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Archive for May, 2013

Orange Regional Medical Center Receives Stroke Gold Plus Award

May 31, 2013

Middletown, NY- For the second consecutive year, Orange Regional Medical Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Orange Regional’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. 

Based on the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association standards to earn this status, Orange Regional was recognized for achieving 85% or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines Stroke Performance Achievement indicators for consecutive 12 month intervals. Additionally, Orange Regional received 75% or higher compliance with 5 of 8 Get With The Guidelines Stroke Quality Measures to improve the quality of patient care and outcomes. 

“With a stroke, every second counts. This award reflects Orange Regional’s dedication in providing top rated stroke care to our patients,” says Vice President of Clinical Program Development & Operations, Jerry Dunlavey. 

Orange Regional Medical Center is a designated Stroke Center by the New York State Department of Health. As a designated Stroke Center, Orange Regional has an expert Stroke Team comprised of highly trained physicians, nurses and technicians that can treat stroke patients quickly and effectively minimizing brain damage. Quick access to expert stroke services within the first three hours of stroke symptoms appearing is essential to preventing long-term neurological damage. 

Signs and symptoms of a stroke include: 
- Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body) 
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding 
- Trouble seeing in or of both eyes 
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination 
- Severe headache (with no known cause) 

To learn more about the stroke services provided at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org/Stroke. 

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

Orange Regional Medical Center's Nursing Congress Recognized by The Advisory Board Company

May 30, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center was recently recognized by The Advisory Board Company for aligning its shared governance council’s initiatives with the organization’s strategic goals. 

The Advisory Board Company is a global research, technology and consulting firm that partner with numerous health care organizations in an effort to improve performance by providing strategic guidance, insights, web-based software solutions as well as comprehensive implementation and management services. 

Orange Regional developed its Nursing Congress, comprised of various Nursing Councils, Nursing Committees and a Nursing Senate, in October 2011 with a goal to ensure that optimal patient care is provided. The formation of the Nursing Congress has allowed Orange Regional to implement the Advisory Board’s Nursing Executive Center tools including empathy building simulation scenarios, a guide for hourly rounding, building peer accountability and a patient experience toolkit. 

“The recognition Orange Regional received from The Advisory Board Company, a healthcare industry leader, is a tremendous honor as it is a true testament the advancement of professional nursing practice,” says Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Joanne Ritter-Teitel. 

Members of the Nursing Congress meet on a monthly basis on what’s been deemed ‘Nursing Congress Day’ to review hospital-wide initiatives, as well as performance, education of staff and staff recognition. 

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

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

Learn About Exercise After Weight Loss Surgery

May 22, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free educational seminar “Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery” on Tuesday, June 4 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: 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 Offers Free Knee and Hip Replacement Educational Seminar

May 21, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free knee and hip replacement seminar on Thursday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road, Middletown. Board-certified Orthopedic surgeon and joint replacement specialist Dr. Kevin Trapp will speak on all aspects of joint replacement including surgical options and pre- and post-operative care. A question and answer session will follow. Refreshments will be provided. Registration is required and must be made by June 5. For more information or to register, call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762). 

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 600,000 knee replacements and more than 285,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States. Orange Regional’s Bone & Joint Center provides a range of orthopedic care from knee and hip replacement and hand surgery to advanced therapies and treatments. 

Dr. Trapp attended Cornell University Medical College in New York. He completed an Internship in General Surgery and an Orthopedic Residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where he was awarded “Orthopedic Resident of the Year” from 1999 to 2000. Dr. Trapp completed a Fellowship in Adult Joint Reconstruction at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He has extreme interest and specialized training in joint replacement, including revision of the hip, knee and shoulder. In addition, he obtained specialty training in arthroscopy of the hip. Dr. Trapp is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Trapp specializes in Reconstructive Surgery. He is also the Medical Director of the Bone & Joint Center Programs and Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at Orange Regional Medical Center. 

To learn more information about Orange Regional’s Bone & Joint Center or about total joint replacement, visit www.ormcspineortho.org. 

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

About Orange Regional’s Bone & Joint Center 
Orange Regional Medical Center offers leading expertise and experience in orthopedic care from hips and knee replacement to a wide range of advanced therapies. We offer comprehensive rehabilitation and pain management services with the team, the technology and the experience you need. Our specialists use the most advanced treatments and technologies and we provide comprehensive rehabilitation and pain management services.

Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day

May 17, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will host a celebration of life and mini health fair in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) on Sunday, June 2, 2013. The event will take place at Orange Regional’s main campus located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This free event is open to anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer, is in treatment for cancer or has completed cancer therapy, as well as their family members and caregivers. The event will include a barbeque, music, giveaways, a mini health fair and, most importantly, a commemoration of the lives of the cancer survivors in our community. Reservations are required by May 31, 2013 by calling 1-888-321-6762. 

“The goal of this event is to honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage,” says Orange Regional’s Administrator of Oncology Services, Regina Toomey Bueno. “The day will be filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, compassion, faith and love. It’s also very important to recognize the contributions of a cancer survivor’s family, friends and healthcare providers as they have likely been a huge support throughout a cancer survivor’s journey. ” 

Anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life, is a cancer survivor, according to the NCSD Foundation. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.6 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2013. Individuals are encouraged to know their family history, learn about different cancers and discuss with their physician warning signs they should be aware of. Early detection is key to surviving cancer. 

For more information about Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center Services visit www.ormc.org/cancer. 

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.

Greater Hudson Valley Health System Seeks Public Participation for Community Needs Assessment

May 17, 2013

Middletown, NY- The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS) and its member hospitals, Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, are conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to support individual and collaborative community health improvement activities. 

The GHVHS has partnered with Holleran, an independent research and consulting firm, to conduct research, tabulate results and prepare a findings report. The purpose of the needs assessment is to identify and prioritize our community’s healthcare needs so that the GHVHS can develop strategies and implementation plans that most benefit the public. 

On behalf of the GHVHS, Holleran will host four survey sessions beginning on June 11. Sessions will last approximately 90 minutes. Individual results will be kept confidential and anonymous. Light refreshments will be served and a $50 cash incentive will be offered to qualified participants ages 18 and older. 

For Sullivan County residents, there are two survey sessions scheduled for Tuesday, June 11 at Bernie’s, located at 277 Rock Hill Drive, Rock Hill, NY 12775. The first session starts at 4:30 p.m. The second session starts at 7:00 p.m. 

For Orange County residents there are two survey sessions on Wednesday, June 12, at the Hampton Inn, located at 20 Crystal Run Crossing, Middletown, NY 10941. The first session begins at 4:30 p.m. The second session begins at 7:00 p.m. 

Registration is required. To register, please call 1-800-218-6468. 

For more information about the GHVHS, Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center visit www.crmcny.org or www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day

May 17, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will host a celebration of life and mini health fair in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) on Sunday, June 2, 2013. The event will take place at Orange Regional’s main campus located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This free event is open to anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer, is in treatment for cancer or has completed cancer therapy, as well as their family members and caregivers. The event will include a barbeque, music, giveaways, a mini health fair and, most importantly, a commemoration of the lives of the cancer survivors in our community. Reservations are required by May 31, 2013 by calling 1-888-321-6762. 

“The goal of this event is to honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage,” says Orange Regional’s Administrator of Oncology Services, Regina Toomey Bueno. “The day will be filled with joy, camaraderie, hope, compassion, faith and love. It’s also very important to recognize the contributions of a cancer survivor’s family, friends and healthcare providers as they have likely been a huge support throughout a cancer survivor’s journey.” 

Anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life, is a cancer survivor, according to the NCSD Foundation. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.6 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2013. Individuals are encouraged to know their family history, learn about different cancers and discuss with their physician warning signs they should be aware of. Early detection is key to surviving cancer. 

For more information about Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center Services visit www.ormc.org/cancer. 

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.

Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates NICU Graduates

May 16, 2013

Middletown, NY- On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Orange Regional Medical Center held a First Birthday Celebration for the Rowley Family Birthing Center’s Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Orange Regional NICU graduates, along with their parents and siblings, enjoyed a fun-filled celebration that included a barbeque lunch, face painting, juggling, balloon animals and live children’s music. The event provided an opportunity for Orange Regional’s NICU staff to reunite with the babies they cared for, and the families they provided support to, while spending time in the specialized unit during its first year. Additionally, Dr. Manuel DeCastro, Neonatologist and Orange Regional’s NICU Site Director welcomed the families and visited with the graduates. 

“It has been a privilege to help all our NICU babies get a solid start to life. It has also been rewarding to know that we have been able to keep families together, here in Orange County, while the infants grow strong during their stay in our NICU,” says Dr. DeCastro. 

Orange Regional’s Level II NICU provides specialized care to premature and critically ill newborns. The 10-bed unit complements current perinatal services and provides a full array of specialized equipment 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 also provide expertise and support to infants and their families. 

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

Orange Regional Medical Center Launches Spinal Cord Support Group

May 16, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center is now offering a free, monthly spinal cord support group that will meet the third Wednesday of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting on June 19. The group will meet at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Conference Room located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. Participants may enter through the Outpatient Entrance. The group will be facilitated by Inocencia Carrano, M.D. who is Board-certified in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine. 

The group provides support and encouragement for individuals living and dealing with or adjusting to the difficulties, pressures and challenges of a spinal cord injury. The mission of the Spinal Cord Support Group is to help people afflicted with a spinal cord injury realize that it is possible to resume everyday activities including going to work and or school, participating in sports and maintaining relationships. Friends, family members and caregivers are welcome to attend. 

For more information on the support group, please call 1-888-321-ORMC. 

To learn more about Orange Regional Medical Center’s spine services visit www.ormcspineortho.org. 

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

Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings

May 13, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center will offer free skin cancer screenings at the Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road, Middletown during the week of June 3. Participants must be over 18 years of age, not under the care of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon in the past year and never diagnosed with skin cancer. Registration is required by May 30, 2013. To register, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762). Participating physicians are Drs. Jeffrey Bowden, Stefan Chevalier, Leonid Izikson and Jay Weitzner. 

Additionally, free Healthy Heart Screenings will be available on June 6 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Orange Regional’s Healthy Heart Program is a free mobile clinic that assesses your risk of heart disease. This program travels to local communities, providing cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure tests and offers cardiac education and support. The results will determine your risk for heart disease. No appointment is necessary for Healthy Heart Screening. 

The Hudson Valley provides a perfect setting for outdoor spring and summer activities, yet many are unaware of the dangers of unprotected sun exposure. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancers and accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. 

“Our free annual screening gives the community the best weapon against skin cancer prevention and early detection,” said Jessica Gerlach, Orange Regional’s community outreach coordinator. 

Risk factors for skin cancer include excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or artificial sources, fair complexion, severe childhood sunburns, family history and multiple moles. 

Skin Cancer Prevention Tips: 
• Avoid the midday sun (from mid-morning to late afternoon) whenever you can. 
• Wear long sleeves and long pants of tightly woven fabrics, a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses that absorb UV. 
• Use sunscreen lotions with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. 
• Do not use sunlamps and tanning booths. 
• Get screened for skin cancer annually. 

For more information about the services offered at Orange Regional’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center visit www.ormc.org/Cancer. 

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

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.

Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Hospital Week

May 13, 2013

Middletown, NY- In conjunction with National Hospital Week which is celebrated May 12 – May 18, Orange Regional Medical Center has announced its Star of the Year, Diane Molina. Ms. Molina is Department Secretary for Respiratory Services and has been employed with Orange Regional for nine years. She was chosen for her diligence and hard work in ensuring the continuance of corporate compliance standards while maintaining proper billing procedures. “Diane’s dedication to Orange Regional is evident in all she does,” says Vice President of Oncology and Outpatient Operations, Sandra Iberger. “She is most deserving of this award.” 

In addition, Orange Regional recognizes all staff members for going above and beyond on a daily basis to provide quality healthcare to our community. 

“I am proud to lead an organization where its employees are truly dedicated in improving the health of our community members,” says Orange Regional’s President & CEO Scott Batulis. 

For more information on the career opportunities at Orange Regional visit www.ormccareers.org. 

To learn more 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 Offers Free Mammograms

May 13, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center will offer free mammograms on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center located at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. Appointments are limited and must be made by Wednesday, June 5. Pre-registration is required. The event is open to women without health insurance or who are currently experiencing breast problems or those with a prior history of breast cancer or problems. Participants must be over 50 years of age and have not had a mammogram within a year. 

During the hour-long appointment, patients will receive a clinical breast exam and mammography, breast health education and self-breast exam training. The screenings will be led by Howard M. Karpoff, M.D., FACS and Ashmitha Srinivasan, M.D. 

Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center Manager, Penny Lynch says, “We’re thrilled to offer this service to those in our community. Early detection is the key to preventing breast cancer and leads to more favorable outcomes.” 

According to the American Cancer Society, about one in eight women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime and about 232,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2013. 

For more information and to register, 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. 

The Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center 
The Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is designed with the convenience of patients in mind. Located at the Orange Regional Medical Center Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown, the Center provides a comprehensive breast care program with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and services, together with clinicians who are experts in their field. The Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center was designated by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and is fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. Additionally, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center has been granted a prestigious three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. As a National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program (NQMBC) Certified Participant, the Ray W. Moody M.D. Breast Center is currently the only certified participant in Orange County and only one of four in New York State. This distinguished honor represents a commitment to provide the highest quality breast healthcare to patients in the community.

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

May 8, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free program of the American Cancer Society “Look Good… Feel Better” on Monday, May 20, 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). 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 Celebrates National Nurses Week

May 6, 2013

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center, in conjunction with health care facilities across the nation, is celebrating National Nurses Week from May 6 to May 12. Every year, National Nurses Week focuses attention on the diverse ways nurses work to save lives and improve the health of our community. 

Orange Regional is honoring more than 900 of its nurses who go above and beyond on a daily basis to provide high quality, compassionate care for our patients and their families. National Nurses Week is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the value of nursing and educate the public about the role nurses play in meeting the healthcare needs of our patients. 

“Our nurses are the backbone of our organization,” says Orange Regional’s Vice President of Patient Care Services & Chief Nursing Officer, Joanne Ritter-Teitel, PhD, RN, CEA-BC. “Their hard work and commitment in providing the best care possible is exemplified on a daily basis. Our nurses provide comfort to patients and their family members. I wish to thank our nurses for their time, talents and dedication.” 

Orange Regional’s Nursing Department is working toward the achievement of Magnet Recognition Program® status. This Program recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. Developed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Magnet is the leading source of successful nursing practices and strategies worldwide. 

To learn about a nursing career at Orange Regional Medical Center visit www.ormccareers.org. 

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

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