– Mark Shaker, President and CEO of Miami Valley Hospital
At its founding, the Protestant Deaconess Society of Dayton provided house-to-house care to serve the rapidly expanding Dayton population.
The original hospital was housed in a private home and had room for 37 beds. Very soon it became clear that the hospital had overgrown the house, so the Society began fundraising for a dedicated hospital building.
The original hospital was housed in a private home and had room for 37 beds.
Miami Valley Hospital served as the primary care facility for polio until the Salk vaccine was instituted in 1955.
Photo Credit: FDR Presidential Library & Museum photograph by Margaret Suckley
At this time, fewer than 1% of American general hospitals offered inpatient psychiatric services.
MVH aimed to build a modern, efficient building which allowed for further expansions in the future. The fundraising effort was the largest civic undertaking in Dayton history at this time.
MVH was the first non-university hospital in Ohio to be authorized by the Atomic Energy Commission to use radioactive materials in research and patient care.
After the establishment of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab in 1957, MVH continued to expand their cardiac technologies. Dr. Kenneth Oberheu performed the first open heart surgery on November 28, 1968.
The introduction of CareFlight made rapid emergency transport available within a 75-mile radius from the hospital. By its second year, CareFlight was averaging more than one transport every day.
MVH and Good Samaritan join together to create an integrated network that will offer the most comprehensive continuum of health care services in the region.
The new facility houses the Shaw Emergency and Trauma Center, an updated Surgical Center and related medical and support services.
The project provides opportunities and financial incentives to MVH employees to purchase homes in the Fairgrounds neighborhood.
MVH is one of only five Ohio hospitals chosen to introduce the new cardiac procedure, which serves as an alternative to coronary bypass surgery.
New technology includes a new 23-suite Surgery Center, PET scanner, successful completion of the first cardiac resynchronization procedure in the Dayton area, laporoscopic kidney retrieval, and “Mikey”, the only hospital-based pharmacy robot in the region.
The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program recognized that MVH met its stringent quality and professional standards, an honor that MVH holds to this day.
The device captures 64 high-resolution images with every rotation of the x-ray around the patient’s body, allowing for an infinite number of three-dimensional views of the heart.
The new NICU is the only Level III facility in the region that combines labor/delivery and neonatal care in one location.
The new institute both benefits patients with a variety of neurological disorders and attracts funding for advanced biomedical research to the Dayton area.
This alliance increases medical research opportunities for physicians and clinicians, and boosts patient access to clinical trials in the Dayton area.
MVH aquires new technology to help treat stroke and aneurysm victims, including the Solitaire Revascularization Device and Pipeline Embolization Device.
A new spine and joint center, maternity services and the announcement of a new comprehensive cancer center help MVH continue to deliver award-winning services.
Today, the CareFlight program serves over 150 hospitals and over 300 community fire and police departments in 17 counties. Since its inception, CareFlight has made over 25,000 flights.
New MRIs at two Premier Health hospitals boost power, image quality and research hopes for physicians, scientists, and patients in the Dayton region.
From modest beginnings more than 100 years ago as a 37-bed hospital housed in a converted private home, Miami Valley Hospital (MVH) has grown to an 848-bed regional referral and specialty center.
Content Updated: October 9, 2015
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