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September 18, 2014
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Ambulance Chronicles

[Editor’s note: The River Reporter welcomes a new feature by Sam Avrett to our monthly health section. Ambulance Chronicles will introduce our readers to the ambulance corps members who respond to medical emergencies in the Upper Delaware River region and the people who need their help in a crisis situation. We salute all of the men and women who volunteer for this important work in our local communities.]

Taking history  Read more

New Arrivals

Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:

8/5/2014 — Henry Johan Thomas Badgley was born to Christina and Drew Badgley of Beach Lake, PA. Maternal grandparents are Frieda Sauacool of Honesdale, PA and Richard Schofield (deceased). Paternal grandparents are June and Henry Badgley of Honesdale, PA.

8/19/2014 — Luke Hogland was born to Melanie and Jeremy Hogland of Narrowsburg, NY. Maternal grandparents are Keith and Ann Buddenhagen of Narrowsburg, NY. Paternal grandmother is Glenda Harty of Narrowsburg, NY.

Catskill Regional Medical Center announces the following births:  Read more

Walking pneumonia and other lung conditions

There are many causes for pneumonia, which we often associate with the winter months. Certainly the presence of influenza in the fall through early spring will put a person at risk for developing a serious lung infection, especially for older adults and individuals with lung diseases. There are many things that can cause serious lung infections; these include bacteria, viruses, fungus, inhaled chemicals and food.  Read more

Wellness center established in Beach Lake

BEACH LAKE, PA — A new business, Beach Lake Wellness Center for Body and Spirit, located at 12 Village Rd., will hold a free body, health and energy clinic on Sunday, August 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. Clients and potential clients will have a chance to check out services offered and meet with acupuncturists, a nutritionist, a certified holistic health coach, a neuro-muscular massage therapist (trained in medical and rehabilitation massage), and a Reiki Master and reflexologist.  Read more

Birth Announcements

Wayne Memorial Hospital announces the following births:
6/25/14 — Grace Ann Esselman was born to Kirstin Cookingham and Aaron Esselman of Cochecton, NY. Maternal grandparents are Maureen and Mike Cookingham of Tusten, NY. Paternal grandparents are Robert and Betty Esselman of Frostproof, FL.
6/27/14 — Hunter and Rider Knoll were born to Amanda Buchko and Frank Knoll of Lackawaxen, PA. Maternal grandparents are Robert Buchko Jr. and Karen Buchko of Milford, PA. Paternal grandparents are Mike and Lisa Knoll of Lackawaxen, PA.  Read more

Past traumas and present-day pain; Traumatic stress and chronic pain are sometimes connected

Between 2008 and 2011, the Centers for Disease Control reported on the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACE). Collectively known as the ACE Study (, these reports uncovered a link between childhood trauma and the chronic diseases people develop as adults, as well as a variety of social and emotional problems. This includes heart disease, lung cancer, diabetes and many autoimmune diseases, as well as depression, violence or being a victim of violence, or suicide.  Read more

Goldenrod ethnobotany; Solidago of the Upper Delaware

Goldenrods are among our quintessential native wildflowers, though several of our species are from the prairies further west and not indigenous to the eastern woodlands. We also have European species, which were utilized as medicine in their homelands.  Read more

Kate Santoro joins Orange Regional

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Kate Santoro, RN, FNP, has joined Orange Regional Medical Group’s Primary Care team as a family nurse practitioner. Santoro will work closely with Orange Regional Medical Group’s physicians, nurses and certified medical assistants to meet the healthcare needs of families in the community.

Orange Regional is located at 75 Crystal Run Rd. For more information, call 845/333-7575 or visit

Teitelbaum nominated for 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

MIDDLETOWN, NY — Managing partner and CEO of Crystal Run Healthcare, Dr. Hal Teitelbaum, has been nominated for Modern Healthcare’s “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare.” Among the other nominees are prominent national figures including President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner.

“It is a great honor to be nominated, but most importantly, this recognition is a tribute to the commitment of our physicians and staff to transforming healthcare from a transaction-based system to a value-based system of coordinated, comprehensive care,” said Dr. Teitelbaum.  Read more

Abandoned rail station will be repurposed to create a much needed health center

GOSHEN, NY — The former Ontario & Western Railway Station in Middletown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, protecting and recognizing the importance of the structure in American history. Middletown Community Health Center, Inc. (MCHC) received a $500,000 grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to restore and adapt the existing building at 2-20 Low Ave., to a healthcare facility.  Read more

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