In honor of the 125th anniversary of Cortland Regional Medical Center, the Cortland Memorial
Foundation is announcing a special initiative to raise funds to purchase
two state-of-the-art mobile digital imaging units.
The new medical equipment will give radiology healthcare providers the
ability to perform numerous tests each day right at the patients’
bedside. Mobile digital technology reduces the need to move the patient,
speeds up the diagnosis and treatment, and produces a higher degree of
clarity in the images.
Potential applications include scans in the operating room during surgery,
radiology tests for severe illness or injuries in the emergency room,
and diagnostics for newborn babies with critical needs. Patients in the
Intensive Care Unit will also benefit from the mobile device when chest
images are taken to help monitor their healing while on a ventilator.
Dr. Kirwin Gibbs, chair of the radiology department at CRMC knows first
hand how patient care will be taken to a new level with these mobile digital
imaging units. “This digital technology produces high-quality images
and improves the ability to provide an accurate diagnosis of a patient
within minutes.” Gibbs emphasized that the timing is critical when
responding to a life-threatening condition.
CRMC is hoping to purchase two units to best serve the healthcare needs
of the Cortland area patients. The cost of each unit is $140,000. To date,
gifts totaling over $125,000 have been received from individuals and local
Mary Ellen Bloodgood chairs the Foundation Board and shared her thoughts
about why making a lead gift was a priority for her. “This gift
initiative is such a great opportunity for our community to show its support
for ‘the hospital the community built’,” she shared
when referencing the anniversary of the founding of the hospital in 1891.
“This hospital was here for past generations and will continue to
be here for generations to come,” she says.
Additional leadership donors who have supported the effort so far include
the Cortland Community Foundation, Kinney Drugs Foundation, J.M. McDonald
Foundation, Triad Foundation, and the CRMC Hospital Aid and Auxiliary.
President and CEO Mark Webster and his wife Dianne Webster also made a
lead gift. “While Dianne and I are newcomers to Cortland, we are
devoted to CRMC and committed to this community. It's a privilege
to invest personal funds in such a worthy cause at such a wonderful place,”
For over 125 years, Cortland Regional Medical Center has served the healthcare
needs of generations of families. The Foundation is counting on the community
to respond with their own commitment to this important fundraising effort.
Interested individuals or organizations can contact the office directly
by calling 756-3757 or emailing Debbie Nadolski, the Executive Director at
email@example.com. Leadership donors will be recognized at the upcoming Harvest of Gold
event on September 23 at the Lynne Parks SUNY Alumni House.