Recently, Cortland Regional Medical Center was one of seven nonprofit Central
New York organizations to receive an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community
Health Award. Nearly 60 applications were submitted. Each award recipient
will receive up to $4,000 allocated by the company to help fund health
and wellness programs within the five-county Central New York region.
Through a competitive application process, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s
Community Health Awards support programs that have clear goals to improve
the health or health care of a specific population.
The awards focus on improving the health status of the community, reducing
the incidence of specific diseases, promoting health education and enhancing
overall wellness. Winning organizations are selected based on the proposed
program’s scope of need, goals and the number of people expected
to benefit from it.
Cortland Regional received an award for its smoking cessation program for
pregnant women. New moms must attend at least four of the six, free smoking
cessation sessions. As long as the women remain smoke-free, they receive
$25 in free diapers each month for six to 12 months postpartum.
“Amidst the complicated, challenging landscape of today’s
healthcare, it’s easy to lose sight of the small changes we can
make to support better lifestyle choices,” said Mark Webster, Cortland
Regional President and CEO, “If this award can help us convince
at least one mom to quit smoking, that is one more step in the right direction
for our community’s overall health and well-being.”
The other six nonprofit organizations selected were:
Auburn YMCA-WEIU, Auburn
Clear Path for Veterans, Chittenango
Foodnet Meals on Wheels, Ithaca
Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County, Ithaca
Prevention Network, Syracuse
WCNY, The Public Broadcasting Council of Central New York, Syracuse