TRINITY HEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP

TRINITY HEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP

 

February 4, 2021, Steubenville, Ohio – Trinity Health System is pleased to announce that they have completed the search for a leadership position within the healthcare ministry.  Dwayne Richardson, MSN, BSN, RN, a Philadelphia native, has accepted the position as President of Twin City Medical Center in Dennison, Ohio.  This role will also include responsibility for the health system’s overall outpatient services in all outlying locations.  Richardson is replacing Teresa Gagliardi who has served the ministry for nearly 50 years and most recently as the Vice President of Hospital Operations at the Dennison location.

 

“As our ministry continues to grow in our region, we felt the time was right to recruit an experienced leader to help facilitate that growth in Tuscarawas, Harrison and Belmont Counties,” stated Matt Grimshaw, CEO for Trinity Health System.

 

With over 30 years in healthcare, Richardson most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President, Operations for LifeBridge Health in Baltimore and Westminster, Maryland.  Prior to working in Maryland, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO at Placentia-Linda Hospital, a part of Tenet Health, located in Orange County, California.

 

Richardson began his career as a Radiology Technologist and specialized in pediatric and adult radiography.  He then became a Registered Nurse and practiced in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Emergency/Trauma departments.

 

Richardson is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University in Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania, where he earned his Associate of Science degree in Radiology Technology.  He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science degree in Healthcare Management and Leadership from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

“I am excited to join the healthcare ministry at Trinity Health System, Twin City Medical Center,” states Richardson.  “I look forward to providing exceptional care to the communities that we serve together and my goal is to enhance our services even further.”

 

Richardson has been married to his best friend and wife, Wanda, for nearly 18 years.  They have one daughter, Lisa.  He is passionate about his faith and love of the Lord.  He enjoys spending time with family, culinary arts, movies, shopping and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle from time to time.

 

Richardson will join the leadership team in March, 2021.

 

 

“We are extremely grateful to Teresa Gagliardi, for extending her career by nearly a year after her planned retirement,” stated Grimshaw.  “Her lifetime of service to our health ministry has impacted many lives and we wish her the very best as she enters a new chapter of her life.”

 

Trinity Health System Begins COVID-19 Vaccinations for Front Line Caregivers

Trinity Health System Begins COVID-19 Vaccinations for Front Line Caregivers

December 23, 2020 – Earlier today Trinity Health System began vaccinating front line caregivers with the COVID-19 Vaccine with support from the Jefferson County Health Department. This first round was offered voluntarily to fifty employees who are likely to be working with patients diagnosed with the virus. The group included employees from nursing, environmental services, transport services, emergency room physicians and medical residents to name a few.
Jennifer Davis, Director of the Pharmacy at the health system stated “Cooperation with our local health department has been essential in making sure we could begin the vaccination process as soon as possible.”
Employees and physicians interviewed after receiving the vaccination had a similar message for our community. James Middleton, Chief Nursing Officer, compared the vaccination to the polio vaccine of years ago. “When we were younger, we had to have the polio vaccine prior to beginning school. Many people were concerned about that vaccine as well, but it has eliminated polio in most instances.” Middleton continued “This vaccine is truly showing human kindness to our friends and family. By taking the vaccine, we are protecting the most vulnerable and increasing immunity in our community.”
Now that the FDA has issued an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, most hospitals and health departments will begin to make the vaccine available. An Emergency Use Authorization means that the vaccine can be distributed and administered immediately. A separate authorization will be issued for each vaccine developed. Several vaccines are in development.
Both of the vaccines require two doses. The Pfizer vaccine doses must be administered 21 days apart, and the Moderna vaccine doses must be administered three or four weeks apart.
Initially, only a small number of doses of the vaccines are available. Federal guidance indicates that health care workers should receive the vaccine first, along with a few other high-risk groups, including first responders and employees/patients in long-term care facilities. As more supply of the vaccine becomes available, more groups will be eligible to receive it. We expect that the vaccine may be widely available to everyone by spring or summer 2021.
“Although we are confident that the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the risks, there is much we still won’t know, including how long the vaccine protects against COVID-19,” said Dr. John Columbus, Director of the Emergency Physician group at Trinity Health System. “Because this is a new vaccine, we do not have data on long-term safety. We also do not know how the virus may change in the future, or whether this vaccine may protect against virus mutations.”
While healthcare professionals wait for the vaccine to be widely available, it is important that everyone continues to follow CDC guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. Please remember to wash your hands regularly, always wear face coverings in public, and follow social distancing guidelines and government quarantine directives.

About Trinity Health System: Trinity Health System provides care to a service area of just over 200,000 individuals. Accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals, a member of the American Hospital Association, Voluntary Hospitals of America and the Catholic Hospital Association, Trinity Health System offers a full array of acute and outpatient services on three campuses. Trinity Health System has a Medical Group Enterprise with primary care and specialty providers located throughout the service area.
Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

Trinity Health System Sees Sharp Jump in COVID Testing

Trinity Health System Sees Sharp Jump in COVID Testing

December 7, 2020 – With Jefferson county remaining in the “red zone” for coronavirus infections, the number of COVID-19 tests being done at Trinity Health System has also seen a sharp jump. “Since April, we have been offering in-house COVID-19 testing for our patients”, said Dr. Himanshu Doshi, Chairman & Medical Director of Trinity Health System Laboratory. “Back in the summer months we were testing 150-200 patients a week while over last several weeks we have seen those numbers increase to over 150 tests being done in a single day. We are seeing the most serious surge of the virus since its beginning. All summer, we have been preparing for this and praying that it would not happen”, Dr. Doshi said.

Over the summer, Trinity acquired a higher capacity RT-PCR machine, which can run up-to 90 tests at a time. “There are days when we are running 2-3 runs of tests in a single day. We have dedicated microbiology technologists to just run this highly complex test. Currently we have 3 separate platforms (different machines) which can run the RT-PCR tests.” Turn-around time for getting test results is 24 hours in most cases. This is in sharp contrast to most other laboratories where it takes much longer to get the results.

Dr. Mark Kissinger, The Medical Director of Jefferson County Health Department said “From a public health standpoint, one of the biggest difficulties in this pandemic has been timely identification of COVID positive patients. Through the efforts of Dr. Doshi and the Trinity Lab staff, we have had test results much faster than other local hospitals and reference laboratories. This has allowed us to identify patients much faster. The faster results have led to appropriate isolation of positive patients in order to decrease spread of the disease. It also allows us to have close follow-up with positive patients so we can attend to needs that may arise.”

Dr. Doshi continued saying “The Franciscan University Professors Dr. Joseph Pathakamuri and Dr. Daniel Kuebler have provided invaluable help in increasing our testing to large volume. We are using the Robotic RNA extractor equipment on loan from the University for the testing. This has cut down on the time it takes to run the test. Both Drs. Pathakamuri and Kuebler helped in setting up the test and also loaned us initial RT-PCR equipment before we acquired our own machine. They are also always available for trouble-shooting for this complicated test. It has been a great team effort”.

Theresa Clark, Market Director of Trinity Laboratory Services added “the challenge we are facing right now is in getting all the supplies needed to run the test. All consumables from pipette tips to plates to actual reagents used for testing are in short supply. With careful pre-planning, help from our parent organization  CommonSpirit Health and help from the Franciscan University, so far we have been able to meet the needs of the community”.

“It’s important to note that none of this would be possible without our staff,” noted Matt Grimshaw, President & CEO. “I’d like to recognize our dedicated microbiology staff particularly Diane Harris, the section supervisor and Amanda Gaston and Joe Brinskey the microbiology technologists who are our COVID-warriors and run the actual tests every day”.

Trinity Health System recently opened a COVID Drive Through Evaluation Clinic located at our East Campus.  Individuals can be evaluated in their car by a provider and receive the COVID test if applicable.  COVID testing is also available at the clinic with a valid physician’s order.  There is no copay or out of pocket cost for the COVID testing at the hospital.

 

About Trinity Health System: Trinity Health System provides care to a service area of just over 200,000 individuals. Accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals, a member of the American Hospital Association, Voluntary Hospitals of America and the Catholic Hospital Association, Trinity Health System offers a full array of acute and outpatient services on three campuses. Trinity Health System has a Medical Group Enterprise with primary care and specialty providers located throughout the service area.

Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

 

Trinity Health System Welcomes New Interventional and Structural Heart Cardiologists

16 Nov 2020 News

Trinity Health System Welcomes New Interventional and Structural Heart Cardiologists

November 16, 2020 – Steubenville, Ohio – Trinity Health System is pleased to announce the expansion of its cardiology group. The new additions include interventional and structural heart cardiologists Dr. Gregory Suero Abreu and Dr. Triston Smith along with members of their cardiovascular team; nurse practitioners Breana Burkhart, Danielle Rosen and physician assistants Brandon Bolduc and Caitlyn Williams. The team most recently practiced at Wheeling Hospital where Dr. Suero was the Director of the Catheterization Labs and Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT), and Dr. Smith the Clinical Director of Structural Heart and Complex Coronary Interventions as well as the Chairman of the Department of Cardiology.

What this means for the hospital’s cardiovascular program is the ability to expand the array of cardiovascular services now being offered.  “Developing a structural heart program will allow Trinity Health System to provide options that are much less invasive than traditional open-heart surgery which can be performed locally without the need for lengthy travels and the inconveniences this may cause,“said Matt Grimshaw, President & CEO for the health system.  The historical standard treatment for patients in need of aortic valve replacement is open-heart surgery. However, for those at high risk, this strategy might not be ideal. Other patients feel very apprehensive about undergoing open heart surgery and would prefer a less invasive procedure. Now there is hope; it’s called TAVR or transcatheter aortic valve replacement. With TAVR, a small incision in the groin allows a new valve to be inserted through a catheter, providing a less invasive procedure that leads to faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay, even as short as 1 day.  Current trials have shown TAVR to be a superior strategy compared to open heart surgery in some situations. With the addition of these two highly qualified physicians and the team they have assembled, Trinity Health System will soon be able to offer TAVR, giving patients hope for a longer life and a speedy recovery.

“The addition of Drs Suero and Smith to our cardiology team brings us the expertise to develop a state-of-the-art structural heart program,” said Dr. Rick Greco, President of the Medical Group Enterprise at Trinity Health System. “This new service for our community will provide the option for minimally invasive procedures as an alternative to open heart surgery for  aortic valve replacement and other procedures.”  Dr. Greco continues, “These procedures are rapidly becoming the preferred treatment option for people in need of aortic valve replacement, especially for those at high risk and more invasive surgery is too dangerous.”

Other structural heart procedures that Drs. Smith and Suero will be able to bring to Trinity Health System include left atrial appendage occlusion (Watchman) for patients with atrial fibrillation who cannot tolerate blood thinners, Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair for high risk patients who cannot undergo open heart surgery for significant mitral valve leakage, atrial septal defect (ASD) and patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure for patients with unexplained stroke as well as symptomatic paravalvular leak repairs, all without needing open heart surgery.

“Making the transition to Trinity Health System was an easy decision for us”, said Dr. Smith. “This area and this community are in desperate need of our services. Trinity Health had already made the necessary investments in terms of infrastructure and equipment that will allow us to hit the ground running thus ensuring a seamless transition. The foresight of the administrative body to build a Hybrid Cath Lab while not yet having the necessary manpower showed us Trinity’s commitment to its patients and its desire to deliver high quality cardiovascular care. Our goals therefore align perfectly so we are confident that this process will exceed expectations”.

Dr. Suero Abreu completed his medical education at Instituto Tecnològico de Santo Domingo (INTEC), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic where he graduated Summa Cum Laude.  He completed his internal medicine residency as well as Cardiovascular and Interventional Cardiology Fellowships at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.  Dr. Suero Abreu is board certified in Interventional Cardiology (ABIM), Cardiovascular Disease (ABIM), Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Smith graduated valedictorian from the Higher Institute of Medical Sciences located in Santa Clara, Cuba.  He was an academic Fellow of Human Physiology at St. George’s University School of Medicine in St. George’s Grenada.  He completed his internal medicine residency at Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health Network (Pittsburgh, Pa) and Temple University School of Medicine.  Dr. Smith continued his education with a General Cardiology Fellowship where he was the Chief Fellow followed by an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship both at, Allegheny Health Network and Temple University School of Medicine.  Dr. Smith is board certified in Internal Medicine, Adult General Cardiovascular Diseases, Interventional Cardiology (ABIM), Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology.

“We are extremely excited about this great opportunity and the vote of confidence Trinity Health System is putting on us. They are showing us they are truly committed to the best patient care with the highest possible quality adhering to proper protocols and current guidelines. We understand the apprehension of requiring an invasive procedure like open heart surgery or being told you need to go to a big hospital to get the care you need. We are trying to change that.  With a heart team approach, we can discuss with our patients the best option for their care while providing that care close to home without the need of traveling”- Dr. Suero said.

Dr. Suero Abreu, Dr. Smith and their Advanced Practice Providers will provide services at the Trinity Health Cardiovascular Center of Excellence in our Belmont County Location 106 Plaza Drive, St. Clairsville OH, as well as at our main campus in Steubenville, Ohio.  To schedule an appointment, please call our dedicated cardiology line at 800-318-1794.

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About Trinity Health System: Trinity Health System provides care to a service area of just over 200,000 individuals. Accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals, a member of the American Hospital Association, Voluntary Hospitals of America and the Catholic Hospital Association, Trinity Health System offers a full array of acute and outpatient services on three campuses. Trinity Health System has a Medical Group Enterprise with primary care and specialty providers located throughout the service area.

Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

 

 

Brandon Bolduc, PA; Danielle Rosen, NP; Dr. Triston Smith, MD; Dr. Gregory Suero- Abreu, MD; Caitlyn Williams, PA; and Bre Burkhart, NP

Trinity Health System to Begin Resuming Paused Services

Trinity Health System Prepares to Resume Paused Services


April 29, 2020 – Steubenville, Ohio
– Trinity Health System announced today that it is preparing to safely resume some scheduled procedures and services, following guidance from Governor DeWine, national health officials and clinical associations.

“Like most hospitals, Trinity Health System stopped performing certain procedures and services to prepare for a surge of COVID-19 patients and ensure we could provide these patients with the safest care,” said Dr. Pat Macedonia, Chief of Surgery for the Health System.   “In taking the steps to resume some procedures, Trinity Health System is using criteria that is based on guidance from the CDC, US Surgeon General, American Hospital Association, and the leading national associations of nurses, surgeons, and anesthesiologists.”

“The safety of our patients and staff always comes first,” Dr. Macedonia continued. “We will continue to take significant steps to make sure it is safe to provide care and be treated at our hospital.  In addition, to existing safety precautions like limiting visitation and universal masking for staff and patients, we are asking that patients wear their own cloth mask or face covering when coming to our facilities, including our hospitals, clinics and physician offices.  We won’t be able to provide every service right away – rather this will be a gradual process, with the most urgent procedures being prioritized using a process created by our clinical teams.”

“In the initial phases, we will be scheduling procedures that will not require hospitalization.  We will also be resuming screening mammography and colonoscopy procedures,” stated Dr. Macedonia.

Trinity Health System officials advise that if you had a procedure that was temporarily postponed, you may be able to reschedule that now.  Please call your physician for information on moving forward.

“Serving our communities is our calling, and safely resuming these procedures is one of the best ways we can help our communities heal” said Matt Grimshaw, CEO. “Even though we have not been able to perform these procedures, they are critically important to our patients to help alleviate pain, treat chronic conditions, or prevent a condition from worsening. We look forward to doing what our mission calls us to do each day and provide the care that our patients and our communities depend on.”

 

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About Trinity Health System:  Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

Trinity Launches FREE Virtual Urgent Care

 

Trinity Health System Offers Free Virtual Urgent Care Visits for Patients Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

Health system encourages communities to consult with a medical professional virtually for initial medical guidance on the coronavirus

         
 

March 24, 2020— Trinity Health System today announced the launch of a free virtual urgent care service, Virtual Care Anywhere, for anyone in our community experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of the new coronavirus. Virtual urgent care visits are being encouraged as an initial care option for anyone who would like to discuss symptoms characteristic of COVID-19 with a health care professional.

As ambulatory and acute care facilities across the country experience an increase in the number of patients with COVID-19 symptoms, virtual health care visits can help providers meet demand while reducing potential transmission of the coronavirus. The service is a safe and convenient way for people to speak with a medical professional for advice without needing to visit a physical care location.

To use the service, visit trinityhealth.com/virtualcare, download the Virtual Care Anywhere app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or call 855-356-8053 and use the coupon code COVID19. The service has a fee of $35 per visit, and the fee will be waived for any patient who thinks they may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. After requesting an appointment, a virtual care provider will contact the patient once they are available, typically within 15-30 minutes, although high demand may result in longer wait times. The service is on-demand and does not accept appointments.

 

“Virtual urgent care visits are one way we will help patients with COVID-19 symptoms and assess their options for treatment or testing,” said Rick Greco, DO, president of the Trinity Medical Group Enterprise. “Virtual visits allow for timely care delivery without putting other patients our clinicians at risk for contracting the virus. And while it’s not intended to replace in-person care visits, it will help reduce patient volumes at care sites so we can serve those who need care the most.”

Health care experts are recommending virtual urgent care for patients with less severe symptoms of COVID-19 such as low-grade fever, a cough, or shortness of breath. People with mild symptoms who are evaluated virtually by a medical professional can avoid interacting with others and ensure they receive the appropriate level of care in the right setting.

Anyone experiencing severe symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as a high fever or difficulty breathing, should call 911 or visit your nearest care site.  Trinity Health System encourages people to call their medical facility in advance to notify the care team of any COVID-19 symptoms before visiting in person.

       
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About Trinity Health System:  Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

 

 

Trinity Health System Adopting Highly Restrictive Visitation Policy

Trinity Health System Adopting Highly Restrictive Visitation Policy

STEUBENVILLE, OHO – Effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020, Trinity Health System will have a new visitation policy in effect.  The health system is adopting a highly restrictive visitation policy designed to protect our patients and associates. The following changes will remain in effect until further notice.

NO VISITORS will be allowed in the hospital with the following exceptions:

  • Outpatient procedures/surgery or outpatient testing: 1 visitor allowed.
  • Obstetric patients are allowed ONE VISITOR PER PATIENT PER DAY
  • Pediatric patients are allowed ONE VISITOR PER PATIENT PER DAY
  • We will work with critically ill and end of life situations to accommodate your needs.
  • Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis and medical decision-makers will be available by phone.

 

Greeters will be screening at the designated entrances with a list of basic questions to help ensure that individuals who might spread the virus get the care they need while not exposing patients, staff, and other guests.  Until the COVID pandemic has subsided:

  • People with fever, cough, sore throat, or other flu-like symptoms are not permitted to visit any area of the hospital.
  • People who have traveled to high-risk areas for COVID-19 or had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 are not permitted to visit any area of the hospital.
  • No visitors under the age of 18 will be permitted to visit our hospital campuses except for pediatric medical appointments – Trinity Health System West, Trinity Health System East, Trinity Hospital Twin City and the Tony Teramana Cancer Center.
  • We respectfully request caregivers stay in the patient’s room the entire time of the visit except to obtain meals.  No congregating in public spaces, lobbies or lounges.

During this time, visitors may want to consider alternative communication options, if available, such as phone, Facetime, Skype, text, or email.

We understand this change in policy may be difficult for families, but it is imperative we take additional precautions to keep our patients and community safe during this global pandemic.

For more information on how to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.

 

Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

 

Trinity Health System Suspends Elective Surgeries

TRINITY HEALTH SYSTEM Suspends Elective Surgeries

Precautionary actions taken as the number of COVJD-19 cases in Ohio increases

(March 17, 2020) –   As we continue to care for our communities during the COVID-19 outbreak, you have likely heard that the U.S. Surgeon General recently recommended that all hospitals across the country temporarily suspend elective procedures in order to maintain capacity and needed supplies for the anticipated increase in COVID-19 patients needing hospitalization.

Today, Governor Mike DeWine announced the decision that all hospitals in Ohio would implement this measure. The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) has been working with Governor DeWine to accommodate this new process in a manner that is least disruptive to our scheduled patients as well as meets the growing need for coronavirus care.  The OHA has released a document with full details about the new process, and you can read it here.

OHA states that if one or more of the following criteria are NOT met, the surgery can be postponed:

  • Threat to the patient’s life if surgery or procedure is not performed;
  • Threat of permanent dysfunction of an extremity or organ system;
  • Risk of metastasis or progression of staging;
  • Risk of rapidly worsening to severe symptoms (time sensitivity)

 

Prior to this announcement, Trinity Health System had notified their medical staff that we would be suspending these procedures beginning on Monday, March 23.  We have adjusted our timeline to adhere to the recommendation made today.  Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, Trinity Health System, along with all hospitals across the state, will start implementing this new, temporary process for postponing elective procedures. Our scheduling, surgery and access center teams have already begun working with our physicians to contact the impacted patients.  Procedures scheduled on Wednesday will proceed as planned.

“We understand that this will cause some stress and anxiety with our patients,” said John Figel, Chief Medical Officer for Trinity Health System. “Please know that these actions are being taken to preserve resources so that if this virus increases as the experts are indicating it may do in the coming days, we will be prepared to care for our community members in the most efficient way possible.  We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to rescheduling any and all postponed procedures in the near future.”

Trinity Health System encourages you to avoid group gatherings of ten or more, wash your hands, avoid touching your face and let someone know if you are feeling ill.  The Trinity ExpressCare is open 8 am – 8 pm if you feel you need evaluated.  Always contact your primary care physician first before going to the hospital or ExpressCare.  If you do not have a primary care physician, please call 844-TPG-CALL.

Please visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for the latest information related to COVID-19 in our state and cdc.gov for National information.

 

 

 

Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

 

TRINITY HEALTH SYSTEM Limits Visitation, Pauses Volunteer Program Due to Concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

TRINITY HEALTH SYSTEM Limits Visitation, Pauses Volunteer Program Due to Concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Precautionary actions taken as number of cases in Ohio increases

(March 12, 2020) – Trinity Health System is actively monitoring new developments related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ohio and across the United States. As the situation evolves, Trinity Health System is making changes related to visitation and operations.

Since last fall, we have implemented tighter visitation restrictions due to the seasonal flu outbreak. We are going beyond those measures in light of the rapidly changing coronavirus situation. Effective immediately, visitors will be limited to one (1) immediate family visitor per patient per day for hospitalized patients.

“Our top priority at Trinity Health System is the safety of our employees, patients, visitors and communities,” said John Figel, MD, chief medical officer for Trinity Health System. “Considering all of the recent recommendations and information, as well as the safety and well-being of our volunteers, we have made the decision to temporarily pause our volunteer programs. We are making these changes out of an abundance of caution.”

Similar to instances involving Ebola, SARS and MERS in the past, Trinity Health System is working with CommonSpirit Health and public health departments at the state and local levels, as well as with local governments on community response.

At this time, we are suspending our volunteer program until further notice.  We will also be cancelling recreational programs at our PrimeTime Senior Center until April 1, 2020.  We will evaluate the situation at that time.  Meal delivery services will continue as scheduled.  Please call the PrimeTime Senior Center directly with any specific questions regarding programming.  Their number is 740.314.5197.

Trinity Health System advises patients to utilize emergency rooms when symptoms are severe, such as high fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Patients should contact their regular health care provider by phone first if they are experiencing symptoms like cough, low-grade fever or other respiratory issues.

In addition, individuals with mild respiratory symptoms, cough, fever, etc., please go to our ExpressCare location in Wintersville, Ohio if you feel you need evaluated.  Current hours for this location are 8 am to 8 pm.  Anyone needing routine lab or radiology services are asked to utilize our other locations (Rural King Plaza, Toronto or Trinity West Campus) for these services.  Please do not go to the Wintersville ExpressCare location for routine laboratory and radiology services.  We are utilizing this location for individuals with mild respiratory symptoms.

Dr. Figel offered standard precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands frequently; it’s one of the most important steps in avoiding not only COVID-19, but also other illnesses, including the flu. And if you’re sick, stay home. If you develop a fever and lower respiratory symptoms such as a cough, talk with your physician or care provider.  Please call 844-TPG-CALL for appointments with Trinity Health System providers.  Visit trinityhealth.com or follow us on social media for updated information.

For additional information on COVID-19, please call the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 hotline 833-4-ASK-ODH.

 

 

Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

 

Trinity Health System Announces Belmont County Expansion

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, OH – The leadership of Trinity Health System has been working with local physicians, healthcare and community leaders in the wake of OVMC and EORH ceasing operations. Our goal has been to minimize any potential gap in access to healthcare services for patients affected by the closures. Patients should continue to have uninterrupted access to care, employees should be given opportunities for continued employment and providers must continue to practice medicine and care for their patients. That is our goal.

“Minimizing the disruption of patient care is absolutely our priority,” said Matt Grimshaw, President & CEO for Trinity Health System. “We want to ensure that patients understand the options for health care available in our community during this difficult time, and moving forward.”

As a result of these efforts, Trinity Health System is pleased to announce that we have agreements with fourteen physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who will be continuing to serve the community as part of the Trinity Medical Group Enterprise. But more importantly, Trinity Health System has secured the former EORH Outpatient buildings located behind Riesbeck’s in St. Clairsville, Ohio. This location will provide space for primary care providers, laboratory services, radiology, physical therapy and much more. In addition, Trinity Health System will be leasing space in the Kroger Plaza in Bellaire, Ohio, for primary care providers. Both locations will eventually be open six days per week, Monday – Saturday with scheduled appointments as well as “walk in” availability. After some renovations to the space, the open date is set for October 28, 2019.

“We did have extended discussions with Alecto and Medical Properties Trust (MPT) in the hopes of finding an alternative solution to maintain some hospital operations, but were unable to discern a viable result.” said Grimshaw. “And we will continue to explore additional opportunities as we go forward that could include more providers, additional locations and new services.”
As more information becomes available, we will provide updates. As we have for over 100 years, we remain committed to serving the health care needs of patients of the Ohio Valley.

Trinity Health System is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthier communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs. Learn more at commonspirit.org.

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