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Archive for August, 2008

Orange Regional's Rehabilitation Unit Receives Accreditation from the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that its Rehabilitation Unit at the Horton Campus has once again received accreditation from the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and demonstrated exemplary compliance during its participation in a recent triennial survey.

CARF is an organization that surveys healthcare facilities and promotes quality, value and optimal outcomes through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of patients. Participation in this a CARF survey is voluntary.

During the CARF survey, two surveyors, a physician and an administrator observed patient care, reviewed documentation and policies, interviewed patients, directors, physicians, referral sources and staff from all disciplines. As a result of the survey, CARF was complimentary of Orange Regional's level of compliance with its standards and dedication to providing quality patient care and found the unit to provide exemplary compliance in many areas.

"The rehabilitation team at Orange Regional is extremely proud of our CARF accreditation," said Jerry Dunlavey, Administrator of Orthopedic, Neuroscience, Rehabilitation and Oncology Services. "We believe that this certification is a sign of our organization's commitment to provide exceptional clinical care to our patients. We are truly fortunate to have such a committed group of physicians and clinical staff in our rehabilitation center."

The patients Orange Regional serves in the rehabilitation unit are typically impaired in strength and activity level. Rehabilitation involves the team work of physicians, rehabilitation nurses and nursing assistants, case managers, physical and occupational therapists and assistants, speech language pathologists, a recreation therapist, a neuropsychologist, and support staff working to help the patient and their family members to reach their goals.

Orange Regional Medical Center's Inpatient Rehabilitation Services, offered at both the Horton and Arden Hill Campuses, are designed to meet the needs of our community by providing an individualized program for each patient. Orange Regional Medical Center also provides Outpatient Rehabilitation Services including Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Therapy. For more information about all of Orange Regional's Rehabilitation Services visit www.ormc.org or call 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

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Orange Regional Medical Center Again Chosen as one of the Nation's 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leaders

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center has once again been named as a 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leader according to a study by Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.

This marks the second year in a row that Orange Regional has been recognized for being one of a hundred hospitals making the greatest progress in improving hospital-wide performance over five consecutive years (2002-2006). The 2007 Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leaders have set national benchmarks for the rate and consistency of improvement in clinical outcomes, safety, hospital efficiency, and financial stability. Orange Regional Medical Center and its medical staff have made major strides in increasing the quality and efficiency of services locally.

"We are very proud to once again receive this honor," says Orange Regional President & CEO Scott Batulis. "For the community, I think this recognition shows that this hospital is committed to enhancing the quality of care for its patients. Each day, our employees, physicians, Board of Directors and volunteers work hard to continuously improve the health of our community. These efforts have resulted in Orange Regional being recognized among the nation's most improved hospitals."

"This study identifies superior leadership, based on the success of hospital executive teams' long-term strategies for strengthening performance," said Jean Chenoweth, senior vice president for performance improvement and 100 Top Hospitals programs at Thomson Reuters. "These are true 'Good to Great' leadership teams that have focused on improving quality, efficiency, use of evidence-based medicine, and financial stability in order to better serve their patients and communities."

The Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders study analyzed acute care hospitals nationwide using detailed empirical performance data from years 2002 through 2006, including publicly available Medicare MedPAR data, Medicare cost reports, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outpatient data.

The study rated hospitals on eight factors — patient mortality, medical complications, patient safety, length of stay, expenses, profitability, cash-to-debt ratio, and use of evidence-based medicine. Researchers evaluated 2,867 short-term, acute care, non-federal hospitals grouped into five categories: major teaching hospitals, other teaching hospitals, large community hospitals, medium-sized community hospitals, and small community hospitals.

For additional information Orange Regional Medical Center, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) or visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Receives Donation for Emergency Equipment

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

(Middletown, NY) - The Business and Professional Women's Club of Goshen presented a check on July 28, 2008 for $2,000 to the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation for Emergency Room Equipment at the Arden Hill Campus. The Business and Professional Women's Club of Goshen was founded in 1958 to fund community services, including the Arden Hill Campus of Orange Regional Medical Center. Since its inception, more than $75,000 has been donated to help fund emergency equipment to Arden Hill Hospital and now Orange Regional Medical Center. In addition, the Club provides two annual scholarships and participates in other community service activities.

Orange Regional Medical Center was created in 2002 through the merger of Arden Hill Hospital in Goshen and Horton Medical Center in Middletown. Orange Regional recently broke ground for a new $320 million state-of-the-art hospital that will be the first community hospital built in New York State in more than 20 years. The public phase of a $21 million capital campaign also recently commenced to help fund the 374-bed hospital.

For more information on how to be a part of this historical occasion and to donate to the new hospital, call the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation office at 845-294-2204 or visit www.ormc.org.

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