System News: February 2023

Premier Pulse     February 2023

Atrium Medical Center

The American College of Cardiology recognized Atrium Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating chest pain patients. Atrium was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. This is the third consecutive accreditation for the hospital.

A donation from the Middletown Division of Fire IAFF Local 336 to Atrium Medical Center will help uninsured women pay for their mammogram appointments. The $3,401.88 donation was generated through the fire department’s sale of “Fighting for a Cure” breast cancer awareness T-shirts and sweatshirts. The donation will benefit the Middletown Area Federation of Women’s Club Endowment for women’s health. The endowment, part of Atrium Medical Center Foundation, makes it easier for women to get their annual mammogram screening with Atrium’s mobile mammography coach, traveling to businesses, public venues, and events throughout Southwest Ohio.

The Middletown Division of Police and Atrium Medical Center are proactively taking steps to keep students safer and calmer in an emergency. Atrium is assembling classroom emergency kits filled with items and resources to help teachers and students who may be barricaded in a classroom for an extended time during a crisis. These five-gallon buckets will be placed in school classrooms and include items like toilet paper, hand sanitizer, snack bars, gauze, gloves, flashlights, and bandages. The goal is to provide a kit for every classroom at Middletown Middle School and Middletown High School and shared spaces like the cafeteria, administrative offices, and library. If this goal is met, the project will be expanded to elementary schools. Atrium Medical Center Foundation has launched a website where donations can be made at

Miami Valley Hospital

Banners were installed at all Miami Valley Hospital campuses promoting services and awards. 

Candy Skidmore, former vice president of Premier Health emergency and trauma service lines, retired after serving Premier Health for more than 40 years. Candy also led CareFlight Air and Mobile, EMS Center of Excellence, and Regional Referral Center. Miami Valley Hospital leadership hosted a reception to honor her leadership and legacy. Three Dayton television stations and Dayton Daily News covered Candy’s career story.

Miami Valley Hospital Foundation and Premier Community Health hosted an unveiling media event at Premier Health Center for a new Mobile Clinic. The new clinic, funded by a $270,000 CareSource grant, will serve people in communities with limited access to health care throughout Southwest Ohio. The new Mobile Clinic has two private exam rooms, ADA accessibility, and Wi-Fi. Patients ages 18 and older who utilize the mobile clinic will receive free care through funding from Premier Health’s community benefits program and the health system’s four hospital foundations. 

Executive committee members from Good Samaritan Foundation-Dayton approved funding for new telemetry equipment at their January meeting. Funding will provide up to 20 new devices, totaling $28,000, to monitor patients who are experiencing cardiac symptoms.  

Good Samaritan Foundation-Dayton was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to support Mothers Empowered. The program brings pregnant women together in supportive groups. Mothers Empowered offers high-quality prenatal care and parenting education through a partnership with the Foundation and Lifestages Centers for Women. 

Premier Health held an evening out at the Wright State University men’s basketball game  on Jan. 21. A digital message throughout the arena highlighted the health system. Wright State University cheerleaders threw Premier Health T-shirts to the fans during time-outs. Premier Community Health debuted the new Mobile Clinic, providing health screenings pre-game through half-time. System leaders also attended the event in the president's suite, providing an opportunity for networking with Wright State University leaders. 

Representatives from Premier Health met with the leadership of the new Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley West Campus Community Service Center in Trotwood. The meeting provided an opportunity to tour the new facility and learn about their community programming, as well as how  Premier Health can continue to partner with the organization to serve the Trotwood area.

Miami Valley Hospital South sponsored the 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by the Centerville-Washington Diversity Council. Leaders from across Premier Health attended this event.  

Premier Health administrative and clinical leaders hosted our state legislative delegation for a State of Healthcare event at the corporate office. This session provided an opportunity to update our elected officials on the state of the system, current financial challenges, and ask for their support. 

Upper Valley Medical Center

UVMC had a very successful Cardiac Catheterization Lab II licensure survey by the Ohio Department of Health, resulting in zero citations. All required standards of the catheterization lab were reviewed last year during the fourth quarter, including medical staff, policies, direct observation of procedures, patient record reviews, and quality.

A new physician office building wayfinding kiosk was installed in the lobby of the UVMC Physician Office Building to help patients find the correct physician’s office for their appointments. In addition to directions displayed on the screen, the kiosk includes a QR code scanned by a phone to show the exact office location. Utilization of the wayfinding kiosk will be evaluated for potential expansion into other areas of the hospital.

Scott Kanagy, DO, chief medical officer at UVMC, and Sarah Jones, infusion center manager, UVMC, were featured in Troy and Piqua radio interviews on Jan. 23 to share important information about the many services provided in the Miami Valley Hospital Troy Dugan Infusion Center at UVMC. Dr. Kanagy also provided an update on activity at the hospital.

UVMC was a lead sponsor of the Piqua Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner on Jan. 19 at the Piqua Country Club. UVMC’s presence at the event included a marketing banner, hospital information sheets, and a table of eight hospital leaders in attendance.

UVMC’s behavioral health admissions team was recognized with Department of the Quarter Honors for the winter quarter. This employee recognition is designed to highlight outstanding quality service and educate fellow teams about the scope of work performed by the recipient department. 

Premier Physician Network

PPN welcomed eight new physicians and providers at its recently redesigned New Provider Orientation on January 18, 2023. Please help us welcome Nnamdi Azie, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates; Samantha Borrelli, PA-C, Clinical Neuroscience Institute-MVH; Joseph Houda, MD, Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates; Peter Michaelson, MD, Premier ENT Associates; Marie Middleton, FNP-C, Jamestown Family Medicine; Amanda Pulfer, FNP-C, Premier Vascular Surgeons; Stephanie Tuente, CNP, Clinical Neuroscience Institute-UVMC; and Denise Wade, CNP, Clinical Neuroscience Institute-MVHS.

Please also help us welcome our new PPN Advanced Practice Providers:

Charles Armstrong, PA, Surecare Medical Center, Family Medicine; Sherry Ashburn, CNP, Upper Valley Family Medicine-Dorset, Family Medicine; Elizabeth Baumann, CNP, Clinical Neuroscience Institute-UVMC, Neurology; Alyssa Beach, PA-C, Premier Weight Loss Solution, Bariatrics; Jodie Beard, AG-ACNP, Clinical Neuroscience Institute, In-Patient Services, Neurosurgery Care; Danny Biddinger, CNP, Franklin Family Practice, Family Medicine; Kayla Bostwick, FNP, Premier Health Family Care of Vandalia, Family Medicine; Jessica Brandenburg, CNP, Premier ENT Associates, Otolaryngology; Lauren Braswell, CNM, Lifestages Centers for Women, Midwifery; Madison Burgei, PA-C, Clinical Neuroscience Institute-MVH, Neurosurgery; Stephanie Carlson, CNP, Premier Vascular Surgeons, Vascular Care; Caitlin Chabut, PA-C, Premier Cardiovascular Institute-Needmore, Cardiology; Ashley Clevenger, PA-C, Clinical Neuroscience Institute-MVH, Neurosurgery; Brittany Cook, FNP, Huber Heights Family Care, Family Medicine; Deanna Davis, ACNP-BC, Premier Health-Advanced Critical Care-MVHS, Critical Care; Sarah Devon Wells, AG-ACN, Clinical Neuroscience Institute, Neuro Critical Care; Abigail Dougherty, PA-C,  Beavercreek Family Medicine, Family Medicine; Marian Duselis, CNP, Clinical Neuroscience Institute, Neuro Critical Care; Carrie Evans, CNP, Premier Health Primary Care Beavercreek, Primary Care; Julie Garvey, AG-ACNP, Premier Health-Advanced Critical Care-MVHS, Critical Care; Katherine Goley, PA-C, Gem City Surgeons - MVHS, General Surgery; Tyler Hall, AG-ACNP, Premier Health-Advanced Critical Care-MVHN, Critical Care; Brooke Hertenstein, PA-C, joining Premier Cardiovascular Institute-MVHN, Cardiology; Jessica Hines, CNP, Magnolia Women’s Health, OB/GYN Care; Molly Hoffman, CNP, Premier Vascular Surgeons, Vascular Care; Brittany Homan, PA-C, NEUROne, Neurology; Meta Howard, FNP, North Dayton Primary Care, Family Medicine; Peggie Johnson, FNP, Middletown Family Practice, Family Medicine; Toni Johnson, CNP, Brookville Family Care, Family Medicine; Lora Kinner, FNP, Liberty Family Medicine, Family Medicine; Dena Kirklin-Thomas, CNP, Premier Health Internal Medicine - Englewood, Internal Medicine;   Tiffany Koors, FNP, Family Medicine of Huber Heights, Family Medicine; Zukhra Kuchiyeva, CNP, Premier Health Internal Medicine - Englewood, Internal Medicine; Breanne Mauk, CNP, Premier Health Family Care of Vandalia, Family Medicine; Melissa Mejia, AGACNP-BC, Premier Cardiovascular Institute, In-Patient Services, Cardiology Care; Janece Molinuevo, CNM, Lifestages Centers for Women, OB/GYN; Neeta Monteiro, APRN-CNP,  AGACNP-BC, Premier Cardiovascular Institute, In-Patient Services, Cardiology Care; Brandon Mosely, APRN-CNP, CCRN, Premier Health Advanced Critical Care-MVHS, Critical Care; Brandy Mullett, AGACNP-BC, Clinical Neuroscience Institute, Neuro Critical Care; Cameron Munafo, CNP, Trenton Family Medicine, Family Medicine; Miguel Paulet, CNP, Family Physicians of Englewood, Family Medicine; Melissa Pombo, CNP, Premier Cardiovascular Institute, Cardiology; Kristin Renk, CNP, Franklin Family Practice, Family Medicine; Kelsie Rohr, PA-C, Springboro Family Medicine, Family Medicine; Greg Russell, APRN, AGACNP-BC, Premier Health Advanced Critical Care-MVHS, Critical Care;  Jessica Schwieterman, CNP, Premier Cardiovascular Institute, In-Patient Services, Cardiology Care; Paige Short, CNM, Women’s Health Specialists & Midwives of Dayton, OB/GYN; Chelsea Sizemore, AGA-CNP, Clinical Neuroscience Institute, In-Patient Services, Neuro Critical Care; Suzanne Spooner, AGACNP-BC, Clinical Neuroscience Institute-MVH, Neurosurgery Care; Elise Stamper, ACNPC-AG, Comprehensive Burn and Wound Specialists, Wound Care; Taylor Stang, PA-C, Clinical Neuroscience Institute-MVH, Neurosurgery; Ashley Thatcher, FNP, Premier ENT Associates, Family Medicine; Lindsey Thomas, PA-C, Clinical Neuroscience Institute-MVH, Neurosurgery; Vincent Ulizzi, PA-C, Premier Orthopedic Spine Center-AMC, Ortho-Spine; Jackilyn Wilson, ACNP, Premier Blood and Cancer Center, Hematology/Oncology; and Zachary Youst, PA-C, Clinical Neuroscience Institute, Neurology.

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