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Third Dose For Immune-Compromised Individuals Available at GCPH

In Local News on August 31, 2021 at 8:45 am


XENIA, OH – Greene County Public Health (GCPH) is providing the 3rd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine only
to those individuals who are immune-compromised who have had either Pfizer or Moderna. At this time, it is
not recommended for an additional dose for those who received the J&J vaccine.


To be considered for the third dose, an individual must meet one of the following criteria:


• Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids (20 milligrams or more of prednisone daily or an
equivalent) including:


o alkylating agents
o antimetabolites
o cancer chemotherapeutic agents classified as severely immunosuppressive
o transplant-related immunosuppressive drugs
o tumor-necrosis (TNF) blockers
o other biologic agents that are immunosuppressive or immunomodulatory


• Advanced or untreated HIV infection
• Moderate or severe immunodeficiency such as DiGeorge or Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome
• Received a CAR-T-cell or hematopoietic stem cell transplant and are within two years of transplant or
taking immunosuppression therapy
• Received a solid-organ transplant and are presently taking immunosuppressive therapy
• Undergoing cancer treatment – solid tumors and hematologic malignancies

GCPH holds a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Thursday of each week from 2:00 – 3:30pm at its main office
located at 360 Wilson Drive in Xenia. You can visit https://gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov to schedule a time,
or simply stop by our clinic on any Thursday during the above hours. Be sure to bring your COVID-19
vaccination card with you to your appointment.


For more information about Greene County Public Health, please call 937-374-5600 or visit the website at
www.gcph.info.

18th Annual London, Ohio Strawberry Festival Bicycle Tour is “A Go” for June 12, 2021

In Local News on May 8, 2021 at 8:29 am

Pandemic safety plans allow much-loved ride to take place in 2021

May 8, 2021 – London, OhioFMCPT (Friends of Madison County Parks & Trails) in London, OH, has announced that after a 2020 pandemic-related layoff the Strawberry Festival Bicycle Tour is back again for 2021.

The 2021 Strawberry Festival Bicycle Tour actually consists of four different routes: 21-mile, 44-mile, and 66-mile rides, plus a 100-mile “Century Ride.” All rides kick off between 6:30 AM and 8:00 AM from the Prairie Grass Trailhead located behind the Madison County Senior Citizens Center at 280 West High Street in London. The courses will wind through Madison, Clark, Fayette and Greene Counties, featuring flat to gently rolling terrain.

Working with the local health department, pandemic safety protocols have been developed to allow everyone to ride safely. Pre-registration (available until June 7th) is only $35 and includes: detailed tour maps, identification number, support services, food stops using pandemic safety measures, a $5 discount on official Tour tee shirts, map and GPS tools including FIT, GPX, and PDF downloads for registered riders, and an FMCPT membership through 2021! Safely pre-packaged food items will be provided at rest stops and include granola bars, fresh fruit, water, and sports drinks such as Powerade or Gatorade. Plus, the 66-mile and 100-mile routes also pass through several small communities where facilities and items are available for your purchase.

ONLINE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

IMPORTANT: All registrations received after 8:00 PM, Monday, June 7, including in-person on the day of the Tour, will be $50.00. After 12:00 noon on Friday, June 11, registration will only be available at the sign-in desk on Tour morning, Saturday, June 12 – credit cards, check, money order, or cash.

Founded in 1999, the Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization staffed by an all-volunteer team dedicated to supporting the Madison County Park District and the City of London. FMCPT works to provide superior trail and park experiences for our community and visitors along the Ohio to Erie Trail as it passes through Madison County going from the Ohio River to Lake Erie. Being a part of the Great American Rail-Trail has also allowed for national exposure bringing recognition and acclaim for FMCPT’s efforts from far beyond local borders. For more information or to become a supporter, go to https://fmcpt.com/.

Memorial Day Weekend Century Ride in Dayton to Support Wounded Warriors

In Dayton Ohio News, Health, Local News, Sports News, Travel, Uncategorized on April 12, 2021 at 10:57 am

Dayton, Ohio – April 12, 2021 – On Memorial Day Weekend, avid cyclists and casual riders alike are invited to participate in the Dayton Century Ride, a 50 and 100-mile bike ride to support the Wounded Warrior Project. This is the second year for the event and there is no cost to participate, however organizers are hopeful participants will encourage family and friends to sponsor their ride and donate to the Wounded Warrior Project campaign. https://communityfundraising.woundedwarriorproject.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=3976

The event begins at 8am on Sunday, May 30, 2021 – Starting point will be at the Creekside Trail near the intersection of Springfield St and N Smithville Rd. Participants will follow the Creekside Trail to Xenia where it meets up with the Little Miami Scenic Trail.

Riders will continue south to Cartridge Brewing, located right on the bike trail and a perfect 50 miles, one way. Participants can either have friends and family pick them up at Cartridge Brewing after a well-earned rest around noon or head back north to complete the full 100-mile century ride.

“The first ride was completed in 2020 by a few Air Force officers while stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB,” explained Mark Adams, one of the event organizers. “We hope to make the ride a staple event of the Dayton area, growing in number and impact as the ride becomes better known. We hope you join us on this great ride for a great cause!”

All proceeds support life-changing programs that empower, employ, and engage America’s injured Veterans. Thanks to the generosity of those who donate, warriors and their families never pay a cent for these services.

For more information, please call Mark Adams at 815-307-5004, or email mark.adams@alumni.purdue.edu.

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Revitalizing Jamestown: New group hopes to bring life back to downtown

In Local News on April 4, 2021 at 11:29 am

By Gery Deer

Editor

Special Report – Revitalizing Jamestown, Ohio. Watch our feature story here!

April 4, 2021 – Jamestown, Ohio – The eastern Greene County village of Jamestown, Ohio, once had a thriving downtown. Over the years, Jamestown’s business district was home to a movie theatre, five-and-dime stores, hardware, and multiple restaurants. Historically, most of the town’s commerce was generated by farming and lumberyards. Gradually, however, as farming slowed and land was sold off, building and plastics manufacturers became the primary employers.

But in the early 1990s two fires ripped through the downtown area, an economic blow from which the village has never completely recovered. And, while some efforts have been made toward revitalization, only the Jamestown Opera House has been fully restored, thanks to the local historical society. As for the rest of the area, urban sprawl, deteriorating buildings, and overwhelming renovation costs have diminished hope for a full comeback. 

However, one local group of idealistic entrepreneurs is a bit more optimistic. Jamestown native Luke Linville and his wife Adrienne, both realtors, returned to the village a year ago and began working on ways to breathe new life into the decaying business district.  

Main Street Jamestown founders/board of directors:
Amber Trotter, Chase Trotter, Adrienne Linville, and Luke Linville

The Linvilles partnered with Amber and Chase Trotter, who were also interested in a revitalization initiative. Together, the group formed the board of directors for Main Street Jamestown, a non-profit organization intended to support local businesses and property owners through grants, donations, and fundraising events.

“There are a lot of people trying to do good here like the Lions Club. We want to make Jamestown a better place and we have a passion for it, having grown up here,” Linville said. “We are trying to make people aware that there are businesses downtown, that there are people who are doing really good down here.”

When the previous owner of Something New florist retired in 2019, Kristine Erwin purchased the building and started renovations. Located at 18 W. Washington St., on the southwest block of the downtown, the flower shop was one of the few structures to survive the fires along that strip, but not without some scars. 

Kristine Erwin, Owner of Something New Faith, Flowers, Finds in Jamestown, Ohio

“The fire took the second floor of this building and so the roof has been leaking for many years,” said Erwin, a retired Greeneview teacher who credits her faith for guiding her to make this new career move. “There was damage to the ceiling and a lot of mold along the outside wall and in the back. We have replaced the plumbing and the heating and next we will be working on replacing the electrical.” 

One of the major issues with the storefront, however, is the old, single-pane windows, which need to be replaced to help with heating and cooling as well as signage and window displays. Fortunately, Erwin met Amber Trotter, who had also opened a new photography studio right next door. Main Street Jamestown had its first project.

As an inaugural event, the group held a fundraiser on March 20th to help Erwin replace two, large storefront windows. Held in the Lions Club lot next door to the flower shop, Main Street Jamestown offered games, a raffle, food and branded merchandise, with all proceeds going toward the Something New window project. Despite a cold but sunny spring day, organizers said the fundraiser was a great success and raised more than $1,500. More information about something Erwin’s shop is available online at www.somethingnewfaithflowersfinds.com.

Linville and his team would like to support area residents as well as downtown businesses. “Of course it starts with the downtown businesses and goes out from there and we hope to help residents as well,” he said. “We want to help with a leaky roof or landscaping or whatever someone may need that we can do. Every effort helps Jamestown look more attractive to people so they will come here and the businesses and town will thrive.”

The organization is busy on social media with regular live videos and event postings, all in hopes of engaging volunteers and raising money for future projects. “Right now what we’re doing is spreading the word,” Linville said. “If you see us post on social media please like and share. The more people we can get to interact with us, the more people who live in the area will be aware of us; even those who come here visiting family or come to the lake (Shawnee Hills) in the summer.”

Main Street Jamestown’s next event is a downtown street fair slated for April 24; information is available on their Facebook page. The organization is also partnered with the non-profit group Greene Giving and tax-deductible donations can be made online at https://greenegiving.ejoinme.org/MyPages/MainStreetJamestown/tabid/1223992/Default.aspx.

For more information on ways to support Main Street Jamestown, contact them on Facebook @MainStreetJamestown, call 937-374-9424, or email mainstreetjamestown@gmail.com.

You can also support Main Street Jamestown by purchasing branded apparrel. The online store is open until April 11th! https://mainstreetjamestown.itemorder.com/sale?fbclid=IwAR0K-FfFdltryPey7pw0LcQY-tk4-ZxJrCUxDZWmLRIYLG-RxQxQsCRWzg8

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Vested Medical / OrthoIllinois Complete Successful Pilot of Off-Site Sterilization Processing

In Local News on February 23, 2021 at 1:44 pm

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CHICAGO, Feb. 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — In January 2021, Vested Medical, Inc., Elmhurst, Illinois, and OrthoIllinois Surgery Center, LLC, teamed up for a highly successful proof of an innovative off-site sterilization processing program at the outpatient ambulatory surgery center located in Rockford, Illinois. Vested Medical expertly demonstrated how such a system could help increase surgical capacity, reduce sterilization processing backlogs, and minimize contamination risk while maintaining the highest standards of patient care for outpatient total joint procedures.

Vested Medical / OrthoIllinois Completes Successful Pilot of Off-Site Sterilization Processing
Vested Medical / OrthoIllinois Completes Successful Pilot of Off-Site Sterilization Processing

The collaboration with Vested Medical and OrthoIllinois Surgery Center was focused on total joint replacement instrument trays, which stress space restraints in an ambulatory surgery center sterile processing. Sterile instrument trays were customized at the Vested Medical facility based on the surgical center’s schedule an orthopedic total joint replacement surgeon Dr. John Bottros’ specifications. Upon delivery of sterile trays, post-procedure trays were removed, freeing valuable space at the surgery center and maintaining optimum efficiency. These trays are transported in a specially outfitted van by certified sterile processing technicians to ensure they are always handled by highly trained, experienced professionals in the field.

Dr. Bottros commented, “The process was seamless for me, and I was pleased that by adding this service I am able to serve more patients in a given day.”

As confirmed by Leanne Brennan, the business manager at OrthoIllinois Surgery Center, “We had reached capacity with our own sterile processing, even with added shifts, and we needed to get creative if we were going to be able to accommodate a few more cases each day,” she explained. “But it’s not so much about the manpower as it is the facility and having the capacity in our sterilization department to process instrument trays quickly enough to meet our needs.”

Brennan explained they were suffering from the “total joint hangover,” when full days are dedicated to outpatient total joint replacement procedures while the staff still needs to prepare for the next day’s cases. Even with 24-hour, 7-day staff, space is limited. Outsourcing sterile processing seemed like an ideal concept to solve these problems, and Vested Medical was ready to partner to help solve this challenge.

“We built a process that was best-in-class, and met or exceeded all current and potential future regulatory standards,” explained Paul Borland, Vice President of Operations at Vested Medical, LLC.  “To serve a customer like OrthoIllinois Surgery Center, we had to fully understand their needs and fit into their existing system. We try to understand the flow, touchpoints, accessibility, then capture and build that customer profile so we are a real extension of their process. It needed to be seamless.”

Of course, input, and buy-in, from the OrthoIllinois Surgery Center staff was critical. “We went to the Vested Medical facility to review the workspace and learn about the process,” Brennan said. “It was key to see the metrics and checkpoints, review the sterilization process and how everything is packaged.”

“Everything was seamless and worked according to plan. Now we are looking forward to the second half of the year when we can implement this process to help with storage and processing.”

“The surgical staff shouldn’t feel that the process changed because Vested Medical is now part of it,” Borland said. “We want to integrate to that level and in this case the fact that the OrthoIllinois staff didn’t feel any changes validated the plan. There was always a clear channel of communication from scheduling to what was needed in the cases, and that was crucial to the success of the pilot.”

“Vested Medical is taking the approach that sterile processing is critical to healthcare and should be elevated,” he said. “We’re raising the bar on the profession and the product comes out of the professionals who work there.”

Full results of the pilot program are still being evaluated and another series of measures will be scheduled at a time to be announced. For more information about Vested Medical, LLC, go to www.vested-medical.com.

About Vested Medical, Inc. – Vested Medical was formed in 2019 and is a privately funded healthcare logistics company connecting the orthopedic operating room with the manufacturers who supply them with implants and instruments.  The company currently has 4 sites in various stages of operational readiness. More at www.vested-medical.com.

About OrthoIllinois Surgery Center – Operated by the physicians of OrthoIllinois, OrthoIllinois Surgery Center is a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center utilizing leading-edge technology to support orthopedic, spine, and pain management outpatient procedures.  The center successfully meets stringent AAAHC accreditation standards and was one of the first ambulatory surgery centers in the country to perform outpatient total joint procedures.  https://www.orthoillinois.com/surgery-center/

GCPH Warns Residents of Scammers Posing as Public Health Officials, Sharing Information on Vaccine Availability

In Health, Local News, Media on February 11, 2021 at 11:35 am

GREENE COUNTY, OH – Greene County Public Health officials have been alerted to the possibility of people fraudulently contacting residents by phone, text or email posing as public health officials and sharing information on the vaccine or other topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This information is to ensure that our residents get the official information from our agency and are not scammed.

If you are part of Phase 1B and have pre-registered to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through our agency, you will receive a call from 937-347-5030 and the caller ID will read as GREENE COUNTY. It will be a recorded message stating the date, time and location of the next available clinic for you to come to receive your vaccine. If you provide your email on the online registration form, you will get an email from bbrooks@gcph.info. If you can not take the call at the time it comes in, it will leave a voice mail for you to check later.

The only place to register for a clinic provided by Greene County Public Health is on our website at http://www.gcph.info. Once on our site, you can click the center blue box that states: Click This Box to go to the COVID-19 Vaccine Sign-Up Page. Read the information very carefully and then click the link to fill out the form. Once you are on the list, you will remain on the list until you get the call to come to a scheduled clinic. It could take several weeks or even longer, pending vaccine availability, before you receive a call. As a federal asset, the COVID-19 vaccine is free to the public, however, we will attempt to bill your insurance for the administration of the vaccine. There is no fee for you and you will not receive a bill.

There are other vaccine providers in Greene County. There is no affiliation between Greene County Public Health and the other providers. Please visit vaccine.coronavirus.ohio.gov for the list of other providers which can be sorted by county. You are encouraged to get vaccinated in your home county as vaccine allotment to the counties is based on population. Pending vaccine availability, we are running clinics on Wednesdays from 10am – 3pm and Thursdays from 11am-5:30pm at the Russ Research Center, 2730 Indian Ripple Road in Beavercreek.

In addition, to avoid loss of personal information, we encourage you not to share a picture of your vaccination card on social media as it does contain personal information. For official information on Greene County Public Health, our response to the pandemic, and the vaccine rollout, please contact Laurie Fox, Public Information Officer, at 937-374-5600, ext. 5669 or by email at lfox@gcph.info. GCPH shares this information on several social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn. You can also visit GCPH’s COVID-19 FAQ page at healthalert.gcph.info/COVID19.

Deer re-elected to presidency of YS Chamber of Commerce Board

In Local News on January 18, 2021 at 4:07 pm

Yellow Springs, Ohio – January 14, 2021 – Gery Deer, managing partner and creative director of GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd. in Jamestown, has been unanimously re-elected chair of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. This is the entrepreneur’s third term as the leader of the chamber’s governing body since he joined the board of directors in 2017.

“While I’m not a resident of the village, I have family and have been doing business in town for more than 20 years and care about the people, the community, and the businesses,” Deer explained. “I’m happy to serve a community that has been so supportive of me and my company, helping in whatever capacity I can, and this seems to be the best way at the moment. I also want to thank my fellow board members for their continued confidence in my service.”

Deer’s company, GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd., is a marketing communication, public relations, and creative production shop founded in 1998. The firm specializes in creating content and managing earned media for companies all around the U.S. and supports business executives through success coaching services. More information is available at http://www.gldcommunications.com.

Gery L. Deer of GLD Enterprises Communications, Ltd.

Greene County Public Health Provides Vaccination Update

In Health, Local News on January 13, 2021 at 12:30 pm


Phase 1A Ongoing; Phase 1B To Begin The Week of Jan. 19, 2021 Pending Vaccine Availability

January 13, 2021 – GREENE COUNTY, OH — In conjunction with Ohio’s statewide efforts to distribute COVID-19 vaccines to Ohioans in Phase 1B starting the week of January 19, Greene County Public Health (GCPH) officials and the Greene County Emergency Management Agency (GCEMA) are partnering to lead the vaccination efforts. The combined knowledge and decades of training will allow these agencies to continue to serve our local community as we work to vaccinate Ohioans in our community.

Vaccination to individuals in the Phase 1A groups are currently ongoing. These groups include healthcare
providers, individuals with developmental disabilities and those with mental health/substance use disorders who live in group homes and residential facilities and staff at those centers, as well as EMS. Public Health is not providing vaccination to hospital workers or those who live or work in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Those vaccinations are being provided by hospital systems and by local pharmacies.

Governor DeWine recently announced plans for the state to begin rolling out Phase 1B beginning the week of
Tuesday, January 19, pending vaccine shipments and availability. Below is the breakdown of the phase by date:

  1. Week of January 18: Individuals age 80 and older can be vaccinated
  2. Week of January 25: Individuals ages 75 and older can be vaccinated, along with individuals with
    severe congenital, developmental, and early onset of medical disorders.
  3. Week of February 1: Individuals ages 70 and older can be vaccinated, along with K-12 schoolteachers
    and staff only for schools that elect to be in person or offer a hybrid model by March 1.
  4. Week of February 8: Individuals age 65 and older can be vaccinated.

According to Noah Stuby, Deputy Health Commissioner for GCPH, “Our partnership with GCEMA and years
of professional training, developing plans, and preparations make us uniquely qualified to lead this effort in thecommunity. It is important that residents have the most up-to-date information available to make their own educated decision about getting vaccinated”. Rosanne Anders, Director of GCEMA agrees “Once our residents have the facts about the vaccine, it is our hope they will receive the vaccine to protect their health and that of their family members, friends and neighbors”. These agencies remind residents that the roll out of this phase will be very slow due to limited vaccine availability.

In order to make it easy to know when you can get your vaccine from Greene County Public Health,
please visit https://healthalert.gcph.info/COVID19/signup and click on Phase 1A (blue box) or Phase 1B
(purple box). You will then be notified by public health officials when and where there is a GCPH vaccine
clinic available for you to receive the vaccine. This is not for any other local providers that may be offering
vaccine, only those vaccines provided by GCPH.

Public Health officials will announce additional information on new phases as information becomes available through the local news media, our social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @GreeneCoPH and our website www.gcph.info. Public Health asks for patience as we work through the Phase 1A and 1B priority groups.

For updates on the vaccination process, visit: www.healthalert.gcph.info/COVID19 or
www.coronavirus.ohio.gov and click on COVID-19 Vaccination Program. For information about the vaccines
currently available, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html