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 2020
Thanks to undesignated contributions from throughout the community, these important programs and services are available for patients at Miami Valley Hospital. The MVH Foundation board of trustees allocated funding for the following programs for 2020.

Monarch™ Robotic-Assisted Bronchoscopy
Donor contributions allowed for the purchase of the revolutionary Monarch™ Platform – a state-of-the-art technology designed to allow physicians to biopsy small, hard-to-reach peripheral lung nodules using a less invasive procedure. Because abnormal nodules in the lung tend to be small and deep in the lung periphery, lung cancer can be difficult to diagnosis safely and reliably in its very earliest stage. Monarch is designed to navigate through the lung to the nodule like a GPS system and never lose sight in the procedure, especially during the most critical step – the biopsy. The bronchoscope provides continuous vision throughout the entire procedure, enabling physicians to biopsy lung nodules with great precision that can only come from robotic technology. Monarch is a first-of-its-kind technology now available in Ohio.

Cardiac Balloon Pump Replacement
Donor contributions allowed for the purchase of new Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABP) to stabilize critically ill patients. Used during cardiac surgery and with patients undergoing procedures in the cardiac catheterization lab, a balloon pump controls the flow of blood through the aorta. The acquisition of new IABPs was necessitated by an increasing volume of patients undergoing cardiology procedures. The state-of-the-art balloon pumps provide consistent devices at each Premier Health hospital and help enhance patient safety and the continuation of high-quality cardiology care. The new pumps will impact approximately 1,000 patients annually throughout the Premier Health system. 

EKG Cardiac Monitor Update
Cardiac monitors are integral to patient care in many different areas of the hospital. The monitors are essential in allowing physicians and nursing staff to monitor and evaluate various heart issues. This technology detects arrhythmias, other heart conditions, and assists clinicians with monitoring the effects of medication on the heart. Donor funding made it possible to begin the replacement of these vital monitors throughout the hospital system. The first four departments expected to receive the new cardiac monitors at Miami Valley Hospital include the Emergency Department, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Level 1 Trauma Unit and the Medical-Surgical Unit.

Spiritual Care System Director
With the continuing importance of spiritual care to patients and their families, community contributions help fund a director of Spiritual Care position for Premier Health. The Spiritual Care director coordinates services provided by chaplains at each Premier Health hospital. Spiritual care visits 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 to care for themselves and their patients. 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 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 >

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

The Valley Classic
Date & Time: 07/27/2020, 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.


Champions of Hope
Date & Time: 08/27/2020, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

With proceeds benefiting 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.


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