Stay Informed

Advancing Care in the Face of a Pandemic

president's letter

Letter from John M. Carrigg, President and CEO of UHS

John Carrigg, CEO

The past many months have been challenging and difficult for everyone—for our patients, our community and our front-line healthcare professionals. Yet across UHS, our teams have stepped up amid the COVID-19 pandemic to provide outstanding care.

In this issue of UHS Stay Healthy, you will learn about some of the key actions we are taking to provide exceptional service and ensure that our community has the healthcare resources that are in critical need. For example, we have developed a Hospital Care at Home Program, allowing COVID patients to receive comprehensive at-home monitoring and care after they’ve been discharged from the hospital. We’ve launched a Specialty Pharmacy, designed for patients with complex medical issues who need rare and highly specialized medications. And we’ve gone 24/7 with our conveniently located Wilson Place pharmacy in Johnson City.

From the start of the pandemic, we responded by creating a number of negative-pressure rooms at our hospitals to care exclusively for COVID patients, and now, as a vaccination hub, we’re leading the way in making sure our community has access to the COVID-fighting vaccines at multiple locations.

We’re also looking to the future, as we begin renovation work at UHS Wilson to make way for a new medical tower on the campus.

As you read through this issue, you will learn that you don’t need to delay your care out of any lingering concerns related to the coronavirus. Our healthcare facilities are open, sanitized and safe. So please feel free to seek medical care as you need it, either in person at one of our many locations around the Southern Tier, or through Virtual Health.

Thank you for taking the time to stay informed about your own care and the many resources offered at UHS. It’s our pledge to ensure that this magazine is useful to you as you make those all-important choices about your health and well-being.