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Upstate marks 10th anniversary of Community General acquisition

Upstate University Hospital marked the 10th anniversary of its acquisition of Community General Hospital with a brief ceremony July 7.

The ceremony included remarks from Upstate Medical University President Mantosh Dewan, MD, and Upstate University Hospital CEO Robert Corona, DO, MBA, retired Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Page. Also speaking were Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon and Syracuse Deputy Mayor Sharon Owens. Both McMahon and Owens lauded Upstate for its 10-year relationship with Community, for preserving healthcare jobs, and ensuring that health care remained available on the west side of town, especially in light of the COVID pandemic that required major responses from Community and Upstate’s Downtown campus.

Community officially joined Upstate July 7, 2011, making Upstate the largest hospital in the region at 715 beds.

Dewan thanked former Upstate University Hospital CEO John McCabe, MD, and Community General Hospital CEO Thomas Quinn for their foresight and dedication to making the decision more than a decade ago to bring these two facilities together.

Over the past 10 years, Upstate has brought many new services to the Community Campus, including a new breast care center; specialized emergency room for seniors called GEM Care; pediatric (Golisano) after-hours urgent care; a transitional care unit for medically complex senior patients; upgraded family birthing center (Labor and Delivery); epilepsy monitoring unit; and an expansion of space for ENT, bariatric surgery, breast care, midwifery and gynecology, urology and vascular services, and a patient and family healing garden.

Community is also home to the Family Medicine Residency Program. The three-year program is the first residency program for Upstate Family Medicine. It’s also the first time a residency program to be based at Upstate’s Community Campus. Part of Upstate’s Family Medicine department began operating out of newly renovated space at the Community Campus in June 2018.

New technologies and procedures based at Community include holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP) for treatment of enlarged prostate; robotic arm interactive orthopedic system, enabling Upstate’s Community Campus to be the first facility in the region to offer MAKOplasty total hip replacement and partial knee resurfacing.

And quality measures rose as well, with the Community Campus being recognized by The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) for its surgery outcomes; Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care; Blue Distinction Plus for knee and hip replacement; Healthgrades 5-star rating for vaginal births; and Center for Excellence for Hip and Knee Replacement, among others.

More than $70 million in new or renovated space has helped advanced medical care at Community, but leaders have worked hard to preserve the special nature and “feel” of the facility with its conifer-lined campus.

Dewan and Corona thanked the employees based at Community for their input on creating the vibrant campus and for the outstanding care patients receive there.

“The workforce at Community is the reason for our successes here,” they said.


Caption: Hospital leaders and local dignitaries gather to mark the 10th anniversary of the acquisition between Upstate and Community General Hospital.