Adena Health Reflects On 2021 Accomplishments

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(Chillicothe) – It was a bright, sunny afternoon at a ribbon cutting ceremony in late August when Adena President and CEO Jeff Graham, with the Adena Orthopedic and Spine Institute (AOSI) as a backdrop, talked about the Health System being made up of family, friends and neighbors caring for family, friends and neighbors.

That day, he was looking ahead to the September opening of the new home to Adena’s nationally accredited orthopedics program and specialized care for orthopedics, spine, sports medicine, neurology, podiatry and interventional pain management. While the launch of the AOSI was one of the crowning moments of 2021 for the Health System and its patients, the sentiment spoken that day captured Adena’s everyday commitment to its communities.

“More than 125 years ago, what is now Adena Health System was created by members of the community for the community – its founders passionate in the belief that everyone should have access to quality care,” Graham said. “Today, we share that passion and commitment, which has been demonstrated over the past year through investments in new facilities and technologies; attracting top physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and other caregivers to Adena; and forging even more partnerships with other health systems and community organizations that enhance what we do here at Adena to keep specialized care close to where our patients and families live.”

Much like the prior year, the COVID-19 pandemic posed challenges along the way, with the Delta variant of the virus producing COVID-related patient surges far exceeding the hospitalizations that occurred during the initial stages of the pandemic. Adena responded, taking the lead in helping the community navigate the crisis through its urgent care and hospital services, operating one of only 15 mass vaccination clinics in the state and providing drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites for patient convenience and safety. As physicians, nurses and other caregivers continued to man the front lines against COVID-19 while maintaining the usual wide array of other services across the Health System, Adena never lost its focus on the future by expanding its services and community partnerships to benefit more of our area’s residents.

Among those efforts:

·        Launching a pediatric hospitalist program partnership in January with Nationwide Children’s Hospital that brought around-the-clock pediatric specialist care to Adena Regional Medical Center, keeping families close to home for essential care.

·        Adding what is now Adena Fayette Medical Center to the Adena family in May. Besides the ability to expand services in Fayette County, the move also brought with it plans for future construction of a new hospital in Washington Court House.

·        The aforementioned opening of the AOSI in September. In addition to bringing several related specialties together under one roof, the facility also opened with a concierge-level of client service and new technology, enhancing the patient experience.

·        An October groundbreaking for a new Medical Office Building expansion onto Adena Greenfield Medical Center. Expected to open in the summer of 2022, the new facility will enhance existing services and the patient experience while setting the stage for future expansion of providers and services in Highland County.

·        Adding more than 70 new physicians and Advanced Practice Providers during a very successful recruiting year in 2021.

·        Expanding a partnership with The Ohio State University to begin a move to a much-improved electronic medical record system called Epic that will benefit patients when it goes live the latter part of 2022.

·        Completing the purchase of the Carlisle Building in downtown Chillicothe. Adena’s decision to become the major tenant for the building played a key role in the Carlisle’s restoration and reopening in 2015 – a reopening seen by many as having been a catalyst for downtown revitalization – and its outright purchase by Adena in the summer of 2021 served to further the Health System’s commitment.

That level of commitment, both to the communities Adena serves and to those who work each day to improve the health and quality of life in those communities, brought with it several honors from key stakeholders in the healthcare industry. Among them:

·        Several for Adena Regional Medical Center, including being named one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades; receiving a Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care designation from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield; being named a Five-Star Hospital by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; earning an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog; receiving The American Heart Association’s GoldPlus Get With the Guidelines Stroke Quality Achievement Award; and being named a Top Rural Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group.

·        Recognition for the entire Health System through being named to the Forbes Best-In-State Employers 2021 list.      

Adena recognizes that caring for the health of our communities doesn’t exist only within our exam rooms and surgical suites. It also involves playing an active role in the overall health of the community and continuing to develop partnerships that enhance that health.

During 2021, Adena invested more than $1 million dollars in community health funding, including more than $650,000 in an ongoing program providing athletic trainers to several school districts within the counties we serve and more than $400,000 in other community programming and initiatives. Health System caregivers and volunteers also made significant time investments in community involvement, logging in excess of 2,500 volunteer hours, producing over 25 virtual community health town hall events and supporting 68 community events and organizations with either funding or volunteers.

“Over the last two years, our amazing caregivers at every level of the organization have given so much of themselves to care for the communities they call home,” Graham added. “Through unprecedented patient volumes, long hours, constant demands and personal sacrifices, they have persevered and even thrived supporting one another and lifting our region to better places. Through all this, they showed up every day for our family, friends and neighbors providing more than one million visits within our facilities. I am proud of our Adena family. It is because of their strength and talents Adena has never been stronger and why I am excited for what lies ahead in the new year.”

Blind Veterans Rehab Services Available At Chillicothe VAMC

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(Chillicothe) – The Chillicothe VA Medical Center offers Blind Rehabilitation Service to Veterans through the Visual Impairment Team. 

The mission of BRS is to assist eligible Veterans and active-duty Service members with a visual impairment in developing the skills needed for personal independence and successful reintegration into the community and family environment.

Services provided include:

  • Assessment, treatment planning, referral and follow-up
  • Education and counseling to Veterans, their family and/or caregiver
  • Review of VA and non-VA benefits
  • Education and outreach within the VA and community
  • Referrals to appropriate therapies and resources including:

The eligibility of prospective patients to receive BRS care is determined by the review of 3 key criteria:

  • Veteran is eligible for VA health benefits (or is an active-duty Service member) and
  • Possesses a visual impairment or
  • Has received a designation of excess disability (impact on functional abilities).

VIST Coordinators provide lifetime care coordination for Veterans with visual impairments and often serve as the entry point into the continuum of care for Blind Rehabilitation Services.  For more information about BRS, contact the Chillicothe VA VIST Coordinator at 740-773-1141, extension 17855 or speak to your Primary Care Provider.

The Chillicothe VA Medical Center offers Blind Rehabilitation Service (BRS) to Veterans through the Visual Impairment Services Team (VIST) can be found here.

Military Veteran Scholarships Available At Ohio University

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(Athens) – Ohio University’s Military and Veteran Student Services Center and Fiserv, a leading global provider of payments and financial services technology with a significant presence in Ohio, have announced a joint scholarship for the 2022 academic year at Ohio University.  

The Fiserv Veterans and Military-Affiliated Student Scholarship will provide two $2,500 scholarships to veteran or military spouse students attending Ohio University starting in the fall of 2022.

“Fiserv has an ongoing relationship with Ohio University and this scholarship is another extension of our partnership. We employ many university alumni and see hiring veterans as a priority, so this scholarship was a natural fit,” said Anthony S. Marino, executive vice president and chief human resources officer for Fiserv and a 1985 Ohio University graduate.

The awards are intended to further the goal of supporting more than 750 veteran and military students, a focus of both Ohio University and Fiserv. The scholarships provide preference for students who are veterans or military spouses, enrolled in or accepted for admission to the College of Business and/or the Russ College of Engineering and Technology, and students who are juniors or seniors.

“We could not be more pleased,” said Terry St. Peter, director of Ohio University’s Brigadier General James M. Abraham-Colonel Arlene F. Greenfield Veterans and Military Student Services Center. “Scholarships such as these fill an important gap in the college funding for veteran and military students. Many people believe that college funding for veterans covers everything, but this is simply not the case, especially for junior and senior students, who may have exhausted their earned veteran’s education benefits for a number of reasons.”

The Veterans and Military Student Services Center strives to support and advocate for veterans and military-affiliated students in their transition to Ohio University and their pursuit of intellectual and personal development. 

The Fiserv Salutes initiative is dedicated to making the company an employer of choice for veterans and military spouses, and a provider of a comprehensive suite of business solutions for veteran-owned businesses. Fiserv has consistently ranked among the Military Times “Best for Vets: Employers” rankings and was named a five-star employer in the VETS Indexes Employer Award, underscoring the company’s commitment to veteran employment.

In addition to the scholarship, Fiserv will offer recipients and applicants opportunities to fill internship and analyst positions at the company. 

Scholarship applications will be available after Jan. 1, 2022, with an award date in late spring. A joint presentation is also planned in coordination with Fiserv to kick off the scholarship.

New Grant To Help Demo Blighted & Vacant Buildings

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(Columbus) — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted have announced the launch of a new grant program to help revitalize local communities through the demolition of blighted and vacant buildings.

The new Ohio Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program will provide nearly $150 million in grants to raze dilapidated commercial and residential buildings and revitalize surrounding properties.

The program is part of the DeWine-Husted Administration’s strategic efforts to invest in Ohio’s future.

“There are dangerous, blighted buildings all over Ohio that are nothing more than eyesores that restrict new development,” said Governor DeWine. “We want our local communities to  thrive, and through this new grant program, we will help all 88 counties tear down dilapidated structures to make room for future growth.”

The Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program was created with the support of the Ohio General Assembly, which funded the program as part of the 2021 state biennium budget bill, House Bill 110. The program is administered by the Ohio Department of Development. 

“We’re attracting companies to Ohio because of our low taxes and excellent business climate, but they need sites to set up shop,” said Lt. Governor Husted. “Remediating these properties turns the blight into new opportunities to attract investment, business, and jobs.”

Demo Program Graphic

“Abandoned and blighted buildings are often hazards in our communities,” said Lydia Mihalik, director of the Ohio Department of Development. “By removing them, we make way for new growth and economic development throughout Ohio.”

As required by House Bill 110, funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure that all of Ohio’s 88 counties benefit from the program, each county will be eligible to receive a minimum of $500,000.

MORE: Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Guidelines

Commercial and residential buildings on sites that are not brownfields are eligible for funding. Counties must designate one lead entity to apply for grant funds on behalf of the county. In counties where a county land reutilization corporation has been established, it shall be the lead entity for that county. Other application details are available in the program guidelines.

The Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program is part of Governor DeWine’s Ohio BUILDS Initiative, which focuses on supporting targeted solutions that impact quality of life, such as water infrastructure improvements, broadband expansion, brownfield redevelopment, the demolition of blighted buildings, and more.

For more information on the new Building Demolition and Site Revitalization Program and to apply, visit Development.Ohio.Gov/Demolition.