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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

ORMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients. This included evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines, all toward the goal of improving recovery time and reducing the risk of death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients receive education on managing their health, and a follow-up visit is scheduled.

To better prepare people to respond to a stroke in a timely manner and with appropriate action, ORMC supports using the FAST acronym to educate the public on the signs and symptoms of stroke: F = Face Drooping; A = Arm Weakness; S = Speech Difficulty; T = Time to call 911.

The acronym can help people remember and recognize the general signs and symptoms of a stroke, and the sooner symptoms are recognized, the sooner medical help can be sought.

ORMC also received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, the only drug approved by the FDA to treat ischemic stroke.


Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths, hospitalizations and emergency visits among adults ages 65 and over, according to the New York State Department of Health.

Putnam Hospital Center and the Putnam County Department of Health co-hosted the Stand With Us Falls Prevention Expo at Putnam Hospital Center. The event was in cooperation with the Putnam County Office for Senior Resources, Hudson Valley Cerebral Palsy Association, Visiting Nurse Services in Westchester and Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley.

During the complimentary community expo, participants learned how to reduce the risk of falling. The expo included balance screenings, gait analysis using the OptoGait system, tai chi demonstrations, home falls prevention assessments and prescription medication/falls risk review.

A continental breakfast was served, and there were also raffles and door prizes, including headlamps, reachers and more.

This summer a group of Sullivan County residents and avid cyclists ventured out on their annual century 100-mile bike ride from Bergen County, New Jersey, to Bethel, New York. For the first time, the group decided to turn the event into a charity bike ride to benefit The Center For Discovery (TCFD) — a provider of healthcare and education services for more than 1,200 children and adults with complex disabilities, medical frailties and autism spectrum disorders, located in Sullivan County. Through personal donations and corporate sponsorships, the group of 12 cyclists raised $5,000 to benefit TCFD.

Corporate sponsors of the event included Crystal Run Healthcare, The DAK Group Ltd., and Murphy, Miller & Baglieri LLP. Known as the Bergen to Bethel or “B2B,” the 100-mile distance ride was organized eight years ago by Alan Scharfstein, President, The DAK Group Ltd. A group of his friends from New Jersey and Bethel, including Hal Teitelbaum, MD, Managing Partner and CEO of Crystal Run Healthcare, has joined in the rigorous but fun adventure over the years, and this year was no exception. During the approximately 103-mile ride, the group of 12 riders had four flat tires and one cracked bike frame, the latter preventing the rider from completing the journey, but the group persevered and 11 riders made it to their destination. Erik Morse, an employee of TCFD, joined the 2018 ride, along with Robert Friedman, Mark Freidberg, Phil Murphy, Dan Kramer, Zachary Scharfstein, Melvin Peters, Andrew Lustigman and Alan Thompson.


Hal Teitelbaum, MD, presents Richard D. Humleker with $5,000 on behalf of the 2018 Bergen to Bethel 100-mile Charity Bike Ride.

Health Quest’s Get Fit Challenge boosts energy and motivation, provides access to nutrition tips and workouts, and discovers new places to get in shape. The Get Fit Challenge runs from Sept. 22 to Nov. 3. Get Fit participants can also win healthy prizes, such as a spa package, sporting goods items of their choice and fitness apparel, when they log at least 30 minutes of physical activity at WeGetFit.org.


Health Quest’s Get Fit Challenge

The six-week challenge is a community wellness program that has grown to include more than 180 check-in fitness locations in the Mid-Hudson Valley and northwest Connecticut. Any type of fitness activity at eligible gyms, parks, rail trails, nature preserves and more can be entered at WeGetFit.org. Or, there are weekly workout routines that can be done anywhere, anytime. New to the challenge are more than a dozen added check-in locations in northwest Connecticut, as well as long-sleeve Get Fit swag.

The spring challenge resulted in more than 10,000 logged exercise sessions — a record number since the program began in 2014 as the Walkway Fitness Challenge. Grand prize winner Alicia Gonzalez, a resident of Beacon, logged more than 25 sessions in last spring’s six-week challenge.

There is no cost to take the challenge and set up a profile for logging activities online. The website tracks fitness activities and automatically enters the participant into prize raffles. The more sessions logged, the better the prizes.


For the past 12 years, Crystal Run Healthcare has helped provide local students with the tools necessary to succeed and be productive in school. Crystal Run employees purchased over 250 backpacks and various school supplies to be donated to families throughout Sullivan, Orange and Rockland counties. This year’s school supply drive was an ongoing partnership among Crystal Run Healthcare, the Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Clubs, and People to People in Rockland County.


From left: Alex Berry and Robert Ongondo of the Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Clubs and Paul Pennings of Crystal Run Healthcare distribute backpacks to children in time for the new school year.

Staff from Crystal Run Healthcare first began purchasing school supplies for donation to charities back in 2007, and in 2011, began working with the Boys & Girls Clubs. This is the third year the practice has worked with People to People’s Back to School with Dignity program. The school supply drive is one of the many philanthropic programs that the employees of Crystal Run Healthcare participate in and support in order to give back to the local communities.


Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) recently celebrated its Department of Graduate Medical Education’s second annual commencement of four Family Medicine residents as well as a graduation ceremony for eight residents in its Traditional Rotation Internship.

ORMC offers six residency programs, including Family Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Traditional Rotating Internship, Internal Medicine and General Surgery. Our teaching staff offer Journal Clubs. With our Simulation Labs, residents can better gain skills about procedures before performing them on patients.

ORMC’s residency programs are approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and Family Medicine and Psychiatry are dually accredited by the AOA and the American College of Graduate Medical Education. ORMC has established a solid foundation for medical education with its close affiliation with the New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Education Consortium and its educational partner Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) hosted its annual Ronald H. Israelski, MD Excellence in Education Awards Ceremony.

The awards recognize a distinguished group of physicians, resident physicians and medical students who have demonstrated educational innovation and excellence. Dr. Israelski and ORMC President and CEO Scott Batulis had a vision and the leadership necessary to bring medical education to Orange County.

As Regional Designated Institutional Officer, Dr. Israelski was extremely instrumental in developing a partnership with Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, which led to the purchase of the old Horton Hospital, which was refurbished to create the Middletown Campus. With medical students learning at ORMC, it was a natural progression to create residency programs.

In July 2014, ORMC began its first residency program in Family Medicine, which continues to be led by John Dermigny, DO.