System News: April 2022

Premier Pulse     April 2022

Atrium Medical Center

The Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services at Atrium Medical Center has been recognized with two national awards for clinical excellence. The Center of Distinction and Clinical Excellence awards were presented by Healogics, the nation’s largest wound care management company. The Center of Distinction Award recognizes outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a wound healing rate of at least 75 percent. The Clinical Excellence Award is earned by scoring in the top 10 percent of eligible centers with the highest wound adjusted comprehensive healing rate.

Through Atrium’s trauma outreach program, Warren County senior residents are learning how to implement positive lifestyle changes to keep them independent, upright, and active. Atrium led a seven-week Stepping On program at Countryside YMCA. The program covered a range of issues, including falls and risk, strength and balance exercises, home hazards, safe footwear, vision and falls, safety in public places, community mobility, coping after a fall, and understanding how medications can increase risk for falls.

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Atrium took part in a clothing and feminine product drive. The much-needed resources were donated to women in our region through the Lebanon Free Clothing Store, Dress for Success in Cincinnati, and Femme Aid Collaborative.

In other community engagement activities: Keith Bricking, MD, was the guest speaker at a weekly meeting for the Middletown Rotary Club and provided an update on hospital services; Premier Community Health hosted free health screenings and vaccines in Middletown and Trenton; Atrium was a sponsor of the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance’s annual awards and dinner; Community Blood Center returned to Atrium for its monthly blood drive and collected 42 donations to meet 116 percent of its goal; and Atrium’s integrated breast care services and Premier Health Center at Union Village were promoted to women as part of sponsorship of Girls’ Night Out in Lebanon.

In other staff-focused activities: Girl Scout cookies were donated to Atrium’s Emergency Department from a Middletown insurance agency, and a March Madness event featuring games and a special cafeteria menu gave Atrium staff the chance to have some basketball-themed fun before the NCAA Final Four.

Miami Valley Hospital Campuses

Premier Health was a major sponsor for another successful Big Hoopla/NCAA First Four series of events and games. Premier Health had representation on the local organizing committee; emergency/EMS had presence at the Family Festival; and CareFlight and Sports Performance participated in the Hoopla STEM challenge. Through the Premier Health sponsorship and the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA), the staff at all hospital campuses were provided the opportunity to win tickets to the NCAA First Four tournament.

Miami Valley Hospital Foundation hosted a dedication ceremony for the Mary H. Boosalis Lobby in the main lobby of the Southeast Addition of the main hospital campus. The newly named lobby honors Boosalis’ commitment to quality and compassionate care; diversity and inclusion; and the creation of strategic and innovative partnerships at the local, state, and national level.

Sinclair Community College’s Culinary Arts program continued to donate hundreds of boxed lunches to Miami Valley Hospital Foundation and Good Samaritan Foundation—Dayton for the second consecutive month. These donated lunches were provided twice per week to nursing staff at Miami Valley Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital North, and Miami Valley Hospital South. The college’s culinary students also provided handwritten notes of appreciation for our frontline workers. Miami Valley Hospital social services and integrative care management teams received donated Dorothy Lane Market boxed lunches from local skilled nursing facilities.

Miami Valley Hospital’s Austin Boulevard Emergency Center was presented with the Kindness Award from Medlar View Elementary School in Miamisburg.

Miami Valley Hospital North received a letter of appreciation and “love bugs” from Englewood Hills Elementary School.

Miami Valley Hospital staff presented an “excellence in stroke care” award to the Butler Township Fire Department and a “lifesaver” award to Greenville EMS.

Upper Valley Medical Center

UVMC in March was named a recipient of the Healthgrades 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award™. This is the sixth consecutive year the award has ranked UVMC among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for patient safety. The award recognizes hospitals for their performance in safeguarding patients from serious and potentially preventable complications during their hospital stay.

Scott Swabb, DO, in March was named president-elect for the UVMC medical staff, replacing Willie Craft, MD, who relocated to pursue further education. Dr. Swabb has been a member of the hospital medical staff since 1995 and served on numerous committees. He is currently medical director of the Premier Health Group PHO and serves on the UVMC Hospital Board. Dr. Swabb is also president/CEO of Primary Care Internists, which he founded in 1998.

Gbemy Samuel, MD, a gastroenterologist with Premier Gastroenterology Specialists at UVMC, was interviewed about Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month topics for the local radio morning shows on Troy Power 107.1 and Piqua WPTW March 28. Dr. Samuel shared important information about diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer and other GI conditions.

UVMC was a presenting sponsor of the PITCH Piqua event held the evening of March 3 at the Piqua Plaza and attended by more than 250 community members. This was the first year for the event hosted by the Piqua Community Foundation.

UVMC was a supporting sponsor of the Troy Chamber of Commerce’s annual EmpowHer Day for Women held March 4 in Troy and attended by more than 150 people. Sponsorship included an on-site booth featuring health info/handouts for women.

In other community engagement activities, UVMC hosted a Sleep Disorders and Obstructive Sleep Apnea program for the community at the Troy Branch of the Miami County YMCA on March 22; was presenting sponsor of the Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run/Walk on March 12 at Troy Memorial Stadium; and was a business sponsor of the Annual Bee for Literacy spelling bee and luncheon hosted by the Altrusa of Troy on March 17 at the Troy Church of the Nazarene.

The UVMC Employee Fitness Center opened round-the-clock in March. The center, previously open only limited hours, is located on the south side of the hospital adjacent to the Ruth Jenkins Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Center. All employees/providers are eligible to use the facility.

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PPN Doctors Named as Dayton Magazine's 2022 Dayton Best Docs

Congratulations to the 34 PPN doctors who were chosen by patients in our Dayton community as Dayton Best Docs. Making this list is remarkable because there are so many excellent doctors and health care providers in our region — and especially in PPN. This Dayton Best Docs list will provide guidance to patients seeking the best possible care for themselves and their family members. A digital version of the magazine can be viewed online.

Congratulations to: Jeffery Adam, MD; Christina Anslinger, DO; Beth Berrettoni, MD; Aaron Block, MD; Andrew Diller, MD; Tracy Eicher, MD; Susan Emmerling, MD; Daniel Gaudin, MD; Bradley Gibson, DO; Melanie Glover, MD; Michael Guy, MD; Todd Hicks, MD; Jennifer Jerele, MD; Sameep Kadakia, MD; Seth Kettel, MD; James Klosterman, MD; Aloiya Kremer, MD; Rajan Krishnamani, MD; Matthew Lawless, MD; Robert Linn, DO; David McKenna, MD; Ganesh Muthappan, MD; Julie Myers, DO; James Ouellette, DO; Michael Pedoto, MD; Radha Reddy, MD; Steven Robbe, MD; Melinda Ruff, MD; Michael Rymer, MD; Srikanth Sadhu, MD; Selyne Samuel, MD; Joseph See, MD; Brad Snider, MD; and Trisha Zeidan, MD.

Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Webinars Now Available Online

If you or someone you love struggles with musculoskeletal pain or are concerned about avoiding injury, there’s hope. Our experienced specialists have recorded a series of webinars to discuss surgical and non-surgical ways to help get patients moving and lessen the harmful effects of arthritis and other conditions. The webinars will help patients gain insights into new treatment options and learn practical tips for managing joint pain. Recent orthopedics and sports medicine webinars can be viewed online. Hear from Eric Fester, MD; Louis Okafor, MD; Matthew Dorweiler, MD; and many more.

Dr. Tayim Describes Brain Benefits of Puzzles on Premier Health Now Blog

“Puzzles, math games and word games like Wordle require critical thinking and help build and maintain mental fitness,” says Fadi Tayim, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist and division chief of the Brain Mapping Center at Premier Health’s Clinical Neuroscience Institute. According to the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, that’s important as we age. Keeping your brain engaged can reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease by up to 70 percent. Read Dr. Tayim’s full blog post here.

MD Anderson Cancer Network® Partnership Videos

In a new video describing Premier Health's partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Network®, Tarek Sabagh, MD, and Piyush Patel, MD, from Premier Blood and Cancer Center, discuss the importance of MD Anderson’s peer review process and high standards for cancer care. Premier Health is Southwest Ohio’s only certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center, the top-ranked cancer center in the United States. “You have somebody looking at your quality, and you get notification periodically that your certification is ongoing based on checking your quality,” Dr. Sabagh says. “They tell us the guidelines, but also they add on top of that their personal experience and what they have seen in their own practice. It's not just, ‘Here’s what the book says.’”

This video is one of a series of videos that also feature Jose Rodriguez, MD, with Selyne Samuel, MD; James Ouellette, DO, with Mustafa Musleh, MD; and Ryan Steinmetz, MD, with Michelle DeGroat, MD. More information about Premier Health’s collaboration with MD Anderson Cancer Network can be found online at

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