It was impossible to miss the 300-ton crane positioned in front of the
main entrance of Cortland Regional Medical Center this past Friday when
it lifted a new, industrial-sized air handler onto the roof. This installation
is an example of just one of many visible improvements that are ongoing at CRMC.
The landscaping surrounding the hospital was carefully prepared for the
changing climate thanks to the helping hands of many CRMC employees that
volunteered their time to pull weeds, rake flowerbeds and plant bulbs
that will bloom in the spring.
"It's a tremendous help to our department and makes the grounds
look a lot better" commented Wayne Minihkeim, Director of Facilities
at CRMC. "Working together also seems to make everyone feel good".
In 2012 the department managers decided to establish a "Day of Caring"
to help improve the outward appearance of the medical center and create
a more welcoming landscape for patients and visitors. "It also gives
staff a way to show appreciation" stated Bonnie Baker, nurse manager
and Day of Caring team leader at CRMC. "We've had as many as
60 employees, family members and students volunteer their time".
Generous individuals and area businesses helped by donating perennials,
tulip bulbs and food and refreshments for the volunteers. CRMC would like
to thank Valley View Gardens, Ithaca Agway and the Food and Nutrition
department at the hospital for making the day possible. The next Day of
Caring is already being planned for early November.