Strengthening the community by working together to provide a safe, healthy environment.
December 9, 2020, Ithaca, NY – Schuyler Hospital, a member of Cayuga Health, has partnered with SUNY Corning Community College (SUNY CCC) to provide ‘augmented’ telehealth and telemedicine services to SUNY CCC students, staff and faculty.
“Telemedicine, typically, is the patient, the doctor and a camera,” says Christine Bonarski, nurse at SUNY CCC. “At the SUNY CCC Health Office, we can augment that by doing an assessment of the patient before the virtual appointment with a Schuyler provider, to record vitals, check ears, lungs, etc., and provide that preliminary health information to the doctor or Nurse Practitioner.”
Cayuga Health Medical Director, Dr. David Evelyn will provide initial oversight and non-patientspecific standing orders. This service has already benefited SUNY CCC by allowing expansion of COVID testing on campus. With the expanded testing, several COVID cases have been identified early, which has helped keep the number of COVID cases in the SUNY CCC community low.
“Schuyler Hospital provided COVID-19 testing twice this fall at the Corning campus, including 110 tests on move-in day for students residing on campus in Perry Hall,” states Rebecca Gould, Schuyler Hospital President and CFO. “SUNY CCC has really helped Schuyler Hospital expand its reach and increase its visibility in the community, as many people in the region attend SUNY CCC and we can care for them through our partnership.”
“Once a COVID-19 vaccine is available we may be able to set up a clinic on-site and have Schuyler administer the vaccines,” says Bonarski. “And, similar to COVID testing, Schuyler can provide flu clinics. We are also looking into adding more testing services, such as strep tests and urinary tract infection testing.”
“The partnership between Schuyler Hospital and SUNY Corning Community College strengthens the community as we work together to provide a safe and healthy environment for our students and community members,” adds Gould. ###
About Schuyler Hospital
Schuyler Hospital is a 25-bed critical access hospital, with a 120-bed skilled nursing facility attached. Schuyler Hospital’s main campus – overlooking Seneca Lake – is located in Montour Falls, New York. For 100 years, Schuyler Hospital has been the primary healthcare provider in and around Schuyler County. They have evolved over the years into a network of providers, programs, and services that reaches throughout Schuyler County and into neighboring counties to meet the healthcare needs of a population of over 32,000 residents. About SUNY Corning Community College SUNY Corning Community College, with its main campus in Corning, New York, is a two-year college serving the Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties region of New York. SUNY CCC is part of the State University of New York system. https://www.corning-cc.edu/
About Cayuga Health
Cayuga Health (CH) has two hospitals, Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital, as well as a multi-specialty group, Cayuga Medical Associates. Combined employment, including affiliated organizations, is over 2,200 employees. CH is clinically linked to Mayo Medical Laboratories, Rochester Regional Health for cardiac services, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the University of Rochester for Neurosciences.