June, 2008

Thiel Earns Thompson Scholarship

Jordyn Thiel, a 2008 graduate of Minford High School, has been named the recipient of the Mildred E. Thompson Scholarship through the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

The award is a $1,000 scholarship given to a high school senior who has placed service above self as a well as maintained a higher-than-average grade point average. The award is named for Mildred Thompson, long-time Clerk of Courts of Scioto County who has exemplified volunteerism all her life. The scholarship goes to students who have shown outstanding efforts in community service over a period of time.

In addition to various academic and athletic awards, Thiel has been active in Big Brother/Big Sister; National Honor Society; Red, White and Youth; Quiz Bowl; Salvation Army; and church youth group activities. Theil plans to attend The Ohio State University.

Crock Appointed At OU

Dr. Terry Johnson, Assistant Dean for Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, is proud to announce that Rodney A. Crock, DO , has been appointed to the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine.

Dr. Crock received his medical degree from the Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine and his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University. He completed his residency at SOMC. He has been practicing at SOMC since 2004.

SOMC Welcomes Junior Volunteers

The 2008 Class of Junior Volunteers for Southern Ohio Medical Center participated in orientation the week of June 16. About 40 participants ages 15-18 representing all area schools will provide support for the services and programs of SOMC on all campuses and in most departments throughout the summer. For more information about SOMC’s Volunteer Program, call 356-8234.

SOMC Friends Scholars Named

The Friends of SOMC, a fundraising and supportive organization for programs and services of Southern Ohio Medical Center, has announced the recipients of the 2008 Friends of SOMC Scholarships.

Each year the Friends award scholarships to qualified applicants pursuing studies in a health-related field. Applicants qualify with a connection to SOMC through themselves or a parent, guardian or spouse. This year’s recipients are Sara Pasquinelli, Jami Lyon and Peggie Reinhardt.

Sara Pasquinelli is a Notre Dame High School graduate pursuing a nursing degree at the University of Cincinnati. She is a daughter of Ronald and Patricia Pasquinelli of Minford. Her mother, Patricia, works in SOMC’s Same Day Surgery. Jami Lyon is pursuing a medical degree at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a daughter of Frank Lott, employed in SOMC Telecommunications, and Mary Lott, employed in SOMC Medical Imaging. Peggie Reinhardt is pursing a nursing degree from Wright State University. She is employed in the SOMC Employee Health Dept. Her son, Eric, is a patient sitter at SOMC, and her daughter, Jessie, is employed in SOMC’s 1-West unit.

The Friends Scholarship is $1,000 per school year for each applicant, divided into $500 payments for fall and winter semesters.

Disaster Life Support Course Held

The Ohio Dept. of Health sponsored an Advanced Disaster Life Support Course for the local Medical Reserve Corps at Southern Ohio Medical Center June 9-11, welcoming representatives from area agencies to train for administering life support in all kinds of disasters.

Representatives from Wright State University presented two days of instruction followed by a day of drills at the Friends Community Center, with life support practice mannequins, a decontamination tent and other equipment. Part of the exercises included a simulated explosion and fire, with area high school students volunteering as “victims” needing rescued.

Among agencies and groups participating were the local Medical Reserve Corps, the Portsmouth City and Scioto County health departments, Vinton County Health Department, Grant Medical Center, local Emergency Medical Services, SOMC’s medical students, and Dr. Wayne Wheeler, medical director of Life Ambulance; Dr. Jason Cheatham, SOMC Emergency Medicine physician, and Dr. Aaron Adams, Scioto County Health Commissioner.

“You can plan and prepare, but this (exercise) opens our eyes as to what we can do as a community, as a team, as a bunch of trained individuals to work as a group and function with limited resources,” Dr. Adams said.

The Medical Reserve Corps is a group of trained medical professionals who volunteer their expertise to support the community in emergency and disaster preparedness.

SOMC Adds New Lab Service For Blood Tests

Patients needing a blood test or other lab work have a convenient new location at Southern Ohio Medical Center. SOMC Outpatient Lab Services has opened a seven-station facility in Suite 303 of the Braunlin Building on the hospital’s Main Campus.

“Patients coming from doctors’ offices in the Waller, Braunlin and Fulton buildings will find this new facility very convenient,” Lab Services Director Andrea Zaph said. “Visitors leaving their doctor’s office can reach the facility easily because it’s either right next door or in the same building as their doctor’s office.”

The new facility is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and can provide blood draws and perform electrocardiograms (EKGs), as well as accept any kind of specimen from the patient as ordered by his or her physician. Located on the third floor of the Braunlin Building, the facility is easily accessed from both the ground floor via elevators or by walking across the overstreet enclosed walkway from the Waller Building. The larger facility replaces a smaller station previously located on the first floor of the Waller Building.

“We now have blood draw stations in the Fulton and Braunlin buildings on SOMC’s Main Campus, a facility adjacent to the Health Care Center on the South Campus, and outpatient laboratory services at the Wheelersburg Urgent Care in Wheelersburg,” Zaph said. “This is in addition to outpatient laboratory services available in the main hospital building.” For more information about the new facilty, call (740) 356-8741.

SOMC Observes ‘Year of Fitness’

The SOMC LIFE Center is observing the “Year of Fitness” by encouraging residents in the community to observe a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercise.

As part of encouraging exercise programs and a healthy lifestyle, the facility will offer 13-month memberships for the price of 12 months until July 31, with access all three facilities (Portsmouth, Wheelersburg, Lucasville) and more than 40 hours of fitness classes each week, an indoor walking track, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, a four-lane lap pool at the Portsmouth facility, and free personal consultations and programs.

For more information call the SOMC LIFE Center, (740) 356-7650.

Beulah Baptist Presents Atkins Memorial Gift To SOMC Cancer Services

Maria Atkins, wife of the late Phillip Atkins, recently presented a $1,000 gift in Phillip’s name from Beulah Baptist Church to Southern Ohio Medical Center Cancer Services on the first anniversary of her husband’s death. Phillip had been a patient of the SOMC Cancer Center. Shown at the presentation are (from left) Heather Ashley and Wendi Waugh of SOMC; Maria Atkins; Amory Novoselac, MD, of SOMC; Jeanette Langford and Pastor Adrian Jones of Beulah Baptist Church.

Musical Fun Has ‘No Name’ At Cancer Event

When attendees of SOMC’s National Cancer Survivors Day celebration June 8 hear the event’s musical entertainment, they will find it memorable but may not be able to put a name to it.

“We’re the No Name Band,” lead singer Vincent Scarpinato, MD, says. “We have no name. We’re a collection of diverse musical interests and we have no repertoire in common.”

A surgeon, an oncologist, an optometrist and a recent high school graduate will entertain the cancer survivor event guests. The group of four musicians range in age from 17 to 48, and are mixing up their love of contemporary, classic rock, hard rock and Broadway standards for the audience.

Each year the SOMC Cancer Center welcomes current and former cancer patients and their loved ones for an afternoon of fun, refreshments and fellowship in conjunction with National Cancer Survivors Day. The local event’s theme this year is “A Day Picnic In Central Park,” and the No Name Band will present a collection of songs centered around New York and Central Park.

“It’s fun, it’s unusual and it’s for a good cause,” Scarpinato, a local surgeon on staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center, says. In addition to general surgery, he specializes in breast surgery and has cared for many cancer patients.

“We will have New York artists, songs about New York and a few surprises,” he says.

Joining Scarpinato will be the Cancer Center’s very own Amory Novoselac, MD, on guitar. Having played since he was a boy, the medical oncologist favors hard rock but is enjoying the chance to try songs he’s never heard.

“It’s exciting to learn new songs, like (Harry Chapin’s) ‘Mr. Tanner,’” he says. “It will be a new experience because we are performing quite a few I’ve never played until now.”

Dr. Novoselac has treated many area cancer patients in the past three years and looks forward to providing them a gift of music.

Lending bass and backup vocals is local optometrist Mike Raies, who has been loving and playing music since he was learning the violin at 6 years of age. No stranger to concert performances, Raies has been playing about eight performances a year for more than 20 years with a band of optometrists, “Bad Habits,” who have been together since winning a talent show while still students in optometry school.

“With ‘Bad Habits’ we’ve known each other so long and played together so much it’s like telepathy,” he says. “With this band and this performance the challenge will be working with different styles of music.”

For recent Portsmouth West graduate Scott Ewing, the performance will be a chance to practice in a different environment than his lead singing in another local band. He is bound for Ohio University this fall, with a duel major in voice and piano. The other members are quick to point out that Ewing’s talent is moving toward a professional level, while they are simply enthusiasts.

Scarpinato, who has been singing since grade school in church choirs and has performed extensively in community theater musicals, the concert will be a fun diversion. He will appear as “The Count” in Southern Ohio Light Opera’s upcoming performance, “A Little Night Music,” by Stephen Sondheim at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts.

The Cancer Survivors Day annual celebration will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8 at the Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. Survivors will have the chance to win special treats and door prizes. All cancer survivors and family members are welcome.