At Cayuga Medical Center,
we know that one of the most important community services we deliver is expert,
compassionate care for people who are experiencing medical emergencies. We
provide the only 24-hour emergency care in Tompkins County and we see more than
26,000 patients a year in our Emergency Department.
With generous support from
the community, Cayuga Medical Center completed a state-of-the-art critical-care
facility in 2006, which effectively tripled the space of our Emergency
Department. We now have twenty emergency patient rooms in which to handle our
increasing volume. Special-use spaces for trauma and decontamination,
psychiatric evaluation and care, and treatment of sexual assault victims also
enhance our abilities to meet the needs of the patients and families we serve.
Our experienced staff of board-certified physicians, registered nurses, physician
assistants, and nurse practitioners take care of adult and pediatric
emergency patients. We work closely with local ambulance crews to ensure the
finest pre-hospital care possible. And working collaboratively with the
Tompkins County Office of Emergency Response, we play a key role in our
community’s emergency medical preparedness and response to bioterrorism
and homeland security issues.
When you come through our
Emergency Department doors, you are at the center.
For more information on
patient care for patients suffering stroke or sexual assault, please click on the following links.
NYS Department of Health Certified Stroke
SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)
Certified Stroke Center (link to Winter 2008 Health Visions
Magazine article: “Cayuga Medical Center Earns Stroke Center
program for sexual assault victims
Victims of sexual assault
and abuse have many faces. They are college students, girls, boys, teens,
women, men, and the elderly. They are targets of sexual assault regardless of
their sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, and income level. They
suffer assault and abuse on dates, on the streets, at work, and in their homes.
More often than not, they are assaulted by someone they know and trust.
People can have many
feelings after sexual assault, sexual abuse, or rape. They feel confused,
scared, angry, helpless, sad, and ashamed. Each person is different and
responds individually to her or his experience. The impact of sexual assault
and abuse can include sleep disturbances and difficulty concentrating, and can
disrupt relationships at school, work, and in the family. Some victims suffer
mental health problems, abuse drugs and alcohol, and experience sexual
dysfunction as a result. The SANE program can help you cope with whatever you
What is the SANE Program?
The Sexual Assault Nurse
Examiner (SANE) Program employs a team approach to assist survivors of sexual
assault, sexual abuse, and rape with medical, emotional, and legal needs. With
the survivor’s consent, a team of nurses, sexual assault
counselors/advocates, doctors, and law enforcement work together to support the
Through the SANE Program,
youth and adult survivors of rape, sexual assault or abuse can be examined by
specially trained nurses in the Cayuga Medical Center Emergency Department.
Nurse examiners provide skilled, sensitive medical care and the timely
collections of forensic evidence. If the survivor chooses, law enforcement
agencies can use this evidence in the arrest and prosecution of the offender.
Care can best be provided as soon as possible after an assault. However, it is
never too late to seek care and support after a sexual assault.
Medical Care and Emotional
Survivors can expect
prompt treatment from SANE nurses and the immediate and continued support of
experienced counselors-advocates from the Advocacy Center. Family and friends
can also receive support and assistance through the program.
All procedures are
explained in detail. Treatment to prevent sexually transmitted infections and
emergency contraception are available. Survivors are treated with dignity and
given choices about their treatment, all in the hope of beginning the healing
Participation in all
services of the SANE Program is voluntary. It is not mandatory to make a report
to law enforcement unless a weapon was involved. In some cases of sexual abuse
of children or teens, child protective services and law enforcement must be
If a survivor is unsure
about whether or not to press charges, evidence collected by a SANE nurse can
be held for up to 30 days at the hospital while the survivor makes his or her
SANE is a collaborative
project of Cayuga Medical Center and the Advocacy Center.
To find out more about the
services of the SANE Program, call the Advocacy Center’s 24-hour hot line
at (607) 277-5000 or call our Emergency Department at (607) 274-4411.
Anyone who comes for a
SANE exam will be treated regardless of ability to pay. There are no fees for
the services of the Advocacy Center.