Reid Health doctor heads home to Puerto Rico for medical mission

Published: Wednesday, October 04, 2017 @ 5:35 PM

Dr. Sara Diaz Valentin looks over Reid Health-donated medicines and supplies with Ryan Davis, director of material services at Reid Health in Richmond, Ind.
Dr. Sara Diaz Valentin looks over Reid Health-donated medicines and supplies with Ryan Davis, director of material services at Reid Health in Richmond, Ind.

Hurricane Maria’s devastation to Puerto Rico hit home for a Reid Health physician.

Sara Diaz Valentin is a native of the island where her mother, two brothers and a sister live. She already had a planned vacation home this week, so she will turn it into a medical mission to bring medicine and supplies to hospitals in desperate need, Reid Health of Richmond, Indiana, reported in a news release.

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“It’s sad. These are Americans who are suffering,” Diaz said while gathering supplies and medicines donated by Reid Health or purchased with funds donated by physician peers across the nation, the release stated. “There is no path for me at this point. This is what my heart and soul needs to do to move forward.”

Diaz will leave this weekend.

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"Because of the circumstances, a lot of people are getting cuts, rashes, asthma attacks, uncontrolled diabetes issues. Women are going into labor," she said.

Although she's not done it in a decade, Diaz, a urogynecologist, said she’s prepared to help deliver babies or fill whatever need she finds.

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Restaurant fire causes road closure in Dayton

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:58 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:16 AM

A neon sign caught fire outside of the restaurant at 865 North Main Street around 3:30 a.m., according to our first responder.

UPDATE @ 6:15 a.m.:

Crews are no longer at the scene of North Main Street at Miami Boulevard, according to regional dispatch.

INITIAL REPORT:

North Main Street at Miami Boulevard are closed after a small fire at Quincy’s Saturday.

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A neon sign caught fire outside of the restaurant at 865 North Main Street around 3:30 a.m., according to our first responder.

The road was closed as of 4:40 a.m. but crews were working on clearing the scene, according to a Dayton fire chief. 

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3 things to know about Dayton, Wright-Patt and drinking water

Published: Friday, February 23, 2018 @ 10:03 AM

Dayton confronts two Mad River well field sites that face contamination threats from contaminants in firefighting foam. One is at the city’s fire training facility site off Springfield Street shown here, and the other is Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, city officials say. The Mad River, right, flows past the Dayton fire training facility. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Dayton confronts two Mad River well field sites that face contamination threats from contaminants in firefighting foam. One is at the city’s fire training facility site off Springfield Street shown here, and the other is Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, city officials say. The Mad River, right, flows past the Dayton fire training facility. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

Dayton city leaders said this week they’re concerned about two potential threats to well fields along the Mad River from firefighting foam contaminants.

One potential source of contamination is at the city’s firefighting training center on McFadden near the Tait’s Hill well field. The other potential source of contamination is from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, where a tainted groundwater plume was believed to be approaching production wells at Huffman Dam, city and state officials say.

The contaminant is known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

The city shut down both well fields over the past two years as a precaution, Dayton officials said. The two well fields stand about three miles apart.

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State and city officials say the water is safe and the contaminant has not been found in finished product to consumers.

Here’s a look at key developments this week:

1. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Wright-Patterson officials say they did not know of the firefighting training center concerns until recent days. Among other actions, the state EPA this week directed Dayton to test treated water at its Ottawa treatment plant near the Mad River monthly for the contaminant beginning March 31, and to determine the source of the contamination. Late last year, the city detected PFAS at less than 10 parts per trillion in a raw water intake at the plant, officials said. The U.S. EPA has a health advisory threshold of 70 parts per trillion for lifetime exposure to drinking water.

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2. Dayton asked area city managers this month to co-sign a letter urging Wright-Patterson and the Air Force to act more quickly to resolve concerns a groundwater contamination plume could reach the Huffman Dam well field. The response to the city request thus far has been mixed.

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3. Dayton, Ohio EPA, and Wright-Patterson authorities most recently met this week in ongoing talks about how to handle groundwater contamination concern.

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Flood watch for entire Miami Valley

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 5:32 AM
Updated: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 6:49 AM

A flood watch will be in effect for all counties until 10 a.m. Sunday. Rain develops and may be heavy at times, especially toward the evening. A few thunderstorms are possible in the evening and overnight. Isolated damaging winds and flooding will be the main threat tonight. Rainfall amounts of 1 inch to 3 inches will be possible by Sunday morning. Temperatures will rise into the lower to middle 50s into the evening, then will fall late tonight as a cold front passes.

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  • Rain at times for Saturday
  • Some strong to severe storms possible Saturday night
  • Main threat for isolated damaging winds and flooding
  • Additional 1 inch to 3 inches of rain possible 

TOMORROW: Any rain early will end quickly then clouds linger. Flooding still possible as rivers and streams continue to rise. Highs will be in the lower 50s and it will be windy at times. There will be gradually decreasing clouds through the night and chilly with temperatures falling into the lower 30s. Watch for isolated slick spots late with any leftover standing water. 

MONDAY: There will be a lot of sunshine and mild with highs in the lower 50s.

TUESDAY: There will be mostly sunny skies with mild temperatures in the upper 50s.

WEDNESDAY: Clouds return with the chance for showers. Highs will top out near 60 degrees.

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Ohio investigators test evidence from 14,000 backlogged rape kits

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 4:13 AM

Ohio investigators working to test evidence from 14,000 backlogged rape kits

Nearly 14,000 rape kits were tested by the State Crime Lab after State investigators proposed they would seven years ago.

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The kits provided thousands of pieces of evidence that could lead to suspects but it was difficult to keep up with them all, state leaders said.

New rules went into place in reviewing the kits for evidence to ensure a backlog like this doesn’t happen again, according to state leaders.

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“When agencies submit kits without delay, suspects can be identified faster, taken off the streets sooner and future attacks prevented,” Attorney General Mike DeWine said.

Almost 370 rape kits from Springfield that pointed to possible suspects in 135 cases were once a part of the backlog.

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