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Archive for November, 2007

Free Seminar on Common Hand Problems and Available Treatments

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

(Middletown, NY) Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free seminar "Common Hand Problems: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention" on Thursday, November 15, 6:30 p.m. at the Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. Ronald Israelski, M.D., board-certified hand and orthopedic surgeon, will discuss hand problems as well as complex traumatic and arthritic conditions. Refreshments will be served. For more information, or to register, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762)

Carpal tunnel syndrome, the most common hand problem in the United States, was cited as the leading cause of workplace absenteeism due to injury in 2005 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Orange Regional's Bone and Joint Center - affiliated with the prestigious NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases "provides a range of orthopedic care from hand surgery to knee and hip replacement to advanced therapies and treatments.

Guest speaker, Ronald Israelski, M.D. is the Chairman of Orange Regional Medical Center's Orthopedic Department and the Medical Director of The Bone and Joint Center. Dr. Israelski is an Assistant Clinical Professor at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. He received his medical degree from the New York Medical College and completed a general surgery internship and orthopedic surgery residency through New York Medical College.

Dr. Israelski did additional training by completing a hand surgery fellowship at NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. Dr. Israelski is board-certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons in orthopedic surgery and hand surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Israelski is a senior partner of Catskill Orange Orthopaedics.

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Local Breast Center Designated as Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

"This designation shows the Ray W. Moody, M.D., Breast Center's dedication to improving women's health by participating in these rigorous quality assurance programs," said Penny Lynch, Supervisor of Mammography Services at the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center.

Breast imaging services at the Center are fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. Peer-review evaluations, by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that the Center has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs for focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology, as well as the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

For more information about breast health and Orange Regional's Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center, please call (845) 695-5900.

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Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary hosts Annual Holiday Fair

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

This year, the Holiday Fair will feature more than 25 vendors including crafts, holiday items, tasty chocolates, soaps, beautiful jewelry, accessories, children's clothing, candles, delicious baked goods by the auxiliarians and more. There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Admission is free.

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, promoting Medical Center programs and working in the Medical Center, 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 the Holiday Fair or how to become an auxiliarian, please call 343-2424 x 3120.

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Orange Regional Medical Center Receives $24 Million Grant

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center has received a $24 million grant from the New York State Department of Health to retire existing debt. Debt retirement is a requirement to move forward with the new hospital project.

Orange Regional was one of twenty-three hospitals and seven nursing homes around the state that were notified that they will receive $362.3 million in total to assist them in complying with the mandates of the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, known as the Berger Commission. Funding for the grants was made available through the Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers (HEAL NY) and the Federal-State Health Reform Partnership (F-SHRP).

Orange Regional President & CEO Scott Batulis said, "This is terrific news for our community. The $24 million grant will help us retire existing debt and move soundly forward with the new hospital project." Orange Regional Medical Center proposes to replace its two existing hospitals in Goshen and Middletown with a new 374-bed hospital, the first construction of its kind in New York State in more than 25 years with a total project cost of over $350 million. When completed in 2011, Orange Regional's new seven-floor hospital will be the largest medical center between the Tappan Zee Bridge and Albany and will reduce the need for patients to seek treatment outside of the region.

Located on 61 acres on East Main Street near the Route 17 and I-84 interchange in the Town of Wallkill, the new facility will feature a state-of-the-art, patient-centered hospital where the highest quality healthcare will be easily accessible. In addition to the programs, services and centers of excellence currently available on both existing campuses, the 600,000-plus square-foot medical campus will offer:

- accessible and ample parking
- all private patient rooms
- an Emergency Department with 50 treatment bays for varying levels of emergencies
- spacious operating suites
- wireless infrastructure to accommodate the latest Healthcare Information Technology
- open design spaces that will accommodate future technologies, patients and visitors

This new facility will support Orange Regional's mission as a not-for-profit hospital, guaranteeing care to its patients regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital's web site, www.ormc.org, features more information about the new hospital, including a list of frequently asked questions and a feedback form where the public can submit questions or comment on the project.

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