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ORMC and NeighboRx Pharmacy partner offer safe way to dispose of medications

TOWN OF WALLKILL (November 26) - With the goal of combatting the opioid crisis and drug abuse within our community, Orange Regional Medical Center announces that 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 of the NeighboRx pharmacy in Orange Regional’s Outpatient Building at 707 East Main Street Middletown, NY. Leftover medications can be dropped off in the receptacle anytime during pharmacy hours: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

“It’s free, safe and completely confidential,” said NeighboRX Pharmacy Owner, Rory Garland "Addressing the opioid crisis is not easy and it takes the concerted effort of the community. NeighboRx Pharmacy and Orange Regional Medical Center are pleased to help by taking back unwanted medications.”

Acceptable items to dispose of include:  prescriptions (schedule II-V controlled and non-controlled 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 safe medication disposal program is just one of several initiatives Orange Regional has undertaken to help prevent opioid abuse and drug addiction in our community," said Orange Regional’s Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President of Professional Services, Brian Tew. “Safely disposing of unneeded medications is an important and simple step we can all take to keep these drugs out of the wrong hands.”

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.

For more information on safe medication disposal, please call (845) 333-7250.


Grover M. Hermann Hospital Auxiliary honors Dorothy Schlegel for service

CALLICOON (November 13) - Catskill Regional Medical Center’s Grover M. Hermann Hospital Auxiliary recently honored Dorothy “Dottie” Schlegel for her years of service as President from 2007 to 2018. Under her leadership, the Auxiliary worked closely with Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Roland Bojo to assist the hospital in several expansions, new equipment purchases and other enhancements throughout the years.

“Dottie has been a true inspiration to all who have worked with her,” said Bojo. “Her drive and push have led to the successful funding of many patient center projects at Callicoon.”

L-R: Administrative Secretary, Fran Justus; Auxiliary Member, Barbara Donatelli; Clinical Director,
Joni Johannes; former Auxiliary President  Dorothy Schlegel; Vice President of Patient Care Services,
Chief Nursing Officer Roland "Boomer" Bojo

The Grover M. Hermann Hospital Auxiliary was established in 1971 to promote the Hospital and its community relations. Through fundraising, the Auxiliary enhances patient care by purchasing equipment and/or items which directly or indirectly affect the wellbeing and comfort of patients.

If you would like to join the Grover M. Hermann Auxiliary or would like additional information, please contact Barbara Donatelli at 570-224-6173. For more information on Catskill Regional’s services, visit

Catskill Regional Medical Center is a member of the Greater Hudson Valley Health System (GHVHS), which is recognized by Ethisphere as one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies.


SUNY Orange to hold health professions information session in Port Jervis

PORT JERVIS (November 14) - Counselors from SUNY Orange’s Admissions Office will be hosting a Health Professions Information Night from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the College’s Sarfatti Education Center at 150 Pike Street in Port Jervis.

Full details on our Education Page


Orange Regional Medical Center named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention

MIDDLETOWN (October 23) - Orange Regional Medical Center is one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention according to a national study by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as well as tracking outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.*

“This award speaks 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.
This achievement is part of findings released in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance differs dramatically between hospitals nationally, regionally and at the local level, and the impact that this variation has on health outcomes.

“Hospitals that have achieved the Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention have proven their dedication to quality care and exceptional outcomes,” said Brad Bowman, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Healthgrades. “Consumers should consider hospital quality when navigating their care journeys, and this recognition distinguishes Orange Regional Medical Center in the marketplace.”

Orange Regional Medical Center was also recognized for the following clinical achievements:

  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery™
  • Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™
  • General Surgery Excellence Award™
  • Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award™


CRMC’s Chief Nursing Officer Rolland Bojo, left, thanked Faso for helping to
secure the 75% federal funding

CRMC installs new federally-funded generator  

HARRIS (October 18) - Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) recently celebrated the installation of a new federally-funded generator.

“Having this new generator means that we’ll always have reliable back up power for critical, life-saving equipment and services in the event of a total hospital power failure,” said Catskill Regional Medical Center CEO Jonathan Schiller.

U.S. Congressman John Faso was instrumental in securing a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to upgrade the generator.

 “It is great news to hear that Catskill Regional Medical Center has successfully installed its new generator. A hospital’s life-saving medical equipment is dependent on electricity, and it is critical that our rural hospitals have capable generators,” said Faso.

This $1,726,697 grant funded 75% of the purchase and installation of a 1500Kw generator behind Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris. The generator is placed in an area safe from flooding thereby insuring that the hospital can continue to operate despite power outages which can take place due to storms and other emergency events. This award is pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

ORMC celebrates another year as Flagship Sponsor of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

TOWN OF WALLKILL (October 16) - Nearly 200 Orange Regional Medical Center registered walkers, participated in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets on October 14. Orange Regional was a Flagship Sponsor of the walk.

Employees, including the “Beam Team” from Radiation Oncology services and staff from the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center and Oncology Department, collected over $30,000. For more information on the Ray W. Moody, M.D. Breast Center or Oncology services, please visit www.

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OB-GYN Dean Bloch, MD, returns to HealthAlliance Hospitals

KINGSTON (October 16) — HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), welcomes local OB-GYN Dean Bloch, MD, back to its hospitals in Kingston.

In his new role as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Bloch oversees the Family Birth Place childbirth center at HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus, and sees patients at WMCHealth Advanced OB-GYN’s Kingston location at the Broadway Medical Pavilion located at 373 Broadway. The practice’s phone number is 845-303-1132.

HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus is the only designated Baby-Friendly birth facility between Albany and Westchester County. The designation, widely considered “the gold standard” of maternity practices, means the hospital is nationally credentialed for meeting or exceeding international standards for providing optimal newborn care, including immediate mother-baby bonding and breastfeeding for the best health of the baby and the mother.

Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Bloch received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in Burlington, now the university’s Robert Larner, MD, College of Medicine, and completed an OB-GYN residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, now NewYork–Presbyterian Hospital.

He practiced at HealthAlliance predecessor hospitals Kingston Hospital and Benedictine Hospital from 2000 to 2010 and was most recently part of the Health Quest Medical Practice in Rhinebeck.


Ossining Elected Officials, Community Leaders Kick Off 4th annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day

OSSINING (October 11) - The Town and Village of Ossining joined forces with LiveOnNY on Wednesday, October 10th, to make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers by participating in the 4th Annual Organ Donor Enrollment Day. 

Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg (podium). Also in photo (first row 2nd from left)
TSO Volunteer Janet Ocasio, a 20-year transplant survivor

“For the third year in a row, Team Ossining is once again leading the charge with this life-saving effort – to get as many people registered as organ donors as possible in one day,”said Town of Ossining’s Supervisor, Dana Levenberg.  “Team Ossining brought in the most enrollments for a municipal team in the greater New York area last year and we aim to meet the challenge once again,” she added.  “Signing up to be an organ donor is a simple way to bring hope to the thousands of New Yorkers waiting for a lifesaving transplant.” 

“Ossining residents care deeply about helping others,” said Mayor Victoria Gearity. “Organ Donor Day is a special opportunity to sign up to help save lives. This year there are volunteers in more Ossining locations than ever ready to register new donors.”

With support from the offices of NYS Assemblywoman Sandy Galef, NYS Senator David Carlucci, and Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia, the Ossining Public Library, the Ossining Children’s Center, and the Ossining Police Department, “Team Ossining” is looking to make a significant local impact on the national registry.  This year, Team Ossining is also working with some of our community’s biggest employers, including Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Open Door Family Medical Center, and the Ossining School District to engage employees for this important cause. 

“I commend the Town and Village of Ossining for their work with LiveOnNY to increase registered organ donors,” said NYS Senator David Carlucci.  “If we educate others and raise awareness about the importance of organ donation then saving lives can be as easy as a stroke of the pen.”

“Organ donation is the gift of life,” said NYS Assemblywoman Sandy Galef. “I made the decision to register as an organ donor years ago, and I feel good knowing that my donation may save the life of one or more of the over 10,000 people in New York State who are in need of a life-saving transplant.  I encourage all of my constituents to join me in making this pledge to give back to our community in such a meaningful way.  By registering as an organ donor, we continue to share the gift of life with our friends and family in need.”

These community leaders were also joined by Janet Ocasio, Ira Copperman, and Glenda Daggert of the Transplant Support Organization. Oscasio has been instrumental in organizing many volunteers from this organization to help Team Ossining educate the public and get more enrollees. 

This year’s Organ Donor Enrollment Day fell on Janet’s 20th anniversary of receiving a lifesaving liver transplant. 

“For 20 years I have worked to pay it forward, to show my gratitude, and to help others who unfortunately wait for their life-saving gift of life,” said Oscasio. “I waited for 14 years, and I never gave up, but I hope no one ever has to live my story.” 


St. Luke’s cornwall hospital recognized as a Great Place to Work® for the second year in a row

NEWBURGH (October 3) St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital was certified as a great workplace for the second year in a row by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work® SLCH has earned this credential based on extensive ratings provided by its employees in anonymous surveys. A summary of these ratings can be found at

SLCH is one of only thirteen hospitals in the nation to be recognized as a Great Place to Work, and the organization joins the likes of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. 83% of SLCH employees say it’s a great workplace, with an overwhelming 92% of respondents indicating that their work has special meaning and is not “just a job.” More than 90% of respondents also indicated that they felt their work allows them to contribute to the community and leaves them with a strong sense of pride.

“St. Luke’s Cornwall Hosptial is a truly special organization and this certification is a tribute to that,” said Joan Cusack-McGuirk, SLCH President and CEO. “The culture that exists throughout our organization is one that I am incredibly proud of. We work as a team in an environment that fosters growth and advancements, all while providing top-notch healthcare to the communities we serve.”

“According to our study, 83 percent of St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital employees say it is a great workplace,” says Sarah Lewis-Kulin, Vice President of Great Place to Work Certification & List Production.’

SLCH was also the recipient of the National Business Research Institute Circle of Excellence Award, yet another tribute to the hospital’s strong workplace principles, as evidenced by its annual employee satisfaction survey which showcased increases in every area including community involvement, communications, management style as well as culture and climate. SLCH is also the only hospital in the Hudson Valley to be included in Becker’s Top 150 Healthcare Employers list.


Orange Regional Medical Center Masks of Courage Workshop

TOWN OF WALLKILL (October 3) - Orange Regional Medical Center’s Spagnoli Family Cancer Center offered a Masks of Courage Workshop for head and neck cancer patients on September 23, 2018, in the Outpatient Services Building.

Head and Neck Cancer patients often have a mesh mask molded around their head and neck area to help stabilize them for radiation treatments. It is important for patients who have treatment to the brain or the head and neck area to be still during treatment, as radiation is precisely given to such areas and to avoid other vital organs.

The art therapy session allowed participants to re-imagine their radiation masks as a symbol of victory over their disease. Radiation masks worn during treatment for head and neck cancer or other cancers can become powerful symbols of healing when transformed into works of art. Orange Regional offers patients an opportunity to work with artists and therapists to transform their masks into sculpture.

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The workshop includes both a therapeutic and expressive component allowing participants to discuss their experiences with radiation treatment. The discussions provide patients with the opportunity to share both positive and negative emotions tied to the treatment process and their masks.

Participants transitioned into a creative state of mind where they used a variety of provided art materials, as well as their own personal items, to create, paint and decorate their masks. The end result was individual for each participant. The themes displayed through the masks range from humorous and elaborate to powerful and spiritual.

For more information on cancer services at Orange Regional, please visit


Health Quest hospitals blood and cellular programs accredited

POUGHKEEPSIE (October 3) - Three Health Quest hospitals earned accreditation by the AABB for their blood transfusion and cellular medicine programs.

The certification was recently renewed at Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center by the AABB, formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks.

“The AABB accreditation procedures are voluntary,” said Larry Ross, executive director of Health Quest Laboratories. “Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center sought AABB accreditation because this program assists facilities around the world in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to quality performance and patient safety.”

Accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors and establishes that the level of technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by the AABB. 

The accreditation program assesses the quality, safety and operational systems in place at each facility, including collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and cellular therapy products.


Westchester Heart Walk

VALHALLA (October 1) - Another sunny Westchester Heart Walk drew nearly 1,000, including several large teams, to walk for their hearts and for research and programs of the American Heart Association.

Please see below or attached release about the event today. Photos are attached, including one of Team “Kim’s Heartbeats” who walked in memory of (our friend) Kim Salveggi, of Yorktown Heights, who passed away in March.


DiVestea, left, congratulated by Kelly
(photo: Eric Gross)

PHC Moonlight Ball recognizes Joseph DiVestea

CARMEL (October 1) - Described as a “trustee’s trustee,” Joseph DiVestea was honored Saturday evening by the Heath Quest and Putnam Hospital Center families at the medical center’s 2018 Moonlight Ball.

Some 300 guests attended the gala beneath a huge tent on the hospital grounds overlooking the transformation of the PHC Emergency Department.

Hospital President and CEO Peter Kelly recalled the first phone call received when beginning his position at PHC: “It was from Joe who wished me well. Joe has been totally committed to our hospital and is always available by giving us an incredible amount of insight and advice. He deserves this wonderful recognition.”

Health Quest President Robert Freidberg described health care as “approaching patients with an eye on not only expert diagnosis and treatment but also simple human compassion. This is a winning combination that has been strengthened over the years by the contributions of Mr. DiVestea.”

“I can’t believe that I have been volunteering at this wonderful hospital for the past 16 years,” said DiVestea. “Putnam Hospital helped me through my medical battle. PHC is part of my life. It continues to have a great community feel in the community that I grew up in.”

DiVestea serves on both the PHC and Health Quest Boards. His goal is to make sure that “our community has the best access to medical care. Putnam Hospital Center continues to provide that.”


Multiple WMCHealth Hospitals receive national quality recognition for exceptional stroke care

VALHALLA (October 1) – Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) hospitals across the Hudson Valley recently received Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Recognition – the highest level awarded – for their exceptional care of stroke patients in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines program. 

Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of WMCHealth in Valhalla, and network affiliates HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus in Kingston, MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie; and Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern were each awarded Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement recognition for their consistent achievement for 24 consecutive months or more.

Each hospital also earned additional accolades for their adherence to quality measures designed to minimize the time between a patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment. 

The awards recognize the hospitals’ commitment and success in ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines.

For more information about WMCHealth, visit






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