Healthcare Heroes

It takes a community to fight a pandemic

Reflections on COVID-19

Whether it was the diligence of our employees treating coronavirus patients, the courage of our health-care professionals deploying to New York City during the peak of COVID-19, or the actions our region’s residents took to protect themselves and others in this pandemic, there was no shortage of dedication and heroism.

Volunteers make over 100,000 surgical masks

Stitch by stitch hundreds of local volunteers produced more than 110,000 surgical masks for Cayuga Health System during a three-month project this spring. Each weekday from 8 am to 3 pm volunteers with their sewing machines and scissors assembled at Cornell University’s Bartels Hall to cut and stitch masks from surgical wrap material. Meanwhile, more than 50 people over several weeks gathered at Schuyler County’s Human Services Complex in Montour Falls to sew masks for use at Schuyler Hospital.

Medical Mission team recalls rewards of helping NYC hospitals deliver care

The initial Cayuga Health team included 12 doctors, 33 nurses, and seven nurse-support staff. Others soon joined them to form the largest group from an upstate hospital to work in New York City during the crisis. The Cayuga Health team treated COVID-19 patients with severe pneumonia and other complications. When they returned to Ithaca on May 7, the team had weeks of training for treating COVID patients to share with co-workers and a network of new colleagues to consult.

Region responds to fight COVID-19

A multipronged defense to protect residents’ health rolled out when the region’s first COVID-19 infection was confirmed on March 14. Within days, Cayuga Health System and the Tompkins County Health Department opened a large-scale virus testing center to identify those who had been infected.

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Heart-warming outpouring of support from the individuals, organizations and community groups

Help for Cayuga Health System’s hospitals and employees on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic arrived with trays of cookies, medical supply donations, boxes of pizza, thousands of volunteer hours, generous contributions, and cartons heaped with cards and thank-you notes.

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