System News: February 2024

Premier Pulse     February 2024

Atrium Medical Center

Fidelity Health Care has opened a new occupational health clinic at Monroe Medical Center. An open house was held in December to celebrate the January opening of the full-service clinic. The team works with local businesses to provide support and the necessary screenings, physicals, and tests required to onboard new employees. They also offer a cost-effective injury care option to safely get employees back on the job. The new Monroe location also offers imaging services onsite. The Monroe clinic is located at 35 Overbrook Court.

Atrium will join the American Heart Association’s Cincinnati Heart Mini-Marathon and Walk by fundraising and organizing teams to participate in the event. The Heart Mini-Marathon and Walk offers a variety of activities, including a half marathon, 15K, 5K, 1K, and kids race on Sunday, March 17, in downtown Cincinnati. Register, start, join, or donate to an Atrium team. The AHA will not organize a Butler/Warren County Heart Walk in 2024.

Other community relations activities: Atrium joined community members in Middletown and Lebanon at events recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Atrium’s Behavioral Health Unit was among the participants that helped raise more than $41,000 at the National Alliance on Mental Illness Walk in Butler County; Atrium supported the indoor triathlon at Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, where it offers sports medicine and physical therapy services; and a Solvita community blood drive at Atrium collected 41 donations to meet 113 percent of its goal.

Miami Valley Hospital

The Multiple Sclerosis Foundation awarded Miami Valley Hospital Foundation a significant grant in January. The funding will support the expansion of the Premier Health MS Rehabilitation Program, with the goal of providing this program for free to all patients. Currently, the Premier MS Center serves more than 2,000 patients in the region annually.

Good Samaritan Foundation-Dayton received a $5,000 gift to support the operations of Samaritan Health Center and the Michael Sawdey Samaritan Clinic for Women and Children at St. Vincent de Paul in Dayton. The clinic provides housing and easy access to essential health care to nearly 1,200 families in need annually in the Dayton community.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation’s Champions of Hope banquet. The event, scheduled for September 10 at the Steam Plant in Dayton, aims to honor individuals in four categories: cancer survivors, medical professionals, caregivers, and persons of inspiration. Nominations will be accepted until March 15. Proceeds from the event will contribute to expanding and enhancing programs and services for Miami Valley Hospital oncology patients and their families.

Representative Andrea White has drafted legislation addressing workplace violence in state hospitals and solicited feedback From Premier Health leaders, including, Chad Whelan, MD, chief operating officer, Premier Health, and president, Miami Valley Hospital; Keith Bricking, MD, chief clinical officer, Premier Health; Lisa Gossett, chief nursing officer, Premier Health; and Chief Joe Lavigne, system police chief. 

Upper Valley Medical Center

A new UVMC dispatch center was launched at the hospital on Jan. 26. This welcome addition is designed to increase campus safety, reduce workplace violence, enhance hospital operations, improve communication, and refine workflows with the telecommunication department. Dispatchers are the primary communication link between patients, visitors, staff, and officers.

The UVMC Department of Public Safety received two new patrol cruisers and satellites for the hospital campus thanks to the UVMC parent board of directors. The purchase was funded through the parent board’s community benefit fund.

State Rep. Susan Manchester (R-District 78) visited UVMC on Jan. 26 to learn about our hospital and services. Rep. Manchester met with UVMC/Premier Health leaders and was provided a hospital highlights tour featuring cardiac and pulmonary rehab, a cancer infusion center, and elements of the patient flow project.

A blood drive was held at UVMC on Jan. 11. The event was hosted by Solvita (formerly Community Blood Center) for the convenience of employees/providers and was also open to members of the community.

Premier Physician Network  

Welcome to those who joined us at the PPN New Physician & APP Orientation on Jan. 17, 2024. Please say hello to: Brooke Toliver, CNP, Premier Cardiovascular Institute; Kristen Bruce, DO, Upper Valley Hospitalist Group; Colleen Updike, CNP, Premier Health Rheumatology; Jasmine Shavers, CNP, Premier Cardiovascular Institute - Centerville; Sailusha Soorneedi; PA-C, Dayton Heart Center; Heather Combs, CNP, Premier Blood and Cancer Center – AMC; Blythe Brady, CNP, Premier Health Urgent Care Piqua; Jeremy Bickett, PA, Springboro Family Medicine; Jessica Penny, APRN, The Pediatric Group at UVMC; Jinesh Patel, PA, Premier Health Urgent Care Piqua; and Seth Brinkman, CNP, Premier Health Urgent Care Beavercreek. Welcome to our PPN team!

PPN physicians and APPs have been busy this winter serving as subject matter experts on a variety of health topics. The Dayton Daily News recently reached out to Mark Williams, MD, from Premier Health Primary Care – Beavercreek to discuss Seasonal Affective Disorder in a January 8, 2024 article titled: Connection with others, healthy habits are key for seasonal affective disorder sufferers.  

Fadi Tayim, Ph.D., of Clinical Neuroscience Institute, was asked by the Premier Health Now blog to discuss why some Taylor Swift concertgoers sometimes experience short-term memory loss after attending one of the concerts. It turns out there’s a neurological reason behind this phenomenon, and Dr. Tayim explains it in an article titled: Blank Space: Post-Concert Amnesia Phenomenon Haunts Taylor Swift Fans. Thanks to our PPN physicians and APPs, who often share their expertise with the community through media interviews.

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