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Archive for August, 2006

Orange Regional Medical Center Reminds You to Keep Summer Fun Safe

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

(Middletown, NY) If playing sports, camping, hiking and sunbathing are just a few of your favorite summer activities, playing it smart in advance can keep you on your feet all summer long. Two serious health concerns that arise each summer are Lyme Disease and heat stroke.

Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection acquired by the bite of an infected deer tick and while not contagious, can be detrimental to one's health. Dr. Mitchell Strand, emergency department physician at Orange Regional Medical Center says, "If you find a tick on your body, you must remove it quickly and carefully. Should you notice a circular rash, joint pain or a fever, seek immediate medical care at a hospital to avoid further complications." When caught early, treatment with antibiotics will cure the disease. If unnoticed or improperly treated, problems with the skin, heart, joints and nervous system can occur.

Simple steps can help reduce your chance of a tick bite. Remember that ticks need to be attached for more than 24 to 36 hours to pass on the disease, if they are infected. Stay in the middle of trails when walking in the woods and keep clear of areas heavily populated by deer; wear insect repellent during summer outdoor activities; tuck pants into socks and completely cover extremities when hiking or camping; do a daily ‘tick check' on you, your children and pets, and if found, remove promptly and carefully. If you are unsure of what type of tick you may have, the Orange County Department of Health website offers tips and can assist you in getting the insect identified.

Any individual spending long periods of time outdoors in the sun without adequate protection and fluids is at risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Symptoms begin to occur when the body is unable to regulate its temperature. Body temperature rises and the ability to sweat fails, leaving the body unable to cool down. When organs overheat, it is possible that they will stop working and cause serious damage to the body. "Any change in mental status, confusion or behavior can be a sign of heat stroke," says Dr. Strand. "Dizziness, weakness, rapid heartbeat, upset stomach and lack of sweating are signs that medical help is necessary. High temperatures can be dangerous to anyone, but infants and the elderly are much more susceptible to extremes of heat. Anyone experiencing symptoms of heat stroke should seek emergency department assistance to correct the effects of dehydration and treat related symptoms."

Heat, humidity, direct sun exposure, physical exertion and even some medications can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Individuals with certain medical conditions have a higher risk of heat stroke and should take extra precautions while outdoors. Some of these conditions include: heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Avoiding the outdoors during the hottest time of day, staying in a cool area, wearing loose clothing and drinking plenty of water can help prevent heat-related illness.

Planning ahead, staying informed of risks and having the knowledge to spot early signs of poor health will keep you and your family safe and healthy this summer.

For a complete list of Orange Regional's services or to find community education classes and clinics related to improving your health and safety, go to www.ormc.org or call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

Orange Regional Medical Center welcomes new member to Board of Directors

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

Middletown, NY)- Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to welcome John R. Galanti to its Board of Directors. Mr. Galanti is a founder and CEO of DataNet Communications Group, Inc., a fiber-optic based data-networking provider. DataNet provides broadband data and Internet communications services to education, healthcare, government, commercial and wholesale users in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University on entrepreneurial business development anwith a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, Mr. Galanti has had twenty-five years of experience in the technology arena, focused primarily d investment. Prior to forming DataNet, Mr. Galanti founded and managed an international business and technology firm which provided business, financial and management solutions to Fortune 100 companies, R&D operations, start-up technology companies, and international investment entities.

Mr. Galanti is a member of the Board of Directors of the Orange County Partnership, the Orange County Capital Development Corporation, the Ulster County Development Corporation, The New Jobs for New York Council and the Management Council of Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation.


Dr. Jeffrey Stewart appointed as the American College of Surgeons Commissions on Cancer Liaison for the Tucker Center for Cancer Care at Orange Regional Medical Center

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

(Middletown, NY) -Jeffrey Stewart, M.D. has received a three-year appointment as the American College of Surgeons Commissions on Cancer Liaison Physician for The Tucker Center for Cancer Care at Orange Regional Medical Center.

Cancer Liaison Physicians are an integral part of cancer programs approved by the American College of Surgeons Commissions on Cancer (CoC). Dr. Stewart is among a national network of more than 1,600 volunteer physicians, who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain and support their facilities' cancer program. Dr. Stewart, who has significant interest in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with malignant diseases, is a member of the multidisciplinary cancer committee at Orange Regional Medical Center, an institution dedicated to facilitating the delivery of comprehensive quality cancer care.

Cancer Liaison Physicians are responsible for spearheading CoC initiatives within their cancer program; collaborating with local agencies, such as the American Cancer Society; and facilitating quality improvement initiatives, utilizing data submitted to the CoC's National Cancer Database (NCDB).

Data received from the more than 1,400 CoC-approved cancer programs are compiled and reported back to the individual facilities to analyze patterns of care and address gaps in cancer care. The NCDB currently contains patient demographics, tumor characteristics, treatment and outcomes of information for more than 27 million malignant cancers diagnosed and treated at hospital cancer programs in the United States between1985 and 2003. These data account for approximately two-thirds of newly diagnosed cancers in the US each year. The Cancer Liaison Physician works with the cancer program staff to facilitate the submission, presentation, use, and interpretation of reports. Analyzing and sharing these data with the cancer committee can have a positive impact on cancer patient care at the facility.

The Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving the survival and quality of life for cancer patients. The Commission achieves its goal through standard setting, cancer prevention, research and educational activities, as well as monitoring comprehensive quality care.

Orange Regional prides itself on being the leader in the region's fight against cancer. The importance of comprehensive patient care is the responsibility of our staff at The Tucker Center for Cancer Care. With groundbreaking technology, advanced therapies and treatments, world-class surgeons, educational classes and support groups, The Tucker Center cares for the entire patient, not just the disease.

Recently, The Tucker Center for Cancer Care was awarded a full three-year accreditation from The American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO). This accreditation followed a complete review of all of the radiation oncology departments within Orange Regional Medical Center and demonstrates the commitment of the surgeons, nurses and staff to each and every patient.

For more information about Oncology services at Orange Regional Medical Center, call the Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

Orange Regional Medical Center names 2006 Nurses of Distinction

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

(Middletown, NY) Orange Regional Medical Center has named the 2006 Nurses of Distinction for both the Arden Hill Campus and the Horton Campus.

Nurse of Distinction Award recipients are individuals who personify traits of caring, compassion and professionalism that are essential in providing comfort and excellent care to the Medical Center's patients.

Rosemary Shaughnessy, RN, has been named 2006 Nurse of Distinction at the Arden Hill Campus. Rosemary has been a registered nurse at the Arden Hill campus for 27 years and has many great qualities. She is fair with delegating patient assignments and is dependable. Whenever a new policy is initiated, Rosemary is first to learn it and is willing to share her know-how with all. She goes above and beyond for all of her co-workers.

Elizabeth "Betty" Cronin, RN, has been named 2006 Nurse of Distinction at the Horton campus. Betty has been employed as a nurse at the Horton campus for more than 23 years. She was one of the first medical-surgical nurses to achieve her certification and maintains her knowledge by reading nursing journals and attending seminars. Betty is an active member of the Greater New York Chapter of the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses and is continually recruiting new members. As a mentor, Betty demonstrates patience and is always ready to help others. She treats everyone with respect and courtesy and is trusted because of her vast knowledge.

People Doing More

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

(Middletown, NY) - Steven Housberg has been appointed as Director of Orange Regional's Wound Care Center. He holds a BS from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a MHA from Washington University School of Medicine. The American Medical Billing Association named Mr. Housberg "Member of the Year" in 2005, in part due to his track record of performance excellence and leadership.

The Wound Care Center, located at the Arden Hill campus of Orange Regional Medical Center, specializes in the treatment and healing of wounds that have resisted healing with traditional treatment. Orange Regional's Wound Care program offers over ten years of experience combined with advanced medical research and technology. For more information on our Wound Care Center, call 1-845-294-4840.

David Weintraub has joined the staff of Orange Regional Medical Center in as Director of Physician Professional Practice. He holds a BS in Health Services Administration from Ithaca College and a MBA from Mount Saint Mary College, Graduate School of Business. Prior to joining our staff, Mr. Weintraub served as the Administrator of Clinical Services for the Child Study Center of the NYU School of Medicine. Outside of work, Mr. Weintraub volunteers his time for the New Leadership Group of the United Hospital Fund.

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