TROY — Upper Valley Medical Center celebrated 20 years of service to the northern Miami Valley on Saturday with a commemorative celebration on its grounds, open to both its staff and the general public.
“We’re excited to put on this celebration to honor our employees, our medical staff, our volunteers, and our community,” said Gail Peterson, site manager of communications and community relations. “We’re celebrating not only 20 years of the hospital being here, but over 100 years of service to Miami County with the previous hospitals we had.”
UVMC first opened its doors in summer 1998, consolidating acute care services from the former Stouder Memorial Hospital in Troy and Piqua Memorial Medical Center in Piqua, which dated back to 1928 and 1905, respectively.
A free tailgate-style picnic was offered to those in attendance, catered by Classic Catering Co. of Dayton.
Various activities were offered to younger visitors, including a teddy bear clinic with real nursing equipment, face-painting and balloon animal stations, sports zone activities, and a ninja warrior obstacle course.
Former Ohio State University and Green Bay Packers running back Brandon Saine, who is native to Miami County, was on site to meet and greet attendees with a football toss and photo opportunities.
Representatives from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office were also on site to conduct Ident-a-Kid registration for interested families.
In addition to food and recreation, the event also allowed attendees to learn more about the latest services and advanced technologies provided by the facility.
Hospital technology tours included access to the newly-expanded cardiac catheterization lab, the daVinci surgical robot, telemedicine, wound center hyperbaric chambers, and the sleep disorders center. Visits and vehicle tours were also offered with Careflight vehicles and emergency medical teams.
“Today, folks will have the opportunity to get up-close with some of the current technologies that have been introduced at Upper Valley,” said UVMC President Tom Parker. “You have to travel regionally to access some of these forms of care, so what we do here is very unique.”
Health and wellness screenings were also offered on site by UVMC staff.
Regarding the organization’s future, Parker indicated it would largely be emphatic of “continued implementation of technology.”
“Health care is such an innovative and exciting space to work in, so we know that there will be continue to be additional technology introduced here in years to come,” Parker said. “Through that, we’ll strive to continue to be the community’s choice for community care. We understand that competition will only cause all boats to rise, and that’s a good thing. We’re proud of our legacy and what we’ve accomplished, and we look forward to the rapidly expanding environment of health care.”
Upper Valley Medical Center is owned by Premier Health, with the mission to build healthier communities with others who share a commitment to provide high-quality, cost-competitive health care services.
For more information, visit www.uvmc.com.