Community Memorial Hospital’s Spirit of Women Program Receives National Award

May 19, 2016 (Hamilton, NY): Community Memorial Hospital’s Spirit of Women program recently accepted the Heart of the Community Award from its national partner, Spirit Health and HeartCaring for our Go Red for Women event held in February 2016 in partnership with Colgate University’s Human Resources CU Well program and the Shaw Wellness Center.


The event, held at the Hall of Presidents, was a lunch and learn panel discussion moderated by Colgate University’s Adjunct Professor of the Health Sciences and Student Health Services Director Merrill Miller, MD. The panelists were three Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) providers: David Grover, PA and Ray Carlson, MD from Hamilton Heart Center and Cindy Marshall, NP from CMH Family Health Centers, who each spoke on a different topic relating to current cardiovascular risk, recommendations and treatment specific to women. Using the HeartCaring philosophy to build healthier communities, the Heart of the Community Award is awarded based on creative and innovative educational outreach initiatives. The project must demonstrate community collaboration, identify community need, reach or screen significant numbers of the community, and must be something other hospitals could learn from and replicate. Accepting the award on behalf of CMH and presenting our program at the 12th Annual HeartCaring Conference Awards Luncheon at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona was Dawn Sampson, Director Multi-Specialty Services and Stephanie Fadale, Spirit and HeartCaring Liaison for CMH.


“We know that 85% of healthcare decisions in the United States are made by women; either for themselves as patients or for others as caregivers. Putting information in the hands of patients where they can easily access it creates a pathway to better health outcomes for all”, said Dawn Sampson. “We are thrilled to be nationally recognized by Spirit of Women for our work to advance population health and very excited to partner with Colgate University in the interest of improving lives through patient education”, added Stephanie Fadale. Spirit of Women at Community Memorial Hospital is an innovative program that focuses on women’s health needs through our hospital’s comprehensive primary and specialty care network of services.


Through engaging, informative and fun events, CMH empowers women to make educated healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. Spirit of Women at CMH will hold four community educational events this year; the next event is slated for September and the focus will be on Orthopedics. For more information on these events and Spirit of Women at Community Memorial Hospital, please visit our website at or call (315) 824-6234.