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Experience the Difference by Becoming a Cayuga Nurse
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)
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
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
Both of our
Convenient Care campuses (Ithaca and Cortland) have been renovated and expanded
Why people choose to stay
employee orientation helps ensure job success
and external educational opportunities for career advancement (leadership
training, technology workshops, critical-care nursing internships, externships,
ACLS, PALS, and more)
Program designed to recognize and reward excellence in clinical nursing
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
culture that encourages widespread participation on medical center task forces
Low rates of
employee turnover and job vacancy
housewide meetings and monthly employee meetings with
president and CEO, John Rudd.
surveys that show a high rate of employee satisfaction
About Cayuga Medical Center
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
and pediatric care, including maternal-child health and Level II Neonatal
and specialized surgery including: neurosurgery; plastic and reconstructive;
ear, nose, throat, head and neck surgery; ophthalmologic; orthopedic; urologic;
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.
designated Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, including a premier
affiliation with the renowned Roswell Park Cancer Institute and
state-of-the-art radiation medicine
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.
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).
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
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.
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
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
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
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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
Students Explore Health Careers Through New
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
● 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
● 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
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
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:
● 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
● 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.