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Local Girl Scout Donates Handmade Pillows to Orange Regional Medical Center Patients

January 22, 2016

Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center has received a special donation of handmade “puppy pillows” from Girl Scout Rebecca Garloch. Ms. Garloch completed her Girl Scout Gold Award Project by presenting handmade pillows resembling puppy heads with colorful, floppy ears, to patients on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and patients in the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) program. The NICHE program supports the implementation of a variety of best practices, including prevention and management of pain, pressure ulcers, delirium, urinary incontinence and fall prevention. Orange Regional creates physical and social environments that address these specific needs of older patients.

Ms. Garloch will continue to provide the pillows to Orange Regional patients a few times a year, as the Girl Scout Gold Award requires that the project be sustainable for 5 years. She visited the Hospital on her birthday with her mother, and family members, to distribute the “puppy pillows.”

Ms. Garloch was inspired to create the puppy pillows, after being diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) which attacked her entire body on February 1, 2014. She was completely paralyzed from CRPS to the point that she had difficulty speaking and swallowing. She was hospitalized for one week and spent three months in physical rehabilitation learning how to function again. While Ms. Garloch was going through rehabilitation, her mother was the only parent who was able to visit on a daily basis. Ms. Garloch decided to make the puppy pillows after realizing that hospital stays could be difficult not only for children, but also for adults and seniors who may not have many visitors.

For more information on how to make a donation to Orange Regional Medical Center or Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation’s The Future is Orange Capital Campaign, call Orange Regional Foundation at 333-2223 or visit www.ormc.org/foundation. Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation recently launched a $3.3 million fundraising campaign to fund the needed equipment and technology for the Hospital’s new North Campus Expansion project. The Campaign will also create an endowment fund for medical research to support the hospital’s new teaching program and expand the facility’s healing environment by funding interior and exterior art.

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