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Archive for April, 2009

Proposed MTA Payroll Tax Has Major Impact on Orange Regional Medical Center

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center is projecting that it will have to pay $325,000 annually to adhere to a payroll tax proposed by New York State to benefit the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Orange Regional joins hundreds of Orange County businesses who oppose the tax, which is seen as a major financial obstacle on businesses striving to succeed in a tremendously challenging economy.

The State Senate is proposing that businesses be assessed 25 cents per every one hundred dollars of payroll to address the MTA's $1.2 billion debt. Orange Regional Medical Center President and CEO Scott Batulis says, "Hospitals in New York State are constantly struggling to maintain positive finances. As a not-for-profit organization, we reinvest any profit back into our facilities, technology, and staffing for the good of our community. We feel this tax is extremely unfair and the MTA's budget should not be balanced on the backs of our patients."

In addition to the payroll tax, the MTA will raise fairs and enact service cuts on subways, buses, and commuter rail. "The MTA payroll tax shifts precious resources from hospital programs that support Hudson Valley families," says Mitch Amado, Orange Regional's CFO. "On $130,000,000 of payroll, the tax would cost us $325,000 annually. It amounts to an unfunded mandate on your local hospital.

Orange County residents are urged to contact State Senators John J. Bonacic, 845-344 3311 or Bill Larkin, 845-567-1270 and request rejection of the MTA payroll tax proposal. For additional information about Orange Regional Medical Center, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) or visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Donors Honored

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Middletown, NY- On April 23, the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation held its Annual Donor Recognition Reception at the Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club in Middletown. Over 275 donors attended the event.

Foundation President Christine Maraia praised the high level of support from employees, local businesses and the community at large. "The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation ended its 2008 fiscal year with more than $4 million raised in philanthropic support. The generosity of our donors has enabled Orange Regional Medical Center to fund more than $1 million for equipment, programs, education and improving patient care, in addition to the contributions to the new hospital capital campaign."

Orange Regional Medical Center's annual giving program includes the Century Club, gifts from grateful patients and their families and gifts made in honor or in memory of a loved one.

There are many ways to give to the capital campaign including cash donations, securities or real estate, closely held stock, life insurance, provisions in a will or trust and corporate matching gifts. For additional information or to make a donation to the Building for Excellence Capital Campaign, please contact Orange Regional Foundation Office at 845.294.2135 or e-mail Foundation President Christine Maraia at cmaraia@ormc.org.

(L - R) Ken Abt, Chairman, First Federal Savings; Paul Halpern, Orange Regional Board Member and Capital Campaign Community Chair; Tim Selz, COO, Orange Regional Medical Center

(L-R) Orange Regional supporters Ann Mayo, John Mayo and Foundation President Christine Maraia

(L-R) Orange Regional Volunteer Phyllis Brown, Sue Bassett and Orange Regional Board Member Bill Bassett

(L-R) Glen Arden Residents and Orange Regional supporters Beth Cantline, Patricia DeHaan and Mary Jane Sorrell

Chili Cook-Off Challenge Lands at Wurtsboro Airport!

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

(Middletown, NY)- If your chili recipe makes mouths smile….or water, the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation wants you to join them at Just a Plane Family Fun Day at the Wurtsboro Airport on Sunday, June 7, 2009. The event will feature a chili cook-off competition with a maximum of 40 individual or team entrants.

The first prize winner in each category will win a Stainless Steel Brinkmann Pro Series Grill and 20 pound tank. The judging categories are best beef chili, best turkey chili, best vegetarian chili and best exotic chili. The best decorated chili booth will win a smoker.

Contestants must register with a $50 donation to the Foundation. For more information or to request rules and registration material, call Paul Halpern at
(845) 343-0808.

For more information on Just a Plane Family Fun Day, a free, day-long event with a wide variety of activities and options for the entire family, call the
Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation office at (845) 294-2135.

Auxiliary Donates $600,000 to the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Capital Campaign

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Middletown, NY - In March, Orange Regional Medical Center's Auxiliary fulfilled its generous $600,000 pledge to Orange Regional Medical Center's Building for Excellence Capital Campaign. The donation was put forth in support of the new hospital's Pediatric Unit and a lobby cafe.

"As our grassroots fundraising organization, the Auxiliary has played an important role in Orange Regional's development. We appreciate their efforts to make this significant gift in addition to their sustained support over the years," said Christine Palmer Maraia, President of the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation.

"The Auxiliary's donation showcases the dedication this group puts forth in support of Orange Regional Medical Center and our local community," said Scott Batulis, President & CEO of Orange Regional. "Their philanthropic support is the end result of each member's hard work and commitment to the organization."

Auxiliary funds are raised in a variety of ways including sales from the Horton Campus Gift Shop, the Thrift Shop located at 80 Prospect Avenue in Middletown, a variety of Arden Hill Campus and Horton Campus vendor sales as well as other fundraising events.

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

Ways to give to the capital campaign include cash donations, securities or real estate, closely held stock, life insurance, provisions in a will or trust and corporate matching gifts. For additional information or to make a donation to the Building for Excellence Capital Campaign, please contact the Orange Regional Foundation office at (845) 294-2135 or e-mail Foundation President Christine Maraia at cmaraia@ormc.org.

(l-r): Marie Barnett, Co-President of the Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary; Maureen DeStefano, Co-President of the Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary; Christine Palmer Maraia, Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President; Florence Sawyer, Co-President of the Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary.

Stanley S. Dunkelman Diabetes Treatment Center Relocates Comprehensive Diabetes Services and Expert Staff Remain Unchanged

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009


Staff of the Stanley S. Dunkelman Diabetes Treatment Center (l-r): Shelly DeHaan, Laurie Porcaro, Pat Gerow, Kristine Bihun and Jane deJong

Middletown, NY — In an on-going effort to fight a disease that affects nearly 8% of the population, Orange Regional Medical Center's Stanley S. Dunkelman Diabetes Treatment Center has moved to a new and convenient location at 110 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. The Center's new phone number is 845-692-8084. The Stanley S. Dunkelman Diabetes Treatment Center is the only diabetes education program in Orange, Ulster, Sullivan, Rockland, Dutchess and Putnam Counties accepting Empire Plan (NYSHIP) insurance.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. There are 23.6 million children and adults in the United States who have diabetes.
The Center's team of nationally certified diabetes educators has over 30 years of combined diabetes education experience. Compassionate staff members work with diabetic patients and their doctors to develop an individualized program to manage the disease. The Center provides comprehensive education and support for children, adolescent and adult patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes including:
• nutritional counseling
• blood glucose monitoring (meters provided free of charge)
• continuous glucose monitoring (7-day sensor)
• insulin instruction
• insulin pump training
• diabetes self-management classes
• a diabetes in pregnancy program

Additionally, the Center offers adult and child support groups for diabetic patients and their families, as well as an insulin pump support group.

The Center's educators hold degrees in nutrition or nursing and keep up to date and certified in the most advanced technologies, such as insulin pumps and glucose sensors. This dedication provides diabetic patients and their family members with the latest information about diabetes management and products.

The Stanley S. Dunkelman Diabetes Treatment Center staff will be able to help you if:

  • Diabetes or pre-diabetes has been recently diagnosed
  • A diabetic patient needs assistance controlling blood sugar
  • A diabetic patient needs assistance managing complications related to diabetes
  • Information, education and training is needed for the latest technologies and treatments, including insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring
  • Diabetes has developed during pregnancy

A physician's referral is required for admission to the Center's program. Family, pediatric or primary care physicians and endocrinologists may recommend enrollment for any patient who has diabetes or is at risk of developing diabetes. Diabetes education is covered by most major health insurance policies. Please check with your carrier.

For more information on Orange Regional's Stanley S. Dunkelman Diabetes Treatment Center or for assistance in obtaining a referral from your physician, please call 845-692-8084 or visit www.ormc.org.

Orange Regional Medical Center Offers Free Skin Cancer Screenings. Skin cancer will affect over one million in 2009

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

(Middletown, NY) - Orange Regional Medical Center will offer free skin cancer screenings at the Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road, Middletown on April 27, 29 and May 1. Participants must be over 20 years of age and not under the care of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon in the past year. To register, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) by April 20, 2009. Physicians volunteering at this year's screening include Drs. Stefan Chevalier, Galia Meiri, and Jay Weitzner.

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 cancer screening coordinator. "Last year, 36% of those screened required follow-up for a suspicious lesion or biopsy." 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 midday 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.

Orange Regional Medical Center's Tucker Center for Cancer Care
The Tucker Center for Cancer Care program is accredited as a Community Hospital Comprehensive Cancer Program from The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The Tucker Center team 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 the Tucker Center experts through diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, or support.

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