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Guthrie Cortland Celebrating Health Care Week – Reveals New Mural at Hospital


Patrick Reagan and Molly Reagan. Image Courtesy of Guthrie.

This week is Guthrie Healthcare Week and in-part, Guthrie Cortland Medical Center is celebrating with the revealing of a new mural in the Café Courtyard at the hospital. The mural was created by local artist Molly Reagan with assistance from her Uncle, Pat Reagan, who also works at Guthrie Cortland Medical Center. Reagan was also joined by a number of caregivers at Guthrie as well as her 6th grade students from St. Mary’s.

The mural will connect the long history of the hospital in Cortland and mixes in Guthrie’s history and commitment towards high quality health care. Dates can be seen on the mural with the dates of 1891 for founding of the original Cortland Hospital on Clayton Ave, 1911 for the year the hospital moved to the now Homer Ave location and January 2019 when Guthrie’s affiliation with the hospital began.

Besides dates, images can be seen on the mural with significant meaning. Some include Dr. Guthrie’s medical bag, a ribbon for the Renzi Cancer Center, the addition of X-Ray services back in the ‘70s and more.

“It’s been an honor and a joy to work on this mural. Not only do I live right around the corner and I was able to walk here each day, but both of my sons were born right here in this hospital. I walked here to have them too!”

Artist Molly Reagan said to the large crowd at the mural reveal on the importance and the meaning it was when she was given the opportunity to create a mural.

Guthrie says the mural will serve as the centerpiece for both visitors and caregivers who will dine at the hospital’s café. The mural is located in a beautiful courtyard with trees, flowers, plants, and a redone patio area for those looking to enjoy a meal outside. The Guthrie Cortland Medical Center Café has plans to extend hours and options along with a new look to enhance the overall experience.

“What a better way to showcase our caregivers and what they do each day to provide the highest quality care.” Jennifer Yertym, President of Guthrie Cortland Medical Center said in a release. “This bold, enduring picture of our commitment to deliver the comfort of a community hospital with the resources and investment of a large, integrated health care system equipped with the technology to keep building on the services we provide for years to come.”

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