The Margin of Excellence

The Miami Valley Hospital Foundation uses the above phrase to describe its efforts to fund programs and services that go above and beyond the definition of standard healthcare. In line with our mission to help the Miami Valley Hospital provide superior quality of care and comfort for all, we identify programs that would not be possible without charitable giving and provide the means necessary to directly contribute to an improved quality of life for MVH patients.

The Donor-Funding Process

Throughout the year, various hospital units and programs submit requests for funding equipment, programs, enhanced services, etc. Once a year, in consultation with hospital management, the MVH Foundation’s board of trustees conducts a thorough and careful screening process of said proposals and allocates funds to patient programs that were not covered under the hospital’s operating budget.

Current Funding Priorities

Funding Priorities Programs for 2019 funded by donor contributions and allocated and approved by the MVH Foundation Board of Trustees.

Cold Therapy
The goal of this project is to improve pain control for post-operative spine and orthopedic patients while reducing the use of opiate drugs. Ice utilization, or cold therapy, is a long standing non-pharmacological means of reducing inflammation and thereby decreasing pain. Evidence has demonstrated that cold therapy can decrease opiate utilization and reduce the length of stay for post-op spine patients. Cold therapy pads are more efficient than ice packs because they do not melt and have to be replaced often; they will not leak into surgical dressings creating an infection risk; they do not create discomfort for patients; and they meet post-operative care protocols.

Gauntlet 8 Stairmaster/CPAT Training Module
To provide additional cutting-edge cardiovascular training, funds allow for the purchase of a state-of-the-art Gauntlet 8 Stairmaster machine with a special module for the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). In association with the Healthy Heroes program, this equipment offers increased functionality to meet the needs of local firefighter and EMS personnel who participate in the strenuous CPAT assessment, which is mandatory for employment in many area departments. Based at MVH South, this machine expands the capabilities of Premier Health’s Sports and Human Performance Program which promotes health and wellness to the community.

Healthy Heroes
This program helps firefighters and EMS personnel prepare for the physical demands of their profession through training, education and cardiovascular fitness. With shared funding from each Premier Health hospital foundation, licensed athletic trainers provide injury assessment, training regimens and applicable prevention education to personnel at Fire and EMS stations throughout the area. The program helps first responders fight the risk factors associated with their worst on-the-job hazard – sudden cardiac arrest. The program also helps personnel prepare for the demanding Candidate Physical Ability Test which is mandatory for employment in many departments across the region.

The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program
The National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) is the leading nationally-validated, risk-adjusted, outcomes-based, abstracted database of surgical care. Using the database and information developed by the collaborative partners in NSQIP, hospitals across the country are able to prevent complications, save lives, decrease the length of stay and reduce costs. The NSQIP database provides information and insight to help surgeons make significant improvements in care. Surgeons at MVH have developed a program to enhance post-operative recovery for colorectal and gynecology patients and will be targeting surgical site infections this year. This is the third and final year of funding for this unique and important program. 

Palliative Care
Funding allows for the expansion of Palliative Care services to weekends to MVH inpatients. Consultation services are provided by Innovative Care Solutions. Extending on-site coverage to weekends will better serve the needs of patients and their families, including decisions related to appropriate care levels. Coverage will also reduce additional days spent in the hospital setting. Consultations will be provided by an on-site nurse practitioner and by a physician as deemed necessary. Innovative Care Solutions provides a team of board-certified specialists who, along with MVH staff, work to improve the quality of life for patients with advanced chronic illness.

SCOUT Breast Cancer Surgery System
Based at Miami Valley Hospital North, funding allows for innovative new technology in breast cancer care. The SCOUT radar localization system is a wire-free, zero radiation technology that aids surgeons in locating targeted tissue during a lumpectomy. Instead of traditional wire localization, the SCOUT uses a unique radar signal to detect a small, non-radioactive implant, that can be placed in the tumor tissue at any time during the continuum of care. SCOUT technology results in shorter pre-op time on the day of surgery, more accurate targeting of the disease and, most importantly, less anxiety and discomfort for patients.

Sepsis Program Manager
Sepsis is a potentially serious condition caused by an abnormal immune system response to an infection. With Foundation funding, a position was created to coordinate timely treatment for sepsis patients through early identification and rapid mobilization of resources. In the hospital setting, the manager has provided staff education and improved clinical processes in the Emergency Department and with various inpatient teams. The program has also reached out to community partners including EMS personnel and nursing homes to enhance the delivery of care both the pre- and post-acute care settings to improve outcomes for patients.   

Spiritual Care System Director  
Noting the importance of spiritual care to patients and their families, funding allows for the creation of a system-wide director of Spiritual Care for Premier Health. The Spiritual Care director will coordinate and increase awareness of the services provided by the chaplains at Premier Health hospitals. Spiritual care visits with patient and family members help provide the support that patients and family members need to successfully cope with significant health issues and other related life challenges. Chaplains also provide employees with the spiritual support necessary to care for themselves and their patients. This system-wide position will help ensure that spiritual care is available to support patients, families, staff and the community. 

UV Sterilization and Disinfection System
This cutting-edge technology disinfects patient rooms using a Pulse Xenon Ultraviolet Disinfection System. Numerous studies have shown that UV disinfection significantly reduces bacterial contamination in the air and on surfaces. This technology has been shown to be highly effective in decreasing or eliminating drug-resistant microorganisms, thus preventing the transmission of pathogens in the hospital setting. This chemical-free, state-of-the-art cleaning system has been used in more than 400 hospitals. Funding allows for the purchase of four UV sterilization robots to provide efficient, safe and timely disinfection of patient rooms, resulting in expanded bed capacity and increased patient satisfaction. 

Special Fundraising Opportunities and Events

The MVH Foundation hosts special events and initiatives throughout the year that support patient programs and services. Register and/or sponsor individual events at the links below. (Please feel free to contact us for more information on any of following fundraising events for the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation.)

Miami Valley Hospital South Expansion As progress continues on the Spine and Joint Center of Excellence, the MVH Foundation has begun a campaign to raise funds for three components associated with the building project: creating a healing and calming atmosphere within the new center; the addition of an all new outdoor health and wellness area; and the inclusion of a non-denominational, interfaith chapel at MVH South.   Learn More

Berry Refresh The Berry Women’s Health Pavilion opened as a state-of-the-art maternity facility on July 16, 1990. The building is getting a refresh this fall, and donor opportunities will be available to support our tiniest patients and their families. Learn more > Donate >

Promise to Hope A program dedicated to improving health outcomes for newborns exposed to opiate drugs during fetal development, Promise to Hope seeks to decrease the infant mortality rate for babies, reduce the use of emergency medical resources by opiate-addicted mothers, and decrease the amount of time newborns spend in the hospital. To impact as many families as possible, MVH is partnering with Alcohol and Other Drug organizations in our community to provide medication-assisted treatment for mother and withdrawal treatment for infants. Services are provided post-partum for three to nine months. The program provides care coordination and case management not covered by AOD or Medicaid. Learn more > Donate >

MVH Artifacts Phase two of the donor-funded MVH Artifact project continues with the display of physical artifacts from the hospital’s history. Learn more > Donate >

Champions of Hope
Date & Time: 06/18/2019, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

With proceeds benefitting programs that serve MVH cancer patients, this uplifting celebration salutes the efforts of a courageous survivor, an outstanding medical professional, a person of inspiration, and an extraordinary caregiver. In video profiles and live remarks, the deeply personal stories of these honorees lift your spirit and your heart.


The Valley Classic
Date & Time: 07/29/2019, 11:30 am
Location: NCR Country Club

This annual golf tournament held at the NCR Country Club in Dayton is entering its 31st year! In addition to 18 holes, the event, whose proceeds benefit diabetes patient education through the Bull Family Diabetes Center.


Emmett's Place Family Night at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Date & Time: 08/16/2019 - 10/17/2019, 12:00 am

Emmett’s Place Family Night at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery  

               More than 200 people attended Emmett’s Place Family Night at the Boonshoft on Oct. 5, 2019. The event was in support of the Ronald McDonald Family Room in Emmett’s Place at Miami Valley Hospital.

               Attendees had access to the entire museum, a buffet dinner and the Ohio State game in the museum’s planetarium. Family-oriented activities included animal encounters, a selfie photo booth, face painting and a unique scavenger hunt throughout the museum. 

               Guests enjoyed dinner in three specially-themed rooms based on board games, with sponsors and their guests in the Monopoly room and the Sphere room, while families dined in Candyland.  Our sincere thanks to Sarah Hankins for creating the spectacular decorations in the dining rooms and throughout the museum; to Stacey Gazdik for the beautiful art design on posters at the event; and to Julie Scanlan, MS, RN, nurse manager in in the NICU, for all her wonderful help with the event!

               Emmett’s Place is an area of respite and hospitality for the immediate family members of patients in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and for antepartum mothers and their families. The space allows family members to take a break from hospital routines to relax, enjoy a meal, and have a chance to be close to one another during a hospital stay.  This comforting space is dedicated to the memory of Emmett Sorensen who was born prematurely at MVH but passed away shortly after his birth. His parents, Dr. Derek and Emily Sorensen, wanted to ensure that his short life has a lasting impact on others by bringing families closer together. 

               Presenting sponsor PNC was joined by ten other sponsors in creating the magical evening in support of NICU families. Individuals who were unable to attend the event can sponsor a day at Emmett’s Place for a contribution of just $300. For more information about Emmett’s Place, please call the Foundation at 937-208-2700. 

Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!
PNC, Presenting Sponsor
The Belcastro Family
Cincinnati Bell
Clearcreek Custom Builders
Lynn and Barbara Crawford
Barbara A. Johnson
The Kelchner Family
Kelchner Wood Works
Barbara and Tom McCleod
Pediatrix Medical Group of Ohio
Tree Care Inc. 

Thanks to the Emmett’s Place Family Night at the Boonshoft Committee:
Dr. Derek and Emily Sorensen – Chairs
Steve and Sarah Hankins – Co-Chairs
Dr. Marc and Kim Belcastro
Erin Covey
Stacy and Mark Gazdik
Todd and Lisa Kelchner
Dr. Thomas and Jeanie Kupper
Jenny Lewis
Julie Scanlan
Dr. Ed and Meredith Spitzmiller

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