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Premier Health and Wayne HealthCare Partner to Offer Expanded Telestroke Network to the Community

(Greenville, OH) April 17 – In cooperation with Wayne HealthCare, Premier Health is expanding its Telestroke Network into Greenville to quickly diagnose patients who are exhibiting signs of a stroke. With the implementation of the Telestroke Network, a stroke patient arriving at the Wayne HealthCare emergency center can be examined via a computer linked to one of six on-call stroke specialists practicing at Premier Health any time of the day or night.  The telemedicine system is already in place at all Premier Health emergency departments. The Premier Health hospitals were the first in the Dayton area to introduce telemedicine to treat stroke patients. 

“As a rural healthcare facility, it is imperative that we provide immediate treatment after a stroke occurs to maximize rehabilitation and recovery for patients,” said Kim Freeman, vice president of patient services at Wayne HealthCare.

Dawn Sweet, director of critical care services at Wayne HealthCare has been influential with leading this process at Wayne HealthCare.  In addition, Sweet said, “The virtual exam through the Telestroke Network will help expedite the process of being assessed by an expert neurologist who can order appropriate treatment from their location within a Premier Health facility. Our nurses and clinical staff have completed in-depth training and skills assessment for stroke certification programs, based on the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale standards and are excited about the opportunity to add this service for our patients and community.”   

The Premier Health Telestroke Network uses a rolling cart outfitted with a computer, video monitor, camera and audio system to connect the on-call stroke specialist with the patient. When a stroke patient arrives at the emergency department, the system is wheeled to the patient’s bedside. A staff member from the emergency center contacts the remote on-call stroke specialist from one of the Premier hospitals. The specialist logs onto a computer and then can have two-way audio and video communication with, the emergency physician, the nurse, patient and family members. The specialist can “see” the patient, ask questions and view CT scans - all in real-time - to help assess the patient’s condition and help the emergency physician determine if the patient is a candidate for acute stroke therapy.

This technology dramatically increases the number of patients who can receive clot dissolving medication.  This medicine is only effective within the first few hours after the stroke onset.  Rapid administration can minimize the damage to the brain. 

Dr. Jacob Kitchener, a Premier Health neurointerventional specialist who will be one of the physicians on-call for the telemedicine program, says the benefit this technology brings to patients is tremendous. “Telemedicine enables physicians specifically trained in acute stroke care to be electronically transported to the patient’s bedside instantly, he says.  He adds, “Such timely interactions with the family, emergency physician and most importantly, the patient, allow for a thorough and rapid patient evaluation. We are thrilled to bring this technology to the patients of Wayne HealthCare.”

In addition to Dr. Kitchener, the on-call team includes Ahmed Fathy, MD, Bradley Jacobs, MD, Bryan Ludwig, MD, Kiran Poudel, MD, and Robb Snider, MD. 

Physicians believe that telemedicine will result in faster delivery of care which can improve patient outcomes. The possibilities for telemedicine are endless and Premier Hospitals could use the program in other areas such as cardiology in the future.


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About Premier Health
Based in Dayton, Ohio, Premier Health ( provides services to patients throughout a nine-county region, and its mission is to build healthier communities.  The health system operates four hospitals, Miami Valley Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Atrium Medical Center and Upper Valley Medical Center. In addition, the health system offers a large primary and specialty care network, along with home health services.  With over 14,000 employees and 2,300 physicians, the health system is the second largest employer in the region and is the largest healthcare system in Southwest Ohio. 

About Wayne HealthCare
Wayne HealthCare ( is a rural 92 bed, non-profit acute care hospital located in Greenville, Ohio. The hospital provides inpatient and outpatient services to patients in the Darke County community; which include cancer care, telemedicine, perioperative services and community wellness. With approximately 450 employees and 250 credentialed providers, Wayne HealthCare is proud to be the sole hospital in Southwestern Ohio.

HFAP Accreditation

Wayne HealthCare is pround to announce continued 3-year accreditation with the Healtcare Facilities Accreditation Program.  Take a look at the certificate!

Cancer Center

An open house has been scheduled to introduce the community to The Wayne Cancer Center. Please see the attached flyer for further details.

Endoscopic Press Release

Wayne HealthCare is proud to announce:


The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) has recognized Wayne HealthCare as one of the 30 endoscopy units that its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy, in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that follow the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscopy reprocessing and CDC infection control guidelines. To date, 337 endoscopy units have been recognized by ASGE.

“ASGE is delighted to be recognizing these 30 endoscopy units, whose staff work hard every day to provide highquality care to their patients in a safe environment,” said Bret T. Petersen, MD, FASGE, chairman, ASGE Quality Assurance in Endoscopy Committee. “There continues to be an outstanding response to this program. We are proud to acknowledge these ASGE members through our Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program for their commitment to promoting the highest standards of safety and quality.”An important component of the program is an educational course that thoroughly reviews related guidelines.

Honorees attended this course, entitled “Improving Quality and Safety in Your Endoscopy Unit.”Upon completion of the program, units receive an ASGE "Certificate of Recognition" for promoting quality in endoscopy which is valid for three years, providing the unit remains accredited and complies with all program criteria. This symbol can be displayed to let patients and referring physicians know that the endoscopy unit is dedicated to delivering high-quality endoscopic care and has received specialized training around these principles.

About the Programscan0001

To successfully complete the program and receive a Certificate of Recognition, a center must show proof of successful and current accreditation by a recognized accrediting body (AAAHC, Joint Commission); sign an attestation affirming that certain ASGE and CDC guidelines are adopted as minimum requirements of the unit policy; have a representative of the unit complete the ASGE Recognition Course, “Improving Quality and Safety In Your Endoscopy Unit;” and submit the application fee(s). The Certificate of Recognition award is granted for a three-year period and is renewable.

 About Endoscopy

 Endoscopy is performed by specially-trained physicians called endoscopists using the most current technology to diagnose and treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Using flexible, thin tubes called endoscopes, endoscopists are able to access the human digestive tract without incisions via natural orifices.

Endoscopes are designed with high-intensity lighting and fitted with precision devices that allow viewing and treatment of the gastrointestinal system.

An important component of the program is an educational course that thoroughly reviews related guidelines.


Cancer Accreditation

Wayne HealthCare is proud to announce that we have received a 3 year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer with commendations in all 8 available areas. This is very exciting for us and speaks highly of the dedication of our physicians, nurses and other dedicated staff that spent hours working on this accreditation for Wayne HealthCare and the community.

Wayne HealthCare has just completed a two year process to have their cancer program accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.  This accreditation assures the community that they can receive high quality cancer care close to home. 

Established by the American College of Surgeons in 1922, the multidisciplinary Commission on Cancer  establishes standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care delivery in health care settings; conducts surveys in health care settings to assess compliance with those standards; collects standardized data from accredited health care settings to measure cancer care quality; uses data to monitor treatment patterns and outcomes and enhance cancer control and clinical surveillance activities, and develops effective educational interventions to improve cancer prevention, early detection, cancer care delivery, and outcomes in health care settings. 

The Commission on Cancer is a consortium of 50 national professional organizations.   Each organization has a representative(s) on the Commission.   These representatives are responsible for setting standards for cancer care and monitoring the compliance with the standards.  Accreditation by the Commission on Cancer is voluntary and requires strict compliance with the standards. Standards are developed in various aspects of cancer care including diagnosis, treatment, monitoring quality of care, prevention, early detection, research and education. 

Over the last two years, Wayne HealthCare has assembled a team of cancer experts who have developed the Wayne HealthCare Cancer Program. The program includes multidisciplinary care and provides a complete range of diagnostic, treatment, and supportive services.  In addition, even though Wayne HealthCare isn’t mandated to provide national clinical trials, we have joined the Dayton Clinical Oncology Program and offer cancer patients national clinical trials through a grant from the National Cancer Institute. 

Wayne HealthCare has the expertise to provide you and your loved ones with the very best in cancer care.

Wayne HealthCare Recognized for Community Outreach

Award Commemorates Dedicated OHA Associate

(COLUMBUS, OH) – A small hospital in western Ohio reaching thousands of people in its area through large health fairs and wellness initiatives is the 2010 recipient of the David Hendershot Rural Health Promotion Award. Wayne HealthCare in Greenville received the award from the Ohio Hospital Association’s Foundation for Healthy Communities.

The award was accepted by Wayne Deschambeau, President and CEO of Wayne HealthCare, and was presented during the Leadership Luncheon as part of OHA’s Annual Meeting at the Hilton Columbus at Easton on June 16. The award came with a $1,000 check made possible by contributions to the charitable foundation in memory of past OHA Field Services Director David Hendershot.