System News: September 2022

Premier Pulse     September 2022

Atrium Medical Center

Miami Valley Gaming presented the Atrium Medical Center Foundation with a $10,000 check following a three-month fundraising campaign for breast cancer services at Atrium. Through this partnership, patrons at Miami Valley Gaming could donate their remaining change to the Foundation’s breast cancer support services. Donations were made via gaming kiosks at the casino.

Atrium and Premier Community Health are the health partners working with the Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio to facilitate its Ohio Health Improvement Zone Project. With $300,000 in grant funding, this project will focus on minimizing the social determinants of health and improving health outcomes in three census tracts in Middletown.

Atrium hosted  40 educators from Middletown City Schools to discuss career opportunities in health care. In addition to tours of the hospital, a roundtable discussion with educators and hospital hiring managers established a foundation for future relationships as part of the school district’s Passport to Tomorrow initiative. 

In other community engagement activities, Atrium was a sponsor or participated in the following activities: National Night Out events in Middletown, Franklin, Lebanon, Monroe, Carlisle, and Clearcreek Twp.; Healthy Living Market in Lebanon; Monroe High School’s Hornet Night; Lebanon Blues Festival; Chamber 45005 (formerly known as the Franklin Area Chamber) golf outing; Warren County Safe Communities’ Drive Alive Tour in Lebanon; Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason; and Girls’ Night Out in Lebanon. 

Two summer appreciation events were hosted for the Atrium family in August. An employee and family picnic took place on Aug. 7 at Armco Park in Warren County, and an employee carnival with complimentary food was held in the outdoor courtyard at the hospital. Hospital leaders also led walks along Turner Trail as part of the African American Wellness Walk.

Miami Valley Hospital Campuses

Hospital leadership recognized its “Physician of the Quarter,” Piyush Patel, MD, with the Premier Blood Cancer Center, and the “Advanced Practice Provider of the Quarter,” Meline Price, emergency specialist, Miami Valley Hospital.

Michael Herbenick, MD, and his team hosted an orthopedic externship for minorities and women in medicine at Miami Valley Hospital South. The students participated in various activities and were given a brief demonstration of sterile gowning, gloving, and hand washing. They also received a brief introduction to orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.

 Miami Valley Hospital North Breast Center implemented tele-registration on August 23. Tele-registration is a way to leverage offsite teams to help manage registration volumes. Tele-registration was successfully implemented at Atrium Medical Center Outpatient Cardiology, Miami Valley Hospital Pain Clinic, and Upper Valley Medical Center Outpatient Registration. 

Good Samaritan Foundation – Dayton and Miami Valley Hospital Foundation are fundraising to purchase 18 infusion bays at Miami Valley Hospital North and 22 at Miami Valley Hospital South. Each bay will contain a heat and massage chair for the comfort of oncology patients.  Donations of $6,500 per bay can be pledged over time.

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

Sharon Howard, director of site communications, Premier Health, and Mary Garman, chief operating officer, Miami Valley Hospital North, represented Premier Health at the Northern Chamber Coalition Government Update. The update allowed government officials to present legislation at the state and local levels. The coalition consists of the Northmont, Trotwood, Huber Heights, Vandalia, and Brookville Chamber of Commerce.  

Upper Valley Medical Center

Upper Valley Medical Center was the presenting sponsor of the Troy Chamber of Commerce Annual Steak Fry and Auction held Aug. 31 at the Miami County Fairgrounds. 

UVMC was a sponsor of the Miami County Fair held on Aug. 11-18. This included UVMC Emergency Medical Services providing a first aid booth and EMS coverage throughout the week.

In other community engagement activities, UVMC sponsored the Tipp City Annual Business Classic Golf Scramble on Aug. 4, Troy Main Street First Friday Nonprofit Night on Aug. 5, Hospice of Miami County “Celebrating Life’s Stories” Butterfly Release event held on Aug. 13,  Rock the Hill Festival in West Milton on Aug. 20, and the Hobart Hustle 5K Run/Walk in Troy on Aug. 28.   

UVMC Public Safety officers Nate Boyer and Jason Allen were sworn in as police sergeants by Kevin Harlan, president, Upper Valley Medical Center, during the Aug. 24 UVMC Management Forum. The police sergeant role is new to the hospital campus and will enhance public safety service at UVMC. 

Troy Power 107.1 Radio broadcasted a Health Minute spot focused on cardiac health and referenced  UVMC as Miami County’s only Level 3 Trauma Center during August.

Upper Valley Medical Center launched “UVMC Rocks,” an employee engagement initiative to showcase Premier Pride.  Staff members are invited to find hand-painted rocks with special messages throughout the hospital campus to enter into a prize drawing.

Premier Physician Network

Customers at Third Perk and Pettibone coffee shops have been recently receiving their daily cup of joe with a gentle reminder to schedule an annual wellness visit with a PPN provider. The cardboard wrap will have a QR code to take customers to a newly created landing page, where they can easily and quickly make an appointment online.  Messages on the wraps and our Premier Health social media channels include: “For many of us, coffee is the fuel that gets us going for the day. Stop by Pettibone Coffee or Third Perk Coffeehouse to grab yours, then tackle the next task on your to-do list—scheduling your annual wellness visit. It's easier than ever to make an appointment online. Get started now.”  The coffee shop messaging will be available through the fall while supplies last. Some PPN providers will be making appearances at Third Perk and Pettibone in the coming weeks to chat with people about the benefits of an annual wellness visit. The marketing team will be closely monitoring this initiative to see if it drives consumer behavior, and if successful, you can expect to see similar efforts in the future.

PPN’s MA and LPN Welcome and Referral Bonus Program now includes MCRs. PPN has enhanced our bonus program to welcome newly qualified Credentialed and Certified Medical Assistants, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Medical Center Representatives to our team. This bonus applies to applicants hired on or between August 29, 2022, through December 1, 2022. Those who qualify will receive the following:

  • MAs and LPNs: Full-Time (0.9-1.0 FTE) $1500, and Part-Time (0.5-0.8 FTE) $750
  • MCRs: Full-Time (0.9-1.0 FTE) $750, and Part-Time (0.5-0.8 FTE) $375

Apply online at to any PPN-posted Medical Assistant, Certified Medical Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse, or Medical Center Representative positions to start the interview process.

The Premier Blood and Cancer Center is a key sponsor of Dayton’s 2022 Light the Night Walk benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The PBCC team is also organizing a group of walkers and volunteers to support the event. Light the Night is a fundraiser for life-saving research and support for cancer patients and their families.

Congratulations to Dr. Zachary Simmons and Dr. Fadi Tayim, recently named Dayton Business Journal 2022 Health Care Heroes. Dr. Simmons was honored in the Provider category, and Dr. Tayim was honored in the Innovator category. Ike Northern, CompuNet system technical director of infectious diseases, and Paula Thompson, Fidelity president and chief executive officer, also won awards. Congratulations to all our 2022 Health Care Heroes!

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