SOMC Prepares To Open Heart Care Unit Aug. 1

Members of the new Heart Care Unit staff at SOMC are working with a variety of training equipment such as the simulator shown.

Southern Ohio Medical Center is preparing to open a nine-bed Heart Care Unit Aug. 1 in the hospital’s former Monitored Care area on the hospital’s second floor.

“This will be the location for the unit until the new 12-bed unit opens on the first floor of the patient care addition in 2008,” Heart Care Unit Nurse Manager Paul Rase, RN, BSN, explains.

“The Heart Care Unit will provide specialized cardiac care for patients who are experiencing heart problems, as well as for patients who have undergone heart-related procedures, such as catheterizations. When we begin open heart surgery in 2008 the new unit will be adjacent to the surgery suites where the procedures will be performed.”

Rase says the staff in the Heart Care Unit specialize in cardiac care and have been undergoing a month of additional training in preparation for the heart care unit’s opening.

“We’re very excited about this next step in our continuing expansion of SOMC’s heart services in preparation for open heart surgery,” he says, adding that the new heart unit opening next year will use the “universal bed” concept. After surgery, the patient will be transferred to a specialized cardiac care bed and will be assigned to that bed for the rest of the stay. A similar approach has been used in SOMC Maternity Services for eight years.

Cardiologist Ali Welcomed At SOMC

Arshad Ali, MD, a physician specializing in cardiology, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He has joined the practice of Dr. Sriharsha Velury, a local cardiologist.

Dr. Ali completed his medical training at Rawalpindi Medical College in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the State University of New York, Buffalo, NY; his cardiovascular disease fellowship at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA; and his interventional cardiology fellowship at St. John’s Hospital in Detroit, MI. In addition, he has practiced at St. John’s Hospital, Gutherie Clinic, Sayre, PA, and Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport, PA. He is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

Dr. Ali and his wife are residing in the Wheelersburg area. He can be reached at SV Cardiology, 2001 Scioto Trail Suite 1B, by calling (740) 351-0454.

Cardiologist Nagra Welcomed At SOMC

Bipin Nagra, MD, a cardiologist specializing in management of heart rhythm disorders, cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He has joined the practice of Dr. Sriharsha Velury, a local cardiologist.

Dr. Nagra received his medical degree at the University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. He completed his internal medicine internship at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT; his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA; and his electrophysiology fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus.

Dr. Nagra can be reached at SV Cardiology, 2001 Scioto Trail Suite B, by calling (740) 351-0454.

SOMC Welcomes Fowler, Banalagay To Board

The Southern Ohio Medical Center Board of Directors elected two new members and re-elected a third at the board’s June 27 meeting.

David Fowler, vice president and trust officer of U.S. Bank, and Ernesto Banalagay, MD, a local physician, were elected to three-year terms to fill seats vacated by outgoing directors Jim Daehler and David Provaznik, DO. Gary Duzan of The Portsmouth Insurance Agency, Inc., was re-elected to another three-year term and serves as treasurer.

David Fowler has been welcomed for a three-year term ending June 30, 2010. Fowler is Vice President & Trust Officer with U.S. Bank Private Client Group. Since 1993, Mr. Fowler has served personal and corporate bank clients providing trustee fiduciary agency and custodial services through the Portsmouth Office of U.S. Bank. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Mr. Fowler served as Trust Officer with Bank One, Portsmouth, NA, and Trust Officer with Bank One, Charleston, West Virginia. Mr. Fowler is a 1983 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration graduate of The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. He is also a graduate of the Ohio Bankers Trust School, American Bankers Association National Trust School, American Bankers Association National Graduate Trust School, and Capital University Law School Legal Assistant Program. Mr. Fowler is also a member of the SOMC Foundation Board.

Ernesto Banalagay, MD, a physician specializing in nephrology, has been welcomed for a three-year term ending June 30, 2010. Dr. Banalagay has been in practice in the Portsmouth area since 1998. He received his medical degree at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Northeastern Pennsylvania Internal Medicine, Wilkes-Barre, PA, and a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Pittsburgh. He is board-certified in nephrology, internal medicine and clinical hypertension.

SOMC’s Trinidad Offering Reverse Shoulder Replacement

SOMC orthopaedic surgeon Gerardo Trinidad, MD, discusses a reverse shoulder prosthesis model with a colleague

When Dot Goodman started trimming the bushes around her home one day two years ago it was a challenge, and resulted in a shoulder problem that took the work of a local surgeon using a new procedure to correct.

“It was hard but I was bound and determined to get it done,” she says. “Then I tore my rotator cuff.”

In a healthy patient’s shoulder, the upper arm bone (humerus) ends in a ball shape, which fits into a socket formed by the shoulder blade (scapula). Together, this ball and socket create the shoulder. The rotator cuff muscles are one of the prime movers of the shoulder, holding it intact and allowing it to bend and function normally.

Goodman saw Gerardo Trinidad, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon on staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He performed a surgery to repair it, then sent her through physical therapy.

However, only partially through her therapy, Goodman had to stop because of heart surgery, and after she recovered, had to start over with her shoulder.

“I was in a lot of pain, and Dr. Trinidad wanted to use this new procedure that takes away the pain, and it did,” she says.

“Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery is mainly used on those suffering from a weakening of the rotator cuff muscles,” Dr. Trinidad explains. “This can be caused by disease, arthritis or, in Mrs. Goodman’s case, previous shoulder injuries that cause a lot of pain.”

The reversal procedure is used instead of a conventional shoulder replacement due to the lack of a functioning rotator cuff in the patient. The Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery essentially reverses the alignment of the original ball and socket by attaching a prosthetic ball to the scapula and a prosthetic cup (socket) at the upper end of the humerus.

“The surgery changes the center of rotation for the shoulder, allowing movement up and out,” Dr. Trinidad says. “By reversing the ball and socket locations, deltoid and other muscles are able to act in unison to compensate for the lack of a rotator cuff.”

“I’ve had hardly any pain,” Goodman says. “I can’t lift it straight up, but I can get it fairly high, and it’s just amazing how much better I feel.”

“We’re very excited here at SOMC to be able to use this approach to reducing pain and helping patients get back to living an active life,” Dr. Trinidad says.

SOMC Presents Grant For Greenup Fitness Program

Southern Ohio Medical Center has awarded a $20,000 grant to Greenup County Schools for a new physical fitness program for elementary school students. The grant is part of the SOMC Make A Difference Grant program supporting area school projects that have an impact on students and the community and ultimately the long-term health of area residents.

“We are excited to have SOMC’s support for this program,” Greenup Superintendent John F. Younce said. “Our future is dependent upon the health and well-being of our young people and our community as a whole, and we envision this project taking great steps toward developing health-mindful habits among our students.”

Greenup’s program, “Health Revolution,” includes a multi-faceted approach with students receiving direct nutrition and physical fitness instruction in the classroom, and includes partnering with community resources. Specialized instruction will include dance, step aerobics, body bar exercises and each elementary school will have a Dance Dance Revolution machine for use during recess times. Family fitness nights with activities and screenings are also included.

“Greenup’s proposal includes strong measurement and evaluation tools, and the sheer volume of students that this program will impact sets it apart,” SOMC President Randy Arnett said. “Teaching our children how to lead healthier lives is vital to our society’s future. We are proud to be associated with this project and play a part in its success.”

The other two recipients in SOMC’s Make A Difference Grant program included Green Local Schools and Washington Nile Local Schools. Separate news releases on the other two grants will also be distributed to area media detailing the other recipients’ projects.

Schwamburger Welcomed To SOMC Staff

Matthew S. Schwamburger, MD, a physician specializing in anesthesiology, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center, where he will begin practicing July 17.

Dr. Schwamburger received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his internship at The Christ Hospital and his anesthesia residency at University Hospital, both in Cincinnati. He received his bachelor of arts as a cum laude graduate from Miami University with a major in zoology. He is a native of the Portsmouth area and a graduate of Wheelersburg High School.

Dr. Schwamburger and his wife and two children reside in the Wheelersburg area. He can be reached in the SOMC Anesthesia Services Department at 356-8231.

4-H Volunteers Help Out at SOMC Hospice Center

Three members of the Green Clovers 4H Club of Franklin Furnace spent the day volunteering at the SOMC Hospice Center, part of Southern Ohio Medical Center, to complete the community service component of their club activities. As part of their volunteer work, they helped clean up the Hospice Center’s newly-created garden area and walk the resident pet, Swann. Pictured are (from left) Jessi Wright, Maria Fraulini, Lana Percell and Swann the dog.

SOMC X-ray Rooms Turn Tropical

The X-ray rooms in the Emergency Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received a facelift with the help of local mural artist Cindy Gibson of South Webster. The two windowless rooms were painted in tropical themes with palm trees and beach scenes in one and the underwater ocean world in the other. The imagery is designed to help ease anxiety for the patient, especially children, and soften the clinical appearance of the rooms. Gibson also provided images of riverboats and trains for two X-ray rooms in the Medical Imaging Department at the hospital. Pictured, Medical Imaging Director Noel Pemberton and Educaton Coordinator Melissa Hutchens watch Gibson put some finishing touches on a beach scene.