December, 2012


‘Burg cheerleaders donate to Breast Cancer Compassion Fund

Cheerleaders from Wheelersburg High School recently made a donation of $1,325 to the Breast Cancer Compassion Fund at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The funds were raised after the cheerleaders sold 661 t-shirts emblazoned with the words “Team Wheelersburg: Charged Up and Ready for a Cure!”

SOMC’s Breast Cancer Compassion Fund helps patients pay for utilities, medications, transportation and common necessities needed during cancer care. For more information or to find out how you can donate, call (740) 356-7490 or “like” SOMC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernOhioMedicalCenter.

 

SOMC Awarded an “A” for Outstanding Patient Safety

Southern Ohio Medical Center has once again been honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

Through the collected data, U.S. hospitals are assigned an A, B, C, D, or F.

“To earn an ‘A’ for our Hospital Safety Score is quite an accomplishment and a true testament to the exceptionally safe environment we have created at SOMC,” Leeann L. Sammons, chief safety officer and vice president of SOMC Safety, Risk Management and Insurance, said. “It’s through the dedication of many employees that we are able to sustain this excellent safety culture and I’m grateful for all that has been done to help us provide the safest patient-care possible.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of healthcare to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of healthcare for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals.

“Hospitals like this that earn an ‘A’ have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said. “I congratulate SOMC for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see SOMC’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, or to find information on how you can protect yourself and your and loved one during a hospital stay, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

SOMC, Portsmouth Ambulance using new technology to improve heart attack response times

Southern Ohio Medical Center and Portsmouth Emergency Ambulance Services are utilizing new technology to increase the survival rate of local heart attack patients.

When an individual suffers a heart attack, Portsmouth Ambulance is now able to get key information to the Emergency Room at SOMC long before the patient even arrives by transmitting 12-lead EKGs. Portsmouth Ambulance is the first privately owned ambulance service in Scioto County to possess that capability.

“The faster we can get information about a heart attack patient, the better the odds are of achieving a positive outcome,” SOMC’s Administrative Director of Nursing Mary Kate Dilts-Skaggs said.

“We’re dedicated to offering excellent care to heart attack patients at SOMC,” Amy Fraulini, director of Critical Care and Heart and Vascular Services at SOMC, said. “We are an accredited chest pain center designated from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, and this technology should help us to offer even greater care in the future.”

The information sent to SOMC is analyzed while the patient is still in the ambulance, which means that the Emergency Room and Cardiac Catheterization Lab can begin preparing to treat a heart attack patient long before they arrive at the hospital.

“Our goal is to help patients receive the best treatment possible,” Mike Adkins, CEO of Portsmouth Ambulance, said. “Using 12-lead EKGs helps us do just that through early detection. The sooner we are able to get heart attack patients the treatment they need, the more heart muscle we are able to save.”

Portsmouth Ambulance can be reached at 740-354-3122. For more news and information regarding Southern Ohio Medical Center, “like” SOMC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernOhioMedicalCenter.

SOMC Life Center announces December 18 Open House

The Southern Ohio Medical Center Portsmouth Life Center will be hosting a free Open House from 5-7pm on December 18.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to learn more about the programs offered at the Life Center,” Community Health and Wellness Director Wendi Waugh said. “Not only is it free of charge, but it’s open to the public regardless of LIFE Center membership.”

Several group fitness classes both new and traditional will be showcased during the open house, and there will also be a preview of upcoming youth fitness opportunities. In the New Year, children ages 10 to 14 can attend some of the group classes when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For children between the ages of 6 and 14, there is also a new “Fit > Fat” class that introduces fun fitness with a set up similar to that of an obstacle course. Youth can also take advantage of many Aquatics programs and individualized swim lessons.  All of this will be previewed at the Open House.

“We will also have personal trainers on hand to explain the benefits of the programs we offer. Plus, the SOMC Community Health Team will be providing free A1C and Cholesterol screenings,” Waugh said. “They can also measure your body fat and BMI.”

In addition to the December 18 Open House, all Life Center locations are featuring a special on memberships during the holiday season.

“If you purchase a Life Center membership during the month of December, we will waive the enrollment fee,” Waugh said.

For more information, call the Life Center at 740-356-7650 or “like” SOMC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernOhioMedicalCenter.