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Orange Regional Medical Center’s Patient Navigator among Six Finalists for National Caregiver Award

September 17, 2015

Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center’s Lung, Head and Neck Cancer Patient Navigator, Jayne O’Malley, BSN, RN, OCN, has been selected as a finalist by the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare for its 2015 National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year (NCCY) Award.

Ms. O’Malley was nominated for her hard work in meeting the needs of patients with serious diagnoses and finding ways to ease the burden of their treatment process. She is a registered nurse with specialized training in Oncology and for nearly 16 years has dedicated her skills and expertise to cancer care.

“We are extremely proud of Jayne and this honor which embodies her compassion for and dedication to the healthcare profession and our patients,” said Sandra Iberger, VP, Operations Greater Hudson Valley Health System. “She is a phenomenal caregiver who makes a difference in the lives of so many.” “These six exceptional caregivers were selected as the 2015 NCCY Award finalists because they epitomize compassionate care through their dedication in providing patients and families with emotional support, mutual trust, respect and compassion,” said Julie Rosen, Executive Director of the Schwartz Center. “We look to honor these special caregivers for the difference they are making in countless lives and for serving as national champions in building a culture of compassion in healthcare.”

The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare, a national nonprofit leading the movement to bring compassion to every patient-caregiver interaction, has selected six healthcare providers throughout the U.S. for its prestigious Schwartz Center National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year (NCCY) Award. The 2015 award recipient will be announced on Nov. 18, 2015 at the 20th Annual Kenneth B. Schwartz Compassionate Healthcare Dinner in Boston before an audience of more than 2,000 healthcare leaders, caregivers and patients. Award-winning author Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, will present the inaugural NCCY Award as the event’s honorary speaker.

This year marks the Schwartz Center’s 20th anniversary and the national expansion of the NCCY Award program, which was established to elevate excellence in compassionate care. For the past 16 years, the Schwartz Center has honored outstanding healthcare providers who display extraordinary devotion and compassion in caring for patients and families.

“These six exceptional caregivers were selected as the 2015 NCCY Award finalists because they epitomize compassionate care through their dedication in providing patients and families with emotional support, mutual trust, respect and compassion,” said Julie Rosen, Executive Director of the Schwartz Center. “We look to honor these special caregivers for the difference they are making in countless lives and for serving as national champions in building a culture of compassion in healthcare.”

The award recipient will receive a $5,000 monetary prize, and the five finalists will receive $1,000 each.

The Schwartz Center National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year Award is made possible through the generous support of Modern Healthcare, the media sponsor of this year’s award.

About the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare
The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare is a national nonprofit leading the movement to bring compassion to every patient-caregiver interaction. Now in its 20th year, the Schwartz Center has more than 375 member healthcare organizations in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to more than 100 sites in the U.K. that conduct its signature Schwartz Center Rounds® program. Research shows that when caregivers are compassionate, patients do better and caregivers rediscover their passion for healing. The Center believes that a strong patient-caregiver relationship characterized by effective communication, emotional support, mutual trust and respect, and the involvement of families in healthcare decisions is fundamental to high-quality healthcare. For more information, visit theschwartzcenter.org and follow the Center on Facebook and Twitter.

About Orange Regional’s Comprehensive Cancer Services
The Spagnoli Family Cancer Center provides a comprehensive range of services for diagnosing and treating various types of cancers. From breast and lung cancer to esophageal and head or neck cancer, Orange Regional offers the latest diagnostic and cancer-fighting technologies, including robotic surgery, radio frequency ablation and the most-advanced radiation therapy technology. The Center provides treatment options and procedures locally for all stages of cancer. Trained at the nation’s most prestigious medical centers, Orange Regional offers a team of experienced physicians who are backed by our skillful, certified oncology nurses and caring staff. For more information, visit www.ormc.org/cancer.


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