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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Orange Regional Medical Center announces it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance of hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays. The distinction places Orange Regional among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Orange Regional is one of only 13 hospitals in New York state to receive this national distinction.

During the study period (2014 to 2016), Healthgrades 2018 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) for 13 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.


The Council of The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) voted to convene a Task Force on Death and Dying to develop a white paper regarding the physician’s role in end-of-life and palliative care. The paper will also discuss the impact of death and dying on the disparate and the disabled populations.

“These are complex issues, and it is very important that we address this controversial issue in the most appropriate way,” says MSSNY President Thomas Madejski, MD. “The Task Force will be ethnically and philosophically diverse and will include members from across MSSNY’s membership — including physicians from the Long-Term Care and Disparities committees.”

MSSNY has a long-standing policy that opposes physicians’ participation in accelerating a patient’s natural death.


In honor of National Prevention Week May 13–19, the Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), made up of Catskill Regional Medical Center, Orange Regional Medical Center, Catskill Regional Medical Group and Orange Regional Medical Group, hosted a film screening of Reversing The Stigma — real stories about combating addiction in New York state.

“This film inspires community conversation and undoubtedly changes participants’ perceptions of those who battle the disease that is addiction,” says GHVHS Director of Community Health Amanda Langseder. “We encourage the members from all sectors of the community to join in, educate themselves and become part of the solution.”

“Stigma that leads to shame and isolation keeps people from seeking treatment and support. This screening event in collaboration with state and local government and community providers, gives people hope that recovery is possible,” says Darcie M. Miller, LCSW-R, Commissioner, Orange County Department of Social Services, and Acting Commissioner, Orange County Department of Mental Health.

Contact Peggy Bonneau at Peggy.bonneau@oasas.ny.gov if you are interested in organizing an event to preview Reversing the Stigma in your community.


The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), along with the Bon Secours Charity Health System, welcomed local leaders and New York state officials to Bon Secours Community Hospital, a member of WMCHealth, for a special ceremony heralding the beginning of construction on a transformative $40 million hospital renovation project.


Acclaiming the construction on a transformative $40 million hospital renovation project

The Investing in a Healthier Community project is expected to usher in a new era of health care in the City of Port Jervis and its surrounding tristate-area community, with facility and diagnostic equipment upgrades and the development of a “medical village” hub for local residents.

At its completion, the Investing in a Healthier Community effort will bring to Port Jervis an expanded, state-of-the-art emergency department with 10,000 square feet of space; a new, welcoming entrance and expanded lounge for patients and family members; and an upgraded imaging center replete with world-leading diagnostic technologies plus a redesigned bariatric center. Also, three dozen semiprivate rooms will be converted to private rooms for increased patient comfort and privacy.



Interactive exhibit at Putnam Hospital Center’s Kids’ Day event

Kids’ Day at Putnam Hospital Center featured several new attractions this year. The fun-filled community day included visits from Disney princesses, do-it-yourself kits from Home Depot, and food trucks such as Frites, Mr. Softee and Pappi’s Mediterranean.

The Putnam Hospital Center Rehabilitation Department also conducted running/sneaker evaluations and a concussion awareness program.

These activities were in addition to a host of other Kids’ Day staples, including interactive health and safety exhibits, kids’ crafts, a child identification program and a teddy bear clinic. Hospital departments were on hand to provide information about nutrition, emergency care, physical therapy and more. There were demonstrations about car seat safety, proper bicycle helmet use and heart monitoring, as well as fire truck and ambulance tours.

Families also enjoyed a variety of games, inflatable bouncy attractions, face painting and balloon animals. Raffles and kids’ baskets created by hospital staff were awarded.

The event took place on the Putnam Hospital Center campus, 670 Stoneleigh Ave.