Cayuga Medical Center’s 2nd Annual Community Partner Award Given at Annual Community Meeting

Bob Riter Accepts Award for the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes

Contact: John W. Turner, VP Public Relations, Liz Heath, Public Relations Specialist, Cayuga Medical Center (607) 274-4498,

For immediate release – May 20, 2016

Ithaca, NY – At Cayuga Medical Center’s Annual Community Meeting at the end of April, the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes (CRCFL), was awarded the 2nd Annual Community Partner Award. The award was given by John Rudd, president and CEO of Cayuga Medical Center to Bob Riter, executive director for CRCFL, for the compassionate relationship that the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes has with Cayuga Cancer Center’s patients and clinical staff.

Volunteers from the Center staff the hospital’s “Cancer Resource Room” on a daily basis. Operated by Cayuga Medical Center, the CRCFL volunteers provide daily support, information and respite to people with cancer and their loved ones. The volunteers also comfort patients and families in the chemotherapy, and radiation oncology areas providing snacks, an empathetic ear, and information about resources available from CRCFL and the community. CRCFL recruits and trains all their volunteers, most cancer survivors themselves. In addition, the staff at CRCFL regularly visit the hospital to meet with staff, and talk with patients and their families.

John Rudd, CEO and president of Cayuga Medical Center commented “For 10 years, our unique collaboration with CRCFL has provided those in need with comfort, and resources in our community. It’s a great partnership that most importantly, benefits those in our community who have been affected by cancer.”


Cayuga Medical Center is a state-of-the art medical center in collaboration with prestigious health care organizations including Cornell University’s Weill Medical College in New York City, Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute (SCHI) at Rochester General Health System, The University of Rochester Medical Center (orthopedics and neurosurgery) and Mayo Medical Laboratories. For more information on services available at the medical center and its satellite campuses, please visit or call (607) 274-4498.

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