System Hospital News: June 2020

Premier Pulse     June 2020

Atrium Medical Center

Throughout May, the community continued to show support and generosity for Atrium Medical Center staff battling the COVID-19 pandemic. Donations of PPE, meals, cards of appreciation, and even special masks that allow deaf and hard-of-hearing patients to read lips have all bolstered the spirits of our health care heroes.

The Cincinnati region’s hospitals held a Zoom town hall in May to discuss the next phase in the coronavirus pandemic, particularly as hospitals ramped up to resume elective procedures. Roberto Colón, MD, system vice president of quality and safety, was among the 12 representatives from hospital networks in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana who took part in the event organized by the Health Collaborative in Cincinnati. Watch the town hall.

Atrium’s Wound Care Center recently was named a 2019 Center of Distinction. The center was awarded this honor by Healogics, the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Wound Care Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 92 percent within 28 median days to heal. “The Wound Care Center’s goal is to increase awareness about the safety and necessity of wound care during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Daniel Butler, MD, medical director of the Wound Care Center at Atrium. “Our focus is to keep patients from needing to visit the emergency department due to wound complications.”

In May, Premier Health’s mobile mammography coach returned to the road, offering mammography services to those whose routine screening exams may have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Like all Premier Health care sites, the mobile mammography coach is utilizing strict cleaning and sanitation practices. All rooms and equipment are cleaned continually. All staff are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for hand hygiene and use of masks and additional personal protective equipment, as appropriate. The coach is operated by Atrium Medical Center. Find where the mobile mammography coach will be stopping next.

Premier Health’s Atrium Medical Center has been recognized as one of the Top Workplaces in Cincinnati by the Cincinnati Enquirer. The hospital employs more than 1,400 providers, nurses, administrators, and staff. Employees were asked to answer an engagement survey about their workplace environment and culture. Recipients of the Top Workplaces honor were judged on corporate alignment, employee coaching, connection with employees, engagement, performance, and leadership. For 2020, a record number of employers agreed to take the Top Workplaces survey. Combined, they employ 57,249 people in the region. Of those employees who received questionnaires, 36,357 responded, either on paper or online. For this year’s winners list, a record 130 Cincinnati-area employers were ranked based on their employee survey feedback.

Miami Valley Hospital Campuses

On behalf of everyone at Miami Valley Hospital, special gratitude was extended to all the therapy, nursing, physician, and administrative staff of the MVH Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio. They transitioned to their new home, the Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio (RIO), a joint venture between Premier Health and Encompass Health, after the program closed on May 21 on the main campus. The therapy department was initially located on the second floor of the main building, the space currently occupied by the lab. After the northwest building opened, therapy moved to its new home on the fourth floor. It was renamed the Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio with the opening of the specialized Inpatient Rehab Unit in 1983. Special thanks and recognition go to the entire team who poured their heart and soul into improving the quality of life for our patients.

The Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health awarded the Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies recognition to Miami Valley Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital South. The maternity centers earned this recognition for the great work related to the “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” program. The guidance of our teams has led to better prepared and more confident parenting, giving babies the best possible start.

The City of Centerville annually recognizes a few of the more than 800 city businesses that make significant contributions to its economy and our overall quality of life. The mayor announced the 2020 Centerville Large Business of the Year is Miami Valley Hospital South. The coronavirus pandemic gripped the region in an unprecedented health crisis. The city expressed its gratitude to first responders and medical professionals for their strength, courage, and service. The City of Centerville will honor the south campus by donating a Red Horse chestnut, the official tree of Centerville, and planting it on the hospital’s property.

The Miami Valley Hospital Foundation was busy throughout May with a phenomenal outpouring of support from the community for physicians, nurses, and staff in the fight against coronavirus. The foundation has been documenting and thanking donors for thousands of contributions. It participated in GivingTuesdayNow, a one-day giving opportunity on May 4. In addition, the foundation is working with Human Resources to assist employees who have suffered an extreme emergency as a direct result of COVID-19. Foundation staff also helped with distribution of many large-scale donations to hospital staff, including thousands of pairs of Crocs shoes, Esther Price chocolate eggs, flowers, and many other products

Good Samaritan Foundation-Dayton has also been very busy working on COVID-19 projects and supporting Miami Valley Hospital North with the distribution of donations. In addition, the Good Sam Foundation sent a special mailing for donations in honor of Mother’s Day to benefit Mothers Empowered, a program that offers prenatal care and education for expectant moms.

On May 18, the Good Samaritan Foundation hosted a small ceremony for the Broderick Family Legacy Art installation at the North Campus. This unique sculpture, donated by George Broderick, Jr., MD, and designed by James Michael Kahle, honors the family of Dr. George and May Broderick. The piece features more than 700 pounds of suspended burnished stainless steel that support the 37 individual hand-blown glass pieces representing members of the family. The two central vessels representing Dr. Broderick’s parents, George and Mary Broderick, stand prominently, surrounded by each of their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Several hospital employees and executives gathered for the unveiling of the large, newly redesigned sculpture which has become the focal point of the Lakeside lobby.

The administrative offices at Miami Valley Hospital North have moved to a new location. The offices are now located on the second floor in suite 239.

Upper Valley Medical Center

As part of re-entry, the UVMC Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation staff in early May began seeing cardiac and pulmonary patients in the new addition on the hospital’s south side. Ground was broken last summer for the 7,600-square-foot addition, which more than doubles the size of the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation department and provides a separate entrance for program participants. With the opening during the COVID-19 restrictions, patients using the rehabilitation services are asked to arrive at prescheduled times for safety purposes and to help adhere to the Responsible Restart Ohio order that requires social distancing. A parking lot southwest of the new building is designated for the patients and physicians.

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