Cornell Health, formerly Gannett Health Services, is centrally located on Cornell's main campus in Ithaca, and provides responsive, confidential, high-quality medical services; pharmacy services; counseling and psychological services; physical therapy; and health education services to all registered Cornell students.
Cornell Health also facilitates access to urgent and emergency services and provides referrals to area specialty health care. Its high standard of service has been recognized by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.
Primary care services for all students
All students are encouraged to use Cornell Health for their primary medical and mental health care.
SHP members residing in the Ithaca area: Cornell Health is your primary care provider. Except in an emergency or for certain specialty services, whenever you need health care, begin at Cornell Health to receive the maximum benefit for services.
Appointments are recommended to address most of your health care needs. However, urgent care and nurse visits are available during building hours and students can consult with a Cornell Health health care provider by phone 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Emergency services in Ithaca are available from Cayuga Medical Center (CMC). If you need emergency medical care, consult by phone with a Cornell Health health care provider who can offer advice and, if needed, help arrange transportation to the hospital emergency room. In the event of your treatment or hospitalization at CMC, Cornell Health and CMC will share relevant medical information as needed for the continuity of your care.
Fees at Cornell Health
All full-time registered Cornell students can meet with a health care provider or counselor at Cornell Health, usually for a $10 visit charge. Fees may be paid at the time of service or charged to your bursar bill during the academic year. Cornell Health does not bill private health insurance companies directly but can provide a receipt for services that you submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
The Student Health Plan and Health Fee cover many services at Cornell Health (including most X-rays, lab tests, and special procedures). Additional visit charges are paid by the SHP member. Please check the Cornell Health web site for more information about cost for services.
Referrals and Care in Progress for SHP Members
If your care cannot be provided at Cornell Health, your primary care provider there may refer you to a preferred provider. (To receive the maximum benefit for services, obtain a written referral to a preferred provider.)
If you have just joined the SHP and are receiving care for a physical or mental health condition, please call Cornell Health to establish a relationship with a primary care clinician. If necessary, s/he can provide a referral to a preferred provider for specialty care.
If you have been continuously enrolled in the SHP and are receiving care from a specialist who is a preferred provider, a new referral is helpful for each plan year (one for each condition) in order for ongoing treatment to be covered. Talk with your primary care provider.
Contact Cornell Health
110 Ho Plaza
Ithaca, NY 14853-3101
Phone: 607 255-5155