‘Heart & Vascular’ Category


SOMC Hosted 10th Annual Love Your Heart

Becky Cooper, RN of SOMC’s Emergency Department assists two kindergarten students in using Doppler to hear their heartbeat during SOMC’s 10th Annual Love Your Heart educational event.

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently hosted the 10th Annual Love Your Heart event, April 20 and 21. Since 2000, the program has used a Wizard of Oz theme to educate more than 10,000 five and six-year-old children about healthy heart habits.

Debbie O’Dell, kindergarten teacher at Portsmouth West, has brought her classes to Love Your Heart since the program started ten years ago. She explained that it’s good for her students to take a field trip and learn outside of the classroom.

“My students love coming to SOMC to learn about their hearts,” O’Dell said. “A lot of people don’t take care of their hearts and I think it’s due to a lack of education. If you teach the students while they are young, then they are more likely to utilize this knowledge as adults.”

When the schools arrived at the SOMC Friends Community Center, they were greeted by the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, Dorothy and other characters from the Wizard of Oz. The children learned that the Tin Man received a new heart and that he needs to learn how to take care of it. After the opening program, small groups were led through five different interactive stations where they learned how to feed, see, hear, feel and exercise their hearts.

“By using a storybook theme to present the information, SOMC staff assisted children in developing their cognitive learning skills,” Christy Aeh, nurse manager of ICU and program director for Love Your Heart, said. “This approach to teaching has been so successful that in May 2001, the ICU staff received the Seabury and Smith, Inc., Community Service Award, for our efforts in teaching area children about heart health.”

“Love Your Heart stemmed from the education team of the Intensive Care Unit,” Tony Smith, assistant nurse manager of the ICU, said. “I portray Tin Man every year and I really enjoy teaching the students and creating a connection between Tin Man’s heart and theirs.”

Schools from Wheelersburg, Northwest, Stanton, Clay, Notre Dame, South Webster, Green, Valley Portsmouth City and Minford brought 1,150 children to this year’s event. SOMC nursing staff and nursing students from Shawnee State University, Collins Career Center, Pike County, Rio Grande and Ohio University nursing students volunteered their time to help the event run smoothly.

“I think Love Your Heart is a great program and good education for kids,” Sarah Fox, SSU student volunteer and nurse resident at SOMC, said. “My niece came last year and she kept talking about how much fun it was.”

“Love Your Heart has proven to be one of the most successful programs conducted for kindergarten-aged children in the Scioto County area,” Aeh added. “We are grateful that SOMC can provide such a wonderful program for our community and we look forward to planning Love Your Heart 2011.”

SOMC Provides Screenings at Garden With Heart

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently provided more than 150 free screenings during Garden With Heart, held Feb. 16. The event raised awareness of heart health, provided education and hosted local health vendors. Special guest, John Marra, WSAZ’s garden expert (center) offered gardening advice to audience members and promoted healthy eating and an active lifestyle. Shown with Marra are staff members of Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Services.

SOMC to Host Garden With Heart

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host its fifth annual heart awareness program, “Garden with Heart,” from 2 to 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth.

“Each year we try to incorporate a heart-healthy theme to our community awareness program so we can focus not only on taking care of the heart, but also on creating an overall healthy lifestyle.” Amy Fraulini, director of SOMC Heart and Vascular Services, said.

This year’s event will feature John Marra, WSAZ’s garden expert, exhibiting various gardening techniques and tips to promote an active lifestyle. Demonstrations begin at 3 p.m.

“In order to have a healthy heart, you must have a healthy lifestyle. Part of that lifestyle is learning how to grow heart healthy vegetables and herbs which encourage healthy eating and exercise,” Fraulini said.

While learning gardening tips, participants will also be able to take part in free health screenings which begin at 2 p.m. and include total cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, waist circumference and a heart risk analysis. Pre-registration is required.

For more information about Garden with Heart or to schedule an appointment for your free health screening call 356-7665.

Health Hearts Luncheon held Feb. 12

SOMC Heart and Vascular Services and the Department of Nursing at Shawnee State University partnered to promote community awareness of programs, education and local sponsors diligently working to lower Scioto County’s risk for heart disease during the second annual Health Hearts Luncheon held Feb. 12. The event featured guest speaker, Southern Ohio Medical Center open-heart patient, Lavonne Valoski (center), as well as Amy Fraulini, director of Heart and Vascular Services at SOMC.

Shown above at the luncheon with Valoski are SOMC employees and patients (back row: l to r) Ann Cooper, nurse manager of Surgery, Keri Imm, nurse manager of Cardiac Rehab, Valoski, Mr. Questel, SOMC open-heart patient, Mrs. Questel, Paul Rase, nurse manager of Heart Care and (front row: l to r) Julie Thornsberry, RN of the CVOR, Amy Fraulini, director of Heart and Vascular Services and Tom Greene, director of Surgical Services.

SOMC Vascular Surgeon Receives High Satisfaction Scores

If you ask Marion Hochstetler, M.D., vascular surgeon at Southern Ohio Medical Center, what he does for a living, he’ll jokingly say, “I’m a human plumber.”

“If a vein or artery is blocked, I go in and remove the blockage,” Hochstetler said. “I spent two years specifically studying artery and vein diseases.”

He was raised on a farm in Orrville, Ohio.  In his free time, he enjoys hunting and spending time with his wife and two children. Hochstetler’s uncle was a physician who taught him a variety of skills and inspired him to become a surgeon.

While only practicing with the Surgery Associates of SOMC for six months, Hochstetler has already made quite an impression on the employees at SOMC, achieving the 99th percentile in the most recent satisfaction survey.

One of Dr. Hochstetler’s patients, Merlyn Cole, 73, from South Webster said, “He is the most wonderful physician. He’s so down to earth and the ‘doc’ explained everything in a way my wife and I could easily understand, which calmed our nerves.”

Dr. Hochstetler literally “plumbed” Cole’s arteries in his legs to relieve blockage created by the build up of cholesterol. Cole used to walk two miles everyday until he began to feel pain in his legs. After correcting his artery blockage, he feels better than he has in years and is thankful for Dr. Hochstetler.

“Dr. Hochstetler is a breath of fresh air,” Sally Berry, RN, CNOR, staff nurse in surgery, said. “He is relaxed with his patients which in turn lowers their anxiety. I wish I was on his surgery team just so I could work with him more often.”

In addition to removing blockage from patients’ legs, Dr. Hochstetler offers a variety of vascular and surgical services. He treats peripheral arterial disease, complex aneurysms, aortic diseases, varicose veins, venous and diabetic ulcers, placement and revision of dialysis access, and the management of neck artery blockage with stenting or open surgical treatment.

One such patient is Mr. Homer Lute, who suffered from severe neck artery blockage. Lute, 73, from McDermott felt short of breath and came to SOMC’s emergency department. During his workup, he was found to have critical neck artery blockage, placing him at high risk for having a stroke.  Dr. Hochstetler performed surgery to remove the blockage and he went home the next day.

“Just before the new year, I had my surgery. Dr. Hochstetler made me feel comfortable and everything went smoothly,” Lute said. “He is a very good doctor and I would recommend him to anyone.”

Cole added,“You won’t find a better doctor anywhere. I’ve been to the big cities for healthcare but the care I’ve received at SOMC is excellent and we are lucky to have Dr. Hochstetler here in Portsmouth.”

Dr. Hochstetler is currently accepting patients and can be reached at the SOMC Surgical Associates, 1735 27th St., Waller Building, Suite 102, Portsmouth, Ohio. Call (740) 353-3562 for more information.

Critical Care, Open-Heart Nurses Invited to Open House

As the region’s only Magnet hospital, Southern Ohio Medical Center is saving (and warming) hearts using technology and evidence-based procedures scarcely found anywhere else in the country.

Experienced open-heart and critical care nurses are invited to learn more about the very good things happening within our complete line of Heart and Vascular Services during a Heart-Warming Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15 in the SOMC Heart Care Unit, 1805 27th St., Portsmouth.

Participants will have the opportunity to tour the department, meet members of the staff and explore all available nursing options.

For more information, please call the SOMC Human Resources Employment Office at 356-6440.

Interventional Cardiologist Jones Welcomed At SOMC

Jennifer Jones, MD, a physician specializing in interventional cardiology, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Jones received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. She completed a fellowship in Heart Failure and Transplant at the University of California, San Francisco, CA., and a fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology at Harper University Hospital in Detroit, MI. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology.

Dr. Jones can be reached at SOMC Heart and Vascular Associates, 1735 27th St., Waller Building Suite 207, Portsmouth, OH 45662. Call (740) 356-8772 for more information.

Service Guild Supports Heart Education

 

he Service Guild, a guild of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, supported the educational initiative of the Mega Heart at the Scioto County Fair. The display was part of the week-long activities at the SOMC booth at the fair. Presenting a check for $4,000 is, from right, Freda Biliter, Service Guild President, to Tanya Thoroughman, center, Heart and Vascular Services at SOMC and Maxine Arnett, Service Guild Treasurer.

SOMC Celebrates 100 Open-Heart Procedures

Staff members and physicians of Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Services celebrated their 100th open-heart procedure with a special luncheon Aug. 11. Thanks to the hard-work and dedication of the employees, the program (which opened in December of 2008) also recently received Cycle II Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers and passed inspection by the Ohio Department of Health for Adult Cardiac Catheterization and Adult Open Heart Programs. Shown during the celebration are members of the SOMC Heart and Vascular team.