Cortland Regional Medical Center Celebrates 125th Anniversary

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 ever since.

“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,” Webster says.

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.