resume in September of 2016.

Medical Center receives grant for geriatric care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration awarded a $2.5 million grant to the Division of Geriatrics and Aging to support the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program at the Medical Center. The three-year grant will create one of the Rochester region’s largest geriatric educational initiatives to date. It will serve a 17-county area of the Finger Lakes, meeting the needs of both urban and rural communities. The program will focus on integrating geriatrics with primary care and creating links with community-based supports and services.

Center brings Susan B. Anthony into the 21st century

The Susan B. Anthony Center has launched a Twitter campaign aimed at connecting social media users with her opinions on an array of social issues under the hashtag #SueBSays. The campaign—which coincides with the 95th anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote—will consist of quotes from Anthony’s correspondence to friends, family, and other suffrage leaders. Over the next 10 months, researchers at the center will post two tweets a week that address a wide range of topics, including education, voting, and race relations. The center’s Twitter handle is @UofR_SBAC, and the posts will also appear on its Facebook page,

New emergency management page launched

Environmental Healthy and Safety announces an update to its emergency management website, which houses all information required for University emergency situations. It also includes answers to common questions and access to the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans for all campuses. Visit

Electronic option available for benefits mailings

Go green by opting for electronic delivery of all benefits-related mailings— including open enrollment. Log on to HRMS and click the eDelivery link on the homepage. You will receive an email when a mailing is available on the Benefits website. If you later decide you prefer paper mailings, you can always change your selection.

Preferred travel agency changes

The University has a new preferred travel agency: DePrez Travel. Town and Country Travel is the other preferred agency. The University will no longer work with The Travel Team.

2015 RARES discount cards now available

Regional Area Recreation and Employee Service Association (RARES) cards are now available for University employees. The RARES program features opportunities for hundreds of local, regional, and national discounts on products and services. Visit for more information.

Wilmot Cancer Institute joins genomic network

Wilmot Cancer Institute is joining the OmniSeq Genomic Network, an organization of institutions being formed to help define the future of advanced genomic diagnostics for cancer. Through the network, Wilmot and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo—the state’s two largest cancer care and research institutions outside New York City— will collaborate and expand genomic testing for cancer across the Finger Lakes and western New York region.

Digital signage system open to University community

The River Campus Libraries’ digital signage system is now available to the University community to promote news and events on campus. There are seven displays located throughout Rush Rhees and Carlson libraries, and the sign rotation is updated frequently. Each digital sign is custom made by the libraries’ signage team. Learn more at news/digital-signage-opens.

Conference to address effects of violence, neglect on children

The Susan B. Anthony Center and cosponsors are hosting a one-day conference, “Transforming Our Community: Meeting the Needs of At-Risk Children,” on Thursday, October 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. to raise awareness about the adverse effects of violence, abuse, and neglect on the biopsychosocial health of children. Guest speakers will include a domestic violence expert and pediatrics professors. Speakers will share their experiences working in the field. To register and for more information, visit

University earns ‘Storm- Ready’ certification

The National Weather Service has recognized Rochester as a Storm-Ready university for its preparedness to handle all types of severe and potentially life-threatening weather. Rochester is the first private university in the state to earn the certification. Read more at

AlertUR test planned for September 17

The fall semester test of AlertUR will occur on Thursday, September 17, at 6 p.m. AlertUR is the emergency notification system for the University, including the Medical Center. In the event of an emergency, alerts are sent by voice, text, or email message. The purpose of the twice-a-year test is to activate the AlertUR system and check that you can be reached immediately. Before the test, you should review your contact information at; sign in with your NetID and password to verify the fastest method for reaching you. Employees with a NetID who do not have a University email address may enter a personal email or phone number to receive emergency alerts. The September 17 test will not disrupt scheduled activities.

Learn about your health at River Campus Wellness Week

University employees can learn about and take advantage of available health and wellness services during the River Campus Wellness Week (September 14–18). Throughout the week, representatives from the YOURhealth employee wellness program will offer fitness classes, informational presentations, live cooking demos, and a pet therapy program. View details and register for the programs at Employees enrolled in a University health care plan can also schedule their 20-minute, confidential biometric screening at Wilson Commons, Rush Rhees Library, LeChase Hall, and the Interfaith Chapel during the Wellness Week. Visit to schedule a screening (walk-ins are also welcome).

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