Year: 2021

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Approval of Tocilizumab for COVID-19 Treatment

Emergency P&T approval to add tocilizumab to the network formulary for the treatment of hospitalized adults with COVID-19 was obtained. There will be strict inclusion and exclusion criteria as well as a peer-to-peer review process via Dr. Jeffrey Weinstein. An Epic build is currently in production.  Additional details:  Dose: tocilizumab 8mg/kg (using actual body weight; max 800mg)…

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Updated COVID-19 Lab and Lab Spreadsheet

We are no longer sending COVID-19 swabs collected by KHN to Dayton Children’s Community Lab.  These tests are all being processed by Kettering Health Network labs.  The COVID-19 lab test (LAB98415) that was used to send these labs to the community lab has been removed from Epic. LAB98416 should be used for all COVID-19 swabs to be…

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Negative PTO Bank Option Ending

During 2020, Kettering Health Network provided staff additional support by allowing benefit-eligible employees to go negative in their PTO bank as staff flexed their schedules. As we continue to return to normal operations and fewer employees are utilizing this option, the program will be discontinued effective this upcoming pay period, which begins April 4. New hires will still be eligible within…

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Resources – Week 5

These resources include books, podcasts, documentaries, movies, and TV shows that commemorate and encourage the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role women play in our lives. Podcast-The Conflict Audible   A show from Types & Symbols about Ellen G. White’s Conflict of the Ages series, produced by Ivan and Olivia Ruiz-Knott with help from…

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Jennifer Woods

Meet Jennifer Woods, senior events specialist at Kettering Health Network. Jennifer was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Jennifer has worked with the network for 19 years. She started her time with the network as a three-week part-time temp worker in the marketing department, filling in for someone that was on medical leave. She ended…

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Wendi Barber

Meet Wendi Barber, chief financial officer for the Kettering Medical Center system (KMCS), Soin Medical Center and Greene Memorial Hospital. Wendi was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee but grew up in the Orlando area. She has spent over 25 years working in health care finance and operations across the country from the East Coast to the…

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Elizabeth Blackwell

The first woman in America to receive a medical degree, Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) championed the participation of women in the medical profession and ultimately opened her own medical college for women. Born near Bristol, England on February 3, 1821, Blackwell was the third of nine children of Hannah Lane and Samuel Blackwell, a sugar refiner,…

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Visitor Restriction Changes Related to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Effective March 29, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.  *The changes outlined in the following section also apply to all Special Care Nurseries.  With the decrease in COVID-19-positive cases in our community and those requiring hospitalization, Kettering Health Network has made the decision to change NICU visitation restrictions to allow up to four (4) designated support persons to visit infants during the entire length of their NICU hospital stay. Please see…

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