System News: October 2023

Premier Pulse     October 2023

Atrium Medical Center

Atrium Medical Center hosted a successful Butler/Warren County Heart Walk, raising funds for the American Heart Association and welcoming hundreds of participants to campus for the event. A health expo before the walk showcased Atrium’s cardiovascular services.

Kevin Harlan, president of Atrium and Upper Valley Medical Center, represented Premier Health on a health care panel hosted by the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance. About 300 people attended the event at The Manor House in Mason, including The Christ Hospital Health Network, Mercy Health, and TriHealth. Attendees learned more about Premier Health’s service differentiators in the market, efforts to increase accessibility to care for underserved populations, partnerships that benefit patient care, and efforts to improve the patient experience.

Atrium and Atrium Medical Center Foundation recognized two physicians for their clinical excellence and compassionate care. Marvin Ray, MD, of Middletown Medical Group, received the Dr. Jerry Hammond Physician Excellence Award for Outstanding Patient Care. This honor is presented to a primary care doctor who exemplifies Dr. Hammond’s extraordinary commitment to putting patients first. Surgeon Daniel Butler, MD, received the Dr. Langworthy Physician Excellence Award for Outstanding Patient Care in a Specialty Field. The award is given to a physician who displays the qualities Dr. Langworthy demonstrated in his orthopedics practice. In addition to their awards, Atrium Medical Center Foundation will make a $500 donation to a charity of each honoree’s choice.

Premier Community Health partnered with X-Quisite Cutz School of Barbering in Middletown, CareSource, Samaritan Behavioral Health, and MidPointe Library to increase awareness of chronic health conditions and promote healthful lifestyle choices within the African American community. Free health screenings and health education were provided at the event on Premier Health’s mobile clinic.

Business leaders participating in a leadership development group through The Chamber of Commerce Serving Middletown, Monroe and Trenton toured Atrium’s Level III Trauma Center, Senior Emergency Department, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and interventional radiology lab. Scott Kanagy, DO, Atrium’s chief medical officer, provided updates about Premier Health and the hospital to the group.

Premier Health employees volunteered on Sept. 30 at The Salvation Army in Middletown as part of the health system’s Community Diversity Day. The day allowed employees to work side-by-side in making a difference through volunteering and giving back to our community.

Miami Valley Hospital

Miami Valley Hospital Foundation recently awarded 117 academic youth scholarships to dependents of Miami Valley Hospital employees. Through the Mueller Youth Scholarship program, the foundation provides limited funding grants to children of employees pursuing training or education beyond high school.

Miami Valley Hospital Foundation hosted its annual 1890 Society Donor Appreciation Reception on Sept. 26 at Miami Valley Hospital South. This event recognizes significant donors to the foundation and explains how their support benefits the patients, families, and staff who choose Miami Valley Hospital. This year’s event welcomed new Miami Valley Hospital President Chad Whelan, MD.

Discovering the Gems of Dayton was hosted by Miami Valley Hospital Foundation on Sept. 30 at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. This event supports Emmett’s Place, located just steps away from the Miami Valley Hospital NICU and completely funded by donor support. Emmett’s Place is an area of respite and hospitality for the immediate family members of newborn infants hospitalized in the NICU and for pregnant women and their families experiencing longer-than-usual hospitalization. This year’s Discovering the Gems of Dayton provided more than 200 guests with inspirational stories about Emmett’s Place, dinner, music, and a silent auction.

Miami Valley Hospital South received the Community Pride Award from the City of Centerville. This award was given for having an award-winning landscape in the City of Centerville.

Community leader “meet and greet” meetings for Chad Whelan, MD, new chief operating officer of Premier Health and president of Miami Valley Hospital, started in September with Dr. Sue Edwards, president of Wright State University. 

Miami Valley Hospital’s trauma team participated in the Premier Health Gem City 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb held at UD Arena. Each stair climb participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center.

Dr. Chad Whelan and Chief Nursing Officer Christie Gray welcomed the American Heart Association Dayton Board to Miami Valley Hospital. The Dayton AHA board toured key areas of the hospital, including CareFlight and the cardiac catheterization lab. The team also spoke with cardiac and stroke interventionalists about the community's health needs, which is a crucial step in identifying areas where improvements can be made in preventing and treating heart disease and stroke.

Beth Blank, system director of service line strategy, Fidelity Health Care, represented Premier Health at the Northmont Chamber of Commerce Small Business Luncheon and Health Care Update. Beth provided an update about Premier Health and participated in a panel discussion with other area health care providers. 

Upper Valley Medical Center

Radiologist Diane Anderson, DO, medical director of breast imaging for UVMC and Miami Valley Hospital North, was interviewed on Sept. 25 on Troy Power 107 and WPTW radio stations to share information about mammography and other important diagnostics for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

UVMC participated in the Miami County Mental Health and Community Resources Fair hosted by the Miami County Common Pleas Court on the Troy Courthouse Square on Sept. 7. UVMC hosted a booth to provide important education about our behavioral health services and providers.

UVMC was the presenting sponsor and hosted a booth in a prime location on Main Street at the Troy Porchfest hosted by Troy-Hayner Cultural Center in downtown Troy and the Southwest Historic District on Sept. 9. Hundreds of Miami County residents of all ages attended the event.

UVMC was the top local sponsor of the Miami County Walk to End Alzheimer’s held on Sept. 16 in downtown Troy. The hospital partnered with AdCare to be the presenting sponsor, organize teams for the walk, and host a booth at the heavily attended community event.

UVMC sponsored The Art of Wellness: Kevin Hines program held Sept. 18 at the Arbogast Performing Arts Center as part of the Prevention Education Series hosted by the Tri-County Board of Recovery and Mental Health Services. The program was presented in the morning for area high school students and again in the evening for the community.

UVMC’s parent board hosted and sponsored the Miami County Dental Clinic’s Celebrating Smiles Open House held Sept. 19 at the clinic in Troy. Many community leaders turned out to learn about the clinic and UVMC’s partnership to support its important work in the Miami County community. 

Premier Physician Network

Welcome to our new physicians and APPs who joined PPN’s orientation on September 20, 2023!  Please say hello to: (Front row, L-R): Kristina Campbell, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Shraddha Srivastava, DO, Middletown Family Practice; Christine DiEnna, DO, Premier Cardiovascular Institute; Aisha Gargom, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Chelsea Sawyer, PA, MVH Hospitalist; Rebecca McKee, CNP, Premier Health Primary Care; Krysten Kasting, MD, Premier Physical Medicine; Sally Mills, CNP, Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates; Megan Scott, NP, MVH Hospitalist; Sarah Jazaerly, MD, Lifestages; and Jyothsna Dasarathula, MD, MVH Hospitalist. (Back row, L-R): Amer Sayed, MD, Middletown Cardiology; Jessica Gaynor, AGACNP-BC, MVH Hospitalist; Sager Alkharabsheh, MD, Premier Cardiovascular Institute – MVHN; Adam Deardorff, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute – MVH; Laith Alkukhun, MD, Premier Cardiovascular Institute – Centerville; Alexander Shikhman, DO, Hand and Reconstructive Surgeons; Jeannie Beattie, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Andrew Costerisan, PA, Premier Health Urgent Care – Beavercreek; Ann Thompson, NP, MVH Hospitalist; Sherri Smith, CNP, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Anna Moore, MD, Premier Health Primary Care – Brown Street; Emily Gibson, DO, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Jordan Grilliot, DO, Premier Orthopedics-UVMC; and Varun Yadav, MD, MVH Hospitalist.

Surgical oncologist James Ouellette, DO, recently spoke with Premier Health Now about Merkel Cell Carcinoma, a rare but deadly form of skin cancer, and the preventive measures that can be taken to lower one’s risk. The article was written in response to the recent death of legendary singer and songwriter Jimmy Buffett, who passed away after a four-year battle with Merkel Cell Carcinoma. The American Cancer Society says about 2,000 Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. Read this post on the Premier Health Now blog.

PPN’s Welcome Bonus for MAs and LPNs is extended through 2023. Now through the end of the year, those who apply for a Medical Assistant or a Licensed Practical Nurse position and are selected for employment with PPN and meet eligibility guidelines may receive a welcome bonus of:

  • $1500 for part-time employment (0.5 – 0.89 FTE)
  • $3000 for full-time employment (0.9 – 1.0 FTE)

To start the interview process, candidates should apply.

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