Welcome to Employee Health at Upstate

Mission Statement

Employee Health promotes safety and protection of patients and personnel through effective assessment and surveillance of all individuals affiliating with Upstate Medical University Hospital, that may pose risk to the patients we serve. The scope of this assessment is extended to employees, contract personnel, volunteers and students.

Contact Information

Downtown Campus

Employee/Student Health Office
Mailing Address: 750 East Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210
Location: 175 Elizabeth Blackwell St., 4th floor, Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: (315) 464-4260
Fax: (315) 464-5471
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7:30am-5pm

Community Campus

Employee Health Office
4900 Broad Rd., Syracuse, NY 13215
Phone: (315) 492-5624
Fax: (315)492-5117
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7:30am-4pm

Employee Health Staff

Downtown Campus

Medical Director: K. Bruce Simmons, MD
Assistant Director: Jane Bennett, MSN, NP
Bridget McCarthy, FNP
Patricia Ondocin, RN
Barbara Maurice, LPN
Nancy Schillo, LPN
Joanne Van Slyke, LPN
Wellness Coordinator: Suzanne Brisk, MS, CWP

Community General Campus

Medical Director:K. Bruce Simmons, MD
Assistant Director: Jane Bennett, MSN, NP
Nurse Manager: Kathy Whitehead, NP
EvaMarie O’Donnell, RN
Joanne Driscoll, RN
Mary Murphy, RN

In accordance with the New York State Health Code, Section 405.3, Employee Health Services will screen all personnel with patient contact for a health impairment, which poses potential risk to patients or other personnel or might interfere with the performance of duties.

Employee Health Services, in accordance with State and Federal Laws, ensures the protection of all privileged health information received and maintained with confidentiality for those served by the department.


Functions of Health Services include:

  • Pre-employment assessment of health status and physical capability
  • Determination of vaccination status and tuberculosis surveillance
  • Annual re-assessment of health
  • Evaluation and management of known or suspected transmission of communicable disease between patients and staff