System-Hospital News

Atrium Medical Center

On Sunday, July 13, 2014, Atrium Medical Center administration hosted its fourth annual “Medical Staff Family Day” at the Cincinnati Reds game. With baseball providing the entertainment, 395 medical staff and family members attended this social event, complete with ballpark food and great fun. The highlight of the outing was Dr. Heather Hilkowitz being chosen to sing the national anthem. Singing comes natural for Dr. Hilkowitz, especially since she used her talent to help pay for her college education. Impressed by her singing ability, the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates took the time to shake her hand and compliment her on her performance, which we’re told almost never happens. The event was a perfect way to thank and celebrate the Atrium Medical Center medical staff and their families.

Good Samaritan Hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital announced plans for a new 25,000 sq. ft. single-story building to be built on the west end of the Hepburn parking lot to house the Five Rivers Health Center and provide office space for Wright State University’s Boonshoft School of Medicine family medicine residency program. The design for the new health center space utilizes best in class examples from across the country and will provide an exceptional training opportunity for family medicine residents. The first phase of construction will involve expanding parking along Philadelphia Drive and Hepburn Avenue. Project completion is targeted for summer of 2015.

The American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer once again granted a three-year, full accreditation with commendation to the Good Samaritan Hospital cancer program. Accredited as an Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program, the surveyor stated that Good Sam’s program is in the top 5-10% of programs in its category nationally. Programs must be compliant with all standards from prevention and early detection, to diagnosis and treatment, and services such as genetics, clinical trials, rehab, palliative care, data management, patient navigation, and quality improvement. Good Sam is also eligible for the Outstanding Achievement Award, which means the cancer program is compliant with all 27 standards and received commendation for seven additional standards.

U.S. News & World Report has released its Best Hospitals report, with Good Samaritan Hospital ranking 20th in Ohio out of 234 Ohio hospitals, and receiving a rating of “high performing” in seven clinical specialties: gastroenterology & GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; neurology & neurosurgery; orthopedics; and pulmonology.

Miami Valley Hospital

Construction Update

Main Street construction continues from Patterson Boulevard to Stewart Street. One-lane traffic going north and south can cause delays in getting to Miami Valley Hospital. You may want to alter your route and use Brown Street to Wyoming Street. The construction is expected to last 18 months.

MVH ranked as one of the area’s best

Miami Valley Hospital was named one of the highest-ranked hospitals in the Dayton metro area in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 “Best Hospitals” ranking, released in July. Miami Valley ranked No. 17 in Ohio. The ranking is based on such measures as resources and technologies, patient outcomes including survival rates, and performances in different specialties.

Upper Valley Medical Center

The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) has named UVMC to the OSBA Business Honor Roll for 2014. The honor includes two awards: one recognizing UVMC for “participation in the Piqua City Schools District Construction Project for three new elementary schools” and a second recognizing UVMC Sports Medicine for “overall contributions to the schools and exemplary service to the community.”

Hospice of Miami County and UVMC announced plans for the opening of Hospice of Miami County’s inpatient unit in the hospital later this year. The unit will allow the nonprofit hospice to provide continuity of care and short-term symptom management in a comfortable, supportive end-of-life care environment. The seven-bed, self-contained unit located on the second floor of the hospital will be operated and staffed by Hospice of Miami County’s interdisciplinary team. Renovation work on the unit will begin later this month and is targeted for completion in the fall.

Atul Kutwal, MD, has been appointed program medical director of the Hospitalist program at UVMC. Dr. Kutwal comes to UVMC from the Springfield Regional Medical Center, where he was associate program medical director of the hospitalist program and co-chief hospitalist. He previously was a hospitalist at Good Samaritan Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital.

A program on rheumatic disease in older patients was presented at the Troy Senior Citizens Center in July. The presentation by rheumatologist Timothy Drehmer, MD, of Troy Primary Care, was hosted by Fidelity Health Care

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