System Hospital News: September 2019

Premier Pulse     September 2019

Atrium Medical Center

The fifth annual Highway to Help charity motorcycle ride, organized by hospital employees, saw a record 250 participants in its mission to raise funds for Adopt-A-Family for the upcoming holiday season. Activities for children, including the Middletown Fire Department’s Smoke House and a Bicycle Rodeo, were added to this year’s event.

Representatives from Atrium's Level III Trauma Center, Senior Emergency Center, and Cardiology Department promoted hospital services at Natiofournal Night Out events in Middletown, Monroe, Franklin, and Lebanon. These family-friendly events attract hundreds, and in some cases thousands, of people in each community. New marketing displays promoting Atrium’s emergency services were utilized at this year’s events.

Other recent community relations activities include: Atrium was the main sponsor of the Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual golf outing, which included a foursome led by Josh Ordway, MD, of Franklin Family Practice; the Lebanon Blues Festival held Aug. 2-3 in downtown Lebanon was sponsored in part by Premier Health and Atrium Medical Center; Atrium staff donated 122 bookbags filled with school supplies in a highly successful drive for co-workers and local families needing assistance; Atrium was represented at community health fairs in Lebanon and Butler County; Atrium Medical Center's Level III Trauma Center, Ohio State Highway Patrol, and other members of Warren County Safe Communities Coalition promoted steps to prevent drunk driving ahead of the Labor Day weekend as part of the National Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign; and a Community Blood Center blood drive at the hospital collected 39 donations to meet 126 percent of its goal.

Miami Valley Hospital

Miami Valley Hospital has become the first treatment facility in greater Dayton to utilize the Visualase™ MRI-Guided Laser Ablation system for epilepsy patients. The hospital is one of only 110 locations throughout the United States to gain access to this advanced technology, which enables specialists to use a less invasive option to ablate seizure-causing tissue in epilepsy patients while monitoring the procedure’s progress in real time. Miami Valley Hospital is a Level 3 Epilepsy Center accredited by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers. The center’s team works together to determine if patients are a good candidate for the Visualase™ system.

In early August, the community was met with a mass shooting incident in the Oregon District that left nine people dead and many others injured. The dedicated clinical team at our Miami Valley Hospital campuses treated 23 patients. A Code Yellow was called to handle not only the patients, but to manage the onslaught of media calls and teams on our campus from all over the country. This was followed by a visit by the president and first lady of the United States; the logistics of navigating a presidential visit that was orchestrated by the White House was monumental. Two weeks later, the Oregon District hosted a benefit event that drew more than 20,000 people; Premier Health provided first aid, and 50 of the 200 volunteers working the event were Premier Health employees. 

Premier Health hosted a free joint pain seminar on hip and knee pain at the Miami Valley Hospital North Education Center. These popular joint pain seminars include information on a variety of joint health topics, such as innovative surgical and non-surgical treatment options to help restore mobility and reduce pain caused by arthritis and other conditions. The evening consisted of a presentation, open forum panel discussion, and Q&A session with specialists John Powell, MD, orthopedic surgeon, and Frank (Trey) Dossman III, PT, DPT, physical therapist.

Miami Valley Hospital’s Clinical Research Center is conducting a clinical trial using augmented reality during surgery to stabilize broken ribs. Augmented reality is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user’s view of the real world, providing a composite view that enhances the natural environment or situation. Using the Microsoft HoloLens headset, a 3-dimensional hologram of the patient is projected to the surgeon to serve as a roadmap. The holograms are centered into the field of view, leaving both the center and peripheral vision unobstructed. The images are interactive in real-time and controlled by the surgeon using simple hand gestures. The study will help to determine if an augmented reality headset can be used in real-time in the operating room to fix broken ribs. Patients admitted to Miami Valley Hospital who meet the criteria for the procedure will be enrolled in the study with their consent. About 12 local patients will be invited to take part in the research.

Miami Valley Hospital South served as a gold sponsor for the 71st Washington Township Firefighters Association Ice Cream Social Sunday event. Our Emergency Medical Services team manned a table with giveaways and allowed guests to tour a Premier Health Mobile Intensive Care Unit. Miami Valley Hospital South President Joann Ringer was one our representatives who also served as a celebrity ice cream server.

Miami Valley Hospital North was a gold sponsor for the Trotwood Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. This event provided an opportunity for businesses in the Trotwood area to showcase products and services to the broader community. Miami Valley Hospital North hosted a booth with giveaways and information about the campus.

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Miami Valley Hospital had much to celebrate in August. The NICU team celebrated one year without a central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) or necrotizing enterocolotis (NEC), and four years without a ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).

The Palliative Care team officially began weekend coverage at Miami Valley Hospital. A Palliative Care advanced practice provider is on-site on Saturday and Sunday to assist with new consults and current patients receiving palliative care, focusing on medical decision making/goals of care, withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment and symptom management. Consultations will be provided by the on-site nurse practitioner and by a physician as deemed necessary. Funded through the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation, extending on-site coverage to weekends will better serve the needs of patients and their families and reduce additional days spent in the hospital setting. 

Promise to Hope has teamed up with Joshua Recovery Ministries and Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) to provide the only sober living option for pregnant and newly parenting women in Montgomery County for mothers in the Promise to Hope program. Joshua Recovery Ministries is a faith-based organization that provides recovery support and counseling services for patients with substance use disorders. They provide on-site management of the sober living complex, overseeing structured, daily requirements for the participating moms. Residents of the sober living program must agree to a specific treatment plan, including counseling, Medication Assisted Treatment, prenatal care, and support group attendance. Daily, on-site peer monitors – two of whom are Promise to Hope graduates – support the moms as they progress in their recovery journey.

Upper Valley Medical Center

On Aug. 7, Upper Valley Medical Center broke ground for an addition on the south side of the hospital to provide for expansion of the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program. The 7,600-square-foot addition will more than double the size of the existing cardiopulmonary rehab department and provide a separate entrance for participants in the program. It also will include an employee wellness area for exercise and wellness activities for hospital staff. Along with the cardiopulmonary rehab expansion, UVMC will make additional enhancements to the hospital over the next year including reconfiguration and updates to the main lobby and registration areas to provide improved comfort, convenience, ease of access, safety, and confidentiality for patients and visitors. The retail pharmacy and hospital gift shop will be moved closer to the front entrance of the hospital, and the coffee bar will be relocated to help lessen congestion and noise in the main lobby area. First and second floor wayfinding signage will be enhanced as part of the project, and waiting areas will be enhanced and refreshed for a more comfortable, healing environment.

The UVMC Level II Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Lab had a successful Ohio Department of Health survey the week of Aug. 19. Reviewers expressed appreciation for the quality of work performed. Only one citation was issued related to volume not meeting the annual goal of 300 cardiac catheterizations in 2018, which was expected due to the lab just opening in July.  

In other cardiac cath news, a celebration of the one-year anniversary of the lab’s opening was held Aug. 28 in the UVMC cafeteria. The event for the entire UVMC family featured a heart healthy cookout, music, a team selfie station, and a door prize drawing. Special guests included local EMS providers and a number of heart attack survivors who were patients in the lab. Tom Parker, UVMC president, spoke of his personal experiences as a patient in the lab last year and praised the entire cardiac cath team for their dedication and hard work. 

The 19th Annual Bill and Ruth McGraw Cancer Awareness Symposium was hosted Aug. 26 at the Crystal Room in Troy. The program featured keynote speaker Kelly Corrigan, New York Times best selling author of “The Middle Place.” The symposium, presented by the UVMC Foundation and the UVMC Cancer Care Center, is made possible by grants from the McGraw Family Fund of the Troy Foundation and the UVMC Foundation.

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