System News: August 2022

Premier Pulse     August 2022

Atrium Medical Center

Atrium Medical Center has received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Silver Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, researched guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence from the American Heart Association. The award was earned by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.

Several clinicians associated with Atrium’s neurology program shared their knowledge with 40 junior and senior high school students in the Cincinnati Health Collaborative Tap MD program. Steve Arkin, MD, John Terry, MD, Keith Bricking, MD, president of Atrium Medical Center, and Andre Harris, MD, chief medical officer, were among those who spoke with students and gave them an opportunity to see what a future career in health care could look like.

The Help Endure a Loss (HEAL) Program hosted its annual Remembrance Walk along Turner Trail at Atrium Medical Center. Families walked from Atrium Family YMCA to the HEAL Memory Garden at Atrium, where a brief ceremony and reading of names took place. Stephen Hightower II, chief operating officer of Hightowers Petroleum and chair of the HEAL endowment campaign, also spoke at the event. The HEAL Program at Atrium serves those who have experienced the loss of a child as a source of care and support in a number of ways without cost or obligation, such as support groups.

To show appreciation for its EMS partners, Atrium's Level III Emergency Trauma Center recognized the Franklin Fire Department and Franklin Police Department at a city council meeting for their work stabilizing a patient who was in cardiac arrest. On May 25, Franklin Fire responded to an emergency call. Upon their arrival, employees of a local roofing company had already placed an automated external defibrillator (AED) and Franklin Police were giving CPR. Franklin Fire continued care and rapidly transported the patient to Atrium. The patient was discharged home two days later neurologically intact.

In other community relations activities: Atrium was a sponsor of two popular events in Middletown: an Independence Day celebration that included a concert and fireworks at Smith Park and the Ohio Challenge, a hot air balloon festival; representatives from Atrium, Fidelity, and CompuNet participated in the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance Business Expo; and the Atrium Medical Center Foundation hosted a fundraiser for the HEAL Program at Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati.  

Miami Valley Hospital Campuses

Miami Valley Hospital and Upper Valley Medical Center received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. Additionally, Miami Valley Hospital received the Target: Stroke Honor Roll, Advanced Therapy, and the Target: Type 2 DiabetesSM Honor Roll awards. 

Miami Valley Hospital ranked ninth among all Ohio hospitals in the latest annual rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital again had the best performance among all hospitals in the Dayton region.

Premier Health was a sponsor for the CenterPoint Energy Dayton Airshow. CareFlight was the sole medical provider for the event. Employees from Miami Valley Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital North, and System Support also represented Premier Health by walking in the airshow parade. Joseph Allen, MD, represented the system on the grandstand, welcoming the grand marshal for the parade.

Miami Valley Hospital Foundation received a $30,000 grant from an anonymous foundation that will support Promise to Hope, a program that provides prenatal and postnatal care to addicted mothers and their babies. The program is comprised of an interdisciplinary team made up of physicians, a registered nurse, and a licensed independent social worker. To date, Promise to Hope has served 719 families since 2015.

More than 175 golfers were registered for The Valley Classic golf tournament at NCR Country Club in Kettering. The tournament, which teed off July 25, raises funds through Miami Valley Hospital Foundation for diabetes patient education at the Bull Family Diabetes Center. Nearly 40 sponsors and 110 auction and raffle donors supported this year’s golf tournament.

Good Samaritan Foundation-Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital Foundation began their fundraising initiatives to purchase 18 infusion bays at Miami Valley Hospital North and 22 infusion bays at Miami Valley Hospital South. Each bay will contain a specialized chair that offers both heat and massage for the comfort of oncology patients. Each bay is a donation of $6,500 and can be pledged over time.

Premier Health was the presenting sponsor for the annual Centerville Americana Festival Fireworks. Selyne Samuel, MD, FACS,represented Miami Valley Hospital South by giving remarks at the sponsored fireworks event.

Upper Valley Medical Center

On Aug. 1, Stephen Liptak, MD, clinical psychologist, joined Scott Kanagy, MD, chief medical officer, Upper Valley Medical Center for Troy and Piqua radio morning show interviews to discuss ways that families can help manage back-to-school stress and related topics.  Dr. Kanagy also provided a general update on activity at the hospital.

Upper Valley Medical Center received a “high performing” designation for treatment of kidney failure from U.S. News & World Report.

UVMC was the lead sponsor for the Piqua Fourth of July Celebration held in downtown Piqua on July 4. UVMC provided a first aid station, hosted a booth in a prime spot, had a large banner across the main stage, and received acknowledgement from the stage throughout the event. 

In other community engagement activities, UVMC was a sponsor or participated in the following activities: Hospice of Miami County Golf Classic on July 11 at the Piqua Country Club; Troy Main Street Plein Air event on July 23 in downtown Troy; Edison State Community College Drive for Scholarships Golf Outing on July 29 at the Troy Country Club; and Riverside Miamibucs Triathalon on July 31 at Troy Memorial Stadium/Hobart Arena.  In addition, UVMC leaders attended the annual State of the Troy Schools luncheon hosted by the Troy Chamber of Commerce on July 21 at the Hobart Bravo Room.

UVMC hosted two summer appreciation events for the UVMC family in July.  A complimentary breakfast was held July 7 in the hospital cafeteria and a complimentary barbecue picnic was held July 15 in the cafeteria courtyard.

Premier Physician Network

Premier Health’s Comprehensive Head and Neck Oncology Program added several advanced practitioners in recent months, and coming this fall, a second oncoplastic surgeon is joining the team. Mohamedkazim M. Alwani, MD, completed a fellowship in head and neck oncology and reconstructive surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern. With the addition of Dr. Alwani, the program will soon include two dedicated oncoplastic surgeons, three APRNS, and six ENT providers ― all focused on the expert care of our patients with head and neck cancer. The program is led by Sameep Kadakia, MD, a fellowship-trained facial, plastic, and microvascular reconstructive surgeon with expertise in the extirpation and reconstruction of advanced head and neck malignancies at Premier ENT Associates, as well as an MD Anderson Cancer Network certified physician. This program is Dayton’s first and only comprehensive head and neck cancer program, providing area residents a closer option for highly coordinated, multispecialty care, from diagnosis through rehabilitation and recovery.  Please feel free to contact Dr. Kadakia with any questions.

All summer long, PPN primary care offices have been busy with kids’ annual wellness visits and sports physicals. As fall sports begin, there’s still time to schedule these important appointments.

PCR swabbing recently became available in PPN primary care offices. Patients who need a COVID-19 test because they have symptoms or suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19 can now call their PPN primary care provider’s office for help. PPN primary care providers will collect samples for PCR testing. Patients who need a COVID-19 test to travel can visit

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