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Get With The Guidelines®

Miami Valley Hospital and Upper Valley Medical Center received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Bronze Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association and Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. The Get With The Guidelines stroke program helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients.

Donate Life Celebration Held

April is designated as Organ Awareness Month across the nation, and MVH honored organ, eye, and tissue donors at as special ceremony held in the Interfaith Chapel. The ceremony featured three speakers, including Rebecca Rice, president and CEO of Upper Valley Medical, Gina McFarlane-El, executive director of Five Rivers Health Centers, and Dr. John Donnelly, professor of medicine at the WSU Boonshoft School of Medicine. All three have been touched by the organ donation process. MVH holds this celebration yearly, in conjunction with Community Tissue Services, Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio, and Life Connection of Ohio.

Safe Sleep Initiative

MVH, along with the other Premier maternity centers, launched a safe sleep program for infants this month. Premier hospitals have partnered with the OHA “Safe Sleep is Good4Baby” campaign to advocate and educate the community regarding the importance of safe sleep practices. Premier’s launch generated wide publicity on all three local television stations, as well as in the Dayton Daily News. Starting May 1, all Premier hospitals will utilize sleep sacks, in place of receiving blankets, in their birthing centers.

Atrium Medical Center

In celebration of the second anniversary of Atrium Medical Center’s pulmonary rehab program, the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation department set up on a display in the Atrium Café on Thursday, April 10.

Pulmonary rehab is a medically-supervised, comprehensive program of exercise and education. The program involves disease self-management strategies to significantly improve lung function and disabling respiratory symptoms, as well as the ability to perform daily activities. The program helps patients to control and reduce symptoms and complications of lung disease, become more independent, decrease anxiety, and to improve quality of life. Ultimately, it helps to reduce hospitalizations and health care costs.

Pulmonary rehab is beneficial for patients to help manage COPD and other obstructive lung diseases, such as asthma, bronchiectasis, and cystic fibrosis. It also helps individuals with restrictive lung disease and other conditions, including pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer, and lung transplantation.

Good Samaritan Hospital

News of Good Samaritan Hospital possibly opening an emergency department at the Good Samaritan North Health Center hit the media early, due to an application deadline for a Montgomery County ED/GE grant. Dayton Business Journal, Dayton Daily News, The Englewood Independent, Channel 7, and Channel 2 ran stories. A press release announcing the news was issued April 23.

On April 8, Good Samaritan Hospital staff, physicians, community guests, and leaders gathered in St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel to celebrate the latest acknowledgement of our quality of care, the re-designation of Good Sam’s Magnet credentialing.

Miami Valley Hospital

Berry Outpatient Lab

On May 6, the new Berry Outpatient Lab (also known at the CompuNet Lab) in the Berry Women’s Health Center, ground floor, zone F, will re-open (the space has been closed for renovation). On May 6, the outpatient lab in the main building will permanently close, and staff will move to the 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, hours for the Berry Outpatient Lab will be Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, and Saturday, 6:00 am to 12:30 pm.

MVH Volunteers Honored

MVH recognized the nearly 900 men, women, and teen volunteers during National Volunteer Week. Last year, volunteers at both MVH and MVHS contributed nearly 100,000 hours and raised more than $78,000. At the end of the week, a memorial service was held to honor those volunteers who passed away in the last 12 months.

Upper Valley Medical Center

Robotic surgery at UVMC 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 group have completed certification for use of the da Vinci Si robotic surgery system for certain types of general surgery procedures.

A new office was opened in March for the collaborative behavioral health program organized jointly by UVMC, Samaritan Behavioral Health, Inc. and the Miami County Recovery Council to improve access to behavioral services in Miami County. The office, located at UVMC’s Outpatient Care Center/North in Piqua, provides space for the program which initially targets individuals with mental health or addiction needs seen at the hospital ED or primary care physician offices.

UVMC introduced the community to the hospital’s new interpreter program which allows caregivers to respond faster to patients presenting a language barrier. The video remote interpreting device, Martti (My Accessible Real-Time Trusted Interpreter) offers medical interpretations in over 210 languages and dialects for limited English proficient and deaf and hard of hearing patients. Four Martti devices have been introduced at UVMC, thanks to the generosity of the UVMC Foundation and Auxiliary.

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