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Orange Regional Medical Center Hosts Free Kidney Disease

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Orange Regional Medical Center will host a free kidney disease and hypertension education seminar at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2006 at the Community Health Education Center, 110 Crystal Run Road in Middletown. Board certified nephrologist Rachel Colvin, D.O. will present a comprehensive educational forum on hypertension and kidney disease, including diagnosis and treatment options.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, 20 million Americans, or 1 in 9 U.S. adults, have chronic kidney disease. Another 20 million more are at increased risk for developing chronic kidney disease. High blood pressure occurs when blood vessels become narrow or stiff, forcing your heart to pump harder to push blood through your body. When the force of the blood against your artery walls becomes too high, you are said to have high blood pressure or hypertension. The good news is early detection can help prevent the progression of both health risks.

Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is required and reservations must be made by November 7, 2006. To register, please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

Orange Regional Medical Center Hosts Author/Cancer Survivor, Wendi Fox Pedicone to a Full House

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Wendi Fox Pedicone became a cancer statistic in August of 2004 when she was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer. With a tremendous amount of support, she triumphed over the disease. During her speech, she revealed that she has again been diagnosed with cancer, as it spread to other areas of her body. She is determined to conquer her illness and left the audience as determined as she to live a better life. Ms. Pedicone moved the audience to tears and out-loud-laughter. She spent a long evening speaking with newly diagnosed patients and survivors one-on-one after the presentation.

Orange Regional Medical Center Announces Grand Opening of Outpatient Behavioral Health Center

Friday, October 27th, 2006

New York State Senator William J. Larkin, Jr. (RC, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and Orange County Department of Health Commissioner Christopher Ashman will be on-site with Orange Regional Medical Center CEO Scott Batulis to commemorate the occasion.

The Outpatient Behavioral Health Center offers psychiatric evaluations, medication management, symptoms management, coping methods and behavioral therapies for individuals with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, behavioral problems or increased family/life stressors. The clinicians at the Outpatient Behavioral Health Center are licensed clinical social workers who are trained in a variety of wellness approaches. The entire staff has extensive experience in mental health and substance abuse settings. For more information on the Center, please call (845) 294-2269 or visit www.ormc.org.

If you would like to attend the grand opening event, please call Public Relations Coordinator Tori Neville at (845) 342-7114.

Orange Regional Medical Center Receives $250,000 for Equipment and Software

Friday, October 27th, 2006

New York State Senator William J. Larkin, Jr. (RC, Cornwall-on-Hudson) and New York State Assemblywoman Annie Rabbitt (RC, Greenwood Lake) recently visited Orange Regional Medical Center's Arden Hill Campus in Goshen, and presented $250,000 in State aid to the hospital for new medical equipment and clinical software upgrades to better serve patients and their families.

The funds will support the general surgery, orthopedics and cardiology departments at Orange Regional.

"I am pleased that we were successful in securing this important funding for Orange Regional Medical Center," said Senator Larkin. "This grant will directly help people in need of surgery, cardiovascular, and bone and joint care. I fully support the dedicated staff at Orange Regional Medical Center who work hard every day to provide the best care to patients in our community and know that this grant will assist them in these efforts."

Assemblywoman Rabbitt said she is happy to have been able to help secure funding to improve Orange Regional Medical Center. "This will aid tremendously in keeping the medical center state-of-the-art and up to par with medical advances to the benefit of our community," she said.

During their visit, Senator Larkin and Assemblywoman Rabbitt met with hospital officials and heard plans for the proposed new, 606,000 square-foot, 374-bed hospital on East Main Street in Middletown.

They also toured the hospital's Goshen Campus, which lies within their legislative districts. The Senator and Assemblywoman made stops at the hospital's Medical Surgical Unit and the Behavioral Health Unit, which has been expanded for the relocation of Orange Regional's Outpatient Behavioral Health Unit formerly located at 2001 Route 17M in Goshen. The Outpatient Behavioral Health Unit offers adult, geriatric, child and adolescent counseling.

Orange Regional Medical Center Announces Medical Director of Stroke Center

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Orange Regional Medical Center is proud to announce Carmen Martinez, M.D. as medical director of its Designated Stroke Center.

Dr. Martinez will lead 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 services within the first three hours of showing symptoms of a stroke is essential to preventing long-term neurological damage.

Dr. Martinez received her medical degree from Universidad Libre de Colombia Seccional Atlantico in Columbia. She completed her residency in neurology at New York Medical College - Westchester Medical Center and was fellowship-trained in cerebrovascular diseases at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y. She has been a member of Orange Regional's department of neurology since 2004.

Dr. Martinez in board-eligible in neurology and is a member of the American Academy of Neurology. She is affiliated with Crystal Run Healthcare.

For information about our physicians, Stroke Support Group or to schedule a stroke educator for a free group presentation for your organization call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762).

People Doing More

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

(Middletown, NY)- Lisa Newlin has been appointed as Director of Health Information Management.

Lisa returns to Orange Regional Medical Center after a seven-year absence. During the past seven years, she served as Administrative Director of Health Information Management Services at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital.

Lisa has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Carolina University. During her previous tenure at Horton Medical Center, she served as Supervisor of Health Information Management and was then promoted to Assistant Director.

Orange Regional Medical Center Hosts Book Signing with Author/Cancer Survivor, Wendi Fox Pedicone

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

(Middletown) - Orange Regional Medical Center's Tucker Center for Cancer Care and the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center are proud to present a book signing and inspirational discussion with author, Wendi Fox Pedicone. On Monday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m., Ms. Pedicone will bring her own brand of hope, humor, motivation and advice to local residents. The event will be held in the auditorium of the Horton Campus, 60 Prospect Avenue in Middletown. The first 125 registered guests will receive a free copy of Ms. Pedicone's book, "Hanging Out with Lab Coats: Hope, Humor and Help for Cancer Patients and their Caregivers."

Wendi Fox Pedicone became a cancer statistic in August of 2004 when she was diagnosed with advanced stage breast cancer. She had no known breast cancer risk factors, but did not perform monthly breast self-examinations (bse's). Her tumor was found during an annual clinical exam. With a tremendous amount of support, she triumphed over the disease. In her book she shares strategies, tips and resources applicable to all women and their caregivers. Her delivery is compelling, entertaining and illustrates many aspects of life through the eyes of a fighter. Ms. Pedicone is guaranteed to move the audience to tears, out-loud-laughter and cheers. The audience will walk away motivated to take part in their own wellness.

Seating is limited and reservations must be made in advance. Please call the Orange Regional Health Connection at 1-888-321-ORMC (6762) to register. Additional books will be available for purchase on the evening of the event and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. For more information on Wendi Fox Pedicone, visit www.foxpress.com.

Orange Regional Medical Center is awarded for participating in stroke care program

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

(Middletown, New York) - Orange Regional Medical Center has been awarded for its participation in the American Stroke Association's Get With The Guidelines - Stroke initiative. The goal of the program is to improve the overall quality of care for stroke patients by improving acute stroke treatment and preventing future strokes and cardiovascular events.

Get With The Guidelines - Stroke was developed to help hospitals employ proven science-based treatment guidelines, including those developed by the American Stroke Association, American Heart Association and Brain Attack Coalition. These guidelines address acute stroke management, primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases, secondary prevention of strokes and the establishment of primary stroke centers.

As a Get With The Guidelines - Stroke participating hospital, Orange Regional has been encouraged to develop a comprehensive system for providing rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke when patients are admitted to the emergency department. This includes being equipped 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to provide brain imaging scans, availability of neurologists to conduct patient evaluations and using clot-busting medications when appropriate.

Orange Regional is also increasing its efforts to prevent secondary strokes through the aggressive use of medications such as statins and anti-platelets as indicated in the secondary stroke prevention guidelines. Other methods include the treatment of atrial fibrillation and atherosclerosis and management of smoking cessation, weight, exercise, diabetes, and cholesterol.

Practitioners Join Staff at Orange Regional Medical Center

Friday, October 6th, 2006

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

John E. Ditzenberger, M.D. has joined the department of diagnostic imaging. Dr. Ditzenberger received his medical degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He completed his residency at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey, and was fellowship trained in body imaging at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, New York. Dr. Ditzenberger, who is board-certified, is affiliated with Imaging On Call, PC.

Elena Kaznatcheeva, M.D. has joined the department of neuroscience. Dr. Kaznatcheeva received her medical degree from Moscow Medical Academy in Moscow, Russia. She completed residencies at the Medical Center of the President of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Russia and New Jersey Neuroscience Institute in Edison, New Jersey. Dr. Kaznatcheeva is affiliated with Middletown Medical.

Daniel Levine, M.D. has joined the department of obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Levine received his medical degree from the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He completed residencies at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, New York, and Montefiore Medical Center/ Albert Einstein College of Medicine & North Central Bronx Hospital in Bronx, New York, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Levine is a reproduction endocrinologist and is board-certified.

Steven J. Rowe, M.D. has joined the department of urology. Dr. Rowe received his medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Rowe is affiliated with Crystal Run Healthcare.

Sapan Polepalle, M.D. has joined the department of urology. Dr. Polepalle received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School and has a master's degree in business administration from The Kellogg School of Management. He completed his residency at the University of California San Diego, Division of Urology. Dr. Polepalle is affiliated with Crystal Run Healthcare.

Avi S. Laster, P.A. has joined the department of emergency medicine. Mr. Laster received his physician assistant degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, N.J. He is affiliated with Hudson Valley Emergency Physicians.

Manpreet Brar, M.D. has joined the department of medicine. Dr. Brar received his medical degree from Grant Medical College in Bombay, India. He completed his residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Dr. Brar is affiliated with Crystal Run Healthcare.

Orange Regional Medical Center receives $250,000 in funding for new technology.

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

(Middletown, NY) - New York State Senator John J. Bonacic (R-Mount Hope) recently visited Orange Regional Medical Center and presented $250,000 in State aid to the hospital for new technology to better serve patients and their families.

"Discretionary funds, within the New York State Senate, can be used to help fund firehouses, libraries and hospitals," Senator Bonacic explained.

Orange Regional prides itself on bringing state-of-the-art technology to the Hudson Valley. Over the past year, the hospital has brought the community three full-field digital mammography machines, initiated cardiac electrophysiology (EP) services and installed a high-speed, 64-slice CT scanner.

While at the Horton Campus, Senator Bonacic met with Orange Regional's new President and CEO Scott Batulis. The Senator toured areas of the hospital including the Diagnostic Cardiac Catheterization Lab which has performed more than 800 cardiac catheterizations since opening in 2004. The Senator also visited Orange Regional's Bone and Joint Center where about 450 total joint replacements are done each year. During his visit, Senator Bonacic also talked to hospital officials about Orange Regional's plans for a new, 606,000 square-foot, 354-bed, single-site hospital on East Main Street in the Town of Wallkill and said he'd like to help where he could.

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