July 16, 2013

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ORMC announces plans for pediatric ER, sub-specialties, specialized staff

TOWN OF WALLKILL – The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation has already raised one-quarter of the $2 million needed to develop a Pediatric Center at the Town of Wallkill hospital.

Plans were unveiled on Monday for the facility within the emergency department of the two-year-old medical center and the new services will mean children will be able to have greater medical care and services right in their own backyard, said hospital President Scott Batulis.

“I get these reports every day that show what is happening in the emergency room every day,” Batulis told a ceremony announcing the “Lend a Hand for Kids” initiative. “You wouldn’t believe the things that happen, especially in the summer, to our kids. They fall out of trees and they fall off their bikes and all those things. What we have done in the past is we have always had to take care of our kids in the E-D and ship them off to Westchester or someplace else because we didn’t have the full complement of services, but now we will.”

Hospital officials, children of hospital staff and 'Hudson,' the hospital's mascot, hail the new Pediatric Center

Currently there are over 60,000 patients annually who are treated at the ORMC emergency department; 11,000 of them are children. Six pediatric treatment rooms and other facilities will be developed in 3,000 square feet of the current emergency department.

The hospital will also develop a comprehensive care hospitalist program with doctors who specialize in the care of children while hospitalized.

Hospital Foundation Chairman Jonathan Rouis and Campaign Co-Chairmen William Ruggles and Dr. Eric Fethke expressed enthusiasm for the new program.


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