Dust off your picnic blankets and your lawn chairs and come join your Cortland
Regional Medical Center friends and family for an old-fashioned block
party celebrating 125 years of serving the greater Cortland area.
This free community event will be held August 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00
p.m. on the green space adjacent to the hospital at the corner of West
Main and Homer Avenue. The day will feature fun for all ages, including
musical performances by the Cortland Old Timer’s Band, Austin MacRae
and Casey Widger, and Steve Southworth and the Rockabilly Rays. Other
family-friendly activities include face painting and carnival games for
kids; exotic animal demos by Dan the Snakeman; balloon artistry by Amazing
Pete; and an antique EMS vehicle display. Dickey’s Barbeque, Lulu’s
Kettle Corn, and Frozen Moments Ice Cream will be vending food and drink
throughout the afternoon.
President and CEO Mark Webster and other VIP guests will also speak briefly
about the hospital’s history and its future. The keynote speaker
for the event is MaryJane Wurth, Chief Strategy and Relationship Officer
for the American Hospital Association. Ms. Wurth received her Master of
Science degree from Cornell University and her Bachelor of Science degree
from the State University of New York College at Cortland.
Cortland’s only hospital has operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
ever since it opened its doors for the first time on April 1, 1891 –
that’s quite an accomplishment for any organization. Now known as
Cortland Regional Medical Center, it has expanded its operations, staff,
and services many times over the years, never wavering from its mission
to improve the health and wellbeing of Cortland residents. Today the hospital
is a 162-bed acute care facility with attached 80-bed residential care
center staffed by more than 100 physicians trained in over 20 specialties
and complemented by 33 advanced practice clinicians. More than 33,800
patients were cared for at CRMC or by Cortland Regional Medical Practice
physicians last year.
“Our rich history of compassionate care, medical excellence, leadership,
growth, and innovation gives us much to celebrate as we prepare for the
next 125 years, and we hope you’ll join us as we mark this milestone
year together,” says Mark Webster, President and CEO.