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Archive for July, 2006

Major Development for Orange Regional Medical Center

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

The Board of Directors of Orange Regional Medical Center has unanimously approved moving forward with plans to construct a new 354-bed hospital with all private rooms. At its meeting on May 24, the Board authorized hospital management to engage HBE Corporation, a design/build firm from St. Louis, Missouri, to initiate the detailed design process for the $255 million project.

Board Chairman Richard Shapiro said, "This is a significant step forward for the hospital and for health care in our region. We look forward to the support of the community as we undertake this exciting project. The new hospital has always been a goal of the Board and was one of the primary factors leading to the merger of Arden Hill and Horton into Orange Regional Medical Center."

Jeff Hirsch, Orange Regional President & CEO said, "We are all energized and enthusiastic about the project which is the first new hospital to be built in the region in decades. After two years of careful planning, we are confident that a project of this size and scope is achievable from both a design and financing perspective and we believe the results will be nothing short of impressive."

Vice President of Finance/CFO, Mitch Amado said, "Orange Regional plans to fund the $255 million project (not including financing fees) through conventional tax-exempt bond financing and a substantial hospital equity contribution including the proceeds of a $25 million capital campaign to begin in 2007."

HBE will initiate the design process and support the Certificate of Need application, which must be filed with New York State. Orange Regional selected HBE after careful review of the firm's capabilities, track record in the healthcare industry, knowledge of hospital design and expertise with similar projects. HBE has designed and built over 900 healthcare facilities and has vast experience in new hospital projects around the United States.

Orange Regional plans to take the best of both its Arden Hill and Horton campuses and build the most patient-friendly, efficient and technologically advanced hospital possible. The new hospital is slated to be built on a 61-acre site on East Main Street in the Town of Wallkill near the Route 17 interchange at exit 122. As a result of the lengthy design and approval process required, Orange Regional expects to break ground in 2008 and open three years later.

Scott Batulis Named CEO of Orange Regional Medical Center

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

(Middletown, NY) - The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Scott Batulis has been named CEO of Orange Regional Medical Center. He will start on August 1, 2006.

Batulis has worked for the HealthEast Care System since 1987. HealthEast Care is a network of integrated care services, headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, which includes hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation care, specialty care and more. Within this network, Batulis held the positions of Vice President of HealthEast Care System and CEO of St. Joseph's Hospital. His leadership marked a turning point for St. Joseph's, as it had previously announced plans to close its doors. This 401-bed tertiary care teaching hospital, with $230 million in revenue and staffed with over 2,200 employees, is now a nationally recognized leader in quality care. During his tenure at St. Joseph's, Batulis was involved in a $20 million capital campaign and played an integral role in creating an $81 million campus expansion/renovation plan that is currently under construction. This expansion is the first major construction project approved at St. Joseph's in thirty years. Due to the many quality improvements made at St. Joseph's over a three-year period and, because of Batulis' diligence, the hospital received the honor of being one of the Top 100 Hospitals and Top 100 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the US by Solucient, a health care industry information product company.

As a Vice President of HealthEast, Batulis' responsibilities within the system crossed a number of modalities. He was accountable for the Heart Care and Neuroscience departments in three of the network's hospitals and led the HealthEast Ambulance, Hospice and outreach laboratory businesses. He also served on the Board of Directors for HealthEast Home Care.

Prior to joining St. Joseph's, Batulis served as CEO of the 264-bed Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospital (a HealthEast Care hospital). In addition to serving as CEO, he managed HealthEast's six nursing homes, five assisted living facilities, an ambulance company, a medical equipment company, a home health care agency and three retail pharmacies.

Batulis holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree in Long Term Care Administration from the University of Minnesota. He is a member of the American College of HealthCare Executives. Batulis has three children, Curtis, Evan and Alexis and will reside in Orange County with his wife, June, children and dog, Cookie.

Batulis' strengths and proven track record with broad based health care systems, fundraising and new construction make him a welcome addition to Orange Regional Medical Center. His experience and vision are assets as Orange Regional Medical Center moves forward in consolidating its services on a single site and increases our services to patients and the community.

Orange Regional Medical Center Nurse Named 1199SEIU Nurse Preceptor of 2005

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center is proud to announce Melissa Anderson, RN is the recipient of the 1199SEIU, 2005 Nurse Preceptor of the Year award. 1199SEIU is a union of healthcare workers employed in hospitals and nursing homes pharmacies, freestanding clinics and other healthcare settings.

A preceptor is an individual educated to train and provide orientation to newly hired employees within a specific department. Over 750 nurses from across New York attended 1199 Nurse of Distinction award gala on May 8, 2006. The event, held at Tavern on the Terrace in Flushing Meadow Park, Queens, pays tribute to the hard work, dedication and compassion of RNs.

The event recognizes outstanding colleagues in a range of categories. 1199 nurses employed by hospitals and nursing homes across the state (including many New York City institutions) attend the event and vie for top honors. Each individual is nominated by peers in their workplace, followed by an interview with 1199 judges which leads to one award winner per category. Melissa left the event with a trophy and monetary award.

Melissa's nomination letter expressed the admiration of her peers. "Melissa knows that the novice transition requires patience, understanding, team building and service excellence," says Susan O'Boyle, director of nursing professional practice. "She takes personal satisfaction in enhancing orientee skills and the way nursing care is delivered."

Orange Regional Medical Center's Rapid Response Team Saving Lives

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

In March 2006, a Rapid Response Team (RRT) was developed at Orange Regional Medical Center's Horton Campus to provide help when there are signs that a patient is becoming much sicker. The goal of the RRT is to provide critical care to patients (outside of the Intensive Care Unit) before serious problems develop.

The RRT consists of a critical care nurse and a respiratory therapist. The team is on call at all times and will arrive bedside within ten minutes of receiving notice from other staff members. There are a number of reasons staff may page the RRT, including: change in heart rate, blood pressure, mental status, respiratory rate or general concern over a patient's condition.

The goal of the Rapid Response Team is to rescue patients by providing fast and early intervention through a collaborative approach," said Anne Nelson, administrator of cardiopulmonary services at Orange Regional Medical Center. "If you have multiple practitioners looking at a problem, it gives you more to choose from in terms of solving the issue."

According to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia, a trial of similar medical emergency teams found that the number of cardiac arrests declined by 65%, deaths from cardiac arrests dropped by 56% and inpatient deaths decreased by 25%. The Cambridge, Massachusetts, Institute for Healthcare Improvement is promoting the strategy of rapid response teams as part of its campaign to save 100,000 lives, of which Orange Regional Medical Center is a participant.

"By summer's end, the Rapid Response Team will be introduced at our Arden Hill Campus," said Nelson. "Orange Regional Medical Center is continually focusing on quality improvement and enhancing patient care. We know our staff members and the individuals on the Rapid Response Team are truly making a difference in our community."

Orange Regional Medical Center Welcomes New Member to Board of Directors

Wednesday, July 19th, 2006

Orange Regional Medical Center welcomes Arthur D. Kowaloff to its Board of Directors. Mr. Kowaloff is the president of Kowaloff & Co. LLC, a firm offering capital markets advice and investment banking services for entrepreneurs and the companies they build.

A graduate of Carleton College and Yale University Law School, Mr. Kowaloff spent five years as a managing director of BNY Capital Markets, Inc., a subsidiary of The Bank of New York. Prior to that, he held the position of COO/senior managing director at Patricof & Co. Capital Corporation and was a senior partner at the firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher. He is a member of the New York State Bar.

Mr. Kowaloff is on the board of directors for the Orange County Capital Development Corporation and is also a member of the board of directors of Schick Technologies, Inc. Additionally, he is the president and a director of The PBP Foundation of New York.

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