February, 2008


Wright Presents Quilt For Hospice Center

Kathy Wright (right) of Portsmouth recently presented Susan Goins, social worker at Southern Ohio Medical Center, with a handmade quilt she created for the SOMC Hospice Center. This is the second quilt that Wright has donated to the Hospice program. The quilt will be given to one of the center’s current patients. The 12-bed inpatient Hospice Center opened in early 2007, largely through the support of community donations, to provide care and services for the terminally ill and their loved ones. For more information about SOMC Hospice call (740) 353-2567.

Red Cross Thanks Community, Plans Fundraisers

While planning for three upcoming fundraisers for National Red Cross Month in March, the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross is thanking the community partners who have been supportive of the chapter’s efforts.

At the same time, community members are acknowledging the critical work the chapter accomplishes, and reminding the public that sooner or later nearly everyone is touched by the Red Cross.

“We now know more than ever how necessary it is for the average person to have first aid and CPR training,” Mary Arnzen, the local chapter’s executive director, said.

“The recent emergency at Notre Dame Elementary reminds us of the vital role of first aid for an injured person before professional help arrives. First aid training can mean the difference between life or death.”

Since last July the chapter has trained more than 800 people in health and safety courses. Arnzen said the chapter hopes to offer different types of classes and continuing education credits for professionals.

“We also hope to expand the number of basic first aid and CPR classes,” Arnzen added. The chapter is using Scioto Area Foundation grant support for a pilot project teaching first aid to students in grades 9-12 at Portsmouth City, Portsmouth East and Notre Dame schools.

“If the project is successful we will apply again for support from the Scioto Foundation to include more schools in the county,” Arnzen said. “This training enables the student to have a three-year Red Cross certification in first aid which could be used for a future job requirement.”

In addition to first aid and other health and safety courses, the local chapter supports the community during both widespread and individual catastrophic events. Since last July the chapter has served 156 people in single- and multi-family fires, providing more than $31,000 in support services. The chapter has collected more than 2,000 units of blood for area emergency needs, and has served important roles in other community emergencies, such as the recent emergency at Notre Dame Elementary School, where Principal Kay Kern said the Red Cross provided important support.

“We thank the (local Red Cross) for their quick response to coordinating counseling and for providing food and drink to all parties concerned,” Kern said. “The Red Cross was there for us day and night. We could not have even thought about the services that were provided by the Red Cross. We really appreciate them!”

Arnzen said the chapter’s services would not be possible without the help of community supporters. Recently, Southern Ohio Medical Center President Randy Arnett presented a pledge of support to the chapter.

“It is great to have such helpful community partners like SOMC!” Arnzen said. “They provide monetary support, along with conducting blood drives, and then they offer volunteers to us.”

In March the chapter will hold three important fundraising events. A community rummage sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1 at the CAY Building, 2310 Sunrise Ave. The annual Celebrity Server night will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 at the Golden Corral restaurant in New Boston, with local law enforcement and area clergy participating. All server tips raised will benefit the local Red Cross.

The annual Red Cross Disaster Blaster will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, March 14 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. This major fundraiser for disaster services will include a grand prize trip to Las Vegas, plus cash prizes, karaoke and a chance at the “Suitcase Game,” a popular game show. Tickets are $50 per couple and available from the Chapter, 614 Glover St., or any Red Cross Board member. Call (740) 354-3293

SOMC’s Carter Named To OU Faculty

Dr. Terry Johnson, Assistant Dean for Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUCOM), is proud to announce that Tom Carter, DO, a physician on the Emergency Department staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center, has been appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at OUCOM.

Dr. Carter’s appointment is for the triennium 2008 to the beginning of 2011. He received his medical degree from OUCOM and was a graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in biology degree from Bowling Green State University. He was an Emergency Medicine Resident Physician at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, serving in the Level One Trauma Center (including Pediatric Level One Trauma and Acute Chest Pain Center) and served as a crew member of the Life Flight Critical Care Transport as a flight physician.

SOMC’s Johnson Named To OU Faculty

Dr. Terry Johnson, Assistant Dean for Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUCOM), is proud to announce that Jason L. Johnson, DO, a physician on staff in the Emergency Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center, has been appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at OUCOM.

Dr. Jason Johnson’s appointment is for the triennium 2008 to the beginning of 2011. He began his emergency medicine career as a paramedic/EMS instructor and worked for more than 10 years in EMS. He received his medical degree from OUCOM with post-graduate training at the Northside Hospital and Heart Institute in St Petersburg, Florida (Internship) as well as Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of South Florida at Tampa General Hospital.

SOMC SSU Simulation Lab Welcomes Public

Adair Campbell (left), assistant professor of nursing at Shawnee State University, discusses one of two human simulators used for teaching purposes in the new SOMC SSU Simulation Laboratory located on the East Campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center. Nurse educators from SOMC and SSU hosted an open house for leaders in the medical and education communities Feb. 14, demonstrating the sophisticated mannequins’ capabilities to present the symptoms and conditions nurses will encounter in real health care situations. The hospital and university partnered to bring the advanced teaching approches in the new lab, the only one of its kind in the area.

SOMC Nurse: Get Screened, Don’t Ignore Your Health


As a nurse and director of Inpatient Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center, Valerie DeCamp always puts the patients first, taking care of their needs and stressing to them the importance of good health, proper health management and regular health screenings.

But last year DeCamp learned that sometimes it’s best to take your own advice before it’s too late.

“As a nurse, you tend to take better care of others than you do yourself,” she said. “I never took the time to stop and think that there could be something wrong with me, even when others noticed that there was.”

At age 48, DeCamp always assumed she was too young to develop a chronic illness. Though her family had a strong history of diabetes, stroke and other heart disease, they had always been older when they were diagnosed.

“I knew I hadn’t been feeling as normal as usual, but I was in denial. I have a high-stress job and figured it came with the territory,” she said. “Besides, I treat tons of patients all the time and I thought I would definitely know if something was wrong with me.”

But DeCamp was completely unaware of her declining health. In fact, it was almost a fluke that she realized she was sick at all.

“Last year I volunteered to help out at the SOMC Dance with Heart event, escorting people around the different screenings that were scheduled,” she said. “Toward the end of the evening I decided to go through a screening myself, just to see what I would find out.”

After completing a diabetes screening, DeCamp learned that her fasting glucose was 280 – more than 200 points above normal. She immediately knew that she was not okay and called the doctor to find out more.

“Once I met with my doctor, he started me on diabetes medication and within two days I began to feel better,” she said. “I really didn’t know how bad I had felt until I started feeling better.”

After a year of proper medication, exercise and healthier diet and life choices, DeCamp’s A1C is below six and her triglycerides are 34 – nearly ten times lower than they used to be. Best of all, she’s happier and healthier than she’s felt in years and takes every opportunity to encourage other nurses to take the advice they give to patients time and time again.

“Get tested, go to a screening, know your numbers. Don’t ignore your health,” she said. “I didn’t do the things we’re always telling our patients to do and it could have cost me my life. It’s a blessing to be healthy, so don’t take advantage of it. Sometimes you just have to put yourself first.”

Free health screenings will be open to the public during this year’s SOMC Sing with Heart event from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday Feb. 28 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth. Screenings for cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference and heart risk analysis will be available and attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy karaoke and music from local groups all evening long. Pre-registration is preferred, however walk-ins are welcome. To register or for more information, please call 740-356-7665.

SOMC Pulmonologist Marks Sleep Certified

Kathy A. Marks, MD, a pulmonologist on staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently received her certification in Sleep Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Marks is also certified in Pulmonary Disease, Internal Medicine and Critical Care.

Pulmonologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of lung disease.

Dr. Marks received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree in Microbiology/Chemistry from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Marks has been practicing in the Portsmouth area since 1998. She and her husband, SOMC Surgeon Dr. Philip Bates, reside in the McDermott area and have two children.

SOMC’s Trinidad Using New Hip Resurfacing Approach

A new surgical option is offering new hope to a broader range of adults who have osteoarthritis in the hip and want to return to their active lives.

Dr. Gerardo Trinidad of Southern Ohio Medical Center, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with Trinidad Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Portsmouth, is the first surgeon in the area to provide his patients with the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) procedure that conserves bone, provides greater stability and increases range of motion.

“Hip resurfacing is the ideal solution for many younger, more active patients who suffer from hip pain,” Dr. Trinidad said. “Baby boomers are not only remaining more active longer than their parents, they are demanding the medical establishment keep them active. The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System now provides me with an alternative that meets the needs of my more active patients.”

The BHR procedure involves reshaping the head of the femur (thigh bone) and capping it with a smooth metal ball, similar to capping a tooth. It is a procedure that conserves bone much more than total hip replacement.

Total hip replacement involves the removal of the entire femoral head and neck. Dr. Trinidad explained that the Birmingham Hip resurfacing technique, however, preserves the head and neck, thereby preserving the natural length of the leg.

Dr. Trinidad said the Birmingham Hip implant is intended for younger, more active patients suffering from hip pain due to osteoarthritis and certain other conditions, and for whom total hip replacement may be being considered.

From a recovery standpoint, those who have had Birmingham Hip Resurfacing generally tend to have a quicker recovery than those having total hip replacement, Dr. Trinidad said.

For more information about hip resurfacing and Dr. Trinidad, call (740) 351-0980.

Daehler, Sheets Receive Society’s Outstanding Physician Award

William E. (“Bill”) Daehler, MD, and Jerome Sheets, MD, accepted the “Outstanding Physician Award” Jan. 8 from the Scioto County Medical Society for their medical support and service to the community. The honors were presented during a dinner and presentation at the Friends Community Center.

During his five decades of medical practice, Daehler was busy as a family doctor before turning to anesthesia in the latter part of his career. A son of J. Walter Daehler, MD, and a Portsmouth High School graduate of 1943, Bill Daehler served in the Navy in the last year of World War II. Later while in college Bill met his future wife, Catherine, a student from Lima majoring in zoology, at Michigan University. They married in June 1950. Bill graduated from Medical School in 1952, the same year he and Cathie had their first child, daughter Shelley.

In another repetition of history, Bill began his internship at Cincinnati General Hospital in 1952, followed by a residency at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. His father had also gone through medical training at those facilities more than 40 years earlier. Bill and Cathie’s second son, Bill, arrived in 1954.

In 1954 Bill returned to his home town with his family and opened an office adjacent to Dr. Paul McAfee. “He had a very busy obstetrical practice and was helpful in getting me started,” Bill says, “sending me patients and having me cover for him when he left town.”

After moving to Portsmouth, Bill and Cathie had three more children in the next few years, Marsha, Becky and Jim. In addition to general practice and helping deliver babies for Dr. McAfee, Bill discovered a need for anesthesia specialists. “I had had a few months of training in anesthesia in my residency and since there seemed to be a need for this service in Portsmouth, I devoted a lot of my time this,” he says. So much time, in fact, that Bill focused almost exclusively on anesthesiology in the last several years of his practice.

In addition to his medical practice, Bill and Cathie found time to travel and were busy with their five children (and later, 10 grandchildren). In later years, Cathie found time to become an RN at the age of 50 and performed private duty nursing. She was also an amateur naturalist, an active Red Cross volunteer and civic leader. She died in 1999 of a rare cerebral vascular condition.

Bill continues to stay active in the community and with his family. He has been able to travel, including several trips to visit relatives in Germany, and has also spent time with his family during his retirement. In August 2001 he married Anita Marie Morrison, a friend and co-worker from the former Mercy Hospital for 25 years, where she was director of surgery and emergency services. The Daehlers live in Portsmouth.

Jerome Sheets was born in 1923 in Scioto County. In 1929, at the age of six, he met the future Mrs. Jeanne Sheets while attending Wilson School. (“I went home and proclaimed ‘I like Jerome Sheeps!’” she recalls about mispronouncing his name.) The next year, however, Jerome moved to Grant and he would not encounter Jeanne again until high school. He graduated in 1941, a pivotal year for most Americans.

“I was in college at Miami Oxford when Pearl Harbor was attacked,” he recalls. “I was like everyone else and wanted to enlist immediately. I enlisted in the Army.”

After his military service and the end of the war, Jerome returned to pursue his college degree. He married his sweetheart, Jeanne, in 1948 and in 1949 he was accepted in Western Reserve’s medical school.

“Internships did not pay well enough to live on, so I joined the Army Medical Corps,” he says. “I was with the Second US Infantry and served during the Korean War.”

Following his second military service, Dr. Sheets opened his own practice in family medicine in the Portsmouth area in 1952, a practice he continued until 1993. After closing the office, he continued to practice for the Bureau of Workers Compensation until mid-2007.

During more than half a century of medical service, Dr. Sheets was a leader in the medical community, including serving as president of the Scioto County Medical Society, chief of staff at Mercy Hospital two years and chief of staff at Scioto Memorial Hospital for a year. The community had three hospitals in the early days and Dr. Sheets remembers everyone had their preferences.

“I remember the medical society used to meet in the auditorium of the old N&W Railroad Building and the Mercy physicians would be sitting on one side of the room and the Scioto physicians on the other.”

During his busy medical career, Dr. Sheets and Jeanne found time to raise seven children, and now have 13 grand- and great-grandchildren.

Of special interest in Dr. Sheets’ practice was diabetes, a disease with which he was all too personally acquainted. Both he and his son, Kevin, a pharmacist in practice at the Wheelersburg Kroger store, have had the disease for most of their lives.

“I attended a meeting of the American Diabetes Association, held in Toronto,” he recalls, “and was fortunate enough to have tea with Dr. Charles Best, who with Dr. Frederick Banting had discovered insulin.”

Over the years Dr. Sheets has seen refinements in the treatment of diabetes, most significantly the advent of the insulin pump, different kinds of insulin and the development of oral agents to help manage the disease.

Dr. Sheets, now retired, and Jeanne live in the Portsmouth area. Also at the dinner, Robert Knox, MD, local ophthalmologist, was honored for his service as president of the Medical Society.