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Orange Regional Receives Third Consecutive State Grant

December 7, 2009

Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center’s Healthy Heart Program, a mobile cardiac screening service, is the recipient of a health initiative grant, Latino Health Outreach, from the New York State Department of Health Office of Minority Health, for the third consecutive year. The goal of this $18,375 grant is to reduce diabetes, heart disease and stroke among the local Latino population. The Program has received a total of $52,536.80 in grant money over the past three years.

The funding gained from the twelve month grant is being used to provide screenings at Hudson River HealthCare’s Health Centers and Agri-Business Child Development Early Head Start Schools of Middletown, Goshen and Florida. The Healthy Heart Program has also been invited to join the Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health (NYCAMH). Through this affiliation the program would travel to local farms and packing houses to screen workers.

The Healthy Heart Program intends to provide cardiac screening services to 300 minority group members during this Grant cycle. More than 900 Latinos have been screened by the Healthy Heart Program to date due to the funds provided by the grant over the past two years.

Coordinator of the Healthy Heart Program Deb Brock, R.N. says, “It is very exciting that Orange Regional continues to be able to be a part of this initiative. We look forward to providing assistance in meeting the healthcare needs of the Latino population while helping to educate and make a difference in reducing heart disease and stroke”

Orange Regional’s Healthy Heart Program provides cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure tests and offers cardiac education and support. Results of the screening are discussed with patients, and each is encouraged to follow-up on their findings. When necessary the program further educates patients and offers referrals to cardiac specialists.

For more information about Orange Regional’s Healthy Heart Program, call Program Coordinator Deb Brock at 342-7395 or dbrock@ormc.org

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