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Save the Date: 2022 Drive Flu Clinic

Thinking about protecting your health with a flu shot this season but don’t want to schedule an appointment? We’re pleased to offer our annual FREE Community Drive “Flu” Clinic!

Join us Friday, September 23, at the Community Memorial Campus at any of the following times: 7 AM – 9 AM; 11 AM – 1 PM;  4 PM – 6 PM!

click to download: Drive Flu Registration Form

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COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Children

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Children 6 months – Age 5

Madison County Health Department and Community Memorial Hospital’s Family Health Centers have collaborated to hold a COVID-19 pop-up vaccine clinic on August 2nd in the Town of Hamilton to increase vaccine access for infants and young children. This free COVID-19 clinic is open to children six months through 5 years of age. The child does not need to be a Madison County resident and does not need to be a patient of Community Memorial to participate. Only the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be available at this clinic.

COVID-19 Moderna Vaccine Clinic for Children 6 months through 5 years of age:
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
4:30pm-7:00pm (by appointment, second Moderna dose on Tuesday, August 30th)
Community Memorial Family Health Center of Hamilton,
164 Broad Street, Hamilton, NY

To make an appointment online– go to the Madison County Health Department website https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/2675/Get-a-COVID-19-Vaccination or call the Health Department at 315-366-2361.

“At this pop-up clinic, a Community Memorial pediatrician will be onsite to answer any questions before and after vaccination,” said Director of Community Health Rebecca LaPorte. Parents are encouraged to reach out to their child’s pediatrician or provider in advance to ask about getting vaccinated and for any questions. Parents may also view common questions and answers about COVID-19 vaccination for children at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq-children.html. To find additional vaccination clinics for those six months and older,

Community Wellness Center Hosts Partnership Program

Heritage Farm Inc. and Colgate University may differ in the type of organization, but both have been longtime community pillars, supporting, educating and promoting individuals to become contributors to society in their own unique ways. A recent collaboration between the two, in conjunction with the Community Wellness Center (CWC) of Community Memorial, has now provided a partnership that supports clients of Heritage Farm and furthers educational opportunities for students at Colgate University.

“Pairing Psychology students at Colgate with Heritage Farm participants allows for the growth of our students, and fosters health and wellness for the Heritage Farm members,” notes Dr. Regina Conti, Associate Professor of Psychology at Colgate University. “Our course ‘Bonding Across Boundaries’ aims to educate students surrounding ways to break down barriers that those with neurodevelopment disorders may face.”

After an orientation for the Colgate students with the certified trainer at the Community Wellness Center, Heritage Farm clients interested in an exercise program were evaluated for ability and program development opportunities. Once paired together, bi-weekly workout sessions began. “The Community Wellness Center has always served as a safe, friendly environment for community members to enjoy exercise,” remarks Sam Cooper, Managing Governor of the Board of Governors for the Wellness Center. “We’re excited to promote the extensive benefits that exercise can bring and be the host site for the partnering program between Colgate and Heritage Farm.”

Direct Support Professional with Heritage Farm, Inc., Steven Bassett, shares his thought on the success of the program: “Watching this program blossom has been a pleasure and privilege. The Colgate students and the CWC staff not only accommodated the participants but went above and beyond to personalize their experiences and ensure that they felt like they belonged. They pushed, motivated, and connected with the participants in ways that will leave a lasting impression.”

CWC trainer Mitch Cavanagh was able to structure exercise routines for the participants and watch the important interactions between everyone.  “I appreciate that a large part of their success came from the engagement they got with the Colgate students. In between exercise sets, there was positive feedback and conversations about everyday life. Everyone involved including myself, the Heritage clients, and the students gained something from this experience. I look forward to having the opportunity to do it again.”

For years, the Community Wellness Center has provided a professionally supervised health and fitness program to hundreds of people in our region.  Community Memorial Hospital has a continued interest in optimizing healthy lifestyle practices as a means of maintaining good health for people of all ages and abilities. To learn more about the Community Wellness Center of Community Memorial, including becoming a member or supporting their mission, please visit: communitymemorial.org/services/wellness-center/ 

Community Memorial Begins Robotic Surgery Program

Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) has launched its new Robotic Surgery Program through a partnership with Hamilton Orthopaedics Spine and Sports Medicine with the VELYS™  Robotic-Assisted  Solution.  Dr. Richelle Takemoto of Hamilton Orthopaedics performed the first robotic joint surgery with the CMH Surgical Team.


After extensive training and certification from DePuy on the Velys Robotic solution, the surgical team at CMH assisted Dr. Takemoto in launching the robotic technology in the operating room.  Community Memorial is the second hospital in New York State to implement this new advanced technology.  “The Robotic Surgery Program brings advanced technology into our operating room, providing patients with advanced technology and our same five-star caring service,” states Jeff Coakley, President and CEO.  “We are proud to partner with Hamilton Orthopaedics for the Robotic Surgery Program. With thousands of successful knee replacements provided by our skilled surgeons this gives patients one more reason to have their surgery at Community Memorial.”


Dr. Takemoto is excited to expand the program at Community Memorial.  As the first female surgeon to use this innovative technology, she understands the benefits of robotics technology to patients.  “The robotic technology provides me with greater precision on a cut. I can determine a measurement down the millimeter,” commented Takemoto. “This means increased stability and reduction in pain for patients, providing them with a better range of motion and preventing the unstable feeling some patients  experience during everyday activities, such as bending and walking up and down stairs.”


Every knee is different, as is every patient that requires a knee replacement procedure. The VELYS  Robotic-Assisted Solution works in tandem with the ATTUNE®  Knee System, an innovative knee implant that works more closely with an individual patient’s anatomy. With these systems together,  there is now an option for patients seeking the latest technology designed to provide digital precision in knee replacement.


“The entire surgical process is improved, from start to finish,” remarks Warren Perry, RN, Director of Surgical Services at Community Memorial.  “This equipment simplifies joint replacement surgery, and the true winner is the patient; optimal results, faster recovery times and fewer complications.”


Consistently recognized by Healthgrades with the Joint Replacement Excellence Award, most recently in 2021 for superior clinical outcomes in knee and hip replacements, Community Memorial strives to be the area’s leading organization for orthopedic surgery. “Robotics is transforming the way physicians perform surgery,” adds Perry. “Community Memorial is bringing joint replacement surgery to the next level, offering patients our superior 5-star care with first-rate technology.”

105th Birthday Celebration for CMH Patient

Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) was honored to celebrate Maxine Barber’s 105th birthday with her and her family while she was at CMH.


Living through two World Wars and now two pandemics, Maxine has seen a lot of change in her lifetime. “When I got married in 1937, gas was five gallons for $1. Now it’s one gallon for $5,” remarked Maxine.


With her son, other family and friends attending to mark this milestone, Maxine opened gifts and cut her own birthday cake, feeling excited to have such a fun party while in the hospital. Making sure her hair was curled and she dressed for the event, Maxine noted, “I love the staff here, I wish I could take them home with me!”