‘Heart & Vascular’ Category


SOMC Cardiovascular Testing Receives ICAEL Accreditation

The Cardiovascular Testing Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in adult transthoracic echocardiography by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).

Approval by the ICAEL demonstrates SOMC’s commitment to quality patient care and assures that the hospital is meeting and exceeding national standards in the field of echocardiography.

“Receiving ICAEL accreditation is a seal of approval that our department has been working to obtain since its inception,” Mary McDaniel, nurse manager of SOMC Cardiovascular Testing, said. “This distinction certifies that we are going above and beyond to provide the best possible heart care to our patients and also recognizes that we are one of the highest quality cardiovascular testing labs in the nation.”

To receive accreditation, laboratories must complete two crucial steps including a detailed self-evaluation and an in-depth case study review by the ICAEL Board of Directors. Many factors are evaluated during the process including physician education and experience, employee certification, quality of patient reporting, quality of equipment, patient volumes, and overall customer service.

“ICAEL accreditation is widely respected and is a major accomplishment for our department and hospital,” Angie Veach, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Cardiovascular Testing, said. “So many elements had to be perfect to make this possible and it’s truly a reflection of our staff members’ and physicians’ dedication to achieving excellence. It was a real team effort and we couldn’t be more proud.”

“The whole process has been an educational journey for SOMC and has not only allowed us to raise the bar for our standard of care, but has given us a chance to make process improvements along the way,” McDaniel added. “Everyone played a key role in making this possible and we are so thankful for their contributions.”

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, Sept. 20

The Heart and Vascular Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center have formed a local chapter of the Mended Hearts program and will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. in Portsmouth.

The Mended Hearts, Inc. is a national nonprofit support organization that includes heart patients, spouses, healthcare professionals and others interested in helping patients with the emotional recovery from heart disease. With 280 community-based chapters nationwide, Mended Hearts has 24,000 members, making it the largest heart-related patient support group.

“Members assist cardiac patients with an extensive accredited visitors program, support groups, health information workshops, social and special events and other volunteer activities,” Keri Imm, nurse manager of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at SOMC, said. “Mended Hearts has been offering hope and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers for 50 years and the outreach and support is a proven benefit to the community.”

Imm adds that while heart patient-to-patient visits are the core of the Mended Hearts’ program, volunteers do not have to be a patient. Caregivers, family members of patients, physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals and anyone else interested are invited to participate.

For more information or to reserve your seat, please call 740-356-7663.

SOMC Names New Senior Medical Director of Vascular Surgery

Marion Hochstetler, M.D., a physician specializing in vascular surgery at Southern Ohio Medical Center has been named Senior Medical Director of Vascular Surgery at SOMC.

Dr. Hochstetler joined the SOMC team in July 2009 as a vascular surgeon. He will now join the practice of the SOMC Heart and Vascular Associates.

Dr. Hochstetler received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio. He completed a residency in general surgery at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Hochstetler completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at Greenville Hospital Systems in Greenville, SC. He is board certified in vascular and general surgery.

“I’m so excited to begin my new role and continue serving our community,” Hochstetler, said, “I’d like to thank the community, my patients, co-workers and SOMC for their continued support.”

Dr. Hochstetler can be reached at the SOMC Heart and Vascular Associates, 1711 27th Street, Braunlin Building, Suite 206 in Portsmouth, Ohio. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 740-356-8772.

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, August 23

The Heart and Vascular Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center have formed a local chapter of the Mended Hearts program and will meet from 5 to 7 p.m., Aug. 23 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. in Portsmouth.

The Mended Hearts, Inc. is a national nonprofit support organization that includes heart patients, spouses, healthcare professionals and others interested in helping patients with the emotional recovery from heart disease. With 280 community-based chapters nationwide, Mended Hearts has 24,000 members, making it the largest heart-related patient support group.

“Members assist cardiac patients with an extensive accredited visitors program, support groups, health information workshops, social and special events and other volunteer activities,” Keri Imm, nurse manager of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at SOMC, said. “Mended Hearts has been offering hope and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers for 50 years and the outreach and support is a proven benefit to the community.”

Imm adds that while heart patient-to-patient visits are the core of the Mended Hearts’ program, volunteers do not have to be a patient. Caregivers, family members of patients, physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals and anyone else interested are invited to participate.

For more information or to reserve your seat, please call 740-356-7663.

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, June 21

The Heart and Vascular Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center have formed a local chapter of the Mended Hearts program and will meet from 5 to 7 p.m., June 21 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. in Portsmouth.

The Mended Hearts, Inc. is a national nonprofit support organization that includes heart patients, spouses, healthcare professionals and others interested in helping patients with the emotional recovery from heart disease. With 280 community-based chapters nationwide, Mended Hearts has 24,000 members, making it the largest heart-related patient support group.

“Members assist cardiac patients with an extensive accredited visitors program, support groups, health information workshops, social and special events and other volunteer activities,” Keri Imm, nurse manager of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at SOMC, said. “Mended Hearts has been offering hope and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers for 50 years and the outreach and support is a proven benefit to the community.”

Imm adds that while heart patient-to-patient visits are the core of the Mended Hearts’ program, volunteers do not have to be a patient. Caregivers, family members of patients, physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals and anyone else interested are invited to participate.

For more information or to reserve your seat, please call 740-356-7663.

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, May 24

The Heart and Vascular Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center have formed a local chapter of the Mended Hearts program and will meet from 5 to 7 p.m., May 24 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. in Portsmouth.

The Mended Hearts, Inc. is a national nonprofit support organization that includes heart patients, spouses, healthcare professionals and others interested in helping patients with the emotional recovery from heart disease. With 280 community-based chapters nationwide, Mended Hearts has 24,000 members, making it the largest heart-related patient support group.

“Members assist cardiac patients with an extensive accredited visitors program, support groups, health information workshops, social and special events and other volunteer activities,” Keri Imm, nurse manager of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at SOMC, said. “Mended Hearts has been offering hope and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers for 50 years and the outreach and support is a proven benefit to the community.”

Imm adds that while heart patient-to-patient visits are the core of the Mended Hearts’ program, volunteers do not have to be a patient. Caregivers, family members of patients, physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals and anyone else interested are invited to participate.

For more information or to reserve your seat, please call 740-356-7663.

SOMC Names New Manager of Employee Health and Wellness

Julie Thornsberry, RN, BSN, has been named Manager of Employee Health and Wellness at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Thornsberry has worked at SOMC since 2000. She earned an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in nursing from Shawnee State University. She was a nurse in the SOMC Maternity unit for eight years and for the last three years she was the Clinical Educator and Team Leader for the Cardio Vascular Operating Room. In her new role, she will bring a clinical aspect to the Employee Health Department and lead the efforts for employee wellness and the Healthy Partners program. She currently resides in Beaver, Ohio with her husband, David and daughter, Drew.

SOMC Names New Nurse Manager of Surgical Vascular Care Unit

Suzi Lloyd, BSN, RN-BC, has been named the Nurse Manager of the Surgical Vascular Care Unit at Southern Ohio Medical Center.   Lloyd brings nearly 30 years of clinical and leadership expertise to this position. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She began working at Mercy Hospital in 1982 and has held previous positions as Assistant Nurse Manager of the Orthopedic and Surgical Vascular Care Units. Lloyd is a member of the Southern Ohio Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) chapter.   She currently resides in Minford with her family.

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, April 26

Mended Hearts

The Heart and Vascular Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center have formed a local chapter of the Mended Hearts program and will meet from 5 to 7 p.m., April 26 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. in Portsmouth. The Mended Hearts, Inc. is a national nonprofit support organization that includes heart patients, spouses, healthcare professionals and others interested in helping patients with the emotional recovery from heart disease. With 280 community-based chapters nationwide, Mended Hearts has 24,000 members, making it the largest heart-related patient support group. “Members assist cardiac patients with an extensive accredited visitors program, support groups, health information workshops, social and special events and other volunteer activities,” Keri Imm, nurse manager of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at SOMC, said. “Mended Hearts has been offering hope and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers for 50 years and the outreach and support is a proven benefit to the community.” Imm adds that while heart patient-to-patient visits are the core of the Mended Hearts’ program, volunteers do not have to be a patient. Caregivers, family members of patients, physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals and anyone else interested are invited to participate. For more information or to reserve your seat, please call 740-356-7663.

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