CareSource’s chief executive to retire

Published: Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 3:00 PM


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The leader of CareSource, one of Dayton’s largest companies, is retiring next year.

Chief Executive Officer Pamela Morris announced she will retire from her role effective May 2018 after leading the Medicaid-managed care company since its inception 28 years ago.

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“CareSource has been much more than a job for me, it has been my life’s passion. Even in those early days through today, I have never lost sight of what I set out to do when I came to Dayton and we started the Dayton Area Health Plan,” Morris said in a statement.

CareSource anchors downtown Dayton with about 2,000 employees, making it one of the largest employers in the city’s core. It is in the midst of building a new six-story building on East First Street near its headquarters at the corner of Monument Avenue and Main Street, which are the only two major new office buildings to be built downtown in the past decade.

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Morris’ plans to step down from leading the company comes at a tumultuous time for the health care industry.

While the $7.2 billion nonprofit insurer’s focus is on managing Medicaid plans, it also has plans next year to dramatically expand how many counties it sells health plans under the Affordable Care Act exchanges, despite the uncertainty facing the health insurance law, also known as Obamacare.

CareSource made national headlines when it stepped up to offer health plans in Paulding County, which until that point had been the last county in the U.S. without an insurer lined up to sell a plan on the ACA exchange in 2018.

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Morris pioneered Ohio’s first mandatory Medicaid managed care program and under her leadership, CareSource has grown to become one of the nation’s largest Medicaid Managed Care plans, serving more than 1.8 million members in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia and West Virginia.

The CareSource Management Group Board of Directors will conduct a national search for her successor. Morris will be active in the search process and will also assist with the transition.

Four new urgent cares to open in Dayton area

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 4:54 PM


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Premier Physician Network will open four new urgent care sites in the Dayton area in 2018, the company announced Thursday.

Premier Health Urgent Cares will open in Englewood, Miamisburg, Springboro and Vandalia by spring 2018.

“Premier Health Urgent Care introduces a new generation of urgent care with design and technology aimed at giving patients the care they need with the convenience their lifestyle demands,” Mike Maiberger, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Premier Health, said in statement sent to this media outlet. “Everything from the feel of the waiting room to the ability to register online redefines how urgent care has been delivered in the past.”

Patients will be able to register for an appointment time online and wait at their home up until the time of their appointment. Walk-in appointments will also be available, the company said.

The four urgent cares will be located at 1130 S. Main St. in Englewood, 8 Prestige Plaza in Miamisburg, 752 N. Main St. in Springboro and 6700 Commerce Center Drive in Butler Twp. in the Miller Lane area. The locations will operate Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Each Premier Health Urgent Care will be staffed by local, certified advanced practice providers.

Premier Physicians Network is a part of Premier Health, the largest private employer in the region that operates four hospitals, a network of primary and specialty care practices, and a home health service.

Canadian business buys fire-plagued former soap factory

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 12:47 PM

Canadian company pays $60,000 for three parcels

A Canadian company has bought what remains of the former Hewitt soap factory on Linden Avenue, with an eye on starting a small manufacturing operation there. 

Dayton Flats LLC, with a Toronto, Ontario mailing address, paid Accu-Jet Corp. $60,000 for the 333 Linden Ave. property, Montgomery County property records show.

Three parcels were purchased at the site, a total of nearly two acres. 

John LaGamba, president of Temp-Cast, a Canadian maker of masonry heaters, purchased the building, according to John Flynn, vice president of sales for Seneca Transportation & Logistics, a Toronto trucking firm. 

Flynn said LaGamba is working with Dayton city officials on starting a small manufacturing operation in the building, while Flynn said he is interested in opening a small distribution operation there.

The businesses would involve only a “handful of employees” initially, Flynn said. 

When the former owner bought the property in 2015, 3.16 acres were purchased, so it appears that ground under the area consumed by fire was not part of the recent purchase. 

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The former factory at 333 Linden has been plagued by fire and other issues in the past year. Much of the front of the building collapsed in a Nov. 10 fire. Another fire in December 2016 struck the building’s southern side, and firefighters and others have long been concerned about the site’s overall structural integrity.

In March this year, residents close to the site expressed concern about debris left over from the December fire.

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At the time, they said rubble from the fire was spilling into the street. One resident said a steel beam was hanging out into the road and there was no safety barrier or caution tape around a pile of debris.

An at least partial demolition of the site began after the latest fire last month.

The soap company was founded in 1897 in Dayton and was in operation until 2004 when it was bought by a competitor, which later closed the facility. At its peak, it was the nation’s second-largest maker of specialty soaps, including the small bars used in hotels.

Kroger launches new mobile payment option

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 7:34 AM

What you need to know.

Kroger is launching a new mobile payment option for customers who want an easier way to pay.

The Cincinnati-headquartered grocery chain is teaming up with Chase Pay — the digital engagement wallet from JPMorgan Chase & Co.— to offer mobile payments starting with select retail markets and e-commerce programs in 2018.

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“Technology is transforming our customers’ experiences and greatly influencing how we are reimagining the store of the future,” said Chris Hjelm, Kroger’s chief information officer. “Mobile wallets enable a more seamless shopping experience for our customers and at the same time, can help us drive cost out of our business.”

Through the partnership, Chase’s 65 million customers will have an opportunity to use Chase Pay at Kroger for online and in-store purchases. Kroger has locations across the Southwest Ohio region.

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Goodwill opens in Oakwood

Published: Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

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A Goodwill Easter Seals store has opened on Far Hills Avenue in Oakwood.

The store, located at 2322 Far Hills Ave., officially opened about two weeks ago but celebrated with a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this week. Goodwill Easter Seals, which takes donations and also sells clothing and other items, has locations across the Miami Valley.

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The Oakwood store will operate as a “boutique” and will not change the way Goodwill is priced, according to property owner Kevin Manley. The Dayton Daily News covered the story first

Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley serves people with disabilities and other needs in 23 Ohio counties and numerous local communities, from Lima in the north, Middletown in the south, Greenville in the west, and Urbana and Bellefontaine in the east.

Complete Petmart occupied the building until 2011, when Petco bought the Petmart chain. Petco left last November.

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