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State Sends Swine Flu Message To Parents

Published: Thursday, April 30, 2009 @ 4:23 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 30, 2009 @ 5:38 PM

The State of Ohio offered an important message Thursday to parents of school-aged children in response to H1N1, formerly known as swine flu.

H1N1 is transmitted from person to person, and therefore, schools and child care facilities have been advised to carefully monitor children for any signs or symptoms.

At the recommendation of the Center for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of Education, any school or child care facility with a confirmed case of H1N1 in a child or employee is instructed to close for at least seven days. In addition, if a school is closed, all activities will be cancelled.

It is recommended that parents develop a plan of action in the case that their child’s school or daycare facility is closed. Also, if your child is experiencing flu like symptoms they are encouraged to stay home.

If your child does come into contact with someone who has H1N1, the parent should contact a doctor to determine if he or she should receive antiviral medicine for treatment of symptoms.

Children should be instructed to wash their hands frequently and to sneeze and cough into the inside of their elbow or into a tissue.

Parents should continue to monitor their children for symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and, occasionally, vomiting and diarrhea.

Warning signs such as trouble breathing, bluish-gray skin color and not drinking enough fluids should result in parents seeking emergency medical care.

For more information, please contact the Ohio Department of Health public inquiry line at 1-866-800-1404.

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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.