About Erika Gruszewski

Erika Gruszewski

Erika Gruszewski

Erika is a Syracuse native who lives in Rochester with her husband and daughter. She is a research insights consultant with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

Posts by Erika Gruszewski

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Why I Will Be in Line for A Flu Shot This Year

For many years, Ann Himmler of Monroe County, was required to get a flu shot every year because she was a Hospice volunteer. “I was 100 percent on board with the requirement,” said Ann, “because in addition to the patients I would be spending volunteer time with, my family had also been providing care to…Read More »

5 Ways to Reduce Caregiver Stress

When I was in high school, there were several years where my mom devoted herself to taking care of my grandparents. We lived in Syracuse, but my grandparents lived in Watertown, so my mom would regularly travel the hour or so north up I-81 to be with them. Back then, and for years after, she…Read More »

Zachary’s Story: Making a Difference in Organ Donation

“I don’t always want to be known as the kid with a heart transplant,” he said. “I want to be known as the kid who made a difference.” Heart failure from a cold? In the fall of 2018, Zachary Losee was in many ways a typical teenage boy. He lived in Monroe County with his…Read More »

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Why Are There So Few Flu Cases This Year?

The prevalence of flu in New York state is way down compared to this time last year. That’s according to an analysis of health tracking data by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. As of January 9, 2021, there were 2,326 confirmed cases of flu and 386 patients hospitalized with flu. At this time last year, the state…Read More »

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Telehealth Is Here to Stay

The COVID-19 pandemic is shedding new light on telehealth. Telehealth is when a patient and a provider communicate by audio, video or text messaging. The number of telehealth visits soared in 2020 as a result of the pandemic. According to a review of claims data from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, the insurer processed 2.2 million telehealth…Read More »

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(VIDEO) Why We Need Resilience and How to Build It

“Resilience is knowing that you are the only one that has the power and responsibility to pick yourself up.” –  Mary Holloway 2020 has been unlike any other year. Carlette Bradley, from Erie County, knows that all too well. Earlier this year, her life was turned upside down. Back in June, Carlette suddenly lost her…Read More »

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Maintain, Don’t Gain: Take Charge of Your Weight this Holiday Season

Did you know that the average American gains 1-2 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s? “While this may not sound like a lot, most people never lose it, so that weight accumulates over the years,” said Amanda Shanahan, RD, Employee Wellbeing Manager, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “By controlling holiday weight gain and adopting a healthier lifestyle,…Read More »

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Expert Q&A: How to Support Your Child’s Mental Health During the Pandemic

We sat down (virtually) with Dr. Saba Abaci, medical director for Safety Net Behavioral Health Children Services at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield to learn some tips for how to best support a child’s mental health during the pandemic. What are some signs parents want to look for to indicate their child may be struggling to cope…Read More »

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October 16 is World Spine Day: Get Back on Track

When Denise Hull of Genesee County began working from home, she noticed quickly that her body felt different at the end of the workday. “I used to get in so many steps at the office without even noticing. While working from home, I noticed my movement had really decreased. I started to feel much more…Read More »

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Help for Pain When You Need It Most

Anne (pseudonym) often felt pain related to her chronic conditions, including chronic pancreatitis and an autoimmune disorder. But the intense radiating pain had been more problematic lately. She had been hospitalized recently and, despite taking several pain medications, she was still suffering from significant pain related to her chronic conditions. She reached out to her…Read More »