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Archive for July, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center Receives Stroke Performance Award

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Gains Recognition in July 23 Issue of U.S. News & World Report

The award was received for outstanding performance on seven measures of stroke care performance. The award was presented to Orange Regional's Stroke Center Director, Dr. Carmen Martinez at the 2007 International Stroke Conference in San Francisco. GWTG-Stroke is an in-hospital program designed to improve acute stroke treatment and prevent future strokes and cardiovascular events. Orange Regional's participation in GWTG-Stroke focuses on quick diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients through its stroke center. Stroke is the third largest cause of death and the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.

The award led to Orange Regional Medical Center being listed as one of 68 hospitals nationwide recognized in a congratulatory message from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association in the July 23, 2007 issue of U.S. News & World Report, which is on-sale July 16.

"With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and the GWTG'stroke Performance Achievement Award recognizes success in improving time to receiving treatment along with other aspects of stroke care," said Gregg C. Fonarow, M.D., American Heart Association volunteer chairman for the national GWTG Steering Committee. "Improving the care received by stroke patients can improve their clinical outcomes after an event. We are proud of Orange Regional's commitment and want to commend them for implementing lifesaving standards and protocols for stroke care."

"Orange Regional is dedicated to making our patient care for stroke patients among the best in the country. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's GWTG program helps us accomplish that by providing our professionals with tools and resources to improve the quality of care and long-term outcomes of our stroke patients," said Dr. Martinez.

Practitioners Join Staff at Orange Regional Medical Center

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to welcome the following practitioners to its medical staff:

Andrew Akerman, M.D. is a member of Orange Regional's Diagnostic Imaging Department. Dr. Akerman received his medical degree from SUNY Health Science Center in Brooklyn. He completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York and a fellowship in Neuroradiology at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Medical Center in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Akerman is Board Certified in Radiology and is affiliated with Imaging on Call.

Jessica Ferraiolo, PA-C is a member of Orange Regional's Orthopedic Department.

Ms. Ferraiaolo received her physician assistant degree from DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. She is affiliated with Crystal Run Healthcare.

Michael Geci-Black, M.D. is a member of Orange Regional's Emergency Department. Dr. Geci-Black received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta, Georgia. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Geci-Black is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and is affiliated with Hudson Valley Emergency Physicians.

Eric M. Kaplan, DPM is a member of Orange Regional's Orthopedic Department. Dr. Kaplan received his medical degree from the New York College of Podiatry. He completed his residency at

Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, New York. Dr. Kaplan is affiliated with Family Footcare Group.

Flore-Marie Menardy-Alphonse, PNP is affiliated with Orange Regional Medical Center's Behavioral Health Center.

Ms. Menardy-Alphonse received her master's degree in Nursing and her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Certification from New York University in New York, New York.

Steven M. Winograd, M.D. is a member of Orange Regional's Emergency Department. Dr. Winograd received his medical degree from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. He completed his residency at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Winograd is Board-Certified in Emergency Medicine and is affiliated with Hudson Valley Emergency Physicians.

Charles H. Wu, D.O. is a member of Orange Regional's Emergency Department. Dr. Wu received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri. He completed his internship at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, New York.

Dr. Wu is affiliated with Hudson Valley Emergency Physicians.

Maged Z. Youssef, M.D. is a member of Orange Regional's Pediatric Department.

Dr. Youssef received his medical degree from Ain-Shams University School of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt. He completed his residency at Metropolitan Hospital in New York, New York and a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Schneider Children's Hospital in New Hyde Park, New York.

Dr. Youssef is Board-Certified in Pediatrics and is affiliated with Hudson Valley Pediatrics.

For more information on Orange Regional's physicians and services, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection toll free at

1-888-321-OMRC (6762).

Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer with These Simple Tips

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

(Middletown, NY) - As summer continues, Orange Regional Medical Center reminds you to reduce your chance of developing skin cancer by avoiding overexposure to the sun. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common of all cancer types. There are more than 1 million skin cancers diagnosed each year in the United States.

Francis V. Winski, M.D., Plastic Surgeon at Orange Regional Medical Center, says there are two types of skin cancer: melanoma and non-melanoma. Most cases of non-melanoma can be treated. When melanoma is caught early it can be treated successfully, however, if it is not caught and treated early, the cancer can spread to other organs and it can be fatal. Anyone who suspects that they have a form of skin cancer should visit their doctor. A helpful guide to self screening is following "ABCD's of skin cancer". A "Asymmetry", B "Border irregularity", C "Color variability", and D "Diameter larger than a pencil eraser". Take note in strange shape, edges, color, and size. Anyone who suspects that they have a form of skin cancer should visit their doctor.

The sun is responsible for 90% of all skin cancers. Dr. Winski offers the following tips to prevent overexposure to the sun including covering up in direct sunlight, wearing a hat, using a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and wearing sunglasses that block UV rays. By following these precautions and by limiting the amount of exposure to UV rays, you can reduce your risk of developing skin cancer later in life.

For more information on Orange Regional's cancer treatment services, go to www.ormc.org or call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762)

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