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Kruger, center, with Director of Environmental Services, Joseph Adonnino; left,
and Vice President of Support Services & Real Estate, Stephen Sugrue

Orange Regional Medical Center names Employee of the Year

TOWN OF WALLKILL (February 21) - Dax Kruger, Environmental Service Worker, has been named Orange Regional Medical Center’s Employee of the Year. The Being Exceptional Every day (BEE) Employee Recognition Program acknowledges the outstanding performance of Orange Regional’s staff for its positive impact on the quality of patient care services.

Kruger has been employed since1988. Throughout his tenure with the organization, Kruger has received numerous accolades for his customer service and positive patient experience abilities.

“Mr. Kruger’s honor speaks to his everyday character and compassion for others. He exemplifies being exceptional every day,” said Vice President of Support Services & Real Estate, Stephen Sugrue.

Kruger always makes a great first impression and does his part to provide an exceptional experience. He is kind, caring and thoughtful. He greets everyone inside the Hospital with a smile and is willing to help anyone at any time. Employees, patients, their family members and visitors have complimented his consistent hospitable manner.

Kruger received a check for $1500, a BEE (Being Exceptional Everyday) gift basket, a certificate, lunch with his team and will be recognized at the hospital’s Employee Awards Dinner in May during 2019 National Hospital Week.   

Patients, visitors and employees can nominate Orange Regional Medical Center staff members for a BEE Award. Send all nominations to For more information on Orange Regional Medical Center’s career opportunities and how to join our team, visit

Orange Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System.


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Relay for Life 2019 Hudson Valley events

NEW WINDSOR (February 21) – The American Cancer Society announces community led Relay For Life events in Orange, Dutchess and Ulster Counties in 2019. With an estimated 111,870 new cancer cases in the state of New York in 2019, residents are asked to unite with the American Cancer Society to raise funds and awareness to save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

Volunteers Needed

Residents are asked to help through planning, fundraising, set up, promotion and marketing, securing sponsors, organizing a cancer survivor reception, planning opening ceremonies, event logistics, security and entertainment.  “Whether you can offer a few hours or can help throughout the spring, the American Cancer Society has a role for you to become involved in this community movement,” said Kaitlin Chieco, Senior Manager of Community Development for the American Cancer Society. In addition to volunteer opportunities supporting Relay For Life, the Society welcomes volunteers interested in helping patient support programs at local hospitals, driving patients to treatment when they cannot drive themselves, supporting the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer movements, plus other service roles.  For more information on volunteer opportunities, please call 800.227.2345.

Communities will be celebrating cancer patients in treatment and beyond; remembering those lost to cancer and fighting back against cancer at locations in our area. 

May 18
Relay For Life of Ulster County
Dietz Memorial Stadium
For more information: Siobhan Gelb, or call 845.242.1400.

June 8
Relay For Life of Pine Bush
Town of Crawford park
For more information: Siobhan Gelb, or call 845-242-1400. 

June 8
Relay For Life of Arlington High School
Arlington High School, 1157 Route 55, Lagrangeville, NY  
For more information: Tricia M. Muraco, Science Teacher/Relay For Life Advisor, email:


Baczewski: "... proven their
dedication to quality care ..."

ORMC named one of Healthgrades 2019 America’s 250 Best Hospitals 

TOWN OF WALLKILL (February 12) - Orange Regional Medical Center announced that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2019 America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award™. The distinction places Orange Regional Medical Center in the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals assessed nationwide for its superior clinical performance as measured by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“This distinction speaks volumes to our organization’s commitment to quality and the contributions of all physicians and hospital staff members who make this designation possible,” said Orange Regional Medical Center President & CEO Scott Batulis.

Orange Regional Medical Center is one of seven hospitals in New York to be a 2019 recipient of the America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award and is the only hospital in Orange County to be recognized with this award.

From 2015 through 2017, patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award had, on average, a 27.1 percent lower risk of dying than if they were treated in hospitals that did not receive the award, as measured across 19 rated conditions and procedures for which mortality is the outcome.

“Hospitals recognized by Healthgrades have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes,” said Chief Clinical Officer Rosemary Baczewski. “This recognition distinguishes Orange Regional Medical Center.” 

Recipients of the Healthgrades America’s 250 Best Hospitals Award are recognized for overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of care. During the 2019 study period (2015 through 2017), these hospitals showed superior performance in clinical outcomes for Medicare patients across at least 21 of 32 most common inpatient conditions and procedures — as measured by objective performance data (risk-adjusted mortality and in-hospital complications).


Orange Regional Medical Center Implements New Visitor Management System

TOWN OF WALKILL (February 4) - Orange Regional Medical Center will begin using a new visitor management system on February 12, 2019 in its main lobby to provide a more accurate head count of visitors in the Hospital in case of an emergency. The new, hi-tech ID card scanning system produces a visitor badge that must be worn at all times. 

“We’re excited to be incorporating this advanced technological visitor management system in our hospital,” said Gregg Hough, Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management. “People are checking in and out of the Hospital’s constantly. Our new system offers an extra layer of protection to keep patients, visitors and staff safe.”

Upon check-in, each first-time visitor will be asked to present their state or federal government-issued identification card. Identification is for photo comparison and no additional visitor data will be gathered. The new visitor management system scans the ID and automatically produces a visitor badge with a photo as well as the individual’s name, date, time of entry, and destination. No data will be shared with any outside organization or authority.

For more information visit


St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Diabetes Education Program to inlcude prevention initiative

NEWBURGH (January 24) - As part of its ongoing effort to provide disease prevention and population health programs to the residents of the Hudson Valley, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) is once again offering the CDC Diabetes Prevention Program.

Those at least 18-years-old who have a Body Mass Index equal to or greater than 24, have no previous Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes diagnosis, and meet certain other risk factor requirements may be eligible to enroll in the program.

The year-long curriculum includes information about eating healthy while still enjoying certain foods, adding physical activity to an already busy schedule, dealing with stress, coping with challenges and making good choices even after straying from the prescribed plan.

For more information about eligibility requirements, the program’s format, or to learn more about the full gamut of SLCH’s Diabetes Education services, please call (845) 458-4340.

The diabetes management program offered by St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital empowers patients to understand and live with the disease. While careful monitoring and certain adjustments are necessary, many diabetics lead fun and active lifestyles. The team approach helps patients understand all the factors that go into managing the day-to-day realities of living with diabetes. The program is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and is covered by most health insurance plans.

For more information, including an updated monthly schedule of office hours at both campuses and information about the eight-hour Diabetes Self-Management Education class, visit


ORMC receives Hip and Knee Replacement Certification from DNV GL Healthcare

TOWN OF WALLKILL (January 24) - Orange Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a DNV GL Healthcare certified Hip & Knee Replacement Center.

The DNV GL - Healthcare Hip and Knee Replacement Certification, based on standards set forth by certification body DNV GL - Healthcare and considering the guidelines of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, recognizes program excellence in patient care and outcomes.

“This certification tells our community that we have the resources and commitment to
provide the best possible care for Hip and Knee replacement,” said Orange Regional Medical Center Chief Clinical Officer Rosemary Baczewski. “This achievement is testimony to the dedication of our team of skilled Orthopedic Surgeons and hospital staff. Achieving certification validates all the effort we have put into this program to ensure the health and safety of our patients.”

DNV GL - Healthcare certification as a Hip & Knee Replacement Center validates the
Hospital’s excellence across the spectrum of hip and knee replacement care, from diagnosis to treatment, rehabilitation, education and outcomes.

“Achieving certification shows commitment to excellence,” said Patrick Horine, CEO of DNV GL - Healthcare. “It helps demonstrate to your community that you are performing at the highest level.”

DNV GL is a world-leading certification body that helps businesses assure the performance of their organizations, products, people, facilities and supply chains through certification, verification, assessment, and training services.


Vassar Brothers Medical Center laboratory earns accreditation from College of American Pathologists

POUGHKEEPSIE (January 22) – The Vassar Brothers Medical Center Laboratory recently received accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for meeting high standards in its laboratory.

“In addition to the rigorous and high standards of the New York State Department of Health inspection, the CAP accreditation adds another level of scrutiny that is recognized across the laboratory industry,” said Dr. Daniel Cruser, chair of the hospital’s Department of Pathology. “These results validate our team’s dedication to high standards and providing quality care to our patients.”

The hospital’s lab is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

“The College of American Pathologists is an ongoing activity to improve the quality of clinical laboratory services through voluntary participation, peer review, education and compliance with established performance standards,” said Deborah Esposito, assistant vice president of Laboratory Operations, Support Services and Administration at the hospital. “This recognition demonstrates we are compliant and dedicated to the safety of our patients.”

During the accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. Inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

The federal government recognizes the accreditation as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.   


SLCH Bariatric Surgery Program offering monthly education

NEWBURGH (January 18) –The St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is now offering free monthly weight loss surgery education and support groups at its Newburgh campus. The sessions will take place the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Seminars begin at 6 p.m., with the support group following at 7 p.m. For more information, or to reserve a space at one of the presentations or support groups, please call (845) 568-2825.

Board certified surgeons currently performing weight loss procedures at SLCH include Dr. Jaime Cepeda (Tri-State Bariatrics), Dr. Seth Judd (Crystal Run Healthcare), Dr. John Powell (Crystal Run Healthcare), Dr. Ramon Rivera (Tri-State Bariatrics), and Dr. Wayne Weiss (Tri-State Bariatrics).

SLCH offers Lap-Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Gastric Bypass procedures. Each surgery has a unique profile of effectiveness, safety and risks, and the team of expert surgeons helps patients choose the right operation to fit their needs. The surgeons are very experienced in laparoscopy, and therefore, each of the program’s surgeries is performed laparoscopically.

One of the first steps when considering bariatric surgery is to learn about the different surgical weight loss options available. The free seminar will include how each surgery works, the risks and benefits, as well as how the team can help patients make these important lifestyle changes.

Bariatric Surgery is a life-changing event that requires a team approach for long-term success. The team at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery works with each individual patient to ensure that the proper pre- and post-procedure support is provided.

The St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is accredited as a comprehensive center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®).


Healthy Orange again participating in “Dining with Heart in Orange County” program

GOSHEN (January 18) - Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus and Commissioner of Health Dr. Irina Gelman announced on Friday that Healthy Orange is seeking restaurants to add a heart healthy item to their menus during February’s American Heart Month.

Eateries that participate in the “Dining with Heart in Orange County” program will be listed on the Department of Health’s website and be featured in a special e-blast to residents and Healthy Orange partners. They will also receive a special window cling to display in their restaurant window. The deadline to register to participate is January 30th, 2019.

Last year, 10 restaurants participated in the inaugural “Dining with Heart in Orange County” initiative – Anna’s Restaurant, Bliss Kitchen and Café Macchiato in Newburgh, Limoncello’s at the Orange Inn and Delancey’s Restaurant in Goshen, the Chester Diner, Otterkill Golf and Country Club in Campbell Hall, Café Fiesta in Highland Mills, The Borland Inn in Montgomery and Leo’s Italian Restaurant, which has locations in Cornwall and Newburgh.

“The “Dining with Heart in Orange County” program has been a success since it began and we are excited to once again collaborate with our Health Department and the American Heart Association,” Neuhaus said. “The program encourages the wonderful restaurants in Orange County to offer additional heart healthy items on their menus while also encouraging residents to make healthier choices when dining out.”

To take part in the “Dining with Heart in Orange County” program, contact Meg Oakes at or JoAnn Parker at to register. 

 “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in this country,” Gelman said. “However, making healthier choices and maximizing ways to improve your lifestyle can help lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar and reduce your risk for heart disease. “Dining with Heart in Orange County” is a wonderful way to promote good choices and eating healthy.”

Dining with Heart in Orange County is part of the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good initiative. Healthy for Good is a program designed to encourage Americans to live healthier lives, inspire lasting change, and unify people around the simple idea that by making changes today you can create a difference for generations to come.

For information about the program, please call JoAnn with the American Heart Association at 845-542-4580 or Healthy Orange at 360-6691.


Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary donates $10,000 to Women’s and Children’s Services Department

TOWN OF WALLKILL (January 15) -The Orange Regional Medical Center Auxiliary recently donated $10,000 to the Hospital’s Women’s and Children’s Services Department.

“We are incredibly grateful to our Auxiliary members for their commitment to our Hospital and Women’s and Children’s Services Department,” said Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation President William Dauster. “The funds they raise, and so graciously donate, help us complete our mission to provide exceptional care.”

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.

L-R: Bill Dauster, Foundation President; Ellen Hammer, Auxiliary VP; Scott Batulis, President & CEO,
Greater Hudson Valley Health System; Janet Formisano, Auxiliary President; Teresa Taylor, Tricky Tray Chair;
and Sue Sisco, Auxiliary Treasurer.

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 call 845-333-2364 or visit

For more information on how to make a donation to Orange Regional Medical Center, call the Orange Regional Foundation at 333-2223 or visit


Cornwall Girl Scout project assists St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s Elaine Kaplan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

NEWBURGH (January 11) - Emily Cucci, 16, of Cornwall, NY, recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award project, benefiting St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s (SLCH) youngers patients. Her effort, titled “Swaddled with Love,” resulted in 120 knitted and crocheted blankets and hats for babies in SLCH’s Elaine Kaplan Neonatal Intensive Care Unity.

Emily recruited and organized a team of 70 volunteers from the Cornwall community that dedicated more than 86 hours to complete the project. In addition to making the items that were donated, she was able to secure donations from both individuals and local business to cover the cost of materials.

L-R: Kate Dabroski, SLCH Vice President of Marketing, Public and Community Relations, Kathryn Elias,
Clinical Nurse Manager of the SLCH Birthing Center and NICU, Emily Cucci, Cornwall student and Girl Scout,
Jeanne Boydston, Director of the SLCH Birthing Center and NICU and Margaret Deyo Allers, Chief Nursing
Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services

One of the groups who worked on the project, the Country Quilters Guild, has agreed to sustain the effort through their own community service efforts.

“My project was about bring love and joy to not only the babies born into the NICU, but also to their parents,” Emily said. “It is an incredibly stressful time for a baby to be in the NICU. I hope that providing them with a hat and a blanket to swaddle them in, gave a moment of joy to all.”

Swaddled with Love was the latest in Emily’s efforts at volunteerism. Along with her fellow troop members from Cornwall, she has helped decorate the Christmas trees on both SLCH’s Newburgh and Cornwall campuses.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award available in Girl Scouts.  






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