Cayuga Health opens new space for certain COVID patients

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Cayuga Health announced the opening of a new 37-bed facility for certain COVID-19 patients, in response to increased demand for acute bed care capacity across the Southern Tier region.

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The space is located in a separate unoccupied building on the Cayuga Nursing & Rehabilitation Center campus, which lies on the west bank of Cayuga Lake in Ithaca.

A dedicated team will staff the facility. It’s intent is to stabilized non-infectious patients who are still testing positive and need to finish out their quarantine.

Under an executive order, nursing home patients are not permitted to be discharged without first producing a negative COVID-19 test.

“After I received the call from Dr. Martin Stallone and Dr. David Evelyn asking if we are still able to help, we acted quickly to get a Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] from the Department of Health,” said Shully Braunstein, owner of Cayuga Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. “Our separate 37-bed facility will enable patients to finish their quarantine while getting access to our highly skilled nursing and rehabilitation team. We are working closely with New York State Department of Health to ensure that all necessary guidelines are being followed to safely operate the COVID-19 positive facility.”

This facility will be operated separate and apart from the nursing home and their residents and faculty.

All patients of the COVID-19 patient facility will be admitted through a separate entrance where multiple barriers have been set up to prevent access from CNRC to the facility.

All direct care staff will be dedicated to the COVID patient facility and will not be floated at any time to work on any of the CNRC units on campus.

“Last spring, in preparation for the various stages of the pandemic within our community, we reached out to Mr. Braunstein to discuss a potential partnership, and he willingly offered to help,” said Dr. Martin Stallone, President & CEO of Cayuga Health. “This partnership benefits all of our regional hospitals as the demand for acute care related to COVID-19 complications increases. We are thankful to Mr. Braunstein and his team for being a true community partner and acting quickly to open this facility.”

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