October, 2011


SOMC Utley Named AHIMA Certified Coding Trainer

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently named Susie Utley, manager of Coding and Reimbursement at Southern Ohio Medical Center, an ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer. The trainer certificate represents a high level of achievement and demonstrates proficiency and a broad base of knowledge in the area of coding and reimbursement.

“As a certified trainer, I will be qualified to train other coders and SOMC staff on the new coding system,” Utley said. “This certification is beneficial and has provided me with the confirmation that I have the necessary knowledge to assist our organization in a smooth transition to the new coding and reimbursement structure.”

Utley has been employed at SOMC for 28 years with 22 years in coding and reimbursement and she is an AHIMA certified coding specialist. Utley will be recognized on the AHIMA website and will be a member of the AHIMA Ambassador Program.

The ICD-10 coding structure will replace the current coding system, called ICD-9 and will directly impact hospital reimbursement. The United States is one of the last countries in the world to make this conversion, set for October 1, 2013.

Cancer Patients Invited to Look Good…Feel Better Program at SOMC

Southern Ohio Medical Center and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are helping to make cancer patients feel more confident about their appearance through the Look Good…Feel Better counseling program-a national public service created by the Cosmetic, toiletry and Fragrance Association, the National Cosmetology Association and the ACS to help patients who have recently completed or are currently undergoing cancer treatment.

The program meets the second Tuesday of every month, with the next session taking place at 5 p.m. Oct 12 at the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane, Portsmouth.

During the two-hour, hands-on workshop, attendees will participate in skin-care and make-up application lessons, proper nail-care techniques and will learn how to wear and create headscarves and turbans to mask hair loss. Each patient will be given their own make-up kit and will also have the opportunity to try on and learn more about receiving wigs through the ACS wig-bank.

Participation is free but registration is required. To register or for more information, please call the local chapter of the ACS Cancer Resource Center at 740-356-7606.

SOMC to Host Free Breast Cancer Screenings

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host free breast cancer screenings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth.

The event is open to local uninsured and underinsured women and free clinical breast exams will be provided. Free mammograms will also be provided through the Hands of Hope program funded by the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in cooperation with Southern Ohio Medical Center and the Scioto Foundation. The mammograms will be scheduled through the SOMC Breast Center.

Women age 40 or older or younger women with a family history of breast cancer are encouraged to attend. Registration is required and can be made by calling the SOMC Volunteer Office at 740-356-8234.

SOMC Names New Clinical Manager Of Wound Healing Center

Gina Smith, RN has been named Clinical Manager of the Southern Ohio Medical Center Wound Healing Center. In this new role, Smith will be responsible for overseeing the nursing care and operations for the inpatient wound care program, the hyperbaric oxygen unit and the Wound Healing Center.

Smith joined SOMC in 1980 and has previously provided excellent nursing care in the Intensive Care Unit and the Wound Healing Center. She earned an associate’s degree in Nursing from Shawnee State University. Smith recently received national board certification for Wound Care Associates from the American Academy of Wound Management.

Smith currently resides Wheelersburg with her family.