(Chillicothe) – Adena Health System will be offering a drive-thru option for people seeking to be tested for COVID-19 starting Monday, September 27.
Adena’s PACCAR Medical Education Center, located at 446 Hospital Road, Chillicothe, opens next week to best serve patients in need of a COVID-19 test. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
“Our Emergency Departments and Urgent Cares continue to see record volumes,” said Adena President and CEO Jeff Graham. “By opening this drive-thru COVID testing site, this will help decrease the influx of those individuals seeking only testing services at those locations and be a more convenient option for them. At the same time, this will decrease wait times for patients with other care needs in our ERs and Urgent Cares and provide much needed relief and support for our providers and caregivers.”
No appointments are needed.
The drive-thru testing site will offer the rapid testing platform as well as the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) nasal swab test for asymptomatic patients. Patients will be called with their test results and results will also be available through their Adena online Patient Portal. COVID-19 tests will be billed to a patient’s insurance.
Those coming to the drive-thru site are reminded to please be sure to have a mask or face covering on before pulling up for testing.
Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should first contact Adena’s dedicated Hotline at 740-542-SAFE (7233) prior to visiting any healthcare facility to receive instructions regarding their care.
(Chillicothe) – Effective Wednesday, September 15, Adena Health System is rescheduling its elective surgical procedures for a later date that require an overnight stay in the hospital through next week. This temporary change is being made out of an abundance of caution due to a significant increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations and record-high patient volumes.
Adena leadership is making this decision in order to continue providing safe, high-quality care to the influx of patients requiring hospitalization due to both COVID-19 and unrelated serious medical issues.
“We have carefully evaluated different avenues where we can make operational adjustments that will be best for the short term to relieve some of the pressure off of our hospital inpatient census, provide needed beds and give support to providers and caregivers,” said Adena President and CEO Jeff Graham. “Taking these steps will allow us to care for our patients and staff in the optimal way. This is a thoughtful approach to make sure those patients who don’t need to be in the hospital right away are not.”
The number of community members hospitalized at Adena’s four hospitals as a result of COVID-19 has continued to rise. COVID hospitalizations for Adena stood at a high mark of 74 this morning, with 55 of those patients being unvaccinated. In addition, inpatient census for Adena Regional Medical Center today was over 200 hospitalizations across all medical conditions, which strains hospital capacity.
“These adjustments and what is going on with high patient volumes is not just with Adena,” Graham added. “Similar operational adjustments in order to provide the best care possible are happening all over. What has been great about our organization is being able to handle situations as we’ve done so well over the past 19 months and this is just another situation that we need to address.”
Adena will continually monitor this fluid surge and will resume elective surgeries requiring a hospital stay as the situation improves. Adena is working closely with its medical group to ensure that patient care is prioritized as best as possible. Affected patients will be contacted by Adena to work through rescheduling and help answer any questions.
Adena, and other health care organizations across the region and beyond, continue to strongly urge everyone to get vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine is free and readily available. The vaccines are our best defense against further spread of the virus and effective in preventing serious illness and death. The Delta variant spreads faster than earlier forms of the virus that causes COVID-19, so getting vaccinated is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself and others.
(Chillicothe) – The Ross County Health District and Adena Health System are urging for more caution concerning the recent spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Since the original letter, area medical systems have added their names to the community plea. It now includes: Adena Health System, Fairfield Medical Center, Hocking Valley Community Hospital, Holzer Health System, Madison Health, Memorial Health System, OhioHealth and Southern Ohio Medical Center
The following is a letter to the community, sent out by the Ross County Health District on September 10th:
Take a moment and think back to what life in Ross County was like a year ago. What you’ll probably remember is school children doing much of their learning online. You’ll recall cancelations of events that normally add to the quality of life in this community. You may even remember when the Ross County case count of COVID-19 first reached 100 cases in one day. Now, look at the current state of the county. More children are being required to quarantine due to a lack of universal COVID-19 precautions in schools even in light of modified quarantine procedures for schools. More children are testing positive for COVID-19. The vaccine is readily available yet only 47.3% of the county is fully vaccinated.
There’s a new variant, Delta, which is more transmissible and impacting those who are unvaccinated at an uncontrollable rate. All of this is putting a strain on healthcare facilities across the region. If you need medical attention, you may find yourself waiting longer than before for a room or a bed due to high patient volumes.
After a lull that as recently as July saw the number of pandemic-related hospitalizations within Adena Health System dropped to zero, the pandemic is spiking again. Ross County saw more than 800 cases of COVID-19 in August and presently sits at 713 cases at this point in September. There are more hospital admissions and beds being used for COVID-19 patients than at any previous point since the pandemic began. That means less bed availability to treat other serious conditions and strains on staffing and other valuable resources that are needed to provide both critical and routine care to yourself, your family and your friends. As of this morning, Adena had 64 COVID inpatients – 55 of those are unvaccinated, while only nine are vaccinated. The hospital is also caring for eight COVID ICU patients – six unvaccinated/two vaccinated – and six COVID patients on a ventilator – four unvaccinated/two vaccinated.
It doesn’t have to be that way. The Ross County Health District and Adena Health System are counting on each member of the community to join the effort to defeat the virus, taking action to both stay safe themselves and protect their loved ones, friends and neighbors. That includes getting vaccinated and staying home if you feel sick – even if you think you have allergies.
“Hospitalizations locally and across the state are increasing at an alarming rate putting strain on healthcare infrastructure and a workforce that has been fighting this virus on the frontlines for over 18 months,” said Adena Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Kirk Tucker. “About 98% of the COVID-19 hospitalizations in Ohio this year have been among those not fully vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines continue to be our safest and most reliable means of alleviating pressure on our hospitals and healthcare providers. Vaccination is without any doubt your best bet, regardless of your age, to avoid getting severely ill with COVID-19 and avoid lasting complications. So we urge you to get the vaccine if you have not done so already. The COVID-19 vaccines were thoroughly researched and properly developed. They are safe. They are effective. And they save lives.”
The Delta variant has proven particularly challenging for Ross County schools, which are seeing increases in cases resulting from both classroom and extracurricular activities. There were 206 positive cases among Ross County students and staff as of September 8. Last school year, there were 211 total student cases.
The spread of the Delta variant is also troublesome as it has shown the ability to infect more individuals in less time than the original strain of COVID-19. As a result, the Ross County Health District is seeing more close contacts becoming positive cases now than in any previous month.
“We are gravely concerned about the ongoing surge of cases within our community,” said Health Commissioner Garrett Guillozet. “Our community must come together to help ease the burden on our local health system and to ensure that we are working to protect each other from COVID-19. We know that public health mitigation strategies work, and the vaccines remain effective against the Delta variant.”
Positive cases will be contacted by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) or the Ross County Health District (RCHD) to complete a contact tracing interview. It is important for those in our community to answer these calls and complete the interview so those who may have been exposed to the virus can be notified.
There are several ways you can take action to reduce exposure of COVID-19, including:
– Getting vaccinated.
– Wearing a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
– Social distancing when possible.
– Staying home if you are sick.
– Completing contact tracing interviews.
We understand that everyone is tired and is looking forward to getting back to a “normal” life, one with safe attendance at ballgames and birthday parties, festivals and family gatherings. That power rests with each of you.
For the nurses, respiratory therapists, doctors, and other healthcare providers caring for our community, and on behalf of our public health nurses, health educators, environmental health professionals, and other staff working every day in response to the pandemic, we appreciate each one of you. We’re all tired, but we need to continue to support each other in an effort to end this pandemic.
If you have questions on isolation and quarantine guidelines, testing, contact tracing, or vaccines, please reach out to RCHD or your healthcare provider.
(Greenfield) – They say a bad day on the golf course is better than a good day in the office.
You can put that theory to the test, make some new friends and, most importantly, help Adena Health System further enhance care to the communities it serves by forming a team to play in or becoming a sponsor of Adena Health Foundation’s 2021 Scioto Valley Golf Classic.
The classic, taking place Friday, September 24, at Crown Hill Golf Club in Williamsport, Ohio, will be an 18-hole scrambles format with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Proceeds from this year’s classic will benefit the Adena Greenfield Expansion Project supporting construction of a new 8,500-square-foot medical office building attached to Adena Greenfield Medical Center.
The tournament entry fee is $125 per player or $500 per four-person team, which will include greens fees, cart, a light breakfast, lunch, two drink tickets and a raffle ticket per golfer and some swag.
For those who may wish to support the event and Adena Greenfield Medical Center expansion in another way, several sponsorship levels are available to consider. Depending on sponsorship level, available benefits include such things as listings of company information on sponsorship banners, complimentary entries into the event, raffle tickets and/or company name on a hole or tee sign.
For more information about the event, to register a team or inquire about sponsorships, contact the Adena Health Foundation at 740-542-4483, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Adena.org/golf2021.
Over the next five years, the new medical office building is expected to bolster patient access to specialty care, increase available healthcare provider days and allow for future service growth within the hospital through the repurposing of space. Other benefits include bringing all AGMC hospital services under one roof, improving patient and visitor parking options, providing a more efficient layout for patients that decreases wait times and several others.
The project also will allow for an expansion of patient specialty services for residents of Greenfield and surrounding areas, enhancing Adena’s ability to provide quality care and a heightened patient experience closer to home.
(CHILLICOTHE) – Calling it a “game changer” in patient care across southern Ohio, Adena Health System’s leadership was joined Friday by several local and federal officials to celebrate the pending September 1st opening of the Adena Orthopedic and Spine Institute (AOSI) with an official ribbon cutting.
Situated on the campus of Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, the five-story, 111,000-square-foot AOSI will be the new home to Adena’s nationally accredited orthopedics program and specialized care for orthopedics, spine, sports medicine, neurology, podiatry and interventional pain management.
Nearly 40 physicians and advanced practice providers from across the six specialties will be housed within the building, along with associated testing services, coming together to create a unique combination in patient convenience and provider collaboration.
“This group is first class, and now they have a facility that’s going to allow them to continue to expand and bring the future of healthcare to our communities today,” Adena President and CEO Jeff Graham said. “But this building, in all its splendor, is just a tool. It’s the people inside that make it special. We’re very blessed to have the caregivers, providers and physician specialists who call Adena their home, bringing the very best to all of us who live in this region.”
Dr. James Fleming, Jr., Medical Director for the AOSI, expressed appreciation to physicians and caregivers across the entire Health System and the people in the communities Adena serves for their support over the years and promised a quality, patient-centered healthcare experience in both the clinical care and the customer service provided in the new facility.
Within the building, special design attention to detail was paid in many areas, ranging from special infection prevention measures within the surgical suites to creating a comfortable, home-like feel within its inpatient rooms and throughout the facility to aid in patient recovery.
That feeling will be supported by a concierge-style level of service from those providing care within the AOSI. One of the most notable names in hospitality, Ritz-Carlton, has been training AOSI staff throughout the summer on providing a five-star level of service that enhances the care experience for patients and their families and will make the facility a destination for care across the region, state and beyond.
“When this project was presented to the board, we knew immediately this was going to be a game changer for the communities we serve,” said Joe Watson, Chair of the Adena Board of Trustees. “Providing quality healthcare in this region for more than 125 years, this latest project is a testament to Adena’s commitment to bringing comprehensive healthcare close to home. At our core, we are neighbors caring for neighbors.”
Adena Chief Operating Officer Kathi Edrington said those stepping into the building will definitely notice it’s something truly different and thanked everyone who played a role in making that vision for the AOSI a reality.
“We asked our communities and our providers what they needed and wanted, and we used that feedback and the voice of our patients to create it,” she said.
The patient is at the heart of Adena’s mission, and while the AOSI will enhance the patient experience within the building, its impact will be felt beyond its walls.
“It will not only give us the space we need for orthopedics, it’s going to continue to help us grow as a Health System,” Edrington said. “We have many other specialties in many other areas that we need to grow in order to meet the needs of the communities that we serve, and this will help us do that.”
During Friday’s ceremony, Dwight Garrett, chair of the Ross County Board of Commissioners, touted the AOSI as “another jewel in the crown of Adena Regional Medical Center”, while U.S. Congressman Brad Wenstrup said the building and its vision was the product of true leadership in rural healthcare and an example of the spirit of the region.
“The people of southern Ohio – and this is a great example today here in Chillicothe – roll up their sleeves and say, ‘We can take care of this, we can fix this, we can provide for ourselves,’” Wenstrup said.
Graham said the AOSI is the latest move building on the legacy and vision of Adena’s original founders for the role the Health System plays in the health of our communities.
“It is family, friends and neighbors caring for our families, friends and neighbors,” he said. “We have been doing that for more than 125 years and Adena is stronger than ever. This new facility is just another step in the continued development of our regional Health System.”
Members of the community can experience the AOSI by attending a Community Open House planned for Saturday, August 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This family-oriented event will include: Mighty Children’s Museum activities, a teddy bear clinic, exclusive building tours, free COVID-19 vaccinations (18+), music, food and drinks, giveaways and more. The Community Open House is free and open to all.
(CHILLICOTHE) – The best defense against the spread of COVID-19 in our communities is vaccination. With the return of a full slate of Ross County Fair activities this week and the accompanying crowds following a one-year hiatus in 2020 because of the virus, having convenient access to that defense is important.
Toward that end, Adena Health System and the Ross County Health District are partnering to make free vaccinations available to fairgoers. Adena is administrating the one dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for those 18 and older from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday (August 9), Wednesday (August 11) and Friday (August 13), at a booth in the northwest corner of the Multipurpose Building at the Ross County Fairgrounds. For parents wishing to have their children ages 12 to 17 vaccinated, the Ross County Health District will be administrating the Pfizer vaccine to that age range from 12 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday (August 10) and Thursday (August 12).
With the recent surge of the Delta variant of COVID-19 spreading across the country, Adena and the Ross County Health District want to make sure getting the vaccine is as convenient as possible – part of the important role each organization plays in caring for the health of our communities. The trio of available COVID-19 vaccines have proven effective against the virus, including the Delta variant, in reducing serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths.
So while you’re enjoying the fair food, entertainment and 4-H competition at the 2021 Ross County Fair, we encourage you to take a few minutes to stop by the Multipurpose Building and take that key step in protecting your health that will last long after the final midway ride has been taken. Also remember to wash your hands frequently and maintain social distancing as much as possible as you enjoy the week.
(CHILLICOTHE) – As many parents and young athletes know, it’s a standard requirement to get a sports physical before starting any new school sports season. Whether your student is in grade school or college, sports physicals are necessary to reduce sports-related injuries, discover underlying health issues, and help prevent any existing conditions that could lead to serious or even fatal physical issues.
To help student athletes and parents, Adena offers convenient opportunities for sports physicals and wellness exams through Adena Pediatrics and Adena Family Medicine and sports physicals are also available at Adena Urgent Care locations. If a child is due for an annual wellness exam, a sports physical can be included at the same time at all Adena Family Medicine and Pediatric locations. Most insurance will even cover this under one wellness visit, with no expense to you.
Getting a sports physical helps to set a baseline for young athletes. As students get older, their bodies change. Tending to or awareness of early potential issues, like changes in metabolism, aches from bone growth or joints, can allow Adena physicians to take preventative measures. Young athletes, knowing they may have an issue, weakness or sensitivity, can train to help overcome or avoid certain physical conditions.
Adena’s sports physicals are comprehensive exams, not just basic screenings. Patients will be examined by a physician or advanced practice provider who are specifically trained in assessment techniques used during these examinations such as:
· Complete history and physical examination
· Discussion of the child’s weight, height and body mass index
· Nutrition, sleep habits, physical development and activity
· Risks to health and safety, as well as preventive health recommendations
· Status of chronic conditions
· Immunization updates
There is also the opportunity to discuss important issues such as avoiding drugs, tobacco and alcohol. It helps develop an open, trusting relationship with the parents and patient so they can turn to their provider with questions or concerns when needed.
(CHILLICOTHE) – Adena Health System announced that beginning today it has moved its COVID-19 vaccination administration to a number of its primary care clinics across its nine-county service region. Adena has been administrating COVID-19 vaccines for five months having successfully vaccinated over 10,000 community members and Adena caregivers.
With the shift to COVID-19 vaccinations being done in its primary care clinics, Adena has closed its mass vaccination clinic at the PACCAR Medical Education Center in Chillicothe.
“Adena and our healthcare partners across the state have been successful in getting shots in arms of those wanting to receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Adena Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Kirk Tucker. “We have now reached a point though where those still needing to be vaccinated may have concerns or questions, where we feel having those important conversations with their primary care provider can help ease any fears and hesitation about getting the vaccine and provide factual and trusted information.”
Adena primary care locations offering no-cost COVID-19 vaccinations include:
· Adena Family Medicine – Circleville
· Adena Family Medicine – Greenfield
· Adena Family Medicine – Hillsboro
· Adena Family Medicine & Pediatrics – Jackson
· Adena Family & Internal Medicine – Waverly
· Adena Pickaway Ross Family Physicians
· Adena Internal Medicine
Individuals eligible wishing to receive their COVID-19 vaccination through Adena can contact any of the primary care clinics administrating the vaccine directly to schedule an appointment or patients can easily include a COVID-19 vaccination to an existing appointment at one of the locations. Adena’s primary care clinic vaccinations are not drive-thru or walk-in locations.
At this time, Adena primary care clinics are only administering COVID-19 vaccines for individuals 18 years of age and older. Patients are asked to bring photo identification and be prepared to wait approximately 15-30 minutes following their shot for monitoring.
(Photo Caption (L-R): Adena Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Kirk Tucker, VP of Quality & Safety Rhett Holland and President & CEO Jeff Graham announce Adena Regional Medical Center named a Five-Star Hospital by CMS)
(CHILLICOTHE) – Adena Regional Medical Center (ARMC) has received the highest overall hospital rating, five-star, given by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The overall hospital rating is based on data publicly reported on CMS’ consumer-oriented website Hospital Compare. ARMC is among just 35 of Ohio’s 134 rated hospitals to receive a five-star rating.
Hospital Compare provides information on how well hospitals provide recommended care to their patients, becoming one tool consumers can use to compare performance measures from multiple hospitals.
“Patients and their families should use all available tools at their disposal to make informed healthcare decisions that are right for them,” said Jeff Graham, Adena President & CEO. “Adena is committed to the goal of transparency, providing accurate, meaningful information about its quality for our patients. I am so proud of everyone that calls themselves an Adena caregiver for this recognition representative of the care they provide whether in critical times such as the Coronavirus pandemic or meeting everyday care needs.”
CMS looks at more than 50 measures that fall into five quality categories: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience and timely and effective care. A hospital’s overall rating is calculated using only those measures for which data is available.
“A five-star hospital rating from CMS is not easily achieved,” said Rhett Holland, Adena Vice President of Quality and Safety. “Of 4,586 hospitals CMS rated nationally, only 13.5% or 455 hospitals received five stars. It truly speaks volumes about the commitment of every provider and caregiver in our organization to provide the best care possible.”
Adena Director of Quality and Performance Improvement Seth Haynes added, “Our quality model is an integrated approach and annual focus of priority objectives, measures and plans by our committees and Quality Collaborative Teams. A five-star rating is something we have strived for since the inception of this CMS program and over the past few years we have focused on quality along the frontlines and improving safety through our Zero Harm journey of continuous improvement with every patient encounter.”