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New Emergency Department at CMH

Community Memorial Opens New Emergency Department

Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) is proud to announce that the renovation to the Emergency Department has been completed and is now open for patient care. The new Emergency Department (ED) at CMH in Hamilton has an expanded waiting room, private bays for patients, enhanced technology and safety features.

Patients needing emergent care can come to the new ED, located in the front of our hospital campus, through its own entrance. The expansion includes three additional rooms, bringing the total number to ten rooms, increasing patient privacy and safety. The ED also has enhanced technology, including a centralized telemetry system to monitor patient cardiac status and security features that restrict entrance to the ED to those with badge access.

CMH has added a decontamination room with private access through the outdoor showers. This will allow patients, EMS providers and staff to rinse off any potentially hazardous chemicals before entering the building. The decontamination room has an ante room to give staff the space they need to safely don and doff personal protective equipment and minimize the transfer of any hazardous waste or airborne diseases with an enhanced HVAC system. A decontamination room in a rural community is critical in providing safe care for our patients and staff.

As the pandemic continues to impact our community, access to safe, quality healthcare matters most. “The opening of the Emergency Department comes at an important time as we continue to serve the needs of residents in our community during the pandemic,” stated Jeffery Coakley, President and CEO of Community Memorial.

The increase of COVID, influenza and RSV cases are driving an increase in patient visits in our Emergency Department. This expanded space with enhanced features and technology allows us to care for our patients more effectively and provide EMS and staff with the space and tools they need to deliver quality care to patients.

“Providing quality healthcare in a personal, confidential room with increased space allows us to align our outstanding care with our space,” stated Bernadette Casscles, RN, Director of Emergency Services. “The enhancements made to our Emergency Department reflect the quality of healthcare we provide to our community every day.”

The opening of the Emergency Department wraps up Phase II of Community Memorial’s capital project and transformation of the hospital.  The hospital is undergoing a $31 million transformation to continue to provide quality healthcare to our region. The capital project will enhance our outdated facility, promoting patient access and navigation. Community Memorial opened a newly renovated Med/Surg unit last January, completing Phase I of the project.

COVID Testing

Free Symptomatic Rapid COVID-19 Testing

Madison County Health Department Drive-Thru COVID-19 Rapid Testing: 85 Cedar St in Morrisville (This is at the old County Highway Garage in Morrisville.)

Eligibility: Symptoms of illness for 1-7 days AND a Madison County Resident OR K-12 staff/student that attends/works at a school in a Madison County School District

Wednesday, December 15, 2021  
9:00am-11:00am – Schedule an appointment online at https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/2589/Find-COVID-19-Testing or call 315-366-2361

Friday, December 17, 2021  
12:00pm-3:00pm – Schedule an appointment online at https://www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/2589/Find-COVID-19-Testing or call 315-366-2361

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Visiting Hours Suspended

EFFECTIVE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2021

Due to the increase in local COVID-19 positivity, Community Memorial Hospital has temporarily suspended visitation in the hospital, with the exception of emergent, end-of-life care, minors and patients with special needs or circumstances.

Please contact Administration or the nursing supervisor with questions; (315) 824-6082.

Warren Perry

Warren Perry, Director of Surgical Services, Achieves Success in the Operating room

Warren Perry, BSN, RN, RNFA, CNOR, Director of Surgical Services, recently achieved success in the operating rooms for CMH after delays were experienced, due to holes in wrapped instrument trays for patient surgery.

Working with a vendor, Perry streamlined the sterilization process of OR instruments, shifting the organization to a new process that sterilizes with steam in a sealed container. Reducing delays in surgery has improved patient safety as well as operational efficiency.

Mr. Perry explained, “For all of us in healthcare, the primary concern is the patient’s well-being. It’s our responsibility to eliminate as many variables and prevent as many infections as possible. And, this new process for CMH improves the patient care and experience, adding to our 5-star care in Hamilton.”

Thank you, Warren, for your continued commitment to improving patient care along with efficiencies at Community Memorial!

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An Update To Visiting Hours

EFFECTIVE MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2021

Visiting hours will be strictly enforced. Exceptions may be allowed on a case by case basis with leadership approval.

Visiting hours will be as follows for Med/Surg and SCU:

  • Monday through Friday: 3pm – 7pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 1pm – 4pm
  • Each patient will only be allowed a maximum of TWO visitors per day.
  • NO visitors in Amb/Surg.
  • Visitors must maintain social distancing of six feet, even in patients rooms.
  • Children under the age of 12 will not be allowed to visit.
  • Visitors are not permitted to visit and patient who is in isolation, unless exceptional circumstances and prior approval have been obtained.
  • Visitors are to remain in the patient room at all times unless directed by staff to leave due to a treatment.
Visiting Hours SuspendedEffective Thursday, December 9, 2021

Due to the increase in local COVID-19 positivity, Community Memorial Hospital has temporarily suspended visitation in the hospital, with the exception of emergent, end-of-life care, minors and patients with special needs or circumstances.

Please contact Administration or the nursing supervisor with questions; (315) 824-6082.