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PCH will use services of surgeons from Mercy Defiance
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:18 PM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – The Paulding County Hospital (PCH) board met April 3 for a monthly meeting in the Paulding County Hospital Conference Room.

Chief Executive Officer Gary Adkins announced that effective April 2, Mercy Defiance Clinic general surgeons will be providing surgical services at the Paulding County Hospital.

There will be three general surgeons coming to Paulding to perform surgeries and have consultations in the medical office building.

The hospital is excited to enhance local services with this partnership and feel that there will be a greater variety of medical coverage with three individuals from Mercy providing surgical services.

Adkins also reported that the hospital has selected a new group purchasing organization and is expected to save about $45,000 annually without changing supplies.

Due to the hospital’s go-live date with a new computer system in June, Family Health Week has been moved to May for this year.

Patients have requested more opportunities to take part in the reduced fee blood draws so the health fair has also been expanded to six days. A new test for Vitamin D has been added to the test menu this year.

Beginning Monday, May 12 and continuing daily to Saturday, May 17, blood draws will be held in the medical office building. Preregistration packets are now available for pick up at your doctor’s office, at the hospital information desk or on-line at the PCH website, www.pauldingcountyhospital.com.

Chief Financial Officer Rob Goshia told the board that “Meaningful Use” of the Electronic Health Record is on target to go live on June 1. ICD-10 changes have been pushed back to Oct. 1, 2015. ICD-10’s are how healthcare entities code for healthcare episodes.

Goshia also reported that the PCH has experienced significant losses in January and February and a plan has been submitted to the board to insure hospital profitability. The month of March 2014 has seen an increase in volume of services.

Chief Operating Officer Randy Ruge reported that the volume for the new “open bore” MRI’s continues to increase. PCH has been working with Parkview nuclear medicine to discuss the feasibility of performing cardiolite studies at PCH. Parkview is now willing to perform those studies at the Paulding County Hospital due to equipment investments.

Ruge told the board that a hospital-wide guest relations program has been started. This program is presenting ideas on how to create a better experience for patients.

A preferred vendor has been selected in regards to a community pharmacy 340B program. This program should bring enhancements to the hospital’s bottom line.

The next meeting is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. May 1, in the conference room.

Paulding Council hears plans for pool opening
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:16 AM

By BILL SHERRY • Progress Correspondent

PAULDING – Paulding Village Council met in regular session on April 7 and heard and approved a report from village pool manager Kelly Gaston outlining items related to the upcoming opening of the Paulding Pool.

Bloodmobile visits Antwerp School
Friday, April 04, 2014 2:32 PM
Matt Reinhart and Jacob Patterson

ANTWERP – The Antwerp chapter of the National Honor Society sponsored the American Red Cross bloodmobile on Friday, April 4. The Red Cross set a goal of 30 units of blood, and Antwerp students and staff surpassed this goal by two units.

Thank you to everyone who donated blood. A single blood donation has the potential to save several lives.


Senior Matthew Reinhart and junior Jacob Patterson restore their energy with a snack and drink after donating blood.

Junior Maggie Reinhart prepares for her blood draw.

Zero deaths on Interstate 75 during ‘The I-75 Challenge’
Friday, April 04, 2014 9:57 AM

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol teamed up with law enforcement officials from Florida to Michigan along the Interstate 75 corridor for The I-75 Challenge on March 28 -30. This high visibility enforcement initiative resulted in zero people killed along I-75.

During the effort troopers in Ohio handled out 102 safety belt violations, 642 speed citations and made 18 OVI arrests.

“Multi-state partnerships like this one, illustrate the true value of working together to make each respective state a safer place to live, work and travel,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride. “But we still have work to do – there are far too many people losing their lives on our roadways.”

The I-75 Challenge was spearheaded by the Florida Highway Patrol, and brings together state and local law enforcement from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.

In 2014 the Ohio State Highway Patrol is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Governors Highways Safety Association to implement combined highway safety law enforcement campaigns, like More Cops. More Stops. and the Drive to Save Lives campaigns to reduce fatalities nationwide. #StayingAliveon75 #Drive2SaveLives

Defiance College to host recycled prom dress extravaganza April 12
Thursday, April 03, 2014 1:53 PM

DEFIANCE – After a successful recycled prom dress drive, the Defiance College Inter-Greek Council will host a Prom Dress Extravaganza for high school students and their families. During the Saturday, April 12, event, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase prom dresses and accessories for a minimal cost ranging from $5-20 for dresses and 50 cents to $5 for accessories. Shopping mentors will be on hand to assist individuals with their shopping experience.

The Prom Dress Extravaganza will take place from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. in Hubbard Hall, McCann Center Lounge on the DC campus. Hubbard Hall is located on College Place.

All proceeds raised from the prom dress initiative will be used to benefit Greek Life retreats and future community outreach activities for the Inter-Greek Council.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Nicole Buccalo at (419) 783-2388 or nbuccalo@defiance.edu.

DC’s Hench Autism Studies Program to host community outreach event
Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:39 PM

DEFIANCE – The Hench Autism Studies Program is hosting a Community Outreach Event on Saturday, April 5 from noon-3 p.m. The event will be held in the George M. Smart Athletic Center on the DC campus, corner of Webster Street and Stadium Drive.

The Outreach Event is designed to bring awareness to the resources available in northwest Ohio; opportunity for the community to learn more about autism spectrum disorder; and provide a fun afternoon for families.

Campus and community organization will be participating in the event including DC’s health and physical education major, Pilgrim Library, men’s soccer, swim and dive, Institutional Advancement, Catholics on Campus, Alpha Xi Delta, and community organizations Kaitlyn’s Cottage, The Autism Society of Northwest Ohio, Sara’s Garden, P.A.T.H. Academy, Bryan Center for Autism, Defiance Board of Developmental Disabilities, MassMutual Special Care, Cabin Fever, Defiance County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver and DARE, Bright Horizons Advocacy and Consulting LLC, Defiance Rotary Club, St. John United Church of Christ, Champaign Residential Services Inc., Family Christian Center, Putt Putt Golf and Games, and Okuley’s Pharmacy.

Organizations that have contributed include Chief Supermarkets, Sodexo, Eric’s Ice Cream, and various campus offices.

The event is open to all families.

The event was planned and will be hosted by DC students who are minoring in autism studies. A goal of the event is to develop community involvement and support and create opportunities for collaboration between organizations and families.