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Archive for March, 2012

How Do You Eat After Weight Loss Surgery?

March 21, 2012

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free educational seminar “Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery” on Tuesday, April 3 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 Director, 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 – eating out after weight loss surgery.

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 Hosts "Oncology on Canvas" Art Exhibition

March 20, 2012

Middletown, NY- Lilly Oncology on Canvas, an art exhibition honoring the journeys people face when confronted by a cancer diagnosis, will be on display at the main campus of Orange Regional Medical Center, 707 East Main Street, Middletown from March 28 – April 12. A reception will be held on the ground floor of Orange Regional on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 beginning at 5:00 p.m.

The Spagnoli Family Cancer Center at Orange Regional is proud to present this free public exhibit, which is touring communities nationwide. It will showcase select pieces of art from the 2010 Lilly Oncology on Canvas competition. Themes explored in this inspiring collection range from fear and hope, to loss and survival, to isolation and the embrace of family and friends.

“Orange Regional Medical Center is proud to present this moving and inspirational art exhibit,” says Orange Regional’s Administrator, Oncology Services, Regina Toomey-Bueno. “The artwork signifies hope and healing and offers an opportunity to reflect on individual cancer journeys.”

Launched in 2004, the Lilly Oncology on Canvas art competition and exhibition invites people diagnosed with any type of cancer, their families and friends and healthcare providers, to express through art and narrative, the life-affirming changes that give their cancer journeys meaning.

For more information regarding the Lilly Oncology on Canvas art exhibition, contact Clinical Research Coordinator, Jessica Gerlach, CCRP at 845-333-1133.

About Orange Regional’s Comprehensive Cancer Services

The Spagnoli Family Cancer Center at Orange Regional Medical 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. Orange Regional Medical 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.

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


Orange Regional Medical Center Announces Additions to its Leadership Team

March 15, 2012

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce recent additions to its Leadership.

Sujatha Ramanathan has accepted the position of Director of Ambulatory Electronic Health Records. Ms. Ramanathan previously worked at the Pain Centers of America in Clifton, New Jersey where she worked as Project Manager. Her credentials include a certification in EpicCare Ambulatory, Certified Professional in Health Information and Management Systems and is a member of Project Management Institute. Ms. Ramanathan earned her Master’s degree in Library & Information Science from the University of Illinois.

Jean-Paul Vallet has been promoted to Director of Strategic Planning. Mr. Vallet joined Orange Regional in 2006 and has assumed overall responsibility of the Certificate of Need (CON) process and plays a key role in planning and business development. Recently, he oversaw the Department of Health inspection process for the new Hospital. Mr. Vallet serves as a planning resource to product line leaders at both Orange Regional and Catskill Regional. In his new role, he will continue these activities while also overseeing grant writing and providing additional support for strategic planning processes. Mr. Vallet holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from St. Bonaventure University and a Master’s degree in International Relations from The School of International Service at American University.

John Wrubleski joined Orange Regional as the Director of Security, Safety and Emergency Management. Mr. Wrubleski has 20 years of knowledge and experience in security and safety areas. His most recent position was Director of Security, Safety and Emergency Management at St. Barnabus Hospital, where he was responsible for regulatory compliance including Environment of Care, Radiation Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committees. Mr. Wrubleski received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Embry Riddle University. He also completed Biosafety training from Johns Hopkins University and earned his Industrial Hygiene Management Certificate from Columbia Southern University.

For more information about Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org.

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


Orange Regional Medical Center Hosts Monthly Blood Drive

March 14, 2012

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center, located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown, in partnership with Community Blood Services, will host a regularly scheduled blood drive on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the year.

Upcoming blood drives will be held on the following dates during the second quarter of 2012:

- April 4, 2012

- May 2, 2012

- June 6, 2012

A mobile unit will be at the hospital’s main entrance from 8:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Donors must bring a signed identification card, weigh over 110 lbs and must be in general good health. A free cholesterol and glucose screening will be given with every donation.

According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood and more than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.

For more information call Orange Regional Medical Center’s Blood Bank Supervisor, Terri Bostock at 845-333-0138.

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


Orange Regional Medical Center Announces Nurse of Distinction Semi-Finalists

March 13, 2012

Middletown, NY- In conjunction with an 1199SEIU joint labor management project, Orange Regional Medical has selected outstanding nurses to represent the hospital at the 2012 Nurse of Distinction Awards. This red carpet ceremony will be held on May 21, 2012 at the Brooklyn Marriott.

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 following nurses were nominated by peers and management in acknowledgement of their skills and dedication to the nursing profession, their patients, co-workers and the Hospital.

Novice Nurse: Tammy Jollie - Progressive Care Unit

Preceptor: Bonnie Jo Graziano - Bone & Joint Center

Nurse Leader: Ann Diagostino – Medical/Surgical Unit

Nurse of Distinction: Darian Fox – Behavioral Health Unit

Semi-finalists from across New York State will be interviewed by the New York City committees and will compete against other New York institutions’ finalists.

If you like to learn about nursing career opportunities at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormccareers.org.

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


Orange Regional Medical Center Goes Blue in Celebration of Colon Awareness Month

March 12, 2012

Middletown, NY- March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Orange Regional Medical Center employees showed their support by participating in National Dress in Blue Day on March 2, 2012. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 103,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2012. Orange Regional encourages you to speak to your physician today to find out if you are at risk. To locate a physician, visit www.ormc.org. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

 

Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley's Generosity Benefits Patient Wing at Orange Regional Medical Center

March 06, 2012

Middletown, NY- Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley has proudly donated $250,000 to Orange Regional Medical Center. The generous donation secured the naming of a Medical/Surgical wing in their honor. The gift was a contribution toward the Building for Excellence campaign which raised over $22 million in support of the new hospital which opened on August 5, 2011.

“We are thrilled that Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley chose to partner with us in providing quality healthcare at Orange Regional Medical Center,” said Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President, Christine Maraia. “Their support of health initiatives in the region illustrates their commitment to our community.”

Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley is the largest total beverage supplier in the Hudson Valley and has a long philanthropic history in the community partnering with organizations such as Marist College and Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County.

To make a donation to Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation, visit www.ormc.org.

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

About Orange Regional Medical Center

Orange Regional Medical Center is a 7-story, 383-bed, state-of-the-art hospital; the first new hospital in New York State in over 20 years. Located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown, the new facility is close to the intersection of I-84 and Route 17. The hospital combines high-tech healthcare with a patient-centered approach utilizing innovations such as wireless technology, electronic health records and the latest diagnostic and lifesaving equipment. Features include spacious patient rooms with room service, an emergency department with 50 treatment rooms, helipad, emergency and elective angioplasty, technologically advanced operating rooms, birthing center, oncology center, bariatric center, behavioral health center, physical rehabilitation and more - all in a beautiful, warm and inviting setting. Plans are underway to open a Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in 2012.

In addition to the main hospital campus, Orange Regional provides several outpatient locations. The largest outpatient facility, the nearby Orange Regional Medical Pavilion located at 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown, offers both outpatient surgical and diagnostic services; plus a radiation oncology center, breast center and sleep center. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. For more information visit www.ormc.org.


Extraordinary Care Inspires Volunteerism

March 5, 2012

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit will hold a 20th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, March 9 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the main campus, 707 East Main Street in the Town of Wallkill. The event will take place in the Rehab Unit located on the fourth floor. The celebration will include staff, rehab patients, as well as members of the Rehab Volunteer Program – a dedicated group of volunteers who have personally experienced the extraordinary care provided by the staff of the unit.

The volunteers that work on Orange Regional’s Rehabilitation Unit truly appreciate how patients feel – the volunteers were once rehab patients, too. As a result of the exceptional care received during their stay at Orange Regional, they were inspired to enroll in the Rehab Volunteer Program that began in 2007. The eight volunteers who currently participate in the program offer tremendous support to current Rehab patients. Their ability to understand and relate to a patient receiving physical, occupational or speech therapy is a valuable component to the recovery process. The Rehabilitation Volunteer Program is coordinated by Program Manager and Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr. Karen Schroeder.

The volunteers assist in various ways such as: helping patients order hospital room service; hosting weekly current event discussions; lending a hand with craft activities; or playing games with patients such as “Jingo”.

“Patients enjoy the humor and support of this volunteer group. The volunteers are a true testimonial to a successful recovery,” says Schroeder. “Having been Rehab patients themselves, the volunteers have a unique understanding of a patient’s experience and are extremely caring and compassionate in their assistance.”

All are welcome to join the Rehab Unit’s celebration. Reservations are necessary. If you are interested in attending, contact Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, Amy Cruz at 845-333-2361 or acruz@ormc.org.

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

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Services

Orange Regional's Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation Services offer a comprehensive range of high-quality services that include occupational, physical, recreational and speech therapy for children and adults. Our specially trained therapists have more than 146 years of combined experience. Inpatient services are located at the main campus at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, New York. Outpatient services are provided at 110 Crystal Run Road, Middletown. To learn more about the rehabilitation services offered at Orange Regional visit www.ormc.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Sleep Awareness Week

March 01, 2012

Middletown, NY- The Center for Sleep Medicine at Orange Regional Medical Center will celebrate National Sleep Awareness Week March 5 through March 11 to increase public education and awareness regarding the importance of sleep.

“Sleep deprivation has been linked to serious medical conditions such as stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and even depression,” states Dr. Alan Schaffer, Medical Director of The Center for Sleep Medicine. “Quickly diagnosing sleep disorders is an essential step in leading a healthier life.” Dr. Schaffer has nearly 20 years experience in Sleep Medicine. In addition to Dr. Schaffer’s expertise, the Center is staffed by Board-certified physicians and specially-trained technicians.

According to the American Sleep Association, at least 40 million Americans each year suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders and an additional 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems. These disorders and the resulting sleep deprivation interfere with work, driving and social activities.

The National Sleep Foundation offers the following tips to get a good night’s sleep: establish a regular bed and wake time; avoid nicotine and caffeine close to bedtime; set up a consistent relaxing “wind-down” bedtime routine and create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet and comfortable.

“A large number of people are unaware that they may suffer from a sleep disorder or that it could be readily treated,” says Associate Medical Director of the Sleep Center, Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz. “We want to educate people about the signs of various disorders and to obtain diagnosis and treatment using consultation and sleep studies when needed.”

Dr. Jacobowitz was selected to partake in the National Sleep Awareness Roundtable (NSART), a national coalition of governmental, professional and voluntary organizations whose mission is to raise awareness about, increase the understanding of, and reduce the public health and safety impact of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders. This is done by improving communication and collaboration among local, state and federal agencies; professional organizations and the public. The Roundtable will meet on March 1st in Washington, D.C.

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

About The Center for Sleep Medicine at Orange Regional Medical Center

Sleep study services performed at Orange Regional’s Center for Sleep Medicine, located at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road in the Town of Wallkill, aid in the diagnosis of potential sleep disorders that may also contribute to other health related conditions. A sleep study is a painless, non-invasive test that allows specially-trained technicians to monitor a patient’s breathing, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, eye movement, muscle tone and other factors. Sleep studies take place in our state-of-the-art facility and offer the latest diagnostic technology in a quiet and peaceful environment. For more information about sleep services at Orange Regional Medical Center or to find out if you are at risk for a sleep disorder, visit www.ormc.org/sleepcenter.


Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates "Save Your Vision Month"

March 01, 2012

Middletown, NY- In recognition of Save Your Vision Month, Orange Regional Medical Center and the Town of Wallkill Mid-Orange Lions Club and Middletown Lions Club, have partnered to collect old, unwanted eyeglasses for the Recycle for Sight program. Orange Regional will be a collection site for donations through Saturday, March 31, 2012. Donations will be accepted at Orange Regional’s main campus lobby desk located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown. A collection box will also be available in the Café at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road, Middletown.

Donated eyeglasses will be distributed to needy children and adults within developing countries where, in most instances, eye care is often inaccessible. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 90% of the world’s visually impaired live in developing countries.

“A simple eyeglass donation can change someone’s life,” says Town of Wallkill Mid-Orange Lions Club Director, Dave Bechtle. “In 2011, the Lions Clubs throughout Orange County collected over 5,000 pairs of eyeglasses. As a result, thousands of people will now be able to read, attend school, obtain employment and care for their families.”

“It is a pleasure to work with the Lions Club and support the Recycle for Sight program. Participating in this endeavor provides Orange Regional and our community the opportunity to make a real difference to those in need,” says Orange Regional’s Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, Rob Lee.

Middletown Lions Club, Chairman of the Sight Committee, Carol Lybolt says, “We’re excited to be able to partner with Orange Regional to raise awareness about this significant effort to help others in need.”

Collected eyeglasses undergo “processing”, which includes sorting; cleaning; determining the prescription of the lenses; categorizing by prescription and packaging in preparation for distribution.

For more information on how to donate your unwanted eye glasses please visit Orange Regional’s main campus, the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion or call Orange Regional’s Marketing and Public Relations Office at 845-333-2361.

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

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Retinal Surgery Services

Orange Regional Medical Center’s advanced retinal eye surgery is offered at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion located at 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown to treat patients suffering from diabetic retinopathy; vitreous hemorrhage; hemolytic glaucoma; central vein occlusion; maculator holes or tears and other retinal detachment disorders. Orange Regional’s surgeons utilize state-of-the-art equipment allowing for micro-incisions, or small incisions that self-heal, eliminating the need for the physician to close the incision. This allows the patient to heal faster and more comfortably.

To learn more about advanced retinal eye surgery procedures offered at Orange Regional or to locate an Ophthalmologist, visit www.ormc.org.

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