Concern Of West Nile Virus In Miami Valley

Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 @ 4:59 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 @ 5:27 PM

West Nile Virus is a concern in the Miami Valley. That’s why officials with Public Health of Dayton and Montgomery County urge people to do all they can to protect themselves from mosquitoes.

Four-year-old Elliana Trimbach has several mosquito bites from playing outside. Recently, one became infected and required antibiotics to heal.

Her mother, Melissa Trimbach, does all she can to keep her daughter from getting mosquito bites.

“They well up a lot on her anyway, so we just have to be really careful about mosquitoes,” said Trimbach. “She has some really strong reactions to them.”

While the Trimbachs and many others are trying to avoid mosquitoes, Public Health of Dayton and Montgomery County officials are trying to capture the insects.

They filled traps with pungent-smelling liquid to create the perfect mosquito breeding ground.

“When the pregnant female lands on this water to lay her eggs, she will then get sucked up into this tube,” said Christine Roy, with Public Health of Dayton and Montgomery County.

At the top of the tube is a net, which catches the mosquitoes. Roy then collects the insects and sends them to a lab in Columbus, Ohio for testing.

The routine monitoring tells people whether any mosquitoes are infected with West Nile Virus. Public Health hasn’t found any yet, but they’re confident they will.

“We know that West Nile is in the community,” said Bill Wharton with Public Health of Dayton and Montgomery County. “It’s been there for a number of years. It’s not going to be a big surprise when we get a mosquito pool that tests positive for West Nile.”

Montgomery County had two West Nile cases in 2008.

Local Mothers Can Donate Breast Milk

Published: Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 2:13 PM
Updated: Friday, August 01, 2008 @ 2:22 PM

August is National Breastfeeding Month and The Children's Medical Center of Dayton wants mothers to know their breast milk could help more than just their own children.

The donor milk depot at Dayton Children's is the regional collection stie for the Mothers' Milk Bank Of Ohio. The NICU at the hospital uses donor breast milk for infants weighing less than 1,500 grams or infants that still need special care.

"A mother's milk is definitely the first choice, but if it can't be used, donated milk is the next best option,"said Mari Jo Rosenbauer, RNC, lactation consultant for the Regional Level III Newborn Intensive Care Unit.

Dayton Children's became a collection stie for the Mothers' Milk Bank Of Ohio in the spring of 2006 and began using donated breast milk for low-weight infants in November of that year.

"As a collection site, we accept all the donations for this region," Rosenbauer said. "When we get enough donations, the milk is taken to Columbus, where it is pasteurized and distributed to hospitals statewide that use donor milk for low-weight or at-risk infants."

42 babies locally have received donor milk at Dayton Children's Medical Center. Rosenbauer said there have been no reports of disease transmission from donor milk to an infant and there are no other known risks.


Premier Health, Tri-County North Partner

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 @ 3:07 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 @ 3:07 PM

Premier Health Partners signed another long-term sponsorship deal with a local school district.

The deal is between Good Samaritan Hospital and the Board of Education at Tri-County North Local Schools, and is worth $630,000 over a 10-year period.

Under the terms of the agreement, Tri-County North will receive athletic training and sports medicine services from the Good Samaritan Hospital Sports Medicine Program.

This will be in exchange for naming rights at the school’s athletic field, which will be called Good Samaritan field.

Medical Mutual To Drop Premier Health

Published: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 @ 3:22 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 @ 3:22 PM

A health insurance company is dropping a local hospital network because they said it is too expensive.

Medical Mutual will no longer cover services within Premier Health Partners. Their agreement will come to an end on Jan. 1, 2010.

This is the third time in five years that a private health care insurer has ended its agreement with Premier Health Network

Premier Hospitals include Miami Valley Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Atrium Medical Center and Miami Valley Hospital South.

Premier Health CEO Steps Down

Published: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 @ 11:26 AM
Updated: Wednesday, August 04, 2010 @ 2:14 PM

The man at the helm of Premier Health Partners is stepping down.

Thomas Breitenbach, 63, will end his tenure with Premier Health Partners at the end of the year, according to our partners at the Dayton Daily News.

Premier Health Partners has grown to 14,000 employees since Miami Valley Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital joined forces in 1995 to create the Health Network.

That network now includes hospitals such as Atrium Medical Center, Miami Valley South and the Upper Valley Medical Center.

James Pancoast will take over as head of Premier Health Partners beginning next year.