System Hospital News June 2018

Premier Pulse     June 2018

Atrium Medical Center

Franklin High School graduate and professional basketball player Luke Kennard returned to his hometown recently to announce a new partnership to expand a summer basketball camp for area youth. Premier Health is proud to present the Luke Kennard Overnight Basketball Camp, which will be hosted by Win The Next One (WTNO). The camp will be held July 20-22, and is open to boys and girls entering fourth to seventh grade during the upcoming 2018-2019 school year. With the support of Premier Health and Kennard, the camp can provide up to 200 participants two nights and three days’ worth of a professional basketball camp experience. For more information, visit or register online.

Atrium Medical Center will cease operations of its emergency center in Mason on Mason-Montgomery Road on Saturday, July 7, at 7:00 pm. A Premier Health Urgent Care Center will open in the building space later that month following necessary building and equipment updates to accommodate the new urgent care service. Premier Health Urgent Care centers staff board-certified advanced practice providers to treat minor illnesses and injuries such as colds, the flu, sinus infections, sprains, strains, minor burns, and rashes. Urgent care sites are the latest way in which Premier Health is providing patients with convenient access to care.

Good Samaritan Hospital (closed in 2018)

Good Samaritan Hospital’s Emergency Department on Philadelphia Drive will close at noon on Thursday, July 19. Inpatient care will then wind down and cease in accordance with the best interests of patients. The hospital will cease operations as of 12:01 am on Monday, July 23. Nursing units are consolidating as census drops; most recently, the cardiovascular intensive care unit transitioned to the intensive care unit.

Effective Monday, July 23, due to regulatory requirements, the names of all Good Samaritan Hospital locations will change to reflect their affiliation with Miami Valley Hospital. Good Samaritan North Health Center (Miami Valley Hospital North as of July 23, 2018) will become Miami Valley Hospital North.

In response to community members’ requests, commemorative postcards are now on sale in the hospital’s gift shop. Individual cards can be purchased for $1 each, or the set of six in a keepsake package is available for $12. The cards feature the current exterior of the hospital, the original exterior of the hospital, the Sisters of Charity, the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel, the Good Samaritan statue, and the Madonna statue.

Upcoming special events:

July 14: Good Samaritan Hospital Family Picnic, at Carillon Historical Park, noon – 4:00 pm
July 17 and 18: Final chapel services, times TBD
July 19: Miami Valley Hospital North physician open house, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
July 21: Miami Valley Hospital North ribbon cutting ceremony, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
July 21: Miami Valley Hospital North community open house, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Miami Valley Hospital

For the second time in two years, Miami Valley Hospital South has been recognized as an Emergency Center of Excellence™ by Emergency Excellence, an organization specializing in emergency department benchmarking. Emergency Excellence collects benchmark data and surveys physicians, nurses, hospital staff, medical staff, and administrators. The award is verified after an on-site assessment. MVHS qualified for the Emergency Center of Excellence™ designation by having superior results over more than 100 key performance indicators linked to seven “pillars of excellence” (safety, satisfaction, space, staff, support, systems, and solvency).

Premier Health and Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton hosted a beam signing event for its new Pure Healthcare Center, a facility that will assist patients with serious and chronic illnesses in their own homes. The new center will serve as a medical home for patients and will combine functions of care management, rehabilitation, and social services to ensure a more holistic, wellness-centered patient experience. Locating the Pure HealthCare center on the campus of Miami Valley Hospital South aims to ensure that patients and families can rely on convenient, seamless, and continuous expert care for advancing symptoms and illnesses. Construction of the three- story, 36,000-square-foot building set to open in 2019 is expected to cost roughly $10 million.

Upper Valley Medical Center

A five-day Joint Commission Survey conducted at Upper Valley Medical Center the week of May 14 concluded with very positive preliminary results. The surveyors were complimentary of UVMC practices as they relate to adherence to TJC standards, and they acknowledged numerous times that UVMC places significant emphasis on and directs necessary resources toward patient safety initiatives. The nurse surveyor described the staff as “amazing and empowered, very well trained and very experienced.” The life safety surveyor complimented the plant operations team on the completeness of their documentation, and the ambulatory surveyor referred to the hospital grounds as “beautiful and Disney-like!” The physician surveyor learned of UVMC’s multi-disciplinary readmission reduction efforts and encouraged that the processes be written up and submitted to The Joint Commission as a best practice. UVMC administration hosted an appreciation event on May 22 to thank employees and medical staff for all their hard work toward the successful survey.

The annual UVMC Project SEARCH graduation held on May 11 honored seven new program graduates. Project SEARCH is a one-year high school transition program that provides training and education with the goal of competitive community employment for individuals with disabilities. The Project SEARCH program at UVMC has graduated 62 interns since its inception in 2010.

Health and wellness programs for the community hosted at UVMC in May included a back pain seminar on May 8, skin cancer screening on May 10, and an AFib/stroke seminar on May 24. More than 250 community members attended these events. In other community outreach, UVMC participated as a sponsor/booth exhibitor at the Miami County Senior Citizens Day on May 11 at the Learning Place, which drew nearly 250 people; was the luncheon sponsor for the annual Troy Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing on May 14 at the Troy Country Club; was the presenting sponsor of Health Partners Free Clinic’s Artful Bite Gala on May 12 in celebration of the organization’s 20th anniversary; and was a tent sponsor for the Tipp City Relay for Life Field Day and 5-K held May 24-25 at Tippecanoe Junior High.

As part of increased emphasis on communication with staff, UVMC Future Leaders hosted a Breakfast with Executives event on May 9. Participants engaged in roundtable discussions to give input into important strategies for meeting today’s challenges. 

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