ITHACA, N.Y.- Cayuga Medical Associates (CMA) will absorb the Dryden Family Medicine practice beginning June 1. This is the second local medical practice CMA has acquired in the last year. 

Cayuga Health System made the announcement in a statement released May 18.

The new practice is to be re-named Cayuga Primary Care Family Medicine Dryden, which according to the statement, brings together “two well-respected organizations and expanding quality care to the community.” 

The announcement from CNA said that by “joining forces” with CMA, Dryden Family Medicine will be able to take advantage of the resources, technology and collaborative environment that is offered by CMA. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. 

“This partnership enables Dryden Family Medicine to continue to provide comprehensive care to patients, while maintaining the personalized attention and compassion for which they are known,” according to the announcement. 

CMA wrote in the statement that patients should experience “minimal change,” as the 5 Evergreen St. location and contact information for providers will remain the same. Medical records will be transitioned to Cayuga Medical Associates, unless patients require a records transfer. 

Dryden Family Medicine has existed since 1955 in the area and is a nationally recognized “Patient Centered Medical Home,” which according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is defined as a practice that is “relationship-based,” with an “orientation to the whole person.” 

Dr. Howard Silcoff, a partner physician at Dryden Family Medicine, was quoted in the release from CMA and expressed support of the absorption. 

“We have worked closely with CMA and Cayuga Health System (CHS) for many years already,” Silcoff said. “We believe strongly in their expertise, their desire to provide high-quality care to all of us in this area, and their ability to help us forward and keep our practice sustainable. 

The news follows a pattern of general expansion for the health system. In December 2022, CHS was awarded $1.5 million to build a crisis stabilization center that will be housed in a portion of the Shops at Ithaca Mall, as reported by The Ithaca Voice. The same month, CHS announced it was to absorb Family Medicine Associates of Ithaca as of Feb. 1, 2023. 

Judy LucasGeneral Assignment Reporter

Judy Lucas is a General Assignment Reporter for The Ithaca Voice.