System News: September 2021

Premier Pulse     September 2021

Atrium Medical Center

Premier Health Center at Union Village began seeing patients Aug. 10 in Lebanon. A VIP ribbon cutting was held Aug. 4 with local government and community officials attending alongside Premier Health leaders. A community open house took place Aug. 8. Services at the location include: Urgent Care; PPN cardiology, orthopedics, and primary care; medical imaging, occupational health, CompuNet Clinical Laboratories, and pulmonary and sleep services through Dayton Respiratory Center.

Atrium is the only hospital in the Cincinnati and Dayton markets to earn the Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. The AHA Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 911 call, to EMS transport, and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge.

Andre Harris, MD, Atrium’s chief medical officer, has been named the honoree of two prestigious awards. The Wright State University Alumni Association has recognized Dr. Harris with its Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. The award is presented to Wright State graduates who have distinguished professional achievement, leadership, service to the community in which they reside, and service to Wright State University. The Dayton Business Journal is honoring Dr. Harris with its Outstanding Diversity Champion (Individual) award as part of its 2021 Diversity in Business Awards. The awards honor individuals who have shown outstanding initiative to promote diversity and inclusion either in their organization or community, making a positive difference in others’ lives through contributions to social justice, equality and diversity. 

Atrium has again been nominated for Best Emergency Care in Cincy Magazine’s Greater Cincinnati Nonprofit of the Year Awards. Atrium won this category in 2020. Atrium is also nominated for Best Medical Facility in Cincy Magazine’s Best of the North Awards.

Miami Valley Hospital Campuses

Miami Valley Hospital South opened the new Level II Cath Lab and ICU in August. With the expansion of a Level II Cath Lab and ICU, the south campus will have even more quality inpatient and outpatient care in the community. 

The Good Samaritan Foundation-Dayton hosted a dedication ceremony for the Aull Garden at Miami Valley Hospital North. The garden contains beautiful artifacts from the former Good Samaritan Hospital’s (GSH) Marie Aull Courtyard and the Mary West Fountain, which was moved to the present site. The Statue of the Good Samaritan that stood at the former hospital’s main campus for more than a decade is now proudly displayed at the Aull Garden entrance. Known as the Trail of the Good Samaritan, the project involved moving the entire contents of numerous gardens and incorporating them into four new gardens and a walking path around the north campus. The overall project is chaired by Walter Reiling, III, MD; and Jo Anne Reiling. The ceremony was attended by Good Sam Foundation board members, donors, vendors, and employees.

Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health, and Mike Uhl, president of Miami Valley Hospital, welcomed the Ohio National Guard and a delegation from Serbia to campus. Guests received a system and hospital overview followed by a brief tour of the facility and CareFlight. 

Employees from the Miami Valley Hospital campuses, Premier Physician Network, and System Support represented Premier Health in the Englewood Arts Festival parade. 

Upper Valley Medical Center

The Joint Commission was on site at Upper Valley Medical Center on Aug. 24-27 for the hospital’s triennial accreditation survey. The visit went extremely well, and the JC reviewers were complimentary. UVMC received a very favorable preliminary report of findings and will receive the final report soon.  

UVMC in August was notified of the hospital receiving 2021 Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus quality recognition from the American Heart/Stroke Associations.

Stewart Lowery, MD, general surgeon with Miami County Surgeons, joined Scott Kanagy, DO, MBA, chief medical officer at UVMC, for morning show interviews on Troy Power 107.1 Radio and Piqua WPTW Radio. They discussed the Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services at UVMC, as Dr. Lowery was named medical director of the center earlier this summer.  Additionally, Dr. Kanagy gave an update on what the hospital is experiencing regarding COVID-19 cases at the hospital.  

Jacqui Rose, director of imaging and telecommunications, recently finished a term as president of the National Association for Medical Imaging Management and was recognized for her service at the group’s annual meeting and exposition in Nashville, Tenn. She was given the honor of selecting the recipient of this year’s President’s Award and presented the award to Jim Hurak, retired UVMC vice president.  

UVMC Board and Administration leaders participated in the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new Lincoln Community Center Legacy Expansion on Aug. 20 in Troy. UVMC representatives also attended open house events at the center on Aug. 21. The board’s community benefit fund supported the expansion project, which launched in 2019.

UVMC provided a booth at the Piqua Public Library Aug. 16 as part of the library’s 2021 Wellness Month. Advance practice nurses provided free blood pressure screenings, consults for diabetes, and education about heart health, and stroke prevention. Piqua’s Urgent Care services also were highlighted.  

Premier Physician Network

According to the August 2021 Dayton Business Journal Physician Group Practice Listings, PPN is officially the largest group of primary and specialty care practices in Southwest Ohio. With more than 800 physicians and advanced practice providers located throughout greater Dayton and northern Cincinnati, PPN once again takes the top spot in the DBJ listings.

ECMO Therapy enables critically ill heart and lung patients and their families to remain close to home. With ECMO, blood is pumped outside of the body to a heart-lung machine that removes carbon dioxide and sends oxygen-filled blood back to tissues in the body. Blood flows from the right side of the heart to the membrane oxygenator in the heart-lung machine, and then is rewarmed and sent back to the body. Miami Valley Hospital is the first in Dayton to offer this life saving therapy. 

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