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Competing hospital prepares for Good Samaritan closing

Published: Thursday, July 12, 2018 @ 5:13 PM

Grandview Medical Center president Becky Lewis stands in the emergency room at the Dayton hospital where construction workers are adding new patient rooms.
Grandview Medical Center president Becky Lewis stands in the emergency room at the Dayton hospital where construction workers are adding new patient rooms.

Grandview Medical Center is on the final leg of a $25 million emergency department expansion in anticipation of Good Samaritan Hospital closing.

When Good Samaritan closes its ER at noon on July 19, its nearly 60,000 annual patient visits will have to shift elsewhere. While Premier Health, Good Samaritan’s parent company, has said it has enough capacity at its nearby hospitals for those patients, Grandview is anticipating it will see many of the patients since it will be the closest hospital.

“We’ll be the closest facility and we’ll be the only hospital left in west Dayton,” said Becky Lewis, president of Grandview Medical Center, who spoke exclusively this week to the Dayton Daily News and NewsCenter 7 about the hospital’s preparation and expansion work.

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Within weeks after the Good Samaritan closing announcement in January, Kettering Health Network, Grandview’s parent company, made plans for the construction project with an aggressive timeline in order to prepare for the increased demand.

The Dayton Daily News previously reported the hospital was estimating it could see an increased annual patient volume between 20,000 and 25,000.

The expansion will mean an additional 23 new ER rooms will be added by Sept. 1, an additional two trauma rooms and four critical care rooms to open mid-September and the last piece will be a new ER canopy where the ambulances pull under, which should be finished in November.

There will be a gap between when the Good Samaritan ER closes and the Grandview project is complete, but the crucial pieces will be in place and the hospital will be prepared, Lewis said.

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The emergency department continues to operate during the construction, which is led by Miamisburg-based Danis Building Construction Co.

Part of that preparation includes changing the way patients are triaged in the ER, shortening the time it takes from when patients enter the ER to when they see a doctor.

The hospital now uses “provider in triage” model that’s a team approach between a physician and two nurses, which is more efficient than the old model of one triage nurse.

Grandview has said it increased the percentage of patients seen by a doctor within 10 minutes from 38 percent to 71 percent using the new model for its ER.

“We are anticipating an annual patient volume increase between 20,000 and 25,000 with that closure. Without this new process, we would not have been able to survive,” Dr. Nikole Funk, medical director at Grandview, had stated in an interview with trade publication HealthLeaders Media.

The two additional trauma rooms will also be an improvement in health care delivery, with overhead radiology and surgical lights, said Lewis.

“So if a patient arrives in a life or death situation, we essentially can operate on them right there,” she said.

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Grandview is also preparing for increased admissions to other services. The hospital is investing about $10 million to $15 million in addition to other expansion projects besides the ER, including new parking and increased cardiology services and labs.

Grandview, located at 405 W. Grand Ave., was founded in 1926 and became part of the Kettering Health Network in 1999. Besides Grandview, Kettering Health operates seven other hospitals in the region and has a large network of doctors.

The closure of Good Samaritan also opened a window for health care recruitment. The health care recruitment environment has grown fiercely competitive as the unemployment rate has plummeted.

Grandview hosted recruiting events closely following the announcement, advertised about jobs on social media and hired 100 people from Good Samaritan, including about 20 doctors.

Grandview employs about 1,635 people.

DATES TO KNOW

July 19: Good Samaritan ER closes at noon

July 23: Good Samaritan closes at 12:01 a.m.

Sept. 1: 23 new Grandview ER rooms should be complete

Mid September: Two new trauma and four critical care Grandview rooms should open

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Mason urgent care center to hold open house ahead of opening

Published: Sunday, July 08, 2018 @ 6:00 PM

Premier Health will hold an open house this month for its Mason urgent care location at 7450 Mason Montgomery Road. This site is the seventh location to open across Southwest Ohio.

The Premier Health Urgent Care in Mason will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 21 before officially opening to patients July 23.

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The urgent care location will handle a variety of health care needs from minor illnesses such as sinus infections, earaches, allergies and pink eye to injuries such as fractured bones. Providers will also be able to conduct school and sports physicals, and administer vaccinations. Diagnostic testing for the flu, pregnancy and strep can be done on-site as well as X-rays.

The location will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week. Each Premier Health Urgent Care will be staffed by local advanced practice providers, which are physician assistants and nurse practitioners who work under the close supervision of a physician.

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Patients will be able to register for an appointment time online and wait in the comfort of their own home up until the time of their appointment. Walk-in appointments will also be available through registration at self-check-in kiosks. Individuals who check-in on-site may leave to run errands while they wait for their time to arrive, and be alerted through mobile devices when their appointment is getting close so they do not run the risk of losing their spot in line.

For more information on Premier Health Urgent Care, visit www.PremierUrgentCareOH.com. ERIC SCHWARTZBERG

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Democrats appear at Good Sam for Medicaid expansion support

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 4:23 PM

Ohio House District 40 candidate Ryan Rebecca Taylor, center, speaks in front of Good Samaritan Hospital. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF WRITER
Ohio House District 40 candidate Ryan Rebecca Taylor, center, speaks in front of Good Samaritan Hospital. KAITLIN SCHROEDER/STAFF WRITER

Ohio Democrats gathered in front of Good Samaritan Hospital on Friday to advocate for Medicaid expansion support.

The Dayton hospital is poised to close 12:01 a.m. Monday, and the hospital’s emergency department has already closed.

Local Democratic candidates said erosion of Medicaid expansion could lead to more hospital closings as that burden of care covered under the state-federal insurance program instead becomes unpaid hospital bills and lost revenue.

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Premier Health, which operates Good Samaritan, has said the hospital is closing because it isn’t sustainable to maintain two hospitals five miles from of each other when health care is shifting to outpatient settings and the population in Dayton is falling.

Premier did not endorse the event outside of the hospital.

Premier said in a statement following the event that the Dayton area is one of just a few large metropolitan areas in the United States that lack a public or university-operated hospital, which help cover the community cost of caring for Medicaid patients, and that combined with a “low per-capita level of local levy support for health services” underscores why area hospitals need Ohio’s Medicaid expansion to remain in place.

“However, Medicaid expansion was not a factor in the decision to close Good Samaritan Hospital’s main campus on Philadelphia Drive. Instead, Premier Health is doing its part to address the excess number of inpatient beds across the entire Dayton region,” Premier stated.

But Ohio Democrats still highlighted it Friday as a symbol of how curtailed Medicaid expansion could harm hospitals because they said it shows an example of a hospital closing and how that affects a community.

David Pepper, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party, said Good Samaritan is “symbolic, unfortunately, of what might happen if we don’t get it right in November.”

“This November we have on the ballot a group of candidates like the candidates here today who are fighting for things like Medicaid expansion, they are fighting for people with pre-existing conditions,” he said. “On the other side we have opponents who have voted again and again against Medicaid expansion.”

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Besides Pepper, those in attendance included Ohio Senate District 5 candidate Paul Bradley, Ohio House District 40 candidate Ryan Rebecca Taylor, Ohio House District 41 candidate and Dayton Public Schools Board Vice President John McManus and Ohio House District 42 candidate Zach Dickerson.

Mike DeWine, Republican candidate for Ohio governor, recently said he would support keeping Medicaid expansion but would want reforms like work requirements.

As Ohio Attorney General, DeWine had previously challenged the Affordable Care Act and its provisions, including Medicaid expansion. His Democratic opponent, Richard Cordray, supports Medicaid expansion.

About 700,000 low income Ohioans are covered under the expansion of Medicaid.

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Harry Potter festival coming to Ohio

Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 @ 10:03 AM

Real-Life Diagon Alley Gets Magical Holiday Touch

The magical world of Harry Potter is coming to Ohio.

Ohio-Made Getaways is hosting “A Magical Getaway: Celebrating Potter Palooza” in Lancaster on Aug. 3 and 4. Fairfield County District Library’s community-wide celebration of 20 years of Harry Potter is a two-day getaway with plenty of fun activities for wizards and muggles of all ages.

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Lancaster is less than two hours from Dayton. Guests pick up a Marauder’s Map at the visitors center at 205 W. Main St. The festival includes:

• A wizarding costume contest at the library on 2 p.m. at 219 N. Broad St.

• Wizard Rock Band Tonks & the Aurors concert at 3 p.m. at the Downtown Bandstand at 3 p.m. on Friday

• Quidditch Demonstration at Rising Park at 203 E. Fair Ave. at 10 a.m. on Saturday

• Hogwarts Herbology class, where you will create and tend to your very own magical mandrake plant to take home and watch grow

• Visit Ollivander’s Wand Shop at the First Presbyterian Church (222 N. Broad St.)

• Art and Clay offers a“Mischief Managed” dinner plate painting project with a fun and simple design

• Two Broke Artists lead a Harry Potter Youth Painting Class.

Learn more.

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Retailer at The Greene warns customers about credit card processing issue

Published: Friday, July 20, 2018 @ 8:17 AM

The Greene Town Center seen from the air

A retailer at The Greene Town Center alerted customers about an issue with transactions being processed correctly at its store.

Jake’s Toggery, a clothing retailer, sent an email to customers alerting them about an issue with their credit card processor. NCR Merchant Solutions told the retailer that transactions made at two locations of Jake’s Toggery did not process correctly.

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The two impacted stores are Jake’s Toggery at The Greene in Beavercreek and Jake’s Toggery Polaris in Columbus. If a customer made a purchase at one of these store locations from June 21 to July 17, the purchase has not shown up on their credit card statement. The retailer said NCR Merchant Solutions is working to reprocess each affected transactions, which should hit accounts soon, according to the email.

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“We recognize how concerning seeing an unrecognized or forgotten transaction from several weeks ago might be, but please rest assured that our servers and systems are secure, and that at no time would any of your information have been compromised,” the email stated.

NCR Merchant Solutions has issued the following statement: “We sincerely apologize for this issue and are hoping to get all corrected soon.”

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