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Health Care

For a small city, Ithaca has comprehensive and high-quality healthcare. Service organizations and advocacy groups have an active voice in the local community.

At Cornell University, health insurance is required, and Cornell offers a first-rate, low-cost, student health insurance. If you come with your own health insurance plan, be sure to contact the Cornell Law School Financial Aid office, which will provide you with information to opt-out of the student health insurance plan.

Cornell Resources

Gannett Health Services
Ho Plaza
(607) 255-5155
Student health center adjacent to the Law School. Visit for all types of illnesses, wellness, and mental health concerns. Gannett offers physical therapy at a satellite location.

Student Disability Services (SDS)
(607) 254-4545
Provides services to students with disabilities and special needs.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
(607) 255-5155
Need someone to talk to regarding a minor or more serious mental health issue? CAPS can help. They will refer you to someone in the area, if they feel it is necessary.

Empathy, Assistance, and Referral Service (EARS)
(607) 255-3277
Provides peer counseling.  In addition to EARS is HAVEN, an outreach service for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender community at Cornell.

Local Resources 

Cayuga Medical Center
101 Dates Drive (on the other side of Cayuga Lake)
(607) 274-4011
This is the Ithaca’s local hospital. There is a convenient care branch that treats patients with non-emergency cases. This is located at the intersection of Uptown Road and Warren Road in Lansing, (607) 274-4150.

Tompkins County Department of Health
This site offers everything from environmental health to a listing of immunization clinics in the county.

American Cancer Society
21 Adams Street (District office)
Endicott, NY 13760
(800) 227-2345

American Red Cross
Schedules of local blood drives.