Adena Officials Give Health Update During Conference with Chillicothe Mayor

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As cases of Covid-19 have increased in recent weeks, Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney hosted a Facebook Live broadcast Friday morning featuring leading officials of Adena Health System for an update on the System’s management of the pandemic.

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The hour long conversation included Adena CEO Jeff Graham, Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Kirk Tucker and Chief Nursing Officer Molly Grooms.

Graham described as people have gotten back to a sense of normalcy going to the store an other public places, “you would never probably imagine that the pandemic is as bad as it is in the walls of our hospital.”

“In the last week… at the PACCAR Medical Education Center, we’ve had double lines, clear out and around Hospital Road, of people getting tested” explained Graham as more families are dealing with an increase of concern over the delta and omicron variants.

Tucker added the importance of receiving vaccination for Covid-19. and gave a sampling from the current hospitalization numbers. As of Friday, among those at Adena, only nine of 72 patients are vaccinated. Tucker says in addition, there are six patients in the intensive care unit on ventilators, none of them had been vaccinated.

“You can be fully vaccinated, boosted, gotten anyone one of the three vaccines available… can you get omicron? Yes. Absolutely” Tucker added “The difference is that instead of it being something that has the potential to progress with landing you in the ER because your oxygen levels begin to fall and your body can no longer oxygenate itself… you’re likely to be at home for five days with a headache, a fever, a cough, stuffy nose, sore throat, muscle aches and pains, fatigue and then it breaks and goes away.” Tucker says the same is true with the delta variant.

Adena has been seeing up to 180 patients infected with Covid per day. Grooms suggests if someone is experiencing symptoms, the testing center at the PACCAR MEC is the place to go. “Depending on the severity of how you’re feeling, that’s where you should start.” They’re currently testing Monday through Friday and Adena is receiving assistance from the Ohio National Guard which will help AHS extend the hours for the testing center. “We still have a lot of access within our own primary care” Grooms added. “We have a lot of support in our Urgent Cares for this testing… an if you feel you have the level of acuity and you need to see the emergency room, I’m not discouraging that from happening at all.”

Hear the entire conversation by clicking on the photo above.

DOE Issues Draft Request for Proposal for the Portsmouth Decontamination

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(Cincinnati) – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) issued a Draft Request for Proposal for the new Portsmouth Decontamination and Decommissioning Contract (PORTS D&D) to be performed at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (GDP) Site in southern Ohio.

The new Indefinite-Delivery Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) Contract under the End State Contracting Model (ESCM) will have a maximum value of up to $5.87 billion, includes a 10-year ordering period, and performance of task orders issued before the end of the Contract ordering period shall not exceed five years beyond the end of the Contract ordering period. The Contract includes requirements for meaningful work to be performed by small businesses.

Work to be performed under the new PORTS D&D Contract will include, but not be limited to demolition and disposal of GDP facilities, process equipment, related process buildings, and other ancillary facilities. The PORTS D&D Contract also includes remediation of contaminated soils and groundwater, and disposition of uranium material. The purpose of the follow-on Contract will be to achieve completion of the D&D mission at the PORTS Site by successfully completing the environmental cleanup at the best value to the U.S. taxpayer. The new PORTS D&D Contract will replace the PORTS GDP D&D contract currently held by Fluor–BWXT Portsmouth, LLC (FBP).

In order to focus the new PORTS D&D Contractor on End State completion (i.e., D&D work), enduring operations historically performed under the PORTS GDP D&D contract with FBP will be transferred to the forthcoming Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office (PPPO) Operations and Site Mission Support (OSMS, formerly known as Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride [DUF6]) contract. This work will include utilities (water, sewer, and electric); Emergency Management (fire protection, plant shift superintendent, emergency operations center); Physical Security (Protective Force); Uranium Operations (cylinder to cylinder transfer, cylinder yard management); and Nuclear Material Control and Accountability. Although some work scope is transferring from the existing PORTS GDP D&D contract to the new Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office Operations and Site Mission Support contract, this realignment will not result in an overall reduction in scope for the PORTS site. To ensure a smooth transition of scope and workforce, the transition periods for the new PPPO OSMS and PORTS D&D Contracts will be aligned. The planned approach for effective scope alignment between the contracts at PORTS will be beneficial for long-term workforce continuity and will allow for a strategic focus on the D&D work at PORTS under the ESCM.

With the expectation of continued stable funding for the PORTS site, it is anticipated that the site workforce will remain stable amongst the new PORTS D&D and OSMS contractors, along with the continuance of current benefits.

The PORTS D&D Contract will promote Contractor community commitment and engagement, to include site reindustrialization efforts by the local community. There will be a requirement for the PORTS D&D Contractor to submit a community commitment plan to DOE. The Contract will also provide for a 5 percent preference for the award of subcontracts to regional small businesses.

EM is using a selection process for this procurement that focuses the evaluation of offers on key personnel, past performance, management approach, and cost and fee/profit to support a qualifications-based selection of the offeror that represents the best value to the government.

A dedicated EM Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) webpage has been established for the PORTS D&D procurement: https://www.emcbc.doe.gov/SEB/portsdd/. All news/announcements, documents (including the Draft RFP and Final RFP), pre-solicitation information, virtual tour, questions/answers, and related links will be posted on the procurement website. The Draft RFP and Final RFP will also be posted to the FedConnect website at: www.fedconnect.net.

DOE is also posting pre-solicitation information and a virtual site tour. Additionally, DOE will conduct virtual one-on-one sessions with industry for the PORTS D&D procurement. Registration information is available via the EMCBC PORTS D&D procurement webpage. Interested parties are encouraged to review the Draft RFP prior to participating in the industry one-on-one sessions.

Chillicothe Paints Release 2022 Schedule

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(Chillicothe)- In conjunction with the Prospect League, the Chillicothe Paints, presented by Adena Health System, announced their 2022 schedule Friday morning. The Paints open their season on the road in Springfield, Ohio, against the Champion City Kings Wednesday, June 1.

Chillicothe returns to VA Memorial Stadium for its home opener a day later, Thursday, June 2, against Champion City at 7:05 p.m. Along with $1 draft beer for Thirsty Thursday, there will also be a postgame fireworks display to celebrate the opening of the new season.

Once again, the schedule features 60 regular-season games with the Paints playing 30 at home and 30 on the road. This season, Chillicothe plays the Champion City Kings, Danville Dans, Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp, Johnstown Mill Rats, Lafayette Aviators, REX and West Virginia Miners.

“The Paints are so excited for our 29th season and building on our record-breaking attendance from a year ago,” said President Bryan Wickline. “We have been so fortunate over the years to have tremendous support from our fans and the business community. Everyone really stepped up last year and showed the support we needed coming off a year of no Paints’ baseball. The 2022 Prospect League season has a great schedule lined up for the Paints and now it’s time to get back to work. VA Memorial Stadium will start hosting college games in just over a month!”

The Prospect League schedule is designed to give players a taste of life in the minor leagues with charter bus travel, night games in front of enthusiastic crowds, and numerous overnight series in opponent cities. 

For the purposes of playoffs, Prospect League teams are divided into two conferences, each with two divisions:

Eastern Conference

Ohio River Valley Division
Champion City Kings (Springfield, Ohio)
Chillicothe Paints (Chillicothe, Ohio)
Johnstown Mill Rats (Johnstown, Pa.)
West Virginia Miners (Beckley, W.Va.)

Wabash River Division
Danville Dans (Danville, Ill.)
Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp (Peru, Ill.)
Lafayette Aviators (Lafayette, Ind.)
REX Baseball (Terre Haute, Ind.)

Western Conference

Great River Division
Burlington Bees (Burlington, Iowa)
Clinton LumberKings (Clinton, Iowa)
Normal CornBelters (Normal, Ill.)
Quincy Gems (Quincy, Ill.)

Prairie Land Division
Alton River Dragons (Alton, Ill.)
Cape Catfish (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
O’Fallon Hoots (O’Fallon, Mo.)
Capital City Baseball (Springfield, Ill.)

The Paints play more than 75 percent of their games within the division, meeting the Kings, Miners and Mill Rats a combined 46 times.

The 2022 season once again features split-season play, with division winners at the end of the first half of the season advancing to a one-game divisional championship August 7. Divisional champions advance to play a one-game conference championship August 9. Both conference champions advance to play one another in the best-of-three Prospect League Championship Series. Game one is August 11 and, after a travel day, game two and, if necessary, game three are August 13 and 14.

To advertise at VA Memorial Stadium or to schedule company outings, birthdays, team picnics or to receive group discounts, call the Paints Office at (740) 773-8326. Season tickets are also available online at www.ChillicothePaints.com, the Paints Office & Gift Shop at 11 East 2nd Street in Chillicothe, or by calling (740) 773-8326.

The 2022 Chillicothe Paints Schedule. Red dates are games at VA Memorial Stadium

Shawnee State Forest Expanded by More Than 1,200 Acres

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(Columbus) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz announced today that the Shawnee State Forest will expand by more than 1,200 acres.

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“By growing Shawnee State Forest, we are securing, protecting, and conserving important land in Ohio for the future,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “The expansion will significantly increase Ohio’s largest contiguous block of forest, enhancing biodiversity and providing a mix of recreational opportunities, as well as other direct and indirect benefits to all Ohioans.”
 
ODNR’s Division of Forestry acquired the property with a federal partnership grant through the Forest Legacy Program.
 
The 1,252-acre tract in Scioto County is approximately 75 miles south of Columbus and 65 miles east of Cincinnati. The land, located near Shawnee State Park and The Nature Conservancy’s Edge of Appalachia Preserve, is now part of the state forest. This purchase will allow ODNR to partner with the Buckeye Trail Association and reroute a section of the Buckeye Trail off the road and through the wooded area.
 
“This partnership with the Buckeye Trail Association will provide people with an amazing opportunity to see our largest state forest,” said Director Mary Mertz. “More public land under conservation management will protect water quality, improve wildlife habitat and forest products, increase recreational opportunities, and improve ecosystem services for the local community and people all over the state.”
 
Ohio’s Forest Legacy Program, which uses perpetual working forest agreements or fee-simple purchase on working forest lands, was established in 2005. The Division of Forestry has obtained Legacy Program funding to permanently protect 9,720 acres of important working forest land within Ohio. More information about the program can be found here and by searching for “Forest Legacy” at ohiodnr.gov.
 
In addition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service’s financial support provided with grant cost-share from the state, the Ohio Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Ruffed Grouse Society both contributed funds to support the acquisition.