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Friday, March 1, 2019

From left are Bill Dauster, Foundation President; Ellen Hammer, Auxiliary Vice President; Scott Batulis, President and CEO, Greater Hudson Valley Health System; Janet Formisano, Auxiliary President; Teresa Taylor, Tricky Tray Chair; and Sue Sisco, Auxiliary Treasurer.

The Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recently donated $10,000 to the hospital’s Women’s and Children’s Services Department. The Auxiliary hosted its 2018 Annual Tricky Tray at the Church of St. Joseph in Middletown, where it raised the funds in a record-breaking event.

The Mission of the Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is to render service to the Medical Center and its patients as well as assist in promoting the health and welfare of the community. The sole purpose of this Auxiliary is exclusively for charitable purposes. If you are interested in becoming an Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Member, please visit ormc.org/foundation.

Hakim family

More than 750 supporters of Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) attended the 2018 Annual Benefit Gala, raising over $1.5 million, which will support the Bruce and Andrea Yablon Cancer Health and Wellness Program, the hospital’s music therapy program, and professional development for clinicians and nurses. The event honored philanthropists Ellen and Kamran Hakim and physicians Adina and Jeffrey Keller, and was co-chaired by Jennifer and Jon Klein, Luba and Steve Seidman, and Cathy and Adam Brodsky.

Keller family

The gala’s underwriter was longtime NWH supporter and philanthropist Seema Boesky, and the event was sponsored by The Durst Organization, Diamond Properties, Polaner Selections and Intuitive, maker of the da Vinci Surgical System.

Longtime supporters of NWH, the Hakims have hosted two fundraising galas for the hospital at their Old Salem Farm. The couple has been married for 53 years and has lived in Westchester just as long. They have four children and 12 grandchildren and reside in Chappaqua.

Adina Keller, MD, FACOG, a community-based physician, has dedicated her professional life to women’s health and cancer prevention. Jeffrey Keller, MD, FACS, FAAP, is board-certified in otolaryngology/head and neck surgery and is a pediatric otolaryngologist who has devoted his career to taking care of children.

Plans to build a new $92 million HealthAlliance Hospital

The Kingston Planning Board has given unanimous final approval to plans presented by HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), to build a new $92 million HealthAlliance Hospital on Mary’s Avenue in the city of Kingston.

The board’s approval immediately followed a presentation by WMCHealth and HealthAlliance executives of the site’s architectural and construction plans. HealthAlliance submitted architectural renderings and construction drawings to the Health Department recently.

The expanded hospital will feature the addition of a two-story, 79,000-square-foot building adjoining the current HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus, as well as a full renovation of 48,000 square feet of space within the existing Mary’s Avenue Campus hospital. Key components of the new 175-bed facility will include a 25,000-square-foot emergency care center that will incorporate special services for cardiac observation and behavioral health, a 10-bed ICU, and a six-bed medical stepdown unit, providing an intermediate level of care between the ICU and the new hospital’s medical-surgical wards. Most patient rooms will be private, designed to reduce noise, enhance rest and facilitate healing.

The hospital will also feature a newly constructed birthing center with ultramodern labor, delivery and postpartum rooms. The building will have a new imaging department and fully remodeled centers for ambulatory surgery, infusion therapy and endoscopy.

A new, welcoming hospital lobby with central registration and admitting, financial counseling, family support services, a retail pharmacy, a gift shop, and comfortable waiting areas is another of the hospital’s planned amenities.

The new hospital will let HealthAlliance consolidate all inpatient and emergency services, currently split between the Broadway and Mary’s Avenue campuses, into one convenient location. The Broadway Campus is to be converted into a “medical village” — an innovative focal point for the area’s outpatient healthcare and related needs — after patient care services at Broadway are relocated to the new Mary’s Avenue site.

The combined project, known as the Healthy Neighborhood Initiative, is expected to cost $133.6 million. Some $88.8 million of the total will come from the state Capital Restructuring Financing Program, with the balance coming from WMCHealth, HealthAlliance and a capital fundraising campaign.

Scott Batulis, President and CEO

The Greater Hudson Valley Health System has approved a new name for the health system, which is the corporate parent of Catskill Regional Medical CenterOrange Regional Medical CenterCatskill Regional Medical GroupOrange Regional Medical Group and the Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation. The new system name is Garnet Health.

“As a growing healthcare system and expanding medical group, we need a name that is simple and easy to explain to our patients and our community,” says Scott Batulis, President and CEO. “The name was chosen after an extensive process conducted by branding experts Interbrand Health in conjunction with our marketing team, hospital and medical group leadership, and the Board of Directors. Interbrand is a worldwide company that has developed brands for many well-known national and international companies.”

To understand the brand objectives, Interbrand visited the health system’s locations, held interviews with leaders and reviewed competitor brands. They discovered that above all, it is a health system that is inspired to go above and beyond to achieve excellence. Interbrand developed a list of over 424 potential names. Then Interbrand researched whether there were any identical and phonetic equivalents, negative language or cultural associations, or other misleading connotations. Ultimately, eight legally reviewed names emerged, which were then discussed at the leadership and board level.

Medication disposal receptacle

With the goal of combating the opioid crisis and drug abuse within our community, Orange Regional Medical Center announces it has partnered with NeighboRx Pharmacy to offer a safe way to dispose of expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs.

The community is now able to dispose of unwanted medication in a secure medication disposal receptacle located inside the NeighboRx pharmacy in Orange Regional’s Outpatient Building at 707 E. Main St. in Middletown, New York. Leftover medications can be dropped off in the receptacle anytime during pharmacy hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Acceptable items to dispose of include prescriptions (schedule II-V controlled and noncontrolled substances), prescription ointments, vitamins, prescription patches, pet medications, and over-the-counter medications. Items that are not acceptable include needles, inhalers, aerosol cans, thermometers, lotions, liquids and hydrogen peroxide. Liquid medications and syringes will not be accepted as well.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back effort aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Alan Schaffer, MD, Medical Director

The Center for Sleep Medicine at Orange Regional Medical Center has once again received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). The accreditation process is voluntary, and accreditation is achieved only when a sleep center is able to prove it meets or exceeds all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. This five-year accreditation encompasses all types of sleep testing, including in-center polysomnology, multiple sleep latency testing, maintenance-of-wakefulness testing and home sleep apnea testing.

The accreditation process included a detailed inspection of Orange Regional’s sleep center facility and staff interviews, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts and physician training, as well as clearly stated goals for positively affecting the quality of medical care in its community.