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

Regional Healthcare Leader Opens Neurological Center
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 New ENT & Sinus Specialty 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>>

Screening Mammograms Just Got Easier
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>>

Olympic Imaging
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 >>


Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Announces Photography Contest Winners
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.

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

Regional Health Care Leader Named Platinum Partner in Hospital Champions for Organ Donation Program
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 Healthcare Leader Announces Nominee for OHAHealth Care Worker of the Year
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).

Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Announces Photography Contest
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 Hospital Foundation Announces New Executive Director
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.

Wound Care Center Recognized for Healing Wounds and Changing Lives
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 >>


 Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Earns ACR Accreditation
April, 2013

MR-Accredidation-SealSt. 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 >>

Grand Lake Hospice Volunteer Awarded Honor
March, 2013

Fern-Points-of-Light-AwardGrand 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 >>

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
January, 2013

Community Health Assessment
January, 2013

Grand Lake Health System Kicks Off Annual Health & Fitness Challenge
December, 2012

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Reach Agreement
November, 2012

Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Collaborates with Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center
October, 2012

Ohio Department of Aging Reports St. Marys Facility Among Top in Ohio
May, 2012

Grand Lake Hospice offers Pet Therapy
March, 2012

Grand Lake Health System Announces New Mobile Site and Social Media Presence
February, 2012

Hospital Receives Electronic Record Incentive Award
January, 2012

ACR Appropriateness Criteria
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 703-648-8900 for permission and licensing information. To learn more click here.

Grand Lake Health System Practice Becoming a Patient-Centered Medical Home
November, 2011

West Central Ohio Jump Starts Statewide HIE
August, 2011

Joint Township Hospital Now Offers Minimally Invasive Surgical Treatment For Acid Reflux & Severe Heartburn
August, 2011

Grand Lake Health System Recognized for Quality Initiative
July, 2011

A New Local Breast Imaging Tool Can Save Lives and See What Matters (Fact Sheet)
May, 2011

Transitional Care Unit Receives Perfect Survey Award
March 29, 2011

Meet Grand Lake’s Healthcare Worker of the Year
May, 2010

Joint Township District Memorial Hospital Economic Impact
February, 2010

Grand Lake Wound Care Center Grand Opening
January, 2010

Dr. Paul Reddy Joins Wapakoneta Primary Care
December, 2009

Joint Township Hospital Wins American Heart-Association Fit-Friendly Award, Yet Again
November 24, 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 9, 2009

Local HospitaL Group Nabs Prestigious Wellness Award
November 6, 2009

Grand Lake Home Health Named to 2009 HomeCare Elite as Top Home Healthcare Provider
October 27, 2009

St. Rita's Door to Balloon Cooperative Effort
August 17, 2009

JTDMH Certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.
August 4, 2009

Dr. De La Rosa Joins Celina Medical Center
July, 2009

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
Photos: 1, 2, 3
June 5, 2009

Evelyn Kemper got a new bike for Christmas and she’s raring to ride it.
Success Stories
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
Press Release | Photos: 1
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

Scholorship 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

Seniorcize 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 Scholorships
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