Jay and Patricia Chapman

Couple's work in Pulaski goes beyond health

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Jay and Patricia Chapman
Physician / Villages

Some couples have a harder time leaving work at the office than others. Doctors Jay Chapman and Patricia Chapman both practice at the Pulaski Health Center, an organization that consistently rates highly with the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Together, they've helped promote community wellness in northern Oswego County and they've done it while raising three children.

"They both service the community in which they live and the county," says U.S. postal service mail carrier Jeannye Waite.

With a focus on wellness, the Chapmans have worked hard to promote healthy lifestyle choices. Jay is involved with organizing the popular winter event, the Tug Hill Tourathon, and teaches Sandy Creek students about maintaining good health. He also helped implement school-based health centers—around 90 percent of students in schools served by the program are enrolled in it. Patricia, meanwhile, is past president of the Oswego County Medical Society and former medical director of Pulaski Health. She developed a clinical flow sheet system that helped the implementation of excellent preventive chronic care. Both Jay and Patricia are clinical associate professors at Upstate Medical University where they teach rural medicine.

Their volunteering efforts aren't limited to health care. They're both members of Nature Conservancy, Syracuse Symphony, Tug Hill Tomorrow, Amnesty International, American Friends Service Committee, the Oswego Players, Salmon River Fine Arts Center and Adirondack 46ers.

"I'm honored and pleased [to receive this recognition]," says Patricia. "Of course, you never work in a vacuum. We have a great center. We wouldn't be able to do what we do without that support."