System Hospital News: May 2019

Premier Pulse     May 2019

Atrium Medical Center

Andre Harris, MD, has joined the Premier Health team as chief medical officer of Atrium Medical Center. Dr. Harris received his Doctorate of Medicine from the Wright State University School of Medicine in 2002, thereafter completing residency training in obstetrics and gynecology. Dr. Harris started a solo practice in 2006 directly after finishing his residency and has been in private practice since that time. He has been on staff at Miami Valley Hospital since 2006 serving in multiple leadership roles, including chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 2014, he earned a Certificate in Health Care Management from Wright State University’s graduate program. Dr. Harris will serve as a 0.7 FTE chief medical officer of Atrium Medical Center while continuing a part-time private practice at Horizons Women’s Healthcare. He will be located at Atrium Medical Center in the executive offices and can be reached at (513) 974-8752(513) 974-8752 or

For National Donate Life Month, Atrium in conjunction with LifeCenter Organ Donor Network hosted a Donate Life flag raising ceremony, open to the public, to honor those who have given or received a life-saving organ or tissue donation. Two Atrium nurses were honored as living organ donors during the event. 

Atrium Medical Center has created a permanent lactation room to give mothers a comfortable place to nurse their child or pump breast milk. The lactation room is open for use by hospital visitors and hospital staff. A grant from the Atrium Medical Center Foundation was awarded earlier this year for the project, and renovation work on the space was completed in early April. The lactation room is located on the second floor at the top of the curved stairs in the hospital’s main lobby.

Marquita Turner has been recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award as part of Miami Regionals’ annual nursing alumni awards program for her unique dual role as Atrium’s chief nursing officer and chief operating officer. As CNO, Turner is responsible for delivery of patient care at the Middletown hospital that in January earned Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, joining only 8 percent of U.S. hospitals to hold the four-year designation recognized as professional nursing’s highest honor. As COO, equipped with a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, Turner is responsible for quality, safety, performance, efficiency and the overall patient experience. 

Michael Uhl, president of Miami Valley Hospital, represented Premier Health as a featured panelist for the Think Regional Southwest Ohio conference presented by the Area Progress Council of Warren County and sponsored by Atrium Medical Center. Uhl spoke about innovations in health care and at Premier Health during the event held at Austin Landing.

Miami Valley Hospital

Good Samaritan Foundation-Dayton hosted the “Sharing the Spirit of the Good Samaritan” reception at Miami Valley Hospital North. This event was a celebration of the continued legacy of the hospital for donors, elected officials, and community leaders. Unveiling of the donor walls, tours, and an exclusive preview of upcoming projects were also offered to the more than 100 people who attended. 

The Miami Valley Hospital Foundation Board held a special board meeting and approved funding for two very important projects – $100,000 in support of a Community Paramedicine project (partnering with Premier Health and the Dayton Fire Department) and $500,000 to support the addition of seven geriatric focused rooms in the Emergency Department at the Miami Valley Hospital North campus. Both projects will have opportunities for additional donor support. 

Miami Valley Hospital welcomed back former NICU patient Rachel Hankins to the Berry Women’s Center for a special 13th birthday celebration. In lieu of birthday presents, Rachel raised funds to purchase and donate six 4moms® mamaRoo® infant seats to the NICU that saved her life. Excited to hear her story, the 4moms® parent company also donated six of the seats. This reunion garnered a great deal of media coverage. 

After more than 40 years of service, emergency department physician Norm Schneiderman, MD, retired from Miami Valley Hospital. 

Miami Valley Hospital’s labor and delivery department is experiencing a baby boom, and the story was the center of a media frenzy. Eleven nurses are all slated to deliver within the next four months. This story was covered by all three local television stations and the Dayton Daily News, went viral on social media, and was picked up by Good Morning America's website. 

In recognition of Earth Month, the Ohio Hospital Association has named Miami Valley Hospital as the recipient of the 2019 Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award. Melvin Creeley Environmental Leadership Award honorees are recognized for promoting sound environmental practices through environmental stewardship and exemplifying the best practices for other hospitals to follow. Miami Valley Hospital received this recognition as a result of an aggressive approach to improving the hospital’s environmental stewardship. Some of the advances made include: green roofs, pharmaceutical waste management, environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals, changes and adjustments in facilities utilities management, less water and energy used, solvents used in labs converted to re-use and not disposed as hazardous waste, and grinding kitchen food waste through a pulper for food scrap collection and compost.

April marked National Donate Life Month. Once again, Miami Valley Hospital hosted the Celebration of Life Organ/Donor recognition for the system. All donors, recipients, and donor families were invited to attend the remembrance in the Interfaith Chapel. Afterward, everyone was invited to the main campus for the unveiling of the digital Wall of Heroes display.  

The Miami Valley Hospital Physician Wellness Committee hosted its second annual Wellness Run/Walk on Saturday, April 13, at Island Metro Park in Dayton. Orthopedic resident Ryan Davis, MD, won the 5K race, and Shane Smith, MD, of Miami Valley Hospital’s Radiology Department won the 10K race. Dr. Smith finished in just under 44 minutes. “My personal goal for this race was to beat my time from last year, and I barely did,” he said. “In my opinion, the best way to compete in a solo sport like running is to measure your performance against your prior efforts.” Dr. Smith said it's great to see people turn out for such a worthwhile, well-run event, and that he hopes to still be participating when he retires in 25 years or so. “Our field can be such a stressful one and requires balance in life. I believe exercise is a key component to relieving stress as well as enabling providers to have a long career,” he said. “As we become more reliant on technology and consequently more isolated from our colleagues, events that bring us together as a medical staff are more necessary than ever – especially ones that allow us to gather around the cause of personal health and focus on our own well-being.”

Upper Valley Medical Center

Jennifer Clune, MD, was honored with the 2019 I SEE YOU CARE Award on May 6, presented by Advanced ICU Care, a leading national provider of high-acuity telemedicine services. Dr. Clune, who specializes in pulmonology and critical care medicine, practices at Upper Valley Medical Center and Miami Valley Hospital and is with Pulmonary and Critical Care Consultants, Inc. Dr. Clune was selected among nominees from almost 90 advanced ICU Care partner hospitals and their employees across the United States. Established in 2016, the award honors advanced ICU care tele-ICU partners for their efforts in caring for patients, collaborating across geography, and leveraging telehealth to make a profound difference with respect to quality, safety and access for the surrounding community. 

The Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services at Upper Valley Medical Center has been recognized with a national award for clinical excellence. The Robert A. Warriner III, MD, Center of Excellence award was presented by Healogics, the nation’s largest wound care management company. The award recognizes outstanding clinical outcomes for at least two consecutive years, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a wound healing rate of at least 91 percent in less than 30 median days. The Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services at UVMC opened in 2015 to take a leading role in battling a growing health care crisis. The center has provided more than 1,485 patients specialized treatment, often preventing amputations and helping patients return to active lives.

UVMC was recognized recently as part of the Door to Needle Challenge, a new program that involves each Premier Health TeleStroke Network site and each quarter recognizes the lowest tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) time for a stroke patient. UVMC won for the first quarter of 2019 with a time of 24 minutes. The national goal for tPA door to needle is less than 60 minutes. Team members involved received a certificate from the American Heart Association.

More than 300 runners and walkers turned out for the UVMC 5K Run to Fight Hunger held on the hospital campus May 4. Mark Casdorph, DO, physician chair for the event, welcomed participants prior to the start and presented awards to winners in various age categories at the end of the race. The event included a wellness fair with UVMC departments, physician practices, and community partners participating. Proceeds from the event will benefit food pantries/soup kitchens in Miami County.