November, 2009


Breast Cancer Support Group to meet

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Breast Cancer Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. at the SOMC Cancer Center, located on Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Lisa Morgan at 356-7496 no later than noon on Friday, Nov. 13 to get an accurate count for lunch.

Surviving the Holidays Grief Support Group Offered

outhern Ohio Medical Center will host a five week support group to help heal the sadness of loss and enhance the enjoyment of the holiday season. Sessions will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 5 p.m., and will be held on the East Campus, in the Gibson Building Conference Room.

If you are struggling with the anxiety of holiday grief please join us for this five week session. Participants will have an opportunity to share holiday memories, make a keep sake ornament and holiday memory box with others who have experienced loss and who understand the stress and anxiety that comes with holiday grief. Space is limited, so registration is required. Please contact Susan Goins at 356-2676.

Arrick appointed to SOMC Board of Directors

outhern Ohio Medical Center recently announced the appointment of Ronald E. Arrick, MD, to the SOMC Board of Directors.

Dr. Arrick received his medical degree from Ohio State University. He completed his residency training at Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University and Riverside Methodist Hospital of Columbus. He has served as Chief of Staff at Mercy Hospital and is board certified in internal medicine.

Dr. Arrick has practiced as an internal medicine physician in the Portsmouth area for almost 30 years and currently lives with his wife and two daughters in Lucasville. His office is located in the Fulton Building on the Main Campus of SOMC in Portsmouth, Ohio.

SOMC Medical Imaging Passes ODH Inspection

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently passed inspection by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) on all SOMC medical imaging equipment.

“The success of passing this inspection ensures our community that we conduct services that are compliant with the Ohio administrative code,” said Missy Hutchens, education coordinator for Medical Imaging at SOMC.

The ODH surveyors conducted a three-day site visit to inspect all x-ray and medical imaging equipment in the cath lab, operating room and x-ray area. The surveyors also watched procedures and interviewed several staff members to make their assessments.

“The inspectors were very complimentary of our team and the preparation that occurred for this site visit,” said Hutchens. “They were impressed by the staff and their knowledge of polices and procedures.”

Cheryl Lytten, nurse manager of the Cath Lab at SOMC said the surveyors “were wowed by the quality of our equipment and state of the art technology.”

The inspection consisted of reviewing staff competencies, evaluating a safe work environment, evaluating physician training and ensuring all equipment is maintained properly. ODH will return once every two years to complete an inspection.

“Passing the ODH inspection proves we run a top-notch quality program at SOMC,” said Lytten. “This achievement is yet another way to measure our progress toward obtaining the highest quality of care available.”

Moore Receives Prestigious Nursing Certification

hristina Moore, RN, BNH, CCRN, CSC, of the SOMC Heart Care Unit, recently earned the prestigious Cardiac Surgery Certification (CSC) from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Moore is the second nurse at Southern Ohio Medical Center to obtain this credential.

“Obtaining CSC is a great honor and we are very proud of Tina,” Paul Rase, nurse manager of the SOMC Heart Care Unit, said. “She’s a leader. She first lead the way with her CCRN certification and now she’s setting an example for others to obtain CSC.”

To be awarded CSC, a nurse must pass a 90 question, two-hour certification exam and complete 1,750 hours of patient care, specifically with critically ill and cardiac surgery patients. Moore is required to earn continuing education credits to be eligible for recertification in three years.

“I decided to do this for personal advancement. It wasn’t about prestige or more letters after my name,” Moore, said. “It’s a matter of wanting to know my job better, to be more confident at what I do and to provide the best patient care possible.”

Moore earned her nursing certificate from the College of the Albemarle, her bachelor’s degree in Natural Health from Clayton College and is currently pursing a master’s degree. She has been a nurse for 22 years and has been an employee of SOMC for two years.