System/Hospital News

Physician Service Line Institute Councils

This year marked the first full year of bringing together physicians from across the health system to meet as members of Institute Councils developed around a number of service lines.  These include Cardiovascular, Cancer, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, Neurosciences that have met the entire year and Women’s Services and Emergency/Trauma Services which began meeting during the year. 

The Councils are physician led and have representatives from all of our hospitals.  The opportunity to discuss initiatives together for the benefit of patients has resulted in the reduction of variation across the health system and has provided an opportunity for the physicians to exchange ideas, interact, and network with each other.

Atrium Medical Center

Atrium and Edgewood City Schools held a successful groundbreaking ceremony for Atrium Health Center – Trenton, the newest outpatient facility for the system. The facility grand opening is forecast to take place in summer 2014.

Readers of Cincinnati Family Magazine voted Atrium Medical Center as a finalist for best hospital and voted Hilltop OB/GYN as the best OB/GYN practice in Cincinnati. This is the third time Hilltop has been honored.

Atrium held its annual Medical Staff Appreciation Dinner at the Manor House in Mason. Atrium honored the contributions of the entire medical staff and recognized milestone anniversaries totaling more than 500 years of service to the community. All told, our medical staff experience totals over 3,000 years of service – showing strong dedication to the region’s health and well being.

Good Samaritan Hospital

Good Samaritan’s Hospital 2014 Medical Executive Committee (MEC) will be led by a new Chief of Staff, Rajesh C. Patel, MD. Atindra N. Chatterji, MD will assume the role as Chair of the Credentials Committee as Immediate Past Chief of Staff.

For the December Management Forum meeting at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dr. Tammy Lundstrom, Premier Health Chief Medical Officer, made a visit to congratulate Good Sam on their recent quality achievements including scoring a perfect 100 percent on Core Measures. These results highlight the staff’s hard work and indicate significant improvement. Congratulations.

In December, Good Samaritan Hospital sponsored a Diversity Dialogue on the topic, Unintentional Intolerance. This was the third part of the Inclusion Insight series. Over lunch, participants viewed a video featuring Dr. Steve Robbins. The presentation was entertaining and informative while deeply thought provoking.

Miami Valley Hospital

Miami Valley Hospital has once again earned Magnet Status for nursing excellence. The award was announced by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. This marks Miami Valley’s third, four-year term with Magnet distinction, an honor first awarded to the hospital by the ANCC in 2004. MVH is the 4th longest sustaining Magnet Hospital in Ohio.   This distinction has become increasingly difficult to achieve due to the continual raising of the standards. 

Premier Health has received two Magellan Robotic Catheter Systems, which are located at Miami Valley Hospital. One system will be used clinically for cutting-edge intravascular procedures.  The second will be housed at the Brethen Center for Surgical Advancement in Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery, and will be used for research and training.

Miami Valley Hospital’s Mahogany’s Child program has earned the Community Champion Award from The Foundation for Healthy Communities of the Ohio Hospital Association. Mahogany’s Child program was selected for the honor based on its extraordinary outreach to economically disadvantaged African American women in the community. The program’s goal is to promote health behavior changes by tapping into beliefs, attitudes and values of this underserved population in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner, and has done so through its relationship with over 200 churches and more than 50 community agencies since 2001. With the recognition comes a grant to further wellness efforts in the community. MVH will use the grant to assist the annual African American Wellness Walk which is held in June. MVH was one of only three Ohio hospitals to be honored with awards at the conference.

The MVH Injury Prevention Center held its final Substance Abuse Fair of the year at Xenia High School. Nearly 625 students participated in the program which has a goal of helping students understand the consequences of making poor choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol. Staff members from several MVH departments were on hand to distribute health information along with several community agencies. The Substance Abuse Fairs are held in MVH partner schools throughout the school year.

Upper Valley Medical Center

Terry Fry, MA, BSN, RN, was named UVMC Chief Nursing Officer at Upper Valley Medical Center. Terry, who has been with UVMC for 19 years, had been Director of Surgical Service and Critical Care since 2006 and previously was Director of Occupational Health and Employee Health. Terry led the leadership team at UVMC through the Joint Commission Patient Safety initiatives by serving as the Patient Safety Officer and was instrumental in developing the robotic service line at UVMC last fall.

UVMC’s Koester Pavilion long-term care center was awarded a five-star rating in US News & World Report’s 2013 Best Nursing Homes listing. The five-star rating applied to the “Health Inspections” evaluation category as well as Koester Pavilion’s “Overall Rating.” 

Expansion of the Upper Valley Medical Center physician office building was completed this week, adding 40,000-square-feet to UVMC’s west side. Work on the $8 million building project was launched in summer 2012.  The three-story addition creates much-needed on-site physician practice space, an enhanced environment for the UVMC sleep lab and expanded space for clinical education activities and hospital information technology.

The UVMC Foundation announced a multi-year commitment to host Rachel’s Challenge in all Miami County Schools beginning with the 2014-15 school year. The program, offered to students in elementary grades through high school, focuses on empowering strategies born from the tragedies of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings. It involves a series of projects designed to combat bullying and address feelings of isolation through the use of kindness and compassion in everyday dealings.

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