Mid­dle­town ap­proves KHN overnight stays

City ap­proves re­zon­ing de­spite Premier op­po­si­tion.

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE / OBITUARIES - By Ed Richter Staff Writer

MID­DLE­TOWN — Kettering Health Net­work will be al­lowed to host in­pa­tient/ overnight stays at its Mid­dle­town fa­cil­ity fol­low­ing a de­ci­sion that was months in the mak­ing.

Mid­dle­town City Coun­cil on Tues­day ap­proved a re­zon­ing re­quest that will al­low the change, which was op­posed by Premier Health, own­ers of the nearby Atrium Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Premier had ar­gued that the change would cre­ate a du­pli­ca­tion of ser­vices and in­crease health­care costs.

Kettering Health Net­work of­fi­cials said they want to be able to of­fer ad­di­tional ser­vices to their grow­ing num­ber of Mid­dle­town area pa­tients and care for them closer to home.

KHN opened its $36 mil­lion, 67,000-square-foot Mid­dle­town fa­cil­ity off In­ter­state 75 on Aug. 8.

Four coun­cil mem­bers voted for the re­zon­ing re­quest with Coun­cil­man Joe Mul­li­gan ab­stain­ing on the ad­vice of le­gal coun­sel.

Vice Mayor Tal­bott Moon said he sup­ported the re­zon­ing re­quest be­cause it met the nec­es­sary cri­te­ria and it would pro­vide ad­di­tional health­care op­tions for Mid­dle­town res­i­dents be­cause it ac­cepted Af­ford­able Care Act in­sur­ance plans.

Michael Uhl, who re­cently stepped down as Atrium’s pres­i­dent to be­come pres­i­dent of Premier Health’s Mi­ami Val­ley Hos­pi­tal in Day­ton, said he was “dis­ap­pointed with the de­ci­sion but re­spected the time and at­ten­tion that City Coun­cil gave to a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion that will im­pact Mid­dle­town’s sec­ond-largest em­ployer.”

“Now we have to fo­cus on Atrium’s strate­gic repo­si­tion­ing and on­go­ing fi­nan­cial vi­a­bil­ity in the fu­ture,” he said.

He said the city should work with both Premier and Kettering to en­sure the over­all well­ness of the city.

Uhl said Premier/Atrium will con­tinue to work at dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing their ser­vices from other health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Mid­dle­town and sur­round­ing mar­kets.

Daniel Tryon, ad­min­is­tra­tor of Kettering Health Net­work’s Mid­dle­town fa­cil­ity, said KHN of­fi­cials “were grate­ful for coun­cil’s sup­port and this de­ci­sion will al­low us to take care of their pa­tients in Mid­dle­town as well as grow with Mid­dle­town.”

KHN said it sought the ad­di­tion of overnight stays so pa­tients could avoid trans­port to an­other net­work fa­cil­ity, which likely would have been fur­ther away from their homes, once they had been at the Mid­dle­town fa­cil­ity for 23 hours and 59 min­utes.

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Mid­dle­town City Coun­cil on Tues­day ap­proved a re­zon­ing re­quest that will en­able Kettering Health Net­work’s Mid­dle­town fa­cil­ity to have pa­tient stays longer than 24 hours. KHN of­fi­cials said they are serv­ing a num­ber of Mid­dle­town-area res­i­dents since open­ing in Au­gust.

ED RICHTER/STAFF

Michael Uhl of Atrium Med­i­cal Cen­ter (at far left) said Mid­dle­town should work with both Premier and Kettering to en­sure the over­all well­ness of the city.

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