SIDNEY — Since 1930, Wilson Health has played a vital role in improving the health of the community. From a small, independent hospital to a health system of more than 800 dedicated physicians, nurse practitioners, clinical and administrative staff, Wilson Health’s care extends beyond the walls of the hospital.
Wilson Health recently named a new president and CEO. Mark Klosterman assumed his new role in January and is now leading the 90-bed hospital and health system.
“I am very excited to be part of the Wilson Health team,” said Klosterman. “I look forward to collaborating with medical and community leaders to further the good health of Sidney and Shelby County.”
In 2018, Wilson Health earned its sixth consecutive ‘A’ grade for patient safety and was recognized as one of the top hospitals in the United States by the Leapfrog Group – the only hospital in the Miami Valley region to hold this distinction for the sixth straight reporting period. The 20,000 sq. ft. Copeland-Emerson Family Birth Center delivers over 700 babies a year and was recognized as an Anthem Blue Distinction Center+ for expertise and efficiency in maternity care.
“I am very proud to lead a healthcare facility with such outstanding clinical and quality standards of care,” said Klosterman. “Providing high-quality, safe patient care is central to everything we do. My goal is to continue to foster and grow our health services and provide the best care in the region.”
Leading the way is a 15 member Board of Trustees volunteering their time and expertise to the Wilson Health organization. The trustees are Devon Beer, Janice Benanzer, Andy Counts (vice-chair), John Deeds (treasurer), Chuck Edelen (secretary), Rudy Keister (chair), Mark Klosterman, Doreen Larson, Dr. Robert McDevitt, Tom Milligan, Dr. Eric Prenger, Tom Sheehan, Jason Stiver and Tonya Thieman.
The hospital’s report continues:
Care beyond the hospital
Wilson Health Medical Group offers convenient healthcare services with offices located in Sidney, Fort Loramie/Minster area, Jackson Center, Anna and Botkins. With 45 medical providers, the hospital-owned medical group offers comprehensive healthcare services in family medicine, internal medicine, ob/gyn, endocrinology, ENT, pediatrics, bariatric and general surgery services. This spring, 2019, a new Wilson Health medical office will open in Piqua and Miami County. Both primary care and ob/gyn services will be provided in the new office.
In November 2018, Wilson Health entered into a joint venture with Valley Regional Surgery Center to expand outpatient care services and increase surgical capacity in the region. The 9,100-square-foot surgery center is located at 283 S. Looney Road in Piqua in Miami County.
The After Hours Clinic at Wilson Health is staffed by experienced medical providers treating patients with minor illnesses and injuries. The After Hours Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. No appointments are necessary.
Occupational Health Services works closely with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Bureau of Workers Compensation to create a healthy work environment for employees in over 400 area businesses throughout the region. Services include wellness programs, hearing testing, injury treatment, drug and alcohol testing, and pre-employment medical exams. These services improve profitability by increasing employee productivity, preventing and treating workplace injuries and illnesses, and reducing absenteeism.
Wilson Health Sports Medicine is the official sports medicine provider for 12 area high schools: Sidney, Lehman Catholic, Fort Loramie, Anna, Houston, Fairlawn, Christian Academy, Jackson Center, Botkins, New Bremen, Minster and New Knoxville. Certified athletic trainers work with high school athletic programs to provide on-site services to student athletes. In addition, Wilson Health Sports Medicine provides services to the city of Sidney Police and Fire Departments, the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA and is the official sports medicine provider for Shelby County Special Olympics.
The volunteers at Wilson Health donate their time and talent to make a difference in the lives of patients and their families. In 2018, 89 auxiliary members donated 12,970 hours of their time and raised $6,000 to support hospital equipment and service enhancements. Over $19,000 was dispersed to the hospital in 2018 to purchase new medical equipment and technology to improve patient care. Nineteen student volunteers offered 448 hours of their time in patient care departments and assisted with several health/wellness activities and community related events. The Shelby County Ministerial Association and members of the Chaplaincy Program provided spiritual services. Forty hospice volunteers provided over 1,600 hours of assistance to hospice patients and their families in 2018.
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.
The area’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 800 people and provides over $100 million in direct economic benefits to the area.
In 2018, Wilson Health provided over $8.9 million in care for patients who either had no means to pay or met the qualifications for charity care.
Wilson Health provided inpatient care for 3,195 patients in 2018. The emergency department experienced high patient volumes treating over 26,000 patients.
Wilson Health also performed:
• 708 deliveries/births
• 4,971 surgical procedures
• 16,398 occupational health patient visits
• 31,999 cardiopulmonary and sleep lab procedures
• 53,721 imaging procedures
• 316,942 laboratory tests
• 26,472 home care and hospice visits
Community of caring
The people of Shelby County and surrounding communities have made it clear they value and support having an independent hospital and health system in the County.
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.
“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. “With the financial support of our donors, we continue to provide the right healthcare services for the people in our community – close to home.”
In 2018, the Wilson Health Foundation embarked on a $1.1 million campaign to bring the latest in 3D mammography to Shelby County. With mammography screenings significantly lower than the national percentage and a 27 percent higher breast cancer mortality rate when compared nationally, the need to raise awareness and impact breast cancer became clear.
“With your financial support, we will bring the latest technology in breast cancer detection to Wilson Health and the women in our community,” said Young. “Together, we will improve our screening rates and diagnose at the earliest possible stage to lower breast cancer mortality in Shelby County.
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 John Deeds, chair; Brandon Simon, vice chair; Thomas Middleton Jr., secretary; Dr. Valerie Schulte, treasurer; Timothy Gleason, Barri Grandey, Mickey Hamer, Dr. Barbara Hill, Rhonda Keister, Michael Lochard, Thomas Martin, Aaron Sargeant, Keith Schnippel, Tony Arnold, Chad Sollmann, Michael Watkins, Marian Spicer and Vance Stewart.
“The future is clear,” Young said. “We must continue to support our community by investing in the health and well-being of the great people in Shelby County.”