Ithaca Interfaith Community Raises over $15,000 for Cayuga Medical Center Employees 

Spearheaded by members of Temple Beth-El, a fundraising campaign to thank the Cayuga Medical Center employees for their tremendous hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic, raised more than $15,000. Several interfaith congregations and organizations in the Ithaca area, as well as many unaffiliated individuals, contributed to this fundraising effort. These include: St. Catherine’s Greek Orthodox Church, First Baptist Church, First Unitarian Society of Ithaca, Ithaca Area United Jewish Community, New Life Presbyterian Church, and the Philoptochos Society.

“It felt important to the Caring Committee of Temple Beth-El to thank the workers for their tireless dedication and their bravery in the face of the pandemic. We hope these funds can provide a small respite as a token of appreciation from the community,” added Rabbi Safman, of Temple Beth-El.

“We have seen overwhelming acts of kindness to support the staff at Cayuga Health. The endeavor of Temple Beth-El to engage others within our community to provide a tangible acknowledgment one year into the pandemic is incredibly generous, heartening and meaningful,” said Dr. Marty Stallone, President and CEO of Cayuga Heath.

The funds collected provided gift cards to the hospitals’ cafeteria and were be distributed along with hand-written thank-you notes during National Hospital Week, which was May 9-15.


Contact: Rabbi Rachel Safman
Temple Beth-El, (607) 273-5775

Contact: Steve Savage, Executive Director
Cayuga Medical Center Foundation, (607) 274-4284


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 2,500 employees. CH is clinically linked to Mayo Medical Laboratories, Rochester Regional Health for cardiac services, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for cancer services, and the University of Rochester for neurosciences. Visit www.cayugahealth.orgfor more information.

About the Cayuga Medical Center Foundation  
The Cayuga Medical Center Foundation’s philanthropic efforts ensure that Cayuga Health remains a strong, independent, locally controlled and locally operated health-care system. Through the generous support of community members, grateful patients and families, local foundations, and corporate philanthropy, Cayuga Health can fulfill its mission of delivering the highest quality of care, one person at a time. Visit for more information.

About Cayuga Medical Center

We are a not-for-profit, acute-care medical center bringing state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to the residents of Tompkins, Cortland, Seneca, and Tioga counties. And a century after our founding, we remain intrinsically tied to those we serve: our corporate membership includes representatives from over 100 community organizations. At Cayuga Medical Center, we believe that hospitals are shaped by the people they serve


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