March, 2007


Tower Crane Erected At SOMC Site

One of the largest construction cranes ever used in Scioto County arrived on 14 semi-tractor trailers at Southern Ohio Medical Center March 8. Mounted on a pad of 116 cubic yards of concrete, the crane stands 140 feet above the site of the new Emergency and Surgical departments’ expansion on the hospital’s south side.

With an arm-like “jib” with a reach of 196 feet, the crane will lift construction materials at the site during the coming months. Pictured, the cab of the crane is lifted by a temporary extended crane onto the tower.

SOMC’s 50,000-square-foot expansion of Emergency and Surgery is expected to be complete next year. Combined with the expansion in front of the hospital, the $100 million project is expected to employ about 500 construction personnel over the next three years and 200 permanent medical professional jobs.

Jacobs Receives Coronary Certification

Norman Jacobs, MD, MS

Norman Jacobs, MD, MS, diagnostic radiologist at Southern Ohio Medical Center, has earned Level 2 certification in Cardiovascular Computerized Tomography Angiography (CTA) from the Society of Cardiovascular Computer Tomography (SCCT).

Dr. Jacobs’ certification is part of SOMC’s ongoing commitment to bringing the latest effective diagnostic imaging procedures and technology to the community. The SCCT is a professional medical membership organization committed to the further development of cardiovascular computer tomography through education, training, accreditation, quality control, and research.

Level 2 certification reflects extensive training in administering and reviewing computerized imaging of the heart and surrounding vessels for diagnosis of medical conditions.

Dr. Jacobs received his medical degree from Temple University Medical School and completed his training at Duke University Medical Center and Georgetown University Medical Center. He has been in practice as a radiologist in the Portsmouth area for the past 20 years.

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Li-fen L. Chang, MD

Li-fen L. Chang, MD, radiation oncologist at Southern Ohio Medical Center, reminds everyone that March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

“About 150,000 Americans will be diagnosed with cancer of the colon and rectum this year (out of 1.4 million total cancer diagnoses), ” she says. “The disease affects men and women equally. Often, there are no signs of colorectal cancer, but symptoms can include change in bowel movements, abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss and fatigue.”

Risk factors for the disease include family history of colorectal cancer, a history of polyps in the colon, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease.

The American Cancer Society recommends both men and women over age 50 be screened for colorectal cancer. If you have a family history of the disease, ask your doctor about earlier screening.

There are several screening tests for colorectal cancer. The best-known test is the colonoscopy. To perform this test, doctors insert a thin, flexible, lighted tube into the rectum to look for signs of cancer. If doctors see something unusual, they may remove some tissue and examine it under a microscope.

If you are diagnosed with colorectal cancer it’s important to talk about your options with several doctors, including a radiation oncologist, a surgical oncologist and a medical oncologist, to find the treatment that’s best for you.

Surgery is the main treatment for early-stage colorectal cancer. If the disease has not spread, surgery alone may cure your cancer.

Radiation therapy is the careful use of radiation to treat cancer. Radiation therapy works within cancer cells by damaging their ability to multiply. Radiation may be given before surgery to shrink a tumor to make it easier to remove or after surgery to kill any cancer cells that may remain. For rectal cancer, doctors use radiation to keep the cancer from returning. This also helps prevent the need to remove the anus, thus preserving normal bowel function.

Chemotherapy is medicine designed to help kill cancer cells. It may be given before or after surgery and often with radiation.

Doctors at Southern Ohio Medical Center offer all three types of treatments. For an appointment call the SOMC Cancer Center at (740) 356-7490. Visit the Cancer Center online at www.somccancer.org.

To learn more about colorectal cancer and how to treat it, visit www.rtanswers.org or call the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology at (800) 962-7876 for a free brochure.

SOMC Again On State’s ‘Best Place To Work’ List

For the second consecutive year, Southern Ohio Medical Center has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in Ohio.”

“This confirms that our family atmosphere of caring for our patients as well as each other has made us a great place to work,” Vicki Noel, vice president of Human Resources at SOMC, said.

The awards are presented by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management. Data was collected and ranked by the company ModernThink.

The distinction was given based on an evaluation of workplace camaraderie, fairness, credibility, pride and respect but most importantly the thoughts and opinions of the employees of SOMC. SOMC was evaluated against various organizations statewide including large corporations and other healthcare organizations.

“This is quite an honor for our organization,” SOMC President Randy Arnett said. “It only further proves that SOMC houses some of the best employees in the state of Ohio.”

Arnett said the distinction will not only emanate pride to our community through employees, but will also help with recruitment and retention.

“People want to be a part of something great. This distinction will be a way to show those seeking employment, that SOMC is the place to be,” he said.

In the next few weeks, SOMC will receive a feedback report and the ranking of the organization based on data accumulated from the evaluation process. Arnett said SOMC is always searching for methods of gathering information to make adjustments and improvements in work life.

“Listening to our employees is important. Based on feedback from various venues such as the employee opinion survey and distinctions such as this, we have made changes to our organization that will continue to make SOMC a great place to work and receive quality health care. We will continue to listen and learn from those who make the greatest impact on our organization – our SOMC team,” Noel said.

The official ranking of SOMC on the Best Employers in Ohio list will be revealed during an awards ceremony on April 24 in Columbus. SOMC was number three on the list in 2006.

Nurse Richards Earns IDEAS Award

Dawn Richards and Amy Beinkampen

Dawn Richards, Southern Ohio Medical Center Emergency Services, left, receives an IDEAS (Ideas Developed by Employees At SOMC) award from Amy Beinkampen, director of Heart and Vascular Services and Quality Leadership Team leader, for her suggestion in developing a tool to help Magnet Champions deliver the message of Magnetism to their departments. Richards also received $100 in tokens that can be cashed in in Human Resources or saved for a day off with pay. The SOMC IDEAS program was developed to encourage and promote suggestions and reward employees for taking an active role in making SOMC a great place to work.

Donini Earns IDEAS Award

Roger Donini and Amy Beinkampen

Roger Donini, a nurse with Southern Ohio Medical Center Emergency Services, left, receives an IDEAS (Ideas Developed by Employees At SOMC) award from Amy Beinkampen, director of Heart and Vascular Services and Quality Leadership Team leader, for his suggestion in developing a program that would use editable text to update ambulatory infusion clinic data bases and/or orders. Donini also received $50 in tokens that can be cashed in in Human Resources or saved for a day off with pay. The SOMC IDEAS program was developed to encourage and promote suggestions and reward employees for taking an active role in making SOMC a great place to work.