December 30, 2009
Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce several new additions to its management team.
Dr. Maria Osundele has accepted the position of Pharmacy Department Clinical Coordinator at Orange Regional Medical Center. Maria has responsibility for clinical pharmacy services at both the Horton and Arden Hill Campuses.
Dr. Osundele obtained her doctorate in pharmacy (Pharm.D.) from the Arnold and Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Long Island University and completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency Program at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center after graduation. She resides in Chester, NY.
Betsy Kennally, SPHR has accepted the position of Director of Organizational Development (OD) for Orange Regional Medical Center.
Ms. Kennally has a Master's Degree in Human Resources Management and holds a national certification as a Senior Professional-Human Resources (SPHR).
Most recently, she worked for Health Quest where she served as the Corporate Director for Professional Development. She resides in Ridgefield, CT.
Kimberly DeRobertis, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., has accepted the position of Nurse Director of the Horton Campus Critical Care Unit. Ms. DeRobertis most recently held the position of ICU Manager at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital. She resides in Newburgh, NY.
December 24, 2009
Middletown, NY - The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation has introduced the Grateful Patient Program. The Program allows former patients and their family members to identify excellence and recognize a physician, staff member or volunteer who made a difference during their hospital stay. Examples may include instances where the caliber of care is exceptional or when the staff has gone above and beyond their normal scope of work in every aspect of a patient's care.
The Grateful Patient Program provides an opportunity for an individual, family or business to make a financial donation in recognition of a job well done. The gift may be in any amount, and helps ensure that the same level of compassionate, high quality care received at Orange Regional remains available to future patients.
Grateful Patient Program donors also have the opportunity to nominate a "Partner in Excellence" - individual, department or unit - for their outstanding contributions to their care, and are encouraged to share their patient story so it can, in turn, be shared with the specified Partner(s) in Excellence.
"Our physicians, employees and volunteers are the driving force behind our success," said Orange Regional Medical Center President & CEO Scott Batulis. "They show their commitment to our patients by not only providing clinical excellence, but doing so with compassion and respect. I think the Grateful Patient Program is a wonderful way to recognize them."
Grateful Patient Program donation forms may be obtained at various locations throughout the Orange Regional campus, on-line at www.ormc.org (click on "Ways to Give") or through the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation Office, (845) 294-2135.
December 15, 2009
Middletown, NY - In recognition of its expertise in treating stroke patients, Orange Regional Medical Center's Arden Hill Campus 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. Orange Regional's Horton Campus became a designated stroke center in May 2006.
As a designated stroke center, Orange Regional has an expert Stroke Team made up of highly trained physicians, nurses and technicians that can treat stroke 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. Orange Regional's Stroke Center Medical Director, Carmen Martinez, said, "We are thrilled to have both the Horton Campus and the Arden Hill Campus noted as designated stroke centers. This designation shows our commitment to rapid and effective treatment of stroke symptoms and is a great asset to our community."
"Many people don't realize that stroke is the third leading cause of death in this country, and a leading cause of disability," said Chair of Emergency Medicine, Joanne Magro, MD. "We must be able to rapidly assess our patients and get them the treatment they need. Now, our community members will not have to travel great distances to receive state-of-the-art stroke care - these advanced services are available now right in their own backyard."
James E. Oxley, DO, FACEP, Orange Regional Vice President of Medical Affairs and former Director of Emergency Services, said, "The majority of patients don't report to the emergency room until more than three hours after the onset of stroke symptoms. This long delay limits the kinds of treatment that can be given, which may increase damage to the brain and decrease recovery."
For information about Orange Regional's designated stroke centers, call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).
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.
Area residents are reminded to call 911 immediately if they begin to experience symptoms of a stroke - sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion; trouble speaking or understanding; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and/or sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
December 11, 2009
Middletown, NY- Orange Regional Medical Center has become the first hospital in Orange County to offer elective angioplasty. While emergency angioplasty procedures are currently performed at Orange Regional's Horton Campus, elective angioplasty has not been locally available to community members until now. This new service means most patients will not have to travel outside of the region for advanced cardiac care. The procedure is performed by experienced cardiologists who have trained at renowned academic medical centers such as Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure in which a catheter (flexible plastic tube) with a small balloon dilates, or "opens up" a blocked artery that supplies the heart muscle with blood. In contrast to open heart surgery, angioplasty can be done by making a small puncture in the skin and inserting the catheter into an artery in the leg or arm. The procedure is performed in Orange Regional's Cardiac Catheterization Lab, located at the Horton Campus in Middletown.
Orange Regional's emergency angioplasty team has been providing emergency angioplasty for heart attack victims since 2007. During an emergency angioplasty, the doctor locates and opens blocked vessels and restores blood flow to the heart, stopping a heart attack in progress. For non-emergent patients, Orange Regional can now schedule patients for elective angioplasty at their convenience, or at their doctor's direction, without traveling out of Orange County. "To date, our emergency angioplasty program has exceeded all projected benchmarks, providing an invaluable service for acutely ill patients in the region," said Orange Regional's Chairman of the Department of Cardiology Gary Silverman. "With the advent of elective angioplasty, we will be able to expand our cardiac program, caring for non-emergent patients throughout our community. With our experienced interventionalists and our state of the art cath lab, we offer the latest technology in a comfortable, familiar setting."
"Orange Regional's staff has worked diligently to become the first hospital in Orange County to offer elective angioplasty," said President & CEO Scott Batulis. "Our team of experts in the cardiology department remains determined to provide this minimally-invasive procedure to the community, continuing Orange Regional's commitment to quality care, close to home."
For additional information about Angioplasty and Cardiology Services at Orange Regional Medical Center, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) or visit www.ormc.org.
December 7, 2009
Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center's Healthy Heart Program, a mobile cardiac screening service, is the recipient of a health initiative grant, Latino Health Outreach, from the New York State Department of Health Office of Minority Health, for the third consecutive year. The goal of this $18,375 grant is to reduce diabetes, heart disease and stroke among the local Latino population. The Program has received a total of $52,536.80 in grant money over the past three years.
The funding gained from the twelve month grant is being used to provide screenings at Hudson River HealthCare's Health Centers and Agri-Business Child Development Early Head Start Schools of Middletown, Goshen and Florida. The Healthy Heart Program has also been invited to join the Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health (NYCAMH). Through this affiliation the program would travel to local farms and packing houses to screen workers.
The Healthy Heart Program intends to provide cardiac screening services to 300 minority group members during this Grant cycle. More than 900 Latinos have been screened by the Healthy Heart Program to date due to the funds provided by the grant over the past two years.
Coordinator of the Healthy Heart Program Deb Brock, R.N. says, "It is very exciting that Orange Regional continues to be able to be a part of this initiative. We look forward to providing assistance in meeting the healthcare needs of the Latino population while helping to educate and make a difference in reducing heart disease and stroke"
Orange Regional's Healthy Heart Program provides cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure tests and offers cardiac education and support. Results of the screening are discussed with patients, and each is encouraged to follow-up on their findings. When necessary the program further educates patients and offers referrals to cardiac specialists.
For more information about Orange Regional's Healthy Heart Program, call Program Coordinator Deb Brock at 342-7395 or firstname.lastname@example.org
December 3, 2009
Middletown, NY - Orange Regional Medical Center is proud to announce Gerard Galarneau, M.D. and Michael Blustein, Esq. as Co-Chairs of its 2010 Annual Golf Classic to be held on Monday, June 21, 2010. This year's Golf Classic will be held at the Otterkill Golf Club in Campbell Hall and the Orange County Golf Course in Middletown.
Dr. Gerard Galarneau, Board Certified in Urology, practices at Middletown Urologic Associates. Dr. Galarneau has been an active Orange Regional medical staff member since March of 2000 and has served in leadership positions since 2002. He was the Vice-Chair of the Department of Urology from 2002-2004 and Chairman from 2005-2006. He was the Chairman of Staff from 2007-2008 and has held the position of Chief of Staff since January of 2009. Dr. Galarneau graduated with a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Binghamton, received his medical degree from New York Medical College and held residencies in General Surgery and Urology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Dr. Galarneau is an active member of the American Urological Association and the Medical Society of Orange County.
Michael Blustein is Managing Partner of Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, LLP, with offices in Middletown and Goshen. He attended Cornell University (BS in Labor Relations) and earned his law degree from the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law. He was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1992, the New York Bar in 1993 and the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York. Mr. Blustein started his career in the Orange County District Attorney's Office in 1992, where he advanced and was assigned to the Felony Narcotics and White Collar Crime Investigations units. Mr. Blustein joined his father in private practice in 1997. In addition to heading the firm's Closing Department, he currently focuses his practice in commercial transactions, representation of national and local lenders, zoning and land use matters for residential and commercial development, collections and foreclosures. He is a past president of the Middletown Bar Association and current member of Orange County Golf Club Board of Governors.
Proceeds from the Annual Golf Classic support Orange Regional's comprehensive oncology program which provides state of the art technology as well as a wide spectrum of care including cancer prevention, early detection and advanced treatment.
This year, the Golf Classic offers two tournament choices. Players can choose to tee-off at Otterkill Golf and Country Club or at Orange County Golf Course. All players are welcome to join us at a celebratory evening buffet and awards ceremony at the close of the day at Otterkill Golf and Country Club.
For information about Orange Regional's 2010 Annual Golf Classic and how you can offer your support in making a profound impact on the health and well being of cancer patients in our community, please call the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation at (845) 294-2135 or visit www.ormc.org