Greene County News
BEAVERCREEK — Soin Medical Center now has its own Hernia Center, providing the latest hernia repair expertise to patients in the region.
“The biggest driving force to form a center like this is to offer a full range of services conveniently to our patients in Greene County, “said Dr. Christopher Schneider about opening the center at Soin. “We didn’t want our patients to leave the region to get the specialized care they need.”
Dr. Schneider and Dr. Brian Ondulick co-direct the center and are assisted by a nurse practitioner to coordinate the care of each patient.
“We wanted to provide surgical care to complex abdominal wall hernia patients and maximize referrals to other Kettering Health Network surgeons and hospitals,” said Vice President of Operations & Finance at Soin, Ron Connovich. “The intention of the center is to standardize the surgical care and follow up and give patients the opportunity of a quality care experience close to home.”
Dr. Schneider said that because of the significant follow up care that comes with any hernia surgery, coordination by a hernia center improves the healing process.
“By having a common entry point for all potential patients, we can efficiently assess a patient’s need and match them with a surgeon who is center-certified,” said Dr. Schneider.
Hernia care can be complex depending on where it occurs in the body as well as for those who suffer from re-occurrence. Chronic hernia problems associated with overall medical conditions such as obesity need the long term support of a doctor to help a patient find complete healing.
For these reasons, the center focuses on individual care as each patient’s situation is different, said Dr. Schneider, “We want to help the patient manage all their medical conditions surrounding their hernia and even work closely with their primary care physician long-term.”
Dr. Schneider has been trained in robotic repair and this new center will be the only one in the state and region to perform complex muscle repair using robotics.
“This kind of technology is right here at Soin Medical Center,” he said. “Patients can be home sooner and have a better recovery time.”
“I believe having quick recovery makes a significant difference in our patient’s lives,” he added.
The Center will pursue a Center of Excellence designation through the industry standard-setting Center of Excellence in Hernia Surgery, part of Surgical Review Corporation.
“To be a center of excellence requires a medical education component for all our associated surgeons, a full complement of consultative services, standard operating procedures, and a coordinated care team, all focused on a qualified series of outcomes” Dr. Schneider explained. “This will bring the newest techniques and products to our patients and heighten the quality of all our surgeons, fulfilling a tremendous opportunity for Soin and the rest of our Network to offer leading, quality hernia care to patients in this region.”
Dr. Schneider is originally from Dayton and began his career in Louisville before moving back home. “I love bringing this type of care to the Dayton region.”
To learn more about the Soin Hernia Center call 937-702-4690.
Story courtesy of The Greene Medical Foundation - Greene Memorial Hospital and Soin Medical Center hospital within Kettering Health Network.