System Hospital News October 2017

Premier Pulse     October 2017

Atrium Medical Center

Cincinnati TAP MD students from throughout the Cincinnati area visited Atrium Medical Center in August and their tours followed the case of a stroke patient. They learned about recognizing signs and symptoms of stroke, and visited and heard from staff with emergency, medical imaging, rehabilitation and more departments. Cincinnati TAP MD   is a year-long educational program of The Health Collaborative, and students interested in medical careers apply for a chance to get up close to area hospitals and medical practitioners.

Cincinnati Eye Institute, which opened a newly constructed building on our campus within the last year, is planning to partner with Premier Health and Atrium Medical Center to bring more service offerings to our Middletown medical campus. Cincinnati Eye plans to lease Bidwell Surgery Center, where its staff will perform a higher level of eye surgeries previously not offered in the past in Middletown. Pending regulatory approvals, Bidwell will become a surgery center for Cincinnati Eye sometime in September.

As a result of this agreement, we were able to consolidate Atrium’s services to one outpatient surgery site at Southwest Ohio Surgery Center on Breiel Boulevard. This will make our outpatient surgery scheduling and operations process more efficient and reduce costs.

For any questions about this change, please contact Tammy Laine, vice president of market development.

Good Samaritan Hospital

To equip new employees with the tools and tactics for success, Good Samaritan Hospital launched a new program entitled Essential Partners Boot Camp. Class content includes information on the importance of patient experience, implementation of the 10/5 Rule, what it means to manage up, and how to use AIDET, with the opportunity to conduct role play exercises. All non-nursing new employees are required to attend the class, which takes place on the second day of new employee orientation. RNs and PCTs receive this same information during their formal orientation programs so are not required to attend this class. The goal is to establish patient experience expectations immediately with new employees.

Miami Valley Hospital

Miami Valley Hospital has earned the Platinum Award in the 2017 Hospital Organ Donation Campaign, sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services. More than 1,000 hospitals across the country participated, working with donation organizations and state hospital associations to promote organ, eye, and tissue donation by conducting awareness and registry activities in their facilities and communities. Together, MVH and other participating hospitals added 26,975 donor registrations to state registries over a seven-month period, bringing the total donor registrations added through the hospital campaign to 419,102. The Platinum Award is the highest level given.

Dr. April Anderson from the MVHS emergency department participated on a panel discussing the impact of heroin in our community. The Community Engagement Conference is hosted by the Miami Valley Crime Prevention Association. Attendees were invited to attend up to three classes. This was the seventh year for this annual community event.

The announcement of our new Infant Cuddler Program generated an overwhelming response from people in the community, and the announcement was heard in Washington D.C., most notably by U.S. Congressman Mike Turner. He recently visited the Berry Women’s Center to speak with staff and volunteers about their work and training and to personally thank everyone for their contributions. Congressman Turner’s It was a great afternoon and we appreciate that the work of our team is being recognized is such a significant way.

Upper Valley Medical Center

In August, Upper Valley Medical Center awarded $462,073 in Community Benefit Grants to Health Partners Free Clinic, Hospice of Miami County, Miami County Dental Clinic, Miami County Recovery Council (MCRC), and Samaritan Behavioral Health. Part of the funding to MCRC, in conjunction with the Miami County Heroin Coalition, will support programs designed to help in the local battle against the opioid epidemic. The grants are made by the UVMC Board of Directors through the UVMC Community Benefit Fund established as part of our mission to support local programs that serve community health needs.

The annual Evening of Appreciation to welcome new medical staff and honor UVMC supporters was hosted Aug. 24 at the Piqua Country Club. The event was attended by more than 260 physicians, board members, executive team and community leaders/friends of UVMC.

UVMC Cancer Care has received a giant inflatable colon model for use in community education regarding colon cancer and related conditions. The 12x12’ unit is a tunnel that replicates healthy tissue, polyps, malignant polyps, inflammatory bowl, and a cancerous mass. A gift from the UVMC Foundation John J. Dugan Memorial Fund, the eye-catching model will be used at community events to help engage people in meaningful education about cancer of the colon.

UVMC has initiated a new policy to different between ACT (Acute Changes Team) and on-campus response, with ACT to be used for acute changes in an inpatient’s status, and on-campus response to be used for non-inpatient (outpatients, visitors, employees, etc.) on UVMC properties. The change came out of a review of practices for responding to emergency situations to proactively ensure consistency in scope of care and practice. 

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