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Michael E. Hoffman, MD Joins Orange Regional Medical Group’s Urology Department

February 8, 2017  – Michael E. Hoffman, MD, has joined Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) to provide urological care. Dr. Hoffman joins ORMG’s urology team which includes Gerard Galarneau, MD, Dawud Lankford, MD, and physician assistant, Maribeth Widas.

“The addition of Dr. Hoffman to our team further enhances our mission to provide comprehensive clinical care to our patients,” said Greater Hudson Valley Health System Medical Group Executive Director, Jerry Dunlavey. “Dr. Hoffman is a clinical leader whose urological expertise is a testament to the level of care we provide our patients.”

Michael E. Hoffman, Orange Regional Medical Group UrologistA Board-certified urologist, Dr. Hoffman received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. He’s held a residency in general surgery at Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Center in New York, NY and also held a urology residency at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. In addition, Dr. Hoffman is a member of the American Urological Association and Endourological Society.

Dr. Hoffman specializes in general male and female urology and has a special interest in complex kidney stone treatment and prevention, prostate health and treatment, incontinence treatment and oncology. He also offers no needle, no scalpel office vasectomy.

Appointments for urology services are available at ORMG’s office at 707 East Main Street, in Middletown, NY. To schedule an appointment, call 845-333-7575.

About Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG)

Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) is part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. ORMG is a growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported Group with Board-certified doctors, board-certified nurse practitioners and Board-certified advanced practice professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care. The Group services Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster counties and beyond. For more information, visit orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org.


Orange Regional Medical Group Opens Urgent Care in Monroe and Middletown

September 26, 2016

Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) now has Urgent Care centers open in Monroe and Middletown.

The centers deliver a wide range of healthcare services to individuals suffering from significant, yet non-life threatening, injuries or illnesses. These include allergic reactions, nose bleeds, minor lacerations, dehydration, mild to moderate asthma, mild fevers, skin rashes, sprains and broken fingers and toes.

“We are very pleased to offer Urgent Care services in two locations, which will allow more Orange County patients to get the care they need when experiencing a condition that needs immediate medical attention,” said Dr. Rona Heublum-Colton, a Board-certified urgent care and internal medicine physician who leads ORMG’s Urgent Care services. “Our staff is fast and comprehensive in its delivery of healthcare to patients throughout our region.”

ORMG’s Urgent Care services are for individuals of all ages who are not facing emergent situations, but who have injuries or illnesses serious enough that they cannot wait for an appointment with their primary physician. No appointment is required.

The Urgent Care centers are located in Monroe at 475 Route 17M (in the Stop & Shop Plaza) and in Middletown at 707 East Main Street (in the Outpatient Building on the main campus of Orange Regional Medical Center. The Monroe location is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Middletown location is open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.ormc.org/ormg/urgent_care.aspx.

The Middletown Urgent Care center is located within the new 153,000 square-foot, five-story Outpatient Building on the main campus of Orange Regional Medical Center. The new building is adjacent to the new 26,000-square-foot, single-story Spagnoli Family Cancer Center. The $99 million expansion project relocates most outpatient services currently provided at other off-campus locations into new, state-of-the-art buildings. Both new buildings are patient-centered healing environments that incorporate all the latest technology and amenities for patients and families.


Orange Regional Medical Group Adds Rheumatology To Specialty Services

September 7, 2016

Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Group is proud to announce its new Rheumatology Department, established to address the growing healthcare needs of the community.

The Rheumatology Department provides diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases such as osteoarthritis, psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, scleroderma, myositis and vasculitis. Bella Fradlis, MD and Jowairiyya Ahmad, MD are Board-certified physicians within the department.

Rheumatic diseases affect joints, muscles and bones and typically will cause pain, swelling and stiffness. The prevalence of rheumatic diseases is substantial and projected to grow. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2013 there was an estimated 52.5 million U.S. adults suffering from arthritis and other rheumatic conditions.

Some people are at higher risk for developing a rheumatic disease based on factors of genetics, environmental attributes, gender and age; however, rheumatic disease can develop in people of any age, sex or race.

“Most people have experienced muscle or joint swelling or discomfort in their lives; however, if you experience symptoms of rheumatic disease, or are concerned that pain is not resolving as you would expect, we recommend seeking an evaluation from your primary care doctor,” said Dr. Fradlis. “If there is indication of an underlying rheumatic condition present, he/she will refer you to our Rheumatology Department for further evaluation and diagnosis. Early detection and treatment is key to managing your symptoms, as well as preventing further joint damage.”

To make an appointment with an Orange Regional Medical Group Rheumatologist please call 845-333-7575 or visit OrangeRegionalMedicalGroup.org

About Orange Regional Medical Group

Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) is part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. ORMG is a growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with board-certified doctors, board-certified nurse practitioners and board-certified advanced practice professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster counties and beyond. For more information, visit OrangeRegionalMedicalGroup.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Pledges to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in Orange County

March 2, 2016

Joins Forces with the American Cancer Society in a shared goal to have 80% of adults aged 50 and older regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018

Middletown, NY – In conjunction with National Colon Cancer Awareness Day on March 4, 2016, Orange Regional Medical Center announced its pledge to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates in Orange County by supporting the 80% by 2018 initiative, led by the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (an organization co-founded by the ACS and CDC).

Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths; however, it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through proper colorectal cancer screening, physicians can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon, before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer altogether.

“Colorectal cancer is a major public health problem, and adults age 50 and older should be regularly screened for it, but we have found that many people aren’t getting tested because they don’t believe they are at risk, don’t understand that there are testing options or don’t think they can afford it,” said Connie Bordenga, MD, MS, Health Systems Manager for the American Cancer Society. “The truth is that the vast majority of cases of colorectal cancer occur in people age 50 and older. Colorectal cancer in its’ early stages usually has no symptoms, so everyone 50 and older should get tested. There are several screening options available including home testing kits. Plus, many public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening and there may be local resources available to help those that are uninsured.”

“We are proud to join the cause to improve colorectal cancer screening rates,” said VP, Operations, Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Sandra Iberger. “We are asking all members of our community to come together and join Orange Regional Medical Center by getting screened and talking to your friends and family who are over 50 years of age about getting screened. Together, we can help to eliminate colorectal cancer.”

While colorectal cancer incidence rates have dropped 30 percent in the U.S. over the last 10 years among adults 50 and older, it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S, despite being highly preventable, detectable and treatable. In fact, in 2015 in the U.S., 132,700 cases of colorectal cancer were diagnosed.

Contact your gastroenterologist today to schedule a colonoscopy. For more information about Endoscopy services offered at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit http://www.ormc.org/Endoscopy

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

“80% by 2018”

80 by 2018 is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) initiative in which over 500 organizations have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer by 2018. Leading public health organizations, such as ACS, CDC and the NCCRT are rallying organizations to embrace this shared goal.

Part of the 80% by 2018 goal is to leverage the energy of multiple and diverse partners to empower communities, patients, providers to increase screening rates. The 80% by 2018 initiative consists of health care providers, health systems, communities, businesses, community health centers, government, non-profit organizations and patient advocacy groups who are committed to getting more people screened for colorectal cancer to prevent more cancers and save lives.

Orange Regional’s Comprehensive Cancer Services

The Spagnoli Family Cancer Center provides a comprehensive range of services for diagnosing and treating various types of cancers. From breast and lung cancer to esophageal and head or neck cancer, Orange Regional offers the latest diagnostic and cancer-fighting technologies, including robotic surgery, radio frequency ablation and the most-advanced radiation therapy technology. The Center provides treatment options, including clinical trials, and procedures locally for all stages of cancer. Trained at the nation’s most prestigious medical centers, Orange Regional offers a team of experienced physicians who are backed by our skillful, certified oncology nurses, research coordinators, navigators and caring staff. For more information on Cancer Care Services at Orange Regional, visit www.ormccancercare.org.

American Cancer Society and ORMC joined forces to sign a pledge in support of the 80% by 2018 initiative.

Caption: From L to R; American Cancer Society Senior Market Manager, Anna Trocino, Patrice Lestrange Mack, Communications Director, Health Systems Manager, Hospitals, Connie Bordenga, MD, MS, Orange Regional Medical Center President & CEO, Scott Batulis, Vice President, Operations, Sandra Iberger, Manager of Clinical Trials & Community Outreach, Jessica Gerlach and Administrator of Oncology Services, Regina Toomey Bueno joined forces to sign a pledge in support of the 80% by 2018 initiative.


Four New Physicians Join Orange Regional Medical Group Hospitalist Program


January 25, 2016


Middletown, NY --- Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) is pleased to announce the addition of four new physicians to its Department of Hospital Medicine. These physicians will provide hospitalist services to Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) inpatients.

A hospitalist is a hospital-based physician who is a Board-certified internist who cares solely for hospitalized patients. They see hospitalized patients have been referred by primary care doctors, emergency room doctors or other physicians at the hospital.

A patient’s primary care physician and the ORMG hospitalist work together. At the time of admission and discharge, the hospitalist provides a detailed report of findings and treatment plans that can be sent to patient’s primary physician.

Hospitalists devote all their time to hospitalized patients and can be at a patient’s bedside in minutes. However, a patient’s care is returned to his or her primary care physician upon discharge from the hospital.
Orange Regional Medical Group’s new hospitalist physicians are:


Annie Lee, M.D.
Medical school: Ross University Medical School, Dominica, West Indies
Residency: St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, N. Y.


Mayur Paralkar, M.D.
Medical school: K.J. Somaiya Medical College & Research Center, Mumbai (Bombay) University, Mumbai, India
Residency: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, N.J.


Amrita Sachdeva, M.D.
Medical school: Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Residency: Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, N.J.


Rita Sharma, M.D.
Medical school: St. George's University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies
Residency: Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, N. J.

Greater Hudson Valley Health System Medical Group Chief Medical Officer and
Director of Hospital Medicine, Izabela Nowosielski, M.D., said hospitalists are familiar with every department and specialist, and have the immediate ability of following up on test results and treatments.

“Our clinical mission is to provide the best, comprehensive, evidence-based clinical care to Orange Regional hospitalized patients,” Dr. Nowosielski added. “The partnership between our hospitalists and Orange Regional patients’ physicians results in even better patient outcomes and a more positive hospital stay.”

About Orange Regional Medical Group
Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) and Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. CRMG and ORMG are new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported medical practices with Board-certified doctors, Board-certified nurse practitioners and Board-certified Advanced practice professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and beyond. For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org


Rona Heublum-Colton, MD joins Orange Regional Medical Group

January 21, 2016


Middletown, NY - Rona Heublum-Colton, MD, has joined the Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) Primary Care office in Monroe, NY.

Dr. Heublum-Colton earned her medical degree from the City College of New York Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/ CUNY Medical School in New York and New York Medical College in Valhalla. She completed her residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at University Hospital and Medical Center at SUNY Stony Brook.

Prior to joining ORMG, Dr. Heublum-Colton was an internist and head of the Department of Internal Medicine at Mid-Hudson Medical Group in Fishkill, NY providing primary and urgent care services. She is affiliated with Vassar Brothers Medical Center and Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, both in Poughkeepsie, and is a member of Orange Regional’s Internal Medicine Department.

Dr. Heublum-Colton is also an adjunct clinical professor of primary care medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Middletown, NY. She is Board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Orange Regional Medical Group has two locations. For more information, call the Middletown office located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 135, at 845-333-7575 or the Monroe office located at 475 Route 17M, at
845-333-7830.

About Orange Regional Medical Group
Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) is part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. ORMG is a new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with board-certified doctors, board-certified nurse practitioners and board-certified advanced practice professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Sullivan, Ulster counties and beyond. For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org.


Greater Hudson Valley Health System Announces Medical Group Chief Operating Officer


December 10, 2015

Middletown, NY - Wendy Manter, MHA, MHS-HIA has joined the Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS) Medical Group as Chief Operating Officer.

Ms. Manter was previously at Maine-General Health in Augusta, ME as Vice President, Sr. Physician Practice Administration. In addition, she also previously served as the Chief Operating Officer at Lowcountry Medical Associates, P.C., a sixty physician primary care practice in Charleston, SC.

In the role of GHVHS Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Manter is responsible for all Medical Group operations on a day to day basis including all of the Orange and Sullivan County based practices. She is responsible for identifying and implementing best practice standards while working in partnership with physicians, management and staff to implement these standards in support of the achievement of medical group and health system initiatives. Ms. Manter works to establish effective and productive working relationships within the medical group and health system leadership team. Her major areas of focus include operational planning and management; implementing strategy and transformational change; supporting growth; cultivating a culture of operational excellence; and developing a high performing / high quality medical group.

Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) and Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. ORMG and CRMG are primary care and multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified Doctors, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals. For more information, please visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.


Greater Hudson Valley Health System Announces Medical Group Chief Medical Officer


December 9, 2015

Middletown, NY - Izabela Nowosielski, MD, FHM has been appointed as Chief Medical Officer for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System Medical Group. Dr. Nowosielski is also Medical Director for the GHVHS Medical Group’s Hospitalist Program and has served as Director of Quality and Clinical Effectiveness for the Medical Group. The transition of Orange Regional Medical Center’s hospitalist services to the GHVHS Medical Group in September was a huge success and we have already seen several positive trends including a decrease in length of stay and hospital readmissions under Dr. Nowosielski’s leadership. As Director of Quality and Clinical Effectiveness, Dr. Nowosielski has been a physician advocate and has implemented several key initiatives focused on communication, culture and operational improvements in support of the physician practice.

Dr. Nowosielski received her degree in Medicine from SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, NY and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT. Prior to joining the GHVHS Medical Group, Dr. Nowosielski was Chief of Hospital Medicine at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, a 320-bed acute care teaching hospital located in Englewood, NJ, associated with Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

In her new role as Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Nowosielski oversees the clinical affairs of GHVHS Medical Group and all Medical Group clinical leadership positions report to her. She will continue to facilitate the development of strategies related to vision, culture and performance expectations as well as professional development. She will work closely with the administrative team to ensure that strategies are aligned.
 
Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) and Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. ORMG and CRMG are primary care and multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified Doctors, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals. For more information, please visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.


Orange Regional Medical Group
establishes Urology Department

Specialized Internal Medicine Services provided to patients
at Orange Regional Medical Center

October 22, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Group’s network of care has expanded with the establishment of a Urology Department.

The Group’s Urology team is comprised of Gerard Galarneau, M.D., Dawud Lankford, M.D., and physician assistant Maribeth Widas. “Our mission is to provide comprehensive clinical care to our patients,” said Jerry Dunlavey, Greater Hudson Valley Health Service Medical Group executive director. The addition of a Urology Department allows us to do just that.”  

Dr. Galarneau has been an active Orange Regional Medical Center medical staff member since 2000.In July 2013, he was appointed as Chief Medical Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Catskill Regional Medical Center.  A Board-certified urologic surgeon, Dr. Galarneau received his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY and his Master's degree in medical management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He’s held residencies in both general surgery and urology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

Dr. Lankford earned a dual medical degree and Master’s degree in public health from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN and the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. He completed his residency in Urology and a Fellowship in Endourology, Laparoscopy and robotic assisted surgery at New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY. He currently performs robotic surgery and advanced Endourology at Orange Regional Medical Center.

Ms. Widas is a Board-certified, licensed physician assistant with over 18 years of experience. She completed her physician assistant program at Stony Brook University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Manhattan College.

Appointments for Urology services are available in Orange Regional Medical Group’s office at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 135 in Middletown. To schedule an appointment, call 333-7575.

Gerard Galarneau, M.D. Dawud Lankford, M.D. Maribeth Widas


About Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG)

Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) and Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. ORMG and CRMG are new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified Doctors, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and beyond.  For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.


Orange Regional Medical Group
Introduces Hospitalist Program

Specialized Internal Medicine Services provided to patients
at Orange Regional Medical Center

October 14, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) is pleased to offer hospitalist services to Orange Regional Medical Center’s (ORMC) inpatients through its Department of Hospital Medicine.

Hospitalists are Board-certified internists who devote their time to the treatment of hospitalized patients. These physicians see inpatients who have been referred from their primary care doctors, emergency room doctors or other physicians within the hospital. They do not see patients outside of the hospital setting.

“Primary care doctors partner with hospitalists to take care of patients admitted to the hospital.” said Scott Batulis, Greater Hudson Valley Health System president and CEO. “This gives the patient the benefit of being cared for by a physician who is entirely focused on his or her care and safety while hospitalized.”

Because hospitalists devote all of their time to hospitalized patients, they are always close to the patient’s bedside, ultimately resulting in even better patient outcomes and a more positive hospital stay.  

A patient’s primary care physician and the ORMG hospitalist work together. At the time of admission and discharge, the hospitalist provides a detailed report of findings and treatment plans that can be sent to patient’s primary physician. Patients return to the care of their primary care physician after being treated by a hospitalist.

Izabela Nowosielski, M.D., medical director of Orange Regional’s Department of Hospital Medicine and ORMG director of quality and clinical effectiveness, said hospitalists are familiar with every department and specialist, and have the immediate access to test results and treatments.

“Our clinical mission is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based clinical care to Orange Regional hospitalized patients,” she said. “This is the next generation of state-of-the-art patient care.”

ORMG’s hospitalist physicians include Nowosielski, associate medical directors Drs. Leroy Cordero Floyd III and Adrian Paraschiev; and Drs. Daniela Andreca, Aman Bakshi, Joseph Chavez Carey, Najmi Khan, Cyrus Nensey, Sanjay Nerker, John Park, Neal Patel, Ryan Punsalan and Eugene Rezvin who all work with nurse practitioners Stephanie Adigun and Raquel Castillo-Rodriguez.

“Our hospitalist program is a tremendous benefit to Orange Regional patients,” added Batulis. “We’re proud to introduce this program to Orange County. This is another example of our commitment to excellence in patient care.”

Stephanie
Adigun
Daniela Andreca, M.D. Aman Bakshi, M.D. Raquel Castillo-Rodriguez
Leroy Cordero
Floyd III, M.D.
Najmi Khan,
M.D.
Cyrus Nensey, M.D. Sanjay Nerker,
M.D.
Adrian Paraschiev, M.D. John Park,
M.D.
Neal Patel,
M.D.
Ryan Punsalan,
M.D.
Eugene Rezvin,
M.D.



About Orange Regional Medical Group

Orange Regional Medical Group is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, along with Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Group. It is a multi-specialty, hospital-supported medical practice staffed with Board-certified Physicians, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals who provide quality healthcare throughout Orange County and surrounding areas. Walk-ins are welcome and same day appointments are available at offices in Middletown and Monroe, NY. For more information including locations and hours visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org.



Orange Regional Medical Group Offers Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

October 13, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Group is proud to announce its new division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine (PCCSM) which features highly trained, experienced and compassionate physicians and physician assistants.

The division of PCCSM provides patient services in critical care medicine, pulmonary inpatient consultation, pulmonary outpatient practice and sleep medicine. Murali G. Krishna, M.D., FCCP, Aamir Gilani, M.D. and Samer El Zarif, M.D are Board-certified physicians within the division. Additionally, the PCCSM division has four physician assistants: Brian Chartier, Rokhsareh Eyvazkhany, Kirsten Hammar and Jonathan Weiss.

The PCCSM division’s physicians and physician assistants provide critical care at the state-of-the-art Intensive Care Unit of Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC), which encompasses a focus on point of care ultrasound and echocardiography. They also form the core of the hospital’s medical emergency response (code blue/rapid response) team. The critical care M.D.s are available in the hospital from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the critical care physician assistants are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The division’s clinicians also provide consultative pulmonary services to inpatients at ORMC. Pneumonia, acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma exacerbation, lung nodules/masses, sleep disorders and pleural effusions are some of the most commonly treated diseases at ORMC.

At the pulmonary outpatient practice of the division, located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 135, the PCCSM clinician team treats patients with common diseases, including asthma, COPD, lung nodules, lung cancer, smoking cessation, sleep disorders, interstitial lung disease and pulmonary hypertension. The practice is enrolling patients in the new lung cancer-screening program, approved by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS). Individual smoking cessation help is available and provided at the office, as well.

Dr. Krishna, Board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine, also serves as an Assistant Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown. Furthermore, Dr. Krishna is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP) and a member of American Thoracic Society (ATS) and Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). An author of multiple publications and two books, Dr. Krishna received his medical degree from Madras Medical College in Chennai, India and graduated from the Internal Medicine Residency program at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Additionally, he earned a Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Jacobi Medical Center and Jack D. Weiler Hospital in the Bronx, N.Y.

Dr. Gilani is Board-certified in internal and pulmonary medicine and is Board-eligible in critical care and preventive medicine. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), American Thoracic Society (ATS), Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) and American Association of Physician Leadership. He also serves as an adjunct assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown.

Dr. Gilani received his medical degree from the National University of Science and Technology in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He worked as a family physician in rural communities in the beautiful valley of Kashmir before moving to the United States where he worked in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Department at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as part of a “virtual navigation study” for patients with lung nodules. He then completed his residency with Pinnacle Health System in Harrisburg, Pa., followed by fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine, as well as residency training in leadership preventative medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. He holds a master’s degree in public health from The Dartmouth Institute.

Dr. El Zarif is Board-certified in internal, pulmonary, and critical care medicine, and is Board-eligible in sleep medicine. Experienced in treating patients with sleep disorders, Dr. El Zarif interprets sleep studies performed at the ORMC Center for Sleep Medicine. He also treats patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), as well as patients with insomnia. He is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), American Thoracic Society (ATS), American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the Sleep Research Society (SRC). Additionally, he serves as an adjunct assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown.

Dr. El Zarif earned a Bachelor of Science in biology at the American University of Beirut before receiving his medical degree from the University of Balamand in Koura, Lebanon. He completed his internal medicine residency at Staten Island University Hospital, where he was nominated for the Intern of the Year award. After moving to Mobile, Ala., Dr. El Zarif completed a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of South Alabama, where he also served as a Chief Fellow during the last year of his training.

After completing his fellowship, Dr. El Zarif was accepted for a sleep medicine fellowship at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, a global referral center. During his training, he treated both adults and pediatric patients with complex sleep related medical disorders. His special interest is in the post-operative complications of sleep apnea, and recently presented the results of his research orally at the SLEEP 2015 annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies.

About Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG)
Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) and Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. ORMG and CRMG are new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified Doctors, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and beyond.  For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org


Nathaniel Margolis, M.D. Appointed as Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center Medical Director

September 24, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Nathaniel Margolis, M.D. to the position of medical director of the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center.

“Dr. Margolis brings tremendous experience and innovative thinking to our center’s daily operations,” said Sandra Iberger, vice president, operations, for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. “His combination of trend-setting, breast disease clinical knowledge and humane, compassionate care makes him the perfect leader for our nationally-recognized breast care program.”

Dr. Margolis’ extensive experience includes serving as a breast imaging Fellow and Chief Resident of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine’s Department of Diagnostic Radiology. He spent many years conducting breast cancer research at NYU as well.

Dr. Margolis received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and received his Bachelor’s degree in biomedical science, as part of the school’s accelerated Bachelor’s degree/medical degree program, from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of New York. He attended the international exchange program at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.
He is the recipient of numerous medical honors and awards and co-authored and/or co-presented almost 30 medical research topics to a wide variety of professional and community organizations. Additionally, Dr. Margolis is co-author of a chapter focusing on quality and patient safety in the forthcoming book, “Quality and Patient Safety in Imaging.”

“I’m looking forward to being a part of this world class breast center,” stated Dr. Margolis. “I came here because of their commitment to state-of-the-art, exceptional quality care. The breast center positively impacts the lives of so many patients, by not only detecting cancers at early, treatable stages, but also by prioritizing the patient experience. Their outstanding patient satisfaction scores speak for themselves. I’m honored to be a part of the team.”

To learn more about career opportunities at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org/careers. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

About the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center
Located at the Orange Regional Medical Center Pavilion, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is designed with the convenience of patients in mind. The Center provides a comprehensive breast care program with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and services, together with clinicians who are experts in their field - centralized in one convenient location.

The Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center was designated by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and is fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.  Additionally, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center has been granted a prestigious three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. As a NQMBC Certified Participant, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is currently the only certified participant in Orange County and only one of four in New York State. This distinguished honor represents a commitment to provide the highest quality breast healthcare to patients in the community.


Orange Regional Medical Group Opens New Primary Care Office in Monroe

September 23, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce it has expanded its reach by opening a new primary care location in Monroe, N.Y. The beautiful and spacious new office provides increased accessibility to family health care for residents in Monroe and surrounding areas.

The Monroe location is the latest addition to the Orange Regional Medical Center’s network of care. Through the office, patients will have local access to advanced primary medical treatment, while maintaining a connection to the Medical Center’s premier hospital facilities, leading technological equipment and critical health services and emergency care.

The new office is conveniently located at 475 Route 17M in Monroe near Stop and Shop. Orange Regional Medical Group - Monroe has Board-certified physicians and Family nurse practitioners, providing primary health care services to adults and children of all ages including routine screenings, including allergy testing, strep and flu analysis, flu shots, blood draws and other diagnostic services. Leading the Monroe office is Dr. Joseph Chavez Carey who is Board-certified in family medicine and is bilingual (English and Spanish). He earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency in family medicine at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, C.A..

“We are thrilled to expand the patient offerings of the Orange Regional Medical Group through the opening of our new Monroe office,” said Jerry Dunlavey, executive director of the GHVHS Medical Group, parent of Orange Regional Medical Group.”Monroe patients will receive the best primary health care available and be connected to the larger services of the Orange Regional Medical Center.”

Dr. Chavez Carey and his team are accepting patients and can be reached at the Monroe Medical Group office at 845-333-7830.

Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) and Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. ORMG and CRMG are new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified Doctors, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange and Sullivan, Counties and beyond. For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center’s Patient Navigator among Six Finalists for National Caregiver Award

September 17, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Lung, Head and Neck Cancer Patient Navigator, Jayne O'Malley, BSN, RN, OCN, has been selected as a finalist by the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare for its 2015 National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year (NCCY) Award.

Ms. O’Malley was nominated for her hard work in meeting the needs of patients with serious diagnoses and finding ways to ease the burden of their treatment process. She is a registered nurse with specialized training in Oncology and for nearly 16 years has dedicated her skills and expertise to cancer care.

"We are extremely proud of Jayne and this honor which embodies her compassion for and dedication to the healthcare profession and our patients,” said Sandra Iberger, VP, Operations Greater Hudson Valley Health System. “She is a phenomenal caregiver who makes a difference in the lives of so many.” “These six exceptional caregivers were selected as the 2015 NCCY Award finalists because they epitomize compassionate care through their dedication in providing patients and families with emotional support, mutual trust, respect and compassion," said Julie Rosen, Executive Director of the Schwartz Center. "We look to honor these special caregivers for the difference they are making in countless lives and for serving as national champions in building a culture of compassion in healthcare."

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a national nonprofit leading the movement to bring compassion to every patient-caregiver interaction, has selected six healthcare providers throughout the U.S. for its prestigious Schwartz Center National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year (NCCY) Award. The 2015 award recipient will be announced on Nov. 18, 2015 at the 20th Annual Kenneth B. Schwartz Compassionate Healthcare Dinner in Boston before an audience of more than 2,000 healthcare leaders, caregivers and patients. Award-winning author Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, will present the inaugural NCCY Award as the event's honorary speaker.

This year marks the Schwartz Center's 20th anniversary and the national expansion of the NCCY Award program, which was established to elevate excellence in compassionate care. For the past 16 years, the Schwartz Center has honored outstanding healthcare providers who display extraordinary devotion and compassion in caring for patients and families.

"These six exceptional caregivers were selected as the 2015 NCCY Award finalists because they epitomize compassionate care through their dedication in providing patients and families with emotional support, mutual trust, respect and compassion," said Julie Rosen, Executive Director of the Schwartz Center. "We look to honor these special caregivers for the difference they are making in countless lives and for serving as national champions in building a culture of compassion in healthcare."

The award recipient will receive a $5,000 monetary prize, and the five finalists will receive $1,000 each.

The Schwartz Center National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award is made possible through the generous support of Modern Healthcare, the media sponsor of this year's award.

About the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare
The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare is a national nonprofit leading the movement to bring compassion to every patient-caregiver interaction. Now in its 20th year, the Schwartz Center has more than 375 member healthcare organizations in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to more than 100 sites in the U.K. that conduct its signature Schwartz Center Rounds® program. Research shows that when caregivers are compassionate, patients do better and caregivers rediscover their passion for healing. The Center believes that a strong patient-caregiver relationship characterized by effective communication, emotional support, mutual trust and respect, and the involvement of families in healthcare decisions is fundamental to high-quality healthcare. For more information, visit theschwartzcenter.org and follow the Center on Facebook and Twitter.

About Orange Regional’s Comprehensive Cancer Services
The Spagnoli Family Cancer Center provides a comprehensive range of services for diagnosing and treating various types of cancers. From breast and lung cancer to esophageal and head or neck cancer, Orange Regional offers the latest diagnostic and cancer-fighting technologies, including robotic surgery, radio frequency ablation and the most-advanced radiation therapy technology. The Center provides treatment options and procedures locally for all stages of cancer. Trained at the nation's most prestigious medical centers, Orange Regional offers a team of experienced physicians who are backed by our skillful, certified oncology nurses and caring staff. For more information, visit www.ormc.org/cancer.


Orange Regional Medical Center Offers
Free Prostate Screenings

September 14, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center in partnership with Orange Regional Medical Group is offering free prostate cancer screenings during the week of September 28 at the Community Health Education Center, located at 110 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. Pre-registration is required. To schedule an exam, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by September 24. Appointments are limited.

The prostate screening consists of a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a prostate specific antigen (PSA) blood test, each of which takes about a minute to perform.  The combination of these two methods is the most effective procedure for detecting prostate cancer at an early stage.  The prostate screening program is for men who meet the following criteria:

• Have not been under the care of a urologist in the past 5 years
• Have no personal history of prostate cancer
• Are between the ages of 40 - 75
 
Thomas Eanelli, MDGerard Galarneau, MDMaribeth Widas, PA Participating physicians in this year’s screening include Thomas Eanelli, MD and Emelito Gonzalez, MD in addition to Orange Regional Medical Group providers, Gerard Galarneau, MD, Dawud Lankford, MD and Maribeth Widas, PA.

According to the Prostate Cancer Education Council, one out of every six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. If detected early, treatment options are much broader, and the chances for a cure are much greater. For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center, please call 1-888-321-ORMC.     

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.  

About Catskill Regional and Orange Regional Medical Groups

Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group are members of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, along with Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group are multi-specialty, hospital-supported medical practices that currently include Urology, Endocrinology, Surgical Services and Primary Care. The Medical Groups are staffed with Board-certified Physicians, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals who provide quality healthcare throughout Orange and Sullivan Counties and surrounding areas. Walk-ins are welcome and same day appointments are available.  For more information including locations and hours visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Presents
A Health and Wellness Fair

Free Health Screenings And Education Offered on September 12 At The Galleria Mall

September 10, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center will present a health and wellness fair offering free screenings and education to the community on Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Galleria at Crystal Run – Center Court, One Galleria Drive, in Middletown. Orange Regional representatives will be on hand to answer questions, showcase healthcare services, provide educational information and offer free screenings and risk assessments. There will be giveaways and prizes.

The event will feature free blood pressure screenings offered by Orange Regional’s Healthy Heart Program, a fatal vision demonstration sponsored by the Injury Prevention and Trauma Program and a Meet and Greet with physicians from Orange Regional Medical Group including Dr. Murali Krishna, Medical Director of Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine and Dr. Jennifer Vazquez – Bryan, Primary Care Physician. We will offer free face painting for the kids and Macaroni the Clown will be on hand to entertain the whole family. Plus, Fox 103.1 (WJGK) will broadcast live from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Health and Wellness Fair



Additional Orange Regional outpatient services will be on hand providing health information and free giveaways including: Diagnostic Imaging; Children’s Emergency Department; Cardiology; Breast Center; Respiratory Services; Bariatric Surgery Program; Center for Sleep Medicine; Bone & Joint Center; Express Lab; Outpatient Rehabilitation; Dunkelman Diabetes Center; Wound Healing Center; Reiki Therapy; Stroke; Outpatient Oncology Services; Counseling Services and Alcohol & Chemical Dependency Program. The community is encouraged to visit with our medical experts, ask questions and learn healthy tips.

To learn more about Orange Regional Medical Center or for more information, please call 845-695-5833 or visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


Orange Regional Medical Center Presents Tapestry Exhibit

Mary Flad: Woven Wonders – September 17 through October 30

September 9, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center presents a new textile exhibit, Mary Flad: Woven Wonders, featuring the work of Hudson Valley tapestry artist Mary Flad. The opening reception with the artist will be held on Thursday, September 17 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, on the ground floor gallery adjacent to the Conference Center. Refreshments will be served and the artist will demonstrate weaving techniques. The exhibit will remain on view through October 30.

Detail Early Spring III, 2015, tapestry weaving by Mary Flad

Flad began tapestry weaving in the 1970s after moving to the Hudson Valley. She works on a linen warp and uses a variety of fibers, primarily wool, to develop her images. Flad draws design inspiration for her work from the landscapes and plant forms of the Hudson Valley. Her woven tapestries vary in palette, pattern and structure and range in size from a few inches to that of several square yards.

Flad notes that “woven tapestry has been practiced throughout human history in almost every part of the world. Turkish kilims, the Navaho rugs of the American southwest, medieval and renaissance tapestries that were created to be hung on the walls of castles and cathedrals- all of these are examples of this great craft and artistic tradition.” Flad is a member of the American Tapestry Alliance and teaches tapestry workshops at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center.

Mary Flad: Woven Wonders is part of Orange Regional’s Art Program which features changing art exhibits. These exhibits are free and open to the public. For additional information about the Art Program, contact Orange Regional’s Art Curator, Sarah Johnson, at 845-333-2385 or visit www.ormc.org/art for more information.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Mammograms

September 8, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Ray Moody, M.D. Breast Center and Orange Regional Medical Group, in partnership with Orange County Cancer Services, will offer free mammograms on Saturday, September 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center located at the Orange Regional Shewli Roy, MD Shewli Roy, MDMedical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. Participating physicians include Shewli Roy, MD, from Orange Regional Medical Group and Howard Karpoff, MD, FACS. Appointments are limited and must be made by Thursday, September 17. Pre-registration is required.

During the hour-long appointment, eligible individuals will be screened for breast cancer by having a clinical breast exam and mammography. The appointment will also include breast health education and a training video. The event is open to women without insurance who are currently not experiencing breast problems, while still meeting specific criteria. Participants must be over 40 years of age and have not had a mammogram through this program within the last year. Women who have had a mammogram within one year and are currently experiencing breast problems may still meet requirements for participation and are encouraged to call.

For more information and to register, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762). Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health Care System.

About Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center
Located at the Orange Regional Medical Center Pavilion, the Ray W. Moody Breast Center is designed with the convenience of patients in mind. The Center provides a comprehensive breast care program with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and services, together with clinicians who are experts in their field - centralized in one convenient location.

The Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center was designated by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and is fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy. Additionally, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center has been granted a prestigious three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. As a NQMBC Certified Participant, the Ray W. Moody M.D. Breast Center is currently the only certified participant in Orange County and only one of four in New York State. This distinguished honor represents a commitment to provide the highest quality breast healthcare to patients in the community.

About Catskill Regional and Orange Regional Medical Groups
Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group are members of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, along with Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group are multi-specialty, hospital-supported medical practices that currently include Urology, Endocrinology, Surgical Services and Primary Care. The Medical Groups are staffed with Board-certified Physicians, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals who provide quality healthcare throughout Orange and Sullivan Counties and surrounding areas. Walk-ins are welcome and same day appointments are available. For more information including locations and hours visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Appoints Nursing Manager of Centralized Telemetry

August 20, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Tammy Jollie, BSN, RN to the position of Centralized Telemetry Manager, Critical Care Division.

Tammy Jollie, BSN, RNMs. Jollie joined Orange Regional in 1993 as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She became a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1997 and a Registered Nurse in 2010. Her most recent position was Registered Nurse in the Progressive Care Unit. Ms. Jollie is certified in Critical Care and Telemetry Nursing. Ms. Jollie received the 1199 Nurse of Distinction Award in 2012 and was recognized as a top 20 finalist for the Hudson Valley Magazine Excellence in Nursing Award.

Ms. Jollie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, where she is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

To learn more about career opportunities at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org/careers. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Board of Trustees Announces New Members

July 17, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Foundation welcomes four new members to its Board of Trustees: Tonia Crown, Jessica Gardner, Michael Gilfeather and Terrence Olivo.

Tonia A. Crown, CPA, CITP is the Partner-in-Charge of the Auditing Department of Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP, headquartered in Newburgh, NY. Tonia joined the Firm in November 2001 and her 20 years of public accounting experience includes positions with Price Waterhouse, LLP, in Washington, D.C., and Deloitte & Touche in New York City.

Tonia is very active in the local community. She graduated from Catholic University of America where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and also graduated from John S. Burke Catholic High School in Goshen, NY.

Jessica Gardner is the founder and president of Media Solstice Marketing & PR, an award-winning interdisciplinary marketing agency in the Hudson Valley. Ms. Gardner has guided the growth of Media Solstice from a freelance operation to a full-service media firm which currently employs five full-time marketing professionals. The Media Solstice team helps advance the efforts of area companies and non-profit organizations, including (but not limited to) Monticello Motor Club, Orange County Citizens Foundation, the law firm of Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, the Sullivan County Visitors Association, Middletown Medical, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sullivan and Northern Orange Counties and Chapin Estate.

Ms. Gardner is a former award-winning journalist for the Times Herald-Record and has held leadership roles within the marketing departments of three successful Hudson Valley companies.

Michael J. Gilfeather is Orange County Trust Company President and CEO. He brings nearly 35 years of banking experience to his leadership position. He also serves in the same positions with the bank’s holding company, Orange County Bancorp, Inc.

Prior to joining Orange County Trust Company, Mr. Gilfeather was Chief Administrative Officer and Executive Vice President of Hudson Valley Bank, where he was directly responsible for the branch network, training and development, human resources and the bank’s trust department. Prior to joining Hudson Valley Bank in 2005, Mr. Gilfeather was with The Bank of New York for 20 years, where he was Senior Manager for all retail banking in the Borough of Manhattan.

Mr. Gilfeather is a board member of the Aquinas Housing Corporation in the Bronx, the Orange County Partnership and the New York Bankers Association.

Terrence Olivo has been a public school educator for 47 years and for more than thirty-eight of these years, he has been employed as a Central Office Administrator. Mr. Olivo began his career in the Highland Central School District, in Ulster County, as a history teacher. He left Highland, in January 1979, to become the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel in the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District. Ten years later, he became the district's Superintendent of Schools and held the position until his retirement in August 2004. In July 2007, he accepted an invitation to serve Orange-Ulster BOCES as Chief Operating Officer during the agency's search for a new District Superintendent. He served in that position for six years, retiring in August 2013. During his tenure as Chief Operating Officer, he oversaw the conversion of the former Arden Hill Hospital into the Orange-Ulster BOCES Regional Education Center which serves both adult and school age students from throughout the mid-Hudson area. It officially opened in September 2013 and the building was named the Terrence L. Olivo Building in recognition of his leadership.

Mr. Olivo serves the Mid-Hudson School Study Council as Director of Research. He is also a Member of Orange Regional Medical Center's Performance Improvement Committee.

Mr. Olivo graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Studies/Education from Marist College and a Master's degree in Educational Administration and a Certificate in Advanced Studies in School District Administration from SUNY New Paltz.

“These new board members bring an extraordinary breath of experience and influence to our board and we are really grateful to have them working with us to enhance our philanthropic efforts and move our hospital forward,” said Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees Chairman Jonathan Rouis.

For more information about ways to support Orange Regional Medical Center, please contact the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation office at 333-2333 or visit www.ormc.org/foundation.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


Catskill Regional & Orange Regional Medical Centers & Physician Groups Nationally Recognized with Marketing & Public Relations Awards

July 13, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center, Orange Regional Medical Center, Catskill Regional Medical Group and Orange Regional Medical Group, is proud to announce national recognition from the 32st Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards and the Aster Awards. The competitions, judged by a national panel, award healthcare organizations who showcase exemplary quality, creativity and message effectiveness in the areas of marketing and public relations. This year, Orange Regional Medical Center, Orange Regional Medical Group, Catskill Regional Medical Center, and Catskill Regional Medical Group were acknowledged for several awards, marking another successful year for the hospitals and physician groups, and the work of the Marketing and Public Relations Department.

Orange Regional Medical Center was the recipient of two Merit awards for the Hospital’s Residency brochure and their Aromatherapy brochure citing outstanding quality from Healthcare Advertising. Orange Regional Medical Group was the recipient of a Merit award for their Primary Care billboard, also for outstanding quality.  

Healthcare Advertising also recognized Catskill Regional Medical Center with a Gold award for its Employee Newsletter, Staff Matters, and a Merit award for its Stroke Center ad, which showcased the highest standard of excellence. Catskill Regional Medical Group received a Silver award for the Group’s monthly Health Tips e-newsletter, a Bronze award was given for its Breast Cancer Screening ad and a Merit award for its Primary Care radio spot.

The Aster Awards also recognized Orange Regional Medical Center with a Gold award and two Bronze awards. The Hospital received a Gold award for its Pediatric Emergency Department service line campaign and a Bronze award for its Aromatherapy brochure and its Spine/Orthopedic video. Orange Regional Medical Group was the recipient of a Silver award for its Primary Care billboard.

Catskill Regional Medical Center was honored by the Aster Awards with a Silver award for its May/June edition of the Employee Newsletter, Staff Matters. Catskill Regional Medical Group was recognized with a Bronze award for its Breast Cancer Screening ad and a Silver award for its monthly Health Tips e-newsletter

The GHVHS marketing and public relations department won the admirable healthcare awards in partnership with their local agency, Focus Media.

“We are honored to once again receive national recognition for our marketing efforts,” said GHVHS Executive Director of Marketing & Public Relations Rob Lee. “Our hospitals provide critical services and it is our duty to effectively deliver internal and external communication to the community.”

Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center are members of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. For more information about Catskill Regional Medical Center, visit www.crmcny.org. For more information about Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org.

Marketing & Public Relations Department

Top row from L to R: Community Outreach Marketing and Public Relations Specialist, Dominique Mohansingh and Marketing and Public Relations Director, Marcy Manheim.

Bottom row from L to R: Orange Regional Medical Group Marketing and Public Relations Director, Jolie DeFeis, Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Rob Lee and Marketing and Public Relations Senior Specialist, Lauren Kropf-Zuckerman.


Orange Regional Medical Center Supports World Breastfeeding Week

Rowley Family Birthing Center Participates in The Big Latch On

July 10, 2015

Middletown, NY - In support of World Breastfeeding Week, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Rowley Family Birthing Center invites nursing moms to join in The Big Latch On to be held on July 31, 2015 in conference room 1 at Orange Regional located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. Participants must register by calling 1-888-321-6762 or online at www.ormc.org/communityoutreach. Check in begins at 10:00 a.m. and The Big Latch On begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.

In addition, Orange Regional’s Rowley Family Birthing Center will offer its prenatal breastfeeding class free of charge on August 13, 2015 and on August 18, 2015.  Participation is limited and registration is required by calling 1-888-321-6762 or by visiting www.ormc.org/communityoutreach.

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated every year, August 1 through August 7, in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world. This year, the WBW theme is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!” The 2015 WBW campaign focuses on working women and breastfeeding. The goal is to empower and support ALL working women, to adequately combine work with child-rearing and breastfeeding, in particular.

“Orange Regional has always been dedicated to providing new moms with breastfeeding education and support. We have a robust lactation program and we are proud to continually promote the benefits of breastfeeding,” said Nursing Administrator of Women & Children’s Services Theresa Fay Conte.  “Additionally, Orange Regional supports our employees who are also nursing moms by providing a lactation room which provides privacy and comfort to pump frequently throughout the work day, as well as education and information that they may need.”

“Breastfeeding and pumping has come a long way in 12 years since my first child.  Upon my return to work at Orange Regional, after recently giving birth, I was equipped a pump that was provided by our insurance company and given the access code to the lactation room.  The lactation room also has a pump, a hospital grade pump, a comfortable chair, privacy screen, literature, a sink, and even a bowl of candy. There’s a communication board with Manager of Lactation Services, Debbie Vermilyea’s contact information and news,” said Jessica Gerlach, Manager of Clinical Trials & Community Outreach at Orange Regional Medical Center. “I used the pump in the room for a couple of reasons, it was faster and more efficient and it saved me from packing my pump every day.  More importantly, having Debbie in house is a wonderful benefit. She is kind, resourceful and really helped throughout the entire process.  We are incredibly lucky to have not only the lactation room and Debbie, but the support from the organization as well.  It is typically difficult for mothers to juggle breastfeeding and work, Orange Regional has truly made my experience easy, successful and dare I say enjoyable.”


For more information on the Rowley Family Birthing Center, visit www.ormc.org/maternity.  

For more information about World Breastfeeding Week, visit www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org.

For more information about the Big Latch On, visit
www.biglatchon.org/about-us.

For more information about a mother’s breastfeeding rights, visit www.nysbreastfeeding.org/laws-and-legislation.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

About the Rowley Family Birthing Center

The entire sixth floor of Orange Regional’s state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to the Rowley Family Birthing Center, where moms deliver in a nurturing, safe and comfortable environment while having the privacy they need during this special time. Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care provides advanced and specialized newborn care.

To ensure the needs of mother and baby are met in complete comfort and privacy, the birthing center includes a high-tech security system, 12 private labor/delivery and recovery rooms, 23 private post-partum rooms, private triage rooms and 2 operating rooms for caesarean delivery. Each room has a bathroom with a soothing shower, 300-thread count linens, scenic views, HDTV, an individual thermostat and sleeper sofa for your birthing partner. Carpeted hallways help create a quiet and more peaceful environment for rest and recovery. Room service is also available.

International Board-certified Lactation Consultants are available to provide both inpatient and outpatient support services to breastfeeding mothers. Prenatal breastfeeding classes and the option to rent hospital-grade, electric breast pumps, are available. For general information regarding breastfeeding or pump rentals at Orange Regional Medical Center, please contact the Orange Regional Medical Center Lactation Department at 333-6274.

The Center’s experienced and caring nurses attend to patient’s emotional and physical needs and work to fully support each birthing plan. Nurses work with care providers and guide families through the experience from preparations for birth through delivery and post-partum care.


Orange Regional Medical Center Commissions Behavioral Health Mural

Local Artist Painted Large Scale Mural from June 12 to 26

July 9, 2015

Middletown, NY - With the goal of creating a healing environment for patients, Orange Regional Medical Center commissioned local artist, Joseph Marino, to design and paint a large-scale mural. The mural, measuring 11 feet high by 60 feet long, transforms the courtyard of the hospital’s Behavioral Health Unit from a plain brick outdoor space into a bright, colorful environment conducive to social interaction.

The hospital selected the artist for his exceptional proposal and extensive experience painting outdoor murals. Marino is a classically trained painter and professional graphic designer currently living in Monroe, New York. He is a graduate of Pratt Institute of Art and Design with a degree in illustration. Over two weeks in June, working in ten hour daily stretches, Marino hand-painted the mural which he designed to visually open up the space and to bring in imagery of life and hope. He received positive feedback from the hospital staff and patients. Christopher Stimpson, program manager in Psychiatry, explained “we have patients that say they love it and they feel good when they look at it. The mural reminds them that they can be hopeful about achieving their wellness goals."

A recognized leader in behavioral health services, Orange Regional offers a full range of programs for adults and children with serious mental illness, emotional disturbances, or substance abuse. The Orange Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Unit was established in 1972, making it the oldest and most experienced acute care psychiatric service provider for adults in Orange County. Since its inception, the unit has lead the way in providing innovative and patient-centered mental health services to the residents of Orange County.

“This outdoor space was created to provide patients in this area access to fresh air and natural light; when you put people in healing-type environments, they respond better,” says Orange Regional’s art curator, Sarah Johnson. “We incorporated color and art here as a huge component to make the space even more pleasant. We are using art as a tool to promote care and healing.” For additional information about Orange Regional’s Art Program, contact Orange Regional’s Art Curator, Sarah Johnson, at 845-333-2385 or visit www.ormc.org/art.  

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Courtyard space before and Behavioral Health Unit Courtyard Mural
by Joe Marino from above and panorama:









Orange Regional Medical Group Welcomes Patricia Barschow-Marton, MSN, MPH, NP-C, ONC

July 9, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce that Patricia Barschow-Marton, MSN, MPH, NP-C, OCN has joined Orange Regional Medical Group as Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Barschow-Marton joins Dr. Emma Fattakhov, Medical Director and Eileen Schmidt, Palliative Care Navigator in providing palliative care services to our patients and support to their families. Palliative care is an important and growing service at Orange Regional, resulting in the need to add an additional practitioner to the service. 

Most recently, Ms. Barschow-Marton practiced as an Oncology Nurse Practitioner at Mount Sinai for nearly 20 years.  In this role, she oversaw all aspects of oncology care for her patients including chemotherapy and biotherapy.  She performed extensive patient and family education as well as mentoring new staff members and nurse interns. Ms. Barschow-Marton helped patients and their families deal with the challenges of cancer and has received multiple awards for excellent patient care. She is eager to apply her considerable skills to care for our palliative care population.

Prior to her work as a Nurse Practitioner, Ms. Barschow-Marton worked in Interventional Radiology, in the Emergency Room as a Staff Nurse at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital and as an Infusion Nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She was also a Public Health Nurse at the Orange County Department of Public Health and taught as Adjunct Faculty in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at SUNY Orange. Ms. Barschow-Marton holds a Master of Nursing from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNY Plattsburgh. 

Orange Regional Medical Group is located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 135, in Middletown, NY.  For more information, contact the Medical Group office at 333-7575.
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Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) and Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. CRMG and ORMG are new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified doctors, Board-certified nurse practitioners and Board-certified advanced practice professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and beyond. For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org


Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Golf Classic Raised $240,000

Proceeds to benefit new Medical Office Building and Cancer Center

July 7, 2015

Middletown, NY - On Monday, June 22, the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation held its annual Golf Classic raising $240,000 in net proceeds to benefit Orange Regional Medical Center’s new medical office building and Spagnoli Family Cancer Center. The event, chaired by Ray VanVoorhis and Jake Kriney, hosted 248 golfers at the Wallkill Golf Course and West Hills Country Club.

“Our annual Golf Classic has become a great tradition within the community and continues to be one of our key fundraising events for the Hospital,” said Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Director of Development Pamela Yosh. “We deeply appreciate the strong show of support from our community, sponsors, players as well as Hospital staff and volunteers.”

The Golf Committee raised funds by selling limited raffle tickets, basket raffles and procuring numerous sponsorships. Orange Regional’s President & CEO Scott Batulis tested the golfers’ skills at West Hills Country Club, while Orange Regional’s Vice President of Medical Affairs, Dr. Jim Oxley challenged golfers at the Wallkill Golf Course.

About Orange Regional’s new Medical Office Building and Spagnoli Family Cancer Center

Orange Regional Medical Center has begun construction on an exciting new 153,000 square foot, five-story Medical Office Building and a 26,000 square foot, single-story Spagnoli Family  Cancer Center at the hospital’s main campus. When completed in the fall of 2016, the $99 million project will help relocate many outpatient services currently provided at other off-campus locations into new, state-of-the-art buildings on the existing 73-acre hospital campus in Middletown. Both new buildings will be patient-centered healing environments incorporating all the latest technology and amenities for patients and families. Plans also include adding an additional 800 convenient parking spaces.

The first two floors of the Medical Office Building will house a world class array of the most advanced diagnostic medical technology available including (64 Slice Computerized Tomography, CT Wide-Bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI, Digital
X-ray, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography, PET/CT and Fluoroscopy). The Women’s Breast Center will house 3D Mammography, the most advanced imaging available for breast cancer detection. In addition, the outpatient and procedure center will provide the most technologically advanced care in a convenient and welcoming outpatient environment. The center will house four outpatient operating rooms, endoscopy services, five procedure rooms, a primary care office, urgent care, cardiac rehabilitation, a diabetes care center, outpatient laboratory services, medical school classrooms, pre-surgical testing, a retail pharmacy, a bistro, and a community health resource center. Floors three to five will be occupied by Orange Regional Medical Group primary care and specialty physicians.

The 26,000 square foot Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will combine existing outpatient cancer therapy services including radiation oncology (True Beam and Rapid Arc Linear Accelerators, High Dose Radiation Unit) and Infusion Therapy, along with oncology exam rooms and associated nursing and care provider stations. The single-story Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will be attached to the main hospital building. For more information on cancer care or the Spagnoli Family Cancer Center, please visit www.ormccancercare.org.

To learn more about the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation and the ways to donate to Orange Regional Medical Center, call 845-333-2333 or visit www.ormc.org/foundation.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Golf Classic Sponsor, Mobile Life, provided first aid on each course.
Golf Classic Sponsor, Mobile Life, provided first aid on each course.


Golfer and sponsor, Jeanne Cartagena, of Medline, won a two year car lease, courtesy of Healey Brothers.


James Ausili and Ken Brown, both of sponsor, Bleakley, Platt & Schmidt, LLP won a $5,000 cash prize in the Limited Raffle.


Jonathan Rouis, Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Board Chair, and Bill Dauster, Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President at Golfer’s Hour.


Orange Regional Medical Center To Be Recognized By Orange County Land Trust

June 15, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center will be recognized by Orange County Land Trust at its 2015 Benefit Reception on Friday, June 26, 2015 at Cedar Lakes Estate located in the Town of Greenville. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m.

“This year we wanted to focus on the relationship between nature and healthy living,” said Orange County Land Trust Executive Director Jim Delaune. “The benefits of land preservation go much further than simply protecting natural resources and securing access to local food.  They promote wellness and improve quality of life.  Orange Regional understands this connection and we look forward to working with them on this cause.”

“Preserving Land, Preserving our Health” will be the central theme of the reception, bringing awareness to the positive impact of nature on health and well-being. The Land Trust has been a local leader in land preservation for over twenty years, having helped protect close to 5,000 acres of natural and agricultural lands in the County.  The benefit reception is the Land Trust’s largest annual fundraiser.

Accepting Orange Regional’s award at the benefit will be President & CEO Scott Batulis. “We are extremely proud to be recognized by the Land Trust.  Orange Regional is dedicated to the health of our community and we will continue to promote healthy lifestyles that encompass the great outdoors Orange County has to offer,” states Batulis.

Guests attending this elegant evening will be treated to a superb farm-to-table dinner expertly prepared by a French Culinary Institute trained chef, unique live and silent auctions, exciting raffles and music by Soulia and the Sultans.

For more information about Orange Regional visit www.ormc.org. For more formation regarding the Orange County Land Trust or the June 26 Benefit, contact Lisa-Ann Weisbrod at 845-469-0951, ext. 14. Visit Orange County Land Trust at www.oclt.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.



Orange Regional Medical Center
Presents Photography Exhibit

June 9, 2015

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit – June 12 to August 7, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center presents a new photography exhibit, Cuba: Forbidden Fruit, by Hudson Valley landscape and travel photographer Nick Zungoli. The opening reception with the artist will be held on Friday, June 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, on the ground floor gallery adjacent to the Conference Center. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will remain on view through August 7.

In Cuba: Forbidden Fruit, Zungoli shares his visual impressions from a month-long visit to Cuba.  He was granted the opportunity to travel to the Caribbean island nation through the People-to-People Cultural Exchange Program. For the first time in his 30year career as a color photographer, the artist chose to present this body of work in black-and-white. The images reveal the gritty textures of Havana, the people, retro cars and culture. Some of the striking contrasts of Cuba include the stately grace of its decaying architecture and the infectious joy of people living under a socialist economy and American embargo.

Although most photographs of Cuba reflect the country’s vibrant colors, the artist explains that, “You see the old cars, the crumbling and austere architecture and then you go out into the countryside and people are taking public transportation drawn by horses. People are farming with oxcarts. For me, it seemed like the whole country pre-dated color film. I just wanted to portray it the way I felt it, that surreal experience.”

Cuba: Forbidden Fruit is part of Orange Regional’s Art Program which features rotating art shows. Exhibits are free and open to the public. For additional information about Orange Regional’s Art Program, contact Orange Regional’s Art Curator, Sarah Johnson, at 845-333-2385. For more information about Orange Regional’s Healing Arts Program visit www.ormc.org/art.  

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.




Orange Regional Supports 2015 American Heart
Association’s Heart Walk

June 3, 2015

Middletown, NY - On Sunday May 3, Orange Regional Medical Center sponsored the 2015 Tri-County American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. Employees raised a total of $14,296 and supported the walk by selling red, long-sleeved Orange Regional Heart Walk tee-shirts and by holding bake sales. Team ORMC and Orange Regional’s Heart Walk Committee Chair, Jim Caffrey, were on hand at the Walk held at Lake Welch Beach, in Harriman State Park. Orange Regional’s Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Schiller, was a member of the executive leadership team for this year’s Tri-County American Heart Association Walk.

To learn more about the services offered at the Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center at Orange Regional visit www.ormcheartcare.org. To find out when Orange Regional’s Healthy Heart program will be in your area and to register, call 1-888-321-6762.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.




Orange Regional Medical Group Welcomes Eric L. Martin, M.D., FAAOS Board-certified Orthopedic surgeon

June 2, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce that Eric L. Martin, M.D. joined the medical staff as a Board-certified Orthopedic surgeon.

Dr. Martin earned his medical degree from New York University, completed both his general surgery internship and his residency at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stonybrook in addition to his reconstructive joint surgery fellowship from Rush University/St. Luke’s Medical Center & Central DuPage Hospital in Chicago, Ill. He has held academic appointments as clinical assistant professor at New York University/Hospital for Joint Diseases, SUNY at Stonybrook Medical Center and Touro Medical College in Middletown, N.Y.

Prior to joining Orange Regional Medical Group, Dr. Martin was director of joint reconstruction surgery and attending surgeon at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y., as well as director of joint reconstruction and attending surgeon at Orange Regional Medical Center. He also held attending surgeon positions at Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris, N.Y., St. Luke’s/Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh/Cornwall, N.Y., Bellevue Hospital in New York, N.Y., Tisch Hospital (NYU)/Hospital for Joint Diseases in New York, N.Y. and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, N.Y. He has also served as the chairman and vice chairman of Orange Regional Medical Center’s department of orthopedics.

Dr. Martin, who is Board-certified in orthopedics by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons is also a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is a member of the New York State PBA Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, American Medical Association, New York State Orthopaedic Society, Orange County Medical Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is the author or co-author of 11 abstract presentations and publications focusing on various aspects of orthopedic surgery.

Orange Regional Medical Group is located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 135, in Middletown, NY. Dr. Martin is now accepting patients and can be reached at the Medical Group office at 845-333-7575.

Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) and Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. CRMG and ORMG are new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified doctors, Board-certified nurse practitioners and Board-certified advanced practice professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and beyond.

For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.


Greater Hudson Valley Health System Receives $1 Million from Anonymous Donor to Expand Services at Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center

June 2, 2015

Middletown, NY - An anonymous donor has given $1 million to two member hospitals of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS).  The two gracious gifts of $500,000 were received by Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. Orange Regional Medical Center will use the gift to support funding for an expansion project which includes building a new Medical Office Building and a Cancer Center. Catskill Regional Medical Center had already begun a fundraising effort to enhance and upgrade inpatient facilities throughout the hospital.

The donors were grateful patients at both hospitals and had made contributions thanking the hospitals’ doctors and nurses for their care and compassion over the years. The donors asked that no naming opportunities or recognition be provided.

“What a wonderful way to express their gratitude and tell our hospital system family that they are doing a terrific job,” said Scott Batulis, CEO of Greater Hudson Valley Health System. “We were so happy that our current expansion and enhancement efforts at both hospitals pleased these donors. They really want us to succeed and we are very grateful for their generosity and confidence.”

Both hospitals, along with Grover M. Hermann Hospital in Callicoon, are members of the GHVHS. All three hospitals are not for profit organizations and rely on charitable giving to expand and enhance their programs and services.

At Catskill Regional Medical Center, the donation will help support at Capital Campaign that will fund renovations in many areas of the hospital. The renovations span from general cosmetic enhancements (such as new paint, floor covering, ceilings and lighting) to heavy renovation and structural improvements. Over the coming years, Catskill Regional plans to modernize all inpatient and making 82% of the rooms private rooms for added comfort, privacy and infection control. Recent renovations, new furniture, equipment and artwork at CRMC have been well received by employees, physicians and the community.

At Orange Regional Medical Center, the donation will help the hospital in its quest to relocate many outpatient services currently provided at other off-campus locations into new buildings on the existing 73-acre hospital campus in Middletown. Plans include building a 153,000 square foot, five-story Medical Office Building and a 26,000 square-foot, single-story Cancer Center; both new buildings will be connected to the main hospital. A capital fundraising campaign will begin this fall to support the expansion. Estimated completion of the construction is anticipated to be the fall of 2016.

For more information about charitable giving, please call 845-333-2333 at Orange Regional Medical Center and 845-794-3300 x2104 at Catskill Regional Medical Center.

For more information about services provided at Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center visit www.crmcny.org  or www.ormc.org.       


Orange Regional Medical Center Starts $99 Million Construction Project for New Medical Office Building and Cancer Center

May 29, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center has begun construction on an exciting new 153,000 square foot, five-story medical office building and a 26,000 square foot, single-story cancer center at the hospital’s main campus. When completed in the fall of 2016, the $99 million project will help relocate many outpatient services currently provided at other off-campus locations into new, state-of-the-art buildings on the existing 73-acre hospital campus in Middletown. Both new buildings will be patient-centered healing environments incorporating all the latest technology and amenities for patients and families. Plans also include adding an additional 800 convenient parking spaces.

Recently, the hospital closed on $70 million in tax-exempt bonds issued by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) which are necessary to fund the project. The remaining funds will be derived through a combination of sources, including an equity contribution from ORMC, outstanding 2008 bond proceeds from the construction of ORMC’s new hospital and a capital fundraising campaign. 

Orange Regional Medical Center selected Skanska USA as the Construction Management firm for the project. Skanska USA is one of the world's leading construction groups with vast experience in health care construction.

The first two floors of the Medical Office Building will house a world class array of the most advanced diagnostic medical technology available including  (64 Slice Computerized Tomography, CT Wide-Bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI, Digital X-ray, Ultrasound,  Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography, PET/CT and Fluoroscopy). The Women’s Breast Center will house 3D Mammography, the most advanced imaging available for breast cancer detection. In addition, the outpatient and procedure center will provide the most technologically advanced care in a convenient and welcoming outpatient environment. The center will house four outpatient operating rooms, endoscopy services, five procedure rooms, a primary care office, urgent care, cardiac rehabilitation, a diabetes care center, cardiac rehabilitation, outpatient laboratory services, medical school classrooms, pre-surgical testing, a retail pharmacy, a bistro, and a community health resource center. Floors three to five will be occupied by Orange Regional Medical Group primary care and specialty physicians.

The 26,000 square foot Cancer Center will combine existing outpatient cancer therapy services including radiation oncology (True Beam and Rapid Arc Linear Accelerators, High Dose Radiation Unit) and Infusion Therapy, along with oncology exam rooms and associated nursing and care provider stations. The single-story Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will be attached to the main hospital building.

Orange Regional Medical Center President & CEO, Scott Batulis, said, “We are very proud to be able to expand on the great success of our new hospital and create a one stop destination with inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic and physician services all in one fully integrated, convenient location.”

Orange Regional Medical Center has a successful history of enhancing health care for the Hudson Valley. In August 2011, ORMC closed its two outdated hospitals and consolidated services into the first newly built, state-of-the-art hospital in New York State in over 20 years. Recently, ORMC became a major teaching hospital through its partnership with Touro Medical College of Osteopathic Medicine and offers residency programs in Family Medicine, Internal Medical, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry, as well as hosting medical students in their 3rd and 4th year clinical rotations.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. To learn more please visit www.ormc.org.

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Diagnostic Imaging, Women's Imaging and Laboratory Services Expand Hours at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion Beginning June 1

May 28, 2015

Middletown, NY - To enhance patient convenience, Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that service hours will be expanding for Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging, Laboratory services and Women’s Imaging at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion at 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown beginning Monday, June 1. 

  •          Most Diagnostic imaging at the Pavilion (Ultrasound, X-ray, MRI, CT) is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  PET/CT and Nuclear Medicine is available from 7:30am to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ultrasound, X-Ray, CT, MRI and PET/ CT is available on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  •          Women’s Imaging will be open at the Pavilion 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Friday, and from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, and one Saturday per month from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  •          Laboratory services at the Pavilion are available Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and now on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

For maximum efficiency, Orange Regional will discontinue MRI, MRA and CT services at the Goshen Patient Service Center at 70 Hatfield Lane, Suite 102.

  •          Laboratory hours at the Goshen Patient Service Center will remain the same (7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday).
  •          X-ray at the Goshen Patient Service Center will be available 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To schedule any diagnostic imaging test at ORMC, call 1-866-676-2837. 

From digital X-rays and ultrasounds to leading-edge digital mammography, CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, and PET/CT, Orange Regional offers a comprehensive range of leading diagnostic tools - backed by a team of imaging experts. All Diagnostic Imaging services are certified by the American College of Radiology (ACR) .The ACR certification assures the highest in quality standards.  Our Radiologists are Board-Certified or Board-Eligible and our Technologists are licensed by the New York State Board of Health. All Technologists have the highest ARRT, NMTCB or ARDMS specialty certification in their areas of specialty.  Additionally, Orange Regional has the capability to electronically deliver your test results to your physician via our GE IntegradWeb Picture Archive Computer System (PACS) which uses advanced technology to aid in fast diagnosis. Once images are taken, they are immediately available for review by your doctor through our secure Web viewer on any computer with an Internet connection.

Diagnostic Imaging Services include:
CT Scan (including Computerized Coronary Tomography Angiography -CCTA)
Interventional Radiology
MRA
MRI
Mammography
Bone Densitometry (DEXA)
Neuroradiology
Nuclear Medicine
PET/CT
Ultrasound
Vascular Ultrasound
Digital X-ray

To learn more about Orange Regional Medical Center’s Medical Pavilion or for more information, please call 845-695-5833 or visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Newyorkers Barbershop-style Chorus to Perform at Orange Regional Medical Center June 6

May 28, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) is pleased to announce that the Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus will be performing in the hospital’s main lobby at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, NY at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 6. The Newyorkers chorus is a male a cappella group which sings in the uniquely American “Barbershop-style” of close four-part harmony.

The Feel Good Concert Series is a new initiative at Orange Regional to promote all forms of music as an enhancement to the healing environment, as well as to enrich the quality of life for our community.  The Feel Good Concert Series features local performing artists, school groups, staff and volunteers, who perform concerts at the main hospital campus.  The Feel Good Concert Seriesis coordinated by Jeff Krolick, ORMC resident pianist, and the Patient Experience and Advocacy department. For more information please contact Philip DeLeon at pdeleon@ormc.org or 333-1016.

To learn more about Orange Regional Medical Center, please visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Caption: The Poughkeepsie Newyorkers Chorus. 

 


Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day

May 22, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will host a celebration of life and mini health fair in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) on Sunday, June 7, 2015.  The event will take place in Orange Regional’s Conference Center located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, NY, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This free event is open to anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer, is in treatment for cancer or has completed cancer therapy, as well as their friends, family members and caregivers. The event will include a mini health fair, food, music and, most importantly, a celebration of the lives of the cancer survivors in our community. Reservations are required by June 5, 2015 by calling 1-888-321-6762.

“National Cancer Survivors Day is a celebration we cherish and look forward to every year. Whether you’re a cancer survivor, recently diagnosed with cancer, a relative, friend or a medical professional – it is a day where everyone can connect to commemorate life,” says Orange Regional’s Administrator of Oncology Services, Regina Toomey Bueno.

For more information about Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center Services visit www.ormc.org/cancer.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

About Orange Regional’s Comprehensive Cancer Services

The Spagnoli Family Cancer Center provides a comprehensive range of services for diagnosing and treating various types of cancers. From breast and lung cancer to esophageal and head or neck cancer, Orange Regional offers the latest diagnostic and cancer-fighting technologies, including robotic surgery, radio frequency ablation and the most-advanced radiation therapy technology. The Center provides treatment options and procedures locally for all stages of cancer. Trained at the nation's most prestigious medical centers, Orange Regional offers a team of experienced physicians who are backed by our skillful, certified oncology nurses and caring staff. For more information, visit www.ormc.org/cancer.

Caption: Orange Regional Medical Center staff pictured at last year’s National Cancer Survivor’s Day celebration. 

 


Orange Regional Medical Group Welcomes Michelle Fontaine, M.D.

May 20, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce that Michelle Fontaine, M.D. has joined the medical group practice as a Board-certified Orthopedic surgeon, specializing in surgery of the hand and upper extremities.

Dr. Fontaine earned her medical degree from Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD, completing both her Orthopedic internship and residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii.  Her hand surgery fellowships are from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD.  She is the recipient of two Army Achievement medals and two Army Commendation medals recognizing her military service, which includes serving as an Orthopedic surgeon for the 47th Combat Support Hospital stationed in Al Asad, Iraq.

Prior to joining Orange Regional Medical Group, Dr. Fontaine was chief of hand surgery at Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center in Fort Gordon, GA, and an assistant professor in surgery for the Uniformed Services University. She also held an Orthopedic surgery position at Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, TX.

Dr. Fontaine, who is Board-certified in Orthopedics by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery with a subspecialty certification in surgery of the hand, is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a member of American Society for Surgery of the Hand.  She is the author and co-author of seven abstract publications focusing on various aspects of Orthopedic surgery.

Orange Regional Medical Group is located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 135, in Middletown, NY.  Dr. Fontaine is now accepting patients and can be reached at the Medical Group office at 845-333-7575.

Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) and Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. CRMG and ORMG are new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified doctors, Board-certified nurse practitioners and Board-certified advanced practice professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and beyond.  For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org

 


Orange Regional is Nominated for Soliant Health's Most Beautiful Hospitals Competition

May 20, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is among the nation’s top hospitals that have been nominated and is now a contestant in Soliant Health’s 2015 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. Competition. Show your local pride for beautiful Orange Regional Medical Center.

Spread the word and ask your co-workers, family, friends, and neighbors to vote for Orange Regional as one of Soliant’s Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the United States.

By visiting http://www.soliant.com/hospitals-2015/vote/ and scrolling down through the alphabetical listing of hospitals, you can vote for, Orange Regional Medical Center. You can vote as many times as you’d like until midnight EST on Monday, June 8.  Winners will be announced on June 15.

Soliant Health is one of the largest healthcare staffing companies in the United States and connects hospitals and healthcare providers with healthcare professionals in a variety of disciplines. After receiving nominations for the Most Beautiful Hospitals, a panel of experts reviewed each hospital and picked the top entries based on measures such as architectural style, photogenic properties, landscaping and distinctiveness.

As the first newly built hospital in New York State in over 20 years, Orange Regional Medical Center offers high-tech services in a contemporary, visually stunning and comfortable environment. Many patients have described it as feeling more like home than a hospital. While the mission of the hospital is to improve the health of the community by providing exceptional healthcare, one of its core values is to provide an impeccable, healing environment.

Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) is a 383-bed, 501(c)(3), non-profit, academic medical center and employs approximately 2,400 healthcare professionals serving 450,000 patients throughout Orange County and Sullivan County and beyond. ORMC, located about 65 miles north of NYC, is one of two hospitals in the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, the other hospital being Catskill Regional Medical Center.

Guided by a visionary Board of Directors, ORMC opened in August 2011 as a replacement hospital for two aging and outdated facilities. ORMC leaders incorporated evidenced-based design into the 383-bed hospital linking the physical environment to patient and staff outcomes. The new hospital is situated on a manicured 62-acres campus filled with over 700 trees, shrubs and flowers, on East Main Street in the Town of Wallkill and conveniently located near the intersection of I-84 and Route 17.

Features:

The state-of-the-art hospital combines high-tech healthcare with a patient-centered approach utilizing innovations such as wireless technology, electronic health records and the latest diagnostic and lifesaving equipment. The hospital features spacious private patient rooms each with its own bathroom, shower, window, HDTV and individual thermostat. ORMC also features a 40-bed ICU, a 50-bay emergency department designated as a NYSDOH Stroke Center, a children's emergency room, a helipad, advanced cardiology services (including emergency angioplasty, elective angioplasty, and electrophysiology), 12 high-tech operating rooms, a daVinci surgical robot, interventional radiology, a birthing center, a Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, a pediatric unit, an oncology center, a bariatric center, a 30-bed behavioral health center, a bone and joint/neuroscience center, inpatient physical rehabilitation, and outpatient services (including non-invasive cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, infusion, and diagnostic imaging) - all in a delightful, warm and inviting setting.

For more information about Orange Regional, please visit www.ormc.org or call
1-888-321-6762.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. To learn more please visit www.ormc.org.

 


Greater Hudson Valley Health System Announces Director of Budget and Management Reporting

May 19, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce the promotion of Bob Davison, FHFMA to GHVHS Director of Budget and Management Reporting.

Since joining the Catskill Regional Medical Center family in 2003, Mr. Davison has served in several roles, including Staff Accountant and Budget and Reimbursement Senior Analyst. Most recently, he served as Manager of Financial Operations, where he took the lead on the system wide implementations and operation of a new Budget Software platform for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

In his new role, Mr. Davison will be responsible for the annual operating budget and the implementation and operation of the Financial Reporting module for both Catskill Regional and Orange Regional Medical Centers.

Mr. Davison obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh and his Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Marist College in Poughkeepsie. He is also a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

For more information about services provided at Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center visit www.crmcny.org  or www.ormc.org

 


Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps Honors Orange Regional Emergency Department

May 12, 2015

Middletown, NY - On April 18, Orange Regional’s Emergency Department was honored by Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps (GOVAC) at its Annual Appreciation Celebration. Every year,Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps recognizes a person or group that has helped them to better service the community. GOVAC recognized Orange Regional’s Emergency Department for its tremendous and continuous support.

During the celebration, Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps Captain, Dave Grippe recounted the story of his wife’s visit to the Emergency Department, following a heart attack in September of 2014 and a stroke in February of 2015. Throughout both incidents, he said Orange Regional Emergency Department staff members Toni Buldoc, RN, Jon Duffy, RN, Debra Stubecki, RN and Angela Marchionni, RN went above and beyond in providing exceptional patient care.

All four members of the Emergency Department were given individual awards for their dedication to the community. “Each of these staff members exceeded the call of duty. They showed great compassion, not only for what they do, but for their patient as well. This is not only because they know me, I see this with every patient I deliver to their care,” Mr. Grippe said.

For more information services at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Caption: Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corps Captain, Dave Grippe awards Orange Regional’s Emergency Department staff.

 


Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Earns 'A' Frade for Patient Safety in Leapfrog's Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score

May 6, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by the Leapfrog Group and has been awarded an ‘A’ grade in the spring 2015 Hospital Safety Scores. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score, (that can be viewed by visiting www.hospitalsafetyscore.org), rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital. Orange Regional joins the top 31% of the 2,500 hospitals in the United States that received an ‘A’ grade.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by the Leapfrog Group, a national, non-profit hospital safety watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use when facing a hospital stay.

“Orange Regional Medical Center is deeply committed to finding ways to improve patient safety and quality of care,” said Rose Baczewski, RN, MA, LSSMBB,Chief Quality Officer. “While our progress is encouraging, we strive every day to ensure that patients receive the right care at the right time in the right place.”

President & CEO, Scott Batulis said, “We take great pride in the quality of care we provide at Orange Regional and our caregivers are always working hard to improve that care for our patients and our community.  Achieving quality is an ongoing process. Our goal is to continuously improve our quality outcomes.”

“Orange Regional Medical Center’s ‘A’ grade validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Patient safety requires constant vigilance, and we encourage Orange Regional Medical Center and all other ‘A’ hospitals to continue demonstrating unrelenting commitment to patients by consistently providing a safe environment for care.”  

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. To learn more please visit www.ormc.org.

  

 


Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings

May 4, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center will offer free skin cancer screenings at its Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road, in Middletown, during the week of May 18.  Participants must be over 18 years of age, not under the care of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon in the past year and never diagnosed with skin cancer.  Registration is required.  To register, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by May 18, 2015.  Physicians volunteering at this year’s screening include Drs. Jeffrey Bowden, Stefan Chevalier and Jay Weitzner.

Free Healthy Heart Screenings will also be available on May 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Orange Regional’s Healthy Heart Program is a free mobile clinic that assesses your risk of heart disease.  This program travels to local communities, providing cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure tests and offers cardiac education and support.  The results will determine your risk for heart disease.  No appointment is necessary for Healthy Heart Screening.

The Hudson Valley provides a perfect setting for outdoor spring and summer activities, yet many are unaware of the dangers of unprotected sun exposure.  The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed each year in the United States.  “Our free annual screening gives the community the best weapon against skin cancer prevention and early detection,” said Jessica Gerlach, Orange Regional’s community outreach coordinator.  Risk factors for skin cancer include excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight or artificial sources, fair complexion, severe childhood sunburns, family history and multiple moles. 

Skin Cancer Prevention Tips:

  • Avoid the mid-day sun (from mid-morning to late afternoon) whenever you can.
  • Wear long sleeves and long pants of tightly woven fabrics, a hat with a wide brim, and sunglasses that absorb UV.
  • Use sunscreen lotions with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
  • Do not use sunlamps and tanning booths.
  • Get screened for skin cancer annually.

Comprehensive Cancer Program at Orange Regional Medical Center

Designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center with commendation by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center offers the latest in diagnostic and cancer-fighting technologies including robotic surgery and the most advanced radiation therapy technology.   Our 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 Orange Regional’s Comprehensive Cancer Program experts through diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials and/or support.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


Orange Regional Medical Center Introduces Pre Hospital code Neuro Procedure

April 27, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Orange Regional Medical Center stroke care team now calls a Pre Hospital Code Neuro when notified by area Emergency Medical Services (EMS) of a potential stroke patient. A Pre Hospital Code Neuro is a well-established and highly integrated procedure that links the hospital with local first responders for fast, seamless action, diagnosis and treatment of stroke to deliver immediate and ongoing care.

“Our treatment begins before the patient arrives to the hospital via ambulance – as soon as they are identified as a stroke patient–which improves the care you receive across our continuum of services and enhances recovery,” said Medical Director of the Emergency Medicine Anuj Vohra. “Within 30 minutes of receiving a Pre Hospital Code Neuro, our clinical staff, laboratory and CT imaging teams are on site.”

“Calling a Pre Hospital Code Neuro alerts us to the impending arrival of a potential stroke patient via ambulance and gives us time to prepare. A Pre Hospital Code Neuro starts the process of delivering the rapid treatment within the critical first three hours of a stroke that improves chances of a more thorough recovery,” said Medical Director of Orange Regional’s Stroke Center, Olga Fishman.

Additionally, completed CT scans and laboratory information are essential in determining whether to administer drugs that break up the stroke-causing clot in a patient. If drugs are needed, a swift turnaround allows the stroke care team at Orange Regional to meet the 60-minutes-or-less door-to-needle (DTN) times, a recommended guideline of the American Heart/ Stroke Association for administering clot-dissolving drugs to patients experiencing an ischemic stroke (loss of blood to the brain).

 As a result of the Pre Hospital Code Neuro procedure, stroke patients receive fast and effective treatment for their particular condition, as the care team follows them all the way through the Emergency Department, surgery or other neurovascular treatments into rehabilitation and the healing process.

As a designated Stroke Center, Orange Regional Medical Center has the multispecialty teams to handle stroke emergencies and the community-connected processes in place to deal with them quickly. From the time a patient contacts local emergency services, is picked up by EMS or comes directly to the hospital, the stroke care team is racing to provide top-quality care, with everyone prepared to focus entirely on the patient.

For more information on Orange Regional’s Stroke Center and stroke services, visit www.http://www.ormc.org/hospital_services/stroke.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

About Orange Regional Medical Center’s Designated Stroke Center

In recognition of its expertise in treating stroke patients, Orange Regional has been named a designated stroke center by the New York State Department of Health. A state protocol dictates emergency responders transport certain stroke patients to designated stroke centers even if other hospitals are closer.

As a designated stroke center led by Dr. Olga Fishman, Orange Regional has an expert stroke team made up of highly trained physicians, nurses and technicians that can treat stroke patients quickly and effectively, using the latest medicines and techniques, to minimize brain damage. Having quick access to these types of services within the first three hours of showing symptoms of a stroke is essential to preventing long-term neurological damage.

A stroke, or brain attack, occurs when a blood clot blocks a blood vessel or artery, or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When a brain attack occurs, it kills brain cells in the immediate area. Doctors call this area of dead cells an infarct. These cells usually die within minutes to a few hours after the stroke starts.

Every second counts - know the symptoms & signs of a stroke.

Call 911 immediately if you experience sudden onset of the following:

  •          numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg (especially on one side of the body)
  •          confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  •          trouble seeing in one or of both eyes
  •          trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  •          severe headache (with no known cause)
  

 


Orange Regional Medical Center Reminds Area Residents to be Safe, Avoid Hand Injuries this Spring

April 16, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is reminding local residents to be safe and avoid dangerous hand injuries that may result in an emergency department visit. Every year, Orange Regional sees the same rise in hand injury visits because as the weather warms up, people head outdoors for a variety of activities — including home renovation projects.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 1.8 million visits to the emergency department each year due to hand injuries nationwide. In fact, about 10 percent of all ER visits are due to hand-related injuries, including lacerations, contusions, broken bones and infections. Many of these injuries are due to home improvement activities like sawing, hammering, welding, woodworking and the use of power tools such as drills and handsaws.

To help avoid these complications, Dr. Samir Sodha, a Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Program surgeon at Orange Regional, recommends a number of safety tips:

  • First, users should never disable safety features on their power tools in the name of efficiency, as it’s easier than many people think to slip and seriously hurt themselves.
  • Secondly, individuals should be extra careful when holding wood or other materials in place while another person drills or saws, as this is another common scenario in which hand injuries take place.
  • Finally, those engaged in home improvement projects should not work while tired or under the influence of alcohol, which can make it much easier to lose focus and cause a trip to the hospital. It’s a common mistake for individuals to drink beer while doing this type of work, especially if friends or family members are helping out.

“In the spring, we see a lot of people throughout the community eager to get outdoors and tackle home improvement projects or simply get out to enjoy the nicer weather,” said Dr. Sodha. “However, we also see many more people coming to Orange Regional with serious hand injuries, which in most cases are preventable by using some standard safety precautions. If you do experience a hand injury, be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible, even if you think it’s relatively minor. Receiving treatment right away can help prevent long-term nerve or muscle damage.”

Dr. Sodha is one of the region’s leading orthopedic surgeons specializing in hand injuries. He completed his fellowship in hand, elbow and microvascular surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He has more than a decade of experience in this area of practice and regularly treats injuries to the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Dr. Sodha received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.  

Orange Regional Medical Center, located in Middletown, is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. To learn more about the medical center, visit http://www.ormc.org


Orange Regional Medical Group Welcomes Robert Malacoff, MD

April 8, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Group is pleased to announce that Robert F. Malacoff, M.D. has joined the medical group practice as a Board-certified Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist, treating patients at both Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group.

Dr. Malacoff has been providing exceptional cardiology care for more than 35 years. Most recently, Dr. Malacoff delivered care to patients at Lehigh Valley Heart Specialists in Allentown, PA. In 2012, Dr. Malacoff earned certification from the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners and also earned certification as a Cardiac Device Specialist. In 2006, he was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with added qualification in Clinical Electrophysiology and is also certified in the sub-specialty Boards in Cardiovascular Medicine.

Dr. Malacoff received his medical degree from Yale University and graduated from the Internal Medicine Residency program at Yale – New Haven Hospital in New Haven, CT. His research Fellowships include Clinical Electrophysiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA and Cardiovascular Medicine at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, MA. Dr. Malacoff is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and The Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions. He has also served as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine for Penn State University at Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA. 

Orange Regional Medical Group is located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite 135.  Dr. Malacoff can be reached at the Medical Group office 845-333-7575.

Orange Regional Medical Group (ORMG) and Catskill Regional Medical Group (CRMG) are part of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of the well-established and highly regarded Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center. ORMG and CRMG are new and growing multi-specialty, hospital-supported group medical practices with Board-certified Doctors, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals providing outpatient and inpatient care servicing Orange, Sullivan, Ulster Counties and beyond.  For more information, visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org

 


Orange Regional Offers Free Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screenings

March 25, 2015

Middletown, NY - In recognition of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, Orange Regional Medical Center is offering free oral, head and neck cancer screenings.  Appointments are available during the week of April 13 at The Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road, in Middletown.  This oral exam will be provided by Sergey Koyfman, D.O.; Thomas Littner, D.D.S.; Phillip Massengill, M.D. and Kweon Stambaugh, M.D.

Registration is required.  To schedule an exam, please call The Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by Wednesday, April 8 at noon.  Appointments are limited and will be made on a first come, first serve basis.  Participants of the screening must be over 18 years of age.

Just because you can’t feel it, doesn’t mean it isn’t there.  Just ask the more than 30,000 Americans who were diagnosed with cancers of the head and neck last year.  Unfortunately, many Americans do not recognize the symptoms of these life-threatening diseases, which include cancers of the oral cavity, larynx and pharynx and by the time they are diagnosed, for some, it’s too late.

Oral, head and neck cancers claim approximately 8,000 lives per year, or about one life per hour.  However, there is hope; if diagnosed early, these cancers can be more easily treated without significant complications, and the chances of survival greatly increase. 

What are the potential warning signs of oral cancers?

The signs and symptoms of oral cancer often go unnoticed.  However, there are a few visible signs associated with these cancers that require immediate attention, including:

  •          Red or white patches in the mouth that last more than two weeks
  •          Change in voice or hoarseness that lasts more than two weeks
  •          Sore throat that does not subside
  •          Pain or swelling in the mouth or neck that does not subside
  •          Lump in the neck
  •          Ear pain
  •          Difficulty speaking or swallowing
  •          Difficulty breathing

For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center, please call 1-888-321-ORMC.    

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.                                                  


Orange Regional Medical Center Exceeds National Standards for Emergency Cardiac Care

March 25, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that it has exceeded national guidelines requiring the treatment of heart attack patients with angioplasty in 90 minutes or less.

Every second counts for heart attack patients receiving angioplasty, a cardiac procedure where a catheter with a small balloon at the tip is inserted and inflated to open a blocked artery. The total time from when a patient arrives at a hospital until the artery is reopened is called “door to balloon” time. 

“Patients are taken directly to the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, after rapid evaluation in the Emergency Department, so blood flow to the heart can be restored quickly,” said Dr. Anuj Vohra, Medical Director of Orange Regional’s Emergency Department. “Reducing the door to balloon time lowers a patient’s risk of death and serious damage to the heart muscle.”

Each year, an estimated 400,000 to 500,000 patients have the most serious kind of heart attack, called a “STEMI” (myocardial infarction with St-segment elevation), caused by a prolonged decrease in blood supply due to a blocked artery. Unless the blockage is quickly removed, that part of the heart muscle dies.

“We advise people to call 911 or get to a hospital immediately if they experience chest pressure or pain in the center of their chest,” Dr. Vohra added. “Especially if it is accompanied by pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach. Other symptoms to watch for include shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, and lightheadedness.”

In 2014, the average door to balloon time at Orange Regional in 2014 was 65.7 minutes. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association have developed national hospital guidelines calling for less than 90 minutes. In 2014, Orange Regional met this requirement with 100 percent compliance. The shortest door to balloon time in 2014 was 28 minutes.

“Time is Muscle. Every minute matters when a patient is having a heart attack,” said Orange Regional’s Medical Director of Interventional Cardiology, Dr. William Gotsis. “Rapid treatment is important to improve a patient’s chance of survival and minimize damage to the heart by quickly restoring blood flow to the heart.”

Orange Regional is recognized by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association as a Gold Plus Stroke Facility. Cardiac Services provided in Orange Regional’s cardiac catheterization laboratory (cath lab) include diagnostic coronary angiography, percutaneous coronary interventions, including angioplasty (balloons) and stents, implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators.  Emergently, patients may need a temporary pacemaker procedure and this is also provided in the cath lab.

The most common symptoms of a heart attack include uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or stabbing pain in the chest.  In addition to, and sometimes instead of, chest discomfort, there may be discomfort in other areas of the body, such as one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.  Some, including women, may experience shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.  Some people experience heartburn, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain, or breaking out in a cold sweat.  Dizziness or lightheadedness may or may not occur.  Women frequently experience sudden onset of weakness, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, overall feeling of illness, or unusual feeling or mild discomfort in the back, chest, arm, neck, or jaw.  People who are diabetic or are elderly may experience atypical symptoms.

When you recognize that you may be experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, call 911. Heart attacks can suddenly cause irregular heartbeats that may cause your heart to stop. Local Emergency Medical Services are prepared to treat these arrhythmias using an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) – a simple painless test – to find out if you’re having a heart attack. Often, suspected heart attack patients will be administered an ECG or EKG in the ambulance thereby beginning heart attack diagnosis and treatment before arrival to the hospital. Sophisticated wireless technology transmits results directly to the Emergency Room alerting the care team of the patient’s condition and allowing for absolutely readiness upon the patient’s arrival.  It’s a very effective way to reduce the time it takes to get you the treatment you need.

For more information about cardiac services at Orange Regional, visit www.ormcheartcare.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

About the Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center at Orange Regional Medical Center 
The Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center at Orange Regional Medical Center, provides comprehensive cardiac services to our community. We were the first hospital in Orange County, New York to offer diagnostic, emergency and elective angioplasty to the community and surrounding areas.  The Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center is affiliated with Westchester Medical Center and provides access to experienced cardiovascular specialists educated at some of the nation’s most renowned academic centers such as, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Mount Sinai Medical Center. Additionally, our program offers state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and a knowledgeable, dedicated cardiac staff trained in the latest cardiovascular procedures. Our wide range of services include elective and emergency angioplasty, advanced cardiac testing and rehabilitation, electrophysiology and implantable pacemakers and a variety of related cardiology and educational services. We also offer a mobile heart program focused on prevention and early detection of heart problems.

Caption: From L to R: ED Nurse Director, Robin Brennan Seibel; ED Medical Director, Dr. Anuj Vohra; President & CEO, Scott Batulis; Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. Gary Silverman; Cardiac Cath Lab Director, Patricia Soriano; GHVHS Board Chairman, Rolland Peacock, III and Interventional Cardiologist, Dr. William Gotsis. 

 


Orange Regional Medical Center Appoints Manager of Lactation Services

March 24, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Rowley Family Birthing Center is pleased to announce Deborah Vermilyea, BSN, RN, IBCLC has been promoted to Manager of Lactation Services. Ms. Vermilyea joined Orange Regional in 2010 as the Lactation Education Specialist for the Birthing Center, educating nearly every patient in the benefits of breastfeeding and providing one-on-one support and assistance with those interested in breastfeeding.

In her time at Orange Regional, Ms. Vermilyea has strengthened Lactation Services and Support by developing Orange Regional’s Women, Infant and Children Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program in collaboration with Maternal Infant Services Network. In August 2014, she was also instrumental in  registering the Rowley Family Birthing Center as a Big Latch On host site for a group of breastfeeding women and children who participate in this worldwide event to bring awareness to the benefits of breastfeeding. Ms. Vermilyea also initiated and continues to facilitate Orange Regional’s New Mothers’ Support Group which is open to all new moms and their infants from newly born to 9 months.

In Ms. Vermilyea new position, she and her team coordinate, oversee and participate in the expert management of the breastfeeding mother-baby dyad within the Rowley Family Birthing Center, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Pediatrics and Children’s Emergency Department.

Ms. Vermilyea earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from University of Massachusetts at North Dartmouth. She is an International Board Certification Lactation Consultant and her clinical experience includes Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing and leadership responsibilities in Maternal Child Health at various organizations within the Hudson Valley.

To learn more about career opportunities at Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.ormc.org/careers. Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

 


Greater Hudson Valley Health System Announces Director of Employee and Labor Relations

March 10, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce the appointment of

Daniel Kearney to GHVHS Director of Employee and Labor Relations.

Mr. Kearney comes to Orange Regional Medical Center with over 17 years experience in labor relations, conflict resolution, change management, training, compensation, benefits administration, recruitment and retention. Mr. Kearney’s scope of responsibility is ensuring adherence to Human Resource policies and union contracts, as well as adjudication of employee disputes and oversight of employee litigation. Prior to joining Orange Regional, he worked at Eastern Long Island Hospital as the Director of Human Resources and Compliance and was responsible for all Human Resources operations, compliance and labor relations.  He also held additional leadership positions within the Labor and Relations field at Archcare Carmel Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Brunswick Hospital, York College and Mount Sinai Hospital.

Mr. Kearney earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Studies from Queens College and his Master of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Baruch College.

For more information about services provided at Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center visit www.crmcny.org  or www.ormc.org

 


Orange Regional Presents Health & Wellness Fair at Galleria Mall

March 6, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center will present a health and wellness fair offering free screenings and education to the community on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Galleria at Crystal Run – Center Court, One Galleria Drive, in Middletown.  Orange Regional representatives will be on hand to answer questions, showcase healthcare services, provide educational information and offer free screenings and risk assessments. There will be giveaways and prizes.  

The event will feature free cardiology screenings offered by Orange Regional’s Healthy Heart Program, a fatal vision demonstration sponsored by the Injury Prevention and Trauma Program and a Meet and Greet with Dr. Bruce Ellsweig, Primary Care Physician at Orange Regional Medical Group. Plus, Fox 103.1 (WJGK) will broadcast live from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Additional Orange Regional outpatient services will be on hand providing health information and free giveaways including: Diagnostic Imaging; Cardiology; Breast Center; Respiratory Services; Bariatric Surgery Program; Center for Sleep Medicine; Bone & Joint Center; Express Lab; Dunkelman Diabetes Center; The Wound Healing Center; Reiki Therapy; Endoscopy; Outpatient Rehabilitation; Outpatient Oncology Services; Counseling Services and Alcohol & Chemical Dependency Program. The community is encouraged to visit with our medical experts, ask questions and learn healthy tips. The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation will also be on site.

To learn more about Orange Regional Medical Center or for more information, please call 845-695-5833 or visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Photo caption: Orange Regional staff at the 2014 Outpatient Health and Wellness Fair.  

 


Orange Regional Medical Center Presents Quilt Show

March 5, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Art Program presents a colorful exhibit of local quilts from members of the Country Quilters Guild of Pine Bush and the Warwick Quilters Guild. The exhibit includes a wide variety of styles, such as art quilts, small quilts, wall hangings, applique, pieced and patchwork pieces and traditional patterns. The opening reception with the quilters will be held on Friday, March 13 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, on the ground floor gallery adjacent to the conference center. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will remain on view until April 30.

As bedcovers, quilts are functional objects and sources of warmth and comfort. For those who stitch and sew, quilting is also relaxing, a form of creative expression, a way to socialize and build community and a method of carrying on family traditions. One of the quilters explains, “Quilts are more than just a means of keeping someone warm or decorating a wall. They tell stories, whether the story is actually stitched right into the fabric or into the meaning of a gift.”

Comfort and Coloris part of Orange Regional’s Art Program which features rotating art shows; exhibits are free and open to the public. For additional information about Orange Regional’s Art Program, contact ORMC Art Curator, Sarah Johnson, at 845-333-2385. For more information about Orange Regional’s Healing Arts Program visit www.ormc.org/art

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Photo caption:  Orange Regional Quilt by Susan Zuniga

 


Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Announces Golf Classic Co-Chairs

March 4, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation is pleased to announce Raymond P. VanVoorhis and Jake Kriney as Co-Chairs of its 2014 Annual Golf Classic which will take place on Monday, June 22, 2015. Renowned as one of the region’s finest golf outings, this 24th annual tournament will benefit expanding cancer care services at ORMC and help to develop a comprehensive cancer center.

The widely popular tournament will be held at West Hills Country Club and Wallkill Golf Course, both located in Middletown. The spectacular event will conclude with a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony at West Hills Country Club.

Mr. VanVoorhis is a Partner with Liscum McCormack VanVoorhis LLP, a design-oriented architectural firm located in Poughkeepsie, New York. The partnership was formed in 1987 to provide professional services in architecture, interior design and space/land planning. Mr. VanVoorhis is a Registered Architect in New York and New Jersey. He attended New York Institute of Technology and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Mr. VanVoorhis is a Professional Affiliate of the American Institute of Architects - Westchester/Mid-Hudson Chapter and sits on the Dutchess Community College Architectural Advisory Committee. He is on the Mill Street Loft Board of Directors and the Fishkill Rural Cemetery Board of Trustees.

Mr. Kriney specializes in real estate development and is a partner in JCA Hotels. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Syracuse University. Mr. Kriney has owned and developed several hotels including the Super 8 Motel in Amherst, NY and the Holiday Inn Express in Chester, NY.  Mr. Kriney is presently developing sites with mixed-use components, bringing together retail, food and hotel accommodations in the Middletown area. Current projects include a Home2 Suites hotel and a 120-unit Hampton Inn in Sullivan County. He is also a partner in the Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn, Danbury, CT and the Quality Inn, Waterbury, CT. Mr. Kriney is a past foundation member of John S. Burke Catholic High School and Vice President of the former Orange County Golf Club. He resides in Goshen with his wife Christy and children. “This year, the Annual Golf Classic will benefit Orange Regional’s cancer program. Nearly everyone has been impacted by cancer, either personally or through a loved one. Our goal is to enhance the terrific oncology services the hospital provides to our community.” Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President Bill Dauster said.

Various levels of sponsorship packages are available for this year’s tournament. With their round of golf, golfers receive delicious breakfast, a golf cart, full lunch and an appreciation gift, as well as a tremendous golfers’ hour and buffet dinner at the awards ceremony.

Designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center with commendation by the American College of Surgeon's Commission on Cancer, Orange Regional Medical Center's Spagnoli Family Cancer Center offers the latest in diagnostic and cancer-fighting technologies, including robotic surgery and the most advanced radiation therapy technology. ORMC oncology services provide several treatment options and procedures for all stages of cancer, without having to travel outside the area.

To learn more about the sponsorship opportunities available, please call the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation at 845-333-2333 or visit www.ormc.org/golf.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Caption: Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Golf Committee Co-Chairs from L to R: Raymond P. VanVoorhis and Jake Kriney.

 


Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Sleep Awareness Week

March 4, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Center for Sleep Medicine at Orange Regional Medical Center will celebrate National Sleep Awareness Week, March 2 through March 8, to increase public education and promote awareness regarding the importance of sleep.

Each spring, Americans adjust their alarm clocks and body clocks as a result of Daylight Savings Time (DST).  This year, we move clocks forward at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 8.  Losing just an hour of sleep can easily affect children and adults, causing sleep disruptions throughout the night and creating performance issues during the day.

Greater Hudson Valley Health System Administrator of Ancillary Services, Frank Salvatore Jr. states, “Sufficient sleep is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing, yet millions of people suffer from sleep deprivation. It is important to increase public awareness of how adequate sleep and the treatment of sleep disorders can improve quality of life.”

Daylight savings time is a great opportunity to improve upon your sleep habits. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the following tips can help you get a good night’s sleep and adjust to the time change:

       Go to sleep and wake at the same time every day, and avoid spending more time in bed than needed.

       Use bright light to help manage your "body clock." Avoid bright light in the evening and expose yourself to sunlight in the morning.

       Use your bedroom only for sleep to strengthen the association between your bed and sleep. It may help to remove work materials, computers and televisions from your bedroom.

       Select a relaxing bedtime ritual, like a warm bath or listening to calming music.

       Create a sleep environment that is quiet, dark and cool with a comfortable mattress and pillows.

       Save your worries for the daytime. If concerns come to mind, write them in a "worry book" so you can address those issues the next day.

       If you can't sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired.

       Exercise regularly, at any time of the day that feels right for you.

If you find yourself unable to adjust to the time change within a reasonable amount of time or have constant problems with sleeplessness, you may be suffering from some type of sleep disorder.  Orange Regional’s Center for Sleep Medicine conducts sleep studies on adults and children 2 years old and up and can help define and treat a sleep disorder.

For more information about sleep services at Orange Regional Medical Center, or to find out if you are at risk for a sleep disorder, visit www.ormc.org/sleepcenter.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

About The Center for Sleep Medicine at Orange Regional Medical Center

Sleep study services performed at Orange Regional’s Center for Sleep Medicine, located at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road, in Middletown, aid in the diagnosis of potential sleep disorders that may also contribute to other health related conditions. A sleep study is a painless, non-invasive test that allows specially-trained technicians to monitor a patient’s breathing, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, eye movement, muscle tone and other factors. Sleep studies take place in our state-of-the-art facility and offer the latest diagnostic technology in a quiet and peaceful environment. An accredited center of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, Orange Regional offers treatment to adults and children ages 2 and up.

 


Greater Hudson Valley Health System Announces Addition to Leadership

February 25, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jacqui Budakowski, RN, BSN to the position of Meaningful Use Coordinator and Information Security Officer.

Ms. Budakowski has been with Orange Regional since 2004 when she began working as a critical care float nurse. She became patient flow coordinator in 2005 and transitioned into the Information Technology department to work on the Epic implementation as a clinical analyst in 2011.

As Meaningful Use Coordinator, Ms. Budakowski will continue to leverage her extensive clinical and systems knowledge to navigate GHVHS through the Meaningful Use process. She is  responsible for leading the Meaningful Use efforts for GHVHS and eligible providers at Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group. Meaningful Use is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities. It also engages patients and family, and improves care coordination and public health.

In her new role as Information Security Officer, Ms. Budakowski is responsible for enhancing GHVHS’s efforts to ensure all electronic medical records and other information assets are sufficiently protected. She is responsible for making sure the HIPPA security standards for information systems that manage health information are always met and ensures that policies and procedures are in place to protect privacy.

Ms. Budakowski earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Binghamton University.

For more information about services provided at Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center visit www.crmcny.org  or www.ormc.org.

 


Orange Regional Hosts Free Reading & Writing Workshop for Those Touched by Cancer

February 20, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is hosting a free reading and writing workshop for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.  The session will be held on Monday, March 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Conference Room, 707 East Main Street, Middletown. 

This workshop brings healing through writing and sharing of stories in a safe and supportive environment and will also include reading a wide variety of prose and poetry.  No previous writing experience is required and all materials will be supplied.  A light meal will also be provided.

Registration is required by March 1.  For more information and to register, please call 1-888-321-ORMC or visit www.ormc.org/CommunityOutreach.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.                  


Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Mammograms

February 16, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Ray Moody, M.D. Breast Center and Orange Regional Medical Group, in partnership with Orange County Cancer Services,will offer free mammograms on Saturday, March 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center located at the Orange Regional Medical Pavilion, 75 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. Participating physicians include Howard Karpoff, MD, FACS and from Orange Regional Medical Group, Shewli Roy, MD and Jennifer Vasquez-Bryan, MD.  Appointments are limited and must be made by Wednesday, March 4. Pre-registration is required. 

During the hour-long appointment, eligible individuals will be screened for breast cancer by having a clinical breast exam and mammography.  The appointment will also include breast health education and a training video.  The event is open to women without insurance who are currently not experiencing breast problems, while still meeting specific criteria.  Participants must be over 40 years of age and have not had a mammogram through this program within the last year.  Women who have had a mammogram within one year and are currently experiencing breast problems may still meet requirements for participation and are encouraged to call.  

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

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health Care System.

About Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center

Located at the Orange Regional Medical Center Pavilion, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is designed with the convenience of patients in mind.  The Center provides a comprehensive breast care program with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and services, together with clinicians who are experts in their field - centralized in one convenient location.

The Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center was designated by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as Breast Imaging Center of Excellence and is fully accredited in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.  Additionally, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center has been granted a prestigious three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.  As a NQMBC Certified Participant, the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center is currently the only certified participant in Orange County and only one of four in New York State. This distinguished honor represents a commitment to provide the highest quality breast healthcare to patients in the community.

About Catskill Regional and Orange Regional Medical Groups

Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group are members of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, along with Orange Regional Medical Center and Catskill Regional Medical Center.  Orange Regional Medical Group and Catskill Regional Medical Group are multi-specialty, hospital-supported medical practices that currently include Urology, Endocrinology, Surgical Services and Primary Care. The Medical Groups are staffed with Board-certified Physicians, Board-certified Nurse Practitioners and Board-certified Advanced Practice Professionals who provide quality healthcare throughout Orange and Sullivan Counties and surrounding areas. Walk-ins are welcome and same day appointments are available.  For more information including locations and hours visit www.orangeregionalmedicalgroup.org and www.catskillregionalmedicalgroup.org.


Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates Heart Month

February 11, 2015

Middletown, NY - In recognition of American Heart Month, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Peter Frommer, MD Heart Center is encouraging community members to get tested to learn their risk of developing heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, every 39 seconds an American dies from cardiovascular disease, and more than 83 million Americans have at least one form of the disease.

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Healthy Heart program, offered to local community members, is a free mobile service designed to determine heart and stroke risk, by focusing on prevention and early detection of heart problems. Each participant receives a review of their medical history, cholesterol and glucose screening as well as a blood pressure screening. Educational materials are also provided. Follow-up with each patient is done on a quarterly basis to track progress and offer continuing support.

“Orange Regional is committed to educating the community about the different aspects of stroke, heart disease and the measures that can be taken to prevent the onset of any heart-related diseases,” said Orange Regional Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Schiller. “Our heart-related programs are a fundamental component in raising awareness about the risks of heart disease.”

To learn more about Orange Regional’s Healthy Heart Program, please visit www.ormc.org/communityoutreach.

About Orange Regional’s Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center

Orange Regional Medical Center’s Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center provides comprehensive cardiac services to our community. The Center offers access to experienced cardiovascular specialists educated at some of the nation’s most renowned academic centers such as, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Mount Sinai Medical Center. The Center is equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and offers access to a knowledgeable, dedicated cardiac staff trained in the latest cardiovascular procedures. A wide range of services include elective and emergency angioplasty, advanced cardiac testing and rehabilitation, electrophysiology and implantable pacemakers and a variety of related cardiology and educational services.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Caption: On February 6, Orange Regional employees participated in a dress down day and bake sale to benefit the American Heart Association’s 2015 Tri-County Heart Walk and to celebrate American Heart Month. Orange Regional is raising money for this year’s Walk by asking employees to purchase red, long-sleeved Orange Regional Heart Walk tee shirts and to wear them on designated dress down days. For more information Orange Regional Medical Center’s Peter Frommer, M.D. Heart Center’s comprehensive cardiac services, please visit www.ormcheartcare.org.

 


Greater Hudson Valley Health System Announces Administrator of Ancillary Services

January 26, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce the promotion of Frank Salvatore Jr., RRT, MBA, FAARC to Administrator of Ancillary Services.

Mr. Salvatore joined Orange Regional Medical Center in 2009 as Director of Respiratory, Pulmonary and Sleep Services. In his new role, Mr. Salvatore will have direct responsibility and oversight of Respiratory Care, Sleep Medicine, Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Catskill Regional and Orange Regional Medical Centers. He has also been charged with developing a system-wide strategic plan to further integrate and strengthen existing services across the GHVHS.

Over the past 5 years, Mr. Salvatore has worked to align clinical practice with best practice guidelines, building a solid reputation for quality care and improving patient outcomes. In addition to his leadership success at Orange Regional, he was selected in September 2012 to lead the development and implementation of Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at each hospital, launching both programs in 2013.

Mr. Salvatore earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Therapy from the University of Hartford and his Master of Science degree in Business Administration, General Business from the University of Phoenix. Mr. Salvatore is a seasoned leader with over 26 years experience in healthcare and within his professional organization, American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC). Since 1996, Mr. Salvatore has served AARC on both the State and National levels, with his most recent election as President of the AARC.

For more information about services provided at Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, visit www.crmcny.org  or www.ormc.org



Orange Regional Medical Center Hosts Car Seat Misuses Demonstration

January 22, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Trauma and Injury Prevention Program recently hosted a Car Seat Misuses demonstration to promote car seat safety. Hospital staff and visitors who wished to participate were asked to spot the misuses displayed in two car seat demonstrations set up incorrectly, in comparison to one car seat demonstration set up the correct way. Participants who were able to identify the misuses were given prizes. Orange Regional Car Seat Safety Technicians, Town of Wallkill Ambulance Corp. and Orange County Traffic Safety Program were available to site common car seat misuses such as loose harness straps, loose seats, incorrect use of lower anchors and use of non-regulated (aftermarket) products. Car Seat Safety Technicians also provided education on the proper installation and use of car safety seats.  Orange Regional Medical Center is a Car Seat Fit Station offering certified technicians who install and teach parents and community members how to properly install child car seats to ensure maximum protection. To find out when the next Fit Station date is, call 333-1379.For more information on the Trauma and Injury Prevention Program, visit www.ormc.org/InjuryPrevention.

Caption: Injury Prevention/EMS Liaison/Performance Improvement Coordinator, Angela Marchionni, RN with Orange Regional Car Seat Safety Technicians, Orange County Traffic Safety Program and Town of Wallkill Ambulance Corp. 

 


Orange Regional Hosts Free Reading & Writing Workshop for Those Touched by Cancer

January 15, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is hosting a free reading and writing workshop for anyone whose life has been touched by cancer.  The session will be held on Monday, January 26, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center’s Outpatient Conference Room, Room 7, 707 East Main Street, in Middletown. 

This workshop brings healing through writing and sharing of stories in a safe and supportive environment and will also include reading a wide variety of prose and poetry.  No previous writing experience is required and all materials will be supplied.  A light meal will also be provided.

Registration is required by January 25.  For more information and to register, please call 1-888-321-ORMC or visit www.ormc.org/CommunityOutreach.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.                                          


Orange Regional Medical Center Honors Physicians and Medical Students

January 9, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center recently celebrated its First Annual Ronald H. Israelski, MD Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony. The award recognizes a distinguished group of physicians, resident physicians and medical students who have demonstrated educational innovation and excellence. Director of Medical Education, Dr. John Dermigny, DO and Medical Student Christianna Anderson were this year’s honorees.

Dr. Ronald Israelski was honored this year for his vision and leadership in Medical Education in Orange County. As Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Israelski has been invaluable in the creation of excellence in medical education for the Hudson Valley. He was extremely instrumental in developing a partnership with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine which led to the purchase of the old Horton Hospital which was refurbished to create their Middletown Campus.  Touro College opened the new medical college in July. With medical students now learning at Orange Regional, it was a natural progression to create residency programs. In July of 2014, Orange Regional began its first residency program in Family Medicine, which is led by Dr. John Dermigny, DO.

For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center’s Graduate Medical Education Program, contact Administrative Director of Medical Education, Jenny Vosganian-Clancy, at jclancy@ormc.org or

845-333-1138, or visit www.ormc.org/GraduateMedicalEducation.

Caption: From L to R: Orange Regional Medical Center Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Schiller; Director of Medical Education, Dr. John Dermigny, DO; Medical Student, Christianna Anderson; Administrative Director of Medical Education, Jenny Vosganian-Clancy; and Dr. Ronald H. Israelski, MD.
















Greater Hudson Valley Health System Announces IT Leadership Promotions

January 7, 2015

Middletown, NY - The Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center, is pleased to announce promotions to its leadership in the Information Technology department.

David DeLong has been promoted to GHVHS Manager of Business Intelligence and Development. Mr. DeLong joined Orange Regional Medical Center in March 2014 as a Data Reporting Analyst, where he was responsible for the automation of the GHVHS’s current reporting systems, through SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS). In his new role, Mr. DeLong’s scope of responsibility includes the development of a comprehensive strategy to distribute needed information across clinical, operational and financial channels.

Mr. DeLong received his Associate of Science degrees in Mathematics and Computer Information Systems from Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California, his Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Computer Science from California State University in San Bernardino, California and his Master of Liberal Arts degree in Extension Studies in Information Management Systems from Harvard University Extension School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Dana Hendrickson BSN, has been promoted to GHVHS Manager of EPIC Ambulatory Systems. Ms. Hendrickson joined Orange Regional in 2002 as a Critical Care Nurse. She served as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for EPIC implementation (Electronic Health Records) and assisted in the validation of workflows with EPIC for the Critical Care Unit. Ms. Hendrickson also served as a credentialed EPIC Trainer for the go-live of electronic health records for both Orange Regional and Catskill Regional Medical Centers. Ms. Hendrickson joined the IT department fulltime in 2012, as an analyst for EPIC Clindoc-in patient documentation and then the lead Analyst for EPIC ASAP – ED Clinical Documentation.

Ms. Hendrickson obtained her Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, New York and her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York.

For more information about services provided at Catskill Regional Medical Center and Orange Regional Medical Center visit www.crmcny.org  or www.ormc.org.

 


Orange Regional Medical Center Presents New Art Exhibit - American Dream - January 9 - February 25, 2015

January 5, 2015

Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center presents a new art exhibit featuring four regional artists whose work focuses on the influence of automobile culture on the American landscape. The exhibit, American Dream, includes artists Angela Basile, Erica Hauser, David Levy and Scott Nelson Foster whose imagery ranges from vintage roadside attractions to suburban street scenes. The opening reception with the artists will be held on Friday, January 9 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at Orange Regional Medical Center located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown, on the ground floor gallery adjacent to the Conference Center. Refreshments will be served. The exhibit will remain on view until February 27.

In the exhibit, American Dream, artists explore ideas of memory and sense of place related to changes in the American landscape. During the late 1950s, the American interstate highway system grew quickly and, along with the automobile industry, allowed a new-found mobility that permeated American life and culture. The automobile and interstate became symbols of American individuality and freedom. The investment in infrastructure such as highways and bridges allowed people to live beyond the confines of major cities and outlying rural land was developed to build suburban housing.

Rhinebeck artist, Angela Basile, paints images of a fictional place called Whip City; she uses pastel, muted colors in her paintings to capture the quietude of suburban ranch houses in middle class neighborhoods. Basile adds anthropomorphic anatomies, such as a winking window or smiling curb, to connect the houses to humanity. Erica Hauser, a painter and illustrator from Newburgh, takes a nostalgic view of Americana and captures a specific sense of time and place through her use vintage graphics and roadside icons such as ice machines, classic Ford trucks and gas station pumps. David Levy of Monmouth County, New Jersey, combines geometric abstraction and engineered architectural realism in his series of dashboard paintings including “1968 muscle car.” Albany artist, Scott Nelson Foster, creates artwork that reflects changing ideas about the American experience, the American dream and societal relationships to the land. His paintings of the suburban landscape with houses, subdivisions, and strip- malls, evoke shared experiences.

American Dreamis part of Orange Regional’s Art Program which features changing art shows; exhibits are free and open to the public. For additional information about Orange Regional’s Art Program, contact ORMC Art Curator, Sarah Johnson at 845-333-2385.

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.

Photo caption:  American Dream painting by Scott Nelson Foster

  

 

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