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If you have what it takes…We have what you want.


When you come to work for Cayuga Medical Center, you join a multidisciplinary group of more than 1,200 people who are united around a single goal: providing a healing environment for our patients. To achieve this requires spotless patient rooms, mountains of clean laundry, sterile surgical instruments, nutritious food, meticulous laboratory work, highly trained doctors, skilled nursing care, clear diagnostic imaging and much, much more.  We have a very diverse workforce, and everyone’s job is significant.


It’s very important to us to create a work environment where people feel welcomed, comfortable, valued for what they bring to the organization, and recognized for their contributions. It goes beyond salary and benefits. We’ve worked hard to develop an environment and culture that attracts top quality talent. And we believe this is what sets Cayuga Medical Center apart.



Why people choose to join us:




We offer a very competitive compensation and benefits package, including liberal paid time-off


Our full-time and  our benefited part-time employees receive the same benefits package (paid time-off benefits are prorated for part-timers)


Health insurance coverage becomes effective within six weeks of your start date.


Vacation time is available for use after six months. Paid holiday time is prorated and may be used immediately


Tuition reimbursement is available for career-related education




We are completing an award-winning, multiphased renovation of the entire medical center


The medical center is situated on a beautiful campus with gardens, benches, and scenic walking paths


Both of our Convenient Care campuses (Ithaca and Cortland) have been renovated and expanded


Why people choose to stay


Career Growth

One-on-one employee orientation helps ensure job success


Excellent internal and external educational opportunities for career advancement (leadership training, technology workshops, critical-care nursing internships, externships, ACLS, PALS, and more)


Clinical Ladder Program designed to recognize and reward excellence in clinical nursing practice.


Tuition reimbursement and Cayuga Medical Center Foundation Scholarships


Our solid track record of providing opportunities for career growth, promotion, and transfer within the organization


Employee Culture of Respect

A culture that encourages widespread participation on medical center task forces and committees.


Employee recognition programs


Low rates of employee turnover and job vacancy


Regular housewide meetings and monthly employee meetings with president and CEO, John Rudd.


Regular employee surveys that show a high rate of employee satisfaction


About Cayuga Medical Center


Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca is a 212-bed, acute-care hospital offering state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services. We are affiliated with 35 teaching and research institutions, including Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York Hospital, Columbia University, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Rochester Heart Institute, Mayo Clinic Laboratories, University of Rochester, University Hospital in Syracuse, Ithaca College, and Tompkins Cortland Community College. We have an affiliated medical staff of 200 physicians, many of them subspecialists. With more than 1,000 skilled health-care employees and two satellite campuses, we are the fifth-largest employer in Tompkins County. Cayuga Medical Center has been designated twice as a “Top 100 Hospital for Community Value.”


  Adult and pediatric care, including maternal-child health and Level II Neonatal Nursery


  General and specialized surgery including: neurosurgery; plastic and reconstructive; ear, nose, throat, head and neck surgery; ophthalmologic; orthopedic; urologic; and vascular


  Adult and adolescent inpatient psychiatry


  Inpatient medical rehabilitation, and a highly specialized Department of Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine


  Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, an innovative program to help people with chronic health challenges make productive lifestyle changes and enhance their ability to live a full and active life.


  A designated Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, including a premier affiliation with the renowned Roswell Park Cancer Institute and state-of-the-art radiation medicine


  The Ithaca Center for Pain Management, a Sleep Disorders Laboratory certified by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, and certified Stroke Center.


  Two Convenient Care Centers, in Ithaca and Cortland, for walk-in urgent care, imaging and laboratory services. The Ithaca Convenient Care Campus includes outpatient physical therapy and Surgicare, our ambulatory surgery center.


  Comprehensive Imaging services networked by a cutting-edge computerized picture archiving system (PACS).


  Twenty-four-hour Emergency Department and Intensive Cardiac Care Unit, located in a state-of-the-art critical-care facility that meets stringent “green” building guidelines from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. We are the sole provider of emergency care in Tompkins County; our door-to-door treatment times are 90 minutes less than NY State averages.



Our Mission Statement


We will deliver the highest quality health care in partnership with our community, one person at a time.


Our Core Values


Clinical Excellence

We value our ability to provide the very best results to our patients, right here in our community. We partner with Centers of Excellence and participate in national benchmarking studies.


Customer Service

We value customer service, as we take care of our patients and their families, in our relationships with our doctors, and in our interactions with colleagues. We monitor customer service through a relationship with external customer satisfaction auditor, Press Ganey.



We value each other as colleagues and mentors, and we value our patients, neighbors, friends, and community partners.


Financial Integrity

We value fiscal integrity while striving to meet community needs through investments in state-of-the-art equipment, renovations to our facilities, and development of new programs and services. We have been operating in the black since 1981, and were recently recognized by the Consumer Value Index as a Top 100 Hospital for the value we contribute to the community.



We value our partners in the local health community, spanning the spectrum of care from acupuncture to wellness, from prevention to palliation, and from acute care to life care.


Location, location, location


Cayuga Medical Center is located in Ithaca, New York, situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine country. A small, cosmopolitan city on the south end of Cayuga Lake, Ithaca is known for its diverse cultural life and its natural beauty. Lakes, waterfalls, gorges, and trails for hiking and cross-country skiing abound, providing year-round recreational opportunities. Ithaca is also home to an active community of artists in theatre, music, dance, film, and the visual arts.

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Cornell University, located on Ithaca’s East Hill, is an Ivy League school with world-class undergraduate and graduate programs. The community enjoys Cornell’s nationally known Bailey Hall Concert Series, world-renowned ornithology lab, botanical gardens, and one of the nation’s finest university art museums. Ithaca College, atop Ithaca’s South Hill, is the largest private, residential college in New York, and is widely known for its unique combination of liberal arts and professional studies. Tompkins Cortland Community College in nearby Dryden has one of New York’s finest two-year nursing degree programs.


The area school systems are excellent, befitting a college town, and the business community is thriving. Tompkins County Regional Airport is conveniently adjacent to the Business Technology Park.



Students Explore Health Careers Through New Visions

High School Students Health Career Explorations

New Visions: Health Career Explorations is an exciting and challenging option for high school seniors interested in medicine and related life sciences who want to learn all they can about health care careers. Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES, in cooperation with Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca, provides an inside look at health related careers found in hospitals and ancillary health care facilities.


A Wide Variety of Careers

Students in New Visions gain firsthand knowledge of radiology, electrocardiography, physical and occupational therapy, nutrition, patient information and social work aspects of health care in addition to surgery, obstetrics and emergency room treatment. In this fast-paced program students come to understand what is required of health care professionals, and how their education is applied to daily, real-life situations on the job. The students accomplish this by working and learning alongside nurses, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, respiratory therapists, administrative and support staff, and the many other health care professionals who work at the medical center.


The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that the demand for trained health care professionals will exceed the supply well into the next century, New Visions is a response to that significant need, as well as an attractive alternative for those seeking an opportunity to build a solid foundation for major decisions about further education and careers.


At the successful completion of the New Visions Program, students will be able to:

  Apply academic knowledge to professional tasks.

  Develop care plans based on experience and prepare for professional and technical careers.

  Debate and discuss current federal and state economic, social, legal, bioethical and scientific policies and issues related to health.

  Write creative and critical essays and research issues related to clinical rotations.

  Identify, utilize and integrate the relevance of anatomy and physiology in health and disease to government, economics and English.

  Recognize and model exemplary interpersonal and decision-making skills that are considered essential to becoming effective health care professionals.


New Visions students can expect a challenging and diverse curriculum. Progressing through rotations, they observe and can participate in direct patient care areas including Same Day Surgery, Maternal-Child Health, Rehabilitation Department, Outpatient Services and the Convenient Care Center. Accompanying rotations are scheduled in the Laboratory, Sterile Processing Dept., Vascular Lab, Admissions, Human Resources, Environmental Services, and Biomedical Engineering are scheduled.


New Visions students work in a professional environment and are expected to dress appropriately. All medical center dress codes must be followed, including personal protective equipment (and "scrubs" when applicable) and office attire. A white lab coat will be worn for most rotations. Furthermore, strict adherence to policies regarding patient confidentiality is required.


Students may apply for admission to the New Visions: Health Career Explorations Program if they:

  Are a senior from a TST BOCES component school.

  Demonstrate an interest in and a desire to learn about allied health careers.

  Are academically strong and meet graduation requirements, including the completion of three years of Regents math, science, English and social studies.

  Exhibit maturity, responsibility and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

  Are recommended by a guidance counselor and two teachers. Plan to attend college or pursue other post-secondary education.


New Visions supplements the final year of high school for talented and motivated students allowing them to experience a variety of health care careers. A portion of the student's morning is spent at their component high school attending chosen classes. Students then drive to the Cayuga Medical Center for their New Visions class from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. When their assignment at the medical center is complete, students return to their home school for academics, athletics, and other extracurricular activities.

Students receive a composite grade and earn one honors level credit for each of the following: Social Studies, English, Anatomy and Physiology, and Health Science Career Exploration.


Examples of rotation areas include:

Clinical Areas

  Same Day Surgery

  Emergency Room

  Medical/Surgical Patient Floors


  Nuclear Medicine

  Nutrition and Food Services


  Operating Room

  Sterile Processing

  Endoscopy - Oncology

  Maternal-Child Health

  Convenient Care Center

  Intensive Care Unit

  Vascular Lab

  Surgical Associates of Ithaca

  Dialysis Associates of Ithaca

  Ithaca Cardiology Associates

  Bangs Ambulance

  Radiotherapy Assoc. of Ithaca


Administrative/Support Areas

  Human Resources


  Medical Library

  Environmental Services


  Patient Billing

  Community Relations


  Infection Control

  Social Work

  Medical Records

  Facilities Department Courier



  Safety & Security


For more information, please call:
the New Visions Office at Cayuga Medical Center
telephone (607) 277-4503.


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