System News: November 2021

Premier Pulse     November 2021

Atrium Medical Center

Atrium Medical Center and the City of Middletown Health Department hosted a conversation with residents as part of ongoing efforts to address socioeconomic inequalities that negatively affect the health and well-being of people of color. The conversation on Oct. 16 featured Andre Harris, MD, Atrium’s chief medical officer, and Michael Robertson, MD, and Michelle Eakins, MD, of Middletown Family Practice. The topic – how to talk to your doctor and what you should ask during a visit –was requested by several attendees during the first discussion. Atrium and the City of Middletown Health Department are planning to hold these conversations through an ongoing series to promote important discussions and improve health in communities of color.

Alexandra Carpenter, trauma program manager for Atrium’s Level III Trauma Center, has been named to the Emergency Nurses Association’s inaugural class of 20 Under 40, a new annual program that highlights 20 up-and-coming emergency nurses under the age of 40. Carpenter, the only Ohio honoree to make the list, was recognized for not only reaching significant milestones in her health care career, but also for demonstrating positive contributions that extend beyond her professional work.

Atrium’s distribution of 320 breakfasts during its annual Brake for Breakfast marked a 7 percent increase from last year and the second-highest turnout in the history of the event at the hospital. Multiple media interviews ran prior to and during the event, highlighting Atrium’s cancer services and the importance of early detection.

Miami Valley Hospital Campuses

Marquita Turner, chief operating officer at Miami Valley Hospital South, personally recognized Beavercreek Township Fire for being the first EMS department to transport a cardiac patient since the cardiac cath lab opened in July at the south campus.

Miami Valley Hospital physicians were represented in the media for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thomas Heck, MD, was interviewed live by WDTN’s Living Dayton on breast cancer prevention and the Premier Health mobile mammography unit. Selyne Samuel, MD, provided information on breast health for an interview with WDTN Five on 2. 

Callie Neibert, a nurse at Miami Valley Hospital South, was recognized for heroic action by the Riverside Police Department. Neibert noticed a child running in traffic on her way home from work. She stopped to assist the child and quickly established a relationship, calming him down until a parent was located. The police department recognized Neibert for going above-and-beyond in service to her community and noted her actions were a positive reflection of Premier Health. 

Miami Valley Hospital received the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®- Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Miami Valley’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 (AHA). Additionally, Miami Valley Hospital received the Target: Stroke Honor Roll and the Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll awards. The Level I Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center received the stroke honor roll recognition for meeting quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. Miami Valley Hospital received the Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll recognition for providing this critical high-risk population the most up-to-date, evidence-based care for diabetics when hospitalized with cardiovascular disease or stroke. 

Miami Valley Hospital recently achieved echocardiography accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). At the September 16 meeting of the IAC Echocardiography Board of Directors, our application was reviewed, evaluated, and discussed. Miami Valley Hospital was awarded accreditation in the adult transthoracic area of echocardiography.

The Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services board (ADAMHS) has continued its support of Promise to Hope with $100,000 through the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation. Promise to Hope provides compassionate clinical treatment for pregnant women with substance use disorder and relies on community support to provide care for moms and infants in the program.  

Selyne Samuel, MD, spoke on breast health at the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce women’s luncheon and at the Springboro Performing Arts Center.  The Springboro Performing Arts Center event was also streamed through Facebook live and recorded by Spectrum News One. 

Upper Valley Medical Center

Communications rolled out in October to announce that Upper Valley Medical Center achieved designation as a Level III Trauma Center from the Ohio Department of Public Safety. UVMC joins Premier Health’s trauma network, which includes Miami Valley Hospital’s Level I Trauma Center, Atrium Medical Center’s Level III Trauma Center, and Miami Valley Hospital South’s Level III Trauma Center.

Also announced in October was UVMC’s Primary Stroke Center status awarded by The Joint Commission based on continuous compliance with Joint Commission’s stringent performance standards for providing safe and quality patient care. 

On Oct. 18, Pradeesh George, DO, UVMC trauma medical director, joined Scott Kanagy, DO, MBA, chief medical officer at UVMC, to discuss the hospital’s Level III Trauma Center designation on Troy and Piqua radio morning show interviews. Dr. Kanagy also provided an update on COVID-19 at the hospital.

The Troy Chamber’s 2021 Leadership Troy class visited UVMC for a half-day session on health care. Presenters included Kevin Harlan, UVMC president; Sarah Hackenbracht, Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association’s president and CEO; Dr. Scott Kanagy; and Chris Snider, UVMC facilities director.

UVMC hosted a lunch program on diabetes for residents and community guests at StoryPoint of Troy on October 7. Tracy Schneider, RN, diabetes educator, shared a program entitled “Nuts and Bolts” of diabetes and took questions from more than 30 attendees.

Twelve UVMC and Premier Health departments participated in the Miami County YMCA Seniors Health Fair held at the Robinson Branch in Troy on October 14. The event was attended by more than 150 area senior citizens. 

As part of UVMC’s partnership with Ohio’s Hospice of Miami County, the hospital was a presenting sponsor of the Hospice Memory Walk held on the UVMC campus Oct. 30. The inaugural fundraiser was attended by more than 150 community members.

Premier Physician Network

You might know that the Brain Mapping Center at Premier Health’s Clinical Neuroscience Institute  is the first of its kind in the Midwest. This very specialized service brings together neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, neurologists, and radiologists as a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to the care of neurological health issues, such as brain tumors, epilepsy, movement disorders, and multiple sclerosis. Functional brain mapping helps to ensure that brain tumor surgery does not compromise vital areas of the brain, and it should be considered for any patient undergoing brain surgery. For referrals in EPIC, please use: CONSULT TO CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCE INSTITUTE - BRAIN MAPPING CENTER, and please email Division Chief of the Premier Health Brain Mapping Center, Fadi Tayim, Ph.D., with any questions. Please click here for more information about CNSI’s Brain Mapping Center.

Premier Blood and Cancer Center (PBCC) is our physician-led medical oncology program, providing patients quality care maintained via MD Anderson and Commission on Cancer certification. PBCC provides an in-network cancer care option for Premier Health’s cancer patients. Our medical oncologists and hematologists use a variety of advanced therapies, treatments, and procedures, while collaborating with other specialists to develop an individualized plan of care for patients. PBCC 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. Click here to learn more about the Premier Blood and Cancer Center and its providers: John Haluschak, MD; Sana Jeffreys, MD; Piyush Patel, MD; Tarek Sabagh, MD; and Joseph See, MD.

When patients are hurting but busy, they can get care for surprise injuries and nagging bone, joint and muscle pain at Premier Orthopedics walk-in clinics at our Centerville, Englewood, and Vandalia locations. Patients are seen by board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic and sports medicine specialists and specialty-trained physician assistants – the same Premier Orthopedics team who cares for athletes from University of Dayton, Wright State University, and many area high schools. The team treats adults and youth patients for sprains and strains, dislocations, breaks and fractures, sports injuries, work injuries, joint pain, and muscle pain. We will provide a diagnosis and follow-up treatment plan, saving precious time. Patients can even get X-rays right there. They just need to walk in or make an appointment. Click here for more information about hours and addresses.

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