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Orange Regional First in Orange County to offer Elective Angioplasty

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.

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