‘Heart & Vascular’ Category


SOMC Welcomes Cardiologist Jovanovich

Southern Ohio Medical Center has welcomed Daniel B. Jovanovich, MD, FACC, FSCAI, a physician specializing in cardiology, to the medical staff.

Dr. Jovanovich came to Portsmouth from Tullahoma, TN. He received his medical degree from Hahnemann University, Philadelpha, PA. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA., and a fellowship in Cardiology at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Dr. Jovanovich has served as director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at McKeesport Hospital, McKeesport, PA., and director of the Interventional Cardiac Cath Lab at Harton Regional Medical Center, Tullahoma, TN. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.

He and his wife, Lorie, reside in the West Portsmouth area. He can be reached at SOMC Heart and Vascular Associates, 1735 27th St., Waller Building Suite 207, Portsmouth, OH  45662. Call (740) 356-8772 for an appointment or more information.

SOMC Welcomes Cardiothoracic Surgeon Henry Childers

Henry E. Childers IV, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Childers joins SOMC as part of the expansion of Heart and Vascular Services in preparation for the arrival of open heart surgery at the hospital later this year. He came to Portsmouth following a successful surgical practice in Greensburg, PA.

A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Childers received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, completed his surgery residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a senior clinical associate in surgery at Cornell University Medical College and served as chief resident in the Department of Surgery at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He has also practiced cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Division of Cadiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Childers and his wife, Dr. Maria Childers, a pediatrician, reside in the Wheelersburg area with their two children.

A member of SOMC Heart & Vascular Associates, Dr. Childers can be reached at 1735 27th St., Waller Building Suite 207, Portsmouth. Telephone (740) 356-8772 for more information.

Nationally Known Heart Nurse Speaks At SOMC

Nationally known Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist Barbara “Bobbie” Leeper, MN, RN, CCRN, from Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, presented a discussion on care and monitoring of heart surgery patients during SOMC Heart and Vascular Services’ Cardiac Symposium July 31 at the Friends Community Center. Leeper spoke to an audience of more than a hundred nurses and medical specialists from across the region during the symposium, which offered networking for professionals as Southern Ohio Medical Center prepares for the arrival of open heart surgery as part of expansion of services and facilities in 2008 and 2009.

Service Guild Supports SOMC Heart Education

Members of the Service Guild, part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently presented a $1,000 donation to the SOMC Love Your Heart program, which uses a Wizard of Oz theme to teach five- and six-year-olds how to create and maintain a healthy heart. The presentation was made during the annual event, which was held April 1, 2 and 3 at the SOMC Friends Community Center.

Shown at the presentation are Christy Aeh, nurse manager of the SOMC Intensive Care Unit; Tony Smith, assistant nurse manager of the SOMC ICU; Lora Maddix, RN and program coordinator; Freda Villiter, guild member; Alicia Fink, RN; Joyce Craig, guild member; Tami Peach, RN; Maxine Arnett, guild member; Korina Echinlaub, nurse educator of the SOMC ICU; and Teresa Barnett, RN.

PALS Support SOMC ‘Love Your Heart’

Members of the Portsmouth Area Ladies (PALS) recently presented a $1,000 donation to the Love Your Heart program at Southern Ohio Medical Center, which uses a Wizard of Oz theme to teach five- and six-year-olds how to create and maintain a healthy heart. The presentation was made during the annual event, which was held April 1, 2 and 3 at the SOMC Friends Community Center.

Shown at the presentation are Christy Aeh, nurse manager of the SOMC Intensive Care Unit; Tony Smith, assistant nurse manager of the SOMC ICU; Lora Maddix, RN and program coordinator; Freda Billiter, PALS member; Brenda Thacker, PALS member; Alicia Fink, RN; Maxine Arnett, PALS member; Tami Peach, RN; Teresa Barnett, RN; and Korina Echinlaub, nurse educator of the SOMC ICU.

SOMC Prepares To Open Heart Care Unit Aug. 1

Members of the new Heart Care Unit staff at SOMC are working with a variety of training equipment such as the simulator shown.

Southern Ohio Medical Center is preparing to open a nine-bed Heart Care Unit Aug. 1 in the hospital’s former Monitored Care area on the hospital’s second floor.

“This will be the location for the unit until the new 12-bed unit opens on the first floor of the patient care addition in 2008,” Heart Care Unit Nurse Manager Paul Rase, RN, BSN, explains.

“The Heart Care Unit will provide specialized cardiac care for patients who are experiencing heart problems, as well as for patients who have undergone heart-related procedures, such as catheterizations. When we begin open heart surgery in 2008 the new unit will be adjacent to the surgery suites where the procedures will be performed.”

Rase says the staff in the Heart Care Unit specialize in cardiac care and have been undergoing a month of additional training in preparation for the heart care unit’s opening.

“We’re very excited about this next step in our continuing expansion of SOMC’s heart services in preparation for open heart surgery,” he says, adding that the new heart unit opening next year will use the “universal bed” concept. After surgery, the patient will be transferred to a specialized cardiac care bed and will be assigned to that bed for the rest of the stay. A similar approach has been used in SOMC Maternity Services for eight years.

Cardiologist Ali Welcomed At SOMC

Arshad Ali, MD, a physician specializing in cardiology, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He has joined the practice of Dr. Sriharsha Velury, a local cardiologist.

Dr. Ali completed his medical training at Rawalpindi Medical College in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency at the State University of New York, Buffalo, NY; his cardiovascular disease fellowship at Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA; and his interventional cardiology fellowship at St. John’s Hospital in Detroit, MI. In addition, he has practiced at St. John’s Hospital, Gutherie Clinic, Sayre, PA, and Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport, PA. He is board-certified in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.

Dr. Ali and his wife are residing in the Wheelersburg area. He can be reached at SV Cardiology, 2001 Scioto Trail Suite 1B, by calling (740) 351-0454.

Cardiologist Nagra Welcomed At SOMC

Bipin Nagra, MD, a cardiologist specializing in management of heart rhythm disorders, cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He has joined the practice of Dr. Sriharsha Velury, a local cardiologist.

Dr. Nagra received his medical degree at the University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. He completed his internal medicine internship at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT; his internal medicine residency and cardiology fellowship at the Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA; and his electrophysiology fellowship at The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus.

Dr. Nagra can be reached at SV Cardiology, 2001 Scioto Trail Suite B, by calling (740) 351-0454.

SOMC Receives National Honor For Heart Care

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently accepted the VHA Leadership Award for demonstating extraordinary levels of performance in clinical excellence for care of acute heart attacks and (for the second consecutive year) for congestive heart failure care. VHA is one of the nation’s largest networks of community-owned, not-for-profit hospitals. Shown accepting the award are (l-r) Claudia Burchett, chief nursing officer and vice president, Patient Services; Sherry Young, RN, Emergency Services; Becky Hall, director, Performance Improvement; Barb Truitt, RN, Emergency Services; Amy Beinkampen, RN, director, Heart Services; Pam McCoy, RN, case manager.