Special Endowment Naming Opportunity
As Orange Regional continues to evolve into an academic medical center, full time physician leadership for its clinical programs will become more and more important. To assure a robust clinical experience for medical and nursing students, residents and fellows, and of course, for the fullest care of patients, the recruitment of sub-specialty physicians unavailable in the region will become a priority. Additionally, the path to academic medicine would require additional resources to support medical research, educational projects and conferences. In its partnership with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, the hospital is accepting 3rd and 4th year medical students with already approved residency programs in family medicine (2014), psychiatry, traditional rotating internship, emergency medicine (2015), surgery and internal medicine (2016).
Touro will support the hospital with 3rd and 4th year Medical Student Rotations and there is also Medicare funding, but nothing is perpetually certain. The Medical Education Program, as structured, is expected to “break even” in the first few years. There is no funding for research and ongoing “out of program” conference attendance for students, speaker honorariums, etc. The hospital will experience additional challenges in space, computers and medical technology, administrative support for new departments and regularly scheduled lecture space.
The attributes of teaching hospitals are described by the American Hospital Association in the following ways:
The Campaign will seek $250,000 to establish a medical research endowment fund with the Orange Regional Foundation matching with another $250,000.
- Teaching hospitals serve as the training ground for health professionals.
- Teaching hospitals serve as centers of research and innovation, helping to develop new treatments and cures.
- Teaching hospitals play distinct roles in their communities’ care delivery systems, offering specialized services not available in other facilities. For example, intensive care services often are concentrated in teaching hospitals. More than half of all teaching hospitals have neonatal intensive care units (NICUs); similarly, 57 percent have certified trauma centers.
- Thanks to teaching hospitals’ capacity to perform such specialized care, patients often are transferred to these hospitals when their medical needs exceed other facilities’ capabilities.
- Teaching hospitals directly employ 2.7 million people and are often among the largest employers in their communities.
- Many teaching hospitals also have training programs for nurses and allied professionals.
Orange Regional Medical Center believes that medicine, technology and the latest approaches to care are not the only ways to improve health. The hospital believes that an environment enhanced with art and music has a tremendous impact on patient health outcomes. This belief has been well documented in medical literature. Art benefits patients by aiding in their physical, mental, and emotional recovery, including relieving anxiety and decreasing the perception of pain. In an atmosphere where the patient often feels out of control, the arts can serve as a therapeutic and healing tool, reduce stress and loneliness, and provide opportunities for self-expression. Art also has the power to communicate and educate, giving it a growing role of significance in healthcare institutions. In addition, research shows that the arts can reduce patients' use of pain medication and length of stay in the hospital, and improve compliance with recommended treatments - offering substantial savings in healthcare costs. The focus on this type of healing environment has been implemented at the hospital since its opening and will be incorporated into the new expansion spaces under the management of the hospital art curator. Funding for interior and exterior art will be sought to create warm and comforting spaces for patients and families.The Campaign will seek $500,000 to support a healing environment including interior and exterior art. Special naming opportunities exist for a wellness walk and roof top physician terrace.