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Schuyler Hospital will affiliate with Cayuga

    SCHUYLER COUNTY—Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital announced, Thursday, Dec. 15, that the two have entered into a long-term affiliation agreement that will allow both hospitals to offer more health care services in Schuyler County.  Both institutions will continue to remain independent.
    As part of the agreement, Schuyler Hospital and Cayuga Medical Center will explore collaborations in a number of support and clinical areas that will be mutually beneficial to both organizations. In addition, they will work together on regional health planning that will meet the current and future health care needs of patients throughout the region.
    Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital have already identified two areas of collaboration that will be an immediate focus, orthopedics and obstetrics.  Teams from both hospitals have been meeting to develop action plans that will improve access for patients.
    Michelle Benjamin, Schuyler Hospital director of community relations, said the two hospitals are still working out what all of the services shared will be.  She added there may be more than orthopedics and obstetrics.  Schuyler’s Obstetrics Unit, Stork’s Landing, officially closing on Oct. 31, 2011.
    Schuyler Hospital is already affiliated with Arnot Ogden Medical Center to provide dialysis services.  Benjamin explained the hospital rents the space to Arnot, who provides staff to Schuyler.  She said this new affiliation should not change the existing agreement with Arnot Ogden.
    “This an exciting new partnership and new direction for Schuyler Hospital and the residents of this community – one that we expect will bring growth and long-term viability to the hospital in the face of challenging economic times,”  said Andy Manzer, President and Chief Executive Officer for Schuyler Hospital.
    Cayuga Medical Center is a 204-bed, state-of-the-art regional medical center and is affiliated with many health care organizations including Cornell University’s Weill Medical College, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Rochester Heart Institute at Rochester General Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Orthopedics, and Mayo Medical Laboratories.


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