Upstate News

August 3, 1999
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

University Hospital joins forces with America’s

University Hospital has become the first hospital in New York state to sign on with America’s, a consumer-based healthcare website on the Internet and on America OnLine. By visiting the website. Consumers can talk one-on-one with a physician, participate in chat groups with specialty physicians, seek information on medical topics as well as locate providers by specialty in their geographic area at no cost.

“It’s a marvelous partnership,” said Shelley White Leonelli, director of access services for University Hospital. “From an educational standpoint, the hospital is able to be a resource to web users around the world. From the business side, the affiliation continues to strengthen the hospital position as the place to go in Central New York for outstanding medical care.”

White said the Internet has become a major resource for hospital as it pertains to marketing. “With more and more consumers on the Internet looking for medical education, it’s imperative that we have a strong presence there,” she said. “This agreement with America’s helps us achieve that.”

The contract provides for University Hospital to have exclusive access to website users in Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Oswego, Madison and Cortland counties.

Several University Hospital physicians already have been featured on America’s physician chat sessions. During these sessions, physicians chat on-line for an hour with website visitors.

University Hospital, part of the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, is the region’s only level 1 trauma center. The 350-bed hospital is also home to the area’s only burn unit, AIDS care center, poison control center and Joslin Center for Diabetes–one of only 11 centers nationwide.

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