Each year 50 million people in the U.S. undergo surgery. Whether it’s
an emergency appendectomy or a scheduled routine procedure, everyone wants
the same things — a skilled surgeon, a reputable hospital, and a
safe outcome. The good news is that what you want and need may be closer
than you think.
Dr. Chris Moheimani, chief of surgery at Cortland Regional Medical Center
says there may be bigger hospitals nearby, but bigger doesn’t always
mean better. “I tell people that you won’t find better services
or higher quality care than you can get right here at Cortland Regional,” he says.
There’s research that supports his opinion. A study conducted recently
by the Consumer Union showed that when it comes to general surgery, regional
and community hospitals are just as skilled and often safer than larger
ones. Cortland Regional has earned high national rankings for patient
safety for two consecutive years.
“Larger institutions are often focused on teaching, so you’re
going to get someone in training. Our surgeons have already done their
training. We’re board certified, educated, and we’ve completed
our residency,” Dr. Moheimani says.
“What we do at Cortland Regional is evidence-based, best practice,”
adds Dr. Kenneth Newman, chief of anesthesiology. “Those concepts
must be incorporated into excellent patient care.” When he joined
Cortland Regional four months ago, Dr. Newman was attracted to the hospital’s
reputation, its plan for growth, its talented medical staff, and supportive
administration. “You’re surrounded by great doctors and clinicians
with a good safety record and new technology,” he says. “Most
people want and need local access to quality primary care, follow-up,
and surgical services; that’s what Cortland Regional offers.”
There are several different specialists on Cortland Regional’s surgical
team, but the majority of procedures done each year fall into the general
surgery category. This includes things like appendectomies, gall bladder
removals, bowel resections, biopsies, and tumor removals — “all
the basic surgeries offered elsewhere,” says general surgeon Dr.
Jabbar Saliba. He’s quick to note that Cortland Regional is ahead
of other Central New York hospitals in offering a minimally invasive procedure
for treating chronic acid reflux that does not require an incision and
is done on an outpatient basis.
“Almost 70 percent of the patients who opt for this procedure can
stop taking medication. And Cortland Regional is the only hospital in
a 120-mile radius where this surgery is offered,” Dr. Saliba says.
“As a hospital providing general surgical services, we do all these
things and considerably more,” Dr. Moheimani says. “We also
have great relationships with other local specialists who do the things
we don’t. That’s another essential part of delivering high-quality
Dr. Saliba agrees. “Cortland Regional is a good place to start your
surgery consultation. Let us help you decide if it’s the best place
for you to be treated.”
Building trust with patients is key to good outcomes, and when the people
you treat are friends and neighbors, that commitment is even more personal.
“We have a dedicated team, very invested in what they do because
they’re all local,” Dr. Moheimani says. “Our kids go
to school here with the kids of our patients. We’ve embraced the
community, and the community has embraced us. We feel a deep responsibility
to the people we care for in our hometown.”