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General surgeon joins Community Memorial in Hamilton

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Dr. Gregory Ripich

HAMILTON, N.Y. — Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) announced that Dr. Gregory Ripich has recently joined the health-care system’s surgery team as a general surgeon.

He most recently served as the medical director for Surgical Associates of CMA in Ithaca. Dr. Ripich has joined Dr. Martin Ernits in the General Surgery Program at CMH. The organization said this addition “provides the community with a greater scope of care and allows CMH to care for a greater volume of patients.” 

Ripich will perform elective procedures and surgeries, specializing in various operations such as colon/rectal, breast, thyroid, skin, and wound surgeries. He sees patients in the CMH Family Health Centers of Hamilton and Cazenovia.

“The Community Memorial team is excited to bring Dr. Ripich on board. He brings a broad range of skills and experience to our patients,” Dr. Michael Walsh, chief medical officer, said in a release. “With his focus on a specialty covering various medical issues, we’re confident that patients will be pleased with the care offered here in Hamilton.”

Ripich studied neurobiology at Cornell University, where he also played lacrosse and continued his education at the University at Buffalo before graduating from Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. He completed his postgraduate training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Michigan. Ripich’s extensive career has defined his surgical interest and experience in advanced minimally invasive surgery and endoscopic procedures. 

“Dr. Ripich brings experience and a wealth of knowledge from larger health systems that will allow patients to receive care right here in Hamilton,” noted Jeff Coakley, CMH president and CEO. “CMH is excited for the future of General Surgery in Hamilton. We encourage patients to utilize the expanded services offered here.”

Community Memorial Hospital, a Crouse Health partner, says it is a critical-access hospital in Hamilton, serving Madison County and parts of Chenango, Oneida, and Onondaga counties.         

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