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Mission and History

A Modern History of Miami Valley Hospital

An online look at MVH from our beginnings to present day.

A Word from Mark Shaker

Beyond bricks and mortar, the story of Miami Valley Hospital continues to be one about people.

– Mark Shaker, President and CEO of Miami Valley Hospital

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The Protestant Deaconess Society of Dayton is Formed

At its founding, the Protestant Deaconess Society of Dayton provided house-to-house care to serve the rapidly expanding Dayton population.


The Hospital Opens

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.


Hospital Building is Dedicated

The original hospital was housed in a private home and had room for 37 beds.


Dayton's First School of Nursing is Established


Twin Star Children’s Ward Opens


Protestant Deaconess Society of Dayton Changes its Name to Miami Valley Hospital


Opens Dayton’s first emergency room


Becomes the National Center for Fever Therapy Research


Serves as the Regional Treatment Center for All Polio Cases

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


Opens the Region’s First Hospital-Based Psychiatric Ward

At this time, fewer than 1% of American general hospitals offered inpatient psychiatric services.


Fundraising Begins City-Wide to Build a "New" MVH

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.


Radioisotope Laboratory Opens, a Forerunner to Nuclear Medicine

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.


MVH Dedicates New Hospital


Cardiac Catheterization Lab is Established


Opens Dayton’s First Intensive Care Unit


MVH’s First Coronary Care Unit is Established


MVH Performs its First Open Heart Operation

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.


MVH Performs the First Kidney Transplant in the Region


Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Opens


Federal Government Designates MVH as Regional Treatment Center for Kidney Dialysis


MVH’s NICU Attains Highest Level of Care (Level III) for High-Risk Obstetrical and Newborn Care

The Miami Valley Hospital Foundation: Enhancing the Patient Experience

"Our team has the joy of knowing that someone will have a better hospital experience because the Foundation exists."

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Launch of the Region’s First Air Ambulance

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. 

February 1990

MVH Celebrates its Centennial

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July 1990

New $21 Million Berry Women's Health Pavilion Opens

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MVH Campus Becomes Smoke-Free


Bone Marrow Transplant Unit Opens

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MVH History – Diversity

As the city of Dayton’s demographics continue changing since the early 1990s, so do Miami Valley Hospital’s.

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June 1995

Premier Health Partners is Established

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.

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MVH Announces Southwest Development Project

The new facility houses the Shaw Emergency and Trauma Center, an updated Surgical Center and related medical and support services.

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MVH Serves More Than 34,000 Inpatients, a Record

Jan 2000

The First Set of Quintuplets are Born in the U.S. in the New Millennium

February 2000

Co-Launches Neighborhood Revitalization Effort, Genesis Project

The project provides opportunities and financial incentives to MVH employees to purchase homes in the Fairgrounds neighborhood.

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Celebrating 100 Years of Maternity Services


Introduces "Cutting Balloon" Angioplasty to Dayton Area

MVH is one of only five Ohio hospitals chosen to introduce the new cardiac procedure, which serves as an alternative to coronary bypass surgery.

Nov 2000

New Shaw Emergency and Trauma Center Opens


MVH Introduces Cutting-Edge Procedures and Devices in Cardiac Care, Neurology, Nephrology, Medical Imaging, and Pharmacy

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.

MVH History – Volunteers

The story of Miami Valley Hospital’s volunteers is one of a special group of people who give generously of their time and talent to help patients and their families.

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Renovated Fertility Center Opens

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Earns the Region’s No. 1 Heart Program Rating by HealthGrades


MVH is Ohio's Busiest Emergency Department With 95,878 Visits this Year


CareFlight is Named 2003 Program of the Year by the Association of Air Medical Services


MVH School of Nursing Celebrates its Centennial

February 2004

Miami Valley Hospital Receives Coveted Magnet Status in Nursing

The ANCC’s Magnet Recognition Program recognized that MVH met its stringent quality and professional standards, an honor that MVH holds to this day.

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MVH History – Nursing

"No matter what kind of day you’re having, every day you do something good, something really important. We make a difference here."

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Feb 2004

Burn Center Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

February 2005

Announces Plans to Build a New Full-Service Outpatient Facility in Centerville

July 2005

Introduces a Safer Method to Visualize the Coronary Arteries with a 64-Slice CT

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.


Premier Health Partners Introduces Southwest Ohio's First Fully Integrated Computerized Patient Information System

February 2007

MVH is Ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" by U.S. News and World Report

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October 2007

Miami Valley Hospital South Opens

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Feb 2008

Plans for a New Patient Tower are Announced

July 2008

Center for Nursing Excellence Moves to a New Location in Weber Center for Health Education

May 2009

$19 Million Expanded NICU Opens

The new NICU is the only Level III facility in the region that combines labor/delivery and neonatal care in one location.

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MVH History – NICU

Since its earliest days, MVH’s NICU has enjoyed a tradition of being a leader and practitioner of cutting-edge medicine in the Dayton region, if not the state and nation.

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June 2009

Miami Valley Hospital South Expands

Aug 2009

1,000th Robotic Surgery is Performed at Miami Valley Hospital

February 2010

Partners with Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine to Create the NeuroScience Institute

The new institute both benefits patients with a variety of neurological disorders and attracts funding for advanced biomedical research to the Dayton area.

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December 2010

The New Miami Valley Hospital Patient Tower Opens

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Jan 2011

First Patient Moves Into New Patient Tower

Sep 2011

MVH Breaks Ground for New Comprehensive Cancer Center

Jan 2012

Premier Health, Wright State University Announce Clinical Trials Research Alliance

This alliance increases medical research opportunities for physicians and clinicians, and boosts patient access to clinical trials in the Dayton area.


Advances in Neurointervention

MVH aquires new technology to help treat stroke and aneurysm victims, including the Solitaire Revascularization Device and Pipeline Embolization Device.

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Saving Gage

How the MVH NICU team and parental touch saved a gravely ill newborn

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MVH Expands its Offerings

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.

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The Brethen Center for Surgical Advancement in Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery Opens

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MVH History – Surgery

The introduction of robotic surgery at Miami Valley Hospital is history in the making.

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Jan 2013

Comprehensive Cancer Center Opens

Mar 2013

MVH Opens Emergency Center in Jamestown


CareFlight celebrates 30 years

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.

May 2013

NICU Reunion

Feb 2014

Miami Valley Hospital Emergency Department Renovation is Completed

January 2015

Robotic Surgery Grows in Precision and Availability at Premier Health

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Feb 2015

Miami Valley and Good Samaritan Upgrade Their MRI Capability 

New MRIs at two Premier Health hospitals boost power, image quality and research hopes for physicians, scientists, and patients in the Dayton region.

February 2015

Miami Valley Hospital Celebrates 125 Years

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.

Q&As with Leadership at MVH

Tom Breitenbach

CEO, Miami Valley Hospital, 1988-1998

Fred E. Weber

Board, Miami Valley Hospital, 1986-1992 (Chairman ’88-’92)
Board, MedAmerica Health Systems, 1988-2001 (Chairman ‘92-‘01)
Chairman, Premier Health Partners, 1997-2004

William Thornton

President and CEO, Miami Valley Hospital, 1998-2006

Mary Boosalis

Chief Operating Officer, Premier Health, 2011-Present
President and CEO, Miami Valley Hospital, 2006-2011

Bobbie Gerhart

President and CEO, Miami Valley Hospital, 2011-2014

Content Updated: October 9, 2015

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