Mental health, homecare specialists join Cortland Regional Medical Center

The following is a republished press release…to submit a community announcement, email Peter Blanchard at [email protected]

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CORTLAND, N.Y. – Cortland Regional Medical Center is pleased to welcome Tadeus Kowalski, a specialist in psychiatry, to the team of expert providers at Regional Medical Practice (RMP).

Kowalski, TadeusBoard certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Kowalski specializes in mental afflictions such as anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. He joins the team in the Mental Health unit of the medical center and will also see patients in the RMP Primary Care practice. Kowalski has contributed to several publications and research projects and reflects on his new role in Cortland saying, “Mental health afflictions are not weaknesses, but treatable illnesses.”

Born and raised in Skaneateles, he studied psychology and biology at Rutgers University, graduating Cum Laude in 2002 before finishing his doctorate at the American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. He has a wide variety of in-depth post-doctoral work, such as jobs as an EMT, urgent care physician, and forensic psychiatrist.

Millissa Ross

Ross, MillissaCortland Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that Millissa Ross is the new Director of Patient Services for the Long Term Home Health Care Program LTHHCP). In her new role, she will oversee the CRMC team that provides medical homecare in Cortland County and surrounding areas.

A long-time Cortland resident, Ross most recently worked as the field supervisor for LTHHCP where she supervised RN case managers, aides, and support services. She made home care visits, coordinated admissions and served as a liaison between LTHHCP staff and patient families. Previously, Ross served as a case manager at LTHHCP where she provided care to patients, supervised home health aides, and was an RN preceptor.

Ross is looking forward to fostering the collaboration with the hospital to help patients make a safer and healthier transition to their home setting for rehabilitation, recovery and healing. She explained that this transition of care sometimes includes “administering medications, checking in with patients following doctor appointments or helping individuals identify signs and symptoms that need to be reported to their Primary Care physician.”

Ross received her BSN from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, and graduated with an MSN/MHA, summa cum laude, from the University of Phoenix, AZ. Her studies focused on both health administration and health teaching. When asked about her new role she shared, “I’m eager to help people be proud of CRMC, and hope I can help raise awareness for our Long Term Home Health Care Program.”

Scott Smith

Smith, Scott

Cortland Regional Medical Center is pleased to welcome Scott Smith as the new Executive Director for CMH Services. Educated in respiratory therapy from Gwynedd Mercy University and licensed for both New York State and Pennsylvania, he most recently worked with Apria Healthcare in Endwell, NY. In his former role, Smith was the lead respiratory therapist for multiple branches and traveled to patients’ homes to administer oxygen and perform various respiratory assistances. Prior to his work with Apria Healthcare, Smith worked as a respiratory therapist at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and at Binghamton General Hospital in Binghamton, NY.

Smith brings over twenty-three years of experience to the CMH Services team and shares that he’s “happy to be joining a very dedicated staff. They are a great team, focused on helping patients in any way they can.” He added, “I was interested in joining CRMC because I’m eager for a challenge and I believe CMH Services provides an opportunity help patients while working alongside a new and growing team.”

Smith also serves as the mayor of New Milford Borough, New Milford, PA and in his free time, enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and “chasing a white ball around on a golf course.”

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