Upper Valley Medical Center (UVMC) was founded in 1986 as the umbrella corporation for the merger of Miami County’s three hospitals: Piqua Memorial in Piqua, Stouder Memorial in Troy and Dettmer Hospital located midway between Piqua and Troy. A new hospital—the Upper Valley Medical Center—opened in 1998, consolidating acute care services to a central location within the county. The Upper Valley Medical Center is located just off I-75, between Piqua and Troy.
Prior to the formation of UVMC, the three hospitals in Miami County operated as independent and competitive entities located within a 10-mile radius. In 1979, Piqua Memorial, Dettmer and Stouder formed the Miami County Health Care Coordinating Committee to investigate ways to cooperate, control health care costs and avoid duplication of services. The underlying goal of this initiative was to preserve local access to comprehensive, quality health care by maintaining an economically viable health care system in Miami County.
In 1981, a group of Miami County physicians outlined the need for a consolidation of inpatient acute care services of the three hospitals into a single hospital. Formal discussions occurred, guiding subsequent efforts to unite the three hospitals to serve area residents in the most cost-effective and appropriate manner possible.
Within a few years, continuing discussions culminated in the consolidation of Piqua Memorial and Dettmer in 1986, joined shortly after by Stouder, forming UVMC. The 1986 consolidation was a significant milestone in that it opened the door toward eliminating duplication of services, enhancing purchasing power and combining resources of the local hospitals.
Constructing a New Hospital
The next phase of UVMC’s evolution involved construction of the new Upper Valley Medical Center to consolidate acute care services into one centrally located facility. The new hospital opened in 1998 on the 100-acre Dettmer campus. Piqua Memorial and Stouder subsequently were closed, and Dettmer remained housing behavioral medicine programs and a variety of non-clinical services.
The Upper Valley Medical Center was intentionally designed with maximum flexibility to accommodate expansion to keep up with the community’s ever-growing health care needs. Increases in patient volumes led to an expansion in 2004, which added 11 inpatient beds and other enhancements in maternity, med/surg and the emergency department.
Upper Valley Medical Center experienced growth and diversification as a result of an ongoing strategic planning process throughout its first two+ decades. UVMC has continued to evolve into a comprehensive health care provider to better serve the needs of area residents and to maintain economic viability.
Upper Valley Medical Center today is part of the Premier Health, a comprehensive health system serving southwestern Ohio through member and affiliate organizations in seven counties. Premier is dedicated to improving the quality of health by enhancing access to health services, expertise and information at every stage of life. Other Premier affiliate hospitals include Miami Valley Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton and Atrium Medical Center in Middletown.