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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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