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Archive for April, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center Installs Robotic System to Improve Medication Dispensing Efficiency

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center has installed a robotic medication dispensing system located in the pharmacy of the Horton campus, called Robot-Rx, which automates the storage, dispensing, returning, restocking and crediting of bar-coded medications for patients in the hospital. The $1.2 million robot was made possible, in part, by a New York State Economic Development grant received through the assistance of Senator John Bonacic.

The system's robotic arm dispenses each patient's medication into small bags of individual doses in the pharmacy. Once all prescriptions ordered have been filled by the robot, they are distributed by a pharmacy employee on special carts to each patient unit. Since this system removes the need to have a pharmacist or pharmacy technician manually fill and check prescriptions and medication carts, each pharmacy employee will have more time to support clinical activities and streamline inventory management. Pharmacists will then be readily available to work with the doctors and nurses on each patient floor as needed.

Before the pharmacy robot was installed, Orange Regional pharmacy staff had to manually process and then deliver patient medication. As the robot has the ability to work 24 hours a day, it allows Orange Regional's pharmacy to keep a consistent medication inventory on each patient unit. The robot can store more than 25,000 medications and can recognize and reject expired medications or medications with unreadable bar-codes.

"Now that we have Robot-Rx involved as an integral part of our pharmacy workflow, our pharmacists and technicians can focus more on clinical activities and improving the quality of patient care," said Lana Stierle, pharmacy director. "The system's unparalleled precision and unmatched functionality has increased medication and patient safety in our hospital, and that's what matters the most."

Practitioners Join Staff at Orange Regional Medical Center

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Kathryn F. Alcarez, D.O. has joined the department of medicine. Dr. Alcarez received her medical degree from the University of New England College of Medicine. She completed her residency at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, N.Y. Dr. Alcarez is affiliated with Hudson Valley Hospital Physicians.

Amarpreet S. Bains, M.D. has joined the departments of medicine and pediatrics. Dr. Bains received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, P.A. He completed his residencies at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Children.

Viviana B. Galli, M.D. has joined the department of psychiatry. Dr. Galli received her medical degree from University of Buenos Aires Facultad de Medicina. She completed her residency and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. Dr. Galli is affiliated with Orange Regional Medical Center.

Dilip V. Subhedar, M.D. has joined the department of anesthesia. Dr. Subhedar received his medical degree from G.S.V.M. Medical College in Kanpur, India. He completed his residency at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y. Dr. Subhedar specializes in pain management and is affiliated with Ramapo Medical Associates.

Elizabeth O. Zick, M.D. has joined the department of family practice. Dr. Zick received her medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center in Syracuse, N.Y. She completed her residency at St. Joseph

Local Physicians Honored by Orange Regional Medical Center for Dedication to Community

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center hosted its annual Physician Appreciation Social on Saturday, April 21, 2007 at the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame. This event allows Orange Regional to publicly recognize members of its medical staff for their commitment to medical excellence. Orange Regional's Board of Directors and Executive Management team hosted the social.

Each year, physicians are chosen by their peers for Lifetime Achievement and Leadership Awards. The Leadership Award recognizes involvement in the development of new or enhanced medical programs, promotion of staff education within the physician's field and professional excellence. The 2007 Leadership Award recipient was Ronald Israelski, M.D., chairman of the Orthopedic Department. Dr. Israelski was instrumental in the creation of Orange Regional's Bone and Joint Center and continues to foster progress of Orthopedic services at the hospital.

This year, two physicians were recognized as Lifetime Achievement honorees, retired medical staff member Robert Kirschner, M.D. and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Orange Regional, Mark A. Tuckfelt, M.D. This award is presented to physicians who have continually improved the level of patient care, whose professional body of work has served to elevate their profession, and who, through personal example, have earned the respect of their peers and the community.

Orange Regional Medical Center Announces its Plan to Become a Smoke-free Campus in May 2007

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center has announced plans to become a smoke-free campus effective May 7. A smoke-free campus means that smoking will not be allowed anywhere on the hospital campuses, including; buildings, grounds, parking lots or in vehicles on the property of Orange Regional Medical Center.

In commemoration of the November 16th Great American Smokeout, officials at Orange Regional Medical Center have announced plans to become a smoke-free campus in May of 2007. A smoke-free campus means that smoking will not be allowed anywhere on the hospital campuses, including; buildings, grounds, parking lots or in vehicles on the property of Orange Regional Medical Center effective May 6, 2007.

Presently, smoking is not allowed inside any hospital building. Executive Director of Public Relations/Marketing Rob Lee says, "Moving entirely toward a smoke-free campus will be consistent with the mission of the hospital to improve the health of the community. It will also align us with the growing tendency among hospitals, including some in our region, to be smoke-free. Our goal is to provide a healthier environment for everyone including employees, patients, volunteers, visitors, physicians and students."

Smoking is the leading cause of heart disease, lung disease, cancer and many other illnesses. The hospital remains committed to providing an environment free of second-hand smoke, which is a risk for everyone. VP of Human Resources Deborah Carr says, "Quitting smoking can be very difficult, but the hospital will be there to help. We will support the efforts of employees who want to quit smoking by offering smoking cessation education and cessation programs prior to the May implementation date."

The hospital will also develop additional patient education programs and resources to help patients refrain from smoking during their hospital stay. Information is available for anyone interested in quitting smoking today through the New York State Smokers" Quitline 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487).

New York State Department of Health Approves Orange Regional Medical Center

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center officials have announced that the New York State Department of Health has approved their Certificate of Need application for a proposed new hospital.

Wayne Becker, Vice President Special Projects reviewed the project status of the proposed new hospital and discussed its various architectural aspects at a press conference on Wednesday. Large-scale interior and exterior photographic renderings of the hospital and a computer-animated three-dimensional model were on display. The hospital's web site, www.ormc.org, features more information about the new hospital, including a list of frequently asked questions and a feedback form where the public can submit questions or comment on the project.

Orange Regional Medical Center proposes to replace its two existing hospitals in Goshen and Middletown with a new hospital campus, the first construction of its kind in New York State in more than 25 years with a total project cost of over $330 million. Located on 61 acres on East Main Street near the Route 17 and I-84 interchange in the Town of Wallkill, the new facility will feature a state-of-the-art, patient-centered hospital where the highest quality healthcare will be easily accessible.

In addition to the programs, services and centers of excellence currently available on both existing campuses, the 600,000-plus square-foot medical campus will offer:

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

When completed, Orange Regional's new seven-floor, 354-bed hospital will be the largest medical center between the Tappan Zee Bridge and Albany and will reduce the need for patients to seek treatment outside of the region. This new facility will support Orange Regional's mission as a not-for-profit hospital, guaranteeing care to its patients regardless of their ability to pay.

New York State Department of Health Approves Orange Regional Medical Center

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center officials have announced that the New York State Department of Health has approved their Certificate of Need application for a proposed new hospital.

Wayne Becker, Vice President Special Projects reviewed the project status of the proposed new hospital and discussed its various architectural aspects at a press conference on Wednesday. Large-scale interior and exterior photographic renderings of the hospital and a computer-animated three-dimensional model were on display. The hospital's web site, www.ormc.org, features more information about the new hospital, including a list of frequently asked questions and a feedback form where the public can submit questions or comment on the project.

Orange Regional Medical Center proposes to replace its two existing hospitals in Goshen and Middletown with a new hospital campus, the first construction of its kind in New York State in more than 25 years with a total project cost of over $330 million. Located on 61 acres on East Main Street near the Route 17 and I-84 interchange in the Town of Wallkill, the new facility will feature a state-of-the-art, patient-centered hospital where the highest quality healthcare will be easily accessible.

In addition to the programs, services and centers of excellence currently available on both existing campuses, the 600,000-plus square-foot medical campus will offer:
- accessible and ample parking
- all private patient rooms
- an Emergency Department with 50 treatment bays for varying levels of emergencies
- spacious operating suites
- wireless infrastructure to accommodate the latest Healthcare Information Technology
- design spaces that will accommodate future technologies, patients and visitors

When completed, Orange Regional's new seven-floor, 354-bed hospital will be the largest medical center between the Tappan Zee Bridge and Albany and will reduce the need for patients to seek treatment outside of the region. This new facility will support Orange Regional's mission as a not-for-profit hospital, guaranteeing care to its patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Aetna grant to assist Orange Regional's Palliative Care Program

Monday, April 9th, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center has received a $31,200 grant from Aetna to help establish a Palliative Care Program.

The Palliative Care Program, expected to begin this spring, will provide family-centered care to patients with progressive, chronic and life-limiting illnesses. The grant will pay for the training of Maggie Conroy, RN and Medical Director, Dr. Mary Ellen King. The grant will also help offset the cost of informational outreach and educational materials for patients and families, and the establishment of a Palliative Care Family Room and Resource Library.

Palliative care differs from Hospice care. Unlike hospice, palliative care is intended for patients with prolonged serious health conditions or life-limiting illnesses, not just those patients with imminently terminal conditions. The Palliative Care Program at Orange Regional will help establish specific standards of care for these patients. Drawing from the nationally-recognized Palliative Care Clinical Standards, the program will assist patients with illnesses, including cardiopulmonary disease, cancer, stroke, and renal failure, among others.

"Orange Regional Medical Center is doing important work in developing a model of culturally sensitive care to assist patients, along with their families and caregivers, as they attempt to maintain courage and dignity in the face of significant illness," said Brad Morse, Aetna's vice president of sales and service. "We need to meet the needs of patients and caregivers for pain and symptom management, emotional and spiritual support, and help in achieving a sense of control. Toward that end, Aetna has pioneered a comprehensive program of broadened coverage for hospice and palliative services, including curative care while in hospice, and coverage for respite care."

Orange Regional's Palliative Care Program is the result of a continued collaborative relationship between Orange Regional Medical Center and Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties. Due to the project's collaborative approach, Hospice of Orange & Sullivan has agreed to provide up to $50,000 in initial program costs. Orange Regional Medical Center has also invested $50,000.

Hospice of Orange & Sullivan expects to play an actively supportive role throughout the implementation and operation of Orange Regional's Palliative Care Program. Hospice will help Orange Regional enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of hospital staff and physicians treating patients facing end-of-life issues. As a key collaborator in the program, Hospice will also serve as a critical part of the network of community and home-based service providers, helping to ensure an effective transition for the patient from the hospital back to their home. Because of its broad range of services, Hospice will also assist the hospital in linking caregivers with necessary respite and support services. As part of the continuity of care for patients whose disease process is more advanced, Hospice will ensure that patients no longer suitable for palliative care will be appropriately directed to hospice care.

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