Mary Boosalis, CEO of Premier Health, left, and Mike Uhl, president of Miami Valley Hospital, speak to reporters following President Donald Trump’s visit. KAITLIN SCHROEDER

Miami Valley Hospital leaders recount Trump visit

Miami Valley Hospital leaders said President Trump’s visit to the hospital was meaningful and emotional at times.

The visit was about two hours long, first meeting with patients and families and then talking with staff, first responders and those involved the night of the mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District.

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“It wasn’t about politics. It was our patients and acknowledging what they had been through and inquiring as to there emotional an physical well being,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Premier Health, which operates Miami Valley Hospital.

Besides Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, Gov. Mike DeWine and Fran DeWine, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Sen. Rob Portman, U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley were also there. The visit was closed to the media.

Boosalis said Trump’s visit was focused on patients and that they did not discuss policy.

“This was probably the first time since the event that both police, fire and the hospital teams came together,” said Mike Uhl, Miami Valley Hospital president. “They really appreciated the acknowledgement from our political leaders and the president and first lady of the heroic efforts that were taken that night.” Mike Uhl, Miami Valley Hospital president.

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