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Avita Ontario Hospital Earns 5-Star Quality Rating

23 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Avita Ontario Hospital has earned a 5-star quality rating by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This is the highest rating and reflects the best performance.

“We reached the CMS 5-star rating for quality of care because of the hard work, diligence, and dedication of our staff. We are so proud of all of them,” explained Kathy Durflinger, Chief Nursing Officer at Avita Health System. “It is a major accomplishment to be one out of 429 hospitals in the country to achieve this recognition.”

The overall star rating is based on how well hospitals perform across five areas of quality, including safety of care, readmission, complications and deaths, patient experience, and timeliness and effectiveness of care. Avita Ontario Hospital was one of only 30 hospitals in the state of Ohio to achieve 5-star distinction.

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OhioHealth Announces Large Staff Reduction; 637 Positions Affected

7 Jul , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Thursday, OhioHealth issued a statement and communicated with employees about a planned large set of job reductions in its information technology and revenue cycle management areas over the coming weeks.

This decision, the company shared, was the result of a  move to use third party servicers.

There were no specifics given as to what employees or offices would be involved, other than as specified above. Despite the number of positions affected, a review of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services website shows no current public WARN notice of these layoffs.

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Ribbon Cutting On New OhioHealth Presence In Lexington

16 May , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

OhioHealth has expanded its presence in Lexington with the opening of OhioHealth Physician Group Obstetrics and Gynecology last month. The new practice is located at 375 West Main Street in Lexington, down the street from OhioHealth Physician Group Primary Care.

This past Friday, officials were on hand from the Village of Lexington and Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development for a ribbon cutting to officially open the facility.

The OB/GYN practice providers in Lexington include James Alford, MDTerry Grogg, MD, and Patti Sprang, WHNP-BC, NCMP. Sprang recently joined OhioHealth in March and has more than 30 years of experience as a nurse practitioner in women’s health. She is also certified by the North American Menopause Society as a menopause practitioner.

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Avita Ontario Hospital Opens New Inpatient Wing

11 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Avita Health System opened its new inpatient wing at Ontario Hospital on Monday.

“We added 12 inpatient rooms on the second floor of Ontario Hospital,” said Jerome Morasko, President/CEO at Avita Health System. “These additional rooms expand our medical/surgical and intensive care units. They are all private and furnished with the most advanced medical technologies.”

The new inpatient rooms are part of Phase III of Ontario Hospital, which included an LDRP maternity unit that opened in February.

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OhioHealth Primary Care Officially Opens In Plymouth

19 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Technically, the new OhioHealth Physician Group Primary Care facility in Plymouth, which hosted a ribbon cutting earlier this week, sits just over the border in Huron County.

As residents of Plymouth know well, however, the impact of the new facility will be felt throughout the community.

Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development was on hand to livestream the event at 25 Spring Street.

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OhioHealth Cancer Care Adding Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

15 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse, From OhioHealth

OhioHealth Cancer Care will be adding a new Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) program to our services.  Launching in phases, the outpatient program will open on April 4 and transplants will begin in late summer/early fall of 2022.

BMT is a process where non-functioning, deficient bone marrow or cancerous cells are eliminated by chemotherapy and/or radiation and then replaced by new, healthy cells. The ultimate goal is for a cure or at least to control the disease.

The program will be available system-wide to all eligible patients, including to patients at  OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital and OhioHealth Shelby Hospital. It will be located at OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital and OhioHealth Arthur G.H. Bing, MD, Cancer Center. Medical director Yvonne Efebera, MD, MPH, brings over 20 years of international experience to OhioHealth Cancer Care. 

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Two New School-Based Health Centers To Benefit From ODH Contracts

5 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse; State of Ohio Press Release

Governor Mike DeWine today announced that $25.9 million will be awarded for 136 new or expanded School-Based Health Centers throughout Ohio.

“Studies have shown that health and wellness are interconnected,” said Governor DeWine. “A student who is not healthy or who is chronically absent is not able to achieve their full potential. These partnerships between healthcare providers and schools supports the whole child and ensures that every child may realize their full potential.”

The Ohio Department of Health is awarding 15 contracts, totaling $25,910,983, to create 29 new School-Based Health Centers and expand services in 107 existing School-Based Health Centers.

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Pretty In Pink

1 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

It took almost no time for Avita Ontario Hospital to see the first birth in its new Maternity Unit that we shared news of in our last post.

On Monday night, the Hospital was bathed in pink to celebrate the birth of a baby girl (see below).

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Avita Ontario Hospital Opens Maternity Unit

1 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse, By Avita Health System

Avita Health System has announced that the maternity unit at Ontario Hospital opened at 8:00am on Monday, February 28.

“Our maternity unit was designed with the patient in mind,” said Jerome Morasko, President/CEO at Avita Health System. “We wanted to bring another option for obstetrical care to the area and offer a birthing experience in an atmosphere that is safe, comfortable, and feels like home.”

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New Chief Clinical Officer At Third Street Family Health Services

26 Jan , 2022  

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Special to 1812Blockhouse

From Third Street Family Health Services:

Third Street Family Health Services has hired a new Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) who began work on Monday, January 10 at the facility located at 600 West Third Street in Mansfield.

Dr. Sheng Liu completed her family medicine residency at MetroHealth Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University. After graduation, she began her medical career with MetroHealth and practiced full spectrum hospital-based family medicine, including outpatient treatment, inpatient care, obstetrics, and long-term care for 19 years. Dr. Liu has served in many leadership roles and has always been a driving force for comprehensive, high-quality primary care.

In 2014, Dr. Liu became the Chief Medical Officer for an Ohio Federally Qualified Health Center. Her experience in patient management helped build the infrastructures and establish services lines for start-up health center, Her efforts promoted improved access to medically underserved populations and helped fill gaps in care. In 2019, Dr. Liu assumed the VP/Chief Medical Officer role for a Michigan community health center. She enhanced many medical programs throughout her tenure. Dr. Liu came back to Ohio to meet her family’s needs, and Third Street is benefitting greatly from her transition.

Dr. Liu has a servant leadership style. Her passion is to asset patients in achieving their best health outcomes and support the clinical staff to achieve their highest potential. She believes that community health centers are meaningful and vital in serving the healthcare needs of residents. Health centers impact the health of communities positively.

Dr. Liu will provide leadership and oversight of clinical program integration and will provide direct patient care. She is working with the leaders of each clinical department to ensure we decrease barriers to care and offer a cohesive patient-centered approach to our services.

Third Street Family Health Services’ mission is to deliver comprehensive health and wellness care, accessible to all in the communities we serve. Third Street’s vision is to inspire healthier communities by eliminating barriers to wellness.

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OhioHealth Appears Caught In The Cross Currents Of The Mandate Debate

7 Dec , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

OhioHealth, the nonprofit health care chain with a substantial presence in Richland County, appears to be treading treacherous waters very carefully indeed.

Consider, for instance, a news release from OhioHealth dated December 2, and which references the new omicron variant while emphasizing on the need for vaccinations. “Nothing really changes what we’re doing. The best defense we have for infection, whether with this variant or the delta variant, still is to get vaccinated.”

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Avita Increases Access To New Antibody Infusion Therapy

25 Oct , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Avita Health System has increased patient access to monoclonal antibody infusion therapy at Galion Hospital. Treatment is available Monday – Friday for outpatients with COVID-19 infection, as well as patients with a confirmed exposure to the virus who meet the criteria for post-exposure preventative use.

“The FDA has extended the Emergency Use Authorization application for monoclonal antibody therapy,” explained Christina Barnes, Director of Pharmacy Services at Avita Health System. “As the supply has become more readily available, the criteria for therapy has changed, thus allowing us to offer treatment to an increased number of patients.

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Avita’s Phase III Brings Obstetrics Unit To Ontario

15 Sep , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

This week, Avita Health System announced that construction started earlier this year on Phase III of Ontario Hospital.

This third phase has been in progress since March 2021 and will include additional inpatient beds and a new Labor Delivery, Recovery, and Postpartum (LDRP) unit on the second floor.

“We always had a plan to expand the number of inpatient beds available at Ontario Hospital to better meet the needs of the community,” said Jerome Morasko, President/ CEO, Avita Health System. “We also wanted to bring another option for obstetrical care to the area. Our new unit allows patients to deliver their babies in state-of-the art LDRP rooms and provides a unique birthing experience right here in Richland County.”

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Schools

OSU Mansfield To Begin Offering RN To BSN Program

31 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Ohio State University at Mansfield will offer the RN to BSN program beginning Autumn 2021. Offered through The Ohio State University’s top-ranked College of Nursing, this program provides an opportunity for licensed RNs with an associate degree or diploma from an accredited institution to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

“We are thrilled to offer this program to support the needs of the local workforce,” said Norman Jones, dean and director of Ohio State Mansfield. “We love knowing that we are advancing career opportunities for nurses and supporting the workforce development needs of healthcare providers in the region.”

The BSN allows for nurses to practice at hospitals, clinics, businesses, at-home care, schools, government and physician’s offices.

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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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