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Orange Regional's Director of Respiratory Services becomes Member of the Board of American Association for Respiratory Care

November 30, 2009

Middletown, New York - Orange Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that Frank R. Salvatore Jr., RRT, MBA, FAARC, Director of Respiratory Services, was elected as a member of The American Association for Respiratory Care's (AARC) Board of Directors. Mr. Salvatore will serve in this position for a three-year term. The AARC encourages and promotes professional excellence, advances the science and practice of respiratory care, and serves as an advocate for patients, their families, the public, the profession and the respiratory therapist.

Mr. Salvatore's role on the Board of Directors is to assist the AARC in achieving its vision/mission of continuing to be the leading national and international professional association for respiratory care. His participation will give Orange Regional representation at the most prominent organization for respiratory therapists in the world. This involvement will bring knowledge to the hospital on the current state of respiratory therapy and what the future of the profession holds for practitioners and patients. Mr. Salvatore will gain the ability to network with leaders of the profession to garner information on best practice in the industry.

In addition to this honor, he will continue to serve on AARC's Federal Government Affairs Committee, which he has chaired for the past five years. In this position, he leads the Political Advocacy Contact Team (PACT), charged with growing the grass-roots involvement of respiratory therapists in advocating for our patients and the profession on a national level.

The Committee is currently working with the AARC and its PACT to achieve recognition of respiratory therapists under Medicare Part B. The hope is that this recognition will allow patients with lung disease to have access to a professional who can influence their medical outcomes by improving patient's' knowledge and compliance with their disease and its management.

For more information about Orange Regional's Respiratory Therapy Services, call Frank Salvatore, Jr. at (845) 342-7394 or fsalvatore@ormc.org

Flu Season Forces Orange Regional Medical Center to Limit Hospital Visitations

November 19, 2009

Middletown, New York - Orange Regional Medical Center recently placed new restrictions on hospital visitations to protect patients from influenza and other infectious diseases. Children under age 18 will not be permitted to visit patients, nor will any visitor with respiratory symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat and/or runny nose. Only two visitors are permitted for each patient at a time. Additionally, hospital staff requires that visitors either sanitize or wash their hands before entering and after leaving a patient's room. Hand sanitizers are available at hospital entrances, throughout the facilities and other hospital locations. The new restrictions at the hospital were developed in accordance with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control.

Adults who would ordinarily bring children when they visit patients are asked to make other arrangements for the children while the visitation change is in effect. However, Orange Regional's new policy allows management to make exceptions, when necessary, for families and visitors. To contact a patient by phone at the Arden Hill Campus of Orange Regional Medical Center in Goshen call 845-294-5441 or at the Horton Campus of Orange Regional Medical Center in Middletown call 845-343-2424.

Free Seminar on Weight Loss Surgery at Orange Regional Medical Center

November 17, 2009

Middletown, New York - Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free seminar "Weight Loss Surgery" on Tuesday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. Immediately following the seminar, ORMC will offer a Bariatric Support Group for both pre- and post-op weight loss surgical patients that is open to the general public.

Join Janet Kovler, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., C.D.E., Orange Regional's Bariatric Surgical Services Coordinator, for this information-filled seminar where obesity treatment options including non-surgical approaches and gastric bypass and Lap-Band surgery will be discussed by one of Orange Regional Medical Center's skilled bariatric surgeons including Firas Hamdi, M.D., Wayne Weiss, M.D. and Sergei Zhitnikov, M.D.

For more information, or to register for both the seminar and the support group, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

Dr. Mary Ellen King Selected as a 2009 Rising Star Recipient

November 12, 2009

Middletown, New York - Hudson Valley Hospital Physicians and Orange Regional Medical Center announce that Dr. Mary Ellen King, Medical Director, Palliative Care Program at Orange Regional Medical Center has been selected as one of the 2009 Rising Stars of Orange County — a program hosted by founding organizations Junior League of Orange County, Leadership Orange and the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. These awards recognize individuals ages 21-40 who are up-and-coming leaders in their professional and volunteer lives.

Dr. King was instrumental in implementing and formalizing Orange Regional's Palliative Care Program, a service focusing on end of life care, in 2007. Over the past two years, Dr. King has continued to build a strong multidisciplinary palliative care team which includes a Hospice Liaison who is available to patients on a daily basis. Additionally, Dr. King recognized that nursing homes often had difficulty putting palliative care plans in place. Applying her knowledge and expertise, Dr. King started a palliative care program in two community nursing homes and is committed to extending the service to all community nursing homes that do not have a program in place

Dr. King will be recognized at the 2009 Rising Star awards breakfast November 19 at Anthony's Pier 9 in New Windsor.

For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center services log onto www.ormc.org. To learn more about Hudson Valley Hospital Physicians log onto www.hudsonvalleymd.com.

Orange Regional Medical Center's Planned Pediatric Unit Receives Donation from Keller Williams Realty

November 9, 2009

Middletown, New York - Orange Regional Medical Center received a $600 donation from Keller Williams Realty. Recently, Keller Williams hosted its first of many events in support of the new hospital at The Castle Fun Center in Chester. The donation will support the hospital's planned pediatric unit, opening in the new hospital in Spring 2011.

The Building for Excellence campaign was launched in 2008 in support of Orange Regional's new hospital construction. To date, the Campaign has received unprecedented support and raised more than $17.4 million towards the goal of $21 million. The campaign will continue through the opening of the new seven-floor hospital in the Town of Wallkill that will feature 354 private patient rooms. Once completed in 2011, it will be one of the largest medical centers between the Tappan Zee Bridge and Albany and provide a broad range of high-quality healthcare services including, but not limited to, general adult and pediatric medical/surgical beds, intensive care, maternity, orthopedics, oncology, and a 50-bay emergency department.

If your organization would like to support the new Orange Regional Medical Center project, please contact Foundation President Christine Maraia at 845-294-2135 or cmaraia@ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center Featured on the Rachael Ray Show!

November 6, 2009

Middletown, New York - Orange Regional Medical Center was featured on a segment of the Rachael Ray show on Thursday, November 5, 2009. Three new mothers from Orange Regional's Rowley Family Birthing Center were chosen to receive surprise "new-mom makeovers".

Mary Dulcina Johnson of Port Jervis, Priscilla Reyes of Pine Bush and Maria Licata of Wurtsboro each received special pampering from expert hair stylists and make-up artists. Each new mom also received gorgeous new loungewear, all courtesy of the Rachael Ray show. At the conclusion of each make-over, the new moms had professional photos taken of them with their newborns to remember the special occasion.

Staff members of the Rowley Family Birthing Center spent Friday, October 9th with producers, camera crew and stylists from Rachael Ray's team as the segment was filmed. Celebrity make-up artist and creator of Mally Beauty, Mally Roncal spent the day at Orange Regional, hosting the segment and making the new mothers feel beautiful.

Orange Regional's Administrator of Maternal-Child Health Karidis Tubo said, "Orange Regional is proud to have participated in this wonderful surprise for a few of our patients. New mothers deserve some pampering and this was an excellent opportunity for our organization to be a part of brightening their day. The entire team from Rachael's show was kind to our patients and wonderful to work with throughout the day."

To learn more about delivering your baby at Orange Regional Medical Center or any other hospital service, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) or visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center Featured on the Rachael Ray Show!

November 2, 2009

Middletown, New York - Orange Regional Medical Center will be featured on an upcoming segment of Rachael Ray. The show, airing on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. on ABC, will feature activity filmed at the Horton Campus of Orange Regional Medical Center.

The Marketing & Public Relations staff, along with several other departments in the hospital, spent Friday, October 9th with producers and other members of Rachael Ray's team to bring smiles to Orange and Sullivan County patients. This is a great opportunity to see local faces and your regional hospital featured on a national television show. Don't miss it!

For more information, please visit www.ormc.org.

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