A sign reading “Guthrie Cortland Medical Center” was unveiled this morning (January 10) in front of the hospital’s main entrance on Alvena Avenue in Cortland.
Hospital leaders, employees and members of the media braved the snow and wind to experience the momentous occasion.
The presidents from both the Guthrie Clinic and the now Guthrie Cortland Medical center spoke from a podium before the unveiling, along with doctors from the hospital and other key players in getting this deal done.
Guthrie Cortland President Mark Webster says today is a turning point in the hospital’s 127-year history.
“This affiliation is a major advance forward for health care in Cortland County,” Webster said. “Guthrie brings financial and intellectual capital here that we lack here as a small organization.”
A collaborative task force from what was Cortland Regional Medical Center spent over 20 months identifying a perfect fit in terms of an affiliate organization. Dr. Joseph Scopoletti, the president of The Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, PA, says his organization is honored and excited to have been chosen.
“We’re looking very much forward to getting to work,” said Guthrie President Dr. Joseph Scopelliti. “Our first steps will be to learn as much as possible about the specific needs of this community and identifying exactly where our resources could align to meet them.”
The ceremony was followed by a special welcome event for hospital employees.