Service Line Update: New Regional Referral Center

Premier Pulse

By Candy Skidmore, vice president, service line integration, emergency and trauma

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The Emergency and Trauma Institute is excited to announce the opening of the Premier Health Regional Referral Center on Sept. 4, 2019. The regional referral center will provide acute care access to our Premier Health facilities when requested by referring hospitals, nursing homes, and physicians needing to transfer or directly admit a patient. With one call, the regional referral center will ascertain an admitting physician, transportation if needed, and a bed for the patient.

Previously, the Access and Transfer Center, CareFlight Air and Mobile Services communications center, and bed control were in separate locations and primarily served Miami Valley Hospital. Combining these services into one new center will provide improved communication and coordination, as well as expand these critical services to the entire Premier Health system.  

The referral center will continue to provide many internal functions for our system, including stroke alerts, AMI alerts, and hip fracture alerts. Physician paging for our emergency departments will also continue in the center. Additionally, the center will manage patient logistics for the entire system – managing all bed placement and patient movement. An expanded transportation center will continue to provide needed transportation for our patients, including the CareFlight communication center, as well as our transportation hub for general ambulance transports. 

Cutting edge technology that includes real-time information will provide complete understanding of a patient’s journey through our hospitals from admission to discharge, ensuring that patients receive quick access to the care they need and assisting with improving discharge processing and timing and prompt placement of patients. April Anderson, MD, will serve as medical director for the new center.

The new center will be located at the Dayton Media Center, 1611 S. Main St., in Dayton.

You're Invited

All physicians are welcome to attend an open house scheduled for Aug. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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