UVMC opens doors to Cancer Care Center

Published: Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 12:50 AM
Updated: Saturday, April 28, 2012 @ 12:50 AM


Cancer care is entering a new era at Upper Valley Medical Center.

An expanded and remodeled Cancer Care Center opened its doors to patients in mid-April and was introduced to UVMC employees and the public with open houses April 27 and 28.

Among the new center’s highlights is the John J. Dugan Infusion Center.

The centerpiece of the first floor addition completed this year, the infusion center honors Dugan, an area businessman and Miami County commissioner who was treated at UVMC before his death to cancer in 2003.

Dugan’s family chose to honor him through an annual fundraiser and support of the Cancer Care Center. “They have been so generous and so dedicated to the Cancer Care Center, I am extremely honored to be able as a hospital to say that we’ve dedicated our infusion center to John J. Dugan,” Jean Heath, RN, BSN, Cancer Care Center Director, said.

The addition gave the center its own first-level entry, a new reception area, family center, hospitality area and library where patients and their families can research materials offered in traditional hardback books, on DVDs/CDs or on Kindles.

Other features include consulting rooms for use by patients and families discussing finances, schedules and questions.  New offices bring from several hospital locations to one those working in Cancer Care Center roles such as palliative care, clinical trials and advanced clinical oncology.

“This Cancer Care Center expansion reflects UVMC’s continuing mission to provide a comprehensive continuum of cancer services in our community,” said Thomas R. Parker, UVMC President and CEO. “We’re grateful to the physicians and staffs who have worked so hard to make the expansion a reality, and also to the UVMC Board of Directors and Foundation for their support of this important project.”

The center’s design reflects a natural environment theme with looks of wood and bamboo.  “Every step of the way in the process to build this center has been focused around what the patient will experience and how we can make that warm and inviting,” said Heath.

New to the center will be members of the UVMC volunteers, who will help escort patients to their destination and assist families as they get used to the offerings of the new facility.

Those coming for radiation will be directed to the lower level. Those arriving for infusion treatments will find a new area with 10 individual rooms looking over a healing garden. In addition to infusion treatments for cancer, the center will offer infusion treatment such as IV antibiotics and hemachromatosis.

Each infusion room has sliding doors for privacy, a heated, massage chair for the patient, a TV and a window overlooking the healing garden landscaped to include color year round and attract visitors such as butterflies.

“To have the light – light is healing – and the garden and this environment. To allow patients and families to go outside and sit where they can still be monitored and be in a safe environment, I think is pretty unusual. It is going to be wonderful for the patients,” Heath said.

The addition in 2011-12 followed the remodeling of the Cancer Care Center’s original home on the hospital’s lower level in 2010-11.

The remodeling included space for the center’s second linear accelerator, which allowed for more flexible patient scheduling.

Those who have given  $1,000 or more to support the $11.1 million Cancer Care Center expansion project and its various programs are recognized on a 13-foot by – 3 ½-foot lobby Donor Wall featuring artwork of fused, colored glass. 

Special recognition is given to the UVMC Foundation, the John J. Dugan Memorial Fund for Cancer Care and the Stouder Foundation for their generous support for the Cancer Care Center.  Their gifts total, respectively, $750,000; $350,000; and $268,000. 

Heath said the goal during years of center planning was to provide a welcoming, comforting, healing environment, but not go overboard.

“We’ve really thought about it, took our time, listened to patients and looked at what we could do to enhance that experience. Of course, more space always helps, but how do you take each one of those experiences and make it better,” Heath said.

“I think we have achieved that goal. I am honored to be part of this system that has really set the bar high in ensuring that cancer care will be in this community for a long, long time.”


Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

Election Board Moves Carefully On Husted Investigation

Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Montgomery County Board of Elections attorney will review voting residency laws before the board decides if it will move forward on an investigation of Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering.

The four-person board has asked for the legal review after member Dennis Lieberman, a Democrat, said an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News article raised questions about Husted's residency and voter registration.

"I think we have an obligation to look into it," Lieberman said.

Republican board members Jim Nathanson and Greg Gantt, county party chairman and chairman of the board, both referred to an investigation of Husted as a "witch hunt." Nathanson said he does not think it "serves anyone" to look into Husted's residency this close to the election.

Husted, elected to the House in 2000, said, "if they haven't filed a complaint (then) they must not think there is a problem."

He is running for a Senate seat from the 6th District against Centerville School Board member John Doll, a Democrat.

The deadline to remove names from the ballot has passed, but the board can review the validity of Husted's voter registration.

A legislator must be a legal resident of his district and can be forced to forfeit the seat if he is not.

Ohio law on residency for voting purposes says a person's residence is the "place where the family of a married person resides."

Husted has been dogged by questions about his residency for several years because he stays with his wife and children in Upper Arlington and is rarely seen at his home in Kettering, 148 Sherbrooke Drive.

He is registered to vote in Montgomery County. His wife, Tina, is registered in Upper Arlington. Jon Husted voted absentee every time he cast a ballot since 2005 and voted in person every time prior to that, according to Montgomery County board of elections records.

Since their marriage in 2005, the Husteds have simultaneously owned or co-owned properties that they've called "principal residences" and received 2.5 percent property tax reductions allowed for owner-occupied homes. The law states that a couple can take the tax break on only one house. Neither Husted applied for an exception.

On Friday, Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa said Tina Husted should repay a tax break the Husteds claimed on the Columbus condominium she and Jon co-owned as a "principal residence" at the same time she got a $207.46 tax break on a different home she owned.

Husted said he and his wife have now repaid $27.22 to the auditor, who told him there are no other problems. Testa could not be reached for comment. Husted said Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith informed him "everything is fine" in this county.

However, Keith said he's only verified that the tax break was properly taken on the Kettering home since 1995 and that Husted is registered to vote there. He said it is up to Testa to review that information for possible conflicts with Tina's tax breaks. Keith said he will continue his inquiry.

As of last week, the couple was renting a home at 2672 Coventry Road in Upper Arlington. Husted would not directly say if they moved over the weekend to a house Tina owns at 2305 Haverford Road, Upper Arlington.

"We are no longer renting the Coventry and the only Columbus residence or Columbus property that we own, that my wife owns, is the property on Haverford," Husted said.

(Article courtesy of www.daytondailynews.com)

Husted Residency Still Questioned, To Appear Before Board

Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering, must appear on Jan. 7 before the Montgomery County Board of Elections, which is investigating whether he lives in his district at the Kettering address where he is registered to vote, the board decided on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

A letter will be sent to Husted outlining what documents the board is requesting he provide to prove his residency, said Steve Harsman, board director. Requests for an investigation came from a Kettering Republican and a liberal nonprofit group after an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News story raised new questions about Husted's residency.

Husted, who could not be reached for comment, says his home is at 148 Sherbrooke Ave. in Kettering. However, he said he sometimes stays with his wife, Tina, in an Upper Arlington house she owns because the demands of his job as House Speaker frequently keep him in Columbus. Jon and Tina have one son and Jon has a son from his first marriage.

Husted took an apartment in Columbus shortly after becoming 37th District representative in 2001 and bought a Columbus condominium in 2003. He became speaker and married Tina in 2005. They co-owned a Columbus condominium they sold in 2007. Husted's wife is registered to vote at the Upper Arlington home.

Husted rarely had official business scheduled on his calendar after mid-August, when the House was not in session this year, according to a daily calendar provided by his office. It also shows few trips to his district. A travel expense report Husted signed for a 2005 trip to a conference in Las Vegas listed his home address as 911 Manor Lane, Columbus, which was the first condo he owned. A 2005 traffic citation handled in Upper Arlington Mayor's court also lists that as his home address.

In January Husted will take office as a sixth district senator. Ohio law requires that legislators live in their district.

In October the Daily News reported that Jon and Tina Husted had simultaneously claimed homes in Upper Arlington and Kettering as "principal" residences and taken property tax breaks for owner-occupied homes on them. They also claimed the condo they co-owned as a principal residence, while claiming the same tax break on homes in Kettering and Upper Arlington.

Tina was ordered by Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa to repay the tax break for the condominium. Testa said he considers the matter closed. Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith said he believes Husted qualifies for the tax break in Kettering, and he said state payroll records list it as Husted's home.

"If the board of elections determines that his voter registration is invalid at that address then I will have to take another look," Keith said.

(Article courtesy of www.daytondailynews.com)

Snake in bathroom saves woman from bedroom attacker

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM

Snake Saves Woman From Sexual Assault

A Florida woman is crediting a snake in her home with saving her from a sexual assault last week.

Police said the Lee County woman called deputies when she found the reptile in her bathroom, minutes before a man broke into her house, grabbed her and demanded sex, according to media reports

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Malcolm Porter, 28, allegedly sneaked up on the victim, choked her, then demanded she get condoms from another room. Once free, the woman fled from her home where deputies, who responded to the snake call, were waiting outside. 

Porter was arrested and is jailed without bond on charges of battery by strangulation.

The victim told police she knew the man and that he “may have been high" on drugs, local media reported. 

One of the victim's neighbors called the snake encounter "a blessing in disguise."

"The snake played a role in saving her," the neighbor said.