History of SUNY Upstate Medical University

At the time of its founding, the Medical Institution at Geneva College was the seventh medical school established in New York State. Today, the medical school lives on as the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University, the second oldest surviving medical school in New York, behind Columbia University College of Medicine, and the sixteenth oldest surviving medical school in North America.;xNLx;;xNLx;This exhibition is an abbreviated history of Upstate Medical University from its beginnings as Geneva Medical College through the present day. It features information on key events, new buidlings, administration, major curriculum and program changes and tracks the various names assigned to the University over the years. ;xNLx;

Thomas J. Campbell appointed VP for Hospital Affairs and CEO of University Hospital

Thomas J. Campbell is appointed vice president for hospital affairs and the chief executive officer for University Hospital. Mr. Campbell received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Le Moyne College and his master of health administration from the University of Minnesota. He was previously the assistant director of operational studies at the Association of American Medical Colleges. Mr. Campbell developed the patient and family care support services and opened a respiratory intensive care unit, the perinatal center, and the pediatric intensive care unit at Upstate during his time as administrator. His article, “Program Cost Allocation in Seven Medical Centers” was the first in-depth study written on financial considerations of a teaching hospital. He was named the 1983 fellow of the year by the New York State American College of Hospital Administrators. Mr. Campbell worked for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations after leaving University Hospital in 1985.

James H. Abbott appointed Hospital Administrator for Good Shepherd Hospital

James H. Abbott, a native of Syracuse, is appointed Administrator for the Hospital of the Good Shepherd in 1953. Mr. Abbott received a bachelor’s degree and a master of public administration from Syracuse University. He began his career in the health industry with the U.S. Public Health Service in both Staten Island and Washington DC before returning to Syracuse.

Ben Moore III appointed VP for Hospital Affairs and CEO of University Hospital

Ben Moore III Is appointed chief operating office of University Hospital in 1987 and serves until 2005. He received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a master of health administration degree from Duke. Noteworthy changes under is tenure include: the opening of the Joslin Diabetes Center, the opening of University Health Care Center (the outpatient services center), the creation of adolescent medicine and telemedicine services, and the purchase of a da Vinci robotic surgical system. Upon leaving Upstate he became the president and chief executive officer of River Hospital in Alexandria Bay, NY.

Phillip S. Schaengold appointed Senior Associate Dean for Hospital Affairs and CEO of University Hospital

Phillip S. Schaengold is appointed chief executive officer and senior associate dean for hospital affairs and University Hospital. Mr. Schaengold’s prior positions included CEO at: Tenet Healthcare Corp in St. Louis and Philadelphia, the George Washington University Hospital in DC, the Sinai Health System in Detroit and the Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City. He oversaw the completion of the $99 million vertical expansion/east tower renovations that included Golisano Children’s Hospital. A new hospital pharmacy equipped with robot technology was opened, as was the cardiac rehabilitation program. The lobby of University Hospital was renovated and security for the hospital was enhanced. Mr. Schaengold holds a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati, a JD from the University of Northern Kentucky, and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati.

John B. McCabe MD appointed VP for Hospital Affairs and CEO of University Hospital

John B. McCabe MD is appointed chief executive officer and senior vice president for hospital affairs at University Hospital. Dr. McCabe received his medical degree from Upstate Medical University and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. In 2011, Dr. McCabe oversaw the acquisition of Community General Hospital, which has allowed Upstate to bring unique services to the region, including a dedicated pediatric after hours care center and geriatric emergency room. He also oversaw the development and eventual opening of the new Upstate Cancer Center. University Hospital’s preparations for potential Ebola outbreaks were undertaken when the hospital was selected as one of eight hospitals in the state to treat potential Ebola cases. He has also been instrumental in developing an emergency medicine residency program, a mass casualty unit and upgraded infirmary at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, and the development of an emergency medicine simulation center for training residents and EMS professionals. Dr. McCabe is regularly listed on Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of top physician leaders of healthcare institutions.

James H. Abbott appointed Hospital Administrator for University Hospital

James H. Abbott becomes the first Hospital Administrator for the new Upstate University Hospital in 1964. Mr. Abbott will shepherd the 585,000 square foot hospital through a period of tremendous growth until 1971 when he becomes administrator of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse. He is appointed President of St. Joseph’s in 1985. Over the years, Mr. Abbott also serves as professor of administrative medicine at the Upstate College of Medicine, trustee of the American Hospital Association and chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Hospital Assembly.

Relationship between Syracuse University and SUNY Medical Center defined

When SUNY chose Syracuse as the site for a state owned medical institution, it was intended that a simbiotic relationship would exist between Syracuse University and the medical school being run by New York state. In keeping with this sentiment, students and faculty of the SUNY Medical School were given the same priviledges as those enrolled or teaching at Syracuse University. Syracuse University and SUNY officials met in 1953 to discuss policies for affiliation, but all proposals were rejected by the State University. With no new proposals coming forward a status of "separate without affiliation" became the policy and students and faculty of the two schools were restricted to the rights and privilegdes afforded by their own institution.

Cord Blood Bank Opens at Community Campus

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marks the opening of the new $15 million, 20,000 square foot Upstate Cord Blood Bank. The facility, which is located on Upstate's Community Campus, features a state of the art procesing laboratory and cryogenic storage containers. The bank collects, tests, processes, sotres and distributes umbilitcal cord blood to be used in life-saving medical treatments and research. The bank accepts blood from families who deliver at Community Hospital, with plans to accept donations from Crouse and St. Joseph's patients by summer of 2017.

New Academic Building opens

The New Academic Building opens to students and staff of the College of Nursing and the College of Health Related Professions. Both CON and CHP will have administrative offices in the new building along with state-of-the-art classrooms and clinical laboratories. Other classes for the College of Medicine will be held in the new spaces as well.

James L. Rosenberg appointed VP for Hospital Affairs and CEO of University Hospital

James L. Rosenberg is appointed vice president for hospital affairs and chief executive officer of University Hospital in 1986. Mr. Rosenberg studied economics at Trinity College as an undergraduate and received his MBA from the University of Chicago. During his tenure at Upstate he oversaw a $52 million capital expansion and a renovation that included: the emergency department, physical medicine and rehabilitation center, diagnostic imaging center, operating rooms and intensive care units. He grew the net revenue for the hospital to almost $200 million. After leaving Upstate, Mr. Rosenberg served as chief executive office at West Penn Hospital, The West Penn Allegheny Health System, the University of Virginia Medical Center, and the Reading Medical Center.

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