2011


Local Pageant Winner Donates Items to SOMC Cancer Center

Seven-year-old Aleigha Spradlin of Portsmouth recently presented more than 1,000 hats, scarves, turbans, bandanas and other handmade and store-bought items to the SOMC Cancer Center after collecting them as part of Gawanda Slate’s Rising Stars Pageant in Louisa, Ky. last month. The donation was made on behalf of all the pageant’s participants, who each helped collect the items in an effort to raise Breast Cancer Awareness and win the competition’s Hospitality Award. Spradlin, who has competed in more than 200 pageants, was crowned Mini Supreme of the event. Shown at the donation are Spradlin (front, center) with members of the SOMC Cancer Center.

SOMC Named A Best Place To Work In Healthcare

Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine. SOMC ranked 32nd out of 100 healthcare organizations nationwide, and 7th in the category of large hospitals.

The Best Places to Work in Healthcare award recognizes employers for creating workplaces in healthcare that enable employees to perform at their optimum level to provide patients and customers with the best possible patient care and services. The awards were presented on October 18, 2011, at the Best Places to Work awards gala in Chicago, Ill.

“We are truly proud to once again be named to this prestigious list,” Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC, said. “It continues to confirm that we have excellent employees who love what they do and show it through the care they provide.”

SOMC was one of 327 applicants up for the award. To achieve this designation, SOMC completed a questionnaire and submitted names from a random selection of employees. The Best Places Group then surveyed more than 400 SOMC employees regarding policies, practices, benefits, leadership and planning, training and development and overall satisfaction.

“SOMC is a great place to work and people want to be a part of that. This distinction, as well as our Magnet designation, VPP Star status, FORTUNE Best Places to Work award and our Best Employer in Ohio award, shows that there is something special at SOMC and is a great source of pride for our employees and our community,” Ken Applegate, director of Human Resources, said. “These designations help us to recruit and retain some the best talent in the region and the country and we are proud of our accomplishments.”

SOMC Honors Medical Staff, Adams

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently held a Medical Staff Celebration of Excellence, a service awards banquet to honor SOMC physicians. Mr. Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC welcomed the attendees and acknowledged the medical students, residents and new physicians.

The honorees presented with awards for five years of service were Dr. Darren Adams, Dr. Thomas Carter, Dr. Chalonda Hill, Dr. Adenike Moore, Dr. Robert Schrimpf; 10 years of service were Dr. M. Mouhib Kalo, Dr. Richard Saxby, Dr. Sriharsha Velury; 15 years of service were Dr. Jitendra Patel, Dr. David Walker, Dr. Paul Cwikla, Dr. Charles Greiner, Dr. Steve Keys, Dr. Eric MacDonald; 20 years of service were Dr. Gregory Hudson, Dr. Tsuyoshi Inoshita, Dr. David Provaznik, Dr. Terrence Welsh; 30 years were Dr. Suzann Bonzo, Dr. Paul Duncan and Dr. Grant Stevenson.

Pictured is Dr. Aaron Adams with his 35-years of service award.

Promise Guild Donates to SOMC Cancer Compassion Fund

Members of the Promise Guild, a part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently presented Wendi Waugh, (front center) Administrative Director of the SOMC Cancer Center with a donation of $3,000 for the SOMC Cancer Compassion Fund. The guild raised money through various fundraisers during the year. The SOMC Cancer Compassion Fund provides financial, medical and emotional assistance to local cancer patients.

SOMC Hospice Volunteers Reach 25-Year Milestone

SOMC Hospice Volunteers Doug Besco, Dottie Glover, and Iona Martin (shown l to r) recently received special acknowledgment during the annual Hospice Volunteer Recognition Dinner for achieving the program’s first 25-year milestones.

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently celebrated the individuals who give their time, kindness, and exceptional dedication to assisting the patients and families of SOMC Hospice during the annual Hospice Volunteer Recognition Dinner, held Oct. 6 at the Friends Community Center.

“Every year we set aside an evening to bring all of our volunteers together and honor them for the hours, patience, and love they continually show to our Hospice families,” Beverly Stringer, volunteer coordinator of Hospice Services, said. “Our program would be nothing without their support and this event is just a small way to show them how big a difference they make in the lives of others.”

More than 80 participants make up the Hospice volunteer program, ranging in age from 15 to 94. Many of the volunteers have been a part of the organization for countless years, though local residents Doug Besco, Dottie Glover, and Iona Martin received special acknowledgment the night of the banquet for achieving the program’s first 25-year milestones.

“It’s unbelievable that we’ve already been with this program for 25 years when I can clearly remember the day we each received our first five-year award,” Martin said. “Time has flown by since then, but every second I’ve volunteered has been worthwhile. I rely on this program and the program relies on me. It’s a great relationship.”

Glover explained that each volunteer can assist the Hospice program through a variety of opportunities including clerical assistance, annual fundraising events, providing relief to caregivers during in-home visits, or even sitting with a patient at the end of their life as part of the 11th Hour team.

“No matter what option you choose, you always become very close to these people and they grow into an extension of your own family,” she said. “Each opportunity is a blessing, and though it can be heartbreaking at times, it’s really a rewarding experience.”

Besco added that though the aspect of helping others is what initially drew him to the program, the act of volunteering has provided him with so much more, including a newfound support group among his fellow co-workers.

“Though it’s our job to provide support to the patients, our team is also here for one another,” he said. “It doesn’t matter the situation—you just know that someone will lend a hand or offer encouragement. It’s nice to have so many wonderful, caring people to count on and I’m honored to be a part of this group.”

“I’m very lucky to do what I do and I work with some of the most special employees,” Stringer said. “They teach me something new every day—not only about myself, but about the ways that generosity and compassion can change a patient’s life. Our volunteers make the SOMC Hospice program what it is and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”

To learn more about the volunteer opportunities available through SOMC Hospice, please call Beverly Stringer at 356-2653.

Hope Guild Donates to SOMC Diabetes Education

Members of the Hope Guild, a part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently presented Jill Preston, RN, (front right) Manager of SOMC Workforce Development with a donation of $10,000 for diabetes education. The guild raised the money through various fundraisers during the year. SOMC will use the funds to continue the diabetes education program and educate the community about diabetes prevention and self-management.

SOMC White Wins Susan G. Komen Model Survivor Contest

Norma White, (right) a pharmacy tech and purchasing clerk at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently won the Susan G. Komen Model Survivor Contest. White’s co-worker Kristi Coleman, a certified cancer registrar, nominated White for the contest (left).

Norma White, pharmacy tech and purchasing clerk at Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently nominated for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Columbus Affiliate Model Survivor award by a co-worker. White’s nomination has been chosen among thousands of entries as one of the three women who exemplify the determination and inspiration that it takes to battle breast cancer.

Kristi Coleman, certified cancer registrar at SOMC, nominated White when she learned of the contest. She wrote White’s survivor story and submitted it to the Susan G. Komen Columbus Affiliate Board of Directors.

“I found out about five years ago that I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” White, said. “I was diagnosed at the young age of 32 and this horrible news was not long after I learned I was unable to have children and had to undergo a total hysterectomy at the age of 31.”

White mixes chemotherapy for patients at the SOMC Cancer Center and after her diagnosis, she would be mixing her own chemotherapy.

Coleman says of her friend, “Norma battled through her treatments with courage and strength I’ve never seen and continued to work while undergoing chemotherapy treatments. She was sick, tired and had no hair but that didn’t stop Norma or keep her spirits down, she continued to push through.”

White said that after she survived breast cancer, she became a spokesperson for the SOMC Cancer Center. She meets with newly diagnosed patients and provides them with words of encouragement and answers their questions. White says, “I know what it’s like to be the patient.”

“Norma didn’t battle breast cancer alone, she had her husband Mitch by her side the whole time,” Coleman added. “Sadly, five years after Norma’s battle for her life, Mitch tragically lost his to a brain aneurism.”

Coleman, along with many of White’s other co-workers, feel that Norma is the model survivor. She has been dealt a bad hand of cards but doesn’t let it keep her down for long. Coleman says, “Norma is the strongest woman I’ve ever met. She is beautiful inside and out.”

The Susan G. Komen For The Cure Columbus Affiliate will present White with a pair of tickets to the “Keys To The Cure” fashion show at Saks Fifth Avenue at Polaris Fashion Place benefitting Life Care Alliance on Oct. 16 and she will be recognized on their website and blog.

“I’m so excited to go for a night out and be surrounded by other breast cancer survivors and supporters,” White, said. “I never realized my story until I read it and I just keep pushing on each day looking forward to the future of what lays ahead and I’m so honored to be considered a model survivor.”

SOMC To Host Fourth Annual Nursing Research Symposium

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host the Fourth Annual Nursing Research Symposium from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street in Portsmouth.

Area nurses, faculty and students are invited to learn more about the nursing research being conducted at SOMC, Shawnee State University, Riverside Methodist Hospital and its universal nursing implications.

Presentations will be made on a variety of topics including Addressing Nursing’s Agenda in this Age of Uncertainty, Transition to Practice Research, CordStat Project, Medication Technology Enhancement and Patient Safety, Teen Pregnancy and STD Prevention, Early Ambulation of Immobilized Patients In Critical Care, Appalachian Health Care: A cultural Collage of Find Hospitals, Family Traditions and Folk Remedies, Preventing Contrast-Induced Nephropathy in Cardiac Patients, Experience of Patients with Fractured Hips from Time of ED Discharge to OR Admission and Use if Epinephrine/Lidocaine for Control of Local Oozing in Post Cath Patients-alternative to Pressure/Compression.

The event is free of cost. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and contact hours will be awarded. Pre-registration is requested and can be made by calling Kim Lawless at 740-356-8310.

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.