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Orange Regional Medical Center supports World Breastfeeding Week

MIDDLETOWN (July 26) – On August 5, Orange Regional Medical Center’s Rowley Family Birthing Center will participate in The Global Big Latch On in support of World Breastfeeding Week. The Global Big Latch On takes place at registered locations around the world, where women gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. The event will be held in Orange Regional’s Conference Center, located at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. Participants must register by calling 1-888-321-6762 or online at Check in begins at 10:00 a.m. and The Big Latch On begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.

The Rowley Family Birthing Center also offers a New Moms’ Support Group which meets every Tuesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Courtyard Marriott located at 24 Crystal Run Crossing in Middletown. The support group welcomes new mothers and their babies to share experiences, discuss questions with other new moms, exchange ideas and challenges, gain knowledge and learn skills regarding newborn care and parenting. Fathers, grandparents and caregivers are welcome.

World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) is celebrated every year, August 1 through August 7, in more than 120 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

For more information on the Rowley Family Birthing Center, visit

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


Health and Technology Camp for young adults at HealthAlliance Hospital

KINGSTON (July 18) - The Benedictine Health Foundation received a generous grant from Ulster Savings Bank to fund a Health and Technology Camp at HealthAlliance Hospital, Member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, to be held July 25 - 29. 

"We're very pleased to provide funding in support of the 2016 HealthAlliance Health & Technology Camp," said Jeffrey Wood, Ulster Savings Bank Vice President and Chair of the Ulster Savings Bank Donations Committee.  "The Camp provides an excellent educational opportunity for these students, as well as offering them insights into the clinical and complementary services provided to patients throughout the HealthAlliance health care system."

The innovative, week-long summer program will provide 10 - 12 year old children with the opportunity to observe many different aspects of healthcare.  Campers will be grouped in teams and attend classes on CPR and summer safety.  They will shadow medical professionals and visit clinical areas including nursing, emergency medicine, maternity, and mental health, as well as non-clinical including engineering, security and information technology. 

"Due to the generous support of Ulster Savings Bank, the Benedictine Health Foundation is honored to fund the Health and Technology Camp,” said Robert Ryan, Jr., President of the Benedictine Health Foundation Board.  “This is a memorable experience for the campers and the hospital staff, and exemplifies our Foundation's tradition of supporting compassionate care for the people in our community."

A graduation and awards ceremony will be held at the end of the week where campers will present PowerPoint presentations on their team's favorite area of healthcare.  


Dr. Kamthan

Catskill Regional Medical Center welcomes medical oncologist

HARRIS (July 12) Catskill Regional Medical Center announces the appointment of Board-certified Medical Oncologist, Arvind G. Kamthan, M.D., M.R.C.P. (U.K.), F.A.C.P. to lead our Hematology, Oncology & Infusion Services Department at Catskill Regional Medical Center. Dr. Kamthan is an Oncologist with Catskill Regional Medical Group.

Dr. Kamthan completed his medical training at SMS Medical College in India and residency training at Charleston Area Medical Center at West Virginia University with a fellowship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York. Dr. Kamthan has been practicing medicine for over 23 years. His clinical research in oncology has appeared in multiple publications and is a Travel award winner for Research in Oncology by American Society of Clinical Oncology. 

“We are very excited to have Dr. Kamthan join our team. His expertise will be a great addition to our oncology program and a great benefit to our patients,” said Chief Executive Officer & Chief Medical Officer, Gerard Galarneau, MD.

Catskill Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System. For more information about Catskill Regional Medical Center, visit


St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital earns third straight Most Wired distinction

NEWBURGH (July 12) - For the third straight year, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) has been included on the list of Health Care’s Most Wired® hospitals, ranking among the nation’s best in using information technology to improve patient care. 

The survey, recently released by the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Health Forum, is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide. Conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2016, the survey of 680 participants representing an estimated 2,146 hospitals—more than 34 percent of all hospitals in the U.S.—examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management, quality and safety, and clinical integration. 

This year’s survey focused on the use of telehealth to fill gaps in care, provide 24-hour, 7-day-per-week care, and increase access to medical specialists. In redefining the way that they provide care in their communities, Most Wired hospitals are using technology to build patient engagement with the individual’s lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access to their care team.

“With our current focus on population health and community education, it is more important than ever to find new and creative ways to reach the people we serve,” said SLCH Interim President and CEO Joan Cusack-McGuirk. “Technology will continue to evolve and provide new ways to provide value-based care, making it imperative that we be at the forefront of these emerging opportunities. I am proud of how our clinical and support teams are working together to make sure we are providing our patients with the highest possible standard of care.”


SUNY Orange Radiologic Technology Program receives JRCERT accreditation

MIDDLETOWN (July 12) - SUNY Orange’s Radiologic Technology program recently gained accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT).

Full details on our Education Page


VA Hudson Valley offers caregiver telephone education groups

MONTROSE (June 8) – The Department of Veterans Affairs Hudson Valley Health Care System will conduct two telephone education groups titled “Finding Your Voice: Self Advocacy in Medical Settings,” in the month of June.

The groups will be offered Tuesday, June 14, 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 22, 3:00 p.m., or Wednesday, June 29, 7:00 p.m. The VA Caregiver Support Line will facilitate the sessions, which are open to family caregivers of Veterans of all eras. People who wish to participate should register now by calling (845) 831-2000, John Imundo at extension 5487 or Anne Milliken at extension 5122.

Transcripts and handouts from past groups can be found on the website:


Free monthly support groups for Sullivan County caregivers

FERNDALE (June 8) - Monthly family caregiver support groups are offered throughout Sullivan County, hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC)’s Caregiver Resource Center (CRC). These groups are intended to provide both support and new resources to the informal family caregiver who assists an aging, ill, or disabled adult relative or friend. Bonnie Lewis, RN, CCESC dependent care educator, uses the AARP curriculum “Caring for Those You Care About” to facilitate meetings, along with various other educational resources.

There are four CRC support groups open to the public:

  • “Share the Care” group meets at 10:00 am on the first Wednesday of each month at Lander’s River Café in Callicoon, NY.
  • “Caring for the Caregiver” group meets at 10:00 am on the second Tuesday of each month at Eureka Café in Grahamsville, NY.
  • “Caregiver Conversations” group meets at 6:00 pm on the last Wednesday of each month at CCESC’s Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center in Liberty, NY.
  • “Alzheimer’s Support” group meets at 10:00 am on the third Thursday of each month at Action Toward Independence in Monticello, NY. This group is intended for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. 

These meetings provide an opportunity to listen, learn, and share in a comfortable space while finding assistance with caregiving concerns. The support groups offer a safe place for:

  • Sharing feelings, frustrations, and practical ways of coping
  • Meeting other caregivers who are in similar situations and can offer practical advice
  • Discovering new information and resources

Registration for these meetings is not required in advance but is encouraged in case of a schedule change. More information can be obtained by calling CCESC at 845-292-6180, emailing, or visiting In the event of special needs, please contact the office.

The Caregiver Resource Center is a co-partnered program between Cornell Cooperative Extension and Office for the Aging of Sullivan County and is supported by a grant from the NYS Office for the Aging’s Caregiver Program.


Orange Regional Medical Center Celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day

TOWN OF WALLKILL (May 31) – Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center will host a celebration of life in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) on Saturday, June 11, 2016.  The event will take place underneath the tent outside of Orange Regional’s Conference Center located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. This free event is open to anyone that has been diagnosed with cancer, is in treatment for cancer or has completed cancer therapy, as well as their friends, family members and caregivers. The event will include a mini health fair, food, music and, most importantly, a celebration of the lives of the cancer survivors in our community. Reservations are required by June 8, 2016 by calling 1-888-321-6762.

“We look forward to this celebration each year,” says Regina Toomey Bueno, Orange Regional’s Administrator of Oncology Services. “The opportunity to connect with our community and celebrate life, strength and perseverance is always a joyous occasion.”

Orange Regional Medical Center staff pose for a picture at last year’s National Cancer Survivor’s Day celebration

For more information about Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center Services visit

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


SUNY Ulster Holds 39th Annual Nursing Pinning Ceremony

STONE RIDGE (May 31) - SUNY Ulster held it's 39th Pinning Ceremony on May 19th on the Stone Ridge Campus. 39 Nursing Program students were pinned and earned their Associate Degree RN.

Full details, photo, on our Education Page


HealthAlliance NAP SACC program helps preschoolers eat and play better, child care specialists say

KINGSTON (May 26) - Ulster County toddlers and preschoolers are eating and playing better than they were before HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley introduced a nutrition and physical activity program

Full details on our Education Page


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Orange Regional receives highest award for electronic medical record adoption

MIDDLETOWN (May 19) - Orange Regional Medical Center has been awarded with the highest designation, Stage 7, for implementing an electronic medical record (EMR) system to improve patient safety and quality of care. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) awarded ORMC with Stage 7, the highest level on HIMSS Analytics’ EMR adoption model which is used to track EMR progress at hospitals and health systems.

During the fourth quarter of 2015, only 4.2 percent of the more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals received the Stage 7 Award. ORMC is one of only three hospitals in New York State to achieve HIMSS Stage 7 joining NYU Langone and the Hospital for Joint Diseases.

Scott Batulis, ORMC President & CEO said, “We are extremely honored to have achieved the Stage 7 milestone which further demonstrates our commitment to improving the health of our community – our primary mission. It takes an entire team, at every level of the organization, to reach the highest level of electronic medical records utilization and it’s all with the patient’s well-being as the focus.” 

ORMC’s electronic medical record system is able to provide the right information, for the right person, in the right format, in real time, every time, so healthcare providers can deliver efficient patient care. The system helps to decrease duplicate tests and increase the possibility of collaborative care between patients, physician offices, hospitals and any other institution involved in the patient care.

John H. Daniels, Global Vice President, Healthcare Advisory Services Group for HIMSS Analytics said, “Orange Regional Medical Center has made great progress in a very short time.  In particular, they have implemented a predictive clinical decision support algorithm directly into the EMR to help physicians with precise insulin dosing. As a result, they have eliminated severe hypoglycemia cases and significantly reduced diabetes inpatient mortality.  This is a data driven organization, and it shows.”

There are eight stages (0-7) that measure a hospital’s implementation and utilization of information technology applications. The final stage, Stage 7, represents an advanced patient record environment. The validation process to confirm a hospital has reached Stage 7 includes a site visit by an executive from HIMSS Analytics and former or current chief information officers and chief medical information officers or chief nursing informatics officers to ensure an unbiased evaluation of the Stage 7 environments.                             

In order to obtain the final stage in the EMR adoption, hospitals must have more than 90 percent of all medical orders entered into the system (ORMC has 92%) and be able to share clinical information with other health care facilities, networks, clinics, employers, payers and patients. At this stage, ORMC can store and analyze data which is used to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience. 

ORMC will be recognized for the achievement at the 2017 Annual HIMSS Conference & Exhibition on Feb. 19-23, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. 


Dr. Landanno

Premier Medical Group welcomes Dr. Landanno to Internal Medicine Division

FISHKILL (May 13) - Premier Medical Group announces that Dr. Clement Landanno has joined our group.

Dr. Landanno is board certified in Family Medicine and earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY where he also completed his residency.  He specializes in comprehensive family care, including preventive medicine and treatment of acute illness and chronic medical conditions.  He has been practicing in the Hudson Valley for over 35 years.

“I’ve known most of the doctors in Premier for many years and we share the guiding principle of patient-centric care” said Dr. Landanno.  “The patient is what’s most important,” he says. “I basically consider my patients to be part of my extended family.”

Dr. Landanno is currently accepting new patients at Premier’s Fishkill location 400 Westage Business Center Drive, Suite 210.  Evening appointments are available.  Call 845.838.8480


Northern Dutchess Hospital’s general surgery team expands

RHINEBECK (May 11) - General surgeon Dr. Gregory Zale recently joined Health Quest Medical Practice’s Division of General Surgery in Rhinebeck.

In this role, he sees patients at the medical practice’s suite in Northern Dutchess Hospital’s new pavilion, and performs outpatient and emergency surgeries in the hospital’s new state-of-the-art operating rooms.

Zale has been practicing for about 20 years, including 14 years as a mid-Hudson Valley hospital trauma surgeon, as an emergency physician on the medical staff of Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie and most recently as a per diem surgeon on Northern Dutchess Hospital’s medical staff.

He was also with the Adirondack Surgical Group in Franklin County and Hudson Valley Plastic and Hand Surgeons of Poughkeepsie.

A resident of LaGrange, he is board certified by the American Board of Surgery in surgery and hand surgery, and holds a doctorate of medicine degree from what is now called the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

For information on Health Quest Medical Practice surgical services, visit


Andersen, center, with, Dianne Toscano (left), oncology
nurse navigator and Anita Minella, executive director of the
Putnam Hospital Center Foundation

Mahopac teen delivers comfort to cancer patients

CARMEL (May 3) –Caitlin Andersen, 13, was all smiles this week when she delivered some of the 150 comfort bags she and the community made for cancer patients at Putnam Hospital Center.

Andersen, an eighth-grader at Mahopac Middle School, said she was inspired to make the comfort bags after taking part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Mahopac.

“I watched the survivors do the survivors’ lap and it was really cool to see,” she said.   “I thought about what I could do to make a difference.”

Over the past six months, Andersen, a Girl Scout with the Heart of the Hudson Troop 2021 in Mahopac, enlisted the help of other Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, seniors and other community groups in making the comfort bags that include necessities for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation such as hand lotion, hand sanitizers, lip balm, soap, tissues puzzles, hand-knit hats and puzzles.   The bags also contain heartwarming cards handmade by her family and friends as well as inspirational messages on the outside of the bags.

Andersen is going for her Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

“You really spearheaded an entire community effort,” said Anita Minella, executive director of the Putnam Hospital Center Foundation.

Andersen was happy to see this project through.    “I feel great,” she said.





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