System News: June 2022

Premier Pulse     June 2022

Atrium Medical Center 

District leaders from Middletown City Schools took a tour of Atrium Medical Center and then had a Q&A discussion with department managers regarding career opportunities available to current students and future graduates. Middletown City Schools has developed the Ready Now-Passport to Tomorrow certificate for students in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce Serving Middletown, Monroe and Trenton. The collaboration between business and education is designed to help shape the future workforce of tomorrow in this region. 

Guests of Atrium Medical Center Foundation’s fifth triennial gala, Joie de Vivre: An Evening to Celebrate Life’s Joyful Movements, enjoyed a festive evening with cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent auction, raffle, and some fun surprises. The gala, which was originally scheduled for 2020, honored Physician Hero, Raymond Kiefhaber, MD, and two Community Heroes, Dr. Bruce and Neila Barnes. Proceeds from the gala, silent auction, and raffle helped Atrium Foundation’s campaign, Joy of Movement, in purchasing new orthopedic and spine equipment and technology. 

Atrium’s Level III Trauma Program, in partnership with Warren County Safe Communities Coalition, launched this year’s annual Click it or Ticket campaign promoting seatbelt awareness ahead of the busy summer driving season. The Click It or Ticket event held at Warren County Career Center checked if student drivers were wearing restraints at dismissal time. 

Atrium employees volunteered at the Middie Olympics, an event for special needs students in Middletown City Schools. With funding from Atrium’s Foundation, the hospital provided treats to all students and staff.  

Save the date of Saturday, Sept. 17, for the American Heart Association’s Butler/Warren County Heart Walk. 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 is live at The event’s fundraising goal is $55,000. 

In other community relations activities: Atrium President Keith Bricking, MD, welcomed attendees to the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance’s annual Everest Awards as part of the hospital’s sponsorship of the event that honors business leaders from West Chester to Dayton; Atrium’s stroke program manager presented to a group of AK Steel retirees on the topic of reducing stroke risk factors; Atrium sponsored Hospice Care of Middletown’s 12th Annual Mother's Day 5K Run/Walk, with more than 500 people participating in the event; Atrium sponsored Middletown Women’s Wine and Chocolate Walk, which brought hundreds to the city’s downtown business corridor; and the hospital sponsored and representatives attended the Middletown Historical Society’s annual fundraiser and awards dinner. 

Miami Valley Hospital Campuses 

Miami Valley Hospital’s trauma program celebrated 30 years this month. As such and after a three-year hiatus, the team hosted the annual Trauma and Critical Care Update at Sinclair Community College. This event provides current information on the challenges health care professionals face when caring for critically ill or injured patients.  

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center of Dayton at Miami Valley Hospital earned a Level 4 accreditation from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). As part of the Clinical Neurosciences Institute, it is the region’s only adult, Level 4 epilepsy center, signifying the highest level of epileptic care available.

Premier Health recently received the United Way of the Greater Dayton Area Pinnacle Award, which recognizes the efforts and achievements of Premier Health’s recent workplace giving campaign. The award celebrates excellence in performance for organizations based on several criteria, including total dollars raised, employee participation, leadership donations, and overall engagement

Local McDonald’s franchisees donated to the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation more than 80 meals for nurses in the Berry Women’s Center for Nurses Week and GFR Holdings, LLC provided free breakfast meals. GFR Holdings is a local franchisee with 18 McDonald’s restaurants in the Dayton area. 

Good Samaritan Foundation-Dayton opened the Employee Garden and Walking Trail at Miami Valley Hospital North. A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrated the second garden to open in the Trail of the Good Samaritan project. It features patio tables and chairs, seat walls, bronze artwork, Jesus and the Children and iron lampposts that were displayed at Good Samaritan Hospital. This garden provides employees a space to relax, reflect, and find peace, comfort, and healing in the beauty of nature. It is located outside of the inpatient entrance at the North Campus.

Good Samaritan Foundation-Dayton Board of Trustees voted at their June meeting to distribute $20,771 to replace two ultrasound imaging tables at Miami Valley Hospital North. The ultrasound imaging tables are used by echo, vascular, breast, general, and IR procedure patients.  

The Wallace Foundation provided Good Samaritan Foundation-Dayton with a $20,000 gift to support the children’s area in the Samaritan Clinic for Women and Families. This clinic provides primary care, women's care, and pediatric services for women and families experiencing homelessness. 

Miami Valley Hospital Foundation was gifted $10,000 to support the hospital’s Regional Burn Center. Roger Poeppelmeier made the donation after spending 28 days in the Miami Valley Hospital Burn Unit in 1991. On June 26, Roger met with Mike Uhl, president of Miami Valley Hospital, as well as nurses from the Burn Unit and hospital Foundation for a check presentation.  

Banners were designed to be sent to hospitals in Buffalo, New York, after the recent mass shooting incident. Employees and providers signed the banners to show support for the New York health care teams.

Emergency and trauma center physicians came together to recognize exceptional staff members from Miami Valley Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital South, Miami Valley Hospital North, Austin Boulevard Emergency Center, and the Jamestown Emergency Center at the annual Jana Matthews Awards of Excellence. Jana Matthews was a dedicated hospital volunteer, and the first volunteer in the emergency and trauma center. In Jana’s honor, staff members of the emergency and trauma center are recognized each year for their outstanding service. These awards are made possible through an endowment established by Jana’s husband, Jack. 

Representatives from Premier Health met with Wright State University athletic department leaders to present the annual partnership check and congratulate the coaches on successful basketball seasons. 

Upper Valley Medical Center 

The UVMC Parent Board provided support from its Community Benefit Fund to six food insufficiency organizations in Miami County in June. UVMC leadership visited and hand-delivered the donation checks to each of the organizations.  

Dr. Scott Kanagy was featured on Troy and Piqua radio interviews in June discussing UVMC’s spring Leapfrog A grade plus other hospital accolades and advancements. UVMC’s Leapfrog grade A also was featured in a Piqua Chamber of Commerce eblast which went out to all chamber members and affiliates on June  26.  

UVMC’s annual Bill and Ruth McGraw Cancer Awareness Symposium was held June 16 at the Piqua Plaza. The event, hosted by the UVMC Foundation, featured Dave Dravecky, former major league pitcher, award-winning author and cancer survivor.

In other community activities, UVMC supported the Piqua Chamber of Commerce annual Top 100 Ceremony honoring local students held June  2 at Alexander Stadium, Edison State Community College’s “Bet on the Future” fundraiser held June  4 at the college, the Miami County annual Excellence in Education Awards Dinner held June  11 at the Learning Place in Piqua, Main Street Piqua’s annual Farmers Market launch June  26 in downtown Piqua, and Tipp City Relay for Life 5K and Field Day events held June  19-27 on the Tipp Intermediary School campus.  

Premier Physician Network

PCR swabbing is now 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, the gold standard for accuracy in diagnosing COVID-19. We will help patients get information they can trust and advise them on next steps for care if needed. Patients who need a COVID-19 test to travel can visit

Now is the best time to schedule kids’ annual wellness visits and basic sports physicals with PPN providers. Our marketing team is emailing reminders to PPN patients to make these important summer appointments.

Another good reason to schedule an annual wellness visit for your child is the recent recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Task Force to screen all children ages 8 to 18 for anxiety. At a time when mental health issues among children are escalating, the goal is to identify and treat children with anxiety before symptoms worsen. “Typically, we ask age-appropriate screening questions during an annual well-child exam,” says Kevin Baker, FNP, Premier Health Rheumatology. “If there’s an acute concern, we ask more questions and take appropriate steps to help the child and make referrals as needed.” Click here to read more about anxiety screening for children in the Premier Health Now blog.

Back to the June 2022 issue of Premier Pulse

Premier Health Logo