April 1, 2016 will mark the 125th anniversary of Cortland Regional Medical
Center’s service to the community. Cortland Regional exists today
because one man, the Reverend J.A. Robinson, had a vision to establish
a hospital to meet Cortland County’s growing need for medical care.
Rev. Robinson shared his vision with a group of women from the community
known as the Loyal Circle of King’s Daughters, and they enthusiastically
agreed to raise the funds needed to open Cortland’s first hospital.
It took the King’s Daughters two years to raise enough money to make
their dream a reality, but they were committed to the task. The hospital
opened its doors for the first time on April 1, 1891 in a rented house
at 33 Clayton Avenue. The modest facility had just 6 beds, 6 physicians,
1 nurse and 22 volunteers, and it cared for 15 patients in its first year.
It has been serving the healthcare needs of the greater Cortland community
“On April 1st, our hospital will have operated 24-7 for 45,656 consecutive
days. That’s an incredible run of 1,095,744 hours without interruption,”
says Mark Webster, President and CEO of Cortland Regional Medical Center.
Over the years CRMC has expanded its operations, staff, and services many
times to meet the needs of our growing community. Today Cortland Regional
is a 162-bed acute care facility with attached 80-bed residential care
center that is staffed by more than 100 physicians trained in over 20
specialties and complemented by 33 advanced practice clinicians. More
than 33,800 patients were treated at the hospital or by Regional Medical
Practice physicians last year.
“Access to healthcare is critical to sustaining a healthy community,
and communities need compassionate, competent health care they can trust.
For 125 years our goal has remained the same – to make a difference
in the lives of our patients and to provide the very best in healthcare
now and for generations to come,” says William Pomeroy, Chairman
of the Board of Trustees.
Over the years CRMC has worked diligently and continuously to improve the
quality of care it provides. Last fall, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services released its assessment of all US hospitals based on four important
aspects – risk-adjusted clinical outcomes, clinical processes, patient
experience, and efficiency -- and CRMC scored the highest in New York
State and 50th in the nation. “This distinction and other recognitions
received since are a testament to the teamwork of CRMC physicians, advanced
practice clinicians, nurses, caregivers, and staff who believe in our
mission to provide exceptional, patient-centered care every day,”
CRMC will kick off this historic anniversary year with an internal celebration
on April 1, followed by other special events and activities, including
the Hospital Aid Charity Ball on April 16, and a community-wide celebration
planned for this summer.