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Archive for March, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center Installs Open Bore MRI

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center has installed a new Open Bore, 1.5 Tesla, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system. This new technology combines a larger bore, or opening, and can capture top-quality diagnostic images. A wider range of area patients will benefit from this new service.

This is going to increase our efficiency and patient convenience," says Gene Bernieri, director, Diagnostic Imaging. "The patient-friendly design of this MRI will make it easier to have an MRI examination that produces higher quality images. This will potentially reduce the need to repeat and interrupt exams."

Prior to this advanced technology, medically obese patients who could not fit inside the bore of a high-field MRI magnet had image studies done in open MRI systems with low-field magnets. This limited the diagnostic usefulness of the images obtained. The strength of a magnet is measured in units of Tesla. Orange Regional's new MRI system has a high Tesla magnet, meaning that images produced will be superior to those of a lower Tesla magnet.

The new MRI installed at Orange Regional Medical Center is great for claustrophobic patients with an opening of nearly 2.3 feet in diameter and approximately one foot of free space between a patient's head and the magnet. The MRI also features the shortest 1.5 Tesla magnet available allowing more than 60 percent of exams to be completed with the patient's head outside of the bore. These important features mean that virtually all claustrophobic patients can be scanned in comfort.

This new MRI system brings a greater level of technology to the area, ensuring that all patients will benefit from this addition to Orange Regional Medical Center. To schedule your test with the Open Bore MRI, call 1-866-ORMC-TEST (866-676-2837).

Orange Regional Medical Center's Dr. Lanre Somorin Certified by the American Association of Addiction Medicine

Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center's Dr. Lanre Somorin obtained certification in the field of Addictionology by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). There are many stringent requirements set in order to obtain this certification, some of which include two years of practice related to addiction and one year of practice solely in addiction as well as passing an all-day exam. Dr. Somorin is the only Orange County physician listed in the 2007 ASAM directory.

This accomplishment comes on the heels of numerous recent honors and achievements. This accomplishment comes on the heels of numerous recent honors and achievements. Dr. Somorin was featured in Hudson Valley Magazine's "Top Docs" issue in June 2006, listed as one of the 80 top physicians in the Hudson Valley. He was one of two psychiatrists on the list, which covered physicians practicing between Rockland County and Albany.

Ann Sissler, administrator of Behavioral Health says, "We are very proud of Dr. Somorin's recent accomplishment. His American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) certification is a fine example of staff commitment to providing excellent patient care in our behavioral health and substance abuse treatment programs."

Along with his work at Orange Regional, he serves as Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY and lectures in the field of Addiction Psychiatry. He is the Medical Director of the Horton Family Program for Chemical Dependency in Middletown and has a private practice in Monroe and Middletown. He has particular expertise in dealing with dependence on prescription pain medications.

Prior to coming to Orange County, Dr. Somorin practiced Addiction Medicine in Stevenage, England until 1994 and continued his work as a resident in Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center beginning in 1995, where he also completed a residency training program in 2000. For more information about Behavioral Health Services at Orange Regional Medical Center call 294-2269.

Dr. Phillip Massengill becomes Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Dr. Phillip Massengill was among 1,186 initiates from around the world who became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) during convocation ceremonies at the College's 92nd annual Clinical Congress in Chicago.

Dr. Massengill received a medical doctorate degree in 1995 from Boston University and is currently practicing at Hudson Valley Ear, Nose and Throat located in Middletown, New York. He has held privileges at Orange Regional Medical Center since June 2006. In 2003, Dr. Massengill attained board certification from the American Board of Otolaryngology/Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Massengill has a strong professional interest in otolaryngology and holds membership in other professional societies, including the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.

By meeting the College's stringent membership requirements, Fellows of the College have earned the distinguished right to use the designation of "F.A.C.S" (Fellow, American College of Surgeons) after their names. An applicant for Fellowship must be a graduate of an approved medical school; must have completed advanced training in one of 14 surgical specialties recognized by the college; possess certification by an American surgical specialty board or appropriate certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; must have been in practice in the same geographic location of at least one year at the time of his or her application. Before admission into Fellowship, the surgeon must further demonstrate ethical fitness and professional proficiency, and his or her acceptance as a Fellow of the College must be approved by three-fourths of its Board of Regents.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The college is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery.

Orange Regional Medical Center Reminds you that Sleep is Essential… "Are You Tired?"

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center and the Center for Sleep Medicine, located at the Arden Hill campus in Goshen, mark National Sleep Awareness Week, March 5-11, and urge community members to educate themselves about the importance of sleep.

Each spring, Americans have to adjust our body clocks due to the loss of sleep caused by Daylight Savings Time (DST). Losing just an hour of sleep can easily affect us, causing sleep disruptions throughout the night and creating performance issues during the day.

Traditionally, we 'spring forward" at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of April. Beginning this year, a new schedule will be put into effect due to a federal bill,

The Energy Policy Act of 2005, passed in hopes of seeing a positive impact on the amount of energy the nation consumes.

This year, we move our clocks forward on the second Sunday in March (March 11) and do not "fall back" until the first Sunday in November (November 4).

If you find yourself unable to adjust to the change within a reasonable amount of time or have constant problems with sleeplessness, you may be one of the 70 million Americans suffering from some type of sleep disorder. Orange Regional's Center for Sleep Medicine can help you define and treat sleep disorders.

The Center for Sleep Medicine is a state-of-the-art facility that offers the latest technology in diagnosing sleep disorders in a comfortable setting. A polysomnogram, or sleep study, is a painless, non-invasive test that will help diagnose the severity and type of disorder. While you sleep, specially trained technicians monitor breathing, heart rate, blood/oxygen level, eye movement, muscle tone, and other factors overnight. Your physician will receive a written report of the sleep study results, the results are explained and treatment options are discussed.

Anne Nelson, M.S., A.N.P., administrator of Cardiopulmonary Services at Orange Regional states, 'sleep is essential for good health, safety, and optimum performance, while lack of sleep affects your mood and behavior, and contributes to poor performance and health issues."

The following are tips to help you achieve a better night's sleep:

· Sleep in a moderate to cool room that blocks light and sound.

· Wind down 30 minutes before bed with a relaxing activity.

· Eat dinner at least two hours before bedtime.

· Avoid stimulants (caffeine and nicotine) and sedatives (beer, wine and liquor) just before bed.

1· Exercise no later than three hours before bedtime.

2· Nap no later than 3 p.m.

3· If you"re not asleep within 20 minutes of lying down, get up and do something relaxing before returning to bed.

Take our sleep quiz to help you assess your risk of sleep disorders:

Are you extremely sleepy at inappropriate times?

Do you snore loudly at night?

Do you wake up with morning headaches?

Do you wake up frequently during the night?

Do you have problems falling or staying asleep?

Have you had previous strokes?

Does your bed partner complain about your loud snoring?

Does your bed partner tell you that you stop breathing for short periods at night?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, Orange Regional Medical Center suggests you call the Center for Sleep Medicine at 294-4857 or discuss the answers with your doctor.

Orange Regional Medical Center Receives State Grant for Latino Cardiac Screening

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center's Healthy Heart Program is the recipient of a new health initiative grant, Latino Health Outreach, from the New York State Department of Health Office of Minority Health. The goal of this $14,500 grant is to reduce asthma, diabetes, heart disease and stroke among the local Latino population. "The elimination of health disparities affecting minority communities is one of our top priorities,'said New York State Commissioner of Health Richard F. Daines, M.D. "The State Health Department is pleased to help fund efforts by Orange Regional Medical Center to reduce the disproportionate burden of asthma, diabetes, stroke and heart disease in the Latino community."

The funding gained from the twelve month grant, which began on April 2, is being used at Hudson River HealthCare's Health Centers. While Orange Regional supplies the nursing staff for the program, the grant will provide all necessary supplies and an on-site Spanish interpreter at each screening.

The Healthy Heart Program's objectives during this period include:

- providing cardiac screening to 600 minority group members over a period of twelve months

- a 35% rate of return at one of the follow-up screenings offered at each site

It's anticipated that 75% of all participants in the screenings will need follow-up care from their physician, including further cardiac diagnostic screening.

"It is very exciting that Orange Regional is able to be a part of this new initiative," says Tamara Scotto, Director of the Healthy Heart Program. "We look forward to providing assistance in meeting the healthcare needs of the Latino population while helping to educate and make a difference in reducing heart disease and stroke. The use of our Healthy Heart Program is a fantastic way to achieve the Department of Health's goals." Orange Regional will provide cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure tests and offer cardiac education and support. Getting participants to attend the follow up visits is vital. Participants are re-tested and are able to see if a positive change has occurred. This provides Orange Regional the opportunity to further educate patients and offer referrals to cardiac specialists, if necessary.

According to Anne Nolan, President & CEO of Hudson River HealthCare's Health Centers, "Positive feedback from patients and staff are strong indicators of the success of this joint approach to increasing access to preventive health care, especially at our migrant health center. Our working relationship is based on a deep and abiding respect for the community we serve as well as our commitment to the health of the residents of Orange County."

For more information about Orange Regional's Healthy Heart Program, call Tamara Scotto, Director at 342-7395.

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