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    Posted: Oct 02 2019 at 10:51am
Daniel Tryon, Executive Director and Administrator of Kettering Health Network Middletown,
stated that Kettering Health Network is a non-profit, faith-based, health care organization. We
have 8 hospitals in the greater Dayton area region. The two closest hospitals are Fort Hamilton
Hospital, that is about 20 minutes from Monroe, and the new Kettering Hospital in Middletown,
that is about 10 minutes from Monroe. We are a big believer in local care and came to Middletown
because there were a number of patients that were leaving Middletown and coming to some of our
other facilities in the south Dayton area. We had a choice of either building one of those facilities
bigger or building a facility closer to patients homes. Our patients are looking for something that
is close and it gives us a chance to become more engrained in the community. It is the concept of
friends and neighbors taking care of friends and neighbors. With our Middletown facility we have
had a larger volume of patients than what we expected. There are a number of patients from the
Monroe, Middletown, and Lebanon communities. In that facility we have an emergency
department that is staffed 24/7 and we only hire experienced nurses that are from our trauma
centers in the Dayton region for that department. We are classified as a free-standing emergency
department so for most fire/EMS protocols we would probably not be in line to receive cardiac
alerts and trauma cases, but we are stroke certified and whenever a patient is outside of the niche
of cardiac trauma, we are ready to take the best care of them possible.

We have a full compliment of imaging and will open mammography in approximately a month.
There are 8 observation beds that allow patients that may not need the full admittance to a hospital,
but not ready to go home and can be kept for up to 48 hours. We are seeing a trend in health care.
There are less and less patients staying in an inpatient status and more staying in an observation
status. We have a fairly large physician practice. There are 5 family medicine providers and large
compliment of specialists. The goal is to be more prevention focused. We believe in partnering
with communities and local fire and EMS departments. We do participate in the drug bag program
and provide medical directors for free. Our goal is to make our communities better.

Mr. Hickman asked if they are able to take a psych patient for evaluation and observation. Mr.
Tryon replied that they can stabilize and transport, if necessary, to another hospital. Transportation
to another hospital is based on the patient’s preference of where they want to go.

Mr. Hickman advised the goal is to make sure the residents of Monroe can go to their preferred
hospital and stay within that system.

Source: Monroe Council Minutes
Regular Meeting of Council
September 10, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio
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Below is an email I sent to one of the residents that brought this to our attention.

Hi,

I wanted to get back to you with an update. We have worked it out and the residents will have a choice of hospitals when being picked up by the Monroe squad. There will be a notice going out on Social media and other means. There was a reporter present during our meeting and there will most likely be an article in the Journal News letting our residents know that they have a choice. Below is what we have agreed on.

1. Non-life threatening illness/injury transport options include West Chester, Atrium, Christ, and Kettering.
2. Life threatening illness/injury transport options include West Chester, and Atrium.

We also agreed that the Fire Department will be trained in looking at phones or smart watches for hospital preference if a patient is not not able to make their choice known at the time of pick up. Of course you would need to fill out the “Medical ID” on your phone and list your hospital preferences in the note section. If your phone did not come with a Medical ID app you will need to get that app.

There is also an “EMS Sign Post” that was discussed during our meeting that can be used. I don’t have any details on this. It’s my understanding that there will be directions on how to use this coming out also.

I want to thank you for bringing this to our attention so we can make sure that the residents of Monroe have a choice in hospitals when being transported to the hospital by our squad.

Thanks again and if you have any other questions please let us know.

Todd Hickman
Monroe City Council Member
hickmant@monroeohio.org




Also per Journal News.

EMS Sign Post system will be added to the fire department’s website soon but questions can be asked of Community Paramedic Aaron Vance at 513-539-8380.

https://www.journal-news.com/news/local/monroe-addresses-concerns-about-where-ambulances-can-take-patients/1WPqPWmwkeVMAWwYtf5bbP/
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