On Friday, August 24, New York State Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton stopped
by Cortland Regional to present a check symbolizing her assistance in
securing the hospital a New York State Capital Assistance Grant (NYS CAP)
totaling $450,000 for a technology “facelift.” This went towards
the purchase of computers, hardware and software upgrades as well as a
new video system for the hospital’s surgical suites.
The video technology, OR software and supporting systems are utilized by
a variety of physicians including orthopedists, general surgeons, OB/GYNS,
ENTs, urologists and pulmonologists, for procedures both complex and minimally invasive.
“Treating a surgical patient begins before they are on the operating
table,” said Denise Wrinn, Cortland Regional's Chief Financial
Officer. “To offer a truly integrated delivery system of care –
from patient registration and pharmaceutical reconciliation to materials
management, surgery and clinical documentation, it was important that
we invest in an upgrade.”
However, Cortland Regional, like many other state hospitals, has had to
compete for the necessary funding to make even the most basic technology upgrades.
“Like many hospitals throughout our state, Cortland Regional has
been fiscally challenged to continue innovating even as sources of revenue
support diminish”, said Wrinn, “Assemblywoman Lifton’s
assistance in securing the necessary funds was critical to reinforcing
our commitment to providing safe, patient-care.”
To secure the surgical technology upgrades, Lifton worked with the Dormitory
Authority State of New York (DASNY) which administered the grant money
for the surgical equipment. DASNY is New York State’s facilities
finance and construction authority which issues tax-exempt bonds and provides
expert construction-related services for public agencies and private,
not-for-profit institutions like Cortland Regional. Previously, Lifton’s
advocacy and work were instrumental in helping Cortland Regional qualify
for the Healthcare Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL
NY) Capital Grants Program. These funds enabled Cortland Regional to renovate
2C, the hospital’s medical surgical floor.
“Assemblywoman Lifton continues to be a champion for rural communities
like ours whose residents are just as entitled to compassionate, safe
healthcare as their urban counterparts,” said Mark Webster, Cortland
Regional's President and CEO.
Pictured from left to right: Mark Webster (President & CEO); Marion
VandenHeuvel (RN, Director of Surgical Services);
Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton and Denise Wrinn (CFO).