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Miami Valley Hospital Announces Plans to Add Beds at Miami Valley South

DAYTON, Ohio, November 5, 2008 –Miami Valley Hospital today announced plans to add 10 short-stay beds to Miami Valley South Health Center in Centerville in response to the unprecedented utilization of services at the facility.  The beds are anticipated to be in service by next spring.  Reflective of the new level of service, plans are also being made to change the name to Miami Valley Hospital South. 

The beds will accommodate patients admitted from the facility’s emergency department, thereby offering expanded service and convenience for patients and their families. The facility, which opened one year ago, plans to add observation beds yet this year. 

The additional beds will be located near the emergency department and clinical areas of the facility, respectively, and will not require new construction.

Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Miami Valley Hospital, said, “Miami Valley South Health Center has grown rapidly in preference and patient volume since it opened.  We are delighted to begin our second year by announcing our intention to add in-patient beds to this facility.  This allows us to work more closely with our physicians in the care of their patients and better meet their needs as well as those of the community.”

Joann Ringer, administrator of Miami Valley South Health Center, said, “The response from the communities we serve has been phenomenal.  Since we opened, more than 29,000 patients have visited Miami Valley South, including nearly 18,000 to our emergency department.  They have told us how impressed they are with our employees and the quality healthcare services they provide.  They’ve also told us how convenient the facility is to their homes and places of work and how well they have been cared for.” 

Centerville City Manager Greg Horn said, “The opening of Miami Valley South Health Center has been a boon to the residents of Centerville and surrounding communities. It’s provided a new level of convenience and accessibility for healthcare.  It’s also allowed local Emergency Medical Services units to return to service more quickly since it’s close to where most calls originate.”

Currently, Miami Valley South Health Center Emergency Department patients needing to be admitted to Miami Valley Hospital or another hospital are transported by CareFlight, the hospital’s air ambulance, or by ground ambulance. Adding beds will reduce the number of patients requiring transfer to the hospital’s main campus. 

The Miami Valley South Health Center Emergency Department is staffed with board certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses, many of whom care for patients at Miami Valley Hospital on Wyoming Street.