93-year-old COVID-19 Patient Released with Applauses, Expecting a Full Recovery

Cayuga Medical Center team and staff  members celebrated her release.


May 26, 2020 Ithaca, New York –– Cayuga Medical Center released a 93-year-old Coronavirus patient today. Margaret Melens, of Horseheads, NY was admitted on April 14 and was happy to return to her daughter’s home earlier today with the applause and send off by the CMC staff.  Melens’ has 17 grandchildren and several great, and great-great-grandchildren that were thinking of her during her recovery.

“I would like to recognize our doctors, nurses, and everyone that cared for Ms. Melens over the past 43 days,” stated Martin Stallone, CEO of Cayuga Health. “This story is unique, and it is with great pleasure that we were able to celebrate her recovery today. It provides us all with a wonderful feeling of hope during this pandemic.”

Cayuga Health has led the region in the fight against COVID-19. They offer two drive through testing centers and partnered with Ithaca based Rheonix in April to provide same day testing services to frontline workers. They will be housing an additional Rheonix testing device, being purchased by Tompkins County, which will allow increased daily capacity to thousands of COVID-19 tests, potentially around 4,000 tests per day and a four-hour turnaround.
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About Cayuga Health
Cayuga Health (CH) has two hospitals, Cayuga Medical Center and Schuyler Hospital, as well as a multi-specialty group, Cayuga Medical Associates. Combined employment, including affiliated organizations, is over 2,200 employees. CHS is clinically linked to Mayo Medical Laboratories, Rochester Regional Health for cardiac services, Roswell Park for cancer services, and the University of Rochester for neurosciences.

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