Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc. (STHCS) is a three-county rural health network serving Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties whose mission is to “improve the health and wellness of our rural communities.” We are one of 35 rural health networks designated by the New York State Department of Health.
STHCS was established in 1994 as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization and is headquartered in Blue Bird Square, Olean. Our organization is member-driven, with the membership including hospitals, physician groups, county departments of health, home care providers and ambulatory medical care providers.
Our programs include the Southern Tier Child Advocacy Center, the Southern Tier Emergency Medical System (STEMS), the Southern Tier Child Health and Safety Team, the Southern Tier Overdose Prevention Program (STOPP) and the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Program. We also provide navigation assistance for those seeking health insurance through the New York State Health Benefit Exchange.
STHCS performs extensive community outreach and education programs on various general health-related issues, and also on specific issues such as asthma, diabetes, dental health, nutrition and physical activity and developmental disabilities. STHCS has been recognized locally and regionally for its impact on health care in its catchment area.