News and Alerts

EMS coordinators understand the type of information EMS workers need to be successful every day. Whether it’s a minor change or a major event, important news items will be regularly updated here. Check back often for the most current information to keep your routine running smoothly.

Miami Valley Hospital Austin Boulevard Emergency Center Opens

On September 24, Miami Valley Hospital Austin Boulevard Emergency Center opened its doors to offers 24-hour, full-service emergency care with easy access from I-75. The new emergency center accepts all patients with minor to severe injuries and conditions. Services include:

  • Twelve emergency beds, including two trauma bays, staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians from Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton's only Level I Trauma Center
  • The Premier Health TeleStroke Network, for faster access to stroke treatment
  • Lab and imaging services, including CT and X-ray
  • CareFlight Air and Mobile Services for fast transport if hospitalization is needed

The center also features a community room with AV capabilities that community members can reserve for meetings and trainings.

Upper Valley Medical Center Expands Heart Care Capabilities

Individuals experiencing a heart attack and those with non-emergency coronary blockages will benefit from more treatment options at Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) beginning July 30. With the expansion of UVMC's cardiac catheterization laboratory capabilities and availability of additional experienced cardiologists, patients who need angioplasty and many types of stents will be able to receive them at UVMC, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Patients whose heart disease requires advanced stenting procedures, coronary artery bypass (CABG) surgery, or other complex procedures can be stabilized by the UVMC team and transported to Miami Valley Hospital for care.

With the expansion, UVMC's cath lab now will be on call around the clock, every day. Diagnostic catheterizations will still be available, as well as insertion of pacemakers and defibrillators. UVMC also offers outpatient cardiac testing, disease management for those living with heart failure, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation and wound care and hyperbaric services.

Atrium Medical Center to Bring New Services to Mason

New urgent care services and an expanded primary care office will open at Atrium Health Center Mason on Mason-Montgomery Road by the end of August this year, as Atrium Medical Center continues to meet the evolving health needs of the Mason and Deerfield Township communities.

The current emergency center at Atrium Health Center Mason will be converted to a Premier Health Urgent Care Center. Premier Health announced at the end of 2017 plans to launch urgent care services to bring new access points throughout Southwest Ohio this year, and so far, four locations have opened in Englewood, Miamisburg, Springboro and Vandalia.

Urgent care sites are the latest way in which Premier Health and Atrium Medical Center are providing patients with convenient access to care. Other recent moves to expand access include the rollout of E-visits and virtual care appointments with physicians, which allow patients to access medical services from wherever they are. Learn more.

Premier Health and UnitedHealthcare Renew Network Relationship

Premier Health and UnitedHealthcare have formed a new, multi-year relationship to ensure southwest Ohio residents enrolled in UnitedHealthcare commercial and Medicare Advantage health plans have in-network access to all Premier Health's facilities and physicians. This agreement ensures access to Premier Health's physicians and facilities for Medicare Advantage plans and restores access for commercial plans effective Jan. 1, 2018. Learn more.

Miami Valley Hospital Austin Boulevard Emergency Center (Opening in September, 2018)

Premier Health is taking care to a higher level by expanding access to emergency services for Miamisburg and surrounding communities. Miami Valley Hospital Austin Boulevard Emergency Center will offer fully-equipped, 24-hour, full-service emergency care with easy access from I-75. The new emergency center will accept all patients with minor to severe injuries and conditions with eleven emergency beds, including two trauma bays, staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians from Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton's only Level I Trauma Center. Learn more.

MVH First to Pilot Stroke App with Area EMS Squads

Miami Valley Hospital, together with three local EMS departments, is piloting Pulsara, a new smart-device app that is expected to increase coordinated care for stroke victims and significantly cut the time it takes to reverse potential brain damage. MVH is the first hospital in Southwest Ohio to pilot the device. Pulsara is a cloud-based communication application that will place all members of the hospital's stroke team – EMS, neurologists, CAT scan technologists, nurses and consulting physicians – on alert and keep them up-to-date on the case with one tap of the app by EMS crews. The instant coordination of care could buy more time for patients experiencing a stroke. The ability to treat them with clot-busting medication or interventional care is limited to just hours after symptoms begin, and outcomes are improved by more rapid treatment.

Research has shown that the use of Pulsara results in a 46 percent improvement in door-to-needle time, the time it takes between a patient's arrival at the emergency department and the team's ability to administer treatment. MVH has partnered with Dayton Fire Department, Riverside Fire Department and Jefferson Township Fire Department to pilot the app. Each jurisdiction's squads were trained in April and are excited about the potential for patient care. The pilot will determine if Premier Health will extend its use with other EMS squads and throughout the system.

Stop the Bleed Campaign

Premier Health recently launched a local "Stop the Bleed" campaign at Cedarville University. This national initiative was put in place following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. The program aims to prepare citizens when and if tragedy strikes. Learn moreOff Site Icon.

Senior-Friendly Emergency Care for Older Adults at Atrium Medical Center

On April 26, Atrium Medical Center opened a Senior Emergency Center, located in Atrium's Emergency Trauma Center. The new center features:

  • Eight private rooms exclusively for patients aged 65 and older
  • Senior-friendly amenities, like fall monitors, non-skid floors, hearing assistance, tunable lighting, reduced noise levels and more
  • A separate waiting room for seniors' families
  • Staff specially trained to listen and help older adults

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Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) Earns Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification for Acute Stroke Ready Hospital Capability

UVMC has earned Advanced Disease-Specific Care Certification for Acute Stroke Ready Hospital from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). The certification recognizes hospitals equipped to treat stroke patients with timely, evidence-based care prior to transferring them to a primary or comprehensive stroke center.

UVMC underwent a rigorous onsite review in December to assess its compliance with the Joint Commission's Advanced Disease-Specific Care certification requirements, including:

  • A dedicated stroke-focused program
  • Staffing by qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care
  • Collaboration with local emergency management agencies
  • 24/7 ability to perform rapid diagnostic and laboratory testing
  • Ability to administer intravenous clot-busting medications to eligible patients
  • Availability of telemedicine technology

Premier Health's Miami Valley Hospital is certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and Atrium Medical Center is certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Centers.

Miami Valley Hospital South Adds ICU Capabilities

Premier Health has expanded the services at Miami Valley Hospital South to include Intensive Care Unit capabilities. The ICU exists to provide high-intensity nursing and medical care to patients with life threatening or potentially life threatening conditions. The addition of intensive care beds to the south campus allows higher acuity patients to remain in their community.

Miami Valley South continues to operate as a full service emergency center caring for any type of emergency. CareFlight Air and Mobile Services are immediately available with an onsite Mobile Intensive Care Unit and rapid accessibility to CareFlight helicopter transportation as needed.

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