Ensuring the highest level of care.
The Masonic Care Community is one of the only Long-Term Care facilities in Central New York State that has physicians on staff. They work closely with nursing, dietary, rehabilitation, social services and activities staff to ensure the highest level of care.
Elif Erim, MD, Medical Director of the Masonic Care Community
Dr. Erim is Board Certified in Geriatrics and Internal Medicine and was trained through the Geriatric Fellowship and Internal Medicine Residency at St Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City and at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City
Dr Kevin McCormick, graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1982. Following an internship at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital, he began his residency at the Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Stratford, New Jersey, and received his certification from the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine in 1987.
Dr. McCormick began his work at the USAF Hospital at the Griffiss Air Force Base in 1986 where he was an AFB Staff Internist for three years. He then opened a private primary care practice in Utica. Nine years later, he joined the staff of St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Internal Medicine and served as a hospitalist. Dr. McCormick is a Captain in the United States Navy Medical Corps Active reserves and where he served as Senior Medical officer for his unit out of Syracuse for over 10 years. In 2012, he joined the staff of the Washington Mills Medical Office of what is now part of the Mohawk Valley Health System and, just last month, the Masonic Care Community welcomed him to its staff where he works with two other physicians in caring for the more than 300 seniors who come to our in-patient rehabilitation center or live in our skilled nursing community. In 2017 Dr. McCormick was named to the Healthcare Hall of Distinction by the Genesis Group and Medical Societies of Central New York.
Guy Wilcox, MD
After earning his medical degree in 1968, Dr. Wilcox did an internal Medicine Residency in Salt Lake City Utah and in Louisville Kentucky. His internal medicine practice was interrupted in 1984 to study infectious diseases, completing an Infectious Disease Fellowship in 1986. Dr Wilcox has worked as a Medical Director in an acute care hospital, and was Medical Director at the Masonic Care Community from 1999 to 2011.
Dr. Wilcox was named Outstanding Physician by the Genesis Group and the Medical Societies. Dr. Wilcox retired as the Masonic Care Community Medical Director in 2010 but is still active and involved in with our residents.
Our team is very concerned about proper treatment and diagnosis of seniors, and started the Geriatric Assessment Clinic to help area physicians treat their patients. They work to assist patients and their families understand issues such as delirium, geriatric syndromes management (falls, incontinence, depression, pain, vision or hearing impairments, weight loss / anorexia in seniors. Dr. Erim, Dr McCormick and Dr. Wilcox look to reduce polypharmacy in older patients. Polypharmacy is the term used when an individual is taking a variety of medications, prescribed from different physicians that create untoward effects on a patient’s health. Through their efforts, MCC looks to reduce the number of unnecessary ER visits or re-hospitalizations of seniors at the Masonic Care Community.