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Archive for July, 2012


Orange Regional Medical Center Hosts "Look Good...Feel Better" Program

July 30, 2012

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free program of the American Cancer Society “Look Good… Feel Better” on Monday, August 13, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center, 707 East Main Street, Middletown in the Outpatient Conference Room (located just inside the Outpatient Entrance). For patients that have begun or are about to begin a course of radiation or chemotherapy treatment, they have been advised by their physician that they may experience some temporary changes in appearance. While those side effects may be upsetting, they are almost always temporary.

At this program learn tips on skin-care, make-up application and wig and turban styling. When you leave this program, you will have learned how to Look Good… Feel Better!

Space is limited; pre-registration is advised. For more information, or to register, please call 1-800-227-2345.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


Orange Regional Medical Center Designated an Aetna Institute of Quality Bariatric Surgery Facility

July 26, 2012

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce it has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® Bariatric Surgery Facility for treating individuals living with morbid, or extreme, obesity.

Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes hospitals and facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services for certain health conditions. Orange Regional has been chosen for this designation for consistently delivering evidence-based, safe care.

“We are thrilled Aetna recognized that weight loss surgery services we provide is of the highest quality for our patients,” says Orange Regional Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Schiller. “It demonstrates our commitment and ability to consistently deliver the highest level of bariatric surgical care.”

Orange Regional Medical Center, designated by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®, offers a range of minimally invasive weight-loss surgery procedures including Gastric Bypass, Gastric Banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy. Orange Regional’s Weight Loss Surgery Center focuses on comprehensive, multidisciplinary care tailored to each patient’s individual health needs.

Free weight loss surgery seminars are available to help you decide which option is right for you. These seminars, led by Orange Regional’s Bariatric Program Manager, Janet Kovler, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., C.D.E. and our team of bariatric surgeons, provide an opportunity to learn more about each procedure, including what to expect after surgery.

To learn more about the Bariatric Surgery options at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org/bariatrics. To register for a free weight loss surgery seminar call 1-888-321-6762.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


How Do You Eat After Weight Loss Surgery?

July 25, 2012

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free educational seminar “Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery” on Tuesday, August 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Multipurpose Conference Room, 707 East Main Street in Middletown. Join Janet Kovler, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., C.D.E., Orange Regional’s Bariatric Program Manager, for this information-filled seminar where obesity treatment options including non-surgical approaches and gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding surgery will be discussed by one of Orange Regional Medical Center’s Board-certified, Fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons.

Orange Regional’s Bariatric Support Group will meet immediately following the seminar. This support group is for both pre- and post-op weight loss surgical patients and is open to the general public. The topic that will be discussed at the support group will be: Nutrition – reaching your protein requirements and staying on target.

Orange Regional Medical Center is designated by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® (BSCOE). This designation recognized Orange Regional’s surgeons and facilities as demonstrating an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver the highest level of bariatric surgical care possible.

For more information, or to register for both the seminar and the support group, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) or visit www.ormc.org/bariatrics.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


Orange Regional Medical Center Adds to its Leadership Team

July 24, 2012

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the following additions to its leadership team.

James Caffrey has been hired as Administrator of Facilities Management at Orange Regional. Mr. Caffrey previously served as Assistant Vice President of Facilities Management at Catskill Regional Medical Center. Prior to working at Catskill Regional, he was the Vice President of Administrative Services at the Wyoming Valley Health Care System in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Mr. Caffrey holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management and a M.B.A. from Wilkes University. In addition, he is a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives and is certified by the American Society of Healthcare Engineers.

Laura Moos has been promoted to Manager, Administrative Services. Ms. Moos has over 28 years experience as an Executive Assistant, 18 of which have been with Orange Regional. She will support President & CEO, Scott Batulis, as well as Orange Regional’s Board of Directors and oversee the executive assistants within the department. Prior to joining Orange Regional, Ms. Moos worked for the Amerada Hess Corporation and Equitable Life Assurance. She has an Associate in Applied Science degree from the Berkeley School, New York Campus.

To learn more about career opportunities at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org/careers.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


Greater Hudson Valley Health System Names John Lynch as Chief Information Officer

July 17, 2012

Middletown, NY- The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce that John Lynch has joined as Chief Information Officer and Vice President of Information Technology.

Mr. Lynch comes to the System from Provena Health, a 2,000-bed, six-hospital health system that includes 16 long term care facilities, five home health agencies and 28 clinics based in Mokena, Illinois. Throughout his tenure at Provena Health, Mr. Lynch held several positions including System Director Application Services, System Director Financial Applications and most recently System Vice President, Chief Information Officer where he was responsible for information technology, telecommunications, web and media services and clinical engineering.

“We are excited to welcome an IT leader who’s diverse and extensive experience will best serve the patient, their doctors and other stakeholders in the Hospital,” said Greater Hudson Valley Health System President & CEO, Scott Batulis.

“I am thrilled to join an organization where delivering quality patient care is the top priority and eager to utilize technology as another way to continue to improve the patient and provider experience,” says Lynch.

Mr. Lynch earned his Bachelor’s degree in Marine Transportation from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy where he was also a licensed Officer in the United States Merchant Marines and a commissioned Officer in the United States Army Reserve. He has also co-authored the book “Managing Your IT Department as a Business.” His professional affiliations include American College of Healthcare Executives; College of Healthcare Information Management Executives; Healthcare Financial Management Association; Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society; Medical Users Software Exchange; Meditech Customer Advisory Council; ARAMARK Customer Advisory Council, Scottsdale Institute and Sg2.

For more information about services provided at Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center visit www.crmcny.org or www.ormc.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Physicians and Staff Participate in Pine Bush High School's Medical Academy

July 10, 2012

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center staff along with other local healthcare providers have teamed up to lead the education efforts for the Pine Bush High School Medical Academy which began on July 2, 2012. Students will have courses, taught by physicians, in various medical specialties including Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Orthopedics, Radiology, Rheumatology, and Urology among others. Orange Regional’s participating staff include Jane Giganti, RN; Deb Szulewski, RN; Deborah Snyder, RN, MSN, CCRN, Cardiovascular Nurse Educator; Caroline Bark, RN, Clinical Supervisor; Liz Klimczak, RN, BSN, MS, CIC, Director of Infection Prevention; Bill Keller, Blood Bank Medical Technologist and Amanda Williams, Phlebotomist. Dr. Larry Glass, Stat Flight personnel, New York Organ Donor Network, sports trainer John Goff and Crystal Run Healthcare physicians are also contributing participants to the Academy. The program was created and coordinated by Dr. Michael Raucci, a chiropractor and science teacher at Pine Bush Schools and Jane Giganti, a registered nurse at Orange Regional Medical Center.

Orange Regional has long been dedicated to giving back to the local community, as well as, supporting the education of youths. Participating in the Medical Academy is yet another way that the Hospital is showing its commitment to the community. Participating clinicians will contribute a total of forty-five hours of instruction spanning the four weeks of the academy in addition to the many hours of preparation and planning of lessons.

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Vice President of Medical Affairs says, “Orange Regional is proud to be a supporter of this medical program. Education is the foundation of a quality healthcare system and the opportunity to provide knowledge and insight into the healthcare field is an honor. Our hope is that we influence these students in such a way that they will want to pursue a medical career.”

The Medical Academy is part of Pine Bush High School’s Summer Academy Programs that offer academies in areas such as Leadership and Law, Literacy and Education, Aviation, Performing Arts, and Science in addition to the Medical Academy. Each Summer Academy Program offers a creative course that promotes education and enrichment for high school students in an academy setting utilizing local professionals. All of the academies are self-funded through student tuition and community and benefactor donations.

This is the first year for the four week long Medical Academy. Classes will be held at Circleville Middle School (Pine Bush Central School District), at Orange Regional Medical Center and at Crystal Run Healthcare over the four week course. Enrollment for this first year has maxed out at thirty students. Students who applied for enrollment were selected based on their interest in healthcare, academic performance, and recommendation by their principal or science teacher. The Medical Academy also offers college credit to students that successfully complete the course and results in First Aid, CPR, and AED certification for all participants. The academy culminates in a Trauma Management Day that the creators have scripted around an apocalyptic zombie event. On this day, the medical academy students will be triaging and caring for the physically injured, the infected zombies, and the emotionally overwhelmed population at the school.

“We are excited to be able to provide such an outstanding program to our students. It gives them the opportunity to explore career opportunities and learn from professionals in authentic settings. The program also goes a long way towards demonstrating the type of quality educational experience that can be generated through the collaborative efforts of schools and local businesses, industry, and service providers,” says Michael Raucci, DC, DIBCN, Chiropractic Neurologist and Pine Bush science teacher.

For more information about the Pine Bush High School Medical Academy, contact Pine Bush Educator Michael Raucci at 845-800-1843.

For onsite pictures at Orange Regional Medical Center, please contact Marketing & PR Specialist, Amy Cruz at 845-333-2361.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


Orange Regional Medical Center Opens Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

July 5, 2012

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center’s Rowley Family Birthing Center has opened a new Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) designed to provide specialized care for infants who are born prematurely and for babies requiring specialized care.

Located in the Rowley Family Birthing Center on the sixth floor, the 10-bed Level 2 NICU will complement current perinatal services. Designed to meet the physical and emotional needs of premature and sick babies and their families, the NICU is a comfortable, family-centered environment that provides advanced clinical care. The NICU is staffed with specially trained neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners who support a team of full-time neonatologists affiliated with Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.

“We’ll now provide advanced healthcare to babies born at Orange Regional requiring specialized attention,” says Nursing Service Administrator, Women and Children, Theresa Fay Conte, MSN RN-C, NE-BC. “They will have access to expert physicians, specialists and nursing staff without being transferred to another facility away from their family.”

Adam and Beata Romanowski recently delivered twin boys at 32 weeks and they were admitted to the NICU for specialized care. “The staff in the NICU is unbelievable. They’re angels and put their hearts into everything they do,” says Mr. Romanowski.

The Level 2 NICU is a technologically advanced clinical environment that provides a full array of specialized equipment and delivery room coverage along with all required and necessary support services around the clock.

To learn more information about Orange Regional Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, visit www.ormc.org/nicu.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


Learn Which Weight Loss Option is Right for You

July 3, 2012

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free educational seminar “Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery” on Tuesday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, NY. Join Janet Kovler, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., C.D.E., Orange Regional’s Bariatric Program Manager, for this information-filled seminar where obesity treatment options including non-surgical approaches and gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric banding surgery will be discussed by one of Orange Regional Medical Center’s Board-certified, Fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons.

Orange Regional’s Bariatric Support Group will meet immediately following the seminar. This support group is for both pre- and post-op weight loss surgical patients and is open to the general public. The topic that will be discussed at the support group will be: Exercise – Introduction to weight training.

Orange Regional Medical Center is designated by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® (BSCOE). This designation recognized Orange Regional’s surgeons and facilities as demonstrating an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver the highest level of bariatric surgical care possible.

For more information, or to register for both the seminar and the support group, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) or visit www.ormc.org/bariatrics.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


Orange Regional Medical Center Receives Million Dollar Legacy Gift

July 3, 2012

Middletown, NY- On Saturday, June 2, 2012, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Healing Garden was dedicated and officially named The Lawrence A. Testa Healing Garden. Family and friends, along with Hospital staff, gathered to pay tribute to Mr. Testa, a Middletown resident and former patient of Orange Regional’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center.

Mr. Testa became ill in 2011, requiring several hospitalizations. He selected Orange Regional Medical Center for his care. During that time, he endeared himself to the Hospital staff with his vibrant personality and wit. Sadly, Mr. Testa succumbed to his illness on January 26, 2012. To ensure others will receive quality healthcare close to home, he left a one million dollar legacy gift to the Hospital. In recognition of Mr. Testa’s benevolence, Orange Regional proudly dedicated the Healing Garden in his memory.

“We are enormously grateful to Mr. Testa for this magnificent gift,” stated Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President Christine Maraia. “With Mr. Testa’s recognition and acknowledgement of the incredible patient care he received at Orange Regional, his generous gift will allow others in the community to receive the same type of treatment.”

Mr. Testa was a successful businessman and scientist who traveled the world. Upon retirement, he returned to Middletown where he grew up.

To learn more about the ways to donate to the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation, visit www.ormc.org/foundation or call 845-333-2333.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. 


Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Support Group

July 2, 2012

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center, in affiliation with Support for People with Oral and Head and Neck Cancer, Inc. (SPOHNC), is now offering a free support group for people diagnosed with oral, head and neck cancer. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center Community Health Education Center located at 110 Crystal Run Road in Middletown.

Participants of the support group will receive encouragement; mechanisms to improve coping skills; opportunities to speak openly and honestly about the disease and its effects; a better understanding of what to expect throughout their journey; educational information and resources. The setting will provide a confidential forum for patients to share experiences, concerns and fears. Patients, friends and family members are welcome.

The support group will be facilitated by Jayne O’Malley, RN, OCN, a certified Oncology Nurse with over 15 years of experience. Ms. O’Malley is also an Oncology Patient Navigator for Orange Regional’s Head & Neck Cancer Services, providing guidance and support for patients from diagnosis to treatment for oral, head, neck or lung cancer. Also facilitating will be Jeannette Carbone-Marsh, LPN, and Mauri Waldman, LCSWR, BCD, CASAC. Both have extensive experience in psychosocial support services.

For more information or to register for the support group please call Jayne O’Malley at (845) 695-5891.

To find an Oncologist to treat Oral, Head and Neck Cancer, please call 1-888-321-ORMC or visit www.ormc.org/physicians.

For more information on oncology services offered at Orange Regional please call 1-888-321-6762 or log onto www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

About Orange Regional’s Comprehensive Cancer Services

The Spagnoli Family Cancer Center provides a comprehensive range of services for diagnosing and treating various types of cancers. From breast and lung cancer to esophageal and head or neck cancer, Orange Regional offers the latest diagnostic and cancer-fighting technologies, including robotic surgery, radio frequency ablation and the most-advanced radiation therapy technology. The Center provides treatment options and procedures locally for all stages of cancer. Trained at the nation's most prestigious medical centers, Orange Regional offers a team of experienced physicians who are backed by our skillful, certified oncology nurses and caring staff. For more information visit www.ormc.org/cancer.

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