Programs & Events
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 Miami Valley Hospital 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 Miami Valley Hospital 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 2021
Thanks to undesignated contributions from throughout the community, these important programs and services are available for patients at Miami Valley Hospital. The Miami Valley Hospital Foundation board of trustees allocated funding for the following programs for 2021.
Portable CT Software Upgrade and Training
Primarily serving stroke and trauma patients, portable CT (computed tomography) scanners provide scans of the head in the patent’s room thus eliminating the need for critical care patients to be transported to the Medical Imaging area. Originally funded through the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation in 2014, the existing mobile scanners have performed more than 1,200 point-of-care scans but now require a software upgrade. Funding will cover the upgrade and staff education on the new software. The upgrade will provide better image quality, decreased downtime for the portable scanners, faster processing and increased network capabilities.
CT Syringeless Contrast Power Injectors
With more than 50 percent of CT scans using intravenous contrast material, contrast injectors play an integral role in diagnosing stroke and trauma patients in the Emergency Department. New syringeless contrast injectors will allow multiple patients to be scanned without reloading contrast material between each patient. With the contrast injector providing enough doses for multi-patient use, efficiency will be greatly improved by reducing the length of time between tests from more than five minutes to a few seconds. Funding will cover the cost to outfit two CT scanners in the Emergency Department at the hospital’s Main campus.
Endoscopy Medivator Upgrade
A Medivator is an essential piece of equipment needed to perform efficient, high-level disinfecting and tracking of endoscopes. Used in various diagnostic tests, endoscopes are a vital component in the early detection and treatment of various illnesses including colon cancer, lung cancer, ulcers, pneumonia and other gastrointestinal or lung infections. The current Medivators have been in use in the Endoscopy Department for approximately 15 years. This funding allocation allows for the purchase of three Medivators at the Main campus and one at Miami Valley Hospital South, providing the most up-to-date and efficient technology in the cleaning and tracking of endoscopes.
Cancer Prevention Program Coordinator
Part of the overall Premier Cancer Prevention Program, the coordinator partners with providers on implementing a hereditary cancer risk assessment process to identify individuals who may benefit from genetic counseling and testing. Based on the assessment results, the coordinator works with patients to ensure they connect with the appropriate resources for additional screening or medical intervention. A system-wide position, the coordinator also provides vital educational materials to the patient and family. By adding this additional resource for patients, the coordinator will immensely enhance Premier Health’s oncology services by helping to prevent or find cancer at an earlier stage.
Police Vehicle Replacement
Funding allows for the purchase of two specially equipped vehicles for the Premier Health Department of Public Safety. Officers use the vehicles to provide escorts for patients, visitors and staff, and make emergency deliveries of medical equipment as needed. Officers patrol the hospital grounds, parking garages, flat lots and adjacent Premier Health-owned facilities. They respond to all police-related emergencies on hospital property and to injury-related calls for service. With the Department’s existing patrol cars close to 10-years old, repairs would cost more than the vehicles’ worth. New vehicles ensure that officers are able to respond to service calls when requested in an up-to-date, safe vehicle.
Remote Patient Monitoring Program
This allocation allows for the expansion of a system-wide program which places remote patient monitoring tablets with Bluetooth ancillary peripheral assessment devices in the homes of patients with cardiopulmonary diseases including COPD, diabetes, pneumonia, CHF and COVID-19. The monitors enable the healthcare team to identify disease deterioration at an early stage and provide the requisite care in a timely manner. In addition to providing patients with education in self-care management, the monitors help prevent or reduce avoidable readmissions and assist patients in staying connected with their healthcare providers. Funding will cover the purchase of 50 additional monitors which are provided at no cost to patients who meet the program’s criteria.
Weekend Palliative Care Services
A continuation of funding that was initially approved by the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation in 2019, this allocation extends the availability of Palliative Care services on weekends from 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Palliative Care services assist chronically ill patients and their families in making important healthcare decisions by providing timely consultations with regard to care goals and symptom management. A recent study found that when Palliative Care services are available, the median length-of-stay for patients may be reduced by up to four days. Palliative Care services are provided by staff from Pure Healthcare, the contract provider to all Premier Health hospitals.
Premier Community Health Mobile Clinic Project
Partnering with several area health agencies, the program’s goal is to bring routine healthcare services and providers to underserved areas in and around Dayton. Based on a successful program in Preble County, with support from Atrium Medical Center Foundation and the Maxon Foundation, the need for these services has risen dramatically during the pandemic as individuals without providers or insurance are not seeking services. The mobile clinic provides wellness screening assessments, counseling, referrals and follow-up care. Staffed by a Premier Community Health nurse, an Advanced Practice Provider (pending availability) and a greeter/driver, patients can receive screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose, A1c as well as flu shots. The program will provide vital assistance to underserved patients throughout the area.
Respiratory Protection Program Manager
Premier Health has a Respiratory Protection Program to protect staff from adverse health effects caused by inhalation of contaminants in the work environment. The program’s goal is to ensure that every employee is protected during every patient encounter. Prior to the pandemic, the program was managed by Infection Control but overlapped with many other departments including Employee Health, Emergency Preparedness and Central Distribution. The Manager will connect and strengthen ties between these departments while providing oversight compliance and guidance on employee safety to ensure the health system is providing the highest level of respiratory protection for all employees.
System Director of Spiritual Care
Donor contributions continue to help fund a system-wide director of Spiritual Care for Premier Health. The Spiritual Care director coordinates services provided by chaplains at each Premier hospital. Spiritual care visits provide patients and family members with the help they need to successfully cope with significant health issues and the challenges related to illness and recovery. Chaplains also provide employees with spiritual support to assist in caring for themselves and their patients, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. This system-wide position helps ensure that spiritual care is available to support patients, families, staff and the community.
Special Fundraising Opportunities and Events
The Miami Valley Hospital 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.)
The Dr. Mukul S. Chandra Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
The Miami Valley Hospital Foundation is raising funds for the project which will include the cost of the renovation, the acquisition of new exercise equipment and innovative technologies, and to allow for future expansion of the rehab program. Learn more > Donate >
Miami Valley Hospital South Expansion As progress continues on the Spine and Joint Center of Excellence, the Miami Valley Hospital 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 Miami Valley Hospital 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, Miami Valley Hospital 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 >
|Champions of Hope|
|Date & Time: 09/14/2021, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm|
With proceeds benefiting programs that serve Miami Valley Hospital 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.
|Emmett's Place Virtual Family Fall Fest at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery|
|Date & Time: 10/30/2021, 3:00 pm|
Just steps away from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the Berry Women’s Center at Miami Valley Hospital’s main campus, Emmett’s Place is an area of respite and hospitality for the immediate family members of newborn infants who are hospitalized in the NICU, and for hospitalized pregnant women and their families experiencing a longer than usual hospitalization.
|The Valley Classic|
|Date & Time: 07/25/2022, 11:30 am|
|Location: NCR Country Club|
This annual golf tournament was held at the NCR Country Club in Dayton. Proceeds benefit diabetes patient education through the Bull Family Diabetes Center.
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