Trauma Service Activaton Process


Kelly Czarneckli, Trauma PI Coordinator and Jerry Morrision, Trauma Outreach and Education Coordinator presented on Upstate's Trauma Service Activation Project at the annual meeting of the Trauma Centers Association of America Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

The poster represented the work of our multidisciplinary team that tackled issues related to activating trauma codes using LEAN Management Principles.

The team was composed of Trauma Surgeons, Emergency Department physicians and nurses, Patient Access Registrars and EMS.

A few results of the project is that ED nurses and EMS can now activate trauma codes, increases in the amount of notifiation receivend from EMS and better communications with EMS as a result of implementing Trauma Time-Outs


Trauma Services welcomes Dr. Roseanna Guzman-Curtis


The Department of Surgery and the Trauma/Acute & Critical Care Surgery Service would like to welcome Roseanna Guzman-Curtis, MD, MPH to Upstate. She will be joining the Department on Monday. August 15th.  Dr. Guzman-Curtis received her BS from UCLA, an MPH from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health and her MD from the University of Rochester.  She completed her General Surgery Residency and Critical Care Fellowship at the university of Rochester.  She received the Oriens Award for Careers in Trauma from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.  She received the Harlan J. Poel Trauma Scholarship Award, the Morton Scholarship for Surgical Residents, the SNMA Scholars in Medicine Award and she is a member of the Gold Humanism Honors Society.  

Dr. Wallenstein's Interview on Pediatric Trauma


New Pediatric Trauma Medical Director

Dr. Kim Wallenstein is appointed the Pediatric Trauma Medical Director at Upstate University Hospitals’ ACS Verified Level I Trauma Center.

Dr. Wallenstein received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998 and completed her general surgery residency at East Carolina University/Vidant Medical Center in 2004. She also completed a fetal surgery fellowship at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 2005 as well as a pediatric surgery fellowship at the University of Louisville in 2007. In 2010, Dr. Wallenstein completed her Pediatric surgical residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and joined Upstate University Hospitals’ department of Pediatric Surgery.

Dr. Wallenstein is board certified from the American Board of Surgery in both general and pediatric surgery and is an Assistant Professor of surgery. She is certified in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and is a member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group.

Poster Presentation at the Society of  Trauma Nurses National Conference

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Kelly Czarnecki and Jolene Kittle are picutred standing next to their presentation depicting Upstate's success in implementing electronic documentation for the trauma patient.

At the beginning of the transition, the completion rate on the new electronic record was only 3%.

At the time of the poster, the overall completion rate was greater than 80% with some fields having a greater than 90% completion rate.

The reason for this dramatic change was the dedication and committment of the Emergency Department nurses who worked hard to master this new format.

Revisions to the NYS DOH Statewide Pre-Hospital Treatment Protocols

Trauma related protocol changes include; T-2 Bleeding - External Hemorrhage Control, T-6 Adult Major Trauma (Including Traumatic Cardiac Arrest), T-7 Pediatric Major Trauma (Including Traumatic Cardiac Arrest) and T-8 Suspected Spinal Injuries.…/statewide_prehospital_treatment_… PDF Icon External Icon


Trauma Night at the Crunch



Thank you for your support! We appreciated the opportunity to share injury prevention information with you and enjoy a night with the Crunch!

Pediatric Trauma Program Coordinator

We would like to introduce newest member of our trauma team, Sara Fisher, MS RN, PNP. 

She comes to the program with 12 years of experience as a registered nurse on our Pediatric Surgery Unit and with 5 years as their Clinical Training Specialist.

Other professional accomplishments include having taught in the nursing programs at St. Elizabeth's College of Nursing and Crouse College of Nursing.

Sara also practices as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Syracuse Community Health Center school-based clinic.

Please join us in welcoming Sara!


Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN)

Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN) is a new national certification that incorporates the body of knowledge in trauma nursing across the continuum of care, from injury prevention through reintegration to home.

We are proud to announce that two registered nurses at Upstate are among the first 250 in the nation to receive this distinction.

Please join us in congratulating our Trauma Program Manager, Jolene Kittle and Emergency Department Nurse, Katy Freeborn for this accomplishment!