Press Release Archive

This regularly updated section features releases to local, regional, and national print, electronic, and Internet media. Please check back for the latest stories.

February 20, 2015

If you are interested in building a career in healthcare, we welcome you to apply for a JTD Hospital Foundation nursing scholarship.

JTD Hospital Foundation Offers Nursing Scholarship

December 12, 2014

"Joint Township is dedicated to providing the safest and most effective healthcare services possible, " says President & CEO Kevin Harlan. "ISO certification not only reflects that mission, but helps to empower it."

Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Certified to ISO 9001 Quality Management System by DNV GL

November 24, 2014

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home™ standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership. Read more>>

Grand Lake Family Practice & Pediatrics Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care.

November 24, 2014

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home™ standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership. Read more>>

Grand Lake Primary Care at St. Marys and Grand Lake Primary Care Wheatland Earn National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care.

November 24, 2014

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home™ standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership. Read more>>

Miami & Erie Family Practice & Pediatrics Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care.

November 24, 2014

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home™ standards emphasize enhanced care through patient-clinician partnership. Read more>>

Wapakoneta Primary Care Earns National Recognition for Patient-Centered Care.

October 6, 2014

The Women's Imaging Center at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital is celebrating breast cancer awareness during the month of October by offering a discounted rate on all screening mammograms.

Women's Imaging Center to Observe National Breast Cancer Awareness Month During October

October 6, 2014

Joint Township District Memorial Hospital has been honored by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) with the Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Award.

Hospital Winds State Award for Supporting Breastfeeding in the Workplace

August 20, 2014

Grand Lake Health System is pleased to announce the grand opening of the new Grand Lake Neurological Center. This center will serve patients from the Grand Lake and surrounding region with comprehensive neurological treatment and care. Read more>>

Regional Healthcare Leader Opens Neurological Center

June 2, 2014

Grand Lake Health System, in partnership with Mercer Health, is pleased to announce the grand opening of the new ear, nose and throat (ENT) and sinus treatment and surgery center, Vanan ENT & Sinus Center. Read more>>

Regional Healthcare Leader Opens New ENT & Sinus Specialty Center

June 26, 2014

Beginning July 1, 2014, the Women's Imaging Center at Joint Township district Memorial Hospital will offer a self-request screening mammogram program approved by the Ohio Department of Health. Women who meet screening criteria may now schedule a screening mammogram at the Women's Imaging Center without an order from their provider. Read more>>

Screening Mammograms Just Got Easier

February 7, 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia are almost here and Joint Township District Memorial Hospital has something in common with the 2014 Winter Games!

The Optima CT660 CT Scanner that is in use at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital is the same model of CT scanner that will be used for athletes receiving CT exams and is installed at Sochi’s Olympic Village. The selection of this CT scanner reflects the confidence in which the Olympic Committee has placed in GE Healthcare and the Optima system. Read more >>

Olympic Imaging


October 29, 2013

ST. MARYS, Ohio Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of the Grand Lake Health System, recently announced the winners of its Community in Focus photography contest. The contest ran from April 15 until July 31 and received more than 250 entries from local residents.

Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Announces Photography Contest Winners


August 27, 2013

ST. MARYS, Ohio --- You would think that after surviving cancer, having a tooth extracted would be as easy as a walk in the park. Yet people who undergo radiation therapy of the head or neck are more likely to be at risk for osteoradionecrosis (ORN), which is delayed bone damage caused by radiation therapy.

The Grand Lake Wound Center Helps Cancer Survivors with Leading Edge Treatment for Radiation Injuries to the Jawbone


June 13, 2013

Donate Life Ohio, Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health's Second Chance Trust Fund honor Grand Lake Health System for organ donation advocacy

ST. MARYS, Ohio --- Grand Lake Health System, a nonprofit health care provider serving residents of the Grand Lake region, has been named a Platinum Partner in the Small Hospital category of the 2012-2013 Hospital Champions Program sponsored by Donate Life Ohio, the Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health Second Trust Fund.

Regional Health Care Leader Named Platinum Partner in Hospital Champions for Organ Donation Program

June 13, 2013

Grand Lake Health System Proud to Nominate Anne Gast, Certified Phlebotomist

ST. MARYS, Ohio --- Grand Lake Health System is proud to nominate Anne Gast for this year's Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award, presented by the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA).

Regional Healthcare Leader Announces Nominee for OHA Health Care Worker of the Year

May 30, 2013

Local Residents Have Opportunity to Showcase Artwork in New Hospital Wing

ST MARYS, Ohio --- Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, an affiliate of Grand Lake Health System, is conducting a photography contest for local residents to submit images that will eventually hang in the new wing of the hospital's surgery center.

Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Announces Photography Contest

May 8, 2013

Linda Haines to Replace Karen Ryals Following Her Retirement.

ST MARY’S, Ohio—Grand Lake Health System, a nonprofit health care provider serving residents of the Grand Lake region, announced today that Karen Ryals is retiring from her position as Executive Director of the Joint Township District Hospital Foundation. Ryals will be replaced by Linda Haines who currently serves as Director of Home Health and Hospice Services. Haines will begin her transition and officially assume her new role on May 31 after Ryal’s departure.

Joint Township District Hospital Foundation Announces New Executive Director

April 30, 2013

Grand Lake Health System announced today the Center of Distinction Award, which was given to the Grand Lake Wound Care Center by Healogics Inc., the world’s leading wound care management company. The Center has achieved outstanding patient outcomes for twelve consecutive months, including patient satisfaction over 98%, and 96% wound healing rate within 22 median days to heal, among other quality outcomes. Read more >>

Wound Care Center Recognized for Healing Wounds and Changing Lives

April, 2013

St. Marys, Ohio – Joint Township District Memorial Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It was awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report Read more >>

Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Earns ACR Accreditation

March, 2013

Grand Lake Hospice has been informed that, volunteer Fern Johns has been selected as a Daily Point of Light honoree. The Daily Point of Light award, thru the Points of Light Institute, was established by President George H. W. Bush 1993 and reinstated in 1998. 

Fern Johns began volunteering with Grand Lake Hospice in 2009, but has been very active in volunteering with several other organizations prior to staring at Grand Lake Hospice.  Fern retired from 30 years of teaching and soon began her new “job” of volunteering.  She actively volunteers at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, along with volunteering at the American Red Cross blood mobile.  Fern also volunteers at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital and their  Community Outreach program along with her Grand Lake Hospice duties.  Fern is also dedicated to her 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. After her husband received hospice services during his final weeks, Fern decided to volunteer with Grand Lake Hospice and help others as they had helped her.  She is beloved and adored for her positive attitude, devotion to others and her community. Read more >>

Grand Lake Hospice Volunteer Awarded Honor

January, 2013

Joint Township Memorial Hospital added to Aetna Medicare Network

January, 2013

Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Study Identifies St. Marys Physician as Top in Region

December, 2012

Grand Lake Health System Kicks Off Annual Health & Fitness Challenge

November, 2012

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Reach Agreement

October, 2012

Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Collaborates with Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center

May, 2012

Ohio Department of Aging Reports St. Marys Facility Among Top in Ohio

March, 2012

Grand Lake Hospice offers Pet Therapy

February, 2012

Grand Lake Health System Announces New Mobile Site and Social Media Presence

January, 2012

Hospital Receives Electronic Record Incentive Award

December, 2011

The ACR Appropriateness Criteria® are evidence-based guidelines to assist referring physicians and other providers in making the most appropriate imaging or treatment decision for a specific clinical condition. By employing these guidelines, providers enhance quality of care and contribute to the most efficacious use of radiology.

The guidelines are developed by expert panels in diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology, and radiation oncology. Each panel includes leaders in radiology and other specialties. There are 175 topics with over 850 variants in the December 2011 version.

The ACR allows individuals to use the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® for research, scientific, and / or informational purposes only. If you wish to use the ACR Appropriateness Criteria® for other reasons, please contact the ACR at acr_ac@acr.org or 703-648-8900 for permission and licensing information. To learn more click here.

ACR Appropriateness Criteria

November, 2011

Grand Lake Health System Practice Becoming a Patient-Centered Medical Home

August, 2011

Joint Township Hospital Now Offers Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment For Acid Reflux & Severe Heartburn

July, 2011

Grand Lake Health System Recognized for Quality Initiative

May, 2011

A New Local Breast Imaging Tool Can Save Lives and See What Matters (Fact Sheet)

March 29, 2011

Transitional Care Unit Receives Perfect Survey Award

May, 2010

Meet Grand Lake’s Healthcare Worker of the Year

February, 2010

Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Economic Impact

January, 2010

Grand Lake Wound Care Center Grand Opening

December, 2009

Dr. Paul Reddy Joins Wapakoneta Primary Care

November 24, 2009

Joint Township Hospital Wins American Heart-Association Fit-Friendly Award, Yet Again

November 9, 2009

Grand Lake Hospice Celebrating Care from Beginning to End During National Hospice Month

November 9, 2009

Grand Lake Home Health Celebrates National Home Health Month

November 6, 2009

Local HospitaL Group Nabs Prestigious Wellness Award

October 27, 2009

Grand Lake Home Health Named to 2009 HomeCare Elite as Top Home Healthcare Provider

August 17, 2009

St. Rita's Door to Balloon Cooperative Effort

August 4, 2009

JTDMH Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

July, 2009

Dr. De La Rosa Joins Celina Medical Center

JTDMH Recognized as one of the country's top 1%

Joint Township District Memorial Hospital has once again been recognized by the Premier healthcare alliance as a winner of the Premier Award for Quality (AFQ).

July 29, 2009

Community Hospital’s RIS/PACS Streamlines Workflow

June 24, 2009

Hospital receives David Hendershot Rural Health Promotion Award from Ohio Hospital Association

June 18, 2009

JTDMH Healthcare Worker of the Year, Theresa Hays, is nominated for the Ohio Health Association’s Albert E. Dyckes Award

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June 5, 2009

Evelyn Kemper got a new bike for Christmas and she’s raring to ride it.

May 20, 2009

JTDMH Announces the Addition of a New High-Definition Magnetic Resonance System

The Signa HDi 1.5T MR at Grand Lake

April 22, 2009

JTDMH, is the first hospital in the region and only the third hospital in the state of Ohio, to provide patients with the life-saving technology of Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI).

March 17, 2009

Ingraham appointed to Hospital Board

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February 4, 2009

Heart Health Awareness

January 30, 2009

JTDMH is awarded the Heart Association Fit Friendly Award

December 19, 2008

Former JTDHM CEO Returns Home

September 3, 2008

Colorectal Cancer Task Force Among Nation's Best

July 29, 2008

Celina Health Fair

July 7, 2008

Sometimes the Biggest "Losers" have a Winning Edge

June 30, 2008

2007 Grand Lake Health Annual Report

June 11, 2008

Larger Nominated as Healthcare Worker of the Year

June 5, 2008

Wii Therapy Now Offered at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital

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April 3, 2008

Grand Lake Health System Announced New Hours for the Urgent Care Service

April 2, 2008

Dr. McNaughton Joins Grand Lake Health System

March 27, 2008

Grand Lake Health System Welcomes Dr. Fornadel

March 13, 2008

New Wapakoneta Medical Center Opens

February 21, 2008

Premier / CareScience Award Honors Top 1 Percent of all Hospitals Nationally

October 19, 2007

Celina Medical Center Joint Venture

August 24, 2007

Celina Medical Center Groundbreaking

Press Release | Fact Sheet | Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4

June 7, 2007

New Home for Wapakoneta Medical Center

Press Release | Photos: 1, 2

March 16, 2007

Dr. Jeffrey White Named Urgent Care Director

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March 16, 2007

JTDMH Nominates Healthcare Worker Of The Year

March 13, 2007

Debra Newton Joins Grand Lake OB/GYN

March 13, 2007

Area Health Systems Combine Efforts For Community Health

January 27, 2007

Celina Medical Center to Expand

November 10, 2006

JTDMH Gift Shoppe to Hold Christmas Open House

November 9, 2006

Nurse of the Year Honored

May 12, 2006

Diabetic Support Group Meets

March 7, 2006

Diabetic Class Offered at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital

March 7, 2006

Scholarship Announced

March 1, 2006

JTDMH Auxiliary Donates to Hospital

March 1, 2006

Sibling Class Scheduled at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital

February 21, 2006

Joint Township District Memorial Hospital and Grand Lake Health System Welcome New Director

February 3, 2006

Hospital Offers Asthma Awareness Class

January 31, 2006

Dr. Jong Won Opens ENT Practice

January 24, 2006

Nurse Anesthetists Become Patients' Eyes and Ears During Surgery

January 24, 2006

Joint Township District Memorial Hospital and Grand Lake Health System

January 18, 2006

Seniorcise is Moved to Otterbein St. Marys

December 28, 2005

Medical Terminology Course Offered At Joint Township Hospital

December 15, 2005

We Are Smoke Free

December 6, 2005

November is National Home Health & Hospice Month

November 21, 2005

JTDMH Gift Shoppe To Hold Book Fair and Christmas Open House

October 31, 2005

American Sign Language Workshop Offered At Joint Township District Memorial Hospital

September 12, 2005

Free Prostate Screening Offered At Joint Township District Memorial Hospital

August 30, 2005

Casino Night For Cancer Announced

August 12, 2005

Kevin Harlan Named By Joint Township Hospital

August 1, 2005

Hospital Foundation Awards Scholarships

June 29, 2005

Dr. Boutros Opens Neurology Practice

March 30, 2005

State-Of-The-Art MRI System Installed At Joint Township District Memorial Hospital

March 8, 2005

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit Celebrates 100th Patient

October 13, 2004

Pediatrician Begins At Celina Medical Center

August 30, 2004

Eagles Donates to Hospital

July 8, 2004

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