Through the hard work of its more than 2,300 employees, Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently named a 2011 Distinctive Workplace Award winner by Press Ganey Associates. Pictured (l to r) are SOMC employees: Jason Swords of the Cardiovascular Operating Room; Sheryl Howard of Environmental Services; Shay Fry of Diagnostic Radiology; Jeannie Patty of Telecommunications; Terry Hall of Facilities; and Dr. Marion Hochstetler of SOMC Heart and Vascular Services.
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Southern Ohio Medical Center has been named a 2011 Press Ganey Distinctive Workplace Award winner by Press Ganey Associates.
SOMC is one of only 11 Press Ganey clients in the nation to receive this prestigious honor, which is given to organizations that have reached and sustained the 95th percentile in employee satisfaction scores for two consecutive reporting periods. SOMC currently stands at the 99th percentile for employee satisfaction.
“This is a great honor for our organization and recognizes our employees for their partnership and true commitment to outstanding quality service,” Ken Applegate, director of SOMC Human Resources, said. “This award acknowledges that our employees love what they do and take pride in providing their talents right here at SOMC.”
Press Ganey partners with more than 10,000 healthcare facilities (including more than 50 percent of U.S. hospitals) to measure and improve the quality of care delivered to patients. The company’s databases are the largest in the industry and allow facilities nationwide to benchmark their results against peer organizations.
SOMC has been recognized nationally and statewide for employee satisfaction, not only receiving the Distinctive Workplace Award two years in a row, but also earning distinctions as one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, a Best Employer in Ohio, and one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Best Places to Work.
“Without the dedication and high-level of quality our staff provide every day, we would not be considered for such designations,” SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett said. “We are proud of our team of experts at SOMC and are extremely proud to offer the best quality care to the people of our community.
Karen Marshall Thompson, director of Home Health Services and the Wound Healing Center at Southern Ohio Medical Center, was recently elected to the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Board of Directors.
Thompson was elected for Region V, which includes representation from Ohio, Ill., Ind., Mich., Minn., and Wis.
“I am very excited to receive this honor,” Thompson said. “The NAHC Board of Directors is the chief policy making body of the NAHC, and I am thrilled to be a part of such an important institution.”
The NAHC meets four times per year in Washington, D.C. and its activities include political advocacy and activism, strategic planning, educational programming and collaborative projects, which demonstrate the clinical efficacy and effectiveness of Home Care and Hospice services.
Thompson, RN, MS, CNS, has been an employee at SOMC for 33 years and also serves as a tri-leader for the hospital’s Magnet recognition program.
“I’m grateful for the excellent opportunities I have been afforded through my work at SOMC, and I’m thankful for the support they’ve shown me in my latest endeavor,” Thompson said.
Thompson is a graduate of The Ohio State University, Ohio University and Mount Carmel Hospital School of Nursing. She resides in Otway with her husband, Ben.
Nursing leaders at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently presented “The Pursuit of Perfection in a Zero Defect World” to a crowd of more than 900 people during the 2011 American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) National Magnet Conference Oct. 4-6 in Baltimore, Md.”SOMC has been a Magnet hospital since January 2008, but each year we push ourselves further to achieve perfection,” Claudia Burchett, chief nursing officer and vice president of SOMC Patient Services, said. “Only excellence counts in today’s healthcare environment, and with Magnet’s ever-changing expectations, it’s important that we consistently move our hospital toward a higher standard of patient care. We’re always happy to share our proven practices with other organizations.” ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). More than 7,500 nurses representing all 50 states and more than 20 countries around the world annually attend the conference, which explores nursing excellence in clinical practice, leadership and research through educational sessions, exhibits and poster presentations. Those who presented (shown left to right) included Burchett, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, NEA-BC; Karen Thompson, RN, MS, CNS, director of SOMC Home Care and Wound Healing Services; Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, RN, BSN, MSN, NE-BC, director of SOMC Emergency, Outpatient and Pediatric Services; and Valerie DeCamp, RN, BSN, MHA, NE-BC, director of SOMC Inpatient Nursing Services.”This is the fourth year we have presented and hope to do so again in the future,” Burchett added. “We look forward to the next ANCC conference and continuing our organization’s journey toward excellence and perfection.”
Southern Ohio Medical Center held a Nursing Camp May 17 for local high school sophomores. A group of 40 students from 15 different schools spent the day learning about the different levels of nursing education, nursing school and specialty areas of nursing such as surgical, maternity, cardiovascular, emergency and community nursing. Life Ambulance provided lunch. SOMC Cardiovascular Operating Room Nurse, Cindy Blair, RN, instructs Sarah Potts and T.J. Picklesimer of Portsmouth High School and Autumn Sowards (center) of East High School, how to staple a surgical wound with foam egg crates.
Southern Ohio Medical Center’s nursing staff recently celebrated National Nurses Week by collecting items for the Stepping Stones House-a residential facility specializing in treatment of substance abuse and care for expecting mothers and their children. Together the nursing units collected hundreds of items for the organization including toiletries, baby wipes, diapers and car seats. Shown on the final day of the collection are SOMC employees.
Southern Ohio Medical Center recently honored its 162 board certified nurses on Certified Nurses Day, March 19. Certified Nurses Day is a national day of recognition for certified nurses and celebrates the achievements of Margretta Madden Styles, the “Mother of Nurse Credentialing.”
“We are very proud of all of our nurses at SOMC,” Valerie DeCamp, director of nursing for Inpatient Services and Accreditation, said. “On behalf of the organization, it is my pleasure to express the gratitude we feel for the proficiency and leadership our nurses demonstrate when they achieve and maintain national board certification in their nursing specialty.”
Certification, as defined by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), is the formal recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards identified by a nursing specialty to promote optimal health results.
“As a result of nurses acquiring additional certifications, it creates an environment of professionalism and specialized competency,” Karen Walburn, manager of Employment, said. “This special day gives us an opportunity to recognize and encourage nurses to pursue this important step in their careers.”
“We realize that it takes personal dedication and persistence to achieve and maintain certification,” DeCamp added. “We value their commitment to nursing excellence.”
Southern Ohio Medical Center recently hosted its Third Annual Nursing Research Symposium. More than 60 nurses, faculty and nursing students attend the event, Oct. 25. SOMC partnered with Shawnee State University, Marshall University and Riverside Methodist Hospital to educate attendees on various research topics, including minimal lift environment, resilience, childhood obesity and heart failure. Shown above speaking about “Prevalence and Perception of Obesity in a Group of Children In An After School Program is Mary Kathryn Gould, EdD, RD, LD-MSU.
Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received notification from Press Ganey Associates, Inc. that the organization has received the 2010 Distinctive Workplace Award.
“This is a great honor for our organization,” said President and CEO Randy Arnett. “This award recognizes that our employees love what they do and take pride in practicing their gifts right here at SOMC.”
Press Ganey currently partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities (including more than 40 percent of U.S. hospitals) to measure and improve the quality of their care. The company’s databases are the largest in the industry and allow facilities nationwide to benchmark their results against peer organizations.
The award is given based on Press Ganey clients who have reached and maintained the 95th percentile or better in employee satisfaction. Southern Ohio Medical Center currently stands at the 98th percentile for overall employee satisfaction.
SOMC has been recognized nationally and statewide for employee satisfaction. SOMC has been named to the FORTUNE Great Places to Work list three years in a row and is ranked number one the Ohio’s Best Employer list. SOMC was most recently ranked 6th in the nation of Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine.
“Without the dedication and high-level of quality our staff provide every day, we would not be considered for such designations. We are proud of our team of experts at SOMC and are proud to offer the best to our community in quality care,” Arnett said.