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Go Red: Listen To Your Heart

In the midst of 2022, Marney Rowland was an avid walker, logging anywhere between four to seven miles daily. The tread on her sneakers showed her success, and the scale did, too, as she’d begun losing weight and feeling healthier. Dropping 25 pounds, Marney noticed her heart felt like it was skipping beats.

Community Memorial Primary Care Physician, Dr. Kerri Taylor, adjusted some of Marney’s medication – but the condition worsened. When she began to see some kaleidoscope colors in the corners of her eyes, Dr. Taylor referred her to Dr. Avneet Singh, Cardiologist at Community Memorial. “I had seen a cardiologist about six years ago but hadn’t had any abnormal findings,” noted Marney. “These symptoms and everything that came after was unexpected.”

In early November, Dr. Singh’s office performed an EKG (electrocardiogram) on Marney – a test recording the heart’s electrical signal to check for different heart conditions. After seeing some concerning results, a second test was performed immediately following. The next day, the office called Marney and asked her to return for a nuclear stress test, which uses a tracer and an imaging machine to create pictures of the blood flow to the heart. Marney was then sent to Crouse Health in Syracuse for a heart catheterization, a procedure in which a thin tube is guided through a blood vessel in the heart.

“The doctor came in and said I had blockages and needed a five-way bypass, and I was sent to Upstate Hospital, next door, right away,” added Marney. “They kept me a few days, and then I had surgery. Seven hours in the OR for what ended up being a quadruple bypass, then five more days as an inpatient, and I went home.”

Post-op, Marney has some fluid still on her lungs, and her care team adjusts her medications and monitors her blood levels weekly. “Dr. Singh advised I will most likely be on AFib medication for a couple of months, which is common,” stated Marney. “I feel better than I did yesterday but not as good as I’ll feel tomorrow.”

Home recovering, Marney notes the appreciation for her long-time primary care provider. “I’ve seen Dr. Taylor for 20 years, I love her – and now, I’ve got a great Cardiologist with Dr. Singh. He has a great attitude with patients and always lifts me mentally.” Originally from the Oneida and Sherrill area, Marney moved north a few years ago, now traveling for an hour to see Dr. Taylor and Dr. Singh. “When you have a great medical provider you love, it’s worth going the distance to them.”

To learn more about the primary and specialty care services provided within the Community Memorial network, visit www.communitymemorial.org. Community Memorial Hospital is a critical access hospital in Hamilton, NY and offers primary care in five locations; Hamilton, Cazenovia, Morrisville, Munnsville, and Waterville.

go red lunch and learn for women and men

Go Red Lunch & Learn

Friday, February 3rd

Join us for an afternoon of health, wellness, and a survivor story!

Time: 11am – 1pm

Location: Hall of Presidents, Colgate University (map)

Please RSVP by January 27th!

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Register now, or call 315-824-7037

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Mike Martin Memorial Golf Tournament Another Success for Community Memorial

The Community Memorial Foundation hosted the 6th annual Mike Martin Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) on Monday, August 1, 2022.  The proceeds from the competition and supporting sponsors will go towards the capital project currently underway at Community Memorial Hospital,  already working on renovating and expanding the facility as the organization celebrates its 70th anniversary.

One hundred twenty-eight golfers attended the event, hosted at the beautiful and challenging Seven Oaks Golf Course of Colgate University in Hamilton.  This event was named to remember a long-time and dedicated volunteer, Mike Martin, who was sadly lost to the community in October 2016.  Deeply committed to the Hamilton area, Martin served on the board of the Community Memorial Foundation and chaired the tournament in its very successful inaugural year.  The tournament recognizes his leadership skills, commitment to the hospital and the local community, and wonderful personality.  He served on several local committees spearheading economic initiatives and actively volunteered for Colgate University as trustee and President of the Alumni Council.  Martin is a 1964 graduate of Rome Free Academy and Colgate University class of 1969. 

The sun was out all day with typical warm August golf weather, and after a brief welcome at noon, the players tee’d off.  After the golfers completed their game, an awards dinner was hosted at the Hamilton Inn on Lake Moraine Road.  Four teams were recognized: 1st place went to Team Keith Tyburski; 2nd went to Team Ron Joyce; 3rd was awarded to Team Chris DeAngelis, and 13th went to Team Dan Poupore.

“We had a fantastic time playing in the Community Memorial golf outing at Seven Oaks.  It was a wonderful day with great golf and food in a perfect setting,” remarked Gary Weeks, event participant.  “Our group was grateful to Susie Gustafson Real Estate for asking us to play in her sponsored foursome.  My brother and two former colleagues loved playing the course and everything else that went with the day.  Congratulations to the Community Memorial staff on a first-rate event!”

The event raised almost $100,000 in its 6th year and was supported by The Hayner Hoyt Corporation as Tournament Sponsor and SCP Health as Presenting.  For a complete list of the event sponsors, along with event photos, please visit https://communitymemorial.org/foundation/golf-tournament/.  The transformational project of CMH has already successfully completed the inpatient wing with private patient rooms, along with a new and expanded Emergency Room, the largest capital project since its inception in 1952.  To learn more about the project details or to support, please visit https://communitymemorial.org/foundation/capital-campaign/.

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,