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UVMC Continues Focus on Quality, Enhancements and Caring for the Community

Upper Valley Medical Center’s emphasis on excellence in providing quality, compassionate care was recognized at the national and regional levels in the past year.  Just a few of the outstanding honors achieved by the UVMC health system included:
A Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence in cardiac care from VHA Inc., a national health care alliance which honors hospitals for meeting or exceeding national performance standards for clinical care in specific areas.  UVMC won the award for performance in treatment for heart attack and congestive heart failure patients.
A score of 98% on the annual Anthem Hospital Quality Scorecard, a regional measure of medical care quality conducted by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
A Top Twenty Percent Award in the Ohio Hospital Association’s Statewide Hospital Safety Campaign.  The award recognizes hospitals for having the best workplace safety records among Ohio health systems.
Named among the Dayton region’s Best Places to Work by the Dayton Business Journal.  UVMC is the only hospital in the region to achieve this honor four years in a row.

Upper Valley Medical Center over the past year also has continued to invest in important technological advancements and facility enhancements such as addition of the UVMC Endoscopy Center located in the hospital Ambulatory Surgery department.  This expansion provides more dedicated space for endoscopy procedures such as colonoscopies, resulting in reduced waiting times for patients.  It also incorporates advanced technology that assures an even sharper high definition image for the physicians performing the procedures.

Other enhancements have included the addition of digital mammography and a second 16-slice CT scan – along with MRI and PET scan, considered the among the most advanced technologies in diagnostic imaging available today.

UVMC knows a healthy community starts with access to affordable health care services, and includes much more.  The health system serves the Miami County communities in ways that go beyond the provision of health care, including millions of dollars in jobs, taxes and other benefits.  For example, over the past year:

More than $20 million in charity/uncompensated care was provided by UVMC, along with more than $1.8 million in community health outreach programs that go beyond traditional medical care.  UVMC also provided an enhanced local charity care program to help uninsured/underinsured Miami County patients who do not quality for other assistance.

UVMC continued to partner with Edison Community College on collaborative support toward the new Health Sciences Center expansion, which will accommodate important nursing and allied health programs that are key to the health system’s ability to meet future workforce needs, and in turn to serve the community’s health needs.

The UVMC Foundation continued to provide support for local health care with a $350,000 gift toward important enhancements.  The Stouder Foundation also supported UVMC with a gift of $83,138 toward equipment pruchases.  The UVMC Auxiliary gave $244,866, and the Volunteers provided 33,925 hours of service to the hospital.  The UVMC Foundation and Auxiliary collectively awarded $71,250 in college scholarships to local students last year.

As lead agent for the Upper Valley Tobacco Control Coalition, UVMC secured over $1,437,535 in funding from the Ohio Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Foundation over the last five years toward development of programs to help reduce smoking in our region.  UVMC continued to offer free tobacco cessation classes to the community with grant funding from the foundation.

Also to encourage a healthy, smoke-free environment, UVMC in October implemented a new tobacco-free campus policy prohibiting use of tobacco products on UVMC properties.  This policy, in accordance with all Greater Dayton Area Hospital Associatino (GDAHA) member hospitals, was considered an important step toward protecting the health and wellness of the community.