Atrium Medical Center has a robust safe sleep program called the PIERCE Project (for more information, see the Atrium Medical Center website on Safe Sleep. State Senator Shannon Jones is currently sponsoring a bill in the senate about safe sleep. Atrium Medical Center staff subsequently invited Senator Jones for a visit, to learn more about the PIERCE Project and the HEAL Program, and how Atrium is helping area families. As part of the meeting, several families who have been helped by HEAL presented express their thoughts about both programs. As a result of the meeting, Sheree Young, the coordinator of both the HEAL Program and PIERCE Project, was invited to testify in front of the Medicaid, Health and Human Services Committee in support of SB 276, which deals with infant safety and safe sleep initiatives.
The safe sleep program will soon be implemented throughout the Premier Health system.
Atrium Medical Center
Atrium Medical Center has expanded its capabilities in robotic-assisted surgery, using the da Vinci Surgical System. The hospital now offers general surgery, including gallbladder removal and other procedures. This is in addition to existing capabilities in urology, gynecology, and thoracic robotic-assisted surgery, including robotic lobectomies.
The goal is to provide patients with the most appropriate, least invasive options for their particular situation. When robotic-assisted surgery is the right choice, patients tend to experience better clinical outcomes, faster recoveries and a quicker return to normal activities.
Good Samaritan Hospital
For the second time, Good Samaritan Hospital has achieved Magnet Status for nursing excellence. The honor was announced March 19 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Only 6.9 percent of all registered hospitals in the United States have achieved ANCC Magnet Recognition® Status. Magnet Status is not a prize or award. Rather, it is a credential of organizational recognition of nursing excellence. Good Samaritan Hospital earned its first Magnet Status from the ANCC in 2009 and currently is one of only 26 hospitals in Ohio and one of 401 hospitals worldwide to adorn this distinction.
The Family Birthing Center (TFBC) at Good Samaritan Hospital was recently awarded the Maternity Care Best Practices Award 2013, by the Ohio Lactation Consultant Association (OLCA). This was awarded in recognition of eliminating formula gift bags for moms in 2013. Free formula given at discharge has been shown to reduce breastfeeding rates. Why is this significant? Breastfeeding has shown to have a lifelong positive impact on health for both mother and baby Exclusive breastfeeding (meaning no formula supplementation) is a Healthy People 2020 goal, is promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), and multiple other medical and nursing associations; it is also a Joint Commission Perinatal core measure.
The Family Birthing Center at Good Samaritan Hospital has been recognized by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and the Ohio Department of Health for achieving one of the highest reported rates in the state for its work to protect newborns from hepatitis B virus infection. The Family Birthing Center is the newest entry into IAC’s Birth Dose Honor Roll which recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage levels for administering the hepatitis B vaccine at birth. TFBC immunized 93 percent of babies in 2013 and took additional steps to prevent perinatal transmission of hepatitis B.
Good Samaritan Hospital announces Robert Townsend Morrison, MD, FACP, as the new medical director for the Samaritan Hospitalist Group, effective April 1, 2014. Dr. Morrison has devoted the past 28 years of his life to the pursuit of science and knowledge in the fields of engineering and medicine. For the past twenty-two months, he has been a full-time hospitalist covering both Miami Valley Hospital and Upper Valley Medical Center. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bob Morrison.
Throughout March, five Town Hall sessions were held for all Good Samaritan employees. Approximately 230 employees attended as Eloise Broner, president and CEO, provided an update on hospital operations, goals, and accomplishments. The open format allows employees to ask any question they may have and to address any rumors.
Two community speaking engagements took place in March. Good Sam representatives spoke about the revitalized neurosurgery program at the hospital, as well as treatment for low back pain, and how to handle stress. Approximately 155 community members attended these events.
A new professional diversity initiative for staff titled “Lessons Learned Leadership Series” kicked off in March with Anita Adams, VP of Hospital Operations, sharing her professional experiences. In addition, Good Samaritan Hospital celebrated diversity with a Fun Friday for employees highlighting Harmony Day, a day of cultural respect.
Miami Valley Hospital
Miami Valley Hospital welcomes its new chief nursing officer, Jolyn Angus, MBA, BSN, RN, to its executive team. Jolyn earned her diploma in nursing in 1982. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1996 from Clayton State College, GA, and completed an MBA in 2001from Georgia State University. She is now enrolled in a doctorate program at the University of Illinois. "We are excited to welcome Jolyn to MVH," said Mark Shaker, president and CEO of Miami Valley Hospital. "The depth of her knowledge and the deep commitment she has to nursing makes her an excellent fit for our innovative environment. She is both skilled and prepared to lead MVH efforts to enhance the health of our community in a cost effective manner.”
CompuNet Clinical Laboratories’ Berry Outpatient Lab is being renovated and will be closed between March 21, 2014, and May 6, 2014. During that time, patients should use the Outpatient Lab on the first floor of the main building, zone A.
On May 6, the new Berry Outpatient Lab in the Berry Women’s Health Center, ground floor, zone F, will re-open. At that time, Outpatient Lab in the main building will permanently close and staff will move to Berry Outpatient Lab.
The new Berry Outpatient Lab will be expanded and have greater capacity to serve an increased number of patients. Beginning May 6, Berry Outpatient Lab’s hours will be: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 6:00 am to 12:30 pm.
Miami Valley Hospital’s Jamestown Emergency Center marked its one-year anniversary on March 26. The center is located in Living Water Professional Building at 4940 Cottonville, just outside of the city limits. The center has proved to be an invaluable resource for the community, and has exceeded expectations. On average, the staff treats 15 patients per day. The center occupies 30,200 square feet of space that includes 10 patient exam rooms, imaging services (CT, X-ray and ultrasound), and a medical laboratory. CareFlight Air and Mobile Services keeps a mobile intensive care unit based at the facility 24/7, and CareFlight’s medical helicopter can be on the scene in just minutes. Both are used to transport patients to MVHS or MVH.
Miami Valley Hospital has been approved for the Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement award. The puts MVH in an elite group of hospitals recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for their commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
Upper Valley Medical Center
Robotic surgery at Upper Valley has expanded beyond gynecologic procedures, as the first gall stone surgery using the robot at Upper Valley was performed in late February. Members of Miami County Surgeons have completed certification for use of the da Vinci Si robotic surgery system for certain types of general surgery procedures.
UVMC earned a 2014 Quality Award from CareChex, a division of Comparion Medical Analytics, Inc., for ranking in the top 10 percent in the nation and state for medical excellence in orthopedic surgery. UVMC also ranked in the top 10 percent in the state for patient safety in orthopedic surgery.
In March, UVMC opened an office for a new collaborative program designed to improve access to behavioral services in Miami County. The program, organized jointly by UVMC, Samaritan Behavioral Health, Inc., and the Miami County Recovery Council, creates an integrated care delivery model in which the whole person is treated through mental health/substance abuse services, along with primary care medical services. It initially targets individuals with mental health or addiction needs, seen at the ED or primary care physician offices. The office is located at UVMC’s Outpatient Care Center/North in Piqua.
To learn more, contact Nancy Bleil at (937) 734-3462 or Thom Grim at (937) 335-4543, ext. 143.
UVMC hosted the Piqua Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Leadership Piqua class on March 5. The half-day program featured update/Q&A sessions with Becky Rice, president/CEO, and Jim Hurak, VP, and included a hospital highlights tour.
As part of our health and wellness community outreach, UVMC participated in the Miami Valley Centre Mall Health Fair in Piqua in late February, and expanded its free monthly wellness screenings to include a new site at the Lincoln Community Center, which serves a high-diversity population in Troy.
Gretchen Lorenz, MD, of Piqua Family Practice, and Sarah Jones, RN, of the UVMC Cancer Care Center, are featured participants in the Piqua Arts Council’s “Dancing With the Piqua Stars” fundraiser to be held April 5 at the Learning Place in Piqua. To vote for your favorite dancer, visit Piqua Arts Council’s website
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