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Atrium Medical Center Welcomes First Patients

Last Patients Leave Middletown Regional Hospital

Middletown, Ohio, Wednesday, December 12, 2007 –  Atrium Medical Center opened on Sunday, December 9, with the transfer of 125 inpatients from Middletown Regional Hospital to the new medical center. After the departure of the last patient, James W. McClain of Lebanon, Middletown Regional Hospital officially closed its doors as a full-service hospital.

“After years of planning and construction, it’s wonderful to welcome patients to Atrium Medical Center with all of its advanced patient care services and amenities,” said Douglas W. McNeill, FACHE, Atrium Medical Center president and CEO. “We look forward to providing the highest quality health care available anywhere to the people of Butler and Warren counties and beyond.”

The transition from Middletown Regional Hospital to Atrium Medical Center was marked by a number of milestones:

  • The last baby born at Middletown Regional Hospital was Jastin Bourne, born to Alicia Fry of Middletown on Sunday, December 9, at 7:11 a.m.
  • The last inpatient surgery performed at Middletown Regional Hospital took place Sunday, December 9, at 8:15 a.m.  The procedure was a cystoscopy.
  • The last emergency department visit at Middletown Regional Hospital took place Sunday, December 9, at 7:38 a.m.
  • The first inpatient to be transferred to Atrium Medical Center was William Redkey of Middletown.
  • The first patient to undergo surgery at Atrium Medical Center was Casey Barnes of West Chester. The procedure was an appendectomy which, coincidentally, was the first surgery performed at Middletown Hospital when it first opened in 1917.
  • The first emergency trauma center visit at Atrium Medical Center took place Sunday, December 9, at 6:01 a.m.
  • The first baby born at Atrium Medical Center was Breanna Howard, born to Alicia Hendersen of Middletown on Sunday, December 9, at 7:56 p.m.

Although all inpatient services have ended at the McKnight Campus, the Maternal Child Health Center and Sports Medicine & Physical Therapy Services are remaining until their buildings on Premier Health Campus – Middletown are complete. All services will leave the McKnight Campus in 2008. Current plans call for buildings to be razed and for the site to be redeveloped into upscale “lifestyle” homes, in keeping with the surrounding neighborhood.