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Family Health And Cayuga Medical Announce Collaboration

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Family Health Network of Central New York and Cayuga Medical Center announced that the healthcare organizations will work closely together toward a goal of advancing clinical care in Central New York.

Cayuga Health System President and CEO John Rudd sees an opportunity to improve patient care. “I’m excited. I’m really excited,” said Rudd. “I think our two organizations culturally work very well together.”

FHN President and CEO Walter Priest shares the vision, saying, “With Cayuga Health and Cayuga Medical Center providing specialty physician services in the community, there’ll be that access very seamlessly across the primary care to our specialists. Family Health Network promotes and improves the wellness of the Central New York community through quality, affordable healthcare at multiple, convenient, state of the art facilities, while supporting employees and maintaining long term viability.”

John Rudd, Cayuga Health System and Walter Priest, Family Health Network

Both organizations pledge to continue to operate independently and engage in other projects with Regional Partners, but plan to collaborate on clinical services, regional planning, and community outreach.

The clinical collaboration is expected to improve access for Family Health Network patients considering specialty care at Cayuga Medical Center such as cardiac, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, orthopedic services, and more.

Cayuga Medical Center will work with Family Health Network patients without a primary care provider to locate one for ongoing quality care with Family Health Network or other Providers depending on patient choice.

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Priest points out that this collaboration is in line with the “mission of Family Health Network, to engage regional partners in providing quality, comprehensive, and accessible health care throughout the region.”

“We have a long history of collaborating with Family Health Network that spans many years. We share the same vision of providing high quality health care services to all segments of our community,” said Rudd.

One of the goals? Managing the health of the shared patients that are served throughout the region by collaborating on care, sharing patient information, and linking in wellness services to sustain good health, and control cost. “We’re confident that we can really enhance and improve the quality of care that we can provide to Cortland County and surrounding communities,” Rudd said.

Both organizations point to the collaboration as a sign of their focus on the health and wellness of the communities they serve.

Link: Family Health Network’s Mobile Clinic Plans

According to information provided by Cayuga Health System, Cayuga Medical Center provides care throughout the region with clinical services in Auburn, Cortland, Ithaca, and Watkins Glen. It is clinically linked to the University of Rochester Medical Center for neurosciences, Rochester Regional Health System for cardiac, Roswell Park for cancer, and Mayo Medical Laboratories for lab.

Family Health Network of Central New York was established in 1972 is a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home and provides health care services to the residents of Cortland and Cayuga Counties, as well as, the contiguous counties of Tompkins, Madison, Chenango, Broome, and Tioga.  Family Health Network is also a Corporate founding member of the Care Compass Network Performing Provider System and a founding member of the Upstate Community Health Collaborative.

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