System News: July 2022

Premier Pulse     July 2022

Atrium Medical Center

Atrium Medical Center celebrated its enhanced cardiac catheterization services with a ribbon cutting and tour for employees and community leaders. Atrium has added a Siemens Artis Q angiography system to its interventional imaging services. This high-end technology features a revolutionary X-ray tube for high-contrast resolution at any angle and for any patient size, while the optimized X-ray pulse helps to reduce radiation exposure significantly. The enhancements also added lab space to ensure uninterrupted care for patients. The extended room creates a necessary bridge to enable routine maintenance and repairs in any one of the three labs. Mouhamad Abdallah, MD, medical director of Atrium’s Chest Pain Center and cardiac catheterization lab, gave media interviews about the new technology at Atrium.

Atrium Medical Center Foundation partnered with Kiwanis Club of Middletown for the 28th annual James A. Combs Golf Tournament at Wildwood Golf Club on June 17. Proceeds supported the Dr. E. Ronald Oches Endowment, benefiting Atrium’s Maternal Health Center, Family Birth Center, and HEAL (Help Endure a Loss) Program. The tournament also helped the Kiwanis Club in providing scholarships and eyeglasses to those in need in the Middletown community.

After severe storms, Atrium opened its doors to community members affected by extended power outages. For three days, Atrium offering a cooling center and a place for those with portable oxygen to plug in machines.

Save the date for the American Heart Association’s Butler and Warren County Heart Walk on Saturday, Sept, 17. The walk begins at 10 a.m. at Atrium Family YMCA and continues along Atrium’s Turner Trail. Atrium is recruiting teams to fundraise and participate in the event. The website to register a team or make a donation is live at The Heart Walk fundraising goal is $55,000.

Other Atrium community relations activities in June included: Premier Community Health provided free health screenings during Middletown’s Juneteenth event; and Atrium hosted a booth at the Middletown Pride Festival; and Community Blood Center returned in June for its monthly blood drive, meeting 107 percent of its goal. 

After two long years of planning and cancelations from the pandemic, Atrium Medical Center Foundation’s fifth triennial gala, Joie de Vivre: An Evening to Celebrate Life’s Joyful Movements, was a major success in benefitting Atrium Medical Center’s patients, staff, and community.

This year’s gala, emceed by former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson, provided a festive evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent auction, and raffles.

Donor support at this year’s gala raised a net of $300,000 for the Foundation’s Joy of Movement campaign, which will help in purchasing new orthopedic and spine technology and services for patients who rely on Atrium and its affiliates.

The Foundation’s gala would not have been possible without the support of our participants, sponsors, staff, volunteers, and the hard work and dedication from our incredible gala chair, Patricia Miller Gage, and her committee. This year’s gala committee provided more than 800 guests with a memorable event to celebrate our staff, providers, volunteers, patients, and community.

Miami Valley Hospital Campuses

Thursday, June 30 marked the last day for delivery of babies at Miami Valley Hospital South; obstetric services began at the campus in 2012. The maternity staff celebrated the last baby born by giving the family a gift basket containing a few Premier Health branded items. 

Miami Valley Hospital has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® certification. The MVH campus ENERGY STAR® score is 80, meaning that it is in the top 20% nationally for energy efficiency of similar hospitals nationwide. 

Miami Valley Hospital was recognized by the Ohio Hospital Association as the winner of the Melvin Crealy Award for 2020 and 2021, acknowledging its campus-wide efforts in sustainability and energy conservation. 

Good Samaritan Foundation-Dayton received a $10,000 grant from the Ohio State Fraternal Order of Eagles to purchase a recumbent cross trainer and an upper body cycle for the cardiac rehabilitation center at Miami Valley Hospital North. The NuStep Cross Trainer provides patients with access to safe full-body cardiovascular and strength training exercises. This gift was presented to the Foundation at the Ohio State Fraternal Order of Eagles conference in Columbus. 

Miami Valley Hospital Foundation and Good Samaritan Foundation-Dayton received nearly 7,000 bags of Double Good gourmet popcorn for staff at Miami Valley Hospital’s three campuses. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Double Good has donated more than 16,000 bags of popcorn to Miami Valley Hospital as a thank you to nurses, providers, and support staff.

Leaders from Good Samaritan Foundation-Dayton toured the Community Paramedicine headquarters on Fairview Avenue in West Dayton. The Community Paramedicine Program since winter 2019 has provided more than 70 eligible residents with free access to primary care physicians; prenatal care; senior care services; medications; and basic needs, such as food and safety in the comfort of the patient’s home. Premier Health will fund the program, in partnership with the City of Dayton Fire Department, until the end of 2022 thanks in part to the support of the Good Samaritan Foundation-Dayton.  

Premier Health sponsored The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women luncheon. Miami Valley Hospital South’s Chief Operating Officer Marquita Turner served as the honorary event chair.  

Miami Valley North Hospitalist Program Manager MiLinda Zabramba, MD; Jennifer Jerele, MD, orthopedic surgeon; and Miami Valley Hospital North Chief Operating Officer Mary Garman each participated in the Aileron Student Leadership Summit in Tipp City. The summit provides select students from Northmont, Chaminade Julienne, and Brookville high schools an opportunity to learn leadership skills, meet college representatives, and speak with careerists about how to prepare for their future career goals. 

In preparation of the July 10 opening, the emergency/trauma team hosted VIP tours at the new Beavercreek Emergency Center for the system’s EMS partners. 

Upper Valley Medical Center

UVMC partnered with the Lincoln Community Center in Troy to host a wellness fair on June 10. This event re-launched the UVMC Free Monthly Health Screenings that had been curtailed by COVID-19. The screenings, hosted at sites throughout Miami County, are provided by Premier Community Health and funded by the UVMC Foundation, Miami County Foundation, and the Troy Foundation. 

On June 29, physiatrists Jim Hoover, MD and Becky Hayworth, MD joined Scott Kanagy, DO, chief medical officer at UVMC, for Troy and Piqua morning radio show interview to discuss the UVMC Inpatient Rehab unit and related topics. Dr. Kanagy also provided a general update on activity at the hospital.

The UVMC Foundation Golf Classic was held June 20 at the Piqua Country Club and was filled to capacity. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward the upgrade of UVMC’s Cardiac Cath Lab. Interventional cardiologist Nishant Kalra, DO, attended and gave a presentation about the Cath Lab project at the event.

UVMC participated in the Troy Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Leadership Troy class on June 7 at Hobart Arena. Scott Kanagy, DO, presented a program highlighting UVMC’s recent advancements, programs, services, and growing health care careers.  

UVMC also hosted a Miami County educators’ continuing education session on June 8 and the Tipp City Chamber of Commerce’s Teen Leadership Tipp City class on June 9. The programs for these groups featured hospital tours and health care careers Q&A presentation. In other community outreach activities, UVMC participated in the Troy Strawberry Festival June 3-5 in Troy, and the Canal Music Fest hosted by the Tipp City Arts Council June 11 at Tipp Community Park.

The Upper Valley Medical Center for Sports Medicine launched its annual summer sports performance program in June. The Edge Camp Jr. program for junior high athletes is focused on improving athletes’ functional ability, speed, power, and agility utilizing age-appropriate strengthening activities with emphasis on education about proper form and techniques as well as injury prevention. 

Premier Physician Network

For almost a year, PPN has been offering patients an additional, less invasive, colon cancer screening option that can be performed at home – Polymedco’s Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT). Although colonoscopy is the best option when it comes to colon cancer screening, many patients avoid getting one. The PPN leadership team recently rolled out additional patient education materials and ordering information for use in PPN offices. Please see the July 15, 2022 PPN eNews for a link to these resources. Providers ordering a FIT test in Epic can search using the keyword “Polymedco”. Please email PPN director Lori Etmans at for additional information.

PPN held their Third Quarter Primary Care meeting in July. An oncology services update during the meeting featured Premier Blood and Cancer Center (PBCC), our physician-led medical oncology program. PBCC is an in-network cancer care option for Premier Health’s cancer patients. The team provides new patient consults within 24 to 72 hours and has options for both in-person and video visits. PBCC providers work directly with the hospital infusion centers to arrange treatment for your patients. To learn more about PBCC, please visit

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