2010


SOMC Bartsch Receives Certification

John Bartsch, M.D., a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received board certification from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Bartsch received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Bartsch can be reached at SOMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Associates, 613 Center St., Wheelersburg, Ohio. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (740) 574-0846.

SOMC AIC Offers Infusion Services

Southern Ohio Medical Center offers an Ambulatory Infusion Clinic (AIC) at the Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth facility, located at 1248 Kinneys Lane (on SOMC’s South Campus). The AIC is an outpatient clinic that provides infusions, blood transfusions, IV/IG infusions and IV antibiotics.

“The AIC is a very convenient way for patients to quickly stop in and receive their infusions or treatments,” Ryan Carpenter, assistant nurse manager of the SOMC Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth and coordinator for the AIC, said. “They can call ahead and schedule their appointments, whether it be a one-time appointment or on a weekly or monthly basis.”

Carpenter explained that many times insurance coverage won’t pay for home care infusions but usually pays for visits to the AIC, depending on the specific terms of the policy. He also added that the AIC is in a well-situated centralized location and it’s easy to quickly get in and out of the building.

Therapies and treatments provided at the AIC include antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal and biologic modifier therapies. Daily, monthly or one-time injections or infusion services include but are not limited to: Arixtra®, Boniva®, Factor VIII®, IVIG, Lovenox®, Neupogen®, Neulasta®, Procrit®, Remicade®, Rhogam®, Tysabri®, Vaccines, Xolair®, central venous access device management, PICC line maintenance, outpatient transfusion of blood products and IV fluids for hydration.

“One example of a patient who might utilize the services provided at the AIC could be someone who was on the verge of being admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. We can provide outpatient IV antibiotic therapy that they need to get well,” Carpenter said.

The clinic is operated within the urgent care center and patients report to the front entrance and sign in at the triage stations. Patients need an order from their family physician, nurse practitioner, specialists or other physicians to schedule an appointment.

“We are committed to providing excellent service and quality care,” Carpenter said. “We are proud to be the first in our community to offer this type of service.”

“In addition to the AIC, we also provide outpatient services and testing (including lab and x-ray),” Kathy Davis, nurse manager of the UCC, said. “The hours of operation for the Urgent Care Center, AIC and the outpatient services are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Saturday.”

For more information about the SOMC Ambulatory Infusion Clinic or the SOMC Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth, please call (740) 356-7240.

SOMC Names New Manager of Physician Billing

Julia McGraw, CMA, CPC, CMSCS, has been named the Physician Billing Manager at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

McGraw, a native of Greenup, Ky., joined SOMC in 2006 and has previously served as a Reimbursement Specialist in Physician Billing. She graduated from Greenup County High School and attended Eastern Kentucky University and Shawnee State University.

Foor Welcomed to SOMC Medical Staff

Ryan Foor, DO, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He will begin working at the SOMC Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth June 24.

Dr. Foor received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated magna cum lade with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. He completed an internship and residency training in Family Medicine at Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He is board certified in Family Practice.

Dr. Foor can be reached at the SOMC Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth located at 1248 Kinneys Lane or by calling (740) 356-5000.

Brockman Welcomed to SOMC Medical Staff

Christina Brockman, DO, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. She began working at the SOMC Urgent Care Centers in Portsmouth and Wheelersburg June 21.

Dr. Brockman received her medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky. Dr. Brockman completed an internship at Southern Ohio Medical Center and a residency at Bethesda Family Practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is board certified in Family Medicine.

Dr. Brockman can be reached at the SOMC Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth located at 1248 Kinneys Lane or by calling (740) 356-7240.

SOMC Honored at OHA Leadership Meeting

Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently honored at the Ohio Hospital Association’s (OHA) Leadership Luncheon, held June 16. During the meeting, several awards for health and safety programs were presented to various Ohio hospitals and individuals.

SOMC was given an award by State Representative John Patrick Carney for winning the 2010 “Hospitals for Healthier Ohioan” grant from the OHA Foundation for Healthy Communities. SOMC was one of five hospitals in the state to be awarded $21,612 of the $100,000 grant.

OHA has helped Ohio hospitals promote health and wellness since 1994. The criteria to apply for the grant consisted of an application stating the programs SOMC offers to engage the local community in long-term efforts to reduce obesity.

“We are very honored to receive this grant,” Regina Tipton, wellness specialist at SOMC, said. “We will use the funds to implement SOMC’s health and wellness education program called LEAP (Lifestyle, Eating, Activity and Planning).”

Since its inception, the foundation, an arm of the Ohio Hospital Association, has awarded nearly $1.6 million in grants to 129 Ohio hospital community health improvement projects.

SOMC to Host Knit for Hope

Knitters and crocheters of all skill-levels are invited to an evening of fun, food and to support a good cause as part of the Knit for Hope group at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

The group will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 29 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio.

Patterns for lap quilts, throws, shawls, hats and caps will be available, though attendees are asked to bring their own needles and yarn (of any color). Finished products will be donated to breast cancer patients of the SOMC Cancer Center.

For more information, please call the Volunteer Office at (740) 356-8234.

Differences between an Urgent Care Center and an Emergency Department

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently converted the SOMC Health Care Center to an Urgent Care Center in Portsmouth. This conversion will offer patients a resource for immediate non-emergent medical care.

“The biggest difference between an urgent care and an emergency department (ED) is the type of medical complaints that can be treated,” Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, director of Emergency, Pediatrics and Outpatient Services at SOMC, said.

Critical conditions such as cardiac arrest, heart attacks, trauma, motor vehicle accidents, mental illness, asthma and COPD (breathing problems) can be treated at an emergency department. Patients with severe injuries, accidental injuries, abdominal pain or chest pain should come to the SOMC Emergency Department, located on SOMC’s main campus.

“Less acute injuries and illnesses should seek medical attention at one of our urgent care locations,” Dilts added. “The Urgent Care Centers in both Portsmouth and Wheelersburg will be able to treat minor medical complaints, including minor lacerations (cuts), urinary tract or kidney infections, earaches, migraine headaches, vomiting, rashes, sprains, strains, sports injuries, flu symptoms and fever.”

Dilts went on to explain that the second major difference between urgent care centers and emergency departments is the co-pay and higher deductibles offered by insurance plans.

For example, if a patient has a fever and cough but their family physician’s office is already closed, they can go to the Urgent Care Center. Their co-pay might be $25 for an urgent care visit versus $100 for an emergency department visit (rates based on the average private insurance plan).

“This example is good, however if that same person was also experiencing chest pain, they would need to seek medical attention at the SOMC Emergency Department,” she said. “Despite the higher co-pay, chest pain qualifies as an emergency need.”

If patients seek medical attention at the Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth location and need more acute care, they will be transferred via ambulance to the main campus emergency department.

SOMC offers an emergency department and two Urgent Care Centers. The emergency department is located on the SOMC main campus, 1805 27th St., Portsmouth and is open 24 hours.

The Urgent Care Center-Wheelersburg is located at 8770 Ohio River Rd. in Wheelersburg and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday-Saturday. The Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth is located at 1248 Kinneys Lane (SOMC’s south campus) in Portsmouth and is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Saturday.

For more information about these and other services available at SOMC, call (740) 356-5000 or visit us on the web at www.somc.org.

Children Gain Education, Support through SOMC Diabetes Camp

Children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes were able to make new friends and learn ways to manage their disease during the SOMC Hot Shots Diabetes Camp held June 9 at the Friends Community Center. The event featured many hands-on and aerobic activities including the creation of a “We Want a Cure” poster, pictured with participants above. The sign was made using 2,190 neon band aids to represent the number of blood glucose checks one child will endure in a year.

Children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes were recently invited to spend the day playing games, making friends and learning ways to manage their disease during a Hot Shots Diabetes Camp held at Southern Ohio Medical Center June 9.

Twenty participants between the ages of six and 13 attended the daylong event, which featured many activities including educational arts and crafts, cooking and carbohydrate counting, and physical exercise through Zumba, swimming and basketball.

“We wanted to host a program that would not only give children the chance to have fun learning about diabetes, but also meet others their age who share in the same day-to-day struggles and triumphs,” Ashley Salyers, clinical educator and counselor of the Hot Shots Camp, said.

SOMC Dietician and Hot Shots Counselor Kim McCray explained that many children with diabetes are often the only ones in their families or schools diagnosed with the disease, causing them to feel alone or different.

“Being diagnosed with diabetes at such a young age can be challenging because you don’t always have someone to turn to who understands exactly what you’re going through,” she said. “Hot Shots Camp showed participants that there are others in their shoes who can provide a special kind of support.”

Nine-year-old Morgan Rawlins agreed with McCray, saying her favorite part of the day was meeting new people who were just like her.

“Before coming to camp, I didn’t know any one else my age who had diabetes. Now I have twenty new friends and know I’m not alone. It makes me feel better,” she said.

As a type 1 diabetic herself, McCray said she could relate to the issues discussed during the camp and was glad to see so many children coming away with positive attitudes.

“This event was so successful that we’ve already had requests to hold a reunion later in the summer. We’re always looking for new ways to provide entertaining, meaningful education for our community so I can’t wait to see what we can come up with.”

For more information about the diabetes education offered at Southern Ohio Medical Center, please contact Ashley Salyers at 356-2720.