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Orange Regional Medical Center Appoints Nursing Unit Director of Labor and Delivery

November 29, 2016  - Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracey Van Pelt MSN-ED, RN-BC, BS to Nursing Unit Director of Rowley Family Birthing Center’s Labor and Delivery.

Tracey Van Pelt MSN-ED, RN-BC, BS to Nursing Unit Director of Rowley Family Birthing Centers Labor and DeliveryIn her new role, Ms. Van Pelt oversees the 12- bed Labor and Delivery Unit which includes two operating rooms and a two-bed Maternal Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).

Ms. Van Pelt has been with Orange Regional Medical Center since 1984 where she began her career at the Horton Hospital campus as a Physical Therapist Assistant and later became a Registered Nurse in the Progressive Care Unit. She has held a variety of positions within the Hospital system including clinical nurse, informatics and nurse educator. In her most recent position with Orange Regional, Ms. Van Pelt served as a Perioperative Nurse Educator where she taught staff in the Operating Room, PACU, Same Day Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging and Endoscopy Units.

Ms. Van Pelt earned her Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy from Orange County Community College in Middletown, NY. She later achieved her Bachelor of Science Degree from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. Ms. Van Pelt went on to receive her Masters of Science in Nursing from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Van Pelt is currently a member of the Nursing Professional Development Association.

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


Orange Regional Medical Center Appoints Neuroscience Program Coordinator

November 16, 2016  - Orange Regional Medical Center announces the appointment of Suzanne Geraci, BSN, RN as Coordinator of the Neuroscience Program.

Suzanne Geraci, BSN, RN as Coordinator of the Neuroscience ProgramIn her new role, Ms. Geraci has oversight of the Orange Regional Stroke Program where she assures that the Hospital maintains its New York State Department of Health Stroke Center designation. She also works closely with staff Neurologists, Emergency Room physicians and nurses to enhance stroke care.

Prior to joining the Orange Regional staff, Ms. Geraci served as the Stroke Program Coordinator at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, NY. She has over 10 years clinical experience in medical / surgical, orthopedic and intensive care nursing. Ms. Geraci also worked as a Quality Specialist at New York Presbyterian – Hudson Valley Hospital in the Quality and Risk Management Department.

Ms. Geraci earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from State University of New York – New Paltz in New Paltz, NY. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.


Orange Regional Medical Center Appoints Nursing Service Administrator of Women and Children’s Services

November 16, 2016  - Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the promotion of Stacy Lynn Britsch, MN, RN, CRNP, CPNP, CPN, CPST, BSN to Nursing Service Administrator of Women and Children’s Services.

Stacy Lynn Britsch, MN, RN, CRNP, CPNP, CPN, CPST, BSN to Nursing Service Administrator of Women and Children’s Services.In this role, Ms. Britsch oversees the Inpatient Pediatric Unit, Children’s Emergency Department, Child Life Program and Rowley Family Birthing Center including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Lactation Program. Ms. Britsch joined the Orange Regional team in 2014 as a Pediatric nurse where she later accepted the role of Advanced Practice Nurse, Pediatrics Navigator in January 2015. In her most recent role, she served as the Nursing Unit Director for the Inpatient Pediatric Department and the Children’s Emergency Department. Ms. Britsch has been vital in the development and implementation of evidence-based best practice guidelines, which help to enhance the care of children at Orange Regional.

Prior to joining Orange Regional, Ms. Britsch worked as a Patient Care Technician at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center while obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She was also a Registered Nurse in the Pediatric Medical / Surgical / Oncology Unit at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, WA.

Ms. Britsch earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA and a Master’s in Nursing from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She is currently a member of the Society of Pediatric Nurses; the New York Organization of Nurse Executives & Leaders, as well was the American Nurses Association. Ms. Britsch is also an obstetric and pediatric adjunct clinical professor at SUNY Orange in Middletown, NY.


Orange Regional Medical Center Appoints Blood Bank Manager

November 14, 2016  - Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Jene Shafer, MS, MT (ASCP) as Blood Bank Manager.

Jene Shafer, MS, MT (ASCP) appointed as Orange Regional Medical Center's Blood Bank ManagerIn her new role, Ms. Shafer oversees the Orange Regional Medical Center Blood Bank and Tissue Quality Management Plan. Working with other hospital departments, Ms. Shafer will ensure patient safety through transfusion medicine and tissue implantation.

Ms. Shafer joined the Orange Regional Medical Center team in 2012 as a Medical Technologist and was later promoted to Laboratory Supervisor of Phlebotomy. Prior to joining Orange Regional, Ms. Shafer worked at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, NY as a Medical Technologist. As a Medical Technologist she performed testing in blood bank, urinalysis, hematology, coagulation, chemistry, microbiology, as well as phlebotomy. She also worked at The Valley Hospital in New Jersey, as a Medical Technologist where she performed testing in coagulation and urinalysis.

Ms. Shafer earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology along with a minor in chemistry from St. Thomas Aquinas College. She has earned her Certificate in Medical Technology from the MT School of Valley Hospital from Ridgewood, NJ. As well as successfully obtaining her ASCP certification and New York State licensure. She then went on to complete a Master of Clinical Laboratory Science degree from Rutgers University. Ms. Shafer recently earned a certificate in Patient Blood Management from the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management (SABM).

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


Greater Hudson Valley Health System Announces Director of Community Health

November 10, 2016  - The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Langseder as Director of Community Health.

Amanda Langseder as Director of Community Health at the Greater Hudson Valley Health SystemAs the Director of Community Health, Ms. Langseder will work closely with community organizations in Sullivan and Orange Counties to integrate and align System outreach health programs with community health initiatives as outlined by each county’s Community Health Needs Assessment and the System’s Corporate Community Health Plan. Ms. Langseder will work with community partners to improve the health and health equity of Sullivan and Orange Counties through innovations in education, patient care, research and community and physician engagement. In addition, Ms. Langseder will provide integrated research, planning and leadership in the development of community health initiatives. She will be instrumental in identifying community health program related grant funding and develop grant proposals in collaboration with the Director of Strategic Planning.

Prior to joining GHVHS, Ms. Langseder was the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Director for Sullivan County Public Health where she was responsible for the management of the WIC nutrition education and food voucher program. She provided leadership for the Sullivan County Health Summit, Sullivan County Breastfeeding Coalition and the Sullivan County Oral Health Coalition. Ms. Langseder has a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from Rowan University.

Ms. Langseder can be reached at 845-794-3300 ext. 2187 or by email at alangseder@ormc.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free ‘Risk Reducer’ Support Group

The Ray W. Moody, MD Breast Center provides free support for persons at high risk for breast cancer.

November 10, 2016  - Orange Regional Medical Center will offer the community a free ‘Risk Reducer’ Support Group on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Spagnoli Family Cancer Center, Radiation Oncology Conference Room located on the main campus of Orange Regional Medical Center, 707 East Main Street in Middletown, NY. This support group is designed to offer resources, education and awareness to the high risk community by addressing the emotional and unique needs of persons at high risk for breast cancer, including BRCA and genetic positive individuals.

Featured presentation will be “Risk Reducing Resources” presented by Orange Regional Medical Group Medical Director of Breast Surgery and Breast Specialist, Hannah Brooks, MD, FACS; and Breast Cancer Patient Navigator, Michele Worden, BSN, RN, CBHN. The group will meet on a quarterly basis. Evan Milligram, a high risk survivor with personal experience, will serve as the support group facilitator. Each quarterly meeting will feature a high risk-related topic and guest speaker, educational materials, resources and an open forum for questions and discussion.

The support group will offer a forum for individuals to discuss the various approaches that they can take in order to minimize the risks of cancer and optimize breast health. Key preventive methods such as lifestyle changes, measures and strategies to address the challenges of and options for risk reduction will be included in each discussion.

For more information, please call Breast Cancer Patient Navigator, Michele Worden, at 845-333-7056. Registration is not required. To learn more about the Ray W. Moody, MD Breast Center visit www.ormc.org/BreastCenter or to schedule an appointment call 1-866-676-ORMC (2837).


Orange Regional Medical Center Announces 3D Breast Tomosynthesis Biopsy Option

November 9, 2016  - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Ray. W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center recently expanded its extensive array of interventional and medical imaging solutions for breast health by offering the 3D tomosynthesis breast biopsy. This procedure is offered in conjunction with the 3D Mammography (also known as tomosynthesis) technology. Orange Regional is the first hospital in Orange County to implement the biopsy capability with 3D Breast tomosynthesis. This biopsy feature helps to better detect cancers at their earliest stages.

The 3D breast biopsy procedure is designed for the localization and accurate targeting of specific areas in the breast and is especially important for targeting areas not always detected in 2D images or when using other technologies. This new biopsy technique has numerous advantages over traditional stereotactic biopsy procedures, including faster targeting and reduced patient procedure time.

"The 3D biopsy option is an important addition," said Medical Director of the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center, Dr. Nate Margolis. "Physicians now have a new tool, tomosynthesis, to accurately identify areas of interest for biopsy. This addresses an emergent need users of 3D mammography systems have identified - a biopsy technology that helps them locate areas seen only on tomosynthesis images, as well as areas that are better visualized using 3D imaging."

According to Dr. Margolis, among biopsies performed with this technology so far, 40 percent have yielded a diagnosis of cancer that would have otherwise gone undetected. An additional 10 percent of biopsies have yielded benign findings that required surgery. The technology also allows patients to sit upright during the procedure and accommodates patients with mobility limitations and positioning constraints.

Orange Regional’s Breast Center has moved and is now located in the Outpatient Building at 707 East Main Street in Middletown, on the main campus of the hospital. The Breast Center is fully equipped with all 3D Mammography technology.

To learn more about the Ray W. Moody, MD Breast Center visit www.ormc.org/BreastCenter or to schedule an appointment call 866-676-ORMC (2837).


Orange Regional Medical Center Nationally Recognized for Performance Excellence

November 7, 2016  - Partners in Performance (PiP) Excellence has awarded Orange Regional Medical Center with their 2015 Silver Award for Performance Excellence. Representatives of Orange Regional accepted the recognition at the PiP Annual Conference on November 3, 2016 at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Thoroughly examined through the same rigorous process and guidelines of the national Malcolm Baldrige Award for Performance Excellence, Orange Regional Medical Center was recognized for leadership, workforce engagement, and favorable clinical and customer experience outcomes.

“At Orange Regional, we constantly assess and adapt our processes to create a better patient experience,” said Rosemary Baczewski, Chief Quality Officer for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. “In turn, this pursuit of performance excellence serves as a model to businesses and organizations about the practices of a best-in-class hospital. Through our Baldrige Award journey, we continue to raise the bar.”

Orange Regional was evaluated against the Baldrige Excellence Framework that focuses on eight interrelated process categories and a results category. These areas represent essential aspects of managing and performing as an organization: Leadership, Strategy, Customers, Measurement, Analysis and Knowledge Management, Workforce, Operations and Results. These criteria help an organization reach its goals, achieve results and become more competitive and sustainable. The aim is to align an organization’s mission, goals and strategic plan with its people, resources and processes, in order to achieve greater customer-patient outcomes.

The Baldrige honor validates Orange Regional’s remarkable performance through innovation, best practices and insightful leadership.

About Partners in Performance Excellence

Partners in Performance Excellence, is a Baldrige Enterprise Member serving Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, and supports organizations committing to, and focusing on, long-term sustainability and overall organizational performance excellence using the proven, world-class framework of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Partners in Performance Excellence provides quality offerings including award programs at various entry points, education and training, and other leadership resources. The award programs include feedback provided by objective, trained examiners who identify organizations’ strengths and opportunities for improvement.


Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center to Host Free Diabetes Education Event

November 1, 2016  - Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center will present a free and informative diabetes program “Do A Diabetes 180: Turn Your Health Around” on Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Building, located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by November 11, 2016 by calling 1-888-321-6762.

Diabetes educators and experienced physicians knowledgeable about diabetes will be on hand to discuss topics such as Diabetes and You: Circling Back on Your Health, Do a Meal Plan 180: Diabetes Super Foods, DiabeteZzz’s: The Importance of Getting Enough Sleep and more. Guest speakers will include Elliott Friedman, MD, FACE, Alan Schaffer, MD, FCCP, FAASM, and Director of the diabetes programs for Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Shelly DeHaan, RD, CDE.

According to the American Diabetes Association, over 29.1 million children and adults in the United States – 9.3% of the population – have diabetes. Diet, insulin, and oral medication to lower blood glucose levels are the foundation of diabetes treatment and management. Patient education and self-care practices are also important aspects of disease management that help people with diabetes lead normal lives.

For more information on diabetes treatment and management, call Catskill Regional at 845-794-3300 ext. 2106 or Orange Regional at 845-333-2711 ext. 1. Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center are members of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


Orange Regional Medical Center’s Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation Unit Celebrates its 25-Year Anniversary

October 21, 2016  - On Wednesday, October 19, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation team hosted a patient appreciation event in celebration of its 25th Anniversary of service to the community. Inpatient and Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation physicians, nurses and staff, Board of Directors members, executive leadership and employees gathered on the Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation Unit to welcome and thank each patient who attended for entrusting Orange Regional with their care. Patients shared their personal stories and appreciation for the attentiveness and excellent patient care they received. Medical Director of Orange Regional’s Inpatient Rehabilitation program, Dr. Vincent Gulfo was also recognized by the staff for his 25 years of dedicated service.

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation team hosted a patient appreciation event in celebration of its 25th Anniversary of service to the community.

About Orange Regional’s Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation Unit

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Orange Regional Medical Center provides state-of-the-art cognitive and physical rehabilitation to patients who have had a debilitating illness, acute injury or recent surgery. The Unit provides modern facilities, equipment and programs designed to meet your needs in a caring and comfortable setting.

In 2014, the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). The rehabilitation team's ongoing dedication and commitment have assured the program's conformations to all CARF standards. This accreditation represents the 7th successful CARF survey by Orange Regional’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Team who continually demonstrate an established pattern of practice excellence which has spanned over 21 years of service. Orange Regional Medical Center is dedicated to helping individuals live their lives to the fullest despite disabilities caused by trauma, illness, congenital deficits or disease. The Hospital combines a healing environment with individualized care to meet each patient’s unique needs.


Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Valet Parking for Patients and Visitors

October 18, 2016 - Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the implementation of a free hospital valet parking service for all patients and visitors. The service, provided by Orange Regional’s Security Department, will be located at the hospital’s main entrance, located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown, NY and will be offered Monday through Friday between the hours of 6:00a.m. – 9:00 p.m., excluding holidays and weekends.

“This valet parking service is extremely beneficial and helpful to our patients and visitors,” said Orange Regional Medical Center Director of Security and Emergency Management, Miguel Rodrigues. “With the opening of our new Outpatient Building and Cancer Center, the valet option will most definitely help get our patients and visitors in and out of our facility in an easy and more timely manner.”


Orange Regional Medical Center To Host Palliative Care Symposium For Clinicians and Healthcare Professionals

October 17, 2016 - Orange Regional Medical Center will host a Palliative Care Symposium on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in its Conference Center located on the Ground Floor of the Hospital at 707 East Main Street in Middletown, New York. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

“This Symposium was designed to educate nurses, physicians, social workers, practice nurses, clinical and support staff identify with evidence-based practice, best practice, and the latest developments in palliative care,” said Medical Director of Palliative Care, Emma Fattakhov, Orange Regional Medical Group.

The Program will begin promptly at 8:50 a.m. with opening remarks from Dr. Fattakhov and will continue throughout the day, featuring several lectures by clinicians and healthcare professionals. To see a copy of the program agenda, visit http://www.ormc.org/about-us/classes.aspx.

Orange Regional Medical Center is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission of Accreditation. Up to four ANCC credits and four CMEs credits are available for this program and four credits for NYC Social Workers are under review for approval.

To register for the program please call: 1-888-321-6762 or visit www.ormc.org/communityoutreach

For specific questions about this continual education program, please contact palliativecare@ormc.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Outpatient Services Now Moved to New Location

September 27, 2016

Please be advised that Orange Regional Medical Center has relocated several of its outpatient services. The majority of services previously located at the Goshen Patient Service Center and the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion in Middletown have moved to the New Outpatient Building and Spagnoli Family Cancer Center on the campus of Orange Regional Medical Center – located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown.

Services relocated from the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion in Middletown to the new Outpatient Building include Orange Regional Medical Group, Outpatient Surgery, Diagnostic Imaging, Pre-Surgical Testing, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center, the Dunkelman Diabetes Center and Laboratory. Radiation Oncology has been relocated to the new Cancer Center.

Services now relocated from the Goshen Patient Service Center to the Outpatient Building include Laboratory, Registration and Diagnostic Imaging. Radiation Oncology services will be available at the Goshen Patient Service Center until November.


Orange Regional Medical Center Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Outpatient Building and Spagnoli Family Cancer Center Opening

September 23, 2016

(Middletown, NY)  - On September 19, Orange Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Group held a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony in celebration of the official opening of the new Outpatient Building and Spagnoli Family Cancer Center. Orange Regional and Orange Regional Medical Group staff and physicians, in addition to members of the Board of Directors, elected officials, executive leadership and employees gathered under a tent to commemorate the hard work and dedication that went into the planning and completion of both new buildings.

Orange Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Group held a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony in celebration of the official opening of the new Physician Office Building and Spagnoli Family Cancer Center.Pictured from Left to Right: Stephen J. Sugrue, VP, Compliance, Real Estate & Audit, GHVHS; Dr. Jeffrey Stewart, Medical Director, Cancer Center Representative; Dr. James Oxley, Orange Regional Medical Group; Terry Olivo, ORMC Chairman, Board of Directors; Darrell Supak, GHVHS Chairman, Board of Directors; Scott Batulis, President & CEO, GHVHS; Aileen Gunther, New York State Assemblywoman; John Bonacic, New York State Senator and Dan Depew, Town of Wallkill Supervisor. Not pictured is Mrs. Madeline Spagnoli.

Kathy Frommer, Madeline Spagnoli and Don Frommer in front of the new Spagnoli Family Cancer Center.
Pictured from Left to Right: Kathy Frommer, Madeline Spagnoli and Don Frommer in front of the new Spagnoli Family Cancer Center. The Frommers had previously named Orange Regional’s Cardiology program.

About Orange Regional’s new Outpatient Building and Spagnoli Family Cancer Center

Orange Regional Medical Center is nearing completion of construction on an exciting new 153,000 square foot, five-story Medical Office Building and a 26,000 square-foot, single-story Spagnoli Family Cancer Center at the hospital’s main campus. Orange Regional Medical Center selected Skanska USA as the Construction Management firm for the project. Skanska USA is one of the world's leading construction groups with vast experience in health care construction.

When open on September 26, the $99 million project will help relocate most outpatient services currently provided at other off-campus locations into new, state-of-the-art buildings on the existing 73-acre hospital campus in Middletown. Both new buildings will be patient-centered healing environments incorporating advanced technology and amenities for patients and families. An additional 800 convenient parking spaces have been added to accommodate patients, doctors and employees. In addition, The ORMC Foundation has funded a Fitness Trail project on the campus with outdoor exercise stations as part of a $3.3 million “The Future is Orange” Campaign which is helping to fund the overall expansion project. The walking and exercise path can be used by patients, families, and staff to promote overall good health. The Foundation also funded the Viewing Garden for Orange Regional’s Infusion patients, located at the entrance of the new Spagnoli Family Cancer Center. The Viewing Garden supports Orange Regional’s healing environment for patients and their families.

The first two floors of the Outpatient Building will house an array of advanced diagnostic medical technology available including:64-Slice Computerized Tomography (CT), 1.5 Tesla Wide-Bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Digital X-ray, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography, PET/CT and Fluoroscopy. The Women’s Breast Center will feature all 3D Mammography, the most advanced imaging available for breast cancer detection. The Physician Office Building will also feature urgent care, primary care, outpatient laboratory services, and pre-surgical testing. The building will house four outpatient operating rooms, endoscopy services, five procedure rooms, cardiac rehabilitation, a diabetes care center, medical school classrooms, a retail pharmacy, a bistro, and a community health resource center. Floors three to five will be occupied by Orange Regional Medical Group specialty physicians.

The 26,000 square-foot Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will combine existing outpatient cancer therapy services including radiation oncology (True Beam and Rapid Arc Linear Accelerators) and Infusion Therapy, along with oncology exam rooms, Patient Navigators, Clinical Trials, a Healing Boutique, Caring Arts Modalities (Complementary Therapies), and a healing garden. The single-story Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will be attached to the main hospital building.


Brittany Miller Foundation Funds Orange Regional Medical Center’s Pediatric Family Comfort Room

September 21, 2016

(Middletown, NY)  - Orange Regional Medical Center recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate a new Pediatric Family Comfort Room, funded by The Brittany Miller Foundation.

On August 25, the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Pediatric Family Comfort Room Funded by the Brittany Miller Foundation.

The Pediatric Family Comfort Room provides a place of respite for families of pediatric inpatients. The Brittany Miller Foundation’s gift provided the resources to create a private space for reflection, conversation and rest. The room is designed with comfortable furniture, a television, telephone and a private bathroom.

"We hope families will find some solace in this peaceful room. This gift provides space for emotional conversations with families and their loved ones. It is a really beautiful room with a lovely view where families can freshen up, relax and talk with extended family,” said Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President William Dauster.

For more information on how to donate, visit www.ormc.org/charitable-giving.

About Orange Regional Medical Center’s Pediatric Services and Child Life Program

Orange Regional's dedicated Pediatric Unit welcomes patients from infancy through age 17 taking a family-centered approach to your child’s healthcare needs. The Pediatric Unit is inviting, comfortable and secure and staffed by Certified Pediatric Nurses with more than 200 years of combined experience in delivering pediatric care. Our unit offers specialized pediatric equipment and a private procedure room, where certain procedures are performed, allowing for the child’s private room to remain a safe, pain free zone. We also provide access to Board-certified Pediatric Hospitalists for your child’s inpatient stay; available to children who may not have a pediatrician. Pediatric Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in the care of children, while they are hospitalized. Upon discharge, children will be treated by their primary care provider, a Pediatrician or another sub-specialist.

Orange Regional's Child Life Program seeks to ease fear and uncertainty by familiarizing young children, adolescents and their families with the hospital experience. The program is designed to help children through a wide variety of stressful experiences that can overpower their natural ability to cope and heal. Our Child-Life Specialist complements our team with expertise in helping children and their families effectively cope with their illness through play, preparation, education, distraction and self-expression activities. They provide emotional support and encouragement throughout a child’s hospitalization, while providing information and guidance to all family members. Our Pediatric Hospitalists specialize in care of pediatric patients and our Pediatric Hospitalist Services offer our pediatric patients many benefits throughout their stay.

About The Brittany Miller Foundation

The Brittany Miller Foundation is inspired by the memory of Brittany Miller, a Middletown, New York girl who on July 31, 1996 -- her seventh birthday -- died after fighting a spirited battle against brain cancer. As part of her treatment Brittany had to undergo the hour-plus trip to Westchester several times a month for treatments. No local hospitals provided the sophisticated treatments she required. After Brittany was diagnosed with cancer in July 1995 her parents discovered that, in addition to the emotional drain on families in their situation, even families with good medical coverage find that the lodging, food and other miscellaneous expenses can prove quite a hardship. The Brittany Miller Foundation helps offset these additional expenses to families in Orange County whose children are fighting cancer.


Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Healing Yoga Class

September 9, 2016

(Middletown, NY) -Orange Regional Medical Center will offer a 10-week healing yoga class from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Fridays, beginning September 16 and ending November 18, at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Community Health Education Center, located at 110 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. The fee for this 10-week program is $40 per person. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please call 1-888-321-6762.

Orange Regional’s healing yoga classes for cancer and chronic disease patients and their caregivers utilize the practice of yoga therapy as a complement to traditional medicine in an effort to improve a patient’s quality of life. The benefits of healing yoga include but are not limited to the promotion of stress reduction and relaxation, ease of depression and anxiety and encouragement of healthy decision-making.

For more information and to register for the healing yoga class, contact Orange Regional Medical Center’s Health Connection Hotline at 1-888-321-6762.

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 on Cancer Care Services at Orange Regional, visit www.ormccancercare.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Integrates eMOLST Access into Epic EMR, Improves Focus on Providing Excellent End-of-life Care

September 1, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center has improved its clinicians’ focus on providing excellent end-of-life care by encouraging conversations with seriously ill patients and their family members. Orange Regional recently completed a key milestone in this project by improving providers’ access to the New York State eMOLST Registry. eMOLST allows clinicians to capture patients’ end-of-life orders, and accompanying documentation, to ensure patients’ wishes can be honored at all times and in all care settings.

Orange Regional Medical Center is the first hospital in the Hudson Valley to have this technical integration and the first hospital statewide to have broad clinical implementation of eMOLST.

The Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Program helps ensure quality end-of-life care through shared, informed, decision-making conversations between seriously ill patients, their families and healthcare professionals. MOLST orders are documented on the NYSDOH MOLST form and must be signed by a physician. The electronic version, eMOLST, is a secure, web-based system that allows for both MOLST form completion and documentation of the discussion in a centralized database that also serves as New York’s Registry for these documents. eMOLST allows health care professionals to complete the entire MOLST process online and guarantees that the orders and all necessary documentation of the conversation are always accessible.

Orange Regional’s Information Technology (IT) department has taken an extra step to integrate eMOLST into its Epic EMR for easy access by clinicians and other hospital staff. This integration simplifies the login process and search function for providers and allows a patient’s eMOLST orders to be retrieved quickly.

“One of our values is to reduce complexity and risk by simplifying the tools we employ. The integration with eMOLST to our EMR system provides a more efficient way to access critical information and improves the care we provide,” said Orange Regional Medical Center VP, Information technology and Chief Information Officer Brian Tew. “Also, reducing the number of mouse clicks and required log-ins makes everyone happier.”

"We ensure that our patient goals for care and preferences for care and treatment can be honored at any time across the GHVHS,” added Orange Regional Medical Center Administrator of IT Clinical & Business Applications, Dr. Ashok Kumar, MD. “This Single Sign-on (SSO) with patient context integration allows our healthcare providers to complete the eMOLST form and documents seamlessly."

Orange Regional’s clinical staff, led by Medical Director for the Palliative Medicine, Dr. Emma Fattakhov, is incorporating eMOLST discussions into routine patient care for individuals who are appropriate for these conversations. MOLST orders are only recommended for people who are seriously ill and close to the end of life. MOLST orders must be honored whether the patient is at home, in the hospital, in a nursing home, or in any other setting. eMOLST helps ensure accuracy in MOLST completion and guarantees accessibility to these critical medical orders in an emergency.

“Orange Regional’s focus on eMOLST integration complements its continued commitment to improving multiple aspects of care for patients and their families in the Hudson Valley,” said Medical Director for the Palliative Medicine, Dr. Emma Fattakhov. “eMOLST implementation and further IT integration is in line with the nationally recommended approach for improving end-of-life care as described by the Institute of Medicine in the landmark 2014 report, Dying in America, which cites eMOLST as a best practice for end-of-life discussions and accurate documentation.”

Dr. Pat Bomba, a nationally respected physician leader in end-of-life care and VP & Medical Director for Geriatrics at Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, which operates the NYS eMOLST Registry, stated, “Orange Regional has dedicated more than a year of work to eMOLST implementation to ensure their patients and families are able to have thorough end-of-life discussions and complete eMOLST forms when desired. eMOLST completion ensures their wishes can be honored in all care settings. ORMC is a leader amongst health systems and their approach to eMOLST should be replicated by other organizations.”

More information about the MOLST is available at CompassionAndSupport.org. To learn more about eMOLST, please visit NYSeMOLSTregistry.com.


Six New Physicians Join Orange Regional Medical Group

September 1, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of six new physicians to its compassionate team. These physicians will provide patient services within various specialty departments.

Khaliq, Anila

Dr. Anila Khaliq recently joined the experienced Primary Care team at Orange Regional Medical Group. Board-certified in Family Medicine and fluent in Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi, Dr. Khaliq received her medical degree at Fatima Jinnah Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan. She completed her residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to joining Orange Regional Medical Group she was an Attending Physician at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, New York and an adjunct faculty member at Lake Erie College of Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania and at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Biddeford, Maine.

Cheng, Lucy

Dr. Lucy Cheng, Board-certified in Internal Medicine, recently joined the Infectious Diseases Department of Orange Regional Medical Group. She received her medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. She also completed her residency in internal medicine at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and her fellowship in Infectious Diseases at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City.

Fradlis, Bella

Fluent in Russian as well as English, Dr. Bella Fradlis leads Orange Regional Medical Group’s new Rheumatology Department and is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. She received her medical training at Stony Brook School of Medicine in Stony Brook, New York. She then completed an internship year at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York and went on to her internal medicine residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. After working for one year as an Attending Physician and Instructor of Clinical Medicine for the Hospitalist Division at Columbia, she went on to complete a clinical rheumatology fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center. Prior to joining Orange Regional Medical Group, Dr. Fradlis was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York City and an Attending Physician at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. She served as the Rheumatology Liaison for the Hidradenitis Suppurativa clinic at Montefiore Medical Center.

Fradlis, Bella

Board-certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Jowairiyya Ahmad recently completed her fellowship training from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia and joined the Rheumatology Department at Orange Regional Medical Group. She completed her internal medicine residency training at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, a geriatric fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center and a rheumatology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University. During fellowship, she worked at the Lupus Center of Excellence at Thomas Jefferson University, specializing in providing comprehensive care improving the quality of life for lupus patients. She had actively participated in the scleroderma program, research in autoimmune diseases, musculoskeletal ultrasound course and elective in the department of rheumatology at Nemours Alfred I. du Pont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware. She also has a special interest in geriatric rheumatology and has authored a book chapter in Reichel’s Care of the Elderly, 7th Edition.

Holsaeter, Thomas

Dr. Thomas Holsaeter is the newest physician to join Orange Regional Medical Group’s Department of Hospital Medicine. He received his medical degree at the Oklahoma College of Medicine in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and completed his residency at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.





Song, Cherry

Dr. Cherry Song graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, Missouri as a Doctor of Osteopathy and completed her general surgery residency at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She subsequently completed an Acute Burn Surgical Critical Care fellowship at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas and a Trauma/Surgical Critical Care fellowship at University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. For the past year, she stayed on staff as Clinical Instructor and was Co-Medical Director of the Wound Care Center at University of Kentucky Medical Center. She recently joined Orange Regional Medical Group’s Surgical Services team and is now part of Orange Regional Medical Center’s Trauma, Acute Care Surgery and Surgical Critical Care teams.

About Orange Regional Medical Group

Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) is part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. ORMG is a growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with board-certified doctors, board-certified nurse practitioners and board-certified advanced practice professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster counties and beyond. For more information, visit orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Offers ‘Freedom from Smoking’ Workshop

September 1, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center, in conjunction with The American Lung Association, will host a 7-week ‘Freedom from Smoking’ Workshop from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, beginning September 12 and ending October 24, in Orange Regional Medical Center’s 2 West Conference Room, located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. The fee for this 7-week program is $95 per person. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please call 1-888-321-6762.

The ‘Freedom from Smoking’ Workshop is a smoking cessation program designed to help participants overcome tobacco addiction so they can enjoy the benefits of better health, extra money in their pocket and healthier relationships. By the end of the workshop, participants will have learned about medicines that can aide in quitting smoking; lifestyle changes that make quitting easier; preparing for “Quit Day”; managing stress; avoiding weight gain; developing a new self - image; staying smoke-free and more.

For more information on the Freedom from Smoking Workshop, contact Orange Regional Medical Center Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator, Jayne O’Malley, RN, OCN, at 845-695-5891.

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 on Cancer Care Services at Orange Regional, visit www.ormccancercare.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Prostate Screenings

August 29, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center in partnership with Orange Regional Medical Group is offering free prostate cancer screenings during the week of September 19 at the Community Health Education Center, located at 110 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. Pre-registration is required. To schedule an exam, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by September 12. Appointments are limited.

The prostate screening consists of a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, each of which takes about a minute to perform. The combination of these two methods is the most effective procedure for detecting prostate cancer at an early stage. The prostate screening program is for men who meet the following criteria:

  • Have not been under the care of a urologist in the past 5 years
  • Have no personal history of prostate cancer
  • Are between the ages of 40 - 75

Participating physicians in this year’s screening include Orange Regional Medical Group providers, Gerard Galarneau, MD, Dawud Lankford, MD and Maribeth Widas, PA.

According to the Prostate Cancer Education Council, one out of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. If detected early, treatment options are much broader, and the chances for a cure are much greater. For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center, please visit www.ormc.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Announces Board of Trustees Members

August 17, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation has announced the appointment of the following individuals as board members: Elizabeth Rowley, CFRE, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan, of Newburgh; Steven Van Pouke, Vice President of Engineering, BFY Brans of Monroe; and Scott M. Lask, President and Owner, The Scott Lask Wealth Management Group LLC of Monroe.

Elizabeth Rowley
Elizabeth Rowley
Scott M. Lask
Scott M. Lask
Steven Van Pouke
Steven Van Pouke

“We are really honored that our new board members have agreed to serve,” said Foundation Board Chair, Jonathan Rouis, CPA. “They represent the very best of the region’s business community and care deeply about Orange Regional’s mission, programs and services. We are really proud to have each of them involved in our philanthropic work.”

The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation is the fundraising arm of the hospital and raises charitable funds to support the hospital and its programs. The Foundation is currently engaged in a $3.3 million campaign to help fund the hospital’s North Campus expansion project.

The Future is Orange campaign is raising funds for a new physician office building and a comprehensive cancer care center. For more information about the campaign, please call (845) 333-2333.

About Orange Regional’s new Physician Office Building and Spagnoli Family Cancer Center

Orange Regional Medical Center is nearing completion of construction on an exciting new 153,000 square foot, five-story Medical Office Building and a 26,000 square foot, single-story Spagnoli Family Cancer Center at the hospital’s main campus. When completed in the fall of 2016, the $99 million project will help relocate most outpatient services currently provided at other off-campus locations into new, state-of-the-art buildings on the existing 73-acre hospital campus in Middletown. Both new buildings will be patient-centered healing environments incorporating all the latest technology and amenities for patients and families. Plans also include adding an additional 800 convenient parking spaces.

The first two floors of the Medical Office Building will house a world class array of the most advanced diagnostic medical technology available including (64 Slice Computerized Tomography, CT Wide-Bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI, Digital X-ray, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography, PET/CT and Fluoroscopy). The Women’s Breast Center will house 3D Mammography, the most advanced imaging available for breast cancer detection. The building will house four outpatient operating rooms, endoscopy services, five procedure rooms, a primary care office, urgent care, cardiac rehabilitation, a diabetes care center, outpatient laboratory services, medical school classrooms, pre-surgical testing, a retail pharmacy, a bistro, and a community health resource center. Floors three to five will be occupied by Orange Regional Medical Group primary care and specialty physicians.

The 26,000 square foot Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will combine existing outpatient cancer therapy services including radiation oncology (True Beam and Rapid Arc Linear Accelerators) and Infusion Therapy, Complementary Therapies, along with oncology exam rooms and associated nursing and care provider stations. The single-story Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will be attached to the main hospital building. For more information on cancer care or the Spagnoli Family Cancer Center, please visit www.ormccancercare.org.

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


Orange Regional Medical Center Supports World Breastfeeding Week

Rowley Family Birthing Center Participates in The Global Big Latch On

July 26, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - On August 5, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Rowley Family Birthing Center will participate in The Global Big Latch On in support of World Breastfeeding Week. The Global Big Latch On takes place at registered locations around the world, where women gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. The event will be held in Orange Regional’s Conference Center, located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. Participants must register by calling 1-888-321-6762 or online at www.ormc.org/communityoutreach. Check in begins at 10:00 a.m. and The Big Latch On begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.

In addition to The Big Latch On, Orange Regional’s Rowley Family Birthing Center will offer its prenatal breastfeeding class free of charge on August 4 and on August 11. Participation is limited and registration is required by calling 1-888-321-6762 or by visiting www.ormc.org/communityoutreach. The Rowley Family Birthing Center also offers a New Moms’ Support Group which meets every Tuesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott located at 24 Crystal Run Crossing in Middletown. The support group welcomes new mothers and their babies to share experiences, discuss questions with other new moms, exchange ideas and challenges, gain knowledge and learn skills regarding newborn care and parenting. Fathers, grandparents and caregivers are welcome. For more information, visit www.ormc.org/communityoutreach or call 1-888-321-6762.

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated every year, August 1 through August 7, in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

For more information on the Rowley Family Birthing Center, visit www.ormc.org/maternity.

About the Rowley Family Birthing Center

The entire sixth floor of Orange Regional’s state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to the Rowley Family Birthing Center, where moms deliver in a nurturing, safe and comfortable environment while having the privacy they need during this special time. Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care provides advanced and specialized newborn care.

To ensure the needs of mother and baby are met in complete comfort and privacy, 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 2 operating rooms for caesarean delivery. Each room has a bathroom with a soothing shower, 300-thread count linens, scenic views, HDTV, an individual thermostat and sleeper sofa for your birthing partner. Carpeted hallways help create a quiet and more peaceful environment for rest and recovery. Room service is also available.

International Board-certified Lactation Consultants are available to provide both inpatient and outpatient support services to breastfeeding mothers. Prenatal breastfeeding classes and the option to rent hospital-grade, electric breast pumps, are available. For general information regarding breastfeeding or pump rentals at Orange Regional Medical Center, please contact the Orange Regional Medical Center Lactation Department at 333-6274.

The Center’s experienced and caring nurses attend to patient’s emotional and physical needs and work to fully support each birthing plan. Nurses work with care providers and guide families through the experience from preparations for birth through delivery and post-partum care.


Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Golf Classic Raises $250,000

Proceeds to benefit new Physician Office Building and Cancer Center

July 11, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - On Monday, June 20, the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation held its annual Golf & Tennis Classic raising $250,000 in net proceeds to benefit Orange Regional Medical Center’s new physician office building and Spagnoli Family Cancer Center. The event, chaired by Jake Kriney and Eric Savacool, hosted more than 250 golfers at the Stony Ford Course and West Hills Country Club.

“Our annual Golf Classic continues to be one of our key fundraising events for the Hospital. We are so fortunate to have the support of our community, sponsors, players as well as Hospital staff and volunteers,” said Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Director of Development Pamela Yosh.

First place net winners at the West Hills Country Club Better Ball competition for Orange Regional Medical Center's Golf & Tennis fundraising event.

The Golf Committee raised funds by selling limited raffle tickets, basket raffles and procuring numerous sponsorships. Orange Regional’s Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Jim Oxley challenged golfers at a betting hole on the Wallkill Golf Course while celebrity guest, Van Ritshie, of Fox radio, challenged golfers at West Hills Country Club.

First place Golf and Tennis Classic winners were:

West Hills – Better Ball

1st Place Gross:

  • Mike Bonura
  • Patrick Mainey
  • Christian Vonn
  • Brent Caster

1st Place Net:

  • Jake Kriney
  • Jake Kriney Jr.
  • Greg Lutfy
  • Brian Pskowski

1st Place Tennis Round Robin:

  • Michael Zyskind

Stony Ford – Scramble

1st Place

  • Vance Levin
  • Jerry Levin
  • Jim McIntosh
  • Phil Boeme

About Orange Regional’s new Physician Office Building and Spagnoli Family Cancer Center

Orange Regional Medical Center is nearing completion of construction on an exciting new 153,000 square foot, five-story Physician Office Building and a 26,000 square foot, single-story Spagnoli Family Cancer Center at the hospital’s main campus. When completed in the fall of 2016, the $99 million project will help relocate many outpatient services currently provided at other off-campus locations into new, state-of-the-art buildings on the existing 73-acre hospital campus in Middletown. Both new buildings will be patient-centered healing environments incorporating all the latest technology and amenities for patients and families. Plans also include adding an additional 800 convenient parking spaces.

The first two floors of the Medical Office Building will house a world class array of the most advanced diagnostic medical technology available including (64 Slice Computerized Tomography, CT Wide-Bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI, Digital X-ray, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography, PET/CT and Fluoroscopy). The Women’s Breast Center will house 3D Mammography, the most advanced imaging available for breast cancer detection. In addition, the outpatient and procedure center will provide the most technologically advanced care in a convenient and welcoming outpatient environment. The center will house four outpatient operating rooms, endoscopy services, five procedure rooms, a primary care office, urgent care, cardiac rehabilitation, a diabetes care center, outpatient laboratory services, medical school classrooms, pre-surgical testing, a retail pharmacy, a bistro, and a community health resource center. Floors three to five will be occupied by Orange Regional Medical Group primary care and specialty physicians.

The 26,000 square foot Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will combine existing outpatient cancer therapy services including radiation oncology (True Beam and Rapid Arc Linear Accelerators, High Dose Radiation Unit) and Infusion Therapy, along with oncology exam rooms and associated nursing and care provider stations. The single-story Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will be attached to the main hospital building. For more information on cancer care or the Spagnoli Family Cancer Center, please visit www.ormccancercare.org.

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

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


Orange Regional Medical Center Recognized in 2016 Most Wired™ Survey

July 6, 2016

(Middletown, NY) -Orange Regional Medical Center has been awarded by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME)’s 17th annual HealthCare’s Most Wired™ survey. Orange Regional is one of only 22 hospitals in New York State to be recognized with the Most Wired award.

The 2016 Most Wired™ survey and benchmarking study, in partnership with CHIME and sponsored by VMware, is a leading industry barometer for measuring information technology (IT) use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. Recognition as a Most Wired™ hospital organization validates Orange Regional’s excellence in IT leadership on the frontlines of healthcare transformation. This distinction stands as a testament to the hospital’s commitment to improving care delivery and outcomes through creative and revolutionary uses of technology.

“At Orange Regional, we are continually adapting and updating our procedures to ensure optimal clinical workflows with fast and secure access to patient information,” said Brian Tew, Chief Information Officer for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. “Our priority is to provide seamless access to patient information, which allows clinicians to deliver optimal care. Being named a Most Wired™ hospital solidifies our IT and Electronic Medical Records efforts, and the dedicated work of our entire staff.”

The Most Wired™ award recognizes Orange Regional’s efforts for utilizing IT protocols to achieve maximum healthcare performance in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration. The award methodology sets specific requirements in each of these four focus areas. Hospitals must adhere to enhanced standards such as making electronic health records accessible to clinicians and staff, patient flow automation, digital clinical imaging, providing online health information for patient education and more.

According to the survey, Most Wired™ hospitals are using telehealth to fill gaps in care; provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and expand access to medical specialists. This year’s results show:

  • The top three telehealth services offered in hospitals are consultations and office visits, stroke care, and psychiatric examinations and psychotherapy.
  • Stroke care is the most rapid growth area for telehealth services up 38 percent from 2015, as evidence-based studies emphasize the time urgency of stroke care.
  • More than 25 percent of hospitals use internet-enabled monitoring devices for chronic disease management of congestive heart failure, diabetes and heart disease.
  • In redefining the way that they provide care in their communities, Most Wired™ hospitals are using technology to build patient engagement with the individual’s lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team.
  • 68 percent accept patient-generated data through the patient portal.
  • 26 percent of Most Wired organizations offer E-visits through a mobile application.
  • 61 percent use social media to provide support groups.

Most Wired™ hospitals are utilizing population health management tools and partnering with other health care providers to share critical clinical information used in analyzing interventions aimed at key patient groups, such as those with diabetes. To get patients the right care, hospitals are using predictive modeling to eliminate preventable problems.

    • 53 percent interface electronic health record data with population health tools.
    • 62 percent stratify patients according to risk.
    • 51 percent aggregate data from patient encounters to create a community health record.

The versatility of mobile technologies makes it possible for clinicians and care team members to have the right tools for sound clinical decision-making wherever they are: 81 percent of Most Wired™ hospitals use mobile applications to notify clinicians of sudden changes in patient conditions and correlated events such as falls or respiratory distress or failure. As they build out new capabilities, hospitals are also taking strong actions to ensure health data is secure.

      • More than 90 percent use intrusion detection systems, privacy audit systems and security incident event management to detect patient privacy breaches, monitor for malicious activities and produce real-time analysis of security alerts.
      • 84 percent conduct a third-party security audit annually to ensure that guidelines are followed.

Orange Regional Medical Center Achieves Magnet Recognition

Magnet recognition is the highest national honor for nursing excellence.

June 16, 2016

(Middletown, NY) -Orange Regional Medical Center achieved Magnet recognition in May as a reflection of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program (ANCC) distinguishes organizations that meet rigorous standards for nursing excellence.

With this credential, Orange Regional joins the global community of Magnet-recognized organizations. Only 6 percent of U.S. health care organizations have achieved Magnet recognition.

“Magnet recognition provides our community with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of patient care,” said Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, Dr. Joanne Ritter-Teitel. “Achieving Magnet recognition reinforces the culture of excellence that is a cornerstone of how we serve our community. It’s also tangible evidence of our nurses’ commitment to providing the very best care to our patients, of which we are extremely proud.”

Research demonstrates that Magnet recognition provides specific benefits to health care organizations and their communities, such as

      • Higher patient satisfaction with nurse communication, availability of help and receipt of discharge information.
      • Lower risk of 30-day mortality and lower failure to rescue rates.
      • Higher job satisfaction among nurses.
      • Lower nurse reports of intentions to leave their positions.

Magnet recognition is the gold standard for nursing excellence and is a factor when the public judges health care organizations. U.S. News & World Report’s annual showcase of “America’s Best Hospitals” includes Magnet recognition in its ranking criteria for quality of inpatient care.

The Magnet Model provides a framework for nursing practice, research, and measurement of outcomes. Through this framework, ANCC evaluates applicants across a number of components and dimensions to gauge an organization’s nursing excellence.

The foundation of this model comprises various elements deemed essential to delivering superior patient care. These include the quality of nursing leadership and coordination and collaboration across specialties, as well as processes for measuring and improving the quality and delivery of care.

Achieve Magnet recognition, organizations must pass a rigorous and lengthy process that demands widespread participation from leadership and staff. This process includes an extensive electronic application, organizational performance metrics consistent with ANCC standards, a 3 day on-site visit by 3 nurse appraisers, and a review by the 8 member Commission on Magnet Recognition.

About Orange Regional Medical Center

Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC), is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. Formed by the merger of Arden Hill Hospital and Horton Medical Center, Orange Regional moved the two campuses into a single-site, new, state-of-the-art facility on August 5, 2011. This is the first new hospital built in New York State in over 20 years and boasts seven floors of state-of-the-art technology and provides 383 beds and employs over 2,400 healthcare professionals. More than 600 doctors have privileges at the hospital and treat thousands of area families, friends and neighbors. Orange Regional provides several outpatient locations as well as inpatient services at its main campus. The largest outpatient facility, the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion in the Town of Wallkill, offers both outpatient surgical and diagnostic services and private physician offices. In addition to its designation by the Magnet Recognition Program, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) has designated Orange Regional with Stage 7, the highest level on HIMSS Analytics’ EMR adoption model which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems. Only 4.2 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals received the Stage 7 Award. For more information about Orange Regional, visit www.ormc.org.

About ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program

The Magnet Recognition Program — administered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, the largest and most prominent nurses credentialing organization in the world — identifies health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and professionalism in nursing practice. The Magnet Recognition Program is the highest national honor for nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark for measuring quality of care. For more information about the Magnet Recognition Program and current statistics, visit www.nursecredentialing.org/magnet.


Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day

A free event for cancer survivors and their families to celebrate life

May 27, 2016

(Middletown, NY) -Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will host a celebration of life in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The event will take place underneath the tent outside of Orange Regional’s Conference Center 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 friends, family members and caregivers. The event will include a mini health fair, food, music and, most importantly, a celebration of the lives of the cancer survivors in our community. Reservations are required by June 8, 2016 by calling 1-888-321-6762.

Orange Regional Medical Center staff pose for a picture at last year’s National Cancer Survivor’s Day celebration.

“We look forward to this celebration each year,” says Regina Toomey Bueno, Orange Regional’s Administrator of Oncology Services. “The opportunity to connect with our community and celebrate life, strength and perseverance is always a joyous occasion.”

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 Earns Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

American Heart Association recognizes Orange Regional’s commitment to quality stroke care

May 26, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality measures to receive the Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award.

To qualify for the Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reduce the effects of stroke and lessen the chance of permanent disability. Orange Regional earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

These quality measures are designed to help hospital teams follow the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

“This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to delivering advanced stroke treatments to patients quickly and safely,” said Jonathan Schiller, Chief Operating Officer of Orange Regional Medical Center. “Orange Regional continues to strive for excellence in the acute treatment of stroke patients. The recognition from the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke further reinforces our team’s hard work.”

“The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association recognize Orange Regional for its commitment to stroke care,” said Paul Heidenreich, M.D., M.S., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines Steering Committee and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. “Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program.”

Get With The Guidelines-S puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping hospital care teams ensure the care provided to patients is aligned with the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal to save lives and improve recovery time, Get With The Guidelines-S has impacted more than 3 million patients since 2003.

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 to Host Free Breast Care Seminar with Dr. Hannah Brooks, MD

May 19, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free Breast Care seminar led by Orange Regional Medical Group’s Hannah Brooks, MD, Medical Director of Breast Surgery and Breast Specialist. This free seminar will be held on Wednesday, June 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Orange Regional’s Conference Center, at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. Pre-registration is required. To register, call The Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

The seminar will focus on breast care and breast health education including common breast problems, non-cancerous breast conditions, proper breast self-examination techniques and more. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Hannah Brooks received research training in tumor immunology at Cornell University Medical Center and Sloan Kettering Institute. She specializes in the management of breast disease and cancer, and works closely with the patients at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center.


Peacock, Pepsi, Kiwanis and Sawyer Honored as Foundation Donors

May 19, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation held its Annual Donor Recognition Reception at the Villa Venezia in Middletown on April 20.

Former Chairman of the Foundation Board of Trustees, Rolland B. Peacock III, was honored with the Leadership Award; Auxiliary President, Florence Sawyer, was honored with the Volunteer Leadership Award; Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley was presented with the Corporate Leadership Award and the Middletown Kiwanis Club was presented with the Community Leadership Award.

Former Foundation Chairman Rolland B. Peacock III and Greater Hudson Valley Health System President & CEO, Scott Batulis.
(Former Foundation Chairman Rolland B. Peacock III and President & CEO of Orange Regional Medical Center, Scott Batulis.)

Foundation Chairman Jonathan Rouis thanked the crowd for their philanthropic support. He praised the efforts of the Foundation Trustees and Orange Regional Medical Center’s Board of Directors, Employees, Volunteers and Auxiliary.

“No one can argue that health care is changing at the speed of light both nationally and right here in our region. But as donors, you should know that Orange Regional is moving forward in every way possible, expanding services while keeping quality a singular focus at all times. While this latest expansion project positions us for the future it also improves health throughout our area. But given the financial margins for hospital these days, it takes philanthropic dollars to keep moving us forward,” Mr. Rouis said.
Tom Strahle, Vice President and COO, Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley; Kathy Goulden, Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley; Tim Tenney, President and CEO, Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley; Jonathan Schiller, Chief Operating Officer, Orange Regional Medical Center and Scott Batulis, President & CEO of Orange Regional Medical Center.

(Tom Strahle, Vice President and COO, Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley; Kathy Goulden, Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley; Tim Tenney, President and CEO, Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley; Jonathan Rouis, Foundations Chairman, Orange Regional Medical Center and Scott Batulis, President & CEO of Orange Regional Medical Center.) 

The evening’s attendees included donors to the Hospital’s Future is Orange Capital Campaign, supporters of the Foundation’s Century Club annual giving program, and Society Club including donors who have made planned estate gifts to benefit the hospital.


Orange Regional Receives Highest Award for Electronic Medical Record Adoption
ORMC one of only three hospitals in New York to Achieve HIMMS Stage 7

May 18, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center has been awarded with the highest designation, Stage 7, for implementing an electronic medical record (EMR) system to improve patient safety and quality of care. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) awarded ORMC with Stage 7, the highest level on HIMSS Analytics’ EMR adoption model which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

During the fourth quarter of 2015, only 4.2 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals received the Stage 7 Award. ORMC is one of only three hospitals in New York State to achieve HIMSS Stage 7 joining NYU Langone and the Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Scott Batulis, ORMC President & CEO said, “We are extremely honored to have achieved the Stage 7 milestone which further demonstrates our commitment to improving the health of our community – our primary mission. It takes an entire team, at every level of the organization, to reach the highest level of electronic medical records utilization and it’s all with the patient’s well-being as the focus.”

ORMC’s electronic medical record system is able to provide the right information, for the right person, in the right format, in real time, every time, so healthcare providers can deliver efficient patient care. The system helps to decrease duplicate tests and increase the possibility of collaborative care between patients, physician offices, hospitals and any other institution involved in the patient care.

John H. Daniels, Global Vice President, Healthcare Advisory Services Group for HIMSS Analytics said, “Orange Regional Medical Center has made great progress in a very short time. In particular, they have implemented a predictive clinical decision support algorithm directly into the EMR to help physicians with precise insulin dosing. As a result, they have eliminated severe hypoglycemia cases and significantly reduced diabetes inpatient mortality. This is a data driven organization, and it shows.”

There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers and chief medical information officers or chief nursing informatics officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.

In order to obtain the final stage in the EMR adoption, hospitals must have more than 90 percent of all medical orders entered into the system (ORMC has 92%) and be able to share clinical information with other health care facilities, networks, clinics, employers, payers and patients. At this stage, ORMC can store and analyze data which is used to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience.

ORMC Chief Information Officer, Brian Tew said, “ORMC has been working hard to achieve a fully integrated medical record to provide safe, efficient, high quality and cost effective care. We’re proud to be included nationally among the extremely small percentage of Stage 7 hospitals that utilize best practices in implementing electronic medical records.”

Orange Regional Medical Center is also able to offer patients instant access to their medical records through a system called MyChart. Linked to ORMC’s advanced electronic medical records system, MyChart is an Internet-based portal that provides patients with secure access to review, download and transmit their health information. Once a patient logs into MyChart, they have the ability to access their health records including the medications they’re taking, immunizations, allergies and medical history from any location with internet access. They can also receive their test results online or pay their bill. MyChart is password protected and information is delivered via encrypted connection so it is safe from unauthorized access. Patients treated by physicians at Orange Regional Medical Group are also able to ask their doctor a question via MyChart and request a refill or an appointment, as well.

ORMC will be recognized for the achievement at the 2017 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 19-23, 2017, in Orlando, Fla.

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics is a global healthcare advisor, providing guidance and market intelligence solutions that move the industry forward with insight to enable better health through the use of IT. As a trusted healthcare research and advisory firm, the industry depends on HIMSS Analytics’ resources, benchmarks, predictive models and assessment tools to improve decision making regarding their IT strategic roadmap and market strategy. HIMSS Analytics, a wholly owned subsidiary of HIMSS, is the healthcare research and advisory firm for healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, and financial, pharmaceutical, consulting and emerging technology solution partners worldwide. To learn more visit www.himssanalytics.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings

May 3, 2016

(Middletown, NY) Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center, in conjunction with The American Lung Association, will host a 7-week ‘Freedom from Smoking’ Workshop from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, beginning May 9 and ending June 20, in Orange Regional Medical Center’s Conference Room 2, located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. The fee for this 7-week program is $95 per person, which may be covered by select insurances. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please call 1-888-321-6762.

The ‘Freedom from Smoking’ Workshop is a smoking cessation program designed to help participants overcome tobacco addiction so they can enjoy the benefits of better health, extra money in their pocket and healthier relationships. By the end of the workshop, participants will have learned about medicines that can aide in quitting smoking; lifestyle changes that make quitting easier; preparing for Quit Day; managing stress; avoiding weight gain; developing a new self-image; staying smoke-free for good and more.

For more information on the program, contact Orange Regional Medical Center Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator, Jayne O’Malley, RN, OCN, at 845-695-5891. To register, please call 1-888-321-6762.


Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings

May 2, 2016

(Middletown, NY) Orange Regional Medical Center will offer free skin cancer screenings at the Community Health Education Center located at 110 Crystal Run Road in Middletown during the week of May 16. Participants must be age 18 and older, not under the care of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon in the past year and never diagnosed with skin cancer. Pre-registration is required. To register, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762). Physicians volunteering at this year’s screening include Jeffrey Bowden, DO, Stefan Chevalier, DO, MaryBeth Parisi, MD and Jay Weitzner, MD.

A skin cancer screening is a visual inspection of your skin by a medical professional. Often the first sign of skin cancer is a change in size, shape or color of an existing mole.

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States. 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 mid-day 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 rays.
      • 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.

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 oral, head and neck cancer, Orange Regional offers the latest diagnostic and cancer-fighting technologies, including robotic surgery, clinical trials, 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 on cancer care services at Orange Regional, visit www.ormccancercare.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center to Host Free Breast Cancer Seminar with Dr. Hannah Brooks

April 26, 2016

(Middletown, NY) Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free Breast Cancer seminar led by Orange Regional Medical Group’s Hannah Brooks, MD, Medical Director of Breast Surgery and Breast Specialist. This free seminar will be held on Wednesday, May 4 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Orange Regional’s Conference Center, at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. Pre-registration is required. To register, call The Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

The seminar will focus on breast cancer education including diagnosis and treatment, age factors, benign diagnoses, family history and more. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Hannah Brooks received research training in tumor immunology at Cornell University Medical Center and Sloan Kettering Institute. She specializes in the management of breast disease and cancer, and works closely with the patients at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center.


Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Hosts Presentation

April 20, 2016

(Middletown, NY) Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation is hosting a presentation seminar entitled New Topics in Estate Planning: Permanent Ruling on the IRA Rollover and The Able Act to be held on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at West Hills Country Club in Middletown. This program will explain a newly enacted law permitting the establishment and funding of accounts for disabled individuals while protecting their access to government benefits. Guest speakers will include Richard Shapiro, Esq. of Blustein, Shapiro, Rich and Barone, LLP and Bonnie Orr, CPA, of Judelson, Giordano, CPA, PC.

A complimentary breakfast will be served. Seating is limited. Reservations can be made by calling Rosa Severo in the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Office at 845-333-2333 or email foundation@ormc.org. Please RSVP no later than April 22, 2015.

The mission of the Foundation is to secure philanthropic support for the advancement of exceptional healthcare at Orange Regional Medical Center through advocacy, fundraising, integrity and stewardship of contributions. To learn more about the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation, visit www.ormcgiving.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Art Cart Program For Patients

April 13, 2016

(Middletown, NY) Orange Regional Medical Center launched a new program to promote healing through arts activities. The Art Cart, a mobile activity center, was designed as a creative resource to bring recreational enrichment to patients at their bedside. Research has shown that active participation in arts activities reduces the stress and anxiety often associated with healthcare settings and helps people of all ages improve their health and emotional well-being.

Collaboratively developed between the hospital’s Art Program, Child Life Program and Volunteer Services, the Art Cart is operated by trained volunteers. Many of the Art Cart’s volunteers have a background in child life practice, as professional artists or as art teachers and they bring different creative skills to the program. The Art Cart offers many types of activities, such as paper crafts, painting, sculpture, jewelry making and collage. It was designed so that projects are accessible for all ages and skill levels. Patients can bring their artwork home as a positive memento of their stay in the hospital and this possibly inspires them to continue to create art after their visit.


(Orange Regional Medical Center’s Art Cart Program Volunteers with the Art Cart.)

“For children in the hospital, verbally expressing their thoughts and feelings can be challenging. If it’s a patient’s first time staying in the hospital, it can be extremely intimidating. Art is an excellent outlet, a great distraction that can turn into a therapeutic process. Colors, shapes, lines and images speak to them in ways that words cannot,” said Orange Regional’s Child Life Specialist, Michelle Ferguson. “When we take the Art Cart around, we are offering an alternative way for our patients to heal.”

The Art Cart Program was piloted on the Pediatric unit and received positive feedback from patients and their families. “During my daughter’s stay at Orange Regional, we had the most enjoyable visit from [the Art Cart volunteers]. They brought joy to a stressful time,” said one parent in an email to the hospital. Siblings and family members are also invited to participate with art cart activities.

For additional information about the Art Program, visit www.ormc.org/art. For information about the Child Life Program, contact Michelle Ferguson, Child Life Specialist, at (845) 333-5150 or mferguson@ormc.org. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Orange Regional, contact Laura Hodges, Coordinator, Volunteer Resources Department at (845) 333-0218 or lannhodges@ormc.org.

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

April 5, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - In recognition of Oral Cancer Awareness month, Orange Regional Medical Center will offer free oral, head and neck cancer screenings to community members age 18 years and older. Appointments are available for April 15 at Orange Regional’s Community Health Education Center located at 110 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. Oral exams will be provided by Sergey Koyfman, D.O. and Thomas Littner, D.D.S. Pre-registration is required. To schedule an exam, please call The Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by April 14.
The oral, head and neck cancer screening helps to detect cancer that develops in the head and neck region, including the nasal cavity; sinuses; lips; mouth; thyroid glands; salivary glands; throat or larynx (voice box). Appointments are limited and will be made on a first come, first serve basis.

What are the Potential Warning Signs of Oral Cancers?
The signs and symptoms of oral cancers 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, swallowing or breathing

For more information about Orange Regional Medical Center’s cancer services please visit ormccancercare.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, clinical trials 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 on Cancer Care Services at Orange Regional, visit www.ormccancercare.org.  


Orange Regional Medical Center's Palliative Care Navigator Presented with 2016 Award of Excellence in Clinical Practice

March 18, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Palliative Care Patient Navigator, Eileen Schmidt, LCSW, ACHP-SW was the recipient of the 2016 Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice in Palliative Care at the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) Annual Assembly.

The Excellence in Clinical Practice in Palliative Care and Palliative Social Work Award honors a palliative social worker who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in interdisciplinary collaboration, and contributions to the advancement of Palliative Social Work.

“Eileen consistently demonstrates excellence through her professional practice, leadership, research and education,” said Medical Director of Palliative Care, Dr. Emma Fattakhov. “Her honors, awards, and reputation in her area of specialization in addition to the sentiment of her peers and patients, speak volumes about her performance.”

As a patient navigator, Eileen provides one-on-one support service with expert guidance to patients receiving palliative care treatment. Patient navigation services ensure that a patient’s needs are met in a timely manner, questions are answered and fears and anxiety are addressed with compassion.

“At Orange Regional, we don't believe anyone should face their disease alone or without access to exceptional care and resources, said Administrator of Oncology Services, Regina Toomey Bueno.  “As a compassionate advocate, Eileen is committed to providing education through our navigation program with the goal of improving a patient’s ability to cope, quality of life, access to care, functional status, patient satisfaction and decreased anxiety throughout his or her treatment.”

The Social Work Hospice & Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) is committed to fostering and encouraging social work excellence in psychosocial research, education, and clinical practice in palliative care. Each year, SWHPN members nominate their peers to recognize outstanding achievements in social work hospice and palliative care.

Palliative Care Program at Orange Regional

Palliative Care at Orange Regional Medical Center provides disease management and family-centered support. Prolonged serious health conditions or life-limiting illnesses present unique challenges to both patients and their families. Effective palliative care helps patients through difficult treatment, in navigating choices for their care and helps them carry on with their daily routine. Orange Regional’s Palliative Care Program supports patients of all ages and enlists a team of experts who are ready to help and support patients with the resources they need to reach personal goals.

For a consultation or to learn more about the Palliative Care Program at Orange Regional, please contact 845-333-1199 or palliativecare@ormc.org

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


Eileen Schmidt, LCSW, ACHP-SW

Orange Regional Medical Center Saves Patient's Life with Smallest Heart Pump

March 11, 2016

(Middletown, NY) -  On February 23, Orange Regional Medical Center held a Celebration of Life, honoring local cardiac arrest patient, Kelly Krzyzak from Fair Oaks, whose life was saved in the Emergency Department using the world’s smallest heart pump. Abiomed, Inc., the maker of the Impella heart pump, sponsored the celebration which was attended by Mrs. Krzyzak, her family and friends, as well as the Orange Regional cardiology clinicians and staff who took part in saving her life. 

“It was truly an honor to be a part of this celebration. Saving lives is what we do and we have a great team at Orange Regional,” said Orange Regional Director of Cardiology Services, Mary Kate Revella. “We are really making a difference in our community and I couldn’t be more proud.”

On February 6, 2015, Mrs. Krzyzak, who had no history of heart complications, arrived at Orange Regional where physicians confirmed she was in cardiac arrest. Interventional Cardiologist, Apurva Motivala, MD was on call and knew Mrs. Krzyzak needed immediate treatment. Dr. Motivala implanted the Impella heart pump to support her heart while he placed three stents. “I cannot thank the Orange Regional staff enough. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them,” said Mrs. Krzyzak.

Mrs. Krzyzak is currently awaiting a heart transplant.

For information on Orange Regional Medical Center’s Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center, please visit www.ormcheartcare.org.

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

About the Impella Heart Device

The Impella is the world’s smallest heart pump, and is smaller than the width of a pencil. It can be inserted percutaneously (without surgery) through a small hole in the leg, up through the aorta into the left ventricle, which is the main pumping chamber of the heart. The Impella offers Protected Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) procedures for advanced heart failure and heart disease patients. Protected Percutaneous Coronary Intervention is a heart procedure that involves a ventricular assist device that is used in order to treat patients with cardiovascular disease, including advanced heart failure. Impella 2.5 is the only FDA-approved percutaneous hemodynamic support device determined to be safe and effective for the treatment of elective and urgent high risk patients.

About the Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center

The Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center at Orange Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive cardiac services to our community. We were the first hospital in Orange County, New York to offer diagnostic, emergency and elective angioplasty to the community and surrounding areas. The Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center is affiliated with Westchester Medical Center and provides access to experienced cardiovascular specialists educated at some of the nation’s most renowned academic centers such as, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Mount Sinai Medical Center. Additionally, our program offers state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and a knowledgeable, dedicated cardiac staff trained in the latest cardiovascular procedures. Our wide range of services include elective and emergency angioplasty, advanced cardiac testing and rehabilitation, electrophysiology and implantable pacemakers and a variety of related cardiology and educational services. We also offer a mobile heart program focused on prevention and early detection of heart problems. To learn more, visit www.ormcheartcare.org.

 

(From L to R): Kelly Krzyzak with Interventional Cardiologist Apurva Motivala, MD; Edward Schuk, Cardiovascular Technologist, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab); Colleen Culwell, RN, Interventional Radiology; Suthida Allen, RN, Cardiac Cath Lab; Cynthia Lavell, RN, Cardiac Cath Lab; and Karen Cole, RN, Cardiac Cath Lab.  


Orange Regional Medical Center Recognizes National Sleep Awareness Week


Prepare to lose one hour sleep when clocks spring forward on March 13, 2016

March 9, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - The Center for Sleep Medicine at Orange Regional Medical Center recognizes National Sleep Awareness Week, March 6 through March 13, to increase public education and awareness regarding the importance of sleep. Clocks spring forward one hour on March 13 eliminating 60 minutes of rest for the average person. 

“Sleep deprivation has been linked to serious medical conditions such as stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity and even depression,” says Dr. Alan Schaffer, Medical Director of The Center for Sleep Medicine. “Early diagnosis of sleep disorders is essential to 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. 

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.

“Many people are unaware that they may suffer from a sleep disorder and that it could be readily treated,” says Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz, Associate Medical Director of the Center for Sleep Medicine and Associate Editor for the second edition of "Sleep Apnea and Snoring” Elsevier textbook. “We educate people about the signs of various disorders and how they can obtain diagnosis and treatment using consultation and sleep studies when needed.”

Dr. Jacobowitz is an invited speaker and will be presenter of original research at the 7th International Surgical Sleep Society (ISSS) Symposium- Surgery Sleep & Breathing, in Sao Paulo, Brasil, April 15-16, 2016. He will also be the Keynote Speaker at The Annual Meeting of the Israeli Rhinologic Society, in Kfar Blum, Israel, May 26-28, 2016.

If you think you may have a sleep disorder, see your physician. He or she can order a sleep study. The sleep study, called a polysomnogram, will help diagnose the severity and type of sleep apnea or other disorder. If you don't have a physician, call 845-333-7575 to make an appointment with Dr. Samer El Zarif, of Orange Regional Medical Group, who is Board-certified in Sleep Medicine.

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

 

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 in adults and children ages 2 and up 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.


Dr. Samer El Zarif
Orange Regional Medical Group
Board-certified in Sleep Medicine


Dr. Alan Schaffer
Medical Director of The Center for Sleep Medicine


Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
Associate Medical Director of The Center for Sleep Medicine



Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Announces 2016 Golf and Tennis Classic Co-Chairs


Annual Golf and Tennis Tournament to Benefit The Future is Orange Capital Campaign.

March 8, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce Jake Kriney and Eric Savacool as Co-Chairs of its 2016 Golf and Tennis Classic which will take place on, June 20, 2016. Renowned as one of the region’s finest golf outings, the 25th annual Classic will benefit The Future is Orange Capital Campaign at Orange Regional Medical Center.

The widely popular event, with the addition of a tennis tournament this year, will be held at West Hills Country Club, located in Middletown and Stony Ford Golf Course, located in Montgomery. The spectacular occasion will conclude with a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony at West Hills Country Club.

“This year, the Golf and Tennis Classic will benefit The Future is Orange Capital Campaign at Orange Regional Medical Center. The mission of this campaign is to fund technology and equipment for the hospital’s North Campus Expansion Project,” said Bill Dauster, Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President.

Mr. Kriney specializes in real estate development and is a partner in JCA Hotels. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. He has owned and developed several hotels in the Northeast. Mr. Kriney is a past Vice President of the former Orange County Golf Club. He currently serves as an Orange Regional Foundation Trustee.

Mr. Savacool is a partner at CCI construction Inc., and with offices in Middletown, NY and Montvale, NJ, he has been successfully “Building Trust” with business owners in the tri-state area for over 25 years. In an extremely competitive market, CCI has built a reputation of building practical solutions to help growing businesses that continues to attract business owners who need a balanced approach. CCI has partnered with the Greater Hudson Valley Health System on many projects over the years to enhance the patient experience including the new Pediatric ED and renovations at Catskill Regional Medical Center. Mr. Savacool is a 50-year resident to Orange County and has always been involved in helping his community where he serves on the board of elders of Grace Community Church that, in 2014, was ranked among the top 100 churches in the nation for growth and impact to their community.    

Various levels of sponsorship packages are available for this year’s classic. With their round of golf, golfers receive delicious breakfast, a golf cart, full lunch and an appreciation gift, as well as a tremendous golfers’ hour and buffet dinner at the awards ceremony.

About Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation

The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation recently launched The Future Is Orange Campaign, a $3.3 million effort to fund technology and equipment for the hospital’s North Campus Expansion Project. This construction project includes a Cancer Center and Physician Office Building. The Campaign includes $2 million to support the building’s technology and equipment needs, $500,000 for academic medicine and research and $800,000 to support the healing environment, which includes interior and exterior art. For more information on how to make a donation to the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation, or The Future is Orange Campaign, call Orange Regional Foundation office at 333-2223 or visit www.ormc.org/foundation.

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

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

Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation’s 2016 Golf and Tennis Classic Committee front row from L to R: Scott Kendrick; Sal Belfiglio; Andy LaMarca; Classic Co-Chair Eric Savacool; Foundation President, Bill Dauster; Ray VanVoorhis and Jane Dever. Back row from L to R: Ellen Calandra; Carol Mills; Jessica Gerlach; Rob Lee; Jayne O’Malley; Jay Belcher; Pam Hall; Regina Toomey Bueno; Patrick Mullen; Pam Yosh; Rosa Severo; Jill Embler and Sarah Johnson.

Not pictured: Classic Co-Chair, Jake Kriney; Gene Bernieri; Patricia Duke; Michelle Ferguson; Michael Flynn; Janet Formisano; Christine Herschel; Betty Koshy; Larry McDowell, Jr.; Cari McGinnis; Dianne Moore; Elizabeth Musco; J. Miguel Rodrigues; Foundation Chairman, Jonathan Rouis; Catherine Suehnholz; Susan Wilk and Michele Worden.



Orange Regional Medical Center Presents Outpatient Health & Wellness Fair at the Galleria at Crystal Run Mall


March 3, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free Outpatient Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Galleria at Crystal Run – Center Court, One Galleria Drive, in Middletown, New York. Orange Regional staff will be on hand to answer questions, showcase healthcare services, provide educational information and offer free health screenings and risk assessments. There will be free giveaways and prizes.

In addition to the many outpatient services that will be in attendance, the event will feature free blood pressure screenings and a “drunken goggles” demonstration. Free children’s activities and entertainment including face painting, a caricature artist and a balloon artist will also be available. The Star Wars Rebel Alliance Character Group will be on hand dressed as your favorite Star Wars personalities and Fox 103.1 (WJGK) will broadcast live from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The community is encouraged to visit with our medical experts, ask questions and learn health tips.

To learn more about Orange Regional Medical Center please visit www.ormc.org. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


Orange Regional Medical Center staff at the March 2015 Outpatient Health & Wellness Fair.


Orange Regional Medical Center Pledges to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Orange County

Joins Forces with the American Cancer Society in a shared goal to have 80%
of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018


March 2, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - In conjunction with National Colon Cancer Awareness Day on March 4, 2016, Orange Regional Medical Center announced its pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates in Orange County by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, led by the American Cancer In conjunction with National Colon Cancer Awareness Day on March 4, 2016, Orange Regional Medical Center announced its pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates in Orange County by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by the ACS and CDC).

Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths; however, it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, physicians can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon, before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether.

“Colorectal cancer is a major public health problem, and adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for it, but we have found that many people aren’t getting tested because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand that there are testing options or don’t think they can afford it,” said Connie Bordenga, MD, MS, Health Systems Manager for the American Cancer Society. “The truth is that the vast majority of cases of colorectal cancer occur in people age 50 and older. Colorectal cancer in its’ early stages usually has no symptoms, so everyone 50 and older should get tested. There are several screening options available including home testing kits. Plus, many public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening and there may be local resources available to help those that are uninsured.”

“We are proud to join the cause to improve colorectal cancer screening rates,” said VP, Operations, Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Sandra Iberger. “We are asking all members of our community to come together and join Orange Regional Medical Center by getting screened and talking to your friends and family who are over 50 years of age about getting screened. Together, we can help to eliminate colorectal cancer.”

While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the U.S. over the last 10 years among adults 50 and older, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S, despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. In fact, in 2015 in the U.S., 132,700 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed.

Contact your gastroenterologist today to schedule a colonoscopy. For more information about Endoscopy services offered at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit http://www.ormc.org/Endoscopy.

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


“80% by 2018”

80 by 2018 is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) initiative in which over 500 organizations have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Leading public health organizations, such as ACS, CDC and the NCCRT are rallying organizations to embrace this shared goal.

Part of the 80% by 2018 goal is to leverage the energy of multiple and diverse partners to empower communities, patients, providers to increase screening rates. The 80% by 2018 initiative consists of health care providers, health systems, communities, businesses, community health centers, government, non-profit organizations and patient advocacy groups who are committed to getting more people screened for colorectal cancer to prevent more cancers and save lives.

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, including clinical trials, 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, research coordinators, navigators and caring staff. For more information on Cancer Care Services at Orange Regional, visit www.ormccancercare.org.


From L to R; American Cancer Society Senior Market Manager, Anna Trocino, Patrice Lestrange Mack, Communications Director, Health Systems Manager, Hospitals, Connie Bordenga, MD, MS, Orange Regional Medical Center President & CEO, Scott Batulis, Vice President, Operations, Sandra Iberger,  Manager of Clinical Trials & Community Outreach, Jessica Gerlach and Administrator of Oncology Services, Regina Toomey Bueno joined forces to sign a pledge in support of the 80% by 2018 initiative.


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


February 26, 2016

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center offers a free Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Support Group to the community to provide support before, during or after treatment. The Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Support Group meets in Conference Room 7 located on the ground floor at Orange Regional Medical Center, 707 East Main Street, in Middletown, on the first Wednesday of each month from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration is not required.

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Support for People with Oral, Head & Neck Cancer (SPOHNC) Support Group brings people together who have been diagnosed with this disease. The support group setting provides education, resources and a confidential forum for patients, their families and friends and survivors, to share experiences, concerns and fears as they battle oral, head and neck cancer together.














Orange Regional Medical Center Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Nurse Navigator, Sara Sargente, RN, OCN.

The support group is led by Orange Regional Medical Center’s Head & Neck Cancer Nurse Navigator, Sara Sargente, RN, OCN, and Co-facilitators, Mauri Waldman, LCSWR, BCD, CASAC and Orange Regional Medical Center’s Chief Activity Therapist, Jeanette Carbone-Marsh.

Ms. Sargente has worked in Oncology at Orange Regional since 2005, first in Infusion Therapy and then on the Oncology inpatient unit. Most recently, Ms. Sargente worked in Radiation Oncology. She is a tireless advocate for her patients and has received several grateful patient recognitions.

For more information on Orange Regional’s Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Support Group please contact Ms. Sargente at (845) 695-5888.

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 on Cancer Care Services at Orange Regional, visit www.ormccancercare.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center Unveils 3D Mammography Technology

This latest technology is proven to be up to 40% more accurate in detecting breast cancers

February 8, 2016

Middletown, NY – On January 28, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center held a public unveiling to showcase its new 3D tomosynthesis technology, also known as 3D mammography. The celebration included a ribbon cutting, open house and an introduction to Hannah Brooks, M.D., Orange Regional Medical Group’s new Breast Specialist and Surgeon. The entire purchase of the 3D tomosynthesis equipment was made possible by Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation.

“Our gift of 3D mammography technology is the first symbolic step in bringing the dream of all our cancer services under one roof and truly the first act of our Future Is Orange Campaign,” said Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Chairman, Jonathan Rouis. “Today we thank those who have supported our hospital and those that will in days ahead.”


From L to R: Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS) Administrator of Oncology Services, Regina Toomey Bueno; GHVHS Vice President of Operations, Sandra Iberger; Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center Women’s Imaging Mammography Coordinator, Kelly Pizarro; Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center Medical Director, Nate Margolis, MD; Orange Regional Medical Group Director of Breast Surgery, Hannah Brooks, MD; Orange Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer, Scott Batulis; and Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Chair, Jonathan Rouis.

“We are excited to advance our quality of care by offering 3D mammography to our community,” stated Greater Hudson Valley Health System Vice President of Operations, Sandra Iberger. “Providing this technology further enhances the comprehensive care we are proud to offer our patients.”

Orange Regional Medical Center is the first hospital to offer 3D mammography to Orange and Sullivan Counties. This technology is considered to be the latest in breast cancer imaging. The Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is located at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown.

“With this technology we are not only able to detect breast cancers that aren’t found by traditional imaging, we are able to detect them earlier,” said Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center Medical Director, Nate Margolis, M.D.

3D tomosynthesis is used in conjunction with 2D digital mammography. This technology is proven to be up to 40% more accurate in detecting breast cancers, which can lead to earlier diagnosis.

3D mammography is recommended for all women over age 40, who are in good health, especially those who have been previously identified as having dense breast tissue, have a family history of breast cancer or who may be at a higher risk for developing the disease. Also, women who have breast-related symptoms may benefit from 3D mammography after evaluation from their doctor.

To learn more, visit www.ormc.org/BreastCenter or call 845-695-5900.

About the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center

Located at the Orange Regional Medical Center Pavilion, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is designed with the convenience of patients in mind. 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 -centralized in one convenient location.

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 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.

About Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation

The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation recently launched the The Future Is Orange Campaign, a $3.3 million effort to fund technology & equipment for the hospital’s North Campus Expansion Project. This construction project includes a Cancer Center and Physician Office Building. The Campaign includes $2 million to support the building’s technology and equipment needs, $500,000 for academic medicine and research and $800,000 to support the healing environment, which includes interior and exterior art. For more information on how to make a donation to the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation, or The Future is Orange Campaign, call Orange Regional Foundation office at 333-2223 or visit www.ormc.org/foundation

Orange Regional Medical Center Announces Nursing Leadership Appointments

February 4, 2016

Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the promotions of Kimberly Jablonski, RN to Nursing Director for 4 North; Margaret Laggner, RN to Nursing Director for same day surgery, the post-anesthesia care unit and endoscopy; and Christine Mackay, RN to Nursing Director for the Rowley Family Birthing Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Kimberly Jablonski joined Orange Regional in 2004 and most recently worked as a staff nurse/ charge nurse on the 4 South medical telemetry unit. Ms. Jablonski has an extensive clinical background including medical/surgical, oncology, orthopedic and medical telemetry nursing. She is a Board-certified medical/surgical nurse and was co-chair of the Medical Shared Governance Council, a diabetes program champion, wound care program champion and works as a clinical instructor for nursing students at Mount Saint Mary College. Ms. Jablonski holds her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Chamberlain College and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Nursing.

Margaret Laggner recently joined Orange Regional’s Perioperative Services Department and has an extensive clinical background in nursing practice and management. Ms. Laggner previously worked at Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey where she held the position of clinical director for same day surgery, medical day surgery, endoscopy, Post-Anesthesia Care Unit and paroxysmal atrial tachycardia. Her most recent position at Monmouth Medical Center was clinical director of outpatient infusion services. Ms. Laggner holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Nursing from Kean University, is Caritas Coach certified by the Watson Caring Science Institute and is chemotherapy/biotherapy certified.

Christine Mackay joined Orange Regional in 2003 and was most recently Nursing Director of the 4 West medical/surgical unit. Ms. Mackay has extensive clinical experience in medical/surgical, Telemetry and emergency nursing and is a Board-certified medical/surgical nurse. Ms. Mackay received recognition for excellence in customer service and nursing practice as the Orange Regional 2011 Star of the Year. She was also a nominee and finalist for the Hudson Valley Magazine Nursing Excellence Award in 2012 and most recently, a recipient of the Grateful Patient award in 2014. Ms. Mackay received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Chamberlain College where she is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Nursing/ Nurse Executive Track.

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.

Four New Physicians Join Orange Regional Medical Group Hospitalist Program

January 25, 2016

Middletown, NY --- Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) is pleased to announce the addition of four new physicians to its Department of Hospital Medicine. These physicians will provide hospitalist services to Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) inpatients.

A hospitalist is a hospital-based physician who is a Board-certified internist who cares solely for hospitalized patients. They see hospitalized patients have been referred by primary care doctors, emergency room doctors or other physicians at the hospital.

A patient’s primary care physician and the ORMG hospitalist work together. At the time of admission and discharge, the hospitalist provides a detailed report of findings and treatment plans that can be sent to patient’s primary physician.

Hospitalists devote all their time to hospitalized patients and can be at a patient’s bedside in minutes. However, a patient’s care is returned to his or her primary care physician upon discharge from the hospital.
Orange Regional Medical Group’s new hospitalist physicians are:


Annie Lee, M.D.
Medical school: Ross University Medical School, Dominica, West Indies
Residency: St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, N. Y.


Mayur Paralkar, M.D.
Medical school: K.J. Somaiya Medical College & Research Center, Mumbai (Bombay) University, Mumbai, India
Residency: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, N.J.


Amrita Sachdeva, M.D.
Medical school: Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Residency: Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J.


Rita Sharma, M.D.
Medical school: St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies
Residency: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, N. J.

Greater Hudson Valley Health System Medical Group Chief Medical Officer and
Director of Hospital Medicine, Izabela Nowosielski, M.D., said hospitalists are familiar with every department and specialist, and have the immediate ability of following up on test results and treatments.

“Our clinical mission is to provide the best, comprehensive, evidence-based clinical care to Orange Regional hospitalized patients,” Dr. Nowosielski added. “The partnership between our hospitalists and Orange Regional patients’ physicians results in even better patient outcomes and a more positive hospital stay.”


About Orange Regional Medical Group
Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) and Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. CRMG and ORMG are new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported medical practices with Board-certified doctors, Board-certified nurse practitioners and Board-certified Advanced practice professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and beyond. For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org

Local Girl Scout Donates Handmade Pillows to Orange Regional Medical Center Patients

January 22, 2016

Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center has received a special donation of handmade “puppy pillows” from Girl Scout Rebecca Garloch. Ms. Garloch completed her Girl Scout Gold Award Project by presenting handmade pillows resembling puppy heads with colorful, floppy ears, to patients on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and patients in the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program. The NICHE program supports the implementation of a variety of best practices, including prevention and management of pain, pressure ulcers, delirium, urinary incontinence and fall prevention. Orange Regional creates physical and social environments that address these specific needs of older patients.

Ms. Garloch will continue to provide the pillows to Orange Regional patients a few times a year, as the Girl Scout Gold Award requires that the project be sustainable for 5 years. She visited the Hospital on her birthday with her mother, and family members, to distribute the “puppy pillows.”

Ms. Garloch was inspired to create the puppy pillows, after being diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) which attacked her entire body on February 1, 2014. She was completely paralyzed from CRPS to the point that she had difficulty speaking and swallowing. She was hospitalized for one week and spent three months in physical rehabilitation learning how to function again. While Ms. Garloch was going through rehabilitation, her mother was the only parent who was able to visit on a daily basis. Ms. Garloch decided to make the puppy pillows after realizing that hospital stays could be difficult not only for children, but also for adults and seniors who may not have many visitors.

For more information on how to make a donation to Orange Regional Medical Center or Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation’s The Future is Orange Capital Campaign, call Orange Regional Foundation at 333-2223 or visit www.ormc.org/foundation. Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation recently launched a $3.3 million fundraising campaign to fund the needed equipment and technology for the Hospital’s new North Campus Expansion project. The Campaign will also create an endowment fund for medical research to support the hospital’s new teaching program and expand the facility’s healing environment by funding interior and exterior art.

Rona Heublum-Colton, MD joins Orange Regional Medical Group

January 21, 2016

Middletown, N.Y. – Rona Heublum-Colton, MD, has joined the Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) Primary Care office in Monroe, NY.

Dr. Heublum-Colton earned her medical degree from the City College of New York Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/ CUNY Medical School in New York and New York Medical College in Valhalla. She completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at University Hospital and Medical Center at SUNY Stony Brook.

Prior to joining ORMG, Dr. Heublum-Colton was an internist and head of the Department of Internal Medicine at Mid-Hudson Medical Group in Fishkill, NY providing primary and urgent care services. She is affiliated with Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, both in Poughkeepsie, and is a member of Orange Regional’s Internal Medicine Department.

Dr. Heublum-Colton is also an adjunct clinical professor of primary care medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Middletown, NY. She is Board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Orange Regional Medical Group has two locations. For more information, call the Middletown office located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 135, at 845-333-7575 or the Monroe office located at 475 Route 17M, at
845-333-7830.

About Orange Regional Medical Group
Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) is part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. ORMG is a new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with board-certified doctors, board-certified nurse practitioners and board-certified advanced practice professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Sullivan, Ulster counties and beyond. For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Captures Orange County Farmland in New Art Exhibit

FIELD/FLOWER: Heidi Lanino and Janet Howard-Fatta – January 22 – March 4, 2016

January 20, 2016

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center presents a colorful exhibit of new work by two regional master painters in the upcoming exhibit, FIELD/FLOWER: Heidi Lanino and Janet Howard-Fatta. These local painters, who both live and work in Warwick, New York, display art on the theme of Orange County farmland and the beauty it produces, from crops of the black dirt fields to fresh flowers for market. FIELD/FLOWER references both the fields of land and the painter’s use of fields of color. The opening reception will be held on Friday, January 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center with the artists and refreshments. The exhibit space is located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, on the ground floor gallery adjacent to the Conference Center. The exhibit will remain on view through March 4.


Heidi Lanino, Little York II, 24 x 24, acrylic on canvas.


Heidi Lanino captures the patterns of Pine Island’s black dirt farmland in her new series of field paintings, done in the Abstract Expressionist spirit. Her techniques of using drawn marks, painted gestures, and calligraphic lines transform her vision of agricultural landscapes into dynamic compositions. Lanino states, “I strive to capture the emotional, and color space, of my surrounding landscape, near my home in Warwick. This new series is a progression into a more vibrant and complex palette, created by pulling from the structure of the landscape, the earth, the black dirt, and using inspiration from my internal and external surroundings.”

Also inspired by the beauty of the rural landscape of Warwick, with its farms, mountains, and state parks, artist Janet Howard-Fatta created a series of flower paintings for the exhibit based on her study of organic forms interacting with light and color. Fatta explains that she spends “a lot of time at Emmerich Greenhouse. Most of the flowers in this series have come from their flower field where they grow for the farmer’s markets. The varieties and quality fill all my senses.”

FIELD/FLOWER is part of Orange Regional’s Art Program which features changing art exhibits. These exhibits are free and open to the public. For additional information about the Art Program, contact Orange Regional’s Art Curator, Sarah Johnson, at 845-333-2385 or visit www.ormc.org/art for more information.

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

Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Lung Cancer Support Group

January 19, 2016

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center offers a free Lung Cancer Support Group to the community to provide support before, during or after treatment. The Lung Cancer Support Group meets in Conference Room 7 at Orange Regional Medical Center, located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown on the fourth Thursday of each month from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is not necessary.

Orange Regional’s Lung Cancer Support Group is for patients, their friends and families whose lives have been affected by lung cancer. The support group setting provides education, resources and brings together people who have a similar diagnosis to share experiences, concerns, fears and hopes as they continue living with lung cancer.


Jayne O’Malley, RN, OCN
Orange Regional Medical Center Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator

Eileen Schmidt, LCSW, ACHP-SW
Orange Regional Medical Center Palliative Care Navigator


The Lung Cancer Support Group is facilitated by Orange Regional Medical Center Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator, Jayne O’Malley, RN, OCN and Orange Regional Medical Center Palliative Care Navigator, Eileen Schmidt, LCSW, ACHP-SW. Ms. O’Malley is a registered nurse with specialized training in Oncology. For over 15 years, she has dedicated her skills and expertise to cancer care. Ms. O’Malley can be reached at 845-695-5891. Ms. Schmidt has an extensive background in Hospice care and Social Work and specializes in providing one-on-one guidance through a patient’s palliative care treatment. She also ensures that patient’s needs are met in a timely manner, their questions are answered and their fears are addressed with compassion. Ms. Schmidt can be reached at 845-741-3607.

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 on Cancer Care Services at Orange Regional, visit www.ormccancercare.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center Offers ‘Freedom from Smoking’ Workshop

January 14, 2016

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center, in conjunction with The American Lung Association, will host a 7-week ‘Freedom from Smoking’ Workshop from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, beginning February 8 and ending March 21, in Orange Regional Medical Center’s Conference Room 2, located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. The fee for this 7-week program is $95 per person. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, please call 1-888-321-6762.

The ‘Freedom from Smoking’ Workshop is a smoking cessation program designed to help participants overcome tobacco addiction so they can enjoy the benefits of better health, extra money in their pocket and healthier relationships. By the end of the workshop, participants will have learned about medicines that can aide in quitting smoking; lifestyle changes that make quitting easier; preparing for Quit Day; managing stress; avoiding weight gain; developing a new self image; staying smoke-free for good and more.

For more information on the program, contact Orange Regional Medical Center Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator, Jayne O’Malley, RN, OCN, at 845-695-5891. To register, please call 1-888-321-6762.

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 on Cancer Care Services at Orange Regional, visit www.ormccancercare.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates Debuts Pediatric Diagnostic Imaging Rooms

January 11, 2016

Middletown, NY - On December 1, Orange Regional Medical Center held a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony to celebrate its enhanced Diagnostic Imaging rooms. Three rooms received custom wall murals hand-painted by a local artist featuring Orange County countryside with hot air balloons, illuminated ceiling lights replicating open sky, and multi-sensory distractions including soft music. These colorful rooms support Orange Regional’s mission to create a child and family friendly environment for patients who utilize diagnostic imaging services.


Orange Regional Medical Center staff with members of the enCourage Kids Foundation cut the ribbon for the Hospital’s newly enhanced Pediatric Diagnostic Imaging Rooms.


“In alignment with our organizational goal of enhancing the care of children I was thrilled to peruse this project with our Diagnostic Imaging team, who identified the need to create a better environment for the children of our community. Children prove to be some of our most vulnerable patients that we treat here at Orange Regional,” said Orange Regional Medical Center Child Life Specialist, Michelle Ferguson. “With this enhanced environment, we offer multiple levels of distraction and comfort.”
Orange Regional’s Diagnostic Imaging rooms’ improvements were made possible by a $30,000 grant from the enCourage Kids Foundation, formerly known as the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Ms. Ferguson secured the grant which was received through the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation.

“By providing funding to pediatric partners like Orange Regional, our Pediatric Hospital Support Program allows them to implement their most critical and crucial programs – addressing the unique needs of their patients,” says Michele Hall-Duncan, Executive Director of enCourage Kids Foundation. “Since 1996, we’ve awarded nearly $14.5 million in grants to area hospitals, supporting 787 projects, and we are proud to partner with Orange Regional.”

For information on how to donate to Orange Regional’s Child Life Program or to “The Future is Orange” Capital Campaign, call the Foundation Office at 333-2223 or visit www.ormc.org/foundation.

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center Receives Donation From Port Jervis Police Department

January 6, 2016

Middletown, NY - The Port Jervis Police Department (PJPD) participated in No Shave November to benefit Orange Regional Medical Center’s Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center. The department raised $2,800 for cancer awareness and education at the Breast Center and was received by the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation. The PJPD joined the national effort and gave up their razors to let their hair grow, showing support for cancer patients who typically lose their hair during cancer treatments.


Pictured from left to right: (back row) Sargent Jason Vicchiariello; PO Matthew Curreri; PO Jeffrey Legato; Detective Scott Robertson; PO Peter Washalski; Chief William Worden; Sargent Ray Cirulli; PO Frank McGrath; PO Thomas Kimiciek; (front row) Sara Sargente, RN, OCN, Head & Neck Cancer and Bloodless Program Navigator; William Dauster, Foundation President; and Jayne O’Malley, RN, OCN, Lung Cancer Nurse Navigator.


About Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center
Located at the Orange Regional Medical Center Pavilion, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is designed with the convenience of patients in mind. The Breast 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 - centralized in one convenient location. For more information about the Ray W. Moody Breast Center at Orange Regional Medical Center please visit www.ormg.org/BreastCenter.

About the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation
The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation recently launched the The Future Is Orange Campaign, a $3.3 million effort to fund technology & equipment for the hospital’s North Campus Expansion Project. This construction project includes a Cancer Center and Physician’s Office Building. The Campaign includes $2 million to support the building’s technology and equipment needs, $500,000 for Academic Medicine and Research, $800,000 to support the healing environment, which includes interior and exterior art. For more information on how to make a donation to Orange Regional Medical Center’s Foundation or The Future is Orange Campaign call Orange Regional Foundation Office at 333-2223 or visit www.ormc.org/foundation.

Orange Regional Medical Center Welcomes Outpatient Physician Liaison

January 6, 2016

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to welcome Alexandra Curiale as Outpatient Physician Liaison.

Ms. Curiale has 10 years experience within the healthcare industry and most recently worked as manager of Physician Recruitment and On-boarding at Westchester Medical Center, where she was responsible for all aspects of physician and mid-level recruitment as well as the on-boarding process and implementation.

“A physician liaison pays a critical role in building and growing relationships with the medical staff and their practice staff,” said GHVHS Vice President of Operations Sandra Iberger. “The liaison works to cultivate positive, open, and helpful relationships among community practices, medical staff, and providers alike. They play a pivotal role in supporting ORMC’s mission of providing exceptional patient care by enhancing the patient and provider experience.”

As Outpatient Physician Liaison, Ms. Curiale is responsible for developing an effective rapport with physicians and their office staff, will market Orange Regional programs to medical establishments, and will facilitate patient and community referrals. She will serve as a conduit between physicians/physician practices and Medical Center leaders in addressing operational issues related to access, timeliness of service and/or quality of care. Ms. Curiale also oversees data mining, identification and report of provider referral trend and works closely with outpatient department leaders in developing provider outreach plans as well as implementing growth and service initiatives.

Ms. Curiale holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Marketing from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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.


Orange Regional Medical Center Complementary Inpatient Reiki and Aromatherapy Programs Receive Funding

December 23, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate a new Complementary Therapy Room, funded by the Corinne Feller Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research and Awareness.

“When my sister’s illness took a turn for the worst, it was a small miracle when a nurse could lessen her pain with Reiki therapy,” said Nicole Feller Lee, Founder of the Corinne Feller Memorial Fund. “Nothing would honor Corinne’s memory more than the deliverance of pain relief to future patients through complementary therapies at Orange Regional Medical Center.”















Pictured from Left to Right: Nursing Director of Oncology Care Services, Sharon Geidel; Public Relations and Marketing Administrator, Robert Lee; Registered Nurse, Monica DelRosso; Orange Regional Medical Center Board of Directors Chairman, Terrance L. Olivio; Corinne Feller Memorial Fund for Ovarian Research and Awareness Founder, Nicole Feller Lee; Corinne Feller Scholarship Fund Founder, Anita Feller; Corinne Feller Scholarship Fund Founder, Ron Feller; Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care, Joanne Ritter-Teitel; and ORMC President and CEO, Scott Batulis. 


The Complementary Therapy Room provides a place for complementary services including Reiki and Aromatherapy to be offered to inpatients of the hospital. The Corinne Feller Memorial Fund’s donation of $21,900 allowed for the expansion of both programs to seven additional hospital in-patient units including Critical and Intensive Care, Bone and Joint and in-patient rehabilitation. It also provided funding for Orange Regional to serve more patients with Reiki treatments, increase the awareness of the program and train twenty additional certified Reiki therapists. Each Inpatient Unit received their own Aromatherapy kits and Reiki supplies including Aromatherapy oils, essential oil desk references and solutions. The annual treatment goal is 720 Aromatherapy treatments per unit and 144 Reiki treatments per unit.

“We are so thankful for the generous gift and extremely excited to be able to expand our complimentary therapy offerings in honor of Corinne Feller.” states Orange Regional Medical Center Nursing Unit Director for Oncology Services Sharon Geidel “The speech that her sister, Nicole Lee, gave at the ribbon cutting ceremony was inspiring and rejuvenating to each of us! Reiki and the other caring arts modalities (CAM) elevate patient care in every sense of the word.”

For more information on the Complementary Therapies at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit: www.ormc.org/patients/complementary_medicine.aspx.

About Orange Regional Medical Center’s Complementary Reiki and Aroma Therapies

Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer Reiki Therapy to its patients as a natural approach to healing and wellness by channeling energy. Reiki is a complementary healing therapy that, when combined with traditional therapy as prescribed by a physician, promotes relaxation and comfort. Reiki is not a cure. It is a relaxation technique that releases and restores energy flow, allowing the body’s own natural healing ability to work. This form of therapy promotes healing to the mind, body and soul.
There are numerous benefits of Reiki Therapy, including:
• Reducing stress and anxiety
• Deep relaxation
• Alleviating pain
• Improving blood circulation
• Accelerating recovery
• Reducing side effects from surgery and long-term illness

Orange Regional Medical Center is offering Aromatherapy as a complementary healing therapy that, when combined with traditional therapy as prescribed by a physician, promotes relaxation and comfort. Aromatherapy is a holistic treatment that uses medicinal grade therapeutic essential oils that can be applied alone, in its purest form, or mixed with a carrier oil. The oils are absorbed by the body through the skin or through inhalation, promoting a healing energy.
Benefits of Aromatherapy include:
• Reduced stress and anxiety
• Deep relaxation
• Improved circulation
• Improved sleep
• Increased blood flow throughout the body
• Improved rate of tissue repair
• Improved emotional well-being

Orange Regional Medical Center Receives Prestigious Healthgrades® 5-Star Ratings in Bariatric Surgery and Natural Childbirth

December 11, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center has achieved 5-Star ratings in bariatric surgery and natural childbirth from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

These recognitions distinguish Orange Regional for its superior outcomes in surgical techniques to support weight loss efforts, and in vaginal delivery, as measured by in-hospital complication rates.

“Orange Regional is committed to providing exceptional patient care and these Healthgrades recognitions are extremely significant because they serve as a testament to the outstanding care we provide every day,” said Orange Regional President & CEO Scott Batulis. “Our clinical and professional staff is committed to positive outcomes. These Healthgrades accolades demonstrate that we are doing just that.”

Orange Regional’s Vice President of Quality and Health Information Management Rose Baczewski said:  “These distinct recognitions are a reflection of our hard working and dedicated staff. They also reinforce that there is a high level of care available, right here in our community, at ORMC.”

In the 2015 bariatric surgery performance evaluation, Healthgrades compared hospitals with statistically worse than expected performance (1-star), as a group, to those with statistically better than expected performance (5-stars), as a group. It found that, patients having bariatric surgery in hospitals receiving a 1-star rating, on average, are 3.6 times more likely to experience one or more complications than if they were treated in hospitals with 5-stars.

Healthgrades analyzed clinical outcomes of bariatric surgery discharges from 355 hospitals across 13 states and measured hospital performance based on risk-adjusted in-hospital complications — preventable problems patients had during their hospital stay.

For natural childbirth patients, there are significant benefits to selecting hospitals that have achieved this level of performance. In the 2015 vaginal delivery performance evaluation, Healthgrades also compared hospitals with statistically worse than expected performance (1-star), as a group, to those with statistically better than expected performance (5-stars), as a group. It found patients that had a natural childbirth in hospitals with 5-stars have, on average a 44.5 percent lower risk of experiencing a complication while in the hospital than if they were treated in hospitals with 1-star.  

For the report, Healthgrades analyzed clinical outcomes of natural childbirth from 1,041 hospitals across 13 states. Healthgrades measured hospital performance based on risk-adjusted in-hospital complications — preventable problems patients had during their hospital stay.

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.


About the Bariatric Surgery Program

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 bariatric seminar and the support group, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

About the Rowley Family Birthing Center

The entire sixth floor of Orange Regional’s state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to the Rowley Family Birthing Center, where moms deliver in a nurturing, safe and comfortable environment while having the privacy they need during this special time. The Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit provides advanced and specialized newborn care.

To ensure the needs of mother and baby are met in complete comfort and privacy, 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 2 operating rooms for caesarean delivery. Each room has a bathroom with a soothing shower, 300-thread count linens, scenic views, HDTV, an individual thermostat and sleeper sofa for your birthing partner. Carpeted hallways help create a quiet and more peaceful environment for rest and recovery. Room service is also available. The Center’s experienced and caring nurses attend to patient’s emotional and physical needs and work to fully support each birthing plan. Nurses work with care providers and guide families through the experience from preparations for birth through delivery and post-partum care.

International Board-certified Lactation Consultants are available to provide both inpatient and outpatient support services to breastfeeding mothers. Prenatal breastfeeding classes and the option to rent hospital-grade, electric breast pumps, are available. For general information regarding breastfeeding or pump rentals at Orange Regional Medical Center, please contact the Orange Regional Medical Center Lactation Department at 333-6274.

Orange Regional Medical Center

Greater Hudson Valley Health System Announces Medical Group Chief Operating Officer

December 10, 2015

Middletown, NY - Wendy Manter, MHA, MHS-HIA has joined the Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS) Medical Group as Chief Operating Officer.

Ms. Manter was previously at Maine-General Health in Augusta, ME as Vice President, Sr. Physician Practice Administration. In addition, she also previously served as the Chief Operating Officer at Lowcountry Medical Associates, P.C., a sixty physician primary care practice in Charleston, SC.

In the role of GHVHS Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Manter is responsible for all Medical Group operations on a day to day basis including all of the Orange and Sullivan County based practices. She is responsible for identifying and implementing best practice standards while working in partnership with physicians, management and staff to implement these standards in support of the achievement of medical group and health system initiatives. Ms. Manter works to establish effective and productive working relationships within the medical group and health system leadership team. Her major areas of focus include operational planning and management; implementing strategy and transformational change; supporting growth; cultivating a culture of operational excellence; and developing a high performing / high quality medical group.

Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) and Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. ORMG and CRMG are primary care and multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified Doctors, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals. For more information, please visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.

Greater Hudson Valley Health System Announces Medical Group Chief Medical Officer

December 9, 2015

Middletown, NY - Izabela Nowosielski, MD, FHM has been appointed as Chief Medical Officer for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System Medical Group. Dr. Nowosielski is also Medical Director for the GHVHS Medical Group’s Hospitalist Program and has served as Director of Quality and Clinical Effectiveness for the Medical Group. The transition of Orange Regional Medical Center’s hospitalist services to the GHVHS Medical Group in September was a huge success and we have already seen several positive trends including a decrease in length of stay and hospital readmissions under Dr. Nowosielski’s leadership. As Director of Quality and Clinical Effectiveness, Dr. Nowosielski has been a physician advocate and has implemented several key initiatives focused on communication, culture and operational improvements in support of the physician practice.

Dr. Nowosielski received her degree in Medicine from SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, NY and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT. Prior to joining the GHVHS Medical Group, Dr. Nowosielski was Chief of Hospital Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, a 320-bed acute care teaching hospital located in Englewood, NJ, associated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

In her new role as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nowosielski oversees the clinical affairs of GHVHS Medical Group and all Medical Group clinical leadership positions report to her. She will continue to facilitate the development of strategies related to vision, culture and performance expectations as well as professional development. She will work closely with the administrative team to ensure that strategies are aligned.
 
Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) and Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. ORMG and CRMG are primary care and multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified Doctors, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals. For more information, please visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.

The Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Donates $25,000 to The Future is Orange Capital Campaign

December 1, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recently donated $25,000 to the Hospital’s The Future is Orange Capital Campaign.

The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation has launched the $3.3 million “The Future is Orange” Capital Campaign to raise $2 million in support of the equipment needs of the expansion project, raise $500,000 to support academic medicine by creating an endowment for research and education and to raise $500,000 to support a healing environment including a roof top gathering space, interior and exterior art. The Campaign will also promote the value of outpatient medical services, general wellness, integrated medical care, academic medicine and comprehensive cancer care services. Additionally, the Orange Regional campus will be promoted as a health destination campus, serving as a single location that continues to meet the health needs of the region.

“We are eternally grateful to the Auxiliary members for their commitment to our hospital in what has been a banner year for them,” said Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President William Dauster. “They have worked incredibly hard to raise funds then donated those funds to help us complete our pediatric campaign and make among the first gifts to our new campaign for the expansion project.”

Construction on the new 153,000 square foot, five-story physician office building and a 26,000 square foot, single-story cancer center at the hospital’s main campus began in early 2015. When completed in the fall of 2016, the $99 million project will help relocate many outpatient services currently provided at other off-campus locations into new, state-of-the-art buildings on the existing 73-acre hospital campus in Middletown. Both new buildings will be patient-centered healing environments incorporating all the latest technology and amenities for patients and families. Plans also include adding an additional 800 convenient parking spaces.

The first two floors of the physician office building will house a world class array of the most advanced diagnostic medical technology available including  (64 Slice Computerized Tomography, CT Wide-Bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI, Digital X-ray, Ultrasound,  Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography, PET/CT and Fluoroscopy). The Women’s Breast Center will house 3D Mammography, the most advanced imaging available for breast cancer detection. In addition, the outpatient and procedure center will provide the most technologically advanced care in a convenient and welcoming outpatient environment. The center will house four outpatient operating rooms, endoscopy services, five procedure rooms, a primary care office, urgent care, cardiac rehabilitation, a diabetes care center, cardiac rehabilitation, outpatient laboratory services, medical school classrooms, pre-surgical testing, a retail pharmacy, a bistro, and a community health resource center. Floors three to five will be occupied by Orange Regional Medical Group primary care and specialty physicians.

The 26,000 square foot Cancer Center will combine existing outpatient cancer therapy services including radiation oncology (True Beam and Rapid Arc Linear Accelerators, High Dose Radiation Unit) and Infusion Therapy, along with oncology exam rooms and associated nursing and care provider stations. The single-story Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will be attached to the main hospital building.

The Mission of the Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is to render service to the Medical Center and its patients as well as assist in promoting the health and welfare of the community. The sole purpose of this Auxiliary is exclusively for charitable purposes. If you are interested in becoming an Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Member, please call 845-333.2364 or access the Auxiliary Membership Application Form via www.ormc.org/auxiliaryservices.

For more information on how to make a donation to Orange Regional Medical Center’s The Future is Orange Capital Campaign, call the Orange Regional Foundation at 333-2223 or visit www.ormc.org/foundation.  


Pictured from left to right is: Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President William Dauster, Foundation Board of Trustees President Jonathan Rouis, Auxiliary President Florence Sawyer and Foundation Board of Trustees Members and Auxiliary Members Janet Formisano and Cathy Suehnholz.

Orange Regional Medical Center Appoints Director of Nursing Informatics and Decision Support

November 19, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Maureen Donnelly, MSN, RN-BC as Director of Nursing Informatics and Decision Support.

Ms. Donnelly joins the Orange Regional team after ten years with the Bon Secours Charity Health System where she was a Professional Practice Educator and Clinical Director of Emergency Services for Bon Secours Community Hospital. In her most recent role, she implemented and optimized EPIC / ConnectCare in their Acute Care facilities where she was responsible for maintenance and system upgrades. Ms. Donnelly began her career as a Medical Surgical staff nurse at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA. Her clinical practice evolved to Emergency and Urgent Care nursing.  She has practiced at Crystal Run Healthcare as an Urgent Care RN, at Catskill Regional Medical Center as a Nurse in the Emergency Department, at Ellenville Regional Hospital as the Emergency Department Manager, at Westchester Medical Center as a Staff Nurse /Charge Nurse in the Emergency Department, and also at the Bronx Municipal Hospital as a Staff Nurse in the Emergency Department.

In her new role at Orange Regional, Ms. Donnelly determines the needs and requirements for clinical applications related to information systems. She is also liaison between the hospital’s clinical areas and the Information Technology department to assist with optimization and use of different clinical systems.

Ms. Donnelly graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. She began graduate work at Mount St. Mary College and graduated with her Master of Science in Nursing degree in Nursing Informatics from Walden University. She is Board-certified in Informatics Nursing.

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.

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center Receives Donation From Studio Ayo Fitness

November 18, 2015


Orange Regional's Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center was the recipient of a $500 donation from Studio Ayo Fitness who raised funds for Breast Cancer Awareness. Pictured from left to right: Vice President of Operations, Sandra Iberger; Studio Ayo Fitness Owner Damola Akinyemi ; Administrator of Oncology Services, Regina Toomey Bueno and Breast Cancer Patient Navigator, Michele Worden. For more information on how to make a donation to Orange Regional Medical Center call Orange Regional Foundation at 845-333-2223 or visit www.ormc.org/foundation.

About Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center Located at the Orange Regional Medical Center Pavilion, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is designed with the convenience of patients in mind. 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 - centralized in one convenient location.

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 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 Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center to Host Free Diabetes Event

November 12, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center will present a free and informative diabetes program “Getting to the Heart of Diabetes” on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center, 707 East Main Street, Middletown, NY. The event will be held in the Conference Center on the ground floor. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by November 18, 2015 by calling 1-888-321-6762.

Diabetes educators and experienced physicians knowledgeable about diabetes will be on hand to discuss topics such as Diabetes: It’s the Heart of the Matter, The ABCs of Caring for Your Heart, Healthy Heart Eating Tips and more. Guest speakers will include Endocrinologist, Elliott Friedman, MD, Cardiologist, Inderpal Singh, MD and Orange Regional Medical Center Educator and Registered Dietitian, Shelly DeHaan, RD, CDE.

According to the American Diabetes Association, over 29.1 million children and adults in the United States – 9.3% of the population – have diabetes. In 2012, 1.7 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in children and adults. Diet, insulin, and oral medication to lower blood glucose levels are the foundation of diabetes treatment and management. Patient education and self-care practices are also important aspects of disease management that help people with diabetes lead normal lives.

For more information on diabetes treatment and management, call Catskill Regional at 845-794-3300 ext. 2106 or Orange Regional at 845-695-5858 ext. 1. Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center are members of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Orange Regional Medical Center to Host Free Prematurity Awareness Event


Clinical Experts appearing at the Galleria on Saturday, November 14

November 5, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Rowley Family Birthing Center will host a free prematurity awareness event on Saturday, November 14. The event will take place at the Galleria at Crystal Run in Middletown, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is being held in recognition of World Prematurity Day on November 17. Clinical experts will provide education and free promotional items for all who stop by. Orange Regional Medical Group will be in attendance as well as representatives from the Rowley Family Birthing Center including members of their Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Orange Regional’s Pediatric Unit and Children’s Emergency Department.

According to the March of Dimes, about 380,000 babies are born prematurely each year in the United States. Clinical experts from the Hospital will provide information about preventing premature births as well as breastfeeding benefits to mother and baby and child safety tips. The event will also feature face painting, a teddy bear clinic and Fox Radio 103.1 FM will be on hand, broadcasting live with prizes and more. Additionally, the March of Dimes will be in attendance helping to promote prevention of premature births.

For more information on Orange Regional’s Rowley Family Birthing Center, please visit www.ormc.org/maternity.


Representatives from Orange Regional Medical Center and the March of Dimes at last year’s Prematurity Awareness Event at the Galleria at Crystal Run.

Port Jervis, Deerpark and Eastern Pike Regional PDs Kick Off “Cops for a Cure”


Fundraiser to Benefit Orange Regional’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center

November 3, 2015

Middletown, NY - Members of the Port Jervis City Police, Town of Deerpark Police and the Eastern Pike Regional Pennsylvania Police Department have announced they will be participating in the “No Shave November “fundraising initiative that began November 1 in honor of all cancer survivors. Additionally, the initiative is a tribute to those residents and loved ones who have recently passed especially Port Jervis School District Coach Luann McCarthy, a beloved community educator, volunteer and coach who touched the lives of our community. All proceeds will benefit Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center.

Police Officers are normally governed by strict grooming and uniform standards. However, during the month of November, officers participating in the No Shave November initiative are permitted to participate in the initiative to increase awareness by embracing the growth of hair in order to evoke conversation and to educate about cancer prevention, saving lives and to support those fighting the battle against cancer.

Through this initiative, it is requested that the money usually spent on shaving and grooming for a month be donated to a cancer program or cause to assist with education about cancer prevention. Officers participating in the fundraising and awareness campaign encourage all community members to participate by growing a beard, cultivating a mustache, skip shaving the legs and canceling waxing appointments. However, if letting all your hair grow is not possible, they are accepting donations of any amount to sponsor and or support their commitment to No Shave November. Anyone who wishes to make a donation on behalf of the Departments participating in this initiative can do so by visiting the Port Jervis Police Department headquarters, located at 20 Hammond Street, Port Jervis, NY, or by mail to the same address. Make checks payable to the "Port Jervis PBA".

Donations can also be made online by visiting Orange Regional Medical Center’s Foundation page at www.ormc.org/donate now and clicking on No Shave November. For more information, call the Port Jervis Police Department at 845-858-4065; visit them on Facebook at facebook.com/PortJervisPD, or on Twitter @PortJervisPD.

“We are delighted to be a part of this initiative and extremely grateful for the generosity that will help support our cancer program and education about cancer prevention,” said Sandra Iberger, vice president, operations, for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

In Spring 2015, Orange Regional began construction of a 26,000 square foot Cancer Center that will combine existing outpatient cancer therapy services including radiation oncology (True Beam and Rapid Arc Linear Accelerators, High Dose Radiation Unit) and Infusion Therapy, along with oncology exam rooms and associated nursing and care provider stations. The single-story Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will be attached to the main hospital building.

A $3 million Capital Campaign, entitled “The Future is Orange”, was recently launched and will help fund this expansion as well as the construction of a physician office building. The goal is to raise $2 million in support of new equipment, $500,000 to create an endowment fund for academic research and education, and another $500,000 to support a healing environment to include a rooftop gathering space along with interior and exterior artwork. For more information about the Capital Campaign, please contact the Foundation at 333-2333.   

Comprehensive Cancer Program at Orange Regional Medical Center
Designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center with commendation by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center offers the latest in diagnostic and cancer-fighting technologies, including robotic surgery and the most advanced radiation therapy technology. Our approach involves regular consultation among a staff of exceptional surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, nurses and other cancer specialists. Thousands of patients have benefited from the care and compassion of Orange Regional’s Comprehensive Cancer Program experts through diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, and/or support.

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



Officers with the Eastern Pike Regional Police, Deerpark Police and Port Jervis Police Dept.

Greater Hudson Valley Health System Hospitals Seek Participants for Healthcare Focus Groups

November 2, 2015

Middletown, NY - Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center are seeking a limited number of individuals age 18 and older to participate in a focus group about their healthcare on Thursday, November 12 and Friday, November 13. Individual results of the focus group will be kept confidential and anonymous. Qualified focus group participants will earn a $50 Visa gift card.

Sullivan County residents can apply to participate in either a 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. focus group on Thursday, November 12 in Rock Hill, New York. Orange County residents can apply to participate in either a 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. focus group on Friday, November 13 in Middletown, New York. Refreshments will be served at all focus group sessions.

Registration is required to participate. Sullivan County residents can apply to register at crmcny.org/FocusGroup. Orange County residents can apply to register at ormc.org/FocusGroup.

To learn more about previous Community Health Needs Assessments at the hospitals, please visit www.crmcny.org or www.ormc.org. Questions about the survey may be directed to Holleran at 1-800-941-2168.

Orange Regional Medical Center Announces Administrator of Behavioral Health Services

Promotion provides community with expert leadership of inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services.

October 30, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the promotion of Nancy Famby, RN, BSN, MBA to the position of Administrator of Behavioral Health Services.

Ms. Famby joined Orange Regional in January 2013 as Nursing Unit Director of the Behavioral Health Unit and she recently accepted leadership responsibilities of the Psychiatric Emergency Access Center located in Orange Regional’s Emergency Department. In her role as Administrator, Ms. Famby will continue to lead the Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit, Psychiatric Emergency Access Center and will now assume oversight of Orange Regional’s Outpatient Chemical Dependence Program and Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic.

In addition to Ms. Famby’s skill and expertise on behalf of patient care, she leads Orange Regional’s Assaulted Staff Action Program (ASAP), is a trainer for the Preventing and Managing Crisis Situations (PMCS) Program and also facilitates the organization’s Schwartz Center Rounds sessions. These care provider specific programs help to strengthen the caregiver-patient relationship and create a culture of compassion while assisting employees with resources to help them when experiencing challenging situations.

Ms. Famby previously worked as a Supervising Nurse at ARC of Rockland County and the Office of Mental Health Facility at the Rockland Children Psychiatric Center. Ms. Famby received her Bachelor of Nursing degree at the College of New Rochelle and her Master of Business degree with a concentration in Healthcare Management at American Intercontinental University.

To learn more about career opportunities at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org/careers. For more information on Orange Regional’s mental and behavioral health services visit www.ormc.org/MentalHealth.

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

Topping Off Ceremony Held for Orange Regional’s Spagnoli Cancer Center and Physician Office Building

Official Launch of “The Future is Orange” Capital Campaign

October 28, 2015

Middletown, NY - On Friday, October 16, Orange Regional Medical Center hosted a Topping Off Ceremony for the new Spagnoli Cancer Center and Physician Office Building at the hospital’s main campus in Middletown. A Topping Off Ceremony is a tradition amongst construction companies and ironworkers marking the end of steel construction on a new project.

Scott Batulis, President & CEO of Orange Regional Medical Center, said “Today is very much a celebration of the incredible partnership of our project team – Skanska and JLL led by our own Steve Sugrue working with designers and engineers and then the full collaboration with all the trade workers, from concrete, electricians, plumbers to the most highly visible steel workers.”

Jonathan Rouis, Chairman of the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation announced the $3 million “The Future is Orange” Capital Campaign” to raise $2 million in support of the equipment needs of the expansion project, raise $500,000 to support academic medicine by creating an endowment for research and education and to raise $500,000 to support a healing environment including a roof top gathering space, interior and exterior art.  The Campaign will also promote the value of outpatient medical services, general wellness, integrated medical care, academic medicine and comprehensive cancer care services. Additionally, the Orange Regional campus will be promoted as a health destination campus, serving as a single location that continues to meet the health needs of the region.

Construction on the new 153,000 square foot, five-story physician office building and a 26,000 square foot, single-story cancer center at the hospital’s main campus began in early 2015. When completed in the fall of 2016, the $99 million project will help relocate many outpatient services currently provided at other off-campus locations into new, state-of-the-art buildings on the existing 73-acre hospital campus in Middletown. Both new buildings will be patient-centered healing environments incorporating all the latest technology and amenities for patients and families. Plans also include adding an additional 800 convenient parking spaces.

Those interested in the campaign’s naming opportunities can contact the Foundation at 333-2333. Updates on the progress of construction and other information about the current and future Orange Regional Medical Center can be accessed at www.ormc.org.


Beam Going Up: The final steel beam as it is lifted onto the new Spagnoli Family Cancer Center.

Orange Regional Medical Center Presents
Pet Portraits Exhibit

Constant Companions: Contemporary Pet Portraits –
November 13, 2015 - January 8, 2016

October 27, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center presents a multi-media art exhibit, Constant Companions: Contemporary Pet Portraits, featuring the work of regional Hudson Valley painters and textile artists. The opening reception will be held on Friday, November 13 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center with refreshments, the artists, and special appearances from animal volunteers of Orange Regional’s Pet Therapy program. The exhibit space is located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, on the ground floor gallery adjacent to the Conference Center. The exhibit will remain on view through January 8.

Constant Companions celebrates the special relationships between people and their loyal and loveable animal friends. The exhibit features art that captures the characters and stories of domestic animals. Besides offering their owners unconditional affection, companionship, and sometimes protection, pets help people in many ways, including the valuable work of service and therapy dogs. Included in the display are quilts by Diane Fama, Carol Hausler, Jean Iannone, and Barbara Winans, and exceptional portrait paintings by Laura Bolle, Carolyn Edlund, Cara Ginder, Dana Hawk, Nester Madalengoitia, Lisa O’Gorman, and Stephanie Roth.

Constant Companions is part of Orange Regional’s Art Program which features changing art exhibits. These exhibits are free and open to the public. For additional information about the Art Program, contact Orange Regional’s Art Curator, Sarah Johnson, at 845-333-2385 or visit www.ormc.org/art for more information.

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


Emma, oil painting by Dana Hawk

Orange Regional Medical Center Announces
3D Mammography Technology

The latest in breast cancer imaging technology is now available to our community.

October 22, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is the first hospital to offer 3D mammography to Orange and Sullivan Counties. Provided at the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center, this technology is considered to be the latest breast cancer imaging. The Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is located at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. The entire purchase of the 3D mammography equipment was made possible by Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation.

“Providing 3D mammography at the Orange Regional’s Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center will provide families in the Hudson Valley another valuable piece of technology in maintaining breast health,” said Sandra Iberger, Vice President, Greater Hudson Valley Health System Operations. 3D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, is used in conjunction with 2D digital mammography. This technology is proven to be up to 40% more accurate in detecting breast cancers, which can lead to earlier diagnosis. It also detects breast cancers that aren’t found by traditional imaging and provides greater accuracy in pinpointing tumor size and location. The technology can also decrease the number of patients who have falsely positive results, which in turn reduces patient anxiety.

3D mammography takes multiple images of the entire breast allowing Orange Regional’s specialized breast radiologists to see through layers of tissue and examine areas of concern from all angles. It produces 3D breast images from multiple angles using a small rotating digital scanner. Radiologists can move and enlarge the images to view any area of concern.

3D mammography is recommended for all women over age 40 who are in good health especially those who have been previously identified as having dense breast tissue, have a family history of breast cancer or who may be at a higher risk for developing the disease. Also, women who have breast related symptoms may benefit from 3D mammography after evaluation from their doctor.

To learn more, visit www.ormc.org/BreastCenter or call 845-695-5900.

About the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center

Located at the Orange Regional Medical Center Pavilion, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is designed with the convenience of patients in mind. 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 - centralized in one convenient location.

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 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.

Nathaniel Margolis, M.D. Appointed as Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center Medical Director

September 24, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Nathaniel Margolis, M.D. to the position of medical director of the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center.

“Dr. Margolis brings tremendous experience and innovative thinking to our center’s daily operations,” said Sandra Iberger, vice president, operations, for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. “His combination of trend-setting, breast disease clinical knowledge and humane, compassionate care makes him the perfect leader for our nationally-recognized breast care program.”

Dr. Margolis’ extensive experience includes serving as a breast imaging Fellow and Chief Resident of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine’s Department of Diagnostic Radiology. He spent many years conducting breast cancer research at NYU as well.

Dr. Margolis received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and received his Bachelor’s degree in biomedical science, as part of the school’s accelerated Bachelor’s degree/medical degree program, from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. He attended the international exchange program at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
He is the recipient of numerous medical honors and awards and co-authored and/or co-presented almost 30 medical research topics to a wide variety of professional and community organizations. Additionally, Dr. Margolis is co-author of a chapter focusing on quality and patient safety in the forthcoming book, “Quality and Patient Safety in Imaging.”

“I’m looking forward to being a part of this world class breast center,” stated Dr. Margolis. “I came here because of their commitment to state-of-the-art, exceptional quality care. The breast center positively impacts the lives of so many patients, by not only detecting cancers at early, treatable stages, but also by prioritizing the patient experience. Their outstanding patient satisfaction scores speak for themselves. I’m honored to be a part of the team.”

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.

About the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center
Located at the Orange Regional Medical Center Pavilion, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is designed with the convenience of patients in mind. 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 - centralized in one convenient location.

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 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 Medical Group Opens New Primary Care Office in Monroe

September 23, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce it has expanded its reach by opening a new primary care location in Monroe, N.Y. The beautiful and spacious new office provides increased accessibility to family health care for residents in Monroe and surrounding areas.

The Monroe location is the latest addition to the Orange Regional Medical Center’s network of care. Through the office, patients will have local access to advanced primary medical treatment, while maintaining a connection to the Medical Center’s premier hospital facilities, leading technological equipment and critical health services and emergency care.

The new office is conveniently located at 475 Route 17M in Monroe near Stop and Shop. Orange Regional Medical Group - Monroe has Board-certified physicians and Family nurse practitioners, providing primary health care services to adults and children of all ages including routine screenings, including allergy testing, strep and flu analysis, flu shots, blood draws and other diagnostic services. Leading the Monroe office is Dr. Joseph Chavez Carey who is Board-certified in family medicine and is bilingual (English and Spanish). He earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency in family medicine at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, C.A..

“We are thrilled to expand the patient offerings of the Orange Regional Medical Group through the opening of our new Monroe office,” said Jerry Dunlavey, executive director of the GHVHS Medical Group, parent of Orange Regional Medical Group.”Monroe patients will receive the best primary health care available and be connected to the larger services of the Orange Regional Medical Center.”

Dr. Chavez Carey and his team are accepting patients and can be reached at the Monroe Medical Group office at 845-333-7830.

Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) and Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. ORMG and CRMG are new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified Doctors, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange and Sullivan, Counties and beyond. For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Patient Navigator among Six Finalists for National Caregiver Award

September 17, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Lung, Head and Neck Cancer Patient Navigator, Jayne O'Malley, BSN, RN, OCN, has been selected as a finalist by the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare for its 2015 National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year (NCCY) Award.

Ms. O’Malley was nominated for her hard work in meeting the needs of patients with serious diagnoses and finding ways to ease the burden of their treatment process. She is a registered nurse with specialized training in Oncology and for nearly 16 years has dedicated her skills and expertise to cancer care.

"We are extremely proud of Jayne and this honor which embodies her compassion for and dedication to the healthcare profession and our patients,” said Sandra Iberger, VP, Operations Greater Hudson Valley Health System. “She is a phenomenal caregiver who makes a difference in the lives of so many.” “These six exceptional caregivers were selected as the 2015 NCCY Award finalists because they epitomize compassionate care through their dedication in providing patients and families with emotional support, mutual trust, respect and compassion," said Julie Rosen, Executive Director of the Schwartz Center. "We look to honor these special caregivers for the difference they are making in countless lives and for serving as national champions in building a culture of compassion in healthcare."

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a national nonprofit leading the movement to bring compassion to every patient-caregiver interaction, has selected six healthcare providers throughout the U.S. for its prestigious Schwartz Center National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year (NCCY) Award. The 2015 award recipient will be announced on Nov. 18, 2015 at the 20th Annual Kenneth B. Schwartz Compassionate Healthcare Dinner in Boston before an audience of more than 2,000 healthcare leaders, caregivers and patients. Award-winning author Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, will present the inaugural NCCY Award as the event's honorary speaker.

This year marks the Schwartz Center's 20th anniversary and the national expansion of the NCCY Award program, which was established to elevate excellence in compassionate care. For the past 16 years, the Schwartz Center has honored outstanding healthcare providers who display extraordinary devotion and compassion in caring for patients and families.

"These six exceptional caregivers were selected as the 2015 NCCY Award finalists because they epitomize compassionate care through their dedication in providing patients and families with emotional support, mutual trust, respect and compassion," said Julie Rosen, Executive Director of the Schwartz Center. "We look to honor these special caregivers for the difference they are making in countless lives and for serving as national champions in building a culture of compassion in healthcare."

The award recipient will receive a $5,000 monetary prize, and the five finalists will receive $1,000 each.

The Schwartz Center National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award is made possible through the generous support of Modern Healthcare, the media sponsor of this year's award.

About the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare
The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare is a national nonprofit leading the movement to bring compassion to every patient-caregiver interaction. Now in its 20th year, the Schwartz Center has more than 375 member healthcare organizations in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to more than 100 sites in the U.K. that conduct its signature Schwartz Center Rounds® program. Research shows that when caregivers are compassionate, patients do better and caregivers rediscover their passion for healing. The Center believes that a strong patient-caregiver relationship characterized by effective communication, emotional support, mutual trust and respect, and the involvement of families in healthcare decisions is fundamental to high-quality healthcare. For more information, visit theschwartzcenter.org and follow the Center on Facebook and Twitter.

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 Offers
Free Prostate Screenings

September 14, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center in partnership with Orange Regional Medical Group is offering free prostate cancer screenings during the week of September 28 at the Community Health Education Center, located at 110 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. Pre-registration is required. To schedule an exam, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by September 24. Appointments are limited.

The prostate screening consists of a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, each of which takes about a minute to perform.  The combination of these two methods is the most effective procedure for detecting prostate cancer at an early stage.  The prostate screening program is for men who meet the following criteria:

• Have not been under the care of a urologist in the past 5 years
• Have no personal history of prostate cancer
• Are between the ages of 40 - 75
 
Thomas Eanelli, MDGerard Galarneau, MDMaribeth Widas, PA Participating physicians in this year’s screening include Thomas Eanelli, MD and Emelito Gonzalez, MD in addition to Orange Regional Medical Group providers, Gerard Galarneau, MD, Dawud Lankford, MD and Maribeth Widas, PA.

According to the Prostate Cancer Education Council, one out of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. If detected early, treatment options are much broader, and the chances for a cure are much greater. For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center, please call 1-888-321-ORMC.     

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

About Catskill Regional and Orange Regional Medical Groups

Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group are members of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, along with Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group are multi-specialty, hospital-supported medical practices that currently include Urology, Endocrinology, Surgical Services and Primary Care. The Medical Groups are staffed with Board-certified Physicians, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals who provide quality healthcare throughout Orange and Sullivan Counties and surrounding areas. Walk-ins are welcome and same day appointments are available.  For more information including locations and hours visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center Presents
A Health and Wellness Fair

Free Health Screenings And Education Offered on September 12 At The Galleria Mall

September 10, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center will present a health and wellness fair offering free screenings and education to the community on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Galleria at Crystal Run – Center Court, One Galleria Drive, in Middletown. Orange Regional representatives will be on hand to answer questions, showcase healthcare services, provide educational information and offer free screenings and risk assessments. There will be giveaways and prizes.

The event will feature free blood pressure screenings offered by Orange Regional’s Healthy Heart Program, a fatal vision demonstration sponsored by the Injury Prevention and Trauma Program and a Meet and Greet with physicians from Orange Regional Medical Group including Dr. Murali Krishna, Medical Director of Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine and Dr. Jennifer Vazquez – Bryan, Primary Care Physician. We will offer free face painting for the kids and Macaroni the Clown will be on hand to entertain the whole family. Plus, Fox 103.1 (WJGK) will broadcast live from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Health and Wellness Fair



Additional Orange Regional outpatient services will be on hand providing health information and free giveaways including: Diagnostic Imaging; Children’s Emergency Department; Cardiology; Breast Center; Respiratory Services; Bariatric Surgery Program; Center for Sleep Medicine; Bone & Joint Center; Express Lab; Outpatient Rehabilitation; Dunkelman Diabetes Center; Wound Healing Center; Reiki Therapy; Stroke; Outpatient Oncology Services; Counseling Services and Alcohol & Chemical Dependency Program. The community is encouraged to visit with our medical experts, ask questions and learn healthy tips.

To learn more about Orange Regional Medical Center or for more information, please call 845-695-5833 or visit www.ormc.org.

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

Orange Regional Medical Center Presents Tapestry Exhibit

Mary Flad: Woven Wonders – September 17 through October 30

September 9, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center presents a new textile exhibit, Mary Flad: Woven Wonders, featuring the work of Hudson Valley tapestry artist Mary Flad. The opening reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, September 17 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, on the ground floor gallery adjacent to the Conference Center. Refreshments will be served and the artist will demonstrate weaving techniques. The exhibit will remain on view through October 30.

Detail Early Spring III, 2015, tapestry weaving by Mary Flad

Flad began tapestry weaving in the 1970s after moving to the Hudson Valley. She works on a linen warp and uses a variety of fibers, primarily wool, to develop her images. Flad draws design inspiration for her work from the landscapes and plant forms of the Hudson Valley. Her woven tapestries vary in palette, pattern and structure and range in size from a few inches to that of several square yards.

Flad notes that “woven tapestry has been practiced throughout human history in almost every part of the world. Turkish kilims, the Navaho rugs of the American southwest, medieval and renaissance tapestries that were created to be hung on the walls of castles and cathedrals- all of these are examples of this great craft and artistic tradition.” Flad is a member of the American Tapestry Alliance and teaches tapestry workshops at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center.

Mary Flad: Woven Wonders is part of Orange Regional’s Art Program which features changing art exhibits. These exhibits are free and open to the public. For additional information about the Art Program, contact Orange Regional’s Art Curator, Sarah Johnson, at 845-333-2385 or visit www.ormc.org/art for more information.

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

Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Mammograms

September 8, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Ray Moody, M.D. Breast Center and Orange Regional Medical Group, in partnership with Orange County Cancer Services, will offer free mammograms on Saturday, September 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center located at the Orange Regional Shewli Roy, MD Shewli Roy, MDMedical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. Participating physicians include Shewli Roy, MD, from Orange Regional Medical Group and Howard Karpoff, MD, FACS. Appointments are limited and must be made by Thursday, September 17. Pre-registration is required.

During the hour-long appointment, eligible individuals will be screened for breast cancer by having a clinical breast exam and mammography. The appointment will also include breast health education and a training video. The event is open to women without insurance who are currently not experiencing breast problems, while still meeting specific criteria. Participants must be over 40 years of age and have not had a mammogram through this program within the last year. Women who have had a mammogram within one year and are currently experiencing breast problems may still meet requirements for participation and are encouraged to call.

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 Care System.

About Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center
Located at the Orange Regional Medical Center Pavilion, the Ray W. Moody Breast Center is designed with the convenience of patients in mind. 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 - centralized in one convenient location.

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 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.

About Catskill Regional and Orange Regional Medical Groups
Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group are members of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, along with Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group are multi-specialty, hospital-supported medical practices that currently include Urology, Endocrinology, Surgical Services and Primary Care. The Medical Groups are staffed with Board-certified Physicians, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals who provide quality healthcare throughout Orange and Sullivan Counties and surrounding areas. Walk-ins are welcome and same day appointments are available. For more information including locations and hours visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center Appoints Nursing Manager of Centralized Telemetry

August 20, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Tammy Jollie, BSN, RN to the position of Centralized Telemetry Manager, Critical Care Division.

Tammy Jollie, BSN, RNMs. Jollie joined Orange Regional in 1993 as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1997 and a Registered Nurse in 2010. Her most recent position was Registered Nurse in the Progressive Care Unit. Ms. Jollie is certified in Critical Care and Telemetry Nursing. Ms. Jollie received the 1199 Nurse of Distinction Award in 2012 and was recognized as a top 20 finalist for the Hudson Valley Magazine Excellence in Nursing Award.

Ms. Jollie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, where she is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

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.

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

July 17, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Foundation welcomes four new members to its Board of Trustees: Tonia Crown, Jessica Gardner, Michael Gilfeather and Terrence Olivo.

Tonia A. Crown, CPA, CITP is the Partner-in-Charge of the Auditing Department of Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP, headquartered in Newburgh, NY. Tonia joined the Firm in November 2001 and her 20 years of public accounting experience includes positions with Price Waterhouse, LLP, in Washington, D.C., and Deloitte & Touche in New York City.

Tonia is very active in the local community. She graduated from Catholic University of America where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and also graduated from John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, NY.

Jessica Gardner is the founder and president of Media Solstice Marketing & PR, an award-winning interdisciplinary marketing agency in the Hudson Valley. Ms. Gardner has guided the growth of Media Solstice from a freelance operation to a full-service media firm which currently employs five full-time marketing professionals. The Media Solstice team helps advance the efforts of area companies and non-profit organizations, including (but not limited to) Monticello Motor Club, Orange County Citizens Foundation, the law firm of Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, the Sullivan County Visitors Association, Middletown Medical, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sullivan and Northern Orange Counties and Chapin Estate.

Ms. Gardner is a former award-winning journalist for the Times Herald-Record and has held leadership roles within the marketing departments of three successful Hudson Valley companies.

Michael J. Gilfeather is Orange County Trust Company President and CEO. He brings nearly 35 years of banking experience to his leadership position. He also serves in the same positions with the bank’s holding company, Orange County Bancorp, Inc.

Prior to joining Orange County Trust Company, Mr. Gilfeather was Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President of Hudson Valley Bank, where he was directly responsible for the branch network, training and development, human resources and the bank’s trust department. Prior to joining Hudson Valley Bank in 2005, Mr. Gilfeather was with The Bank of New York for 20 years, where he was Senior Manager for all retail banking in the Borough of Manhattan.

Mr. Gilfeather is a board member of the Aquinas Housing Corporation in the Bronx, the Orange County Partnership and the New York Bankers Association.

Terrence Olivo has been a public school educator for 47 years and for more than thirty-eight of these years, he has been employed as a Central Office Administrator. Mr. Olivo began his career in the Highland Central School District, in Ulster County, as a history teacher. He left Highland, in January 1979, to become the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel in the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District. Ten years later, he became the district's Superintendent of Schools and held the position until his retirement in August 2004. In July 2007, he accepted an invitation to serve Orange-Ulster BOCES as Chief Operating Officer during the agency's search for a new District Superintendent. He served in that position for six years, retiring in August 2013. During his tenure as Chief Operating Officer, he oversaw the conversion of the former Arden Hill Hospital into the Orange-Ulster BOCES Regional Education Center which serves both adult and school age students from throughout the mid-Hudson area. It officially opened in September 2013 and the building was named the Terrence L. Olivo Building in recognition of his leadership.

Mr. Olivo serves the Mid-Hudson School Study Council as Director of Research. He is also a Member of Orange Regional Medical Center's Performance Improvement Committee.

Mr. Olivo graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Studies/Education from Marist College and a Master's degree in Educational Administration and a Certificate in Advanced Studies in School District Administration from SUNY New Paltz.

“These new board members bring an extraordinary breath of experience and influence to our board and we are really grateful to have them working with us to enhance our philanthropic efforts and move our hospital forward,” said Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Jonathan Rouis.

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

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

Catskill Regional & Orange Regional Medical Centers & Physician Groups Nationally Recognized with Marketing & Public Relations Awards

July 13, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center, Orange Regional Medical Center, Catskill Regional Medical Group and Orange Regional Medical Group, is proud to announce national recognition from the 32st Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards and the Aster Awards. The competitions, judged by a national panel, award healthcare organizations who showcase exemplary quality, creativity and message effectiveness in the areas of marketing and public relations. This year, Orange Regional Medical Center, Orange Regional Medical Group, Catskill Regional Medical Center, and Catskill Regional Medical Group were acknowledged for several awards, marking another successful year for the hospitals and physician groups, and the work of the Marketing and Public Relations Department.

Orange Regional Medical Center was the recipient of two Merit awards for the Hospital’s Residency brochure and their Aromatherapy brochure citing outstanding quality from Healthcare Advertising. Orange Regional Medical Group was the recipient of a Merit award for their Primary Care billboard, also for outstanding quality.  

Healthcare Advertising also recognized Catskill Regional Medical Center with a Gold award for its Employee Newsletter, Staff Matters, and a Merit award for its Stroke Center ad, which showcased the highest standard of excellence. Catskill Regional Medical Group received a Silver award for the Group’s monthly Health Tips e-newsletter, a Bronze award was given for its Breast Cancer Screening ad and a Merit award for its Primary Care radio spot.

The Aster Awards also recognized Orange Regional Medical Center with a Gold award and two Bronze awards. The Hospital received a Gold award for its Pediatric Emergency Department service line campaign and a Bronze award for its Aromatherapy brochure and its Spine/Orthopedic video. Orange Regional Medical Group was the recipient of a Silver award for its Primary Care billboard.

Catskill Regional Medical Center was honored by the Aster Awards with a Silver award for its May/June edition of the Employee Newsletter, Staff Matters. Catskill Regional Medical Group was recognized with a Bronze award for its Breast Cancer Screening ad and a Silver award for its monthly Health Tips e-newsletter

The GHVHS marketing and public relations department won the admirable healthcare awards in partnership with their local agency, Focus Media.

“We are honored to once again receive national recognition for our marketing efforts,” said GHVHS Executive Director of Marketing & Public Relations Rob Lee. “Our hospitals provide critical services and it is our duty to effectively deliver internal and external communication to the community.”

Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center are members of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. For more information about Catskill Regional Medical Center, visit www.crmcny.org. For more information about Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org.

Marketing & Public Relations Department

Top row from L to R: Community Outreach Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, Dominique Mohansingh and Marketing and Public Relations Director, Marcy Manheim.

Bottom row from L to R: Orange Regional Medical Group Marketing and Public Relations Director, Jolie DeFeis, Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Rob Lee and Marketing and Public Relations Senior Specialist, Lauren Kropf-Zuckerman.

Orange Regional Medical Center Supports World Breastfeeding Week

Rowley Family Birthing Center Participates in The Big Latch On

July 10, 2015

Middletown, NY - In support of World Breastfeeding Week, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Rowley Family Birthing Center invites nursing moms to join in The Big Latch On to be held on July 31, 2015 in conference room 1 at Orange Regional located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. Participants must register by calling 1-888-321-6762 or online at www.ormc.org/communityoutreach. Check in begins at 10:00 a.m. and The Big Latch On begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.

In addition, Orange Regional’s Rowley Family Birthing Center will offer its prenatal breastfeeding class free of charge on August 13, 2015 and on August 18, 2015.  Participation is limited and registration is required by calling 1-888-321-6762 or by visiting www.ormc.org/communityoutreach.

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated every year, August 1 through August 7, in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. This year, the WBW theme is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!” The 2015 WBW campaign focuses on working women and breastfeeding. The goal is to empower and support ALL working women, to adequately combine work with child-rearing and breastfeeding, in particular.

“Orange Regional has always been dedicated to providing new moms with breastfeeding education and support. We have a robust lactation program and we are proud to continually promote the benefits of breastfeeding,” said Nursing Administrator of Women & Children’s Services Theresa Fay Conte.  “Additionally, Orange Regional supports our employees who are also nursing moms by providing a lactation room which provides privacy and comfort to pump frequently throughout the work day, as well as education and information that they may need.”

“Breastfeeding and pumping has come a long way in 12 years since my first child.  Upon my return to work at Orange Regional, after recently giving birth, I was equipped a pump that was provided by our insurance company and given the access code to the lactation room.  The lactation room also has a pump, a hospital grade pump, a comfortable chair, privacy screen, literature, a sink, and even a bowl of candy. There’s a communication board with Manager of Lactation Services, Debbie Vermilyea’s contact information and news,” said Jessica Gerlach, Manager of Clinical Trials & Community Outreach at Orange Regional Medical Center. “I used the pump in the room for a couple of reasons, it was faster and more efficient and it saved me from packing my pump every day.  More importantly, having Debbie in house is a wonderful benefit. She is kind, resourceful and really helped throughout the entire process.  We are incredibly lucky to have not only the lactation room and Debbie, but the support from the organization as well.  It is typically difficult for mothers to juggle breastfeeding and work, Orange Regional has truly made my experience easy, successful and dare I say enjoyable.”


For more information on the Rowley Family Birthing Center, visit www.ormc.org/maternity.  

For more information about World Breastfeeding Week, visit www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org.

For more information about the Big Latch On, visit
www.biglatchon.org/about-us.

For more information about a mother’s breastfeeding rights, visit www.nysbreastfeeding.org/laws-and-legislation.

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

About the Rowley Family Birthing Center

The entire sixth floor of Orange Regional’s state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to the Rowley Family Birthing Center, where moms deliver in a nurturing, safe and comfortable environment while having the privacy they need during this special time. Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care provides advanced and specialized newborn care.

To ensure the needs of mother and baby are met in complete comfort and privacy, 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 2 operating rooms for caesarean delivery. Each room has a bathroom with a soothing shower, 300-thread count linens, scenic views, HDTV, an individual thermostat and sleeper sofa for your birthing partner. Carpeted hallways help create a quiet and more peaceful environment for rest and recovery. Room service is also available.

International Board-certified Lactation Consultants are available to provide both inpatient and outpatient support services to breastfeeding mothers. Prenatal breastfeeding classes and the option to rent hospital-grade, electric breast pumps, are available. For general information regarding breastfeeding or pump rentals at Orange Regional Medical Center, please contact the Orange Regional Medical Center Lactation Department at 333-6274.

The Center’s experienced and caring nurses attend to patient’s emotional and physical needs and work to fully support each birthing plan. Nurses work with care providers and guide families through the experience from preparations for birth through delivery and post-partum care.

Orange Regional Medical Center Commissions Behavioral Health Mural

Local Artist Painted Large Scale Mural from June 12 to 26

July 9, 2015

Middletown, NY - With the goal of creating a healing environment for patients, Orange Regional Medical Center commissioned local artist, Joseph Marino, to design and paint a large-scale mural. The mural, measuring 11 feet high by 60 feet long, transforms the courtyard of the hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit from a plain brick outdoor space into a bright, colorful environment conducive to social interaction.

The hospital selected the artist for his exceptional proposal and extensive experience painting outdoor murals. Marino is a classically trained painter and professional graphic designer currently living in Monroe, New York. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute of Art and Design with a degree in illustration. Over two weeks in June, working in ten hour daily stretches, Marino hand-painted the mural which he designed to visually open up the space and to bring in imagery of life and hope. He received positive feedback from the hospital staff and patients. Christopher Stimpson, program manager in Psychiatry, explained “we have patients that say they love it and they feel good when they look at it. The mural reminds them that they can be hopeful about achieving their wellness goals."

A recognized leader in behavioral health services, Orange Regional offers a full range of programs for adults and children with serious mental illness, emotional disturbances, or substance abuse. The Orange Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Unit was established in 1972, making it the oldest and most experienced acute care psychiatric service provider for adults in Orange County. Since its inception, the unit has lead the way in providing innovative and patient-centered mental health services to the residents of Orange County.

“This outdoor space was created to provide patients in this area access to fresh air and natural light; when you put people in healing-type environments, they respond better,” says Orange Regional’s art curator, Sarah Johnson. “We incorporated color and art here as a huge component to make the space even more pleasant. We are using art as a tool to promote care and healing.” For additional information about Orange Regional’s Art Program, contact Orange Regional’s Art Curator, Sarah Johnson, at 845-333-2385 or visit www.ormc.org/art.  

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

Courtyard space before and Behavioral Health Unit Courtyard Mural
by Joe Marino from above and panorama:








Orange Regional Medical Group Welcomes Patricia Barschow-Marton, MSN, MPH, NP-C, ONC

July 9, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce that Patricia Barschow-Marton, MSN, MPH, NP-C, OCN has joined Orange Regional Medical Group as Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Barschow-Marton joins Dr. Emma Fattakhov, Medical Director and Eileen Schmidt, Palliative Care Navigator in providing palliative care services to our patients and support to their families. Palliative care is an important and growing service at Orange Regional, resulting in the need to add an additional practitioner to the service. 

Most recently, Ms. Barschow-Marton practiced as an Oncology Nurse Practitioner at Mount Sinai for nearly 20 years.  In this role, she oversaw all aspects of oncology care for her patients including chemotherapy and biotherapy.  She performed extensive patient and family education as well as mentoring new staff members and nurse interns. Ms. Barschow-Marton helped patients and their families deal with the challenges of cancer and has received multiple awards for excellent patient care. She is eager to apply her considerable skills to care for our palliative care population.

Prior to her work as a Nurse Practitioner, Ms. Barschow-Marton worked in Interventional Radiology, in the Emergency Room as a Staff Nurse at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and as an Infusion Nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She was also a Public Health Nurse at the Orange County Department of Public Health and taught as Adjunct Faculty in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at SUNY Orange. Ms. Barschow-Marton holds a Master of Nursing from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNY Plattsburgh. 

Orange Regional Medical Group is located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 135, in Middletown, NY.  For more information, contact the Medical Group office at 333-7575.
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Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) and Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. CRMG and ORMG are new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified doctors, Board-certified nurse practitioners and Board-certified advanced practice professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and beyond. For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org

Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Golf Classic Raised $240,000

Proceeds to benefit new Medical Office Building and Cancer Center

July 7, 2015

Middletown, NY - On Monday, June 22, the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation held its annual Golf Classic raising $240,000 in net proceeds to benefit Orange Regional Medical Center’s new medical office building and Spagnoli Family Cancer Center. The event, chaired by Ray VanVoorhis and Jake Kriney, hosted 248 golfers at the Wallkill Golf Course and West Hills Country Club.

“Our annual Golf Classic has become a great tradition within the community and continues to be one of our key fundraising events for the Hospital,” said Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Director of Development Pamela Yosh. “We deeply appreciate the strong show of support from our community, sponsors, players as well as Hospital staff and volunteers.”

The Golf Committee raised funds by selling limited raffle tickets, basket raffles and procuring numerous sponsorships. Orange Regional’s President & CEO Scott Batulis tested the golfers’ skills at West Hills Country Club, while Orange Regional’s Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Jim Oxley challenged golfers at the Wallkill Golf Course.

About Orange Regional’s new Medical Office Building and Spagnoli Family Cancer Center

Orange Regional Medical Center has begun construction on an exciting new 153,000 square foot, five-story Medical Office Building and a 26,000 square foot, single-story Spagnoli Family  Cancer Center at the hospital’s main campus. When completed in the fall of 2016, the $99 million project will help relocate many outpatient services currently provided at other off-campus locations into new, state-of-the-art buildings on the existing 73-acre hospital campus in Middletown. Both new buildings will be patient-centered healing environments incorporating all the latest technology and amenities for patients and families. Plans also include adding an additional 800 convenient parking spaces.

The first two floors of the Medical Office Building will house a world class array of the most advanced diagnostic medical technology available including (64 Slice Computerized Tomography, CT Wide-Bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI, Digital
X-ray, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography, PET/CT and Fluoroscopy). The Women’s Breast Center will house 3D Mammography, the most advanced imaging available for breast cancer detection. In addition, the outpatient and procedure center will provide the most technologically advanced care in a convenient and welcoming outpatient environment. The center will house four outpatient operating rooms, endoscopy services, five procedure rooms, a primary care office, urgent care, cardiac rehabilitation, a diabetes care center, outpatient laboratory services, medical school classrooms, pre-surgical testing, a retail pharmacy, a bistro, and a community health resource center. Floors three to five will be occupied by Orange Regional Medical Group primary care and specialty physicians.

The 26,000 square foot Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will combine existing outpatient cancer therapy services including radiation oncology (True Beam and Rapid Arc Linear Accelerators, High Dose Radiation Unit) and Infusion Therapy, along with oncology exam rooms and associated nursing and care provider stations. The single-story Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will be attached to the main hospital building. For more information on cancer care or the Spagnoli Family Cancer Center, please visit www.ormccancercare.org.

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

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

Golf Classic Sponsor, Mobile Life, provided first aid on each course.
Golf Classic Sponsor, Mobile Life, provided first aid on each course.


Golfer and sponsor, Jeanne Cartagena, of Medline, won a two year car lease, courtesy of Healey Brothers.


James Ausili and Ken Brown, both of sponsor, Bleakley, Platt & Schmidt, LLP won a $5,000 cash prize in the Limited Raffle.


Jonathan Rouis, Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Board Chair, and Bill Dauster, Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President at Golfer’s Hour.

Orange Regional Medical Center To Be Recognized By Orange County Land Trust

June 15, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center will be recognized by Orange County Land Trust at its 2015 Benefit Reception on Friday, June 26, 2015 at Cedar Lakes Estate located in the Town of Greenville. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m.

“This year we wanted to focus on the relationship between nature and healthy living,” said Orange County Land Trust Executive Director Jim Delaune. “The benefits of land preservation go much further than simply protecting natural resources and securing access to local food.  They promote wellness and improve quality of life.  Orange Regional understands this connection and we look forward to working with them on this cause.”

“Preserving Land, Preserving our Health” will be the central theme of the reception, bringing awareness to the positive impact of nature on health and well-being. The Land Trust has been a local leader in land preservation for over twenty years, having helped protect close to 5,000 acres of natural and agricultural lands in the County.  The benefit reception is the Land Trust’s largest annual fundraiser.

Accepting Orange Regional’s award at the benefit will be President & CEO Scott Batulis. “We are extremely proud to be recognized by the Land Trust.  Orange Regional is dedicated to the health of our community and we will continue to promote healthy lifestyles that encompass the great outdoors Orange County has to offer,” states Batulis.

Guests attending this elegant evening will be treated to a superb farm-to-table dinner expertly prepared by a French Culinary Institute trained chef, unique live and silent auctions, exciting raffles and music by Soulia and the Sultans.

For more information about Orange Regional visit www.ormc.org. For more formation regarding the Orange County Land Trust or the June 26 Benefit, contact Lisa-Ann Weisbrod at 845-469-0951, ext. 14. Visit Orange County Land Trust at www.oclt.org.

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


Orange Regional Medical Center
Presents Photography Exhibit

June 9, 2015

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit – June 12 to August 7, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center presents a new photography exhibit, Cuba: Forbidden Fruit, by Hudson Valley landscape and travel photographer Nick Zungoli. The opening reception with the artist will be held on Friday, June 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, on the ground floor gallery adjacent to the Conference Center. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will remain on view through August 7.

In Cuba: Forbidden Fruit, Zungoli shares his visual impressions from a month-long visit to Cuba.  He was granted the opportunity to travel to the Caribbean island nation through the People-to-People Cultural Exchange Program. For the first time in his 30year career as a color photographer, the artist chose to present this body of work in black-and-white. The images reveal the gritty textures of Havana, the people, retro cars and culture. Some of the striking contrasts of Cuba include the stately grace of its decaying architecture and the infectious joy of people living under a socialist economy and American embargo.

Although most photographs of Cuba reflect the country’s vibrant colors, the artist explains that, “You see the old cars, the crumbling and austere architecture and then you go out into the countryside and people are taking public transportation drawn by horses. People are farming with oxcarts. For me, it seemed like the whole country pre-dated color film. I just wanted to portray it the way I felt it, that surreal experience.”

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit is part of Orange Regional’s Art Program which features rotating art shows. Exhibits are free and open to the public. For additional information about Orange Regional’s Art Program, contact Orange Regional’s Art Curator, Sarah Johnson, at 845-333-2385. For more information about Orange Regional’s Healing Arts Program visit www.ormc.org/art.  

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



Orange Regional Supports 2015 American Heart
Association’s Heart Walk

June 3, 2015

Middletown, NY - On Sunday May 3, Orange Regional Medical Center sponsored the 2015 Tri-County American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. Employees raised a total of $14,296 and supported the walk by selling red, long-sleeved Orange Regional Heart Walk tee-shirts and by holding bake sales. Team ORMC and Orange Regional’s Heart Walk Committee Chair, Jim Caffrey, were on hand at the Walk held at Lake Welch Beach, in Harriman State Park. Orange Regional’s Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Schiller, was a member of the executive leadership team for this year’s Tri-County American Heart Association Walk.

To learn more about the services offered at the Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center at Orange Regional visit www.ormcheartcare.org. To find out when Orange Regional’s Healthy Heart program will be in your area and to register, call 1-888-321-6762.

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




Orange Regional Medical Group Welcomes Eric L. Martin, M.D., FAAOS Board-certified Orthopedic surgeon

June 2, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce that Eric L. Martin, M.D. joined the medical staff as a Board-certified Orthopedic surgeon.

Dr. Martin earned his medical degree from New York University, completed both his general surgery internship and his residency at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stonybrook in addition to his reconstructive joint surgery fellowship from Rush University/St. Luke’s Medical Center & Central DuPage Hospital in Chicago, Ill. He has held academic appointments as clinical assistant professor at New York University/Hospital for Joint Diseases, SUNY at Stonybrook Medical Center and Touro Medical College in Middletown, N.Y.

Prior to joining Orange Regional Medical Group, Dr. Martin was director of joint reconstruction surgery and attending surgeon at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y., as well as director of joint reconstruction and attending surgeon at Orange Regional Medical Center. He also held attending surgeon positions at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, N.Y., St. Luke’s/Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh/Cornwall, N.Y., Bellevue Hospital in New York, N.Y., Tisch Hospital (NYU)/Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York, N.Y. and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, N.Y. He has also served as the chairman and vice chairman of Orange Regional Medical Center’s department of orthopedics.

Dr. Martin, who is Board-certified in orthopedics by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons is also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is a member of the New York State PBA Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, American Medical Association, New York State Orthopaedic Society, Orange County Medical Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is the author or co-author of 11 abstract presentations and publications focusing on various aspects of orthopedic surgery.

Orange Regional Medical Group is located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 135, in Middletown, NY. Dr. Martin is now accepting patients and can be reached at the Medical Group office at 845-333-7575.

Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) and Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. CRMG and ORMG are new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified doctors, Board-certified nurse practitioners and Board-certified advanced practice professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and beyond.

For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.

Greater Hudson Valley Health System Receives $1 Million from Anonymous Donor to Expand Services at Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center

June 2, 2015

Middletown, NY - An anonymous donor has given $1 million to two member hospitals of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS).  The two gracious gifts of $500,000 were received by Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. Orange Regional Medical Center will use the gift to support funding for an expansion project which includes building a new Medical Office Building and a Cancer Center. Catskill Regional Medical Center had already begun a fundraising effort to enhance and upgrade inpatient facilities throughout the hospital.

The donors were grateful patients at both hospitals and had made contributions thanking the hospitals’ doctors and nurses for their care and compassion over the years. The donors asked that no naming opportunities or recognition be provided.

“What a wonderful way to express their gratitude and tell our hospital system family that they are doing a terrific job,” said Scott Batulis, CEO of Greater Hudson Valley Health System. “We were so happy that our current expansion and enhancement efforts at both hospitals pleased these donors. They really want us to succeed and we are very grateful for their generosity and confidence.”

Both hospitals, along with Grover M. Hermann Hospital in Callicoon, are members of the GHVHS. All three hospitals are not for profit organizations and rely on charitable giving to expand and enhance their programs and services.

At Catskill Regional Medical Center, the donation will help support at Capital Campaign that will fund renovations in many areas of the hospital. The renovations span from general cosmetic enhancements (such as new paint, floor covering, ceilings and lighting) to heavy renovation and structural improvements. Over the coming years, Catskill Regional plans to modernize all inpatient and making 82% of the rooms private rooms for added comfort, privacy and infection control. Recent renovations, new furniture, equipment and artwork at CRMC have been well received by employees, physicians and the community.

At Orange Regional Medical Center, the donation will help the hospital in its quest to relocate many outpatient services currently provided at other off-campus locations into new buildings on the existing 73-acre hospital campus in Middletown. Plans include building a 153,000 square foot, five-story Medical Office Building and a 26,000 square-foot, single-story Cancer Center; both new buildings will be connected to the main hospital. A capital fundraising campaign will begin this fall to support the expansion. Estimated completion of the construction is anticipated to be the fall of 2016.

For more information about charitable giving, please call 845-333-2333 at Orange Regional Medical Center and 845-794-3300 x2104 at Catskill Regional Medical Center.

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 Starts $99 Million Construction Project for New Medical Office Building and Cancer Center

May 29, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center has begun construction on an exciting new 153,000 square foot, five-story medical office building and a 26,000 square foot, single-story cancer center at the hospital’s main campus. When completed in the fall of 2016, the $99 million project will help relocate many outpatient services currently provided at other off-campus locations into new, state-of-the-art buildings on the existing 73-acre hospital campus in Middletown. Both new buildings will be patient-centered healing environments incorporating all the latest technology and amenities for patients and families. Plans also include adding an additional 800 convenient parking spaces.

Recently, the hospital closed on $70 million in tax-exempt bonds issued by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) which are necessary to fund the project. The remaining funds will be derived through a combination of sources, including an equity contribution from ORMC, outstanding 2008 bond proceeds from the construction of ORMC’s new hospital and a capital fundraising campaign. 

Orange Regional Medical Center selected Skanska USA as the Construction Management firm for the project. Skanska USA is one of the world's leading construction groups with vast experience in health care construction.

The first two floors of the Medical Office Building will house a world class array of the most advanced diagnostic medical technology available including  (64 Slice Computerized Tomography, CT Wide-Bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI, Digital X-ray, Ultrasound,  Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography, PET/CT and Fluoroscopy). The Women’s Breast Center will house 3D Mammography, the most advanced imaging available for breast cancer detection. In addition, the outpatient and procedure center will provide the most technologically advanced care in a convenient and welcoming outpatient environment. The center will house four outpatient operating rooms, endoscopy services, five procedure rooms, a primary care office, urgent care, cardiac rehabilitation, a diabetes care center, cardiac rehabilitation, outpatient laboratory services, medical school classrooms, pre-surgical testing, a retail pharmacy, a bistro, and a community health resource center. Floors three to five will be occupied by Orange Regional Medical Group primary care and specialty physicians.

The 26,000 square foot Cancer Center will combine existing outpatient cancer therapy services including radiation oncology (True Beam and Rapid Arc Linear Accelerators, High Dose Radiation Unit) and Infusion Therapy, along with oncology exam rooms and associated nursing and care provider stations. The single-story Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will be attached to the main hospital building.

Orange Regional Medical Center President & CEO, Scott Batulis, said, “We are very proud to be able to expand on the great success of our new hospital and create a one stop destination with inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic and physician services all in one fully integrated, convenient location.”

Orange Regional Medical Center has a successful history of enhancing health care for the Hudson Valley. In August 2011, ORMC closed its two outdated hospitals and consolidated services into the first newly built, state-of-the-art hospital in New York State in over 20 years. Recently, ORMC became a major teaching hospital through its partnership with Touro Medical College of Osteopathic Medicine and offers residency programs in Family Medicine, Internal Medical, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry, as well as hosting medical students in their 3rd and 4th year clinical rotations.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. To learn more please visit www.ormc.org.

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Diagnostic Imaging, Women's Imaging and Laboratory Services Expand Hours at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion Beginning June 1

May 28, 2015

Middletown, NY - To enhance patient convenience, Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that service hours will be expanding for Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory services and Women’s Imaging at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion at 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown beginning Monday, June 1. 

      •          Most Diagnostic imaging at the Pavilion (Ultrasound, X-ray, MRI, CT) is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  PET/CT and Nuclear Medicine is available from 7:30am to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ultrasound, X-Ray, CT, MRI and PET/ CT is available on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
      •          Women’s Imaging will be open at the Pavilion 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and one Saturday per month from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
      •          Laboratory services at the Pavilion are available Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and now on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

For maximum efficiency, Orange Regional will discontinue MRI, MRA and CT services at the Goshen Patient Service Center at 70 Hatfield Lane, Suite 102.

      •          Laboratory hours at the Goshen Patient Service Center will remain the same (7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday).
      •          X-ray at the Goshen Patient Service Center will be available 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To schedule any diagnostic imaging test at ORMC, call 1-866-676-2837. 

From digital X-rays and ultrasounds to leading-edge digital mammography, CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, and PET/CT, Orange Regional offers a comprehensive range of leading diagnostic tools - backed by a team of imaging experts. All Diagnostic Imaging services are certified by the American College of Radiology (ACR) .The ACR certification assures the highest in quality standards.  Our Radiologists are Board-Certified or Board-Eligible and our Technologists are licensed by the New York State Board of Health. All Technologists have the highest ARRT, NMTCB or ARDMS specialty certification in their areas of specialty.  Additionally, Orange Regional has the capability to electronically deliver your test results to your physician via our GE IntegradWeb Picture Archive Computer System (PACS) which uses advanced technology to aid in fast diagnosis. Once images are taken, they are immediately available for review by your doctor through our secure Web viewer on any computer with an Internet connection.

Diagnostic Imaging Services include:
CT Scan (including Computerized Coronary Tomography Angiography -CCTA)
Interventional Radiology
MRA
MRI
Mammography
Bone Densitometry (DEXA)
Neuroradiology
Nuclear Medicine
PET/CT
Ultrasound
Vascular Ultrasound
Digital X-ray

To learn more about Orange Regional Medical Center’s Medical Pavilion or for more information, please call 845-695-5833 or visit www.ormc.org.

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

Newyorkers Barbershop-style Chorus to Perform at Orange Regional Medical Center June 6

May 28, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) is pleased to announce that the Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus will be performing in the hospital’s main lobby at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, NY at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 6. The Newyorkers chorus is a male a cappella group which sings in the uniquely American “Barbershop-style” of close four-part harmony.

The Feel Good Concert Series is a new initiative at Orange Regional to promote all forms of music as an enhancement to the healing environment, as well as to enrich the quality of life for our community.  The Feel Good Concert Series features local performing artists, school groups, staff and volunteers, who perform concerts at the main hospital campus.  The Feel Good Concert Seriesis coordinated by Jeff Krolick, ORMC resident pianist, and the Patient Experience and Advocacy department. For more information please contact Philip DeLeon at pdeleon@ormc.org or 333-1016.

To learn more about Orange Regional Medical Center, please visit www.ormc.org.

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

Caption: The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus. 

 

Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day

May 22, 2015

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 7, 2015.  The event will take place in Orange Regional’s Conference Center located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, NY, from 11:00 a.m. to 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 friends, family members and caregivers. The event will include a mini health fair, food, music and, most importantly, a celebration of the lives of the cancer survivors in our community. Reservations are required by June 5, 2015 by calling 1-888-321-6762.

“National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration we cherish and look forward to every year. Whether you’re a cancer survivor, recently diagnosed with cancer, a relative, friend or a medical professional – it is a day where everyone can connect to commemorate life,” says Orange Regional’s Administrator of Oncology Services, Regina Toomey Bueno.

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.

Caption: Orange Regional Medical Center staff pictured at last year’s National Cancer Survivor’s Day celebration. 

 

Orange Regional Medical Group Welcomes Michelle Fontaine, M.D.

May 20, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce that Michelle Fontaine, M.D. has joined the medical group practice as a Board-certified Orthopedic surgeon, specializing in surgery of the hand and upper extremities.

Dr. Fontaine earned her medical degree from Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD, completing both her Orthopedic internship and residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii.  Her hand surgery fellowships are from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD.  She is the recipient of two Army Achievement medals and two Army Commendation medals recognizing her military service, which includes serving as an Orthopedic surgeon for the 47th Combat Support Hospital stationed in Al Asad, Iraq.

Prior to joining Orange Regional Medical Group, Dr. Fontaine was chief of hand surgery at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center in Fort Gordon, GA, and an assistant professor in surgery for the Uniformed Services University. She also held an Orthopedic surgery position at Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, TX.

Dr. Fontaine, who is Board-certified in Orthopedics by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery with a subspecialty certification in surgery of the hand, is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of American Society for Surgery of the Hand.  She is the author and co-author of seven abstract publications focusing on various aspects of Orthopedic surgery.

Orange Regional Medical Group is located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 135, in Middletown, NY.  Dr. Fontaine is now accepting patients and can be reached at the Medical Group office at 845-333-7575.

Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) and Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. CRMG and ORMG are new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified doctors, Board-certified nurse practitioners and Board-certified advanced practice professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and beyond.  For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org

 

Orange Regional is Nominated for Soliant Health's Most Beautiful Hospitals Competition

May 20, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is among the nation’s top hospitals that have been nominated and is now a contestant in Soliant Health’s 2015 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. Competition. Show your local pride for beautiful Orange Regional Medical Center.

Spread the word and ask your co-workers, family, friends, and neighbors to vote for Orange Regional as one of Soliant’s Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the United States.

By visiting http://www.soliant.com/hospitals-2015/vote/ and scrolling down through the alphabetical listing of hospitals, you can vote for, Orange Regional Medical Center. You can vote as many times as you’d like until midnight EST on Monday, June 8.  Winners will be announced on June 15.

Soliant Health is one of the largest healthcare staffing companies in the United States and connects hospitals and healthcare providers with healthcare professionals in a variety of disciplines. After receiving nominations for the Most Beautiful Hospitals, a panel of experts reviewed each hospital and picked the top entries based on measures such as architectural style, photogenic properties, landscaping and distinctiveness.

As the first newly built hospital in New York State in over 20 years, Orange Regional Medical Center offers high-tech services in a contemporary, visually stunning and comfortable environment. Many patients have described it as feeling more like home than a hospital. While the mission of the hospital is to improve the health of the community by providing exceptional healthcare, one of its core values is to provide an impeccable, healing environment.

Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) is a 383-bed, 501(c)(3), non-profit, academic medical center and employs approximately 2,400 healthcare professionals serving 450,000 patients throughout Orange County and Sullivan County and beyond. ORMC, located about 65 miles north of NYC, is one of two hospitals in the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, the other hospital being Catskill Regional Medical Center.

Guided by a visionary Board of Directors, ORMC opened in August 2011 as a replacement hospital for two aging and outdated facilities. ORMC leaders incorporated evidenced-based design into the 383-bed hospital linking the physical environment to patient and staff outcomes. The new hospital is situated on a manicured 62-acres campus filled with over 700 trees, shrubs and flowers, on East Main Street in the Town of Wallkill and conveniently located near the intersection of I-84 and Route 17.

Features:

The state-of-the-art 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. The hospital features spacious private patient rooms each with its own bathroom, shower, window, HDTV and individual thermostat. ORMC also features a 40-bed ICU, a 50-bay emergency department designated as a NYSDOH Stroke Center, a children's emergency room, a helipad, advanced cardiology services (including emergency angioplasty, elective angioplasty, and electrophysiology), 12 high-tech operating rooms, a daVinci surgical robot, interventional radiology, a birthing center, a Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a pediatric unit, an oncology center, a bariatric center, a 30-bed behavioral health center, a bone and joint/neuroscience center, inpatient physical rehabilitation, and outpatient services (including non-invasive cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, infusion, and diagnostic imaging) - all in a delightful, warm and inviting setting.

For more information about Orange Regional, please visit www.ormc.org or call
1-888-321-6762.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. To learn more please visit www.ormc.org.

 

Greater Hudson Valley Health System Announces Director of Budget and Management Reporting

May 19, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce the promotion of Bob Davison, FHFMA to GHVHS Director of Budget and Management Reporting.

Since joining the Catskill Regional Medical Center family in 2003, Mr. Davison has served in several roles, including Staff Accountant and Budget and Reimbursement Senior Analyst. Most recently, he served as Manager of Financial Operations, where he took the lead on the system wide implementations and operation of a new Budget Software platform for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

In his new role, Mr. Davison will be responsible for the annual operating budget and the implementation and operation of the Financial Reporting module for both Catskill Regional and Orange Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Davison obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh and his Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Marist College in Poughkeepsie. He is also a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

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

 

Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps Honors Orange Regional Emergency Department

May 12, 2015

Middletown, NY - On April 18, Orange Regional’s Emergency Department was honored by Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps (GOVAC) at its Annual Appreciation Celebration. Every year,Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps recognizes a person or group that has helped them to better service the community. GOVAC recognized Orange Regional’s Emergency Department for its tremendous and continuous support.

During the celebration, Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps Captain, Dave Grippe recounted the story of his wife’s visit to the Emergency Department, following a heart attack in September of 2014 and a stroke in February of 2015. Throughout both incidents, he said Orange Regional Emergency Department staff members Toni Buldoc, RN, Jon Duffy, RN, Debra Stubecki, RN and Angela Marchionni, RN went above and beyond in providing exceptional patient care.

All four members of the Emergency Department were given individual awards for their dedication to the community. “Each of these staff members exceeded the call of duty. They showed great compassion, not only for what they do, but for their patient as well. This is not only because they know me, I see this with every patient I deliver to their care,” Mr. Grippe said.

For more information services at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Caption: Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps Captain, Dave Grippe awards Orange Regional’s Emergency Department staff.

 

Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Earns 'A' Frade for Patient Safety in Leapfrog's Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score

May 6, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by the Leapfrog Group and has been awarded an ‘A’ grade in the spring 2015 Hospital Safety Scores. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score, (that can be viewed by visiting www.hospitalsafetyscore.org), rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. Orange Regional joins the top 31% of the 2,500 hospitals in the United States that received an ‘A’ grade.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by the Leapfrog Group, a national, non-profit hospital safety watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use when facing a hospital stay.

“Orange Regional Medical Center is deeply committed to finding ways to improve patient safety and quality of care,” said Rose Baczewski, RN, MA, LSSMBB,Chief Quality Officer. “While our progress is encouraging, we strive every day to ensure that patients receive the right care at the right time in the right place.”

President & CEO, Scott Batulis said, “We take great pride in the quality of care we provide at Orange Regional and our caregivers are always working hard to improve that care for our patients and our community.  Achieving quality is an ongoing process. Our goal is to continuously improve our quality outcomes.”

“Orange Regional Medical Center’s ‘A’ grade validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Patient safety requires constant vigilance, and we encourage Orange Regional Medical Center and all other ‘A’ hospitals to continue demonstrating unrelenting commitment to patients by consistently providing a safe environment for care.”  

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. To learn more please visit www.ormc.org.

  

 

Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings

May 4, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center will offer free skin cancer screenings at its Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road, in Middletown, during the week of May 18.  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.  To register, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by May 18, 2015.  Physicians volunteering at this year’s screening include Drs. Jeffrey Bowden, Stefan Chevalier and Jay Weitzner.

Free Healthy Heart Screenings will also be available on May 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.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.  The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year 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 mid-day 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.

Comprehensive Cancer Program at Orange Regional Medical Center

Designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center with commendation by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center offers the latest in diagnostic and cancer-fighting technologies including robotic surgery and the most advanced radiation therapy technology.   Our approach involves regular consultation among a staff of exceptional surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, nurses and other cancer specialists. Thousands of patients have benefited from the care and compassion of Orange Regional’s Comprehensive Cancer Program experts through diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials and/or support.

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

Orange Regional Medical Center Introduces Pre Hospital code Neuro Procedure

April 27, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Orange Regional Medical Center stroke care team now calls a Pre Hospital Code Neuro when notified by area Emergency Medical Services (EMS) of a potential stroke patient. A Pre Hospital Code Neuro is a well-established and highly integrated procedure that links the hospital with local first responders for fast, seamless action, diagnosis and treatment of stroke to deliver immediate and ongoing care.

“Our treatment begins before the patient arrives to the hospital via ambulance – as soon as they are identified as a stroke patient–which improves the care you receive across our continuum of services and enhances recovery,” said Medical Director of the Emergency Medicine Anuj Vohra. “Within 30 minutes of receiving a Pre Hospital Code Neuro, our clinical staff, laboratory and CT imaging teams are on site.”

“Calling a Pre Hospital Code Neuro alerts us to the impending arrival of a potential stroke patient via ambulance and gives us time to prepare. A Pre Hospital Code Neuro starts the process of delivering the rapid treatment within the critical first three hours of a stroke that improves chances of a more thorough recovery,” said Medical Director of Orange Regional’s Stroke Center, Olga Fishman.

Additionally, completed CT scans and laboratory information are essential in determining whether to administer drugs that break up the stroke-causing clot in a patient. If drugs are needed, a swift turnaround allows the stroke care team at Orange Regional to meet the 60-minutes-or-less door-to-needle (DTN) times, a recommended guideline of the American Heart/ Stroke Association for administering clot-dissolving drugs to patients experiencing an ischemic stroke (loss of blood to the brain).

 As a result of the Pre Hospital Code Neuro procedure, stroke patients receive fast and effective treatment for their particular condition, as the care team follows them all the way through the Emergency Department, surgery or other neurovascular treatments into rehabilitation and the healing process.

As a designated Stroke Center, Orange Regional Medical Center has the multispecialty teams to handle stroke emergencies and the community-connected processes in place to deal with them quickly. From the time a patient contacts local emergency services, is picked up by EMS or comes directly to the hospital, the stroke care team is racing to provide top-quality care, with everyone prepared to focus entirely on the patient.

For more information on Orange Regional’s Stroke Center and stroke services, visit www.http://www.ormc.org/hospital_services/stroke.

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

About Orange Regional Medical Center’s Designated Stroke Center

In recognition of its expertise in treating stroke patients, Orange Regional has been named a designated stroke center by the New York State Department of Health. A state protocol dictates emergency responders transport certain stroke patients to designated stroke centers even if other hospitals are closer.

As a designated stroke center led by Dr. Olga Fishman, Orange Regional has an expert stroke team made up of highly trained physicians, nurses and technicians that can treat stroke patients quickly and effectively, using the latest medicines and techniques, to minimize brain damage. Having quick access to these types of services within the first three hours of showing symptoms of a stroke is essential to preventing long-term neurological damage.

A stroke, or brain attack, occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel or artery, or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When a brain attack occurs, it kills brain cells in the immediate area. Doctors call this area of dead cells an infarct. These cells usually die within minutes to a few hours after the stroke starts.

Every second counts - know the symptoms & signs of a stroke.

Call 911 immediately if you experience sudden onset of the following:

      •          numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
      •          confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
      •          trouble seeing in one or of both eyes
      •          trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
      •          severe headache (with no known cause)
  

 

Orange Regional Medical Center Reminds Area Residents to be Safe, Avoid Hand Injuries this Spring

April 16, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is reminding local residents to be safe and avoid dangerous hand injuries that may result in an emergency department visit. Every year, Orange Regional sees the same rise in hand injury visits because as the weather warms up, people head outdoors for a variety of activities — including home renovation projects.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 1.8 million visits to the emergency department each year due to hand injuries nationwide. In fact, about 10 percent of all ER visits are due to hand-related injuries, including lacerations, contusions, broken bones and infections. Many of these injuries are due to home improvement activities like sawing, hammering, welding, woodworking and the use of power tools such as drills and handsaws.

To help avoid these complications, Dr. Samir Sodha, a Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Program surgeon at Orange Regional, recommends a number of safety tips:

      • First, users should never disable safety features on their power tools in the name of efficiency, as it’s easier than many people think to slip and seriously hurt themselves.
      • Secondly, individuals should be extra careful when holding wood or other materials in place while another person drills or saws, as this is another common scenario in which hand injuries take place.
      • Finally, those engaged in home improvement projects should not work while tired or under the influence of alcohol, which can make it much easier to lose focus and cause a trip to the hospital. It’s a common mistake for individuals to drink beer while doing this type of work, especially if friends or family members are helping out.

“In the spring, we see a lot of people throughout the community eager to get outdoors and tackle home improvement projects or simply get out to enjoy the nicer weather,” said Dr. Sodha. “However, we also see many more people coming to Orange Regional with serious hand injuries, which in most cases are preventable by using some standard safety precautions. If you do experience a hand injury, be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you think it’s relatively minor. Receiving treatment right away can help prevent long-term nerve or muscle damage.”

Dr. Sodha is one of the region’s leading orthopedic surgeons specializing in hand injuries. He completed his fellowship in hand, elbow and microvascular surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has more than a decade of experience in this area of practice and regularly treats injuries to the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Dr. Sodha received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.  

Orange Regional Medical Center, located in Middletown, is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. To learn more about the medical center, visit http://www.ormc.org

Orange Regional Medical Group Welcomes Robert Malacoff, MD

April 8, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce that Robert F. Malacoff, M.D. has joined the medical group practice as a Board-certified Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, treating patients at both Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group.

Dr. Malacoff has been providing exceptional cardiology care for more than 35 years. Most recently, Dr. Malacoff delivered care to patients at Lehigh Valley Heart Specialists in Allentown, PA. In 2012, Dr. Malacoff earned certification from the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners and also earned certification as a Cardiac Device Specialist. In 2006, he was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with added qualification in Clinical Electrophysiology and is also certified in the sub-specialty Boards in Cardiovascular Medicine.

Dr. Malacoff received his medical degree from Yale University and graduated from the Internal Medicine Residency program at Yale – New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. His research Fellowships include Clinical Electrophysiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA and Cardiovascular Medicine at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Malacoff is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and The Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions. He has also served as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine for Penn State University at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. 

Orange Regional Medical Group is located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 135.  Dr. Malacoff can be reached at the Medical Group office 845-333-7575.

Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) and Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. ORMG and CRMG are new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified Doctors, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and beyond.  For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org

 

Orange Regional Offers Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings

March 25, 2015

Middletown, NY - In recognition of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Orange Regional Medical Center is offering free oral, head and neck cancer screenings.  Appointments are available during the week of April 13 at The Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road, in Middletown.  This oral exam will be provided by Sergey Koyfman, D.O.; Thomas Littner, D.D.S.; Phillip Massengill, M.D. and Kweon Stambaugh, M.D.

Registration is required.  To schedule an exam, please call The Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by Wednesday, April 8 at noon.  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, please call 1-888-321-ORMC.    

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

Orange Regional Medical Center Exceeds National Standards for Emergency Cardiac Care

March 25, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that it has exceeded national guidelines requiring the treatment of heart attack patients with angioplasty in 90 minutes or less.

Every second counts for heart attack patients receiving angioplasty, a cardiac procedure where a catheter with a small balloon at the tip is inserted and inflated to open a blocked artery. The total time from when a patient arrives at a hospital until the artery is reopened is called “door to balloon” time. 

“Patients are taken directly to the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, after rapid evaluation in the Emergency Department, so blood flow to the heart can be restored quickly,” said Dr. Anuj Vohra, Medical Director of Orange Regional’s Emergency Department. “Reducing the door to balloon time lowers a patient’s risk of death and serious damage to the heart muscle.”

Each year, an estimated 400,000 to 500,000 patients have the most serious kind of heart attack, called a “STEMI” (myocardial infarction with St-segment elevation), caused by a prolonged decrease in blood supply due to a blocked artery. Unless the blockage is quickly removed, that part of the heart muscle dies.

“We advise people to call 911 or get to a hospital immediately if they experience chest pressure or pain in the center of their chest,” Dr. Vohra added. “Especially if it is accompanied by pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach. Other symptoms to watch for include shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, and lightheadedness.”

In 2014, the average door to balloon time at Orange Regional in 2014 was 65.7 minutes. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have developed national hospital guidelines calling for less than 90 minutes. In 2014, Orange Regional met this requirement with 100 percent compliance. The shortest door to balloon time in 2014 was 28 minutes.

“Time is Muscle. Every minute matters when a patient is having a heart attack,” said Orange Regional’s Medical Director of Interventional Cardiology, Dr. William Gotsis. “Rapid treatment is important to improve a patient’s chance of survival and minimize damage to the heart by quickly restoring blood flow to the heart.”

Orange Regional is recognized by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association as a Gold Plus Stroke Facility. Cardiac Services provided in Orange Regional’s cardiac catheterization laboratory (cath lab) include diagnostic coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary interventions, including angioplasty (balloons) and stents, implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators.  Emergently, patients may need a temporary pacemaker procedure and this is also provided in the cath lab.

The most common symptoms of a heart attack include uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or stabbing pain in the chest.  In addition to, and sometimes instead of, chest discomfort, there may be discomfort in other areas of the body, such as one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.  Some, including women, may experience shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.  Some people experience heartburn, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain, or breaking out in a cold sweat.  Dizziness or lightheadedness may or may not occur.  Women frequently experience sudden onset of weakness, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, overall feeling of illness, or unusual feeling or mild discomfort in the back, chest, arm, neck, or jaw.  People who are diabetic or are elderly may experience atypical symptoms.

When you recognize that you may be experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 911. Heart attacks can suddenly cause irregular heartbeats that may cause your heart to stop. Local Emergency Medical Services are prepared to treat these arrhythmias using an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) – a simple painless test – to find out if you’re having a heart attack. Often, suspected heart attack patients will be administered an ECG or EKG in the ambulance thereby beginning heart attack diagnosis and treatment before arrival to the hospital. Sophisticated wireless technology transmits results directly to the Emergency Room alerting the care team of the patient’s condition and allowing for absolutely readiness upon the patient’s arrival.  It’s a very effective way to reduce the time it takes to get you the treatment you need.

For more information about cardiac services at Orange Regional, visit www.ormcheartcare.org.

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

About the Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center at Orange Regional Medical Center 
The Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center at Orange Regional Medical Center, provides comprehensive cardiac services to our community. We were the first hospital in Orange County, New York to offer diagnostic, emergency and elective angioplasty to the community and surrounding areas.  The Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center is affiliated with Westchester Medical Center and provides access to experienced cardiovascular specialists educated at some of the nation’s most renowned academic centers such as, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Mount Sinai Medical Center. Additionally, our program offers state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and a knowledgeable, dedicated cardiac staff trained in the latest cardiovascular procedures. Our wide range of services include elective and emergency angioplasty, advanced cardiac testing and rehabilitation, electrophysiology and implantable pacemakers and a variety of related cardiology and educational services. We also offer a mobile heart program focused on prevention and early detection of heart problems.

Caption: From L to R: ED Nurse Director, Robin Brennan Seibel; ED Medical Director, Dr. Anuj Vohra; President & CEO, Scott Batulis; Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Gary Silverman; Cardiac Cath Lab Director, Patricia Soriano; GHVHS Board Chairman, Rolland Peacock, III and Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. William Gotsis. 

 

Orange Regional Medical Center Appoints Manager of Lactation Services

March 24, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Rowley Family Birthing Center is pleased to announce Deborah Vermilyea, BSN, RN, IBCLC has been promoted to Manager of Lactation Services. Ms. Vermilyea joined Orange Regional in 2010 as the Lactation Education Specialist for the Birthing Center, educating nearly every patient in the benefits of breastfeeding and providing one-on-one support and assistance with those interested in breastfeeding.

In her time at Orange Regional, Ms. Vermilyea has strengthened Lactation Services and Support by developing Orange Regional’s Women, Infant and Children Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program in collaboration with Maternal Infant Services Network. In August 2014, she was also instrumental in  registering the Rowley Family Birthing Center as a Big Latch On host site for a group of breastfeeding women and children who participate in this worldwide event to bring awareness to the benefits of breastfeeding. Ms. Vermilyea also initiated and continues to facilitate Orange Regional’s New Mothers’ Support Group which is open to all new moms and their infants from newly born to 9 months.

In Ms. Vermilyea new position, she and her team coordinate, oversee and participate in the expert management of the breastfeeding mother-baby dyad within the Rowley Family Birthing Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatrics and Children’s Emergency Department.

Ms. Vermilyea earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from University of Massachusetts at North Dartmouth. She is an International Board Certification Lactation Consultant and her clinical experience includes Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing and leadership responsibilities in Maternal Child Health at various organizations within the Hudson Valley.

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 Announces Director of Employee and Labor Relations

March 10, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce the appointment of

Daniel Kearney to GHVHS Director of Employee and Labor Relations.

Mr. Kearney comes to Orange Regional Medical Center with over 17 years experience in labor relations, conflict resolution, change management, training, compensation, benefits administration, recruitment and retention. Mr. Kearney’s scope of responsibility is ensuring adherence to Human Resource policies and union contracts, as well as adjudication of employee disputes and oversight of employee litigation. Prior to joining Orange Regional, he worked at Eastern Long Island Hospital as the Director of Human Resources and Compliance and was responsible for all Human Resources operations, compliance and labor relations.  He also held additional leadership positions within the Labor and Relations field at Archcare Carmel Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Brunswick Hospital, York College and Mount Sinai Hospital.

Mr. Kearney earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Studies from Queens College and his Master of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Baruch College.

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 Presents Health & Wellness Fair at Galleria Mall

March 6, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center will present a health and wellness fair offering free screenings and education to the community on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Galleria at Crystal Run – Center Court, One Galleria Drive, in Middletown.  Orange Regional representatives will be on hand to answer questions, showcase healthcare services, provide educational information and offer free screenings and risk assessments. There will be giveaways and prizes.  

The event will feature free cardiology screenings offered by Orange Regional’s Healthy Heart Program, a fatal vision demonstration sponsored by the Injury Prevention and Trauma Program and a Meet and Greet with Dr. Bruce Ellsweig, Primary Care Physician at Orange Regional Medical Group. Plus, Fox 103.1 (WJGK) will broadcast live from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Additional Orange Regional outpatient services will be on hand providing health information and free giveaways including: Diagnostic Imaging; Cardiology; Breast Center; Respiratory Services; Bariatric Surgery Program; Center for Sleep Medicine; Bone & Joint Center; Express Lab; Dunkelman Diabetes Center; The Wound Healing Center; Reiki Therapy; Endoscopy; Outpatient Rehabilitation; Outpatient Oncology Services; Counseling Services and Alcohol & Chemical Dependency Program. The community is encouraged to visit with our medical experts, ask questions and learn healthy tips. The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation will also be on site.

To learn more about Orange Regional Medical Center or for more information, please call 845-695-5833 or visit www.ormc.org.

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

Photo caption: Orange Regional staff at the 2014 Outpatient Health and Wellness Fair.  

 

Orange Regional Medical Center Presents Quilt Show

March 5, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Art Program presents a colorful exhibit of local quilts from members of the Country Quilters Guild of Pine Bush and the Warwick Quilters Guild. The exhibit includes a wide variety of styles, such as art quilts, small quilts, wall hangings, applique, pieced and patchwork pieces and traditional patterns. The opening reception with the quilters will be held on Friday, March 13 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, on the ground floor gallery adjacent to the conference center. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will remain on view until April 30.

As bedcovers, quilts are functional objects and sources of warmth and comfort. For those who stitch and sew, quilting is also relaxing, a form of creative expression, a way to socialize and build community and a method of carrying on family traditions. One of the quilters explains, “Quilts are more than just a means of keeping someone warm or decorating a wall. They tell stories, whether the story is actually stitched right into the fabric or into the meaning of a gift.”

Comfort and Coloris part of Orange Regional’s Art Program which features rotating art shows; exhibits are free and open to the public. For additional information about Orange Regional’s Art Program, contact ORMC Art Curator, Sarah Johnson, at 845-333-2385. For more information about Orange Regional’s Healing Arts Program visit www.ormc.org/art

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

Photo caption:  Orange Regional Quilt by Susan Zuniga

 

Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Announces Golf Classic Co-Chairs

March 4, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce Raymond P. VanVoorhis and Jake Kriney as Co-Chairs of its 2014 Annual Golf Classic which will take place on Monday, June 22, 2015. Renowned as one of the region’s finest golf outings, this 24th annual tournament will benefit expanding cancer care services at ORMC and help to develop a comprehensive cancer center.

The widely popular tournament will be held at West Hills Country Club and Wallkill Golf Course, both located in Middletown. The spectacular event will conclude with a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony at West Hills Country Club.

Mr. VanVoorhis is a Partner with Liscum McCormack VanVoorhis LLP, a design-oriented architectural firm located in Poughkeepsie, New York. The partnership was formed in 1987 to provide professional services in architecture, interior design and space/land planning. Mr. VanVoorhis is a Registered Architect in New York and New Jersey. He attended New York Institute of Technology and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Mr. VanVoorhis is a Professional Affiliate of the American Institute of Architects - Westchester/Mid-Hudson Chapter and sits on the Dutchess Community College Architectural Advisory Committee. He is on the Mill Street Loft Board of Directors and the Fishkill Rural Cemetery Board of Trustees.

Mr. Kriney specializes in real estate development and is a partner in JCA Hotels. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Syracuse University. Mr. Kriney has owned and developed several hotels including the Super 8 Motel in Amherst, NY and the Holiday Inn Express in Chester, NY.  Mr. Kriney is presently developing sites with mixed-use components, bringing together retail, food and hotel accommodations in the Middletown area. Current projects include a Home2 Suites hotel and a 120-unit Hampton Inn in Sullivan County. He is also a partner in the Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn, Danbury, CT and the Quality Inn, Waterbury, CT. Mr. Kriney is a past foundation member of John S. Burke Catholic High School and Vice President of the former Orange County Golf Club. He resides in Goshen with his wife Christy and children. “This year, the Annual Golf Classic will benefit Orange Regional’s cancer program. Nearly everyone has been impacted by cancer, either personally or through a loved one. Our goal is to enhance the terrific oncology services the hospital provides to our community.” Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President Bill Dauster said.

Various levels of sponsorship packages are available for this year’s tournament. With their round of golf, golfers receive delicious breakfast, a golf cart, full lunch and an appreciation gift, as well as a tremendous golfers’ hour and buffet dinner at the awards ceremony.

Designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center with commendation by the American College of Surgeon's Commission on Cancer, Orange Regional Medical Center's Spagnoli Family Cancer Center offers the latest in diagnostic and cancer-fighting technologies, including robotic surgery and the most advanced radiation therapy technology. ORMC oncology services provide several treatment options and procedures for all stages of cancer, without having to travel outside the area.

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/golf.

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

Caption: Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Golf Committee Co-Chairs from L to R: Raymond P. VanVoorhis and Jake Kriney.

 

Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Sleep Awareness Week

March 4, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Center for Sleep Medicine at Orange Regional Medical Center will celebrate National Sleep Awareness Week, March 2 through March 8, to increase public education and promote awareness regarding the importance of sleep.

Each spring, Americans adjust their alarm clocks and body clocks as a result of Daylight Savings Time (DST).  This year, we move clocks forward at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 8.  Losing just an hour of sleep can easily affect children and adults, causing sleep disruptions throughout the night and creating performance issues during the day.

Greater Hudson Valley Health System Administrator of Ancillary Services, Frank Salvatore Jr. states, “Sufficient sleep is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing, yet millions of people suffer from sleep deprivation. It is important to increase public awareness of how adequate sleep and the treatment of sleep disorders can improve quality of life.”

Daylight savings time is a great opportunity to improve upon your sleep habits. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the following tips can help you get a good night’s sleep and adjust to the time change:

       Go to sleep and wake at the same time every day, and avoid spending more time in bed than needed.

       Use bright light to help manage your "body clock." Avoid bright light in the evening and expose yourself to sunlight in the morning.

       Use your bedroom only for sleep to strengthen the association between your bed and sleep. It may help to remove work materials, computers and televisions from your bedroom.

       Select a relaxing bedtime ritual, like a warm bath or listening to calming music.

       Create a sleep environment that is quiet, dark and cool with a comfortable mattress and pillows.

       Save your worries for the daytime. If concerns come to mind, write them in a "worry book" so you can address those issues the next day.

       If you can't sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired.

       Exercise regularly, at any time of the day that feels right for you.

If you find yourself unable to adjust to the time change within a reasonable amount of time or have constant problems with sleeplessness, you may be suffering from some type of sleep disorder.  Orange Regional’s Center for Sleep Medicine conducts sleep studies on adults and children 2 years old and up and can help define and treat a sleep disorder.

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 Middletown, 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.

 

Greater Hudson Valley Health System Announces Addition to Leadership

February 25, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jacqui Budakowski, RN, BSN to the position of Meaningful Use Coordinator and Information Security Officer.

Ms. Budakowski has been with Orange Regional since 2004 when she began working as a critical care float nurse. She became patient flow coordinator in 2005 and transitioned into the Information Technology department to work on the Epic implementation as a clinical analyst in 2011.

As Meaningful Use Coordinator, Ms. Budakowski will continue to leverage her extensive clinical and systems knowledge to navigate GHVHS through the Meaningful Use process. She is  responsible for leading the Meaningful Use efforts for GHVHS and eligible providers at Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group. Meaningful Use is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities. It also engages patients and family, and improves care coordination and public health.

In her new role as Information Security Officer, Ms. Budakowski is responsible for enhancing GHVHS’s efforts to ensure all electronic medical records and other information assets are sufficiently protected. She is responsible for making sure the HIPPA security standards for information systems that manage health information are always met and ensures that policies and procedures are in place to protect privacy.

Ms. Budakowski earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Binghamton University.

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 Hosts Free Reading & Writing Workshop for Those Touched by Cancer

February 20, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is hosting a free reading and writing workshop for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.  The session will be held on Monday, March 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Conference Room, 707 East Main Street, Middletown. 

This workshop brings healing through writing and sharing of stories in a safe and supportive environment and will also include reading a wide variety of prose and poetry.  No previous writing experience is required and all materials will be supplied.  A light meal will also be provided.

Registration is required by March 1.  For more information and to register, please call 1-888-321-ORMC or visit www.ormc.org/CommunityOutreach.

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

Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Mammograms

February 16, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Ray Moody, M.D. Breast Center and Orange Regional Medical Group, in partnership with Orange County Cancer Services,will offer free mammograms on Saturday, March 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center located at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. Participating physicians include Howard Karpoff, MD, FACS and from Orange Regional Medical Group, Shewli Roy, MD and Jennifer Vasquez-Bryan, MD.  Appointments are limited and must be made by Wednesday, March 4. Pre-registration is required. 

During the hour-long appointment, eligible individuals will be screened for breast cancer by having a clinical breast exam and mammography.  The appointment will also include breast health education and a training video.  The event is open to women without insurance who are currently not experiencing breast problems, while still meeting specific criteria.  Participants must be over 40 years of age and have not had a mammogram through this program within the last year.  Women who have had a mammogram within one year and are currently experiencing breast problems may still meet requirements for participation and are encouraged to call.  

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 Care System.

About Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center

Located at the Orange Regional Medical Center Pavilion, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is designed with the convenience of patients in mind.  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 - centralized in one convenient location.

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 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.

About Catskill Regional and Orange Regional Medical Groups

Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group are members of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, along with Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center.  Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group are multi-specialty, hospital-supported medical practices that currently include Urology, Endocrinology, Surgical Services and Primary Care. The Medical Groups are staffed with Board-certified Physicians, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals who provide quality healthcare throughout Orange and Sullivan Counties and surrounding areas. Walk-ins are welcome and same day appointments are available.  For more information including locations and hours visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates Heart Month

February 11, 2015

Middletown, NY - In recognition of American Heart Month, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Peter Frommer, MD Heart Center is encouraging community members to get tested to learn their risk of developing heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, every 39 seconds an American dies from cardiovascular disease, and more than 83 million Americans have at least one form of the disease.

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Healthy Heart program, offered to local community members, is a free mobile service designed to determine heart and stroke risk, by focusing on prevention and early detection of heart problems. Each participant receives a review of their medical history, cholesterol and glucose screening as well as a blood pressure screening. Educational materials are also provided. Follow-up with each patient is done on a quarterly basis to track progress and offer continuing support.

“Orange Regional is committed to educating the community about the different aspects of stroke, heart disease and the measures that can be taken to prevent the onset of any heart-related diseases,” said Orange Regional Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Schiller. “Our heart-related programs are a fundamental component in raising awareness about the risks of heart disease.”

To learn more about Orange Regional’s Healthy Heart Program, please visit www.ormc.org/communityoutreach.

About Orange Regional’s Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center provides comprehensive cardiac services to our community. The Center offers access to experienced cardiovascular specialists educated at some of the nation’s most renowned academic centers such as, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Mount Sinai Medical Center. The Center is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and offers access to a knowledgeable, dedicated cardiac staff trained in the latest cardiovascular procedures. A wide range of services include elective and emergency angioplasty, advanced cardiac testing and rehabilitation, electrophysiology and implantable pacemakers and a variety of related cardiology and educational services.

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

Caption: On February 6, Orange Regional employees participated in a dress down day and bake sale to benefit the American Heart Association’s 2015 Tri-County Heart Walk and to celebrate American Heart Month. Orange Regional is raising money for this year’s Walk by asking employees to purchase red, long-sleeved Orange Regional Heart Walk tee shirts and to wear them on designated dress down days. For more information Orange Regional Medical Center’s Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center’s comprehensive cardiac services, please visit www.ormcheartcare.org.

 

Greater Hudson Valley Health System Announces Administrator of Ancillary Services

January 26, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce the promotion of Frank Salvatore Jr., RRT, MBA, FAARC to Administrator of Ancillary Services.

Mr. Salvatore joined Orange Regional Medical Center in 2009 as Director of Respiratory, Pulmonary and Sleep Services. In his new role, Mr. Salvatore will have direct responsibility and oversight of Respiratory Care, Sleep Medicine, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Catskill Regional and Orange Regional Medical Centers. He has also been charged with developing a system-wide strategic plan to further integrate and strengthen existing services across the GHVHS.

Over the past 5 years, Mr. Salvatore has worked to align clinical practice with best practice guidelines, building a solid reputation for quality care and improving patient outcomes. In addition to his leadership success at Orange Regional, he was selected in September 2012 to lead the development and implementation of Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at each hospital, launching both programs in 2013.

Mr. Salvatore earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy from the University of Hartford and his Master of Science degree in Business Administration, General Business from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Salvatore is a seasoned leader with over 26 years experience in healthcare and within his professional organization, American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). Since 1996, Mr. Salvatore has served AARC on both the State and National levels, with his most recent election as President of the AARC.

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 Hosts Car Seat Misuses Demonstration

January 22, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Trauma and Injury Prevention Program recently hosted a Car Seat Misuses demonstration to promote car seat safety. Hospital staff and visitors who wished to participate were asked to spot the misuses displayed in two car seat demonstrations set up incorrectly, in comparison to one car seat demonstration set up the correct way. Participants who were able to identify the misuses were given prizes. Orange Regional Car Seat Safety Technicians, Town of Wallkill Ambulance Corp. and Orange County Traffic Safety Program were available to site common car seat misuses such as loose harness straps, loose seats, incorrect use of lower anchors and use of non-regulated (aftermarket) products. Car Seat Safety Technicians also provided education on the proper installation and use of car safety seats.  Orange Regional Medical Center is a Car Seat Fit Station offering certified technicians who install and teach parents and community members how to properly install child car seats to ensure maximum protection. To find out when the next Fit Station date is, call 333-1379.For more information on the Trauma and Injury Prevention Program, visit www.ormc.org/InjuryPrevention.

Caption: Injury Prevention/EMS Liaison/Performance Improvement Coordinator, Angela Marchionni, RN with Orange Regional Car Seat Safety Technicians, Orange County Traffic Safety Program and Town of Wallkill Ambulance Corp. 

 

Orange Regional Hosts Free Reading & Writing Workshop for Those Touched by Cancer

January 15, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is hosting a free reading and writing workshop for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.  The session will be held on Monday, January 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Conference Room, Room 7, 707 East Main Street, in Middletown. 

This workshop brings healing through writing and sharing of stories in a safe and supportive environment and will also include reading a wide variety of prose and poetry.  No previous writing experience is required and all materials will be supplied.  A light meal will also be provided.

Registration is required by January 25.  For more information and to register, please call 1-888-321-ORMC or visit www.ormc.org/CommunityOutreach.

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

Orange Regional Medical Center Honors Physicians and Medical Students

January 9, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center recently celebrated its First Annual Ronald H. Israelski, MD Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony. The award recognizes a distinguished group of physicians, resident physicians and medical students who have demonstrated educational innovation and excellence. Director of Medical Education, Dr. John Dermigny, DO and Medical Student Christianna Anderson were this year’s honorees.

Dr. Ronald Israelski was honored this year for his vision and leadership in Medical Education in Orange County. As Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Israelski has been invaluable in the creation of excellence in medical education for the Hudson Valley. He was extremely instrumental in developing a partnership with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine which led to the purchase of the old Horton Hospital which was refurbished to create their Middletown Campus.  Touro College opened the new medical college in July. With medical students now learning at Orange Regional, it was a natural progression to create residency programs. In July of 2014, Orange Regional began its first residency program in Family Medicine, which is led by Dr. John Dermigny, DO.

For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education Program, contact Administrative Director of Medical Education, Jenny Vosganian-Clancy, at jclancy@ormc.org or

845-333-1138, or visit www.ormc.org/GraduateMedicalEducation.

Caption: From L to R: Orange Regional Medical Center Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Schiller; Director of Medical Education, Dr. John Dermigny, DO; Medical Student, Christianna Anderson; Administrative Director of Medical Education, Jenny Vosganian-Clancy; and Dr. Ronald H. Israelski, MD.















Greater Hudson Valley Health System Announces IT Leadership Promotions

January 7, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce promotions to its leadership in the Information Technology department.

David DeLong has been promoted to GHVHS Manager of Business Intelligence and Development. Mr. DeLong joined Orange Regional Medical Center in March 2014 as a Data Reporting Analyst, where he was responsible for the automation of the GHVHS’s current reporting systems, through SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). In his new role, Mr. DeLong’s scope of responsibility includes the development of a comprehensive strategy to distribute needed information across clinical, operational and financial channels.

Mr. DeLong received his Associate of Science degrees in Mathematics and Computer Information Systems from Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California, his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Computer Science from California State University in San Bernardino, California and his Master of Liberal Arts degree in Extension Studies in Information Management Systems from Harvard University Extension School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dana Hendrickson BSN, has been promoted to GHVHS Manager of EPIC Ambulatory Systems. Ms. Hendrickson joined Orange Regional in 2002 as a Critical Care Nurse. She served as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for EPIC implementation (Electronic Health Records) and assisted in the validation of workflows with EPIC for the Critical Care Unit. Ms. Hendrickson also served as a credentialed EPIC Trainer for the go-live of electronic health records for both Orange Regional and Catskill Regional Medical Centers. Ms. Hendrickson joined the IT department fulltime in 2012, as an analyst for EPIC Clindoc-in patient documentation and then the lead Analyst for EPIC ASAP – ED Clinical Documentation.

Ms. Hendrickson obtained her Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, New York and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York.

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 Presents New Art Exhibit - American Dream - January 9 - February 25, 2015

January 5, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center presents a new art exhibit featuring four regional artists whose work focuses on the influence of automobile culture on the American landscape. The exhibit, American Dream, includes artists Angela Basile, Erica Hauser, David Levy and Scott Nelson Foster whose imagery ranges from vintage roadside attractions to suburban street scenes. The opening reception with the artists will be held on Friday, January 9 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, on the ground floor gallery adjacent to the Conference Center. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will remain on view until February 27.

In the exhibit, American Dream, artists explore ideas of memory and sense of place related to changes in the American landscape. During the late 1950s, the American interstate highway system grew quickly and, along with the automobile industry, allowed a new-found mobility that permeated American life and culture. The automobile and interstate became symbols of American individuality and freedom. The investment in infrastructure such as highways and bridges allowed people to live beyond the confines of major cities and outlying rural land was developed to build suburban housing.

Rhinebeck artist, Angela Basile, paints images of a fictional place called Whip City; she uses pastel, muted colors in her paintings to capture the quietude of suburban ranch houses in middle class neighborhoods. Basile adds anthropomorphic anatomies, such as a winking window or smiling curb, to connect the houses to humanity. Erica Hauser, a painter and illustrator from Newburgh, takes a nostalgic view of Americana and captures a specific sense of time and place through her use vintage graphics and roadside icons such as ice machines, classic Ford trucks and gas station pumps. David Levy of Monmouth County, New Jersey, combines geometric abstraction and engineered architectural realism in his series of dashboard paintings including “1968 muscle car.” Albany artist, Scott Nelson Foster, creates artwork that reflects changing ideas about the American experience, the American dream and societal relationships to the land. His paintings of the suburban landscape with houses, subdivisions, and strip- malls, evoke shared experiences.

American Dreamis part of Orange Regional’s Art Program which features changing art shows; exhibits are free and open to the public. For additional information about Orange Regional’s Art Program, contact ORMC Art Curator, Sarah Johnson at 845-333-2385.

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

Photo caption:  American Dream painting by Scott Nelson Foster

  

 


 

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