Cortland County Health and Guthrie Cortland Medical Center are working on the required assessment of the overall health of our community.
“This is an anonymous survey, it’s currently available until April 3,” said Cortland County Health Director Nicole Anjeski. “This really is an opportunity for community members to become involved in providing information that they feel are important, so what the needs of the health of the community are, what they feel are the important needs.”
The county reports to the state, the hospital, to the feds. Once the health needs are identified, an update to the community health improvement plan will focus on two priorities: prevent chronic disease, promote well-being and prevent mental and substance use disorders.
“It’s such things as with addiction and mental health that’s been so apparent need in our community, we’re actually getting ready to renovate our emergency department to include additional private rooms for those behavioral health needs,” said Guthrie Cortland President Jennifer Yartym. “We’re getting ready to kick off a grant-funded renovation of our inpatient behavioral health unit, so that we can offer more extended care to those that need it.”
Anjeski promises results of the survey will be shared. “There will be some community presentations on the results of not only the survey and the community health assessment as a whole, but the community health improvement plan, too.”