System News: Fundraisers, New Programs and Awards

Premier Pulse     August 2017

Atrium Medical Center

Gemma Power Systems, LLC, will sponsor and host the HEAL Charity Golf Tournament on Friday, August 11, at the Golf Club at Yankee Trace, 10000 Yankee St., Centerville. The tournament will raise funds for Atrium Medical Center Foundation’s HEAL endowment, benefiting families who have suffered the loss of a young child.

Gemma Power Systems is performing the engineering, procurement and construction contract to build the NTE Middletown Energy Center. Gemma has a long-standing commitment to support the local communities in which it works and lives. Gemma selected the Help Endure A Loss (HEAL) Program because of its broad reach and impact on local families.

The HEAL Program assists families by offering comfort and reassurance when coping with a loss of an infant or the birth of a child with serious health issues. The program offers grief counselors and educational information during a family’s time of need. HEAL also provides education and tips through the Protecting Infants Early Reduces Catastrophic Events (PIERCE) project to promote safe sleep, prevent loss and maintain a healthy pregnancy.

All HEAL services are offered free of charge and intended for any family within the community who has experienced the loss of a child. For more information visit the HEAL program.

For questions or to register for the golf tournament, email Pam McQueeny, event organizer, or call her at (860) 659-0509 ext. 1310.

Atrium Medical Center is one of the few locations in the region that offers comprehensive health care to people struggling with mental health problems or substance abuse. Coming to Atrium is a fundraising campaign, Promise of Hope. The meaning behind Promise of Hope is a promise of a future … that a life can be restored.

Atrium’s behavioral health services do an outstanding job but the growing number of people with substance abuse and mental health issues is skyrocketing in this area. Atrium’s services need to be expanded and enhanced. That is why Atrium Medical Center Foundation’s annual employee campaign will help make a difference for our patients and their families.

The funds raised through the campaign can double the number of intensive care rooms in the Behavioral Health Unit and provide a nurse trained in behavioral health to be on Atrium’s emergency trauma center team. In addition, the campaign seeks to enhance behavioral health services in other ways for inpatients and outpatients. Campaign activities will run through August. For more information and the campaign letter with pledge card. For additional information about how you can help, email the Atrium Medical Center Foundation or call at (513) 974-5144.

Good Samaritan Hospital (closed in 2018)

The U.S. Air Force Surgeon General, Lt. Gen. Mark Ediger, visited Good Samaritan Hospital and Five Rivers Family Health Center on June 29 to get a first-hand look at the partners involved in the Family Medicine-Residency in Aerospace Medicine Program (FM-RAM). FM-RAM is a joint venture between the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Premier Health and the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine’s family medicine residency program. The success of the program has led to a recent rollout of this collaborative residency template to other areas of the country to create an important and needed pipeline for clinically trained flight surgeons.

Good Samaritan Hospital recently earned the Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. To receive this honor, hospitals must achieve 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month periods and achieve 75 percent or higher compliance with five of eight quality measures.

Miami Valley Hospital

Infants born to mothers who take opioids (prescription or illegal) during pregnancy often experience Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), or a group of physical withdrawal symptoms including fussiness, crying, inability to sleep, fever, jitteriness, diarrhea, vomiting, sneezing and more. In an effort to provide comfort to these infants while they are going through drug withdrawal, the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Miami Valley Hospital launched a volunteer Infant Cuddler Program. NAS is one of the most challenging conditions faced by neonatal nurses today. Babies are treated with medication for withdrawal, but need additional support, such as holding, rocking and quiet social interaction to help lessen the physical symptoms. Cuddlers help fill the gap for the babies if a parent or nurse is not available. After two rounds of interviews, selected individuals are required to complete a background check, test negative for tuberculosis and meet all requirements for volunteers at Miami Valley Hospital. Classroom training is also required, as well as hands-on training under the supervision of a nurse. Supervision continues until all of the cuddler’s duties are satisfactorily performed and understood. About 90 babies per year are admitted to Miami Valley Hospital’s NICU for NAS.

In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton, Miami Valley Hospital welcomed Dr. Arie Eisenman to its campus. Dr. Eisenman is the head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, Israel. In front of MVH emergency/trauma staff and system leadership, he gave a presentation on Hope Through A Hostile Border – How the Galilee Medical Center Treats Casualties From The Syrian Civil War. Afterward, Dr. Eisenman was treated to lunch and a tour of the facility. Dr. Eisenman sent the following note of thanks: “Thanks for letting me have the opportunity to talk to your staff and for the attention you gave me. Indeed, I was very impressed by your exquisite facility with so many capabilities and expertise such as the burn unit and the medicalized helicopters. Amazing!”

Upper Valley Medical Center

Upper Valley Medical Center won the Best Medical Facility category in the recent Piqua Daily Call/Troy Daily News 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards. In addition, Upper Valley Hearing & Balance located in UVMC’s Stanfield Building in Troy won Best Audiologist.

Upper Valley’s SpringMeade Health Center broke ground in July for an expansion that will add beds and treatment space for short-term patients. The project includes the addition of 12,000 square feet on the north side of the facility to house 15 private suites, a therapy gym and common space with a private entrance. The expansion, targeted for completion in spring 2018, will increase SpringMeade’s total number of beds from 99 to 114, with 42 dedicated to short-term patients, 50 dedicated to long-term care and 22 for secured memory care.

Jennifer Hauler, DO, CMO for Premier Health’s northern region, was featured in a recent Indiana University Kelley School of Business newsletter article about her experience pursuing the school’s physician MBA degree and how it has helped her contribute in her current role at Premier Health. Dr. Hauler graduated from the Business of Medicine Physician MBA program in 2016.

The annual reception for the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund was held June 8 at the UVMC Cancer Care Center. Hosted by the UVMC Foundation, the reception is dedicated to supporting cancer care services in Miami County. Proceeds from this year’s event will support expansion of evidence-based integrative/complementary medicine therapies and modalities available to patients as well as education and cancer screening programs for the community.

UVMC hosted the Troy Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Leadership Troy class for a health care overview on June 21. The half-day program featured updates and question-and-answer sessions with Becky Rice, president; Diane Pleiman, vice president/chief operating officer; and Lisa Weaver, emergency department director, and included a hospital highlights tour. 

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