Test Negative: Wayne Co. Swine Flu Case

Published: Thursday, April 30, 2009 @ 11:55 AM
Updated: Thursday, April 30, 2009 @ 4:40 PM

Officials in Wayne County said they have received test results for their first unconfirmed case of possible Swine Flu. The test was negative.

Since Monday, the Wayne County Health Department has sent three unconfirmed cases of possible Swine Flu to the Indiana State Department of Health for further testing.

Results for one test were returned Thursday, and were negative. The two other tests are pending.

Wayne County officials said there is no need for alarm. They believe that the two remaining unconfirmed cases are nothing to worry about. They said the cases were referred to Reid Hospital by family doctors.

Kathryn Burcham Reports

Wayne County began implementation of its pandemic operations plan on Monday. Under the plan, the Wayne County Health Department is taking action as the lead agency with coordination being provided by the Wayne County EMA.

Reid Hospital is assisting with technical issues.

Officials with the Wayne County EMA said they are monitoring the situation and information sources, especially the Center For Disease Control and Prevention's Web site, and has provided a steady stream of information to local first responders, schools, government officers and businesses.

The information has also been provided to daycare centers and nursing homes.

Pharmacies around the Richmond area said they have seen an increase in phone calls from people asking about face masks, Tamiflu, and even what they should if they think the may have flu-like symptons.

The state of Indiana has established a new Web site for information about the Swine Flu at www.in.gov/flu.

For question regarding Swine Flu, call toll-free 877-826-0011 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you think you might have the flu, call your family physician first.

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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.