SOMC Held Master Zumba™ Class

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Portsmouth LIFE Center recently held a master Zumba™ class taught by Zumba Education Specialists, Doug and Joan Jones from Studio Zumba Ohio. More than 80 participants learned new Zumba routines and benefited from a high-energy workout. The event was a fundraiser and proceeds will benefit the SOMC Endowment Fund. Shown above is Doug Jones leading the class.

SOMC Employee Goes Above and Beyond

Like all of the environmental services representatives at Southern Ohio Medical Center, Annette Hayslip does a wonderful job when it comes to cleaning in the Heart Care Unit. However, Annette takes things one-step further during her day-to-day activities when she constantly smiles and offers blankets, coffee and a kind word to patients and their families.

Recently on a Sunday afternoon, Annette had noticed how busy the nurses were with a very sick patient in the Heart Care Unit. She saw that a patient in another room needed to use the bathroom. There was no hesitation as she helped the patient to the restroom and then informed a nurse, Beth, of what she had done to help.

“Annette helps me whenever she can,” Beth Bullock, RN in the Heart Care Unit, said. “I know that I can concentrate on providing excellent care for my patient and if things get really busy I know she will be right there to do whatever she can for the patients and their visitors.”

Bullock recalled one day when the Heart and Vascular lobby was full with a patient’s family and visitors. They ran out of coffee and Annette told them she would be right back. She came back with a cart full of snacks and hot coffee.

“When Annette cleans a room, you know it’s clean. She does her job with such perfection and love,” Bullock added. “She’s a team player 110 percent of the time. She’s a real life example of teamwork and not only that, but an example of just simply loving your job.”

“Since the day the Heart and Vascular Care Unit opened, Annette has been a very important part of our team,” Amy Fraulini, director of Heart and Vascular Services, said. “She has gone above and beyond to help the nursing staff and patients.”

Annette has been a housekeeper at SOMC for more than 10 years. She has also worked in the Emergency Department, Maternity and floated through different units. When asked why she works so diligently to provide excellent service, she will humbly tell you its because she cares about people.

“You can really count on Annette to do an excellent job and to empathize with patients and their families,” Joan Flowers, director of Environmental Services at SOMC, said. “She helps organize activities within our department and sometimes she will bake brownies for her co-workers before coming into work at 8 a.m.”

“When I round on patients in the Heart Care Unit, they often tell me how wonderful and helpful the housekeepers are, especially Annette,” Fraulini said. “All of the staff in the Heart Care Unit work together as a team to provide excellent care and service to our patients.”

SOMC Hosted 24th Annual Hike for Hospice

More than 475 supporters, volunteers and community members helped to collect $40,014.11 in funds during the 24th Annual Hike for Hospice at Southern Ohio Medical Center, held May 15, 2010.

Individuals and teams of five to 71 participants sported signs and T-shirts of various colors, names and slogans during the hike, which raises funds annually for the SOMC Hospice Caritas Fund and is held as a tribute to all hospice patients and their family members.

“Our services rely on the support of our community and we couldn’t do what we do without them,” Beverly Stringer, volunteer coordinator of SOMC Hospice Services, said. “We greatly extend our gratitude to everyone who attended and helped behind the scenes.”

Team and individual winners of various categories also were announced at the hike’s conclusion and include:

Team Awards:

Largest Total Donation: Golden Bears Most Sponsors: Golden Bears Largest Team: OSCO Largest Business Affiliated Team: OSCO Largest Community Based Team: Scioto County Department of Disabilities Most Family Members: The Walker Family Most Original Team Costume: Heartland Youth Group with the Most Participants: OSWEGO

Individual Awards:

Largest Total Donation: 1st place- Dr. Bonzo; 2nd place- Thelma Shirey Most Sponsors: 1st place- Thelma Shirey; 2nd place- Dr. Bonzo

SOMC Nurses Donate to New Beginnings

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s nursing staff recently celebrated National Nurses Week by collecting items for New Beginnings Outreach Ministry of Southern Ohio—a non-profit corporation providing resident and non-resident rehabilitation treatment for those suffering from drug or alcohol dependency. Together the nursing units collected hundreds of items for the organization including toiletries, cleaning supplies, gas cards, Wal-Mart gift cards and monetary donations. Shown on the final day of the collection are SOMC employees (from l to r) Tanya Thoroughman, Lori Livingston, Lanita Warner, Willie Baldridge, Tonia Bivens, Holli Dunham and Tammy Charles.

Team Awards:

Largest Total Donation: Golden Bears Most Sponsors: Golden Bears Largest Team: OSCO Largest Business Affiliated Team: OSCO Largest Community Based Team: Scioto County Department of Disabilities Most Family Members: The Walker Family Most Original Team Costume: Heartland Youth Group with the Most Participants: OSWEGO

Greenup Baseball Team Donates to SOMC

The Greenup County High School Musketeers baseball team recently went “Pink” during their game against Lawrence County, May 6. In honor of Mother’s Day and in support of breast cancer awareness, the team wore pink jerseys and socks while the field was painted with pink breast cancer awareness ribbons. The Greenup County Baseball Boosters, Chris Ailster, athletic director and Greg Logan, varsity baseball coach arranged the evening and raised $500 which was donated to Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Breast Cancer Compassion Fund. Noel Pemberton, local cancer survivor, was invited to throw the first pitch of the game to her youngest son. She was also presented with a team-autographed baseball. Shown above are members of the Musketeers baseball team.

Smedley Family Presents Shadow box to SOMC

Shown above (from l to r) is Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC, Jenny Lavender, interim manager of the Volunteer Services at SOMC and Kevin Smedley.

Kevin Smedley recently presented Southern Ohio Medical Center with a commemorative shadow box in honor of the Shanoah Guild and in memory of his mother, the late Stella Smedley; the donation was made on Stella’s birthday, May 5, 2010.

The guild began in the 1960’s and continued for more than thirty years with Stella as president in 1995. The guild sold flower bulbs in the spring, knitted clothes for stillborn babies and hosted an annual Christmas Bazaar. The proceeds were used for special needs and projects at SOMC, including an ice machine for the Maternity Unit.

The plaque in the shadow box reads, “In tribute to the members of the SHANOAH GUILD for their many talents, time and dedication in helping to make Southern Ohio Medical Center what it is today and in memory of Stella Smedley whose creative ideas were an inspiration for many of the items made by the Shanoah Guild. Presented by the Smedley family May 5, 2010.”

SOMC, Greenway Bring Electronic Health Records to Local Area

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently announced a partnership with Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. to bring a fully integrated electronic health record (EHR), practice management and interoperability solution to the local area.

Known as PrimeSuite®, the completely paperless, office-based solution will provide an electronic patient charting system for all physician offices within the SOMC Medical Care Foundation. In addition to hospital-owned practices, the hospital will also be able to negotiate discounts for private physicians interested in deploying the new technology.

“Once deployed, the system will allow sharing of data and information among participating physician offices and healthcare facilities,” Ben Gill, director of Physician Services at SOMC, said. “Not only will it allow us to provide more efficient communication between our providers, but it will also lead to improved patient care by reducing the chance of documentation and medication errors.”

Gill said that Greenway was chosen as SOMC’s partner after a considerable amount of research.

“In the end, they stood out as a company with the vision and agility to keep up in this fast-paced industry. They have also built a stellar reputation among their current users, ranking best in the country in customer satisfaction scores.”

During the last 12 months, Greenway’s enterprise EHR and interoperability solutions have been selected by more than 30 healthcare systems across the nation, ranging from large medical centers and independent physician associations to medical groups with affiliated members in Texas, Colorado, Michigan, Florida, California, Pennsylvania, Mississippi and Kansas.

“We are very proud to be partnering with Southern Ohio Medical Center,” Greenway President Tee Green, said. “The size of their patient population and the specialties they offer combine a unique quality in their region. We believe our usability and interoperability components can aid in improving patient outcomes and enhancing financial and administrative workflows as well.”

The selection process for the product began more than a year ago, with the intent to go live in select physician offices by October 2010. Gill hopes that remaining SOMC Medical Care Foundation offices will be completely paperless by February 2011.

“Our goal is to create an integrated healthcare system where participating providers can access the information they need to better treat patients and improve the overall health of our community,” Gill added. “We believe that offering Greenway’s solutions to providers in our service area will increase our organization’s ability to encourage the highest level of excellent patient care.”

Greenway Medical Technologies provides the latest in EHR, ambulatory healthcare and clinical research business solutions and services to more than 23,000 healthcare providers nationwide, in 30 specialties and subspecialties, by enhancing the delivery of patient care through innovative HIT software and on-demand services that allow physician practices to function at their highest level of efficiency. Greenway’s PrimeSuite is a comprehensive, interoperability component of the integrated physician’s infrastructure solution, which serves as the starting point of a long-term business plan for physician practices. PrimeSuite 2011 is a pre-market CCHIT Certified® 2011 Ambulatory EHR, additionally certified for Child Health and Cardiovascular Medicine, with optional Advanced Reporting. PrimeSuite integrates a practice’s clinical, financial and administrative processes, and allows practices to increase profitability, enhance patient satisfaction and facilitate adherence to compliance guidelines. Established in 1998, Carrollton, Ga.-based Greenway Medical Technologies is a privately held company with more than 300 employees.

For more information about the PrimeSuite program, please contact Ben Gill at (740)-356-8680.

SOMC Hosted 10th Annual Love Your Heart

Becky Cooper, RN of SOMC’s Emergency Department assists two kindergarten students in using Doppler to hear their heartbeat during SOMC’s 10th Annual Love Your Heart educational event.

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently hosted the 10th Annual Love Your Heart event, April 20 and 21. Since 2000, the program has used a Wizard of Oz theme to educate more than 10,000 five and six-year-old children about healthy heart habits.

Debbie O’Dell, kindergarten teacher at Portsmouth West, has brought her classes to Love Your Heart since the program started ten years ago. She explained that it’s good for her students to take a field trip and learn outside of the classroom.

“My students love coming to SOMC to learn about their hearts,” O’Dell said. “A lot of people don’t take care of their hearts and I think it’s due to a lack of education. If you teach the students while they are young, then they are more likely to utilize this knowledge as adults.”

When the schools arrived at the SOMC Friends Community Center, they were greeted by the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, Dorothy and other characters from the Wizard of Oz. The children learned that the Tin Man received a new heart and that he needs to learn how to take care of it. After the opening program, small groups were led through five different interactive stations where they learned how to feed, see, hear, feel and exercise their hearts.

“By using a storybook theme to present the information, SOMC staff assisted children in developing their cognitive learning skills,” Christy Aeh, nurse manager of ICU and program director for Love Your Heart, said. “This approach to teaching has been so successful that in May 2001, the ICU staff received the Seabury and Smith, Inc., Community Service Award, for our efforts in teaching area children about heart health.”

“Love Your Heart stemmed from the education team of the Intensive Care Unit,” Tony Smith, assistant nurse manager of the ICU, said. “I portray Tin Man every year and I really enjoy teaching the students and creating a connection between Tin Man’s heart and theirs.”

Schools from Wheelersburg, Northwest, Stanton, Clay, Notre Dame, South Webster, Green, Valley Portsmouth City and Minford brought 1,150 children to this year’s event. SOMC nursing staff and nursing students from Shawnee State University, Collins Career Center, Pike County, Rio Grande and Ohio University nursing students volunteered their time to help the event run smoothly.

“I think Love Your Heart is a great program and good education for kids,” Sarah Fox, SSU student volunteer and nurse resident at SOMC, said. “My niece came last year and she kept talking about how much fun it was.”

“Love Your Heart has proven to be one of the most successful programs conducted for kindergarten-aged children in the Scioto County area,” Aeh added. “We are grateful that SOMC can provide such a wonderful program for our community and we look forward to planning Love Your Heart 2011.”