SEA OF RED — Staff at Community Memorial Hospital in Hamilton wore red Feb. 1 as a means of promoting cardiovascular health through education and stress reduction. The American Heart Association recommends that individuals know their numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index and their family history. (Photo submitted) (photo submitted)

Hamilton hospital promotes heart health

Published Feb 11, 2018 at 9:00am

HAMILTON — A sea of red filled the Hall of Presidents on the campus of Colgate University as Community Memorial Hospital, in partnership with Colgate University, held the Fourth Annual Go Red For Women Lunch and Learn, “All Stressed Up.” held on Thursday, Feb. 1.

More than 100 local residents and medical staff attended the educational symposium, which focused on stress and its impact on cardiovascular health. Dr. Merrill Miller, Director of Student Health Services at Colgate University, moderated the symposium. Kerri Taylor, DO, from Community Memorial Family Health Centers shared the physical and psychological effects of stress and Travis Hall, Ph.D. spoke on primary care and behavioral health integration. Attendees also learned about the latest research on stress from Community Memorial Cardiologist Dr. Ray Carlson.

“Colgate University is honored to collaborate with Community Memorial Hospital to promote health and wellness for all local residents. It is essential to have a facility that provides quality healthcare services to a community that includes our students, faculty, staff, and families. We couldn’t be happier with our long-standing alliance,” Dr. Merrill Miller said.

The symposium kicked off National Wear Red Day events for the hospital. The event is held annually on the first Friday in February and it is an opportunity for local communities to recognize the importance of heart health.

Employees and medical staff at Community Memorial Hospital wore red to show support for heart disease awareness and for understanding its risks.

Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans and also impacts more than 800,000 individuals each year, but according to the American Heart Association, 80 percent of cardiovascular diseases are preventable. They recommend that individuals know their numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index and their family history to help prevent heart disease.

“Behavioral health helps to expand the scope of expertise into the primary care settings. Instead of referring you out, I am being referred in,” Hall said.

The employees of Community Memorial Hospital raised funds for the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association by purchasing red hearts and red dress pins, in honor or in memory of a friend, loved one, or patient impact by cardiovascular diseases.

“This annual event reinforces the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and highlights the part each individual plays in securing their own cardiovascular health. The hospital is proud to support this effort in partnership with Colgate University,” President and CEO of Community Memorial Sean Fadale said.