Kids Cope Christmas Party

The SOMC Cancer Center recently held a Christmas party for the Kids Cope group (pictured above). Stephanie Craft, a social worker, started the program two years ago for children with family members receiving cancer treatment at SOMC. During the event, Santa visited on his sleigh (provided by Nile Township Fire Department) and participants enjoyed food, games and gift bags provided by employees of the center.

SOMC’s Skaggs Presented at Regional Research Conference

Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, RN, MSN, NE-BC, director of nursing for SOMC’s Emergency and Outpatient Services and chair of the Nursing Research Committee, recently presented at the 35th annual Nursing Research Conference, held Dec. 4 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.

More than 150 nursing colleagues from Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana were in attendance, showcasing approximately 30 poster presentations of varying topics. Two posters from Southern Ohio Medical Center were featured and included Reducing Blood Culture Contamination in the Emergency Department and Is There a Santa Clause? Fun Methods to Teach Principals of Nursing.

Fun Methods to Teach Principals of Nursing was also recently published in the October 2009, Volume 39 Issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration.

“It was a privilege to present our research posters at the conference,” Skaggs said. “Conducting research is an integral part of our Magnet status and the results help us to improve quality of care as well as to provide excellent service for our patients and their families.”

Crohn’s Disease Support Group to Meet

he local chapter of the Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis support group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 in Classroom 2 of the Gibson Building on the East Campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center, 2201 25th St., Portsmouth, Ohio. The group meets every third Tuesday of the month, weather permitting.

Crohn’s disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease. The meeting will focus on participants who have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. The group is supported by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. For more information, please call Angel at (740) 259-5080.

Carolers Bring Joy to Patients at SOMC

Members of the Minford Church of the Nazarene choir recently sang Christmas carols to patients at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The group brought teddy bears for pediatric patients and lifted spirits with beautiful songs in the lobby, Heart Care Unit and Rehab Unit. Pictured above are members of the choir.

Local Students Brighten Spirits at SOMC

Fourth grade students from Oak Intermediate School in New Boston recently visited Southern Ohio Medical Center in hopes of spreading joy and cheer to patients during the holiday season. The students made spirits brighter by caroling through the halls of the inpatient units and delivering homemade cards that will be given to patients Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Shown above with the students are Progressive Care Unit staff members (back row, l to r) Kathy Moore, Debbie Kamer, Connie Florek, Paula Reinhardt and Linda Horner.

SOMC Highlighted in Joint Commission Video

Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently selected to participate in a Joint Commission Resources (JCR) satellite video special titled “Facing the Challenges of Joint Commission.” The program featured several hospitals nationwide and their approach and outcomes of pain management efforts.

“Pain management is more than assessing or administering medications to reduce the patient’s discomfort, it’s about listening to the patient and providing the most excellent care possible,” Jill Preston, manager of workforce development, said.

A Chicago representative from JCR and a film crew came to the hospital in November to shoot clips for the program. The satellite video special aired online Dec. 17 for JCR members.

“Being selected for this video special was an honor and a wonderful opportunity for others to see SOMC’s tools and processes for reducing pain,” Valerie DeCamp, director of inpatient services and accreditation, said. “We look forward to using the video for employee education and to improve our patient care efforts.”

Promise Guild Donates Robes to Cancer Center

Members of the Promise Guild, a part of the Friends of SOMC, recently donated 60 robes to the Cancer Center at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The guild raised money to purchase and monogram the robes through various fundraisers during the year. The idea for the robes came from a patient suggestion and will provide comfort and privacy for cancer patients during treatments.

Pictured above are: (back, l-r); Kelly Lawson, clinical manager of SOMC Oncology Services; Rose Havens, promise guild member; Joyce Payton, promise guild member; Kristie Meeker, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Oncology Services; (front, l-r); Sherrill Day, promise guild member; Marilyn Mercer, promise guild member.