Embracing change to move healthcare forward

SIDNEY — Wilson Health is committed to the health and wellness of Shelby County residents and surrounding communities. Healthcare is changing. Some of it has been jumpstarted by the pandemic, yet Wilson Health was, and is, at the forefront of the transformation.

“I’m proud to say Wilson Health continues to carry out our mission to improve the health and wellness of our communities by delivering compassionate, quality care,” said Mark Klosterman, president and CEO of Wilson Health. “Whether you are sick and need urgent care, diagnosed with cancer and need treatment, deliver a baby in our birthing center or have a family history of heart disease and need a screening to understand your risk, you can always count on Wilson Health.”

Wilson Health is dedicated to providing the right care for residents throughout the area. “We’re dedicated to providing a full continuum of care – moving beyond our hospital walls to partner with you through a lifetime of health and wellness,” said Klosterman. “We want to be your partner for the whole health and wellness of you and your family.”

A 15 member Board of Trustees volunteer their time and expertise to provide governance for the Wilson Health organization. The trustees are Devon Beer, Janice Benanzer (vice-chair), Jackie Davis, John Deeds (treasurer), Paul Dentinger, Charles Edelen (chair), Shelly Gasson, Dr. Fred Haussman, Gary Heitmeyer, Mark Klosterman, Doreen Larson, Tom Milligan (secretary), Dr. Eric Prenger, Marian Spicer and Jason Stiver.

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2022 highlights

The 2022 year was one of growth for Wilson Health in many ways with a strong focus on key organizational priorities. Through community, collaboration and innovation Wilson Health continues to be a trusted resource and partner not just in Shelby County, but throughout the entire region.

Wilson Health opened its doors to a new Cancer Center in May 2022. The center includes four private chemotherapy infusion bays, three exam rooms and a procedure room and offers diagnostics, cancer pathology, tumor staging, access to timely treatment, access to complex specialized cancer surgical services, chemotherapy and cancer infusion, clinical trials and other supportive services to enhance survivorship.

“With the growing demand for community-based cancer care, our new facility offers patients throughout the upper Miami Valley access to an array of oncology and hematology services all in one convenient location,” said Klosterman. “The residents in our community don’t want to travel far for cancer treatment services. We listened and made our vision become a reality.”

In 2022, Wilson Health partnered with Cincinnati-based UC Health and opened a hepatology and liver transplant outreach clinic. The clinic provides patients with access to UC Health’s network of hepatology and transplantation experts, improving pre- and post-transplant care. The clinic is located on Wilson Health’s main campus in Sidney.

“Bringing this new life-saving care to our community offers a level of expertise unique to our region,” said Klosterman. “We are thrilled to partner with UC Health in expanding our healthcare services providing world-class care for those with liver disease.”

Wilson Health was granted Full Accreditation for 3 years in 2022. The hospital earned this prestigious designation after a comprehensive, objective review of quality and safety standards from Accreditation Commission for Healthcare (ACHC) surveyors. This distinction confirms that Wilson Health is providing high quality patient care as determined by an external process of evaluation ACHC, the nation’s original independent healthcare accreditation program and recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

“We’re proud to be recognized for our commitment to providing outstanding care to our patients and our community,” said Klosterman. “Not only does this accreditation acknowledge our level of care today, but serves as a valuable tool for our continued evaluation, quality improvement and patient-centered planning for Wilson Health’s continued growth.”

Wilson Health collaborated with several thought-leading employers to bring innovative healthcare services to area companies and their employees while helping to control rising health care costs.

In January 2023, Wilson Health opened their fourth near-site health clinic, this one located in Sidney, Ohio. These employer-based health clinics offer companies a way to control healthcare spending growth, boost workforce productivity, and improve the hiring and retention of employees. Employees and their dependents have access to primary care, prescriptions, diagnostic testing and occupational health services in a timely and cost-effective manner. The clinic also offers wellness services to help employees achieve healthy lifestyle goals or address chronic conditions.

Wilson Health Medical Group Wilson Health Medical Group offers patients access to primary care and specialty services with physician offices located throughout Shelby County, Miami County and Mercer County. With over 55 medical providers, the hospital-owned medical group offers comprehensive primary care and specialty services including: family medicine; internal medicine; ob/gyn; endocrinology; ENT; pediatrics; bariatrics; general surgery; urology; podiatry; wound care; urgent care and cardiology.

In 2022, Wilson Health Medical Group welcomed a new primary care practice. Maria Stein Family Practice, Dr. James Schwieterman and physician assistant, Darian Borchers, joined the Wilson Health network.

Podiatrist, Dr. Laurie Nielsen-Haak, joined Wilson Health Medical Group in 2022, specializing in routine foot care, nail infections, foot injuries, heel pain, arthritis, shoe inserts and wound care.

With a special interest in breast surgery, Dr. Megan Arndts, general surgeon, joined the medical group this past year.

At the beginning of January, Wilson Health welcomed Miami County ObGyn. Dr. Daniel Dilworth, nurse midwife, Raychel Miramontes, and physician assistant, Shelley Maier, joined the medical group and are exclusively performing childbirth deliveries and surgical procedures at Wilson.

Financial & service summary

Wilson Health’s financial performance continues to provide a means to add new programs, services, medical equipment and technology to better diagnose and treat disease as well as promote health education and prevention.

As the county’s preferred healthcare provider, Wilson Health contributes significant financial resources to the area. Sitting at the number five spot amongst top employers in Shelby County, Wilson Health employs over 778 people and provides over $100 million in direct economic benefits.

In 2022, Wilson Health provided over $8 million in care for patients who either had no means to pay or met the qualifications for charity care.

Caring for our community

The Volunteers at Wilson Health donate their time and talent to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. In 2022, 62 Auxiliary members donated 8,052 hours of their time. Through fundraisers and proceeds from the hospital gift shop, the Auxiliary made an $8,000 donation to the hospital for future medical equipment projects. In addition, five local college students, majoring in healthcare related fields of study, each received a $1,000 scholarship to assist with their college tuition.

The Shelby County Ministerial Association and members of the Chaplaincy Program provided spiritual services and Hospice volunteers provided assistance to hospice patients and their families in 2022.

Wilson Health is supported by a foundation, the philanthropic arm providing financial support to meet both ongoing and future health needs of the hospital and community.

In 2022, the Wilson Health Foundation used funds raised to help support enhancement and expansion efforts for Wilson Health. Additionally, the Foundation participated in Match Day 2022 and raised $23,505 to go towards cancer care supportive therapies for Wilson Health’s new cancer center.

“The contributions of our donors make it possible for us to support and grow services and programs at Wilson Health,” said Karla Young, executive director of the Wilson Health Foundation. “With the financial support of our donors, we continue to provide the right healthcare services for the people in our community – close to home.”

The Foundation Board is comprised of business, civic, academic, medical and philanthropic leaders who volunteer their time and resources to ensure Wilson Health continues to progress forward and offer quality healthcare, close to home. Board Members are Mickey Hamer, Chair; Brandon Simon, Vice Chair; Dr. Valerie Schulte, Treasurer; Janet Aselage, Doug Borchers, Zack Bosslet, Mitchell Hoying, Matt Hoying, Mark Klosterman, Josh Koltak, Michael Lochard, Keith Schnippel, Marian Spicer and Kent Witt.

Young said, “Our donors continue to support opportunities, innovation and patient-care experiences with their generosity. The nature of these services shifts and changes, but we appreciate the opportunity each and every day to support the people who choose Wilson Health for their healthcare needs.”