Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System and services nearly 500,000 residents in Orange and Sullivan Counties. We are a non-profit medical center driven by a mission to improve the health of our community by providing exceptional healthcare.
Orange Regional opened the new hospital in 2011 and has become the catalyst for expansion of current services as well as new program development. Most notably in 2012, Orange Regional opened a 10-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the Rowley Family Birthing Center to care for premature and sick newborns.
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In addition, planning has begun to develop advanced Pediatric services in our region. Developing a specialized program to provide the best, most comprehensive service to our Pediatric patients and their families is one of the most important undertakings that a hospital can embark upon. With your help, this service can come to life and the tens-of-thousands of children who live in our community will be treated to the best possible experience in Pediatric care.
Children account for 26% of our area’s population and includes all children from birth through the age of 17. Access to specialty care locally has become an increasing challenge for this segment of our population. The majority of these patients travel to Westchester Medical Center, 90 minutes away, for routine specialty care.
On an annual basis, Orange Regional treats more than 11,000 children in the Emergency Department. However, only 650 of the almost 4,000 Inpatient Pediatric admissions from our service area were able to receive care locally. Through the development of The Pediatric Center, the majority of these children could be treated locally.
Recognizing the need for advanced Pediatric services locally, pediatricians initiated the charge to help bring additional services closer to home for the population they care for. A collaborative Steering Committee was formed with representation from all Pediatric groups in our area and Orange Regional’s leadership. This committee reviewed the Pediatric data, then identified and ranked the Pediatric medical needs of our community. Based on these results, a 3-year implementation plan was developed to create The Pediatric Center at Orange Regional Medical Center.
The Pediatric Center at Orange Regional Medical Center will be developed over three years beginning in 2013 and seeks to address the vast majority of Pediatric healthcare needs. The Pediatric Center will provide children, from birth through age 17, with quality care in a child-friendly, family centered environment. The Pediatric Center will address the unique medical needs of our youngest patients in an atmosphere specifically designed to reduce their anxiety about hospitals. It will provide access to a range of specialists and a truly state-of-the-art facility.
Implementation Plan of The Pediatric Center:
Year 1 - 2013:
- Construction of a designated Children's Emergency Department within ORMC’s current Emergency Department featuring Pediatric treatment areas in a secure, friendly setting
- Addition of Pediatric sub-specialty services including anesthesia, urology and neurology
- Specialized staff including Pediatric Hospitalists, Pediatric Nurses and a Child Life Specialist
Year 2 - 2014:
- Addition and expansion of Pediatric sub-specialty services, including endocrinology, surgery, psychiatry and telemetry
- Creating a child-friendly environment & experience through sensitivity training for all staff and addition of amenities, artwork and more
- Equipping and furnishing the Hospital to be better suited to treat children
Year 3 - 2015:
- Enhanced Pediatric Inpatient experience through new amenities
- Some of the Inpatient rooms retrofitted and equipped as Pediatric Intensive Care (PIC) Rooms
- Community outreach and educational programs on children’s health and wellness
How You Can Help
The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation is conducting a capital campaign to raise funds for this much needed and exciting project. In addition to accepting pledges and donations, there will be events and activities to support this fundraising effort over the next few years as the program is developed.
Please consider making a donation today to help ensure that children receive exceptional healthcare locally. It is easy to make an donation! Donate online (select Capital Campaign on the Gift Type pulldown to allocate your donation to the Lend A Hand Campaign) or download our pledge form. View additional information on ways of giving to the Pediatric campaign. If you are interested in giving to our Child Life Program Wish List please click here for a list of new items that you can donate.
The Emergency Department will feature artwork by children's book illustrator Steven Petruccio, who has designed detailed murals featuring Hudson Valley-native plants and animals. The mural is titled The Fabled Forest. Follow Steven's blog as he shares the progress of the mural.