A guide to breast cancer services around the region

Designed by patients for patients, the Kettering Cancer Center delivers comprehensive cancer care at every stage of a patient’s journey, from diagnosis …

Kettering Health Network

Kettering Cancer Care’s services are integrated throughout its network and eight hospitals. Call (855) 500-CURE (2873).

Kettering Medical Center: 3535 Southern Blvd., Kettering

Sycamore Medical Center: 4000 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Miamisburg

Grandview Medical Center: 405 W Grand Ave., Dayton

Southview Medical Center: 1997 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, Centerville

Greene Memorial Hospital: 1141 N. Monroe Drive, Xenia

Soin Medical Center: 3535 Pentagon Blvd., Beavercreek

Fort Hamilton Hospital: 630 Eaton Ave., Hamilton

Troy Hospital: 600 W Main St., Troy

Website: www.ketteringhealth.org/cancercare/

Services

A Cancer Access Center serves as the first point of contact for many who are on their first steps in their cancer journey. The access center helps patients navigate through the services Kettering Health Network offers at all of its hospitals, including oncologists, cancer surgeons, social workers, dietitians, cancer mental health experts, financial guidance, and support groups. Call (855) 500-CURE (2873). Kettering Breast Evaluation Centers offers comprehensive breast screenings in 15 locations throughout southwest Ohio.

  • Surgery, including breast-sparing surgery and sentinel lymph node dissection
  • Chemotherapy, biotherapy, hormone therapy, targeted therapy
  • Radiation therapy, including partial breast irradiation (brachytherapy, aka Mammosite or Contura), and stereotactic radiosurgery
  • Clinical trials (cancer research studies)
  • All KHN hospitals offer breast cancer surgery

Chemotherapy, biotherapy, targeted therapy, and hormone therapy are available at Kettering, Sycamore, Grandview, Soin and Fort Hamilton. Many of these treatment regimens can be done on an outpatient basis.

Radiation therapy is available at Kettering, Fort Hamilton, and Soin Medical Center. HDR brachytherapy and stereotactic radiosurgery are available at Kettering. In treating women who have cancer in the left breast, a state-of-the-art radiation technique called respiratory gating is used. It synchronizes the delivery of radiation to the part of a woman’s breathing cycle when her breast is farthest away from her heart. This allows precision radiotherapy that eliminates any significant radiation dose to a woman’s heart, thus substantially decreasing her risk of cardiac complications in the future.

Kettering Cancer Center

Designed by patients for patients, the Kettering Cancer Center delivers comprehensive cancer care at every stage of a patient’s journey, from diagnosis through treatment. Located in the Pavilion on Kettering Medical Center’s campus, this full-service facility is intended to provide the most advanced patient-centered care in an environment that focuses on healing the whole person-body, mind, and spirit The cancer center offers complete care to patients in a caring environment, with dedicated patient-centric services and specialized treatments to fight cancer including the area’s largest and most private infusion center for cancer patients. The center serves as a single touchpoint for patients, providing them with a wide range of services more than 30 cancer physician specialists working together on a 20,000-square-foot multidisciplinary oncology floor.

Expanded Services

Kettering Cancer Care has expanded services by opening new cancer centers in Greene, Butler, and Miami counties. Following the design and mission of the Kettering Cancer Center, these three new centers offer the most advanced patient-centered care in an environment that focuses on healing the whole person — mind, body, and spirit.

Support

Oncology and breast cancer certified nurse navigators assist patients as they move through their breast cancer journey. Specialized and individualized care, education, support, resources, and encouragement are offered from diagnosis, through treatment, and on to recovery. Navigators are available to counsel patients and connect patients and loved ones to local and national resources. Navigators also have quick access to the tools needed for breast cancer care and to enhance quality of life.

Social workers provide support and other services, which can reduce stress for patients and loved ones through the entire cancer journey. They can assist patients and families in finding affordable medical care and prescription drug coverage, transportation and home health care. Social workers help patients with the cancer diagnosis and the many emotions that they may experience.

Nutrition services are essential to comprehensive cancer care and rehabilitation. Kettering Cancer Care strives to provide safe and effective nutrition care across the cancer continuum, from prevention through treatment and into survivorship, to promote your best quality of life. Certified lymphedema therapists work with patients who experience localized lymph fluid retention following surgery.

By providing spiritual support as a complement to medical treatment, KHN’s chaplains are able to make us a leader in healing the whole person. Our chaplains are ready to assist patients any way we can. KHN chaplains are trained to offer emotional and spiritual support to persons of all faiths, from pre-surgery and outpatient testing through the entire hospital experience.

Breast cancer support group SOAR (strength, optimism, and recovery) helps individuals diagnosed with breast cancer, their families and friends. Buddy system Moving Forward Hand in Hand is where breast cancer survivors offer support and encouragement to individuals newly diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Physicians on Staff

KHN and Kettering Physician Network employ 17 medical oncologists, seven radiation oncologists, and two surgical oncologists. In addition, Kettering Cancer Care has four gynecological oncologists, two breast surgeons, two plastic surgeons and oncology specialty surgeons on-staff. There are others who have privileges in the KHN system.

Fast Facts

The KHN integrated network cancer program is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The program is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award for excellence in cancer care.

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Premier Health offers therapeutic massage as part of its network of cancer support services. CONTRIBUTED

Premier Health Cancer Institute

Premier Health is a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network®, a program of MD Anderson Cancer Center. Learn more about this affiliation and local MD Anderson certified physicians by calling toll free (844) 316-HOPE (4673).

Miami Valley Hospital South Comprehensive Cancer Center: 2300 Miami Valley Drive, Dayton

Miami Valley Hospital: 1 Wyoming St., Dayton

Miami Valley Hospital North: 9000 N. Main St., Englewood

Upper Valley Medical Center: 3130 N County Road 25A, Troy

Atrium Medical Center: 200 Medical Center Drive, Middletown

Website: www.premierhealth.com/cancer

Services

The Premier Health Cancer Institute offers the full continuum of breast cancer care, from prevention and screening through detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, all in locations that are close to home. Premier Health’s affiliation with MD Anderson provides access to expertise from the top cancer center in the country and the confidence of knowing the best minds in cancer care are working together for you.

Premier Health’s multidisciplinary breast cancer team includes medical oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, radiation oncologists, geneticists and reconstructive surgeons as well as psychologists, physical therapists, social workers, dietitians, certified oncology nurses and oncology nurse navigators.

Premier Health offers advanced breast imaging services, including Genius™ 3D Mammography™, high-resolution ultrasound, breast MRI, stereotactic biopsy, image-guided breast biopsies, DEXA (bone density) scanning, and ductograms. In addition, Premier Health offers mobile 3D mammography, to bring screening mammograms closer to where you live and work.

In addition to medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology, Premier Health offers the following on-site services:

  • Breast cancer clinical trials
  • Genetic counseling and genetic testing
  • High Risk Breast Cancer Centers
  • Breast reconstruction services
  • Lymphedema certified physical therapists
  • Oncology rehabilitation services
  • Private and semi-private chemotherapy/infusion rooms
  • Specialized oncology nurse navigators

Support

Premier Health offers oncology nurse navigators to help you through your cancer journey. In addition, Premier Health offers cancer support groups, informational classes, exercise therapy, massage therapy, yoga, wellness center, social workers, nutrition services, therapeutic art, nutrition counseling and pastoral care.

Other amenities include healing gardens, coffee shops, free wireless Internet, dedicated meditation rooms, patient resource centers and private treatment rooms.

Breast Cancer Physicians on Staff

Premier Health has numerous medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and others who help patients through their cancer journeys

Fast Facts

Premier Health became a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network in March 2016, offering local access to world-class expertise. All Premier Health cancer centers are accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Premier Health offers three easy ways to schedule a mammogram: 1) Call toll-free (855) 887-7364; 2) schedule through your Premier Health MyChart account; or 3) request an appointment online. Learn more at www.premierhealth.com/mammo.

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Mercy Health — Springfield Regional Cancer Center

148 W. North St., Springfield

937-323-5001

Website: https://www.mercy.com/locations/specialty-locations/cancer-care-oncology/springfield-regional-cancer-center

Services

Mercy Health – Springfield Regional Cancer Center offers comprehensive cancer care. Serves Mercy Health – Springfield Regional Medical Center in Clark County and Mercy Health – Urbana Hospital in Champaign County. Medical oncology infusion services, radiation oncology services. Accredited by the Commission on Cancer as a Community Cancer Program.

Support

Cancer Care Outreach Program involving community education, screening and early-detection programming, psychosocial support, a Cancer Resource Library, counseling, spiritual care, massage, nutrition education, oncology exercise in conjunction with Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, programs such as Look Good … Feel Better; an appearance center offering a wig program as well as bra and prosthesis fittings, on-site research RNs through a partnership with the Dayton Community Clinical Oncology Program. (Note: some services, such as the massage program and appearance center, are currently unavailable due to COVID restrictions.)

Breast Cancer Physicians on Staff

Four medical oncologists, two radiation oncologists and a nurse practitioner who is certified in genetic counseling.

Patients

Average number of breast cancer patients per year in Clark County: 300

Fast Facts

Mercy Health – Springfield Regional Cancer Center offers external beam radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic body radiation therapy, as well as infusion chemotherapy, targeted therapies and genetic counseling. A calming Serenity Garden is located outside the infusion suite with beautiful plants and bird feeders. A meditation room available for private reflection; social services available to assist patients with individual needs.

Mercy Health – Springfield Imaging and Lab Center

1343 N. Fountain Blvd., Springfield

937-390-5030

Springfield Imaging and Lab Center (SILC) is equipped with the most advanced imaging technology, including state-of-the-art 3D mammography. Offers screening and diagnostic mammography including 2D and 3D (Digital Breast Tomosynthesis). Provides same-day results on diagnostic mammograms and breast ultrasounds. Offers stereotactic guided and ultrasound guided breast biopsy as well as Dexa Scans (Bone Mineral Density imaging) and breast MRI.

Mercy Health Urbana Hospital

904 Scioto St., Urbana

937-390-5030 – Mercy Health Urbana Hospital Mammography.

Mercy Health – Urbana Hospital has a new mammography unit inside the radiology department at the hospital. As with the mobile unit that visits Urbana Hospital, the new in-hospital unit offers the most advanced imaging technology for Screening and Diagnostic Mammography, including 2D and 3D (Digital Breast Tomosynthesis), providing same-day results on diagnostic mammograms and breast ultrasounds. Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy on-site as well as a new Dexa Scan Bone Mineral Density unit.

Mercy Health – Dayton Springfield Emergency Center

1840 Springfield Road, Fairborn

937-328-8100

Mammography offered as part of outpatient imaging services on Wednesdays.

High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic

Mercy Health – Springfield & Urbana General & Laparoscopic Surgery, 30 W. McCreight Ave., Suite 106, Springfield

937-523-9820.

Website: https://www.mercy.com/health-care-services/breast-health

Services

Mercy Health is accepting patients with a personal or family history of breast cancer for its high-risk breast cancer clinic. Patients who meet the following criteria should consider having genetic testing for breast cancer:

  • Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer younger than 45-50 years old
  • Women with breast cancer and who have first-degree relatives with breast cancers
  • Women who have multiple relatives in the same lineage with breast cancer
  • Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts at the same time
  • Women with recurring breast cancer
  • Women who have a family history of ovarian cancer
  • Women with men in their family with breast cancer
  • Men who have breast cancer
  • Women with Ashkenazi Jewish heritage and diagnosed breast cancer

Mercy Health offers genetic testing for patients with a personal or family history of ovarian, colorectal, uterine and/or other cancers. Should you learn that you have an inherited condition, Mercy Health will work with you and your care team on treatment options and surveillance programs.

Navigation Support

The Breast Imaging Navigator guides and facilitates follow-up care from the point of abnormal mammogram to biopsy. The Breast Health Navigator assists breast cancer patients from surgery through treatment and survivorship. Focused on personal, one-on-one care, the imaging navigator and nurse navigators monitor, coordinate, educate and provide emotional support for every patient.

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Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center

9500 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

216.445.7946

Website: clevelandclinic.org/breastcancer

Services

Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center provides world-class care to patients with cancer and is at the forefront of new and emerging clinical, translational and basic cancer research.

Cleveland Clinic provides a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to breast cancer care that encompasses the most innovative surgical techniques, access to clinical trials and groundbreaking research.

  • Detection — Mammography (appointments and walk-ins), breast MRI, image-guided biopsy
  • Surgeries — Lumpectomy, simple or total mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, radical mastectomy, nipple-sparing mastectomy, sentinel lymph node procedures, lymphaticovenous bypass, breast reconstruction
  • Treatments — Hyperthemia therapy, intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT), image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT), prone breast irradiation, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, access to clinical trials

Support

At Cleveland Clinic, exceptional cancer care is complemented by services that address the emotional, psycho-social and financial needs of patients. Services include 4th Angel Mentoring Program, Chemocare.com, breast cancer support groups, art & music therapy, psycho-social oncology program, wig boutique, Reiki and yoga. For a full list, visit clevelandclinic.org/cancersupport.

Breast Cancer Physicians on Staff

Breast cancer-focused specialists include:

  • Breast surgeons
  • Medical breast specialists, including physicians and nurse practitioners
  • Breast radiologists
  • Breast cancer medical oncologists
  • Breast radiation oncologists
  • Breast plastic surgeons
  • Breast pathologists
  • Breast cancer genetic counselors
  • Breast cancer psychosocial team, including psychology and social work

Locations and Appointments

Cleveland Clinic is committed to providing you with the highest quality, comprehensive, efficient and compassionate care. We offer several locations for routine screening mammography and consultations for the diagnosis and management of breast disease. Visit clevelandclinic.org/breastlocations for a complete list.

To schedule your mammogram, make an appointment with one of our breast cancer specialists, or request a second opinion, please call 216-445-7946.

Fast Facts

At Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, more than 450 highly skilled doctors, researchers, nurses and technicians care for thousands of patients each year. Ranked one of the nation’s top hospitals, and No. 1 in Ohio by U.S. News & World Report, Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center provides a range of services to patients including clinical trials and internationally-recognized cancer research efforts ensuring patients have access to the latest advances in cancer treatment, as well as a range of support programs helping patients navigate the challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis.

The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University. CHRIS STEWART / STAFF

Credit: Chris Stewart

Credit: Chris Stewart

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center

Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital andRichard J. Solove Research Institute

Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center

1145 Olentangy River Road, Columbus

The James Line at (614) 293-5066 or toll-free at (800) 293-5066

Website: cancer.osu.edu or www.cancer.osu.edu/breastcancer

Services

Offers the full continuum of breast cancer care, from prevention and screening through detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship, in a single facility dedicated to advancing breast cancer care through research. The multidisciplinary breast cancer team includes medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, geneticists and reconstructive surgeons as well as psychologists, physical therapists, social workers, dietitians and oncology-trained nurses.

The breast center also offers:

  • Clinical trials for all subsets of breast cancer and stages of disease, including triple-negative and metastatic disease
  • Genetic counseling and a high-risk breast cancer program
  • Advanced diagnostic imaging, including 3D mammography (Tomosynthesis), automated whole breast ultrasound, breast MRI and image-guided breast biopsies
  • Breast reconstruction services, including microsurgical techniques using a patient’s own tissue
  • Lymphedema-relieving surgery for prevention and reduction of lymphedema swelling post-cancer treatment.
  • Lymphedema-certified physical therapists and oncology rehabilitation services
  • Private and semi-private chemotherapy/infusion rooms
  • Women and sexuality after cancer consultative services
  • JamesCare for Life support services and programming, including patient and caregiver support groups, nutrition, fitness and other educational classes
  • Custom wigs, hat and head coverings, specialized clothing and prosthetics through Hope’s Boutique

Other amenities include a cafe with patio dining, free parking, free wireless internet, Patient Resource Center, private counseling suites, private treatment rooms, rehabilitation gymnasium and sanctuary.

Breast Cancer Physicians on Staff

  • Breast medical oncology – 10
  • Breast surgical oncology – 8
  • Breast radiation oncology – 5
  • Breast radiology – 9
  • Breast cancer genetics – 5
  • Oncology reconstructive surgeons – 6
  • High-risk breast cancer programs – 3

Fast Facts

The Stefanie Spielman Comprehensive Breast Center is part of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), one of 51 comprehensive cancer centers in the United States as designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for research excellence. The OSUCCC – James earned the NCI’s highest ranking, “exceptional,” after the site reviews for their last three competitive renewals.

Clinical Trials

As one of only a few cancer centers nationwide funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and II clinical trials on novel anticancer drugs, the OSUCCC – James is a leader in advancing clinical and basic research for the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. Researchers and clinicians work side-by-side to investigate and then move promising new therapies from the lab bench to the patient’s bedside, all with the goal of creating a cancer-free world one person, one discovery at a time.

Dozens of breast cancer clinical trials are typically open and enrolling patients at the OSUCCC – James, including trials to test new targeted therapies for triple-negative and HER2-positive breast cancers, targeted partial breast radiation techniques and non-medical prevention trials.

“It’s extremely stressful”: Dr. Rai on record hospitalizations and social media myths

SOCIAL MEDIA MYTH – HOSPITAL BEDS. People on social media are claiming hospitals cannot be overrun because they’ve seen open rooms and …

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – “It’s extremely stressful and we’re waiting for help to get here.” That’s what Prevea Health President and CEO Dr. Ashok Rai said about the situation in our local hospitals as COVID-19 continues to spread at high levels in Wisconsin.

Dr. Rai joined us on Action 2 News This Morning Thursday to show how COVID-19 is stressing our hospital systems and front-line workers. On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Hospital Association reported more than 1,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Wisconsin.

Dr. Rai also dispelled some myths that are spreading on social media.Dr. Rai joins us Tuesdays and Thursdays on Action 2 News This Morning. Have a question for the doctor? Email news@wbay.com.

RECORD HOSPITALIZATIONS

“It’s not only just the total number of patients with COVID, but what eventually happens is the number of people needing hospital beds, and that turns into not having beds for everything else we want to do, and the emotions around that, and trying to manage that. It used to be every day you’d meet in the morning, and you’d try to figure out what you’re going to do for the day. Now it’s hour by hour. Every half hour somebody is calling trying to figure out where to put a patient. Staff is tired. Staff is getting sick because they’re going home and being exposed just because the community spread is so high. It’s extremely stressful and we’re waiting for help to get here.

“You could be a patient having a stroke, like has happened in the last week, and trying to find a bed in any of the four hospitals to recover that patient in, and spending hours trying to locate that person. It’s October, it’s Breast Cancer Month. You’ve prepared, you’ve had radiation, you’ve had chemo, now it’s time to have your breast cancer surgery–maybe it’s a bilateral mastectomy–there’s nothing for a woman that could be even harder than going through that. And then finding out the night before, the morning of, that we have to delay it because there’s not a bed for you. Those are the types of stories we’re seeing. It’s not just COVID. It’s everything. We’re looking hour by hour for a bed. We have nurses coming in from around the country that are going to start this week and next week. Scrambling to even buy beds to figure out where you can create more room and monitors for them, all of that’s being done right now to take care of our community.”

SOCIAL MEDIA MYTH – HOSPITAL BEDS

People on social media are claiming hospitals cannot be overrun because they’ve seen open rooms and beds.

“You know what, you probably did see a room open. Because you have to remember, to have a bed in a hospital you need a crew of people that are going to take care of the patient in the bed. The nurse, the physician, the nurse’s aide, the person who is going to clean that room, feed that patient, every single one of those categories, the respiratory therapist, the lab people. They all have situations where we’re short staffed because of COVID and we’re looking for help. So an empty physical space is not a hospital bed. It’s the team around you who needs to take care of it. So yeah, ‘Uncle Louie’ probably saw an empty bed and we had no reason to lie about it. We didn’t have somebody to actually take care of the person in that bed.”

SOCIAL MEDIA MYTH- HERD IMMUNITY

“It’s probably one of the most frustrating things we have to deal with is you have scientific evidence and you have people who have no science and put things out there that get spread out. In response to the herd immunity articles, 50 epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists put out a great letter in Lancet, which is probably one of the most published infectious disease journals that we read, around herd immunity, saying number one, stop talking about it. Number two, it doesn’t make any sense because we don’t know how long immunity lasts with COVID-19. Scientifically, it’s not even a concept to have a conversation about. And number three, the amount of people that would die if you truly would get it is just too great of a catastrophe. You may say just get all the healthy people in America exposed. Forty percent or more of Americans have an underlying disease that would put them at risk for death from COVID-19. How are you going to separate the other 60 percent from the 40 percent? It’s not common sense. It’s not scientific based. And I wish it would stop.”

NURSING HOME OUTBREAKS

“We talk about hospitals is where we provide care. But remember, we provide COVID-19 care in a variety of different settings. A COVID patient in a hospital or a nursing home–number one in a nursing home it’s a congregant setting so the spread can happen very quickly as we’re seeing in Waupaca [King Veterans Home], as we’re seeing locally with nursing homes having dozens of patients, almost, with COVID-19. And the resources it takes to take care of that patient are so different than a standard patient that a nursing home was built for. In a hospital, we have a lot of the things that we need, and it’s still hard to take care of a COVID-19 patient. Yesterday, I had to go see a COVID-19 patient. It took me 10 times longer to see that one patient. I could have seen 10 other patients in that time period. It’s a lot of work. We’re doing it. We’re caring for those patients to keep them comfortable and try to get them turned around them around. I think people are so focused on ‘it’s just a cold, it’s just a respiratory illness’, not realizing what it’s doing to the health care system, even well beyond the hospital.”

TRICK OR TREAT

“I think with a lot of things this year, we need to get very creative, especially with our children. As we get that creativity going, understand that we want to get them active, we want to celebrate another holiday, but figure out how to do it safely. So you want to minimize interaction with people you don’t live with or know. If you can avoid that, so the best you can do that is probably not door-to-door trick or treating. But everybody’s got to make their own individual decision around that. But try to find other activities as well, safe in the home, different things that we can do, or different ways to distribute candy that’s safer. I think we need to get creative on this issue. But really, interacting with people on a regular basis that you don’t live with only creates more risk right now in our current spread.

SCHOOLS REOPENING

West De Pere announced it was sending children back to the classroom after a period of all-virtual learning.

“As a local health care provider, we don’t have a true recommendation. We provide data, we help people interpret that data. But as somebody who did a pediatric residency and would refer to the American Academy of Pediatrics, which I have right in front of me right now.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics has a bullet-point list of things you need to do. And the number one thing is we want kids back in school. We know they learn better, they socialize better. But we also want to make sure they’re safe. So there’s no doubt about it that we want people back in school. But they do have a bullet point here, ‘Although the American Academy of Pediatrics strongly recommends and advocates for in-person learning for the coming school year, the current widespread circulation of the virus will not permit in-person learning to be safely accomplished in many jurisdictions.’ It’s important to understand that we live in one of the worst jurisdictions when it comes to COVID-19, not only in the country, but in the world. We need to look at local numbers and make decisions based on that. Obviously, they looked at numbers and made their decision, and every school board’s going to need to do that. But the American Academy of Pediatrics is strongly in favor of in-person learning, when it’s safe.”

FLATTENING THE CURVE

“I used to go with my hands here–this was hospital capacity and this is the amount of patients that we can take care of–and when the COVID numbers and the total admissions get over that, that’s when we’re in crisis mode. Here’s the flatting line of hospital capacity, and now we are over that. It’s a hill, it’s a mountain, however we want to describe it. But we’ve now crossed that threshold that we were trying not to cross back in the spring. So the point is now, let’s reduce the total spread. That in effect will reduce the total number of hospitalizations and allow us to take care of the entire community, those that have COVID, those that don’t.

POST-COVID WORKOUTS

A viewer who had COVID is experiencing tightness in his chest and a cough during a work out. Should he go to a doctor?

“Most definitely. Any time you’re having those types of symptoms, whether you have COVID or not, if you have tightness in your chest when you’re exercising, we need to see you. It’s important to understand that we’re starting to learn about this virus more and more. We’ve got eight months. That’s not a whole lot of time behind us. But the things that we’re working about some of the sequela, the things that happen after you’ve recovered, one of the things that scares is us myocarditis, the inflammation of the heart. We saw that in athletes who actually had COVID-19, did not have any symptoms, and in some studies a third of them had evidence of heart damage. So if you’re having symptoms after you’ve had COVID-19 while you’re exerting yourself, stop exerting yourself. See your doctor. There’s a certain set of things we need to do to make sure you’re safe to work out again.”

EXPOSURE AND SMALL GATHERINGS

“I think we would all love to get together with our families, me especially right now. But it’s important to understand that if you don’t live with somebody and they’re out interacting with other people, every interaction they have is an interaction you’re now having. It becomes exponential. Just a gathering with six people you don’t live with, you’re now actually exposed to many more than six people. Because those six people were exposed to six people that were exposed to six other people. Now you’ve been exposed to 180 people as you start doing the math and multiplying that out. So it’s important to understand that when you are not going to work and not being safe in a mask-type situation, that you should not be gathering.”

WHY ARE HOSPITALS CHARGING FOR COVID TESTS?

“It really depends on the health system and how their contract works. They will bill insurance. If insurance doesn’t cover it, the federal law says we shouldn’t be billing you at all for that. Either way it should be covered. At Prevea, we have a state contract. So I’d say 90-something percent of our tests are covered by the state. There’s a smaller portion that we have to bill to our insurance that are pre-procedural. But every system has a way to make sure you get tested and it’s not a financial burden.”

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Montfort receives record $1M donation

… but the Montfort Hospital recently found one large cause for celebration, after philanthropist couple Yves Tremblay and Sylvie Villeneuve announced …

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Located at Mer-Bleue Road and Brian-Coburn Boulevard in Orléans, the Hub is scheduled to open next summer. The project, led by the Montfort Hospital, includes as partners the Youth Services Bureau, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, the Eastern Ottawa Resource Centre, Ottawa Public Health, Ottawa Community Geriatric Psychiatry Services, Bruyère and the Champlain LHIN.

According to Montfort CEO Dr. Bernard Leduc, the new facility “will be built with the patient in mind, both physically and logistically.”

The province, which is picking up $75 million of the Hub’s $87-million cost, sees it as a prototype for the future of the healthcare system in Ontario.

The remaining $12 million, meanwhile, is expected to come from community donors. Tremblay says that his and Villeneuve’s donation brings that total to a little more than $3 million.

The pair are hardly strangers to philanthropy, regularly (and quietly) giving to numerous causes. In 2003, Tremblay, who was a senior vice-president at JDS Uniphase until his retirement two years earlier, was, along with JDS founder Jozef Straus, the reluctant public face of an otherwise anonymous $15-million donation by some of the company’s employees to The Ottawa Hospital.

In the late 2000s, meanwhile, Tremblay and Minto Group chairman Roger Greenberg co-chaired a $20-million fundraising campaign to expand The Ottawa Hospital’s cancer centre.

Tremblay has also served on the boards of governors of The Ottawa Hospital, the Ottawa Health Research Institute, La Cité Collégiale and the University of Ottawa.

Like many philanthropists, he prefers to remain out of the limelight, but says it was important to get in front of this project, in part to help dispel the misconception many people, including potential donors, have of the Montfort as a hospital that only serves Ottawa’s French-speaking residents.

“Montfort is a bit cornered because it’s perceived as a French hospital catering to the French population, and this is wrong.”

The hospital provides between 15 and 20 per cent of all acute care services in hospitals in Ottawa, while about 25 per cent of births in Ottawa hospitals occur at the Montfort.

“And the majority of families who go there are English-speaking,” Tremblay adds. “But if you’re French, it’s the only place where you can be guaranteed to be served in French.

“So people need to understand that the Montfort Hospital is as much their hospital as the Queensway Carleton and The Ottawa Hospital are.”

bdeachman@postmedia.com

Brandon Regional Named One Of The Nation’s 100 Top Teaching Hospitals

The IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals study uses a scorecard that assesses hospitals of similar size and teaching status. Over 3,100 hospitals …
Brandon Regional Hospital was recently named one of the nation’s 100 Top Teaching Hospitals by IBM Watson Health.

Brandon Regional Hospital has been named one of the nation’s 100 Top Teaching Hospitals by IBM Watson Health for the second consecutive time. This recognition spotlights 100 top-performing hospitals in the U.S. based on publicly available data and performance related to clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics.

The IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals study uses a scorecard that assesses hospitals of similar size and teaching status. Over 3,100 hospitals were evaluated and the 100 highest performing hospitals had lower mortality rates, fewer patient complications, provided faster emergency care, kept expenses low and scored higher on patient experience.

“Brandon Regional Hospital is dedicated to providing the community with high quality and compassionate care,” said Bland Eng, chief executive officer at Brandon Regional Hospital. “Earning the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Teaching Hospitals designation for the second consecutive time demonstrates how strong our commitment is to quality, patient outcomes and delivering better care at a lower cost.”

Brandon Regional Hospital was listed under the Teaching Hospital category on the 100 Top Hospitals list. The hospital started its teaching program in 2015 and currently has over 160 physicians enrolled, positioning itself to be a regional leader in graduate medical education.

The graduate medical education program at Brandon Regional Hospital provides residency opportunities in eight different specialties, including addiction medicine, cardiology, emergency medicine residency, general surgical residency, internal medicine residency, obstetrics and gynecology residency and pathology.

Accredited by The Joint Commission, Brandon Regional Hospital is a 422-bed acute care facility that is nationally ranked as a Top 100 Hospital by IBM Watson, a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, a U.S. News & World Report High-Performing Hospital in COPD and Heart Failure and a Leapfrog Group ‘A’ for Patient Safety.

The hospital offers a number of specialty services, including the Heart and Vascular Center, pediatric center with a pediatric intensive care unit, Advanced Wound and Plastic Surgery Center, Comprehensive Metabolic and Bariatric Center of Excellence and The Women’s Center, which includes the Baby Suites and Level III neonatal intensive care unit. Additional services include an orthopedic program, comprehensive hand program, stroke center and lymphedema surgery.

The hospital is located at 119 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information, visit BrandonHospital.com.

Additional information about the IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals program can be found at ibm.com/watson-health/services/100-top-hospitals.

Swedish Medical Center Participates in Major International Stroke Study

… named the #1 large hospital system in the United States by IBM Watson Health as part of the 15 Top Health Systems recognition process. And, as …

Research shows promising results for drug which extends the treatment time for stroke patients.

Englewood, CO, July 19, 2020 –(PR.com)– Swedish Medical Center has participated in a groundbreaking study that offers promise for extending the treatment time for stroke victims. Current best practice is that a major stroke victim must receive care within three hours of the stroke. Swedish Medical Center, led by Dr. Don Frei, participated in a research study that showed promise for an experimental neuroprotective drug, combined with a surgical procedure to remove the clot, that could extend the treatment time for acute ischemic stroke patients. There is evidence the drug promotes brain cell survival, offering neuroprotection until the clot can be extracted.

“The research indicated that the neuroprotective drug given to those outside of the three-hour window can freeze the core and slow down the growth of the stroke,” stated Dr. Frei. “This gives more time for physicians to treat the stroke patient and open up the affected artery. The drug offers the potential for a stroke patient arrives for treatment outside of the three-hour window to walk out of the hospital instead of suffering long-term or permanent paralysis.”

This study was the largest study ever conducted for stroke patients involving over 1105 patients. Swedish Medical Center was one of the U.S. centers participating in the international study. The results from the study was published in the Lancet Medical Journal.

Dr Frei, Director of Neurointerventional Surgery at Swedish Medical and past president of the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery, was a primary investigator for the study. “Swedish Medical Center was chosen for the study because of its reputation as one of the best stroke centers in the world,” added Dr. Frei. “Swedish has extremely fast time metrics for the treatment of stroke and one of the highest incidents of independence at 90 days for major stroke victims.” Swedish was the seventeenth hospital in the country certified as a comprehensive stroke center and is the third busiest hospital for stroke patients in the United States.

Learn why it’s important to choose a comprehensive stroke center. Visit SwedishHospital.com/stroke.

About Swedish

Swedish Medical Center is located in the south metro Denver area where it has been a proud member of the community for more than 110 years. An acute care hospital with 408 licensed beds, annually Swedish cares for more than 200,000 patients with a team of approximately 2,000 dedicated employees, 300 volunteers and 1,400 physicians.

With stroke door to treatment times averaging just 20 minutes, Swedish serves as the Rocky Mountain Region’s referral center for the most advanced stroke treatment, and was the state’s first Joint Commission certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. Swedish also serves as the region’s neurotrauma and orthopedic trauma provider and is a level I trauma facility with a dedicated burn and reconstructive center. Over 150 facilities regularly transfer highly complex cases to Swedish.

Swedish Medical Center is proud to be a part of the HCA Healthcare’s Continental Division, which includes HealthONE, named the #1 large hospital system in the United States by IBM Watson Health as part of the 15 Top Health Systems recognition process. And, as the #7 corporate philanthropist in the Denver-metro area, and the only hospital system in the top 10, HealthONE contributed more than $1.6 million in 2019 and supports over 150 organizations through cash and in-kind donations. Additional information is available at www.SwedishHospital.com.

Contact Information:

Swedish Medical Center

Kara Hamersky

(303) 817-5708

Contact via Email

www.swedishhospital.com

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