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Orange Regional Medical Center receives national recognition for cardiology excellence

TOWN OF WALKILL (March 20) - Orange Regional Medical Center recently celebrated a host of Cardiology accolades including a Becker’s Hospital Review ranking which placed Orange Regional 35th out of 2,371 hospitals nationwide for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) risk adjusted mortalities.

Orange Regional also received 2017 national honors from Healthgrades recognizing Orange Regional as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals in the country for Coronary Intervention.

In addition, the Hospital was recognized with the Healthgrades 2017 Coronary Intervention Excellence Award, received five-star recognition for Coronary Intervention Procedures and was named among the top 5% for Coronary Intervention Procedures.

Healthgrades’ analysis found that from 2013 to 2015, patients treated at hospitals receiving the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention Award have, on average:

  • 45% lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award.
  • Patients treated at hospitals which did not receive the America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention Award were almost 2 times more likely to die than if they were treated at hospitals that did receive the award.

Recently, U.S. News & World Report also acknowledged Orange Regional as a High Performing Hospital for Heart Failure (and COPD).


Keep medicines and vitamins up, away, and out of sight

NEW CITY (March 20) - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert want to help you keep your children safe from medicines and vitamins that could cause them harm. Poison Prevention Week, March 19th – 25th, is a great time to remind you how to do that!

"More than 60,000 young children end up in emergency rooms each year because they got into medicines while their parent or caregiver wasn't looking,” said Dr. Ruppert. “Any kind of medicine or vitamin can cause harm if taken the wrong way or by the wrong person, even those you buy without a prescription."

Children are curious and put all kinds of things in their mouths. Even if you turn your back for less than a minute, they can quickly get into things that could hurt them. Protect your child at home, on vacation, and even when you are a guest in others' homes.

Follow these important safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Pick a place your children cannot reach. Any kind of medicine or vitamin can cause harm if taken the wrong way, even those you can buy without a prescription. Walk around your house and find a storage place too high for a child to reach or see.
  • Put medicines away every time. Never leave them out on a kitchen counter or at a sick child's bedside, even if you have to give the medicine again in a few hours. Always put medicine and vitamins away (out of reach) every time you use them, including those you use every day.
  • Make sure the safety cap is locked. Always re-lock the safety cap. If the medicine has a locking cap that turns, twist it until you hear the click or you cannot twist anymore. Remember, even though many medicines and vitamins have safety caps, children may be able to open them. Always store every medicine and vitamin up, away, and out of children's sight.
  • Teach your children about medicine safety. Tell your children what medicine is and why you must be the one to give it to them. Never tell children medicine is candy to get them to take it, even if your child does not like to take his or her medicine.
  • Tell your guests about medicine safety. Ask house guests, babysitters, and visitors to keep purses, bags, or coats that have medicine or vitamins in them up, away, and out of sight when they are in your home. They should also put all medicines and vitamins up and away in their own home when children are visiting them.
  • Be prepared in case of an emergency. Call the Poison Help Center at (800) 222-1222 right away if you think your child might have gotten into medicine or vitamins. Program the number into your home and cell phones so you will have it when you need it.

For more information visit or call the Health Department's Healthy Neighborhood Program at (845) 364-3292/3290.


Middletown Health & Wellness center celebrates new brand

MIDDLETOWN (March 20) - After 30 years in practice, Dr. Peter Holst is transitioning from Holst Chiropractic Office to Middletown Health and Wellness Center.  On Tuesday, March 7, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce helped Dr. Holst celebrate with a Ribbon Cutting held at the office located on 450 E. Main St. in Middletown, NY.

A combination of clients, vendors, and friends gathered at the office to celebrate including several members from the
Orange County Chamber of Commerce and members of the Pine Bush Area Chamber of Commerce.


Radiation oncologists join Health Quest Medical Practice

POUGHKEEPSIE (February 23) - Five longstanding radiation oncology specialists within the Health Quest system — Dr. Edward Farhangi, Dr. Thomas Mazzilli, Dr. Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Dr. Robert Smith, and Dr. Camilo Torres — have joined the Health Quest Medical Practice Division of Radiation Oncology.

All are board certified in radiology.

“The addition of these five radiologists contributes to our multidisciplinary team and further enhances our capabilities in providing quality and exceptional care to cancer patients in the Hudson Valley,” said Sandi Cassese, vice president of Oncology for Health Quest. “We are pleased they have joined Health Quest Medical Practice, having served the Health Quest hospitals for many years.”

As part of Health Quest’s Cancer Care Program, radiation oncology, which oversees radiation therapy, is accredited by the American College of Radiology.

Radiation oncology is the use of radiation and radioactive materials to treat cancer and other diseases. The goal of radiation therapy is to target the cancer while limiting damage to normal tissue. Radiation therapy destroys cancer cells in the treated area by damaging their genetic material. This prevents the cells from multiplying, and keeps tumors from growing.

A resident of Highland, Farhangi most recently served as the past president of the medical staff at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. He received this medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, and completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Chicago.

Mazzilli, of Cortlandt Manor, earned his medical degree from the College of Medicine at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. He continued his education there with a residency in radiation oncology. His most recent work includes serving as the director of Radiation Oncology at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel.

A native of Greece, Papadopoulos lives in LaGrangeville. He is the immediate past medical director of the Health Quest Oncology service line and he also chaired the cancer committee at Vassar Brothers and Putnam Hospital Center for many years. He received his medical degree from Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and completed his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is also board certified in Connecticut.

From Saugerties, Smith previously served as the chief of the Division of Radiation Oncology at Schenectady Radiation Oncology. He earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and went on to complete his residency in therapeutic radiology at Yale-New Haven Hospital in Connecticut.

Torres, a Poughkeepsie local, most recently served as the chairman of the cancer program at Benedictine Hospital in Kingston. He received his medical degree and completed his residency in radiation oncology from the Health Science Center at the State University of New York.

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Orange Regional Medical Center and Little Red Hats raise awareness for congenital heart defects

TOWN OF WALLKILL (February 20) – Orange Regional Medical Center is partnering with the American Heart Association (AHA), in connection with The Children’s Heart Foundation, for the “Little Hats, Big Hearts” program during February/American Heart Month to help raise awareness for congenital heart defects, the most common type of birth defect in the country.

Every baby born at Orange Regional during February is receiving a little red hat.

American Heart Month aims to raise awareness of heart disease, the number one killer of American men and women, and Congenital Heart Defects (CHD) Awareness Week, February 7 – 14 focused  on congenital heart defects.

Congenital heart defects are structural problems with the heart present at birth. They result when a mishap occurs during heart development soon after conception and often before the mother is aware that she is pregnant. Defects range in severity from simple problems, such as "holes" between chambers of the heart, to very severe malformations, such as complete absence of one or more chambers or valves.

The AHA put a call out to knitting and crocheting enthusiasts in December, and little red hats came pouring in from all over the region. Some parents of children born with congenital heart defects sent hats in, as well. Some donated hats in memory of those lost to heart defects.

The entire sixth floor of Orange Regional’s state-of-the-art facility is dedicated to the Rowley Family Birthing Center with a Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where moms deliver in a nurturing, safe and comfortable environment while having the privacy they need. The NICU provides advanced and specialized newborn care for those in need.

The birthing center includes a high-tech security system, 12 private labor/delivery and recovery rooms, 23 private post-partum rooms, private triage rooms and 2 operating rooms for caesarean delivery. Each room has a bathroom with a soothing shower, 300-thread count linens, scenic views, HDTV, an individual thermostat and sleeper sofa for your birthing partner. Carpeted hallways help create a quiet and more peaceful environment for rest and recovery.






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