Excellent and readily-available health care and medical facilities contribute to Tompkins County economic vitality.
COMMUNITIES THAT GROW AND PROSPER manage to not only retain their talented young adults but also attract young families, professionals, artists, business people and entrepreneurs, and seniors. Excellent and readily available medical care, a high-quality school system, and thriving business and cultural environments are all required to promote this kind of regional vitality.
Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca has been providing health care to residents of Ithaca and the greater Finger Lakes region for more than
100 years. Today, the Medical Center is a 204-bed, acute-care, highly accredited, state-of-the-art regional medical facility committed to providing the highest quality healthcare and a strong economy in partnership with the community. CMC has 1,225 employees and has over 200 credentialed physicians on its medical staff.
In its role as the region’s primary health-care facility, Cayuga Medical Center (www.cayugamed.org) remains committed to investing in Tompkins County and to increasing the breadth of local healthcare services. In the past year, the Medical Center honored this commitment with continued progress on its five-year physical plant renovation, expansion of services, and purchase of new equipment.
In 2010, The Cayuga Heart Institute at CMC ushered in a higher level of cardiac care when it began performing interventional cardiology in Ithaca. In addition, a new cardiology department opened that year. In 2012 Cayuga Medical Center opened a new state-of-the-art laboratory and began renovating 33,600 square feet and constructing a 4,400 square foot addition for the Department of Surgery. The Medical Center continued the expansion of its Imaging Services Department, which has been ranked by the Business Journal of Central New York as one of the most comprehensive providers of imaging services in the region, offering all of the modalities found in major medical centers.
Located in a state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2005, Cayuga Medical Center Radiation Medicine has just brought respiratory gating online. This leading-edge technology enables radiologists to focus even more precisely on tumor sites and appreciably reduces the potential impact of radiation on adjacent healthy tissue. As a premier affiliate of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Cayuga Medical Center offers a level of cancer care that is typically found only in major medical centers.
In keeping with its dual responsibility to provide acute care and to improve the long-term health of area residents, Cayuga Medical
Center expanded programs and services at the Island Health Center, home to Island Health and Fitness. In the fall of 2011, Island Health and Fitness opened a second location at community corners. Relocation of the Department of Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine to the Island Health Center enabled rehabilitation specialists to more effectively realize the medical center’s physical-therapy-to-fitness model of medical rehabilitation.
The Medical Center also launched the Cayuga Center for Healthy Living (CCHL) at the Island Health Center in 2007. This program provides guidance and support for people with chronic health problems related to lifestyle risk factors. Cardiovascular rehabilitation is also available now through the CCHL to provide cardiac patients with monitored exercise and to help them learn how to reduce their risk for future cardiac events.