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Archive for March, 2011

Orange Regional Medical Center Now Offering Reiki Therapy

March 31, 2011

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer Reiki Therapy to inpatients of all ages free of charge. Reiki is defined as "universal life energy" and is used as a natural approach to healing and wellness by channeling energy. This energy is transferred from a licensed practitioner to the patient. Reiki is a complementary healing therapy, that when combined with traditional therapy as prescribed by a physician, promotes relaxation and comfort. Reiki Therapy releases positive energy and restores energy flow, allowing the body's own natural healing ability to work; promoting healing to the mind, body and soul.

"The goal of our new Reiki Therapy program is to further support the body's own natural healing ability. Pain management can be challenging for some patients due to side effects. Likewise, a hospital stay can be emotional and stressful for others. Reiki Therapy provides an opportunity to relax, and in the process, restore positive energy so the patient can rebalance mentally, physically and emotionally," explains JoAnn Schultz, Acting Vice President, Patient Care Services at Orange Regional Medical Center.

Reiki sessions are conducted in a quiet environment where the patient falls into a relaxed and meditative state as a Certified Registered Nurse Reiki Practitioner conducts a session. Patients sit or lie comfortably, fully clothed. The Reiki Practitioner places their hands in various positions lightly or slightly above the patient's head, shoulder, chest, stomach, arms, legs and or feet typically corresponding to the body's energy centers. Each position is held for approximately two to five minutes. With this method, the therapy is delivered with the intent to raise, unblock and balance energy in order for the body to heal itself.

Reiki Therapy is a safe, non-invasive relaxing technique that has been known to decrease pain, ease muscle tension, speed healing and improve sleep. Patients in the hospital setting experience many stressors that can weaken the function of the immune system and interfere with healing. Reiki focuses on restoring the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual capacities of each individual. Additional benefits of Reiki Therapy may include: reducing stress and anxiety; deep relaxation; alleviating pain; improving blood circulation; reducing side effects from surgery and long-term illness; releasing emotional anguish and stimulating the functions of the immune system.

Reiki Therapy is a free service. Sessions are approximately one hour and patients are instructed to notify their physician to request a Reiki Therapy session.

Orange Regional's Reiki Therapy program was made possible through funding from the Corinne Feller Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research and Awareness.

Corinne Feller was a life-long Montgomery, New York resident and standout student and athlete at Valley Central High School. Corinne touched many lives with her generosity of spirit, commitment to fairness, and social consciousness. After a 10-month battle, Corinne died of ovarian cancer at age 18 in 1999. Her untimely death brought to light the need for heightened awareness about ovarian cancer and increased funding for research to find a cure.

For more information about Orange Regional's free Reiki Therapy services, contact Orange Regional's Reiki Therapy Program Coordinator at 845-343-2424 x4245. 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 Screenings

March 29, 2011

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center is offering free oral, head and neck cancer screenings on Thursday, April 14 from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. at The Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road, Middletown. This oral exam will be provided by Lisette Giraud, M.D., Ofer Jacobowitz, M.D., PhD and Sergey Koyfman, D.O.

Registration is required. To schedule an exam, please call The Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by Wednesday, April 13. Appointments are limited and will be made on a first come, first serve basis. Participants of the screening must be over 18 years of age.

Just because you can't feel it, doesn't mean it isn't there. Just ask the more than 30,000 Americans who were diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck last year. Unfortunately, many Americans do not recognize the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases, which include cancers of the oral cavity, larynx and pharynx, and by the time they are diagnosed, for some, it's too late.

Oral, head and neck cancers claim approximately 8,000 lives per year, or about one life per hour. However, there is hope; if diagnosed early, these cancers can be more easily treated without significant complications, and the chances of survival greatly increase.

What are the potential warning signs of oral cancers?
The signs and symptoms of oral cancer often go unnoticed. However, there are a few visible signs associated with these cancers that require immediate attention, including:
• Red or white patches in the mouth that last more than two weeks
• Change in voice or hoarseness that lasts more than two weeks
• Sore throat that does not subside
• Pain or swelling in the mouth or neck that does not subside
• Lump in the neck
• Ear pain
• Difficulty speaking or swallowing
• Difficulty breathing

For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org or call 1-888-321-ORMC. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates Diabetes Awareness

March 24, 2011

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center's Stanley S. Dunkelman Diabetes Treatment Center is encouraging community members to take part in the "Join the Million Challenge" sponsored by the American Diabetes Association which runs through April 22. "Join the Million Challenge" is an awareness program that promotes taking a Diabetes Risk Test to determine if you are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Moderate lifestyle changes can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes. Early diagnosis is essential in avoiding potential complications such as heart disease, blindness, kidney disease, stroke, amputation and death.

"Raising awareness and educating people about this preventable disease, and the possible healthcare consequences if not detected or properly managed, is necessary. Detecting Type 2 diabetes early can make a real difference to a person's quality of life," said Shelly DeHaan, RD, CDE, Manager of Orange Regional Medical Center's Diabetes Treatment Center.

Those at risk for developing Type 2 Diabetes include people who are overweight, live an inactive lifestyle and those people over the age of 45. Losing only 7% of your body weight, increasing your physical activity and developing healthy eating habits can greatly reduce or even prevent your chance of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Diabetes affects nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States. In addition, 79 million, or one in three American adults have pre-diabetes which increases their chances of developing Type 2 significantly. Likewise, millions are unaware they have, or are at risk for, Type 2 diabetes while many are diagnosed seven to ten years after the onset of the disease.

To learn more about Type 2 diabetes or to take your free diabetes risk test call the Stanley S. Dunkelman, M.D. Diabetes Treatment Center at Orange Regional Medical Center at 845-692-8084 or visit www.ormc.org. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Orange Regional Medical Center's Nurse of Distinction Committee Nominates Semi-Finalists

March 17, 2011

Middletown, NY - In conjunction with an 1199SEIU joint labor management project, Orange Regional Medical Center has selected outstanding nurses to represent the hospital at the 2011 Nurse of Distinction Awards. This red carpet ceremony will be held on May 18, 2011 at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86 in New York City. The Nurse of Distinction Awards ceremony is attended by select nurses and their leaders from across the state, to honor and recognize their excellence and dedication to quality patient care. The event is often referred to as the "Academy Awards for Nurses". One winner is chosen in each of the following categories: Novice Nurse, Preceptor, Nurse Leader and Nurse of Distinction. The winners will represent the pinnacle of nursing in New York State. Orange Regional's Nurse of Distinction Committee has selected its semi-finalists to represent the hospital. The following nurses were nominated by peers and management in acknowledgement of their skills and dedication to their profession; patients; co-workers and our medical center.

Novice Nurse:
Erin Connington, Horton Campus, Float
Sarah Klein, Arden Hill Campus, 1 North

Bonnie Jo Graziano, Horton Campus, Tower 5
Melissa Kuhn, Arden Hill Campus, 3 North

Nurse Leader:
Nancy Zupa, Administrator of Surgical Services
Chris Costello, Arden Hill Campus, 2 and 3 North Director

Nurse of Distinction:
Linda Prioleau, Horton Campus, Tower 5
Mike Neuhaus, Arden Hill Campus, Emergency Department

If you'd like to join our team of professionals, visit us at www.ormc.org/careers

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

Orange Regional Medical Center Hosts Free Educational Seminar on Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery

March 1, 2011

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free educational seminar "Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery" on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lodge at Rock Hill, 283 Rock Hill Drive, Rock Hill. 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 psychology - dealing with the cravings/dealing with the loss of food.

Join Janet Kovler, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., C.D.E., Orange Regional's Bariatric Surgical Services Coordinator, 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.

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).

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

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