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MidHudson Regional Hospital receives verification as Level II Trauma Center

POUGHKEEPSIE (April 24) - With over 20 years of experience as a New York State designated Level II trauma center, MidHudson Regional Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), recently passed a rigorous peer review process to become the Hudson Valley's first and only trauma care program verified "Level II" by the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

"A trauma center receiving verification from the ACS is key, as New York State now only utilizes the ACS verification program as its standard to designate trauma centers," said Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS, Director of the Department of Surgery at Westchester Medical Center, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and MidHudson Regional Hospital, all members of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network. "This verification program applies a comprehensive review process that all centers interested in trauma verification must undergo for official status. No other trauma center in the Hudson Valley area has passed this strict scrutiny for Level II status."

MidHudson Regional Hospital joins Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children's Hospital as ACS-verified trauma centers in the Hudson Valley, with Level I designation for adult and pediatric trauma care, respectively.

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1987, the national verification program for hospitals promotes the development of trauma centers that provide not only the institutional resources necessary for trauma care, but also the entire spectrum of care - from pre-hospital to rehabilitation - to address the needs of all injured patients.

For more information on MidHudson Regional Hospital, visit



Horizon Family Medical nurse practitioner named a ‘Favorite Health Care Provider’

GOSHEN (April 13) - Victoria Rheaume, a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Florida office of Horizon Family Medical Group, has been selected in a readers’ poll of Favorite Healthcare Providers by Hudson Valley Parent. Victoria has been with the Florida office for 22 years, since shortly after it opened. She received a master’s degree from Pace University in Pleasantville, NY. 

Jim Olver, Horizon CEO, said, “We’re happy to see Victoria honored. She exemplifies the outstanding, caring professionals who choose to spend their careers with Horizon.”  

Victoria was featured in the December issue of Hudson Valley Parent.  According to the magazine, each vote in the contest represents healthcare provided that “exceeded expectations.”

Horizon Family Medical Group has 38 Primary Care and Specialty Care offices throughout Orange County. Its more than 110 providers offer the “Best of Health, Close to Home.” 


Sullivan County launches the official Sullivan County Public Health Services Facebook page

MONTICELLO (April 9) - Sullivan County Public Health Services wrapped up National Public Health Week April 3-9, 2017 with the launch of its official Facebook page at
In an effort to promote health education and increase local awareness of the many programs and services available to Sullivan County residents, County Manager Joshua Potosek has approved the launch of the Public Health Department’s official social media web page. 
“This is yet another step we have taken to improve communication with county residents to let them know of the availability of various public health related opportunities,” said Potosek.

“Social media plays an important role in public health and is a strong tool for communication, education, and promotion of messages that are important to the health and safety of communities,” said Public Health Director Nancy McGraw.  “Social media can be used as a creative way to engage communities and get residents involved in improving health outcomes; I am especially pleased that we were able to launch this tool during Public Health Week.”  


Anderson Center and FDR Estate partner to create “autism supportive environment”

STAATSBURG (March 29) - Paying homage to Franklin D. Roosevelt, a man with a disability who embraced every opportunity in life despite his challenges, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park has announced that it recently began work to become an official “Autism Supportive Environment.” By partnering with a team at Anderson Center for Autism responsible for working with 45 Dutchess County businesses and organizations to create more accommodating spaces, the FDR library and museum plans to better support needs of visitors impacted by the neurological disorder.

Nancy Osborn, Behavior Analyst at Anderson Center for Autism, described the program’s development, which began in 2012: “I realized how isolated the families of our children and adults with Autism are, and how difficult it is to participate in normal activities like going to a park or parade, bowling, or enjoying a dinner out. We realized we could be teaching and training businesses on how to better support these folks. This program is pivotal in shifting our thinking as an entire community, allowing us to reflect upon what we really want in life - to be welcomed, respected, and valued.”

Funded in part by Dutchess County’s #ThinkDIFFERENTLY initiative, the team at FDR began the process, first meeting with Anderson Center for Autism staff for an environmental assessment, after which point the Anderson Center team put together recommendations that would make the site more accommodating.

The environmental assessments conducted by the team at Anderson for all interested in becoming “Autism Supportive Environments” evaluate several areas, including: noise levels, access to comfortable, quiet spaces, presence of visuals and picture boards to help those with Autism understand what to expect, availability of extra staff to provide personalized experiences, and access to private rooms. Following the assessment, Anderson Center for Autism staff work with businesses and organizations to ensure that a plan is developed and implemented which will address the aforementioned areas, among other items, ensuring that businesses and organizations are doing everything possible to accommodate people with Autism.

According to Jeffrey S. Urbin, Education Specialist and Director of the Pare Lorentz Film Center and Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, “One of the things we need to work on are our exhibits - for someone who is sensitive to noise or a great deal of movement, these could be overwhelming as they are set up right now. We also need to be mindful of adjusting our tour times; some folks are unable to stay focused for a full 45-minute tour, so we can condense those into 15-minute tours if need be, and provide enough staffing to ensure that families can access private tours if they wish. We also want to create comfortable, quiet spaces if people need to decompress and picture boards to help people with Autism know what to expect in each area - and these are just some examples of what we discovered after meeting with the Anderson Center for Autism staff; we have really learned so much.”

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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.






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