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Archive for May, 2009

Orange Regional Medical Center Announces Additions to Management

Friday, May 29th, 2009

May 28, 2009
Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce three new additions to its management team.

Emilie Nicole Karchner, Pharm.D. has accepted the position of Clinical Pharmacy Manager for Orange Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Karchner is a graduate of Campbell University School of Pharmacy in Buies Creek, North Carolina. She is a member of the New York State Council of Health System Pharmacists.

Dr. Karchner most recently served as staff pharmacist at Orange Regional Medical Center. She resides in Harriman, NY.

Maria Quigley, RN, BSN, CNOR has accepted the position of Director, Surgical Services, Horton Campus for Orange Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Quigley is a graduate of Long Island University with a B.S. in Nursing. She is a Certified Operating Room Nurse (CNOR).

Ms. Quigley most recently served as Clinical Director of the Operating Room at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern. She resides in Washingtonville, NY.

Ann Diagostino, RN, BSN, CMSRN has accepted the position of Nurse Director, 2North, Arden Hill Campus for Orange Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Diagostino is a graduate at Plattsburgh State University College with a B.S. in Nursing and is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Nursing, Leadership Management from Walden University. She is the founding president of the Greater NY Chapter of the Academy of Medical Surgical Nurses (AMSN) and currently serves on the Medical Surgical Nursing Certification Board.

Ms. Diagostino most recently served as the Clinical Director of the Med-Surg, Pediatric, Diabetes and Outpatient Infusion Therapy Units at Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis. She resides in Milford, PA.

Imani Gunderson, RN,C has accepted the position of Nurse Director, Behavioral Health Unit located at the Arden Hill Campus of Orange Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Gunderson is a graduate of New York University with a B.S. in Nursing. She received her Masters in Public Administration from New York University, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is a certified member and trainer for both the Keystone Crisis Intervention Team and the National Organization for Victim's Assistance.

Ms. Gunderson most recently served as the Director of Nursing at Cornerstone in Rhinebeck, NY.

Frank Salvatore, Jr. has accepted the position of Director of Respiratory Therapy at Orange Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Salvatore is a graduate of the University of Hartford with a B.S. in Respiratory Therapy and received his M.B.A. from the University of Pheonix. He is a member of the American Association of Respiratory Care, the Connecticut Society for Respiratory Care, the National Board for Respiratory Care and the Society for Critical Care Medicine.

Mr. Salvatore most recently served as manager of the Respiratory Services and Neurophysiology Departments at Danbury Hospital in Danbury Connecticut.

Orange Regional Hosts Free Hearing Care Seminar

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

May 20, 2009
Middletown, NY — Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free seminar entitled "Hearing Care" on Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road, Middletown.

The seminar, led by Ofer Jacobowitz, M.D. of Hudson Valley Ear, Nose and Throat, PC and featuring guest speaker Deborah Lynn, Ph.D. of Arden Hill Speech and Hearing, will focus on the importance of good hearing and hearing loss treatment options available at Orange Regional Medical Center. Additionally, information provided will cover hearing and understanding speech, state-of-the-art hearing technology, types of hearing loss and communication strategies. A question and answer period will follow the presentations.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 36 million (17%) of American adults have some degree of hearing loss. Orange Regional Medical Center's physicians are raising public awareness about the need for prevention and the importance of regular hearing screenings.

Seating for this event is limited and pre-registration is necessary. For more information on the seminar or to register for the event, call 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) or visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center and Citizens Reunited to Overcome Cancer

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Host National Cancer Survivor's Day Picnic
May 21, 2009

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center's Tucker Center for Cancer Care and Citizens Reunited to Overcome Cancer (CROC) will host the annual National Cancer Survivor's Day Picnic in the Park. The picnic will be held Sunday, June 7 at Maple Hill Park in Middletown from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is free to cancer survivors and their families.

All attendees must register for the event in advance by calling the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

The afternoon will be filled with a variety of foods, live music by the Hudson Rhythm Boys, children's activities and games and prizes.

Please join these two local organizations as they turn tragedy into triumph and celebrate life! This event is rain or shine. For more information on the National Cancer Survivor's Day Picnic or to register for the event, call Orange Regional's Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

Orange Regional Medical Center's Tucker Center for Cancer Care
The Tucker Center for Cancer Care program is accredited as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program from The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The Tucker Center team approach involves regular consultation among a staff of exceptional surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, nurses and other cancer specialists. Thousands of patients have benefited from the care and compassion of the Tucker Center experts through diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, or support.

Plane Family Fun Day Lands at Wurtsboro Airport

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

(Middletown, NY) - The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation will host a Plane Family Fun Day on Sunday, June 7 at Wurtsboro Airport, Route 209 North, in Wurtsboro, New York, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free to the public and the event will be held rain or shine.

The day will be filled with fun and exciting activities for the entire family including: a kid's corral with amusements, bouncy houses and games; activity and hobby demonstrations for children and adults; "trucks to touch" including fire trucks, dump trucks, tractor trailers and a helicopter; music by DJ Blazin Beats and the Goshen Youth Jazz Band; displays, vendors, food, a health fair and more.

A chili cook-off will also be held with up to 40 teams competing in four categories. The public can purchase tasting tickets and vote for their favorite recipe for only $5.00!

For more information on the Plane Family Fun Day, the Chili Cook-Off or directions to Wurtsboro Airport call Orange Regional's Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762). If you'd like to make a donation to the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation or would like more information about our giving opportunities please call 845-294-2135.

Experts Say Weight Loss Surgery May Help Some Diabetics

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Middletown, NY- The increasing epidemic of diabetes in the United States has been linked to the rapid increases in obesity and poor food choices by society. Dr. Wayne M. Weiss, Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery for Orange Regional Medical Center says weight loss surgery may be the most effective way for morbidly obese diabetic individuals (greater than 80 -100 pounds overweight) to control both their weight and diabetes.

A recent publication from the American Diabetes Association entitled Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes-2009 now includes weight loss surgery as an encouraged option for individuals with diabetes and a body mass index of 35 or greater (morbidly obese). A recent comparison between supervised dieting and exercise versus weight loss surgery showed a five-fold increased resolution of diabetes in the surgery group. The surgery group also lost on average ten times as much weight (Dixon et al. 2008).

"Diet and exercise have long been important treatments for both diabetes and obesity," says Dr. Weiss. "Although most people understand this, the incidence of obesity has doubled in the last twenty years and diabetes is rapidly increasing, as well. Despite our best advice, most individuals are unable to lose sufficient weight or make the appropriate lifestyle changes to correct either their obesity or resolve their diabetes. Weight loss surgery is not for everyone and there are potential side effects, but it is now accepted, for some, to be the most reliable approach to weight loss and subsequent control of diabetes."

Orange Regional Medical Center offers two minimally-invasive surgical weight loss options, Gastric Bypass and Lap-Band Surgery at the Arden Hill Campus in Goshen, New York with private, spacious and beautifully decorated rooms. There is also a regular support group, facilitated by Janet Kovler, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., C.D.E., Orange Regional's Bariatric Surgical Services Coordinator, which provides support for pre and post-surgery bariatric patients, as well as presentations by plastic surgeons, certified fitness instructors, nutritionists, and more.

Wayne M. Weiss, M.D., of Tri-State Bariatrics, has over 20 years of surgical experience and has been performing laparoscopic gastric bypass and lap-band surgery for over seven years with an established record of excellence. Dr. Weiss was educated at NYU Medical Center and is Board Certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Ms. Kovler is a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Registered Certified Dietitian and an American Heart Association Certified Cardiovascular Counselor. She brings over twenty years of clinical, educational and leadership experience to Orange Regional's Bariatric Surgery Program.

Gastric Bypass surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that restricts food intake by creating a small pouch in the upper part of the stomach by stapling it together. The surgeon then attaches part of the small intestine to the new pouch effectively "by-passing" the part of the stomach that has been sealed off. This causes the patient to feel full quicker and eat less while the body absorbs fewer calories leading to weight loss.

Lap-Band surgery is also a minimally invasive procedure and involves placing an inflatable and adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach, producing a small pouch. The band creates a small opening that allows limited food to pass through each section, resulting in controlled food intake. This causes the patient to feel full while eating less and reducing calorie intake which assists in weight loss.

Orange Regional Medical Center also offers the Stanley S. Dunkelman Diabetes Treatment Center at 110 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. The Center's team of compassionate staff members works with diabetic patients and their doctors to develop individualized programs to manage the disease. The Center provides comprehensive education and support for children, adolescent and adult patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes.

To learn more about weight loss surgery or diabetic treatment options at Orange Regional Medical Center, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) or visit www.ormc.org.

Free Financial Planning Seminar offered by Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation

Monday, May 11th, 2009

Middletown, NY- On May 21, 2009, the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation will host a free finance seminar entitled Common Financial Mistakes and How to Avoid Them. The seminar, led by Thomas Hughes of New Horizons Asset Management Group and Rita Rich, Esq. of Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, LLP., will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Community Health Education Center located at 110 Crystal Run Road in Middletown.

Learn valuable information, including the need for a will, living wills, healthcare proxy, powers of attorney, reducing estate taxes, long term care insurance, planning for retirement and more.

Space is limited and light refreshments will be served. Reserve your attendance now by calling the Foundation at (845) 294-2135 or by emailing Foundation President Christine Maraia at cmaraia@ormc.org.

The first twenty registrants will receive a free book entitled, You Can't Cheat an Honest Man: How Ponzi Schemes and Pyramid Frauds Work and Why They're More Common than Ever by author James Walsh.

Orange Regional Medical Center Honors Physicians

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center hosted its 2009 Physician Appreciation Dinner on Friday, May, 1, 2009 at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in Goshen. The event honored Orange Regional's medical staff for its commitment to delivering quality healthcare to the community. A special tribute was paid to Dr. Diane Pine, Medical Director of Hospitalist Service at Orange Regional and Founder of Hudson Valley Hospital Physicians, and Dr. Jacob J. Barie, Senior Partner at Radiologic Associates, for their outstanding leadership and achievements.

Dr. Pine was honored as the first female recipient of the hospital's Leadership Award, presented to a physician who continuously takes an active role in the organization, enhances services, programs, education and relationships and exhibits positive leadership among her peers. Dr. Jacob J. Barie received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, given to a physician whose life's work has made a lasting impact on the quality of healthcare in the community. "Over the years, through daily example, you have illuminated and elevated your profession and reinforced the values and mission of our hospital," said Ginny Rizzo, Orange Regional Board of Directors Chairwoman.

Scott Batulis, President & CEO of Orange Regional stated, "the physician's dedication to the health and well-being of patients throughout the region is always evident. Not a day goes by without our physicians caring for the physical and emotional needs of hundreds of patients across the area and in our community."

For more information about Orange Regional Medical Center or to locate a physician, call
1-888-321-ORMC (6762) or visit www.ormc.org.

John Ferguson, MD, of Medical Diagnostic Group in Middletown, presents the Lifetime Achievement Award to Jacob Barie, MD of Radiologic Associates, at the Physician Recognition Dinner

Adrian Paraschiv, MD, of Hudson Valley Hospital Physicians, presents the Leadership Award to Diane Pine, MD, of Hudson valley Hospital Physicians, at the event

Celebrate 2009 Health Care Auxilian Day with Orange Regional Medical Center

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Middletown, NY - Governor David Paterson has proclaimed May 13, 2009 as Health Care Auxilian Day in New York State to recognize the dedicated auxilians who annually donate more than five million hours of service to their healthcare facilities and communities.

Orange Regional's Auxiliary Co-Presidents (l-r): Florence Sawyer, Marie Barnett and Maureen DeStefano

Orange Regional Medical Center's Auxiliary is an integral part of the hospital. The group raises funds through various initiatives that directly support a wide range of clinical activities, patient and family comfort and satisfaction and employee education. The Auxiliary generously donates their time, overseeing one of the hospital's gift shops, a thrift shop and all community vendor sales. They offer support throughout the year to many hospital functions, including the yearly Golf Classic. Recently, the Orange Regional Auxiliary completed payment on a $600,000 pledge to the hospital's Building for Excellence capital campaign fund.
"The dedication of the Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is vitally important to the hospital. Throughout the hospital's history, the Auxiliary has shown its support for our patients and the community we serve," said Orange Regional President & CEO Scott Batulis.

New York State has more than 75,000 health care auxilians who initiate, fund and volunteer for a wide variety of patient and family care services.
If you are interested in joining this dedicated team of individuals who support Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org.

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