System and Hospital News

Atrium Medical Center

Premier Health has announced that it will construct a free-standing, 12-bed, 16,000-square-foot emergency center in Mason. The 24-hour emergency center will be part of the two-floor, 44,000-square-foot Atrium Health Center – Mason. In addition to the emergency center, the new facility will feature an array of ancillary services, including lab testing, X-ray, CT, ultrasound, and MRI, as well as physician offices in the areas of family medicine, cardiology, orthopedics, obstetrics, and gynecology. Atrium Health Center – Mason will also include a medical spa with an on-site esthetician. The $11.5 million renovation project is expected to open in December 2014, at an existing site at 7450 Mason-Montgomery Road. Premier Health estimates that Atrium Health Center – Mason will generate approximately 40 jobs in its first two years.

Good Samaritan Hospital

During the week of May 12, a core group of ED staff and stakeholders participated in a four-day intensive workshop, utilizing the LEAN systematic approach, to focus on improving workflow, eliminating waste, and delivering value. More than 30 participants representing 13 different departments worked together, scrutinizing ED processes and making recommendations for improvements. The high level of collaboration demonstrated through the process was impressive, and resulted in front-line driven recommendations. Final recommendations and action plans will be drafted and implemented in the upcoming months.

On Thursday, June 5, 2014, Premier Health leadership, Good Samaritan Hospital leadership, community officials, emergency personnel, and Good Sam employees, gathered to break ground for the Good Samaritan North Health Center expansion and addition of the Good Samaritan Hospital North Emergency Center. “Expanding services at Good Samaritan North Health Center to include 24-hour emergency care will benefit Englewood, Clayton, Union, Butler Township, and all the surrounding communities,” stated Eloise Broner, president & CEO of Good Samaritan Hospital. “The center will provide earlier treatment in an emergency situation - when time is most important.” Completion of the Good Samaritan Hospital North Emergency Center is tentatively set for fall 2015.

At a recent Magnet pinning ceremony, Mary Garman, COO and CNO, presented a plaque showcasing Good Samaritan Hospital’s Magnet recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The plaque will hang prominently in the hospital to remind staff that Magnet status is a credential of organizational nursing excellence, and to inform visitors and patients that Good Sam’s care team has been acknowledged for their commitment to excellence and high standards of patient care. Good Sam is one of only 26 hospitals in Ohio to earn Magnet status. Each nursing staff member was presented a Magnet pin to wear proudly.

Miami Valley Hospital

Marc Belcastro, DO, has been appointed chief of staff for MVH. His two-year term began on June 1. Dr. Belcastro succeeds Dr. James Murphy. Dr. Belcastro is medical director of the NICU and newborn nursery at MVH, and is clinical professor at both Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

A member of the MVH medical staff since 1984, Dr. Belcastro earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at The Ohio State University, and his medical degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, where he was chief pediatric resident.

Dr. Belcastro is fellowship-trained and board-certified in pediatrics and neonatology by the American Osteopathic Board of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.

Keith Bricking, MD, medical director of the MVH emergency and trauma center, has been named chief-of-staff-elect. Dr. Bricking graduated from the University of Kentucky School of Medicine in 2002. He completed his medical residency in emergency medicine at Indiana University Hospitals in Indianapolis, and is board certified in emergency medicine. Dr. Bricking has been a member of the MVH medical staff since 2005.

Traffic Alert

Construction will begin June 23 to widen South Main Street, from Patterson Boulevard to south of Stewart Street. Please remember to adjust your travel time accordingly.

During the 2014 work, the two lanes on the east side of Main Street will be maintained for north- and sound-bound traffic. One lane in each direction will be maintained at all times during construction.

There will be no disruption to the Miami Valley Hospital ambulance entrance. On Friday, June 20, temporary ambulance directional signs will be installed, directing EMS to the emergency room through the Wyoming Street entrance. The City of Dayton is suggesting that drivers consider using Brown Street to reach the campus.

Upper Valley Medical Center

UVMC began an EMS Room expansion in the ED in May. Troy firefighters helped launch the project by participating in a ‘wall breaking’ during National EMS Week. The enlarged EMS area provides new computer work stations for documenting reports in addition to a comfortable place for squads to do charting and break for refreshments. The project also includes new lockers outside the ED to store important squad equipment such as backboards and headblocks. The UVMC ED receives an average of 25 to 30 patients per day via ambulance.

The UVMC Center for Sports Medicine launched its 13th annual summer sports enhancement programs in June. The popular programs include Explosive Speed and Power (ESP) for high school and collegiate level athletes, ESP Jr. for junior high athletes, and the Sportsmetrics knee injury reduction program designed for female athletes.

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