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Archive for July, 2008

Orange Regional Medical Center Announces Additions to Leadership

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce additions to the leadership team within the organization.

Crismely Perdomo has accepted the position of Director of Professional Practice. Ms. Perdomo has been an employee of Orange Regional Medical Center since 1997. From 2003 to present, she worked as a Medical Surgical Nursing Educator in the Professional Practice Department. Ms. Perdomo previously held positions as staff nurse in Critical Care, Stepdown and Cardiac Rehabilitation units.

She is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and holds a Masters of Science in Nursing and Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Perdomo is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses national and local chapters and the National Nursing Staff Developers Organization Hudson Valley Chapter.

Michael Blumenfeld MBA, RPh has joined Orange Regional Medical Center as Director of Pharmacy Services. Most recently, Mr. Blumenfeld held the office of Vice President of Contracting and Clinical Services/Chief Pharmacy Officer at the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA). He is currently the President of the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists and is also an adjunct professor at Albany College of Pharmacy.

Mr. Blumenfeld earned his Bachelor's of Science in Pharmacy from Long Island University and his Master's of Business Administration from Iona College. He holds post master certificates from Duke University Fuqua School of Business Executive Education and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania for Executive Management. He is the recipient of the New York City Society of Health System Pharmacists "Award of Merit" for his significant contributions in health system pharmacy in the New York Metropolitan area. He is currently the President of the New York State Society of Health-system Pharmacists (NYSCHP).

Bohdan (Bo) Moczula has joined Orange Regional Medical Center as Director of Purchasing. Most recently, Mr. Moczula served in various materials management leadership and consultative roles at Broadlane (Continuum Healthcare in NYC), University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.

He received his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology/Business Administration from William Paterson University and his Master's in Public Administration (Health Administration track), from Kean University. He is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society.


Orange Regional Medical Center Appoints Vice President of Patient Care Services

Monday, July 14th, 2008

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Ewin Guido as Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, to its executive leadership team.

Ms. Guido previously served as Vice President Patient Care Services at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, New York. At Benedictine Hospital, she was responsible for overall nursing leadership, strategic planning and administrative oversight for all patient care areas. She also held numerous healthcare leadership positions including Administrative Director of Cardiology and Medical Services at Benedictine Hospital and Chief Nursing Officer at Ellenville Regional Hospital.

Ms. Guido earned a Masters of Business Administration from Marist College and a Bachelor of Science, Nursing, from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the New York State Board of Nursing, the American Heart Association Advisory Board, The Institute for Business Innovation and the Ulster-Green ARC Board of Directors.

At Orange Regional, Ms. Guido's primary responsibilities include the professional practice of nursing, as well as clinical programs and services, in collaboration with physicians.


Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation's 2008 Golf Classic Raises Funds for Region's Comprehensive Cancer Care Program

Monday, July 7th, 2008

(Middletown, New York) — On Monday, June 16, Orange Regional Medical Center's Foundation held its 17th annual Golf Classic raising net proceeds of more than $220,000 to benefit the Comprehensive Cancer Care Program at Orange Regional Medical Center.

The Golf Classic had record participation, hosting 254 golfers across three tournaments. The generous support provided via sponsorships, golfer participation and the donation of goods and services from businesses across the region all led to a tremendously successful event.

First place foursomes in the Orange County Golf Club better ball tournament include:

* 1st Place - Gross: Larry McDowell, Sr., Larry McDowell, Jr., Mike Swensen and Dean Connell
* 1st Place - Net: Kerry English, Dr. Jim Oxley, Greg Luftey and Bill Leo

Low gross individual in the Orange County Golf Club better ball tournament:

* John Muller

Low net individual in the Orange County Golf Club better ball tournament:

* Bill Leo

First Place foursome in the Otterkill Golf and Country Club Scramble:

* Juan Goyzueta, Andrew Goyzueta, Steve Ruwoldt and Scott Wheeler

First Place foursomes in the Otterkill Golf and Country Club better ball tournament include:

* 1st Place - Gross: Tim George, Glen Belush, Kurt Popick and Art Geurtsen
* 1st Place - Net: Ray VanVoorhis, Paul Hoffner, Mark Fellenzer and James Feraca

Low gross individual in the Otterkill Golf and Country Club better ball tournament

* Steve Havran

Low net individual in the Otterkill Golf and Country Club better ball tournament

* Mark Fellenzer

Orange Regional Medical Center has the latest technology for accurate cancer diagnosis as well as sophisticated procedures, access to new cancer treatments through advanced clinical trials, and leading oncology experts committed to compassionate care. The Cancer Care program is accredited as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program from The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons.

For more information and pictures of the 2008 Golf Classic or to learn how you can support Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org or call the Foundation office at 294-2204.


Orange Regional Medical Center Urges Community to Know the Symptoms of Stroke

Saturday, July 5th, 2008

(Middletown, New York) - When it comes to a stroke, every second counts. The medical experts at Orange Regional Medical Center's designated Stroke Center are urging the community to know the symptoms and signs of a stroke.

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.

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 of both eyes
• trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
• severe headache (with no known cause)

In recognition of expertise in treating stroke, Orange Regional Medical Center's Horton Campus is a designated Stroke Center as determined 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, Orange Regional has an expert Stroke Team made up of highly trained physicians, nurses and technicians that can treat stroke 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.

For information about Orange Regional Medical Center's Stroke Support Group or to schedule a stroke educator for a free group presentation for your organization call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

Orange Regional Medical Center Wins Five Marketing & Public Relations Awards

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

(Middletown) - Orange Regional Medical Center's Public Relations and Marketing Department received five prestigious national marketing awards from the Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards competition and the Aster Awards for excellence in medical marketing.

The Healthcare Advertising Awards are sponsored by Healthcare Marketing Report, a leading publication covering all aspects of healthcare marketing, advertising and strategic business development.

The Department won three Silver 2008 Healthcare Marketing Report Healthcare Advertising Awards in the categories of: Newspaper Advertising/Series for Orange Regional's Bone & Joint Center; total advertising campaign for Oncology; and for Your Health magazine, Orange Regional's quarterly publication.

Over 4,400 entries were received in this year's competition, making it the largest healthcare advertising awards competition nationally. A national panel of judges was engaged in reviewing all entries based on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design and overall impact. Orange Regional was among sixteen entrants recognized for their overall excellence and breakthrough advertising production.

The Department also received a Silver Aster Award for its 2006 Annual Report published in Orange Regional's spring 2007 issue of Your Health magazine and a Gold award for its 2007 total Oncology advertising campaign.

For both Aster awards, the judging panel consisted of healthcare marketers, advertising creative directors, advertising professionals, healthcare consultants and marketing professionals.

To learn more about Orange Regional Medical Center and its services please visit www.ormc.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Fundraiser Benefits Critical Care Unit

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center's Auxiliary is pleased to announce a complete renovation of the Critical Care Unit at the Horton Campus located at 60 Prospect Avenue in Middletown.

In 2007, the Auxiliary raised nearly $150,000 to help offset costs to refurbish the entire Critical Care Unit and its waiting and conference rooms. The funds were raised through vendor sales and helped to purchase new furniture and hardwood flooring for the waiting room, all new patient and visitor chairs, new paint, shades and curtains for patient rooms.

The staff of Orange Regional Medical Center is grateful for the enormous amount of time and energy devoted by the dedicated members of the Auxiliary. By raising funds, organizing special events and by promoting Medical Center programs, these volunteers who donate their time to make Orange Regional Medical Center a better hospital for our community are an invaluable resource.

For more information on how to become an Auxiliary Member, please call 343-2424 x 3120.

Community Members Join Board of Directors at Orange Regional Medical Center

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors, Howard Mills and Patricia Claiborne.

Patricia Claiborne is the Executive Director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County, the premier research-based cooperative educational system focusing on issues that positively affect agriculture, families and youth, environment and economic development in our county. During her 33 years with Cornell Cooperative Extension, Claiborne has managed all aspects of operations, providing leadership and opportunities for the youth and families of Orange County.

Prior to her position as Executive Director, Claiborne served as a research assistant in Human Services Studies, as an Extension Associate for Division of Nutritional Science Cornell University, and provided training for the State Department of Social Services Adult and Child Welfare staff.

Claiborne is an active community member, serving on the Orange County Citizens Foundation Board, Cornell Cooperative Extension Epsilon Sigma Phi Board and the Middletown Kiwanis Board. She is currently Honorary Chairwoman for the 2008 Tribute to Women of Achievement of Orange County. She has received many awards and recognitions for her dedication to the community and her work.

Howard Mills is a director and chief advisor of the Insurance Industry Group of Deloitte & Touche USA, LLP. In his current role, Mills works with Deloitte's clients in areas ranging from growth and globalization to managing the complexities of regulatory compliance. An experienced and prominent leader in the insurance industry, Mills came to Deloitte after serving as Superintendent of the New York State Insurance Department.

A former New York State Assemblyman, Mills served as the Deputy Minority Leader, sitting on the Banking, Housing, Insurance and Ways and Means Committees and was a member of the Armed Forces Legislative Caucus. Mills served as a Major in the New York Guard, 56th Brigade.

Mills currently serves as a board member of the Community Foundation of Orange County and is a past board member of Hospice of Orange and Sullivan Counties. He is the recipient of many awards for his work in the community.

For more information about Orange Regional Medical Center please visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center Breaks Ground on New State-of-the-Art Hospital

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

- 374-Bed Facility to Be First Hospital Built in New York State in Over 20 Years -

(Middletown, New York) — On Wednesday, June 18, before a crowd of more than 350 people including civic leaders, elected officials, major donors, and staff members, Orange Regional Medical Center ceremoniously broke ground on a new $317 million dollar state-of-the-art hospital that will be the first community hospital built in New York State in more than 20 years.

The seven-floor, 354-room hospital, which is being built on 61 acres in the Town of Wallkill, will be one of the largest medical centers between the Tappan Zee Bridge and Albany. The new hospital, which will be completed in 2011, will provide a broad range of high-quality health care services including general adult and pediatric medical/surgical beds, intensive care, maternity, orthopedics, oncology, and a 50-bay emergency department.

Scott Batulis, Chief Executive Officer of Orange Regional Medical Center said, "The entire hospital family is excited and energized to see the start of a terrific new hospital. This new facility will improve health care, not just for Orange and Sullivan Counties, but for the entire region. The new Orange Regional Medical Center will offer increased access to specialized care, accommodate new technologies, new services and attract even more excellent physicians."

Ginny Rizzo, Chair of Orange Regional Medical Center's Board of Directors said, "The Board of Directors has been working tirelessly toward our mission of ensuring great health care for our community. We are proud to launch the construction of the new hospital. This hospital will bring high-quality healthcare to the thousands families who call the beautiful Hudson Valley 'home'. This is truly a team effort that will require continued support from everyone the hospital serves. Because this hospital benefits the entire region, we want every person to feel a sense of ownership in this exceptional project. By working together, we can make sure we have magnificent health care for present and future generations."

Cynthia Lowe, Chair of the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation, announced the start of the public phase of a $21 million capital campaign. To date, $14.5 million has been raised during the "quiet" phase of this campaign. Several donors were recognized for their philanthropic generosity including a remarkable lead gift from Alan and Sandra Gerry. In recognition of the Gerry's gift, the main building of the new hospital will be named in their honor.

Lowe said, "It is so important for the people who depend on Orange Regional to consider supporting it financially. Healthcare costs continue to rise, and the challenge the hospital faces in making the most state-of-the-art technology and treatment available to its patients is not possible without the generous support of our contributors."

Leading the charge is John Galanti, Chairman of the Capital Campaign. "The new Orange Regional Medical Center will truly be a catalyst for bringing enhanced healthcare to our region. This project will create a superb new physical environment, here in Orange County, which will allow healthcare providers locally to deliver the services and specialties required of our growing community. A project of this magnitude and importance deserves the support of the entire community, and I am proud to serve as Chairman of this most worthwhile endeavor."

The hospital's Capital Campaign affords a unique opportunity for the entire community because donations can be designated for a specific area of the hospital, including major naming gifts. The community has a chance to be part of history by helping to build a new hospital to serve Hudson Valley families today, and well into the future. There are opportunities for donations at all levels, including pledges that can be paid over a 3-5 year period. Community members interested in donating to the new hospital project can visit www.ormc.org or call the Foundation office at 294-2204.

Orange Regional Medical Center was created in 2002 through the merger of Horton Medical Center in Middletown and Arden Hill Hospital in Goshen. Consolidating the two facilities, which are eight miles apart, and downsizing by 76 un-used beds, it is one of the first and one of the largest rightsizing projects to move forward in response to the mandate of the New York State Berger Commission. The Medical Center has approximately 550 doctors and nearly 2,600 employees making it the second largest employer in Orange County, just after West Point. The hospital serves over 21,000 inpatients annually, and accommodates 60,000 Emergency Room visits and over 800,000 outpatient visits.

The total cost of the new hospital project is $317 million. Of that, $255 million is for construction and the balance is related to financing fees. Approximately $261 million of the project cost is being funded by tax-exempt bonds that will be repaid from the hospital's annual operations. The balance is being funded by a substantial hospital equity contribution including the proceeds from the sale of the two existing campuses and a $21 million capital campaign. Orange Regional Medical Center has also been awarded $48.6 million in HEAL NY funds to assist with planning and construction. HEAL stands for the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law, New York State's initiative to reconfigure and reform the health care delivery system statewide through greater efficiency and increased community benefits.

Today, 25% of Orange County patients travel one to two hours either to Westchester or New York City to access specialty services. The goal for the new Orange Regional facility is to meet 95% of the medical needs of the residents of its core service area—which includes Orange County and a good portion of Sullivan County —so that no one will have to travel to Westchester or New York City for health care unless it is to seek highly specialized services.

With this objective in mind, Orange Regional Medical Center has directed the savings from combining the two campuses to the development of regional services—including a Bone and Joint Center, an Oncology Center, a 64-Slice CT Scan, diagnostic cardiac catheterization, and, most recently, Emergency Angioplasty, the first in Orange County. As the new Orange Regional Medical Center is being constructed, there are also plans for a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a Neurosciences Center, a Level 2 Trauma Center and Elective Angioplasty.

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.

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