Elevated to SUNY Orange Post Following Four Years as Campus Nurse

PHOTO: Elaine McClungMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Elaine McClung, who has spent the past four years as the College’s campus nurse, was recently named SUNY Orange’s coordinator of health services.

In her new post, McClung, who resides in Goshen, will oversee health and wellness programs for the College’s more than 6,500 students as well as faculty and staff members. She will also be asked to organize outreach initiatives that focus on health awareness and education. A registered nurse, McClung is a graduate of the Grace-New Haven School of Nursing and holds a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the New School University’s Milano Graduate School for Management and Urban Policy.

McClung worked as head nurse and coordinating charge nurse of the emergency department at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Conn., before taking time off from nursing to raise her three sons. During her hiatus, she earned an associate’s degree in business management from SUNY Orange in 1990. While at SUNY Orange, she played on the women’s tennis team, received the College’s Business Management Award and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa.

She spent time as a substitute nurse at the College, as well as in the Goshen Central School District, before gaining part-time employment with the Goshen district. She was named campus nurse at the College four years ago. She has coached Goshen’s varsity tennis teams since 1990.

“I look forward to working with the College’s faculty and staff to both engineer and collaborate on health and wellness education. We have an amazing amount of expertise on campus that I plan to tap,” McClung said. “The College recognizes the need for health and wellness education in today’s society. Even though our health care system has made such great strides in technology, so many people today do not have access to quality health care.

“The Office of Health Services offers students a safe haven and a place where they can come for emergent care as well as assistance and access to primary care and help navigating the health insurance maze,” she added. “I’m looking forward to helping students of all ages, from those fresh out of high school to the increasing number of older adults and returning students making career changes.”

In addition to her work at the high school and collegiate levels, McClung has been active in the community, particularly in the areas of land use and planning. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Orange County Citizens Foundation and is chairperson of that organization’s Land Use Committee. She is a member of the Orange County Planning Board, chairs the Education Committee of the Orange Municipal Planning Federation and is a member of the Village of Goshen Planning Board.

McClung is a past president of the Orange Municipal Planning Federation and is a former member of the Goshen Central School District’s Growth Task Force. She has maintained numerous roles within the American Heart Association’s Orange-Rockland-Sullivan Region, including serving as president, chairing the Emergency Cardiac Care Committee and serving as a representative to the organization’s New York State Board of Directors. McClung was also a founding board member of People for People.

Her work with Orange County youths includes her continued role as a sustainer for the Junior League of Orange County and time spent as a Boy Scout Merit Badge counselor. She was named the Goshen Chamber of Commerce’s “Person of the Year” in 2000 and received SUNY Orange’s Distinguished Service Award in 2007.

McClung and her husband James, a retired surgeon, reside in Goshen. The couple has three sons: James, a nutritional biochemist for the U.S. Army; Alexander, a sociologist and institutional researcher at Swarthmore College; and Oreste, an attorney in Washington, D.C.

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