System News: December 2023

Premier Pulse     December 2023

Atrium Medical Center

Atrium Medical Center has been awarded an “A” safety grade for fall 2023 from The Leapfrog Group. This national distinction recognizes the hospital’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring. This is the second consecutive Leapfrog “A” rating for Atrium.

U.S. News & World Report has named Atrium to its annual list of hospitals for best maternity care. Atrium was recognized as “High Performing” in Maternity Care (Uncomplicated Pregnancy), the highest rating U.S. News awards for such care. To be recognized among the Best Hospitals for Maternity, Atrium had to excel on multiple quality metrics, including complication rates, C-sections, whether births were scheduled too early in pregnancy, and how successfully the hospital supported breastfeeding. Fewer than half of all hospitals that offer maternity care and participated in the survey received a “High Performing” designation.

Amer Sayed, MD, recently completed two “firsts” for Atrium’s cardiology and vascular care. In November, Dr. Sayed performed Atrium’s first valvuloplasty and the hospital’s first closure of a patent foramen ovale (PFO). Dr. Sayed is an interventional cardiologist at Middletown Cardiology Associates in Franklin.

Atrium nurse Sheree Young, RN, CPLC, received the 2024 Certified in Perinatal Loss Care of the Year Award presented by the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center. It is the organization’s most prestigious honor for excellence in perinatal loss care, given to a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association with exemplary accomplishments and contributions to the association. Young founded Premier Health’s Help Endure a Loss (HEAL) program.

Atrium hosted about 70 high school juniors and seniors on Nov. 2 as part of Premier Health’s MedQuest, a day-long career exploration event. The students participated in hands-on learning experiences, tours, and career panels highlighting clinical and non-clinical professions. Students were able to explore the inside of a CareFlight medical helicopter, try their hand at suturing on chicken breasts, learn hands-on CPR, and simulate the intubation process on a medical mannequin.

Miami Valley Hospital

Good Samaritan Foundation-Dayton hosted its annual Rays of Hope breakfast on Nov. 2 at the Sinclair College Conference Center. This event, which featured guest speaker Helen Jones-Kelley of Montgomery County ADAMHS, supports vital programs and services across greater Dayton communities. This year’s event, which raised more than $60,000, will support Samaritan Health Clinic, Mothers Empowered, and Samaritan Behavioral Health, Inc. 

The new Infusion Center expansion at Miami Valley Hospital North is now open. The newly expanded center will provide patients with 22 infusion suites and three private rooms, and are funded by Foundation donors. Each infusion suite has a specialized reclining chair that offers both heat and massage for the comfort of our patients, as well as a television. Patients will also have access to a cancer support team, including cancer nurse navigators, social workers, dietitians, oncology pharmacists, genetic counselors, cancer survivorship services, clinical trial nurses, cancer rehab therapies, radiation oncology services, pathology, and more.

The four Premier Health Hospital Foundations hosted the Threads of Strength oncology fashion show at the Dayton Arcade on Nov. 17. This event, which featured 37 cancer patients and their caregivers, served as a fundraiser for the development of oncology nutritional clinics and counseling across Premier Health as well as the continuation of integrative therapies. The total amount of funds raised is still being tabulated. Threads of Strength was the first system-wide Foundation event. View the photos from the event.

Work continues on the 2024 Miami Valley Hospital/University of Dayton Healthcare Symposium. The theme will be “Technology and Healthcare.”  Thanks to Dr. Chad Whelan, chief operating officer of Premier Health and president of Miami Valley Hospital, we have confirmed the keynote speaker, Dr. Sameer Badlani, chief digital officer, Fairview Health System, who will present on “AI and Healthcare.”

Miami Valley Hospital hosted the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Dayton class for its “Health Care” day. Dr. Chad Whelan provided the group with a comprehensive overview of the hospital, and participants had the opportunity to tour the CareFlight helicopter and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Miami Valley Hospital hosted its annual Winter Medical Staff Dinner on Friday, December 1. See all your favorite photos from the dinner here.

Miami Valley Hospital recognized “World Stop Pressure Injuries Day” on Nov. 16. Nursing administration and ET participated in rounding on the nursing units, promoting staff education on pressure injury prevention, and raffled a skincare gift basket for the staff. The annual celebration of Worldwide Pressure Injury Prevention Day is sponsored by the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of CareFlight, CareFlight Air and Mobile representatives were acknowledged on the court during halftime at a Wright State men’s basketball game. The CareFlight team presented leaders from Wright State University with a special commemorative CareFlight 40th anniversary coin. Additionally, the digital graphics in the Nutter Center, featuring Premier Health, were transformed to showcase messaging in honor of this milestone.

Miami Valley Hospital Practitioner Wellness Committee presented their third quarter Advance Practice Practitioner and 2023 Physicians of the Year. Paige Short, CNM, women health specialists, Midwives of Dayton, was selected as the Advance Practice Practitioner of the third quarter. 2023 Physicians of the Year included Beth Berrettoni, MD, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons and Associates; Chris Croom, MD, Maternal Fetal Medicine; Sana Jeffreys, MD, Premier Blood and Cancer Center; R. Michael Johnson, MD, Advanced Hand and Plastic Surgery Freddy Katai, MD, Radiology Physicians, Inc; Cathline Layba, MD, Wright State Physicians, General/Trauma Surgery; Joseph Nobile, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care Consultants, Inc.; Jacob Patz, MD, Miami Valley Emergency Specialists; Sarah Valentine, MD, Miami Valley Emergency Specialists; Kim Wascak, MD, Miami Valley Emergency Specialists. 

Upper Valley Medical Center

A check presentation was held at UVMC on Nov. 16 to support eight community organizations that help with food insufficiency in Miami County. Funding was provided via the UVMC Board of Directors Community Benefit Fund to St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen, Troy; Bethany Center, Piqua; Needy Basket/Shared Harvest, Tipp City; New Path/Miami County; First Place Food Pantry, Troy; Salvation Army Piqua; Lincoln Community Center Food Pantry, Troy; and Meals On Wheels, Piqua.

Jacqui Rose, director of medical imaging, UVMC, was interviewed on Nov. 6 on Troy Power 107 and WPTW radio stations about expanding diagnostic imaging services and the new women’s imaging center coming to UVMC in 2024.

UVMC hosted a Coats for Kids drive at the hospital in November. The project supports the local branch of Coats for Kids Inc., spearheaded by Dr. Terrence Young.

Ashley Heitbrink, stroke program manager, UVMC, presented a stroke seminar in November at the Miami County YMCA Piqua Branch. The event was free and open to the public.  

UVMC managers/departments participated in the Women in STEMM Expo hosted for Miami County high school students at Edison State Community College, as well as the Upper Valley Career Center Healthcare Career Fair held for MVCC students in medical-related programs. UVMC representatives staffed booths to interact with students and provide handouts.   

UVMC leaders and staff attended the Hospice of Miami County 40th Anniversary Celebration held for the community on Nov. 2 at the Hospice facility on the UVMC campus.

In other community outreach activities, UVMC sponsored the Piqua Salvation Army Red Kettle Kickoff luncheon held on Nov. 9 and the annual Edison State Community College Holiday Evening hosted at the college on Nov. 29. 

Premier Physician Network

PPN welcomed several new physicians and APP at its November 15 PPN New Physician and APP Orientation. Please say hello to (L-R): Joshua Wheeler, CNP, Brookville Family Care; Priya Patel, CNP, Upper Valley Internal Medicine; Katie Whelan, FNP, Premier Vascular Surgeons; Karen Ren, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute – MVHS; Kaitlyn Walch, PA, Middletown Medical Group; Cassandra Kearney, CCP, Premier Profusion Partners; Matthew Kelzer, PA-C, Premier Cardiovascular Institute – Vandalia; Bethany Purtell, CNP, Premier Health Family Care – Vandalia; Dorian Crouse, PA-C, Englewood Family Practice; Carly St. Clair, PA-C, Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates; and Alexandra Diaz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine. Welcome to our team!

In October, PPN Providers and volunteers were at the MIX 107.7 Concert for a Cure, presented by Premier Physician Network, to share health information and sell T-shirts to benefit the Noble Circle Project. This local volunteer-driven organization provides transportation, meals, and visits for women with cancer. Their efforts raised more than $7,000 for this worthy cause! Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with this important event.

Readers of Ohio Business Magazine voted Premier OB/GYN Greene County to be a 2023 Best in Ohio Business Award winner! The team won in the Best Physician Group category. Read the 2023 Best in Ohio Business listings. 

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