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Archive for March, 2013


Orange Regional Medical Center's Foundation Board of Trustees Announces New Members

March 28, 2013

Middletown, NY- The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation welcomes four new members to its Board of Trustees: Jake Kriney, Cleveland Lewis, M.D., Steven I. Milligram, ESQ. and William J. Ruggles. 

Jake Kriney is a successful developer and owner of several hotels in New York and Connecticut. As the owner of Barney Realty, LLC, JCK Properties and a partner in JCA Hotels, Inc., Mr. Kriney is also a foundation member of Burke Catholic School and past Vice President of the former Orange County Golf Club. Mr. Kriney earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University. 

Cleveland W. Lewis, Jr., M.D., a Board-certified Thoracic Surgeon, is affiliated with Hudson Valley and Rockland Thoracic and Vascular Associates, P.C. of Goshen, NY. Dr. Lewis is an active medical staff member of Orange Regional and is currently the Director of the Lung Cancer Disease Management Team. Dr. Lewis received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine in North Carolina. He completed his residency in Surgery and fellowship in Cardiothoracic and Thoracic Surgery also at Duke University Medical Center. 

Steven I. Milligram, Esq., a Senior Partner of Tarshis Catania Liberth Mahon & Milligram PPLC, a general practice law firm based in Newburgh, NY, specializes in health law and litigation. Mr. Milligram is currently the Town Judge in the Town of Monroe. He is active within the community and various civic organizations including the Newburgh, Orange County and New York State Bar Associations as well as the New York State Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Milligram received his Juris Doctorate from Pace University. 

Mr. William J. Ruggles has previously served on the Orange Regional Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He is a retired school teacher and was formerly the Director of the Academy of Finance of the Middletown School District. Mr. Ruggles is the owner of DECAT Driving School in Middletown and is involved with the Middletown Academy of Finance Advisory Board, Middletown Kiwanis and Elks. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University at Albany, State University of New York. 

“The Board of Trustees is the guiding force of the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation and I am delighted to have these talented individuals join us,” stated Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President, Christine Maraia. 

The mission of the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation is to secure philanthropic support for the advancement of exceptional healthcare at Orange Regional through advocacy, fundraising, integrity and stewardship of contributions. 

For more information about ways to support Orange Regional Medical Center, please contact the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation office at 845-333-2333 or go to www.ormc.org/foundation.

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

Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates Diabetes Alert Day

March 25, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center's Dunkelman Diabetes Center is encouraging community members to take part in the 25th Annual American Diabetes Alert Day, a one-day, ‘wake-up call’ that promotes taking a Diabetes Risk Test to determine if you are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The test can be taken online at www.ormc.org or call the Orange Regional Dunkelman Diabetes Center at 845-695-5858. 

To help people better recognize their own risk for type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association provides the Diabetes Risk Test, asking users to answer simple questions about weight, age, family history and other potential risks for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. Preventative tips are provided for everyone who takes the test, including encouraging those at high risk to talk with their health care provider. 

"Our goal is to raise awareness and educate the community about this preventable disease,” says Dunkelman Diabetes Center Manager, Shelly DeHaan, RD, CDE. “Providing education regarding the possible healthcare consequences, if not detected or properly managed, is also crucial. Detecting type 2 diabetes early can make a real difference to a person's quality of life." 

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. 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 Diabetes contact Orange Regional’s Dunkelman Diabetes Center at 845-695-5858 or visit www.ormc.org. 

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

About the services provided at the Orange Regional Dunkelman Diabetes Center 
Located at 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown, New York, the Orange Regional Dunkelman Diabetes Center’s team of nationally certified diabetes educators has over 45 years of combined diabetes education experience. Staff members work with patients with diabetes and their doctors to develop an individualized program that includes a wide range of treatment and education components to properly manage the disease. The Center provides comprehensive education and support for children, adolescent and adult patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes. Services include nutritional counseling; blood glucose monitoring; continuous glucose monitoring; insulin instruction and insulin pump training; diabetes self-management classes and diabetes management during pregnancy. Additionally, the Center offers adult and child support groups for persons with diabetes and their families, as well as an insulin pump support group.

Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Doctor's Day on March 30

March 25, 2013

Middletown, NY- On March 30, 2013, Orange Regional Medical Center will celebrate Doctor’s Day, a nationally recognized day dedicated to honoring the work of doctors and recognizing their service to our patients. Orange Regional partners with more than 600 physicians to provide exceptional healthcare to our community. 

“Our doctors, along with our very competent nurses and support staff, play a vital role in delivering exceptional quality care to those in our community,” says Orange Regional’s Vice President of Medical Affairs and Medical Director, Dr. James Oxley. 

Community members may also pay tribute to a physician this Doctor’s Day with the help of the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation. By making a donation through its Grateful Patient Program, the Foundation provides a special opportunity to honor physicians who have provided exceptional healthcare. It is a great way to say “Thank You” and allows anyone to show their appreciation in a meaningful way. A donation through the Grateful Patient Program at Orange Regional recognizes physicians, employees or volunteers. It also helps to ensure that the same level of compassionate, high quality care that you or your loved one received at Orange Regional will remain available for generations to come. 

“Anyone who has been assisted in making healthier lifestyle choices, or experienced the skill, professionalism and compassion of a physician, whether in the hospital or private office, can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to honor the doctors in their lives,” states Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President, Christine Maraia. 

For more information on the Grateful Patient Program at Orange Regional Medical Center, please visit www.ormc.org or call the Foundation at 845-333-2333. 

To locate a physician, visit www.ormc.org/physicians. 

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

Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates Certified Nurses Day

March 18, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center is celebrating Certified Nurses Day on Tuesday, March 19 by honoring its board certified nurses. This year, 216 nurses are being recognized for their professionalism, leadership and commitment to excellence in patient care. 

Board certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role as it assures high standards of care for patients and their loved ones. While a registered nurse license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements necessitates extensive education, as well as a strong personal commitment to excellence by the nurse. 

Orange Regional encourages national board certification for all its nurses and patients are encouraged to inquire whether there are certified nurses on staff when they visit the hospital or their primary care provider. Board certification recognizes the nurses who have met the educational preparation required for the role, the specialty practice requirement and who have passed the board certification exam. 

“I’d like to commend our certified nurses for their dedication to their profession, their resolve in continuing their professional development and their commitment to the patients they serve,” says Orange Regional’s Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Joanne Ritter-Teitel. 

There are many nursing certification specialties such as medical-surgical, pediatric, pain management, cardiac vascular, oncology, hospice, case management, emergency nursing, critical care and many others. 

To learn about the nursing opportunities available 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 Foundation Names Golf Classic Co-Chairs

March 14, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce Frank Giordano III, CPA and Jonathan Nasser, MD as Co-Chairs of its 2013 Annual Golf Classic to take place on Monday, June 17, 2013. The tournament will be held at West Hills Country Club and Wallkill Golf Course, both located in Middletown. The event will conclude with a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony at West Hills Country Club. 

Mr. Frank Giordano III, CPA is a shareholder of Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC and has been with the firm since 1991. Mr. Giordano is an expert in management advisory services and information technology. He has assisted new clients and startup businesses in implementing complete accounting packages including both hardware and software. Mr. Giordano has become an outsourced controller to companies that have experienced changes in personnel – to retrain new employees and keep the accounting department functioning without interruption. His specialty consists of organizations within the beverage distribution industry and he also advises manufacturers, wholesalers and professional service providers. Mr. Giordano received his Bachelors of Science degree in accounting and finance from Pace University. He is a member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. 

Dr. Jonathan Nasser is an Internist and Pediatrician at Crystal Run Healthcare, where he has been in practice since 2002. At Crystal Run, Dr. Nasser is the Division Leader for Pediatrics and the Co-Chief Clinical Transformation Officer, helping to lead the organization’s transition to accountable care. Dr. Nasser has been a member of Orange Regional’s medical staff since 2002. He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia and completed his residency training at the University of Rochester. Dr. Nasser is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American College of Physicians. 

Proceeds raised from the tournament will benefit Orange Regional’s new Pediatric Center, aimed to bring exceptional pediatric services to our community. 

Various levels of sponsorship packages are available. With their round of golf, golfers receive breakfast, golf cart, lunch and appreciation gift as well as golfers’ hour and buffet dinner at our awards ceremony. 

To learn more about the sponsorship opportunities available, please call the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation at 845-333-2333 or visit www.ormc.org/foundation. 

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

About the Orange Regional’s Pediatric Center 
The Pediatric Center will be phased in over three years. The plan will include construction of a designated Pediatric Emergency Unit within Orange Regional's current Emergency Department, the hiring of Pediatric Hospitalists, Pediatric Unit staff and a Child Life Specialist, the addition of Pediatric sub-specialty services for outpatients and inpatients, enhancements to the existing Pediatric Inpatient Unit, as well as the addition of a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) plus community outreach and education programs focusing on children's health and wellness. All this will be done with the goal of creating a child-friendly environment and experience suited for children from birth to 18 years.

Orange Regional Medical Center Recipient of Registered Nurse Grant

March 12, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center was awarded a grant through the New York State Department of Labor’s (NYSDOL) Registered Nurse Upgrade Project. The grant supports continued education of employed Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) interested in enhancing their academic credentials to become Registered Nurses (RN) and further strengthen Orange Regional’s nursing workforce. 

Orange Regional’s grant application focused on tuition funding for a select group of currently employed LPNs to pursue their RN degrees. Orange Regional is proud to support twelve employees of the LPN to RN Pathway to Excellence Program who are attending programs offered through local higher educational institutions including Excelsior College, SUNY Orange, SUNY Rockland and SUNY Sullivan. These academic institutions, along with the 1199SEIU health workers union, provided Orange Regional with the support needed to launch this program. 

“This grant reflects a strong support for continued education and training of nurses who have a critical role within our healthcare system,” says Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Joanne Ritter-Teitel. “Orange Regional has an ongoing commitment to retain highly-skilled nurses to provide excellent care to those in our community.” 

Each nursing scholar has been paired with an Orange Regional mentor that will provide support and assistance throughout their course of studies. The training is expected to last 18 months and upon completion and RN licensure, graduates will be promoted to carrying out roles and responsibilities of an RN throughout various units at the Hospital. 

To learn about the nursing opportunities available at Orange Regional Medical Center visit www.ormccareers.org. 

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

Hailey's Hope Foundation Supports Orange Regional Medical Center's Rowley Family Birthing Center

March 6, 2013

Middletown, NY- Hailey’s Hope Foundation, a Goshen-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping meet the special needs of families with premature babies in New York area Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs), has donated equipment to Orange Regional Medical Center’s NICU located in the Rowley Family Birthing Center. 

Hailey’s Hope Foundation donated a digital infant scale, breast pumps as well as a digital camera outfitted with a printer so new parents may have photos of their newborn. In addition, the organization often provides families of NICU patients with financial support including lodging, gas cards and assistance with breast pump rental fees, if needed. 

“The support provided by Hailey’s Hope Foundation is invaluable to the families and babies we care for,” says Orange Regional Medical Center’s Nursing Service Administrator of Women and Children, Theresa Fay Conte, RN-C, MSN. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Hailey’s Hope Foundation and our ability to assist families in need.” 

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

About Orange Regional’s Rowley Family Birthing Center 
The Rowley Family Birthing Center, located on the sixth floor of the Hospital, is a state-of-the-art facility where moms deliver in a nurturing, safe and comfortable environment. The Birthing Center includes a high-tech security system, 12 private labor/delivery and recovery rooms, 23 private post-partum rooms, private triage rooms and two operating rooms for caesarean delivery. Each room has a bathroom with a soothing shower, scenic views, HDTV, an individual thermostat and sleeper sofa for birthing partners. The Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides specialized care for newborns in need. The 10-bed unit complements current perinatal services and provides a full array of specialized equipment and delivery room coverage along with all required support services around the clock. Full-time neonatologists affiliated with Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center and specially trained neonatal nurses and nurse practitioners will provide expertise and support to you and your infant.

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

March 5, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, will host a free program called “Look Good… Feel Better” on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 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). 

Women who have begun or are about to begin a course of radiation or chemotherapy treatment have been advised that they may experience some temporary changes in appearance. The “Look Good…Feel Better” beauty sessions help patients transition through an upsetting, although temporary, period by learning skin-care tips, make-up application techniques and wig and turban styling and more. By the end of the session, patients should have an improved self-image, tips on how to manage their appearance and a sense of support, confidence, courage and community. 

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 Receives Corporate Bell Award From the Mental Health Association of Orange County

March 5, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center accepted the 2013 Corporate Bell Award presented by the Mental Health Association (MHA) of Orange County, Inc. Scott Batulis, President & CEO of Orange Regional accepted the award on the Hospital’s behalf. 

Orange Regional and the MHA have a long history of providing needed mental health services to the community such as the MHA’s Family Support Program and the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI); a partnership with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office to create the County’s first Sexual Assault Examiners (SANE) Program; as well as a partnership with the MHA and the Orange County Department of Mental Health to provide the Jeanne E. Jonas Professional Development Symposium and the Frank W. Masterson Memorial Banquet. 

“We are honored to be the recipient of the Corporate Bell Award. Orange Regional is proud to partner with an organization that finds it just as important as we do to deliver the very best services and care to our community,” says Orange Regional’s President & CEO Scott Batulis. 

For more information on Behavioral Health Services at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org. 

About Behavioral Health Services at Orange Regional Medical Center 
As a recognized leader in behavioral health services, Orange Regional Medical Center’s behavioral health team provides outpatient clinical services, treatments and counseling to patients and their families to successfully manage and overcome mental health illnesses. Licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health Services and fully accredited by The Joint Commission, we maintain a comprehensive series of programs. Our services are designed for children, adolescents and adults with behavioral, emotional and mental health needs. Treatments are provided by licensed professional adult and child psychiatrists and clinical social workers. Therapy services are offered on an individual basis as well as for couples and families.

Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Sleep Awareness Week

March 4, 2013

Middletown, NY- The Center for Sleep Medicine at Orange Regional Medical Center will celebrate National Sleep Awareness Week March 3 through March 10 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 over 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 National Sleep Foundation, adults should get at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Lack of sleep is connected to an increase in body mass index as there is a greater change of obesity due to an increased appetite, an increased risk of developing diabetes and heart problems and a decrease in the ability to pay attention, react to signals or remember new information. 

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. 

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 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. An accredited center of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Orange Regional offers treatment to adults and children ages 2 and up.

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