Adena Health System vs the Challenges Presented in 2020

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CHILLICOTHE, OH (Dec. 30, 2020) – The year 2020 has been unlike any other, with a global pandemic taking hold just a few months in, disrupting life as we knew it and leaving everyone adjusting and searching for what is considered the new normal. The year for Adena Health System was no different, but the physicians, advanced practice providers and caregivers across the nine-county region that Adena serves learned to adapt, innovate and strive in the face of ever-changing conditions brought on by coronavirus.

Across the country, the health care industry was pushed to its limits financially, balancing the care needs of those with the virus and those without while maintaining the physical and mental well-being of the health care heroes along the frontlines. Elective surgeries and procedures were even temporarily shut down at one point by the Governor to preserve valuable personal protective equipment and staffing resources.

Despite all these challenges and demands, Adena persevered. The Health System not only kept its promise to safely care for patients across south central and southern Ohio, but it also grew its presence in local communities, expanded its technology to meet the new needs of patients and built upon existing partnerships to bring more specialized care closer to home for patients and their families.

In late March of 2020, Litter Media’s Dan Ramey spoke with Adena President/CEO Jeff Graham and Chief Clinical Officer, Kirk Tucker, MD about Adena’s response in the early stages of the pandemic.

“This has definitely been an unprecedented year, one that none of us have seen in all our years in healthcare,” said Adena President & CEO Jeff Graham. “Adena’s mission is ‘called to serve our communities’ and I am so proud of the way our providers and caregivers have answered that calling. They not only have responded, but proactively met the challenges of this virus every day to safely provide care our region can trust. It is the strengths and talents of every person who calls themselves an Adena caregiver that we are in the position we are today. We can look towards 2021, not only with hope and promise, but with a foundation of clinical and operational excellence that will lead us for years to come.” 

Adena continued to enhance how it delivers care to patients throughout the region, achieving numerous industry accolades and announcing additional growth. These included:

·        Adena Regional Medical Center (ARMC), for a second consecutive year, being named one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals for 2020 by Healthgrades®;

·        The Health System being named a Gallup Exceptional Workplace. Now a five-time winner, Adena was one of just 38 organizations in the world to receive this distinction in 2020;    

·        ARMC’s Maternity Program being named to Newsweek’s 2020 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals;

·        ARMC being awarded an ‘A’ in the Spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade;

·        Adena Health Center – Woodlands and Adena Community Pharmacy – Woodlands opening to make care more accessible for Chillicothe’s downtown and east end residents;

·        Expanding care in Pickaway County, with the opening of Adena Urgent Care – Circleville;

·        Adena Family Medicine – Ironmen Clinic opening to the public to provide more localized care in Jackson County;

·        Adena and Nationwide Children’s Hospital expanding an ongoing partnership to now include 24/7 newborn and pediatric inpatient coverage and other expanded specialty services at ARMC;

·        Continuing construction of the new Adena Orthopedic and Spine Institute, scheduled to open on the campus of ARMC in summer 2021;

·        Adena Health System receiving positive news from several nationwide credit rating agencies with Moody’s Investors Service affirming the Health System’s A3 rating with a stable outlook and S&P Global assigning its A- rating with a stable outlook; and

·        The addition of 29 new physicians and advance practice providers across multiple service lines delivering even more options for comprehensive care.

“These, and so many other accomplishments over the past year, are keeping care accessible and close-to-home for our patients and families,” added Graham. “While COVID-19 created unique challenges for safe care delivery, I am so proud of our Health System’s response to this virus and many of the initiatives we have implemented as a result, such as telehealth services; curbside labs and testing; expanded specialty services and use of our critical access hospitals in Greenfield and Waverly. These moves, and more, will have lasting positive impacts beyond the pandemic as we continue to be a trusted healthcare partner for our region.”

As Ohio began its re-opening phase, Dr. Kirk Tucker participated in a Litter Media Special Report on “Moving Forward” during the pandemic.

COVID-19 Update: School Quarantine Guidance Change, Curfew Extension, Bar and Restaurant Grants Still Available

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


Ohio is expected to receive more than 238,000 doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines next week. Governor DeWine encouraged those administering the vaccine to do so with urgency. 

“Although we’ll never know whose lives have been saved, we do know that these vaccines are saving lives,” said Governor DeWine. “We all have a moral responsibility to get the vaccine out to those who choose to receive it as quickly as we possibly can.”

Governor DeWine also encouraged citizens who wish to be vaccinated to act with urgency when offered the vaccine. Because the vaccine is currently scarce, Governor DeWine warned that those who decline to receive a vaccine at the first opportunity may not immediately receive another chance. 


Governor DeWine announced that Ohio is changing its guidance regarding quarantines following an in-classroom exposure in K-12 schools. Moving forward, students and teachers exposed to a COVID-positive person in school are no longer required to quarantine as long as the exposure occurred in a classroom setting and all students/teachers were wearing masks and following other appropriate protocols.

The change follows an evaluation of virus spread in Ohio schools conducted by researchers with the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team. Preliminary results of the evaluation found no discernable difference in the risk of contracting the coronavirus between those in close contact with a COVID-positive person in the classroom and those who were farther away.  

“This evaluation confirms for us that Ohio’s classrooms are a safe place for our students and that the commitment our schools have made to keeping kids safe in the classroom is working,” said Governor DeWine.

Schools should continue to require quarantines for exposed students in situations where masking and distancing protocols were not followed. The updated quarantine guidance does not apply to after-school activities, including sports. 


Governor DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health will extend Ohio’s 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew until January 23, 2021. The extension is necessary until Ohio can determine if it will see a post-holiday case surge that impacts hospitals.

The curfew does not apply to those going to and from work, those who have an emergency, or those who need medical care. The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries or going to the pharmacy.  Picking up carry-out or a drive-thru meal and ordering for delivery is permitted, but serving food and drink within an establishment must cease at 10:00 p.m.


More than 5,100 eligible on-premises liquor permit holders have not yet applied for state assistance through Ohio’s Bar & Restaurant Grant Program. Of the $38.7 million allotted to support liquor permit holders, more than $12 million remains unclaimed.

Each active on-premises liquor permit (as of 10.23.20) is eligible for $2,500 per location. The funding is not competitive, and the money does not have to be repaid. 

Although the program is referred to as the Bar & Restaurant Assistance Fund, more than just bars and restaurants have eligible liquor permits.  Movie theaters, bowling alleys, sports and concert venues, and even some hair salons are eligible for this funding.

Permit holders who have not yet claimed their funds should visit to apply. 


In total, there are 690,748 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 8,855 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 38,002 people have been hospitalized throughout the pandemic, including 5,837 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

2020 in Pictures

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Our message was well intended on December 31, 2019. A lurking coronavirus had other plans for 2020.

As a look back over the year, much was captured by the Litter Media Cameras.

Here are some of the most memorable.

Click here to see more from our Litter Media Facebook Album.

A frosty start on a morning in Pike County before the pandemic began to shut down Ohio.
When schools were closed, Huntington Elementary Students received special “fence messages” from Principal Heidi Gray.
While Ohioans were learning to deal with State issued Stay At Home Orders, nature continued its course as Spring began to awaken in Yoctangee Park.
When the pandemic had Ohio working from home during the Stay At Home Order from the Ohio Department of Health, Litter Media’s Dan Ramey asked viewers to share phots of them working from home. This is a look at a Zoom Meeting from Huntington Local Schools. (Submitted photo)

COVID-19 Vaccinations Continue for Area Frontline Workers

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Vaccines against the coronavirus continue to be distributed to the outlets for frontline workers. It’s been a joy to see photos from workers receiving the vaccine. From Adena Health System, the Chillicothe VA Medical Center, Pickaway County Public Health, Ross County Health District… even a celebratory Tik-Tok video from the Pike County Health District. If you’ve missed them, look through the newsfeed of our Litter Media Facebook Page to see more!

Chillicothe VA Medical Center begins COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution with Moderna

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Chillicothe, OH — The Chillicothe VA Medical Center began COVID-19 vaccination with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on December 23, 2020, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization for this vaccine.

“The Chillicothe VA is eager to offer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine tohealth care personnel and community living center residents,” said Dr. Kathy Berger, Medical Center Director.  “Receiving the vaccine is like having hope delivered.  As vaccine supplies increase, our ultimate goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccination to all Veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.”

The Chillicothe VAis one of113 VA Medical Centers across the country to receive the first limited supply of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.  

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was 94 percent effective in clinical trials in preventing COVID-19 disease.  The vaccine is administered in two doses, 28 days apart.  The side effects appear similar to those of other vaccines and are short-lived.

Thirty-seven medical centers began offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to health care personnel and Veterans Dec 14.  Fifteen additional VA facilities will receive an allocation of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of December 21.

Even after receiving COVID-19 vaccination, employees and Veterans should continue wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing and washing hands often.

As vaccines become available for more groups of Veterans, VA care teams will reach out to eligible Veterans to schedule vaccinations. There is no need to preregister or come to a facility to sign up.

Veterans can get up-to-date information on VA’s VA COVID-19 vaccine webpage, which launched on December 11, 2020, and sign up to receive regular updates on the vaccine on the VA’s Stay Informed page.

Please call 740-773-1141, extension 5575, for more information or to schedule an appointment.  Veterans not enrolled in the VA healthcare system are encouraged to visit to register or call 740-772-7170 with questions.

COVID-19 Update: Thanksgiving Mobility, Upcoming Holidays, Ohio National Guard Waiver

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


On Saturday, Ohio surpassed 8,000 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. As of today, 8,122 people infected with the coronavirus have died since the beginning of the pandemic. 

In the past 24 hours, 6,548 new cases and 301 new hospitalizations were reported. A total of 17 counties have a case rate over 1,000, meaning that at least 1 percent of people in these counties either have or recently had the virus and are at risk of spreading it to others.


Ohio is not experiencing a drastic surge in cases related to Thanksgiving gatherings which is attributable to the fact that Ohioans greatly reduced their contacts and travel over the holiday. According to anonymized data published in the New York Timesthere was a 60 to 70 percent reduction in contacts over the Thanksgiving holiday. 

“If we can get through Christmas and New Year’s without a significant surge, we will be much better positioned to start 2021 against this virus,” said Governor DeWine. “It’s critical that we keep up the work we started over Thanksgiving for the next several weeks to prevent another surge in January.”

Ohio Department of Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff stressed the need for citizens to continue following the Stay Safe Ohio Protocol to help prevent Ohio hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. 

“Up to and through Thanksgiving, Ohioans took important steps to avoid letting COVID-19 overwhelm our hospitals, but in spite of this, our hospitals remain extremely busy,” said Dr. Vanderhoff. “Adding a post-holiday spike would create a terrible situation, so we can’t let ourselves be lulled into a sense of complacency as we move into the next two-week period, the biggest holiday season on our calendar.”


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Ohio National Guard received a waiver that will allow them to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine. The waiver gives the Ohio National Guard the flexibility to fully utilize National Guard medical personnel trained in administering the vaccine.

The Ohio National Guard has approximately 600 members who are medical personnel, including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, and medics. Ohio is working to determine how it will best utilize Guard medical personnel without adversely affecting Ohio health care systems’ critical medical resources by removing Guard members from their civilian medical positions.


Governor DeWine reminded doctors and others performing COVID-19 testing to collect complete information from patients including telephone numbers. This is vital information for local health departments conducting case investigations and contact tracing.


Lt. Governor Husted reminded Ohioans about the Individual Microcredential Assistance Program, or IMAP, which is a program available to Ohioans who are low income, partially unemployed, or totally unemployed to earn a tech-focused credential for free. There are 11 IMAP training providers and 54 eligible credentials available, and 37 of these credentials can be completed 100 percent online. Those interested should visit IMAP.Development.Ohio.govto apply.


In total, there are 629,354 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 reported in Ohio and 8,122 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total of 35,048 people have been hospitalized throughout the pandemic, including 5,537 admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be accessed by visiting

Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s YouTube page

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.

Western’s Tribe Class Surprises Server A $1,030 Tip

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Pictured left to right: Members of Western’s Tribe Class. Cole Grooms, Wesley Satterfield, Landon Marhoover, Kristina Hall (server), Addy Brewster, Bailey Ison. Other students involved in the fundraising include: Taylena Hicks, Kiela Gullet, Katelynn Shultz, Darren Mustard, Sean Kerns, Merissa Hughes, Brookelynn Walker, Alyssa Marhoover, and Chloe Beekman.

‘Tis the season for giving and a local server was the benefactor of a sizable tip just in time for the holidays.

Saturday, Tracy Collins took members of Western’s Tribe Class to Rooster’s in Waverly for the culmination of a December project, “Tip A Server for the Holidays”.  

In a social media post, Collins praised the efforts of her students. “The kids who raised this money are kind and beautiful souls” wrote Collins. “They decided to give this Christmas instead of receive. They did this because they wanted to and expected nothing in return. They have learned a lifelong lesson and will never forget this moment in their lives.”

Landon Marhoover, an 8th grade student in the class said he and classmates sold hot chocolate over a seven-day period at Western Middle/High School with the intent to donate the money collected to a server at a local restaurant.

“Our class went around selling hot chocolate for a dollar during one class period each day” said Marhoover. “We made over $700 in just those seven days.”

To make things more interesting, upon hearing about the project, a Rooster’s patron donated another $300 bringing the total to $1,030.

“It was exciting” said Marhoover “because it was good to help out somebody that needed help.”

In her post, Collins stated “Every person deserves an act of kindness even if it’s simply a kind word. We all have been so preoccupied lately with our own struggles that we have often overlooked or dismissed those around us.”

Collins (a server herself at Rooster’s) reminds us to not forget those waiting tables as we enjoy a night of dining during the holidays.

“We sit down to eat and some of us don’t look at our server as an actual human who rushes around to several tables trying to make everyone’s experience a pleasant one” wrote Collins. “Some don’t realize that they paste a smile on their face, take your order while in the back of their minds they’re wondering if they will make enough money to buy Christmas or groceries or pay rent. Sometimes, after they get your drinks and put your order in, they run out back and sit down and cry because the table before yours was rude and treated them like a servant instead of a person.”

“Sometimes, managers and other servers rush out after them and wrap their arms around him or her and tell them everything will be okay” explained Collins. “Some of them have warm, loving families to spend Christmas with and some do not. Some will work on Christmas Eve and will go home to an empty house while everyone else is enjoying the holiday with family.”

The recipient, Kristina Hall, was just about to finish her shift when her manager suggested she needed to work one more table. Waiting, to her surprise, were the students of The Tribe Class.

Marhoover said the experience was “very joyful because she (Hall) needed the money to help out. She was thankful, but she couldn’t really say a whole lot because she was very happy about it.”

Tribe Class is in its first year at Western, created with the intent of teaching students to be civic minded and helping others in their community.

Collins said the Rooster’s management team of Shaleah Prater, Kennedy Elkins, and Brooklie Staley paid the entire bill at Roosters for the kids and their parents.

CLICK ON THE PHOTO to see the full Facebook post.

Elf on a Shelf Fun Spreads Cheer at Pike County’s Western Local Schools

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Western Elementary Principal Bethany Whitt poses with the school’s Elf on a Shelf wall display

2020 has been such a difficult year for many schools in Ohio, but especially so for Appalachia Ohio. Students entering Western Local Schools were greeted in a special way before their break for Christmas.

“We thought it would be a great idea to do this for our students considering this has been such a tough year for them” said Bethany Whitt, Western Elementary Principal. “The unknowns and uncertainties has caused a lot of stress in our students even those in the primary (k-3) grades.”

Whitt and Western Primary Principal Heather Thompson were found sitting atop the pillars supporting the Western Elementary School sign at the school entrance from Ohio 124 in Latham, Ohio.

“We had decided to make this week as fun as possible for our students and we figured what better way to end the week by dressing up as the elf on the shelf and greet them when they came in” said Whitt.

Whitt said she and Thompson were “on the shelf” for about half an hour. “It worked out better than we expected because  we had a two hour delay with the possibility of some freezing rain in the early hours. With the delay it was lighter outside so we were more visible. We tried to be out front upon the arrival of the first bus and we stayed out there until the last bus and student drop offs were finished.”

Whitt ascribes to the message “Every day, every student deserves a smile, a hug and a dose of humor.”  She says the approach can be attributed to a professor from her under graduate studies who taught “The best thing you can do as a teacher/administrator is build relationships and one way to do this is to have some fun every now and then.”

Western Primary Principal Heather Thompson poses with the school’s Elf on a Shelf wall display
Western Elementary Principal Bethany Whitt poses with the school’s Elf on a Shelf wall display

First Vaccines Administered to Ohio Nursing Facility Residents and Caregivers

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(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, First Lady Fran DeWine, and Lt. Governor Jon Husted visited Ohio nursing facilities across the state today to watch the administration of the first COVID-19 vaccines in the nation in long-term care facilities as part of a new partnership. The vaccines, which were given to residents and staff who chose to receive them, were given as part of the early scaling up of the federal Pharmacy Long-Term Care Partnership program.

First Vaccine in Columbus

“It’s an incredible day in Ohio’s history. The rolling out of these vaccines mark a turning point in this pandemic,” said Governor DeWine. 

“I am honored that Ohio was selected as one of the first states where nursing home residents and staff could begin receiving these vaccinations. Residents at our nursing and assisted living facilities and their caregivers have been some of the hardest hit by this pandemic. This historic day allows us to offer a new level of protection for some of our most vulnerable Ohioans. It also brings us one step closer to moving past this virus.”

Governor and Mrs. DeWine joined Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, Walgreen’s President John Standley, and Ohio Department of Aging Director Ursel McElroy at Crown Pointe Care in Columbus to watch a resident receive the first vaccine in the country administered as part of this program. Crown Pointe Care is one of 10 locations across the state, paired with the four pharmacy partners, Absolute Pharmacy, CVS, PharmScript, and Walgreen’s that are participating in the scale up. The full program will launch on Monday across the nation.

Following the visit in Columbus, Governor and Mrs. DeWine traveled to Pleasantview Care Center in Parma to join Parma Mayor Timothy DeGeeter, Parma Fire Chief Mike Laskey, PharmScript Executive Vice President Mindy Ferris and Legacy Health Services Chief Executive Officer Eliav Sharvit to watch the administration of the first vaccine there.

Vaccinators Preparing in Parma, Ohio
Lt. Governor in Georgetown for vaccinations

Lt. Governor Husted traveled to the Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown to watch residents there receive the COVID-19 vaccine. “It was truly special to be there at Georgetown Veterans Home this morning as residents received their COVID-19 vaccinations,” said Lt. Governor Husted. 

“These are individuals who bravely served our country, and they deserve to be among the first to receive it. It’s an exciting day for not only this facility, and its staff and residents, but also for all Ohioans.”

Finally, Governor and Mrs. DeWine traveled to the Ohio Veteran’s Home in Sandusky and joined Ohio Department of Veterans Services Superintendent Terry Prince to watch more residents and staff get vaccinated.Residents of nursing facilities are part of the group, referred to as Phase 1A, who if they choose to, may receive the COVID-19 vaccine first.When the program fully launches, the four pharmacy partners will schedule vaccine clinics with the vast majority of Ohio’s nursing facilities. Those facilities that did not sign up with the program will work with their local health departments to receive vaccinations.  

TBDBITL Scipt Ohio in Chillicothe

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In October of 2018, The Ohio State University Marching Band performed at Chillicothe High School’s Obadiah Harris Family Athletic Complex as a fundraiser for Adena Mansion and Gardens.

Through the combined efforts of Litter Media and aerial footage provided by Tim Anderson, Jr. of First Capital Aerial, here’s Script Ohio.