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Avita Seeking Type 2 Diabetes Patients For Study

15 Jun , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Avita Health System is participating in the Personalized-Medication Adherence and Persistence Program (P-MAPP) – a national research initiative to better understand the medication perceptions of patients with Type 2 diabetes. Avita is currently seeking patients with Type 2 diabetes to participate in ongoing research at Galion and Ontario Hospitals.

P-MAPP was developed in collaboration with the FDA’s Center for Drug Research; it brings together real world data with input from patients. For more than 12 months, Avita’s team of pharmacists have been actively recruiting patients and engaging their input on what drives decisions regarding how, when, and if they take certain medications to manage their diabetes. The study will continue for another year.

“One thing you encounter in researching the habits of patients is we too often only look objectively at patient data in databases of information rather than simply engaging the patient for their input on their habits,” said Brad Schwartz, Pharmacy Clinical Services Manager at Avita Health System. More…

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Is Your Living Room The Future Of Hospital Care?

6 Jun , 2021  

This recent piece in Kaiser Health News is part of the SoJo Exchange from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. The original post can be read here

By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News

Major hospital systems are betting big money that the future of hospital care looks a lot like the inside of patients’ homes.

Hospital-level care at home — some of it provided over the internet — is poised to grow after more than a decade as a niche offering, boosted both by hospitals eager to ease overcrowding during the pandemic and growing interest by insurers who want to slow health care spending. But a host of challenges remain, from deciding how much to pay for such services to which kinds of patients can safely benefit. More…

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Avita Expands Patient Visitation

24 Mar , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Avita has expanded patient visitation at their hospitals, clinics, and medical offices effective this past Monday, March 22.

Avita temporarily stopped patient visitation in March 2020 and re-opened visitation in a limited capacity in June. Avita has now expanded the visitation policy to allow 2 visitors at a time, maximum of 6 per day for patients in the following units: medical/surgical, intensive care unit, emergency department, and maternity. For surgery and medical offices, Avita is allowing 2 visitors at a time, maximum of 2 per day.

Visiting hours for hospital patients is 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Overnight visitation is not permitted. More…

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‘I Wanted to Go in There and Help’: Nursing Schools See Enrollment Bump Amid Pandemic

22 Feb , 2021  

By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News

Last December, Mirande Gross graduated from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, with a bachelor’s degree in communications. But Gross has changed her mind and is heading back to school in May for a one-year accelerated nursing degree program. The pandemic that has sickened more than 27 million people in the United States and killed nearly 500,000 helped convince her she wanted to become a nurse.

“I was excited about working during the pandemic,” Gross, 22, said. “It didn’t scare me away.”

Enrollment in baccalaureate nursing programs increased nearly 6% in 2020, to 250,856, according to preliminary results from an annual survey of 900 nursing schools by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. More…

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Avita Joins Placenta Donation Program

20 Feb , 2021  

Avita Health System has announced their first successful placenta donation through Lifeline of Ohio’s Placenta Donation program. With the addition of this program, expectant mothers now have the option to heal others through the donation of their placenta.

“Our medical and nursing staff in the OB department at Avita are extremely excited to participate in this program,” said Kathy Durflinger. “For years, placentas were discarded after birth. The scientific breakthrough of using placenta tissue for wound healing, and so much more, allows us to be part of something greater. With the support from our new moms and Lifeline of Ohio, we have the potential to positively impact numerous lives.” More…


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Avita Expands Antibody Infusion Treatment

17 Dec , 2020  

To help fight the COVID-19 virus, Avita Health System is expanding monoclonal antibody treatment by opening an infusion clinic at Galion Hospital on Monday for patients with mild-to-moderate COVID-19 who are high-risk of developing severe illness.

“For almost a month, Avita’s emergency departments in Bucyrus, Galion, and Ontario have been providing antibody infusion therapy,” explained Jerry Morasko, CEO / President of Avita Health System. “Now we’re expanding services to an outpatient clinic at Galion Hospital, which will allow us to serve more patients in our communities.”

Monoclonal antibodies are a type of medication produced in a laboratory that can mimic the human immune system response to infection or other diseases. These particular medications are designed to block viral attachment and entry into human cells, thus neutralizing the virus that causes COVID-19. More…

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Local COVID Numbers; County Tops 3,000 Cases

24 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Monday, Richland Public Health included the following categories and numbers in its start-of-week report. One sobering statistic was the total number of positive cases on a cumulative basis, which topped 3,000. Across Ohio, deaths reached 6,000.

The number of cases county-wide represents approximately 2.5% of residents. More…

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Ohio Medicaid Begins Laying Out Plans For Coronavirus Testing At Pharmacies

2 Jul , 2020  

By Marty Schladen, Ohio Capital Journal

Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran on Tuesday described plans for Ohio pharmacies to begin testing one of the state’s most vulnerable populations — the poor — for the novel coronavirus.

The plans come as data about the virus from Ohio and elsewhere show a worrying trend. More…

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Avita Resuming Outpatient Elective Surgeries

6 May , 2020  

Avita Health System is resuming outpatient elective surgeries and procedures at Bucyrus, Galion, and Ontario Hospitals with additional processes to keep patients and employees safe.

“We are carefully resuming outpatient elective surgeries and procedures, including imaging and lab testing, at Avita Hospitals,” explains Jerome Morasko, CEO / President of Avita Health System. “Our priority continues to be the health and safety of our patients and employees so we are taking additional steps to protect everyone during this process.” More…

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OhioHealth Mansfield Home Care Services Relocate To Lexington

15 Sep , 2019  

OhioHealth Mansfield Home Care (Home Health and Hospice) has relocated to Lexington in a move that will improve comfort for associates and enhance the comprehensive care services available to patients at home.

The renovated space is located at 50 Industrial Drive in Lexington and expands OhioHealth’s presence in the area, reinforcing the system’s commitment to serving Lexington and nearby communities. More…

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Malabar Launches Into Future Of School-Based Health Care

9 Jul , 2019  

Malabar Intermediate School is taking an aggressive approach to helping at-risk students – both in school and at home – through creation of a school-based health care clinic. Funded by a four-year state School Quality Improvement Grant, medical care at the clinic and home visits by two community health care workers will be provided by the Third Street Family Health Services in Mansfield. More…

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Little Buckeye Opening New ER And Pediatric Care Exhibit

11 Jun , 2019  

Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, Ohio Health, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital are proud to announce the grand opening of a new Emergency Room and Pediatric Care exhibit at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum. More…

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County, Region Health Care Picture Continues To Change – Daily

21 Mar , 2019  

You might label them the “big three,” and two of them have made major moves in the space of two days.

OhioHealth, Avita Health System, and University Hospitals are continuing to stake out positions all across Richland County and the surrounding area. More…

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New Akron Children’s Hospital Mansfield Center Holding Public Open House

16 Mar , 2019  

Next Saturday, take a few minutes to tour the newest addition to Richland County health care offerings.

Akron Children’s Hospital brings together pediatric primary care, urgent care, nearly a dozen of its most in-demand pediatric specialty care practices, and rehabilitation services in one conveniently-located medical building at 1029 S. Trimble Rd.

The Akron Children’s Mansfield Health Center is one of several such centers planned throughout the region, recognizing the priority parents place on having the highest quality pediatric care for their children in a convenient location, close to home. More…

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Avita Health System Launches New Website

6 Nov , 2018  

Another local institution has launched a new website.

In the case, the site is one for a health services company that recently completed a major expansion into Richland County. Avita Health System’s new online home provides a dramatic enhancement from its former site, with new types of information available for current and potential patients. More…

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