Hope Guild Supports Telemetry Technology At SOMC

The Hope Guild, a part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, presented a check for $10,000 during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 10. Hope Guild members presented the check to President and CEO Randy Arnett. From left are Janie Clifford and Frieda Fraley, Hope Guild, Arnett, Jean Frailey and Mary Jo Schneider, Hope Guild. Funds were raised as part of a pledge to purchase telemetry monitors for SOMC. Telemetry is technology for measuring and transmitting health-related information such as vital signs and other conditions for recording and analysis.

Service Guild Supports SOMC

The Service Guild, a part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, presented a check for $3,000 during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon April 10. Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC, accepted the check from Cindy Wray, left, and Service Guild President Joyce Craig. Funds were raised through various projects held by the guild throughout the year.

SOMC Guild Donates Toys To Pediatrics

The Service Guild, a guild of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center purchased several items through Discovery Toys to donate to the SOMC Pediatrics Unit. Shown with several pieces are Scioto Guild members, from left, Joyce Craig, Cyndie Richards, Wilma Hall and Maxine Arnett.

SOMC Parking Service Expands To Meet Growing Need

Visitors to Southern Ohio Medical Center can now use free parking attendant services at all hours every day.

Since last May, the service at the hospital has gone from parking about 500 cars to more than 4,000 cars each month. Now the attendants are on duty 24 hours every day in front of the Emergency Department.

The parking service is also available at the front entrance to the hospital from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Medical Office Building C from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

“We encourage you to not worry about finding a parking space,” Mary Kate Dilts-Skaggs, director of Emergency Services, says. “Whether you are coming to the Emergency Department for service, outpatient testing, or visiting a friend or relative, just pull up to the curb, hand the attendant your keys and proceed inside. When you are ready to leave the attendant will bring your car to you.”

SOMC Health Care Center Test Hours Change

People needing lab or X-ray work can have their tests earlier at Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Health Care Center on the South Campus, 1248 Kinneys Lane.

Effective April 9, lab and X-ray services at the Health Care Center will be available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

In addition to the Main Hospital outpatient testing, laboratory services (not x-ray) are also available for patients at two additional locations on the Main Campus of SOMC. Blood tests can be taken in Medical Office Building C from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and in Medical Office Building J from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Pettit Named To Master Faculty At OU-COM

Dr. George Pettit (left) accepts congratulations from Dr. Terry Johnson on being named a member of the Master Faculty of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Local physician George Pettit, MD, was recently honored for his commitment to higher education and work with medical students. The Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) System and Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) have selected Dr. Pettit as a member of the college’s Master Faculty.

Dr. Pettit received this honor based on his exceptional teaching of the clinical and academic programs that comprise OU-COM. He joins an elite group of 89 other clinical faculty members who have been named as part of the Master Faculty.

Dr. Pettit was nominated for the award by Terry Johnson, DO, assistant dean for CORE and OU-COM. During a formal presentation, he was awarded with a Master Faculty pin and plaque for his important role in preparing OU-COM students, interns and residents to be caring, compassionate and competent physicians.

A native of Portsmouth, Dr. Pettit received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1969. He completed his internship and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Madigan Army Medical Center, where he received the award for top OB/GYN resident.

Dr. Pettit was Chief of OB/GYN Service at the Army Medical Hospital, US Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. until 1977. He then became part of the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center, where he has practiced for the past 30 years. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Portsmouth Health Department, Medical Director of the Shawnee State University Health Clinic, as well as on various committees throughout the community.

Surgeon Scarpinato Welcomed At SOMC

Vincent M. Scarpinato, MD

Vincent M. Scarpinato, MD, general and breast surgeon, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Scarpinato has joined the practice of Thomas L. Khoury, MD, coming to the Portsmouth area from St. Vincent’s Hospital, Manhattan, New York.

Board-certified in General Surgery, Dr. Scarpinato received his medical degree from New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY. He most recently has served as Program Director of the Department of Surgery as well as Chief of Surgical Education at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center. He has been practicing general and breast surgery for 15 years.

Dr. Scarpinato has been featured in “New York Best Doctors” in New York Magazine in 2003, 2004 and 2006, and Castle Connolly guides “Top Doctors” and “Best Surgeons” 2002-2006.

Dr. Scarpinato can be reached at Southern Ohio Surgical Associates, (740) 353-8661.

SOMC Welcomes ENT Schrimpf

Robert Schrimpf, MD

Robert Schrimpf, MD, an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Schrimpf comes to the Portsmouth area from Cincinnati, where he has been in practice since 1982. He received his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill. He completed his internship at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, and his residency with the Boston University-Tufts University Combined Boston Residency Program of Otolaryngology.

Dr. Schrimpf is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the American College of Surgeons. He is board-certified in Otolaryngology by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Call 353-7881 for an appointment or more information.

Volunteers Needed For Challenger Baseball League

Volunteers are needed for the Challenger Baseball League. With the help of volunteers, children with disabilities are given the opportunity to play baseball. The Challenger Division is in need of buddies to help players during their games. This is a wonderful experience and opportunity to help others. If you are interested in helping make a difference with these children please contact Gretchen Briggs at 574-6467 or Noelle Metzler 354-3120.