SOMC Welcomes Fowler, Banalagay To Board

The Southern Ohio Medical Center Board of Directors elected two new members and re-elected a third at the board’s June 27 meeting.

David Fowler, vice president and trust officer of U.S. Bank, and Ernesto Banalagay, MD, a local physician, were elected to three-year terms to fill seats vacated by outgoing directors Jim Daehler and David Provaznik, DO. Gary Duzan of The Portsmouth Insurance Agency, Inc., was re-elected to another three-year term and serves as treasurer.

David Fowler has been welcomed for a three-year term ending June 30, 2010. Fowler is Vice President & Trust Officer with U.S. Bank Private Client Group. Since 1993, Mr. Fowler has served personal and corporate bank clients providing trustee fiduciary agency and custodial services through the Portsmouth Office of U.S. Bank. Prior to joining U.S. Bank, Mr. Fowler served as Trust Officer with Bank One, Portsmouth, NA, and Trust Officer with Bank One, Charleston, West Virginia. Mr. Fowler is a 1983 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration graduate of The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. He is also a graduate of the Ohio Bankers Trust School, American Bankers Association National Trust School, American Bankers Association National Graduate Trust School, and Capital University Law School Legal Assistant Program. Mr. Fowler is also a member of the SOMC Foundation Board.

Ernesto Banalagay, MD, a physician specializing in nephrology, has been welcomed for a three-year term ending June 30, 2010. Dr. Banalagay has been in practice in the Portsmouth area since 1998. He received his medical degree at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Northeastern Pennsylvania Internal Medicine, Wilkes-Barre, PA, and a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Pittsburgh. He is board-certified in nephrology, internal medicine and clinical hypertension.

SOMC’s Trinidad Offering Reverse Shoulder Replacement

SOMC orthopaedic surgeon Gerardo Trinidad, MD, discusses a reverse shoulder prosthesis model with a colleague

When Dot Goodman started trimming the bushes around her home one day two years ago it was a challenge, and resulted in a shoulder problem that took the work of a local surgeon using a new procedure to correct.

“It was hard but I was bound and determined to get it done,” she says. “Then I tore my rotator cuff.”

In a healthy patient’s shoulder, the upper arm bone (humerus) ends in a ball shape, which fits into a socket formed by the shoulder blade (scapula). Together, this ball and socket create the shoulder. The rotator cuff muscles are one of the prime movers of the shoulder, holding it intact and allowing it to bend and function normally.

Goodman saw Gerardo Trinidad, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon on staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He performed a surgery to repair it, then sent her through physical therapy.

However, only partially through her therapy, Goodman had to stop because of heart surgery, and after she recovered, had to start over with her shoulder.

“I was in a lot of pain, and Dr. Trinidad wanted to use this new procedure that takes away the pain, and it did,” she says.

“Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery is mainly used on those suffering from a weakening of the rotator cuff muscles,” Dr. Trinidad explains. “This can be caused by disease, arthritis or, in Mrs. Goodman’s case, previous shoulder injuries that cause a lot of pain.”

The reversal procedure is used instead of a conventional shoulder replacement due to the lack of a functioning rotator cuff in the patient. The Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery essentially reverses the alignment of the original ball and socket by attaching a prosthetic ball to the scapula and a prosthetic cup (socket) at the upper end of the humerus.

“The surgery changes the center of rotation for the shoulder, allowing movement up and out,” Dr. Trinidad says. “By reversing the ball and socket locations, deltoid and other muscles are able to act in unison to compensate for the lack of a rotator cuff.”

“I’ve had hardly any pain,” Goodman says. “I can’t lift it straight up, but I can get it fairly high, and it’s just amazing how much better I feel.”

“We’re very excited here at SOMC to be able to use this approach to reducing pain and helping patients get back to living an active life,” Dr. Trinidad says.

SOMC Presents Grant For Greenup Fitness Program

Southern Ohio Medical Center has awarded a $20,000 grant to Greenup County Schools for a new physical fitness program for elementary school students. The grant is part of the SOMC Make A Difference Grant program supporting area school projects that have an impact on students and the community and ultimately the long-term health of area residents.

“We are excited to have SOMC’s support for this program,” Greenup Superintendent John F. Younce said. “Our future is dependent upon the health and well-being of our young people and our community as a whole, and we envision this project taking great steps toward developing health-mindful habits among our students.”

Greenup’s program, “Health Revolution,” includes a multi-faceted approach with students receiving direct nutrition and physical fitness instruction in the classroom, and includes partnering with community resources. Specialized instruction will include dance, step aerobics, body bar exercises and each elementary school will have a Dance Dance Revolution machine for use during recess times. Family fitness nights with activities and screenings are also included.

“Greenup’s proposal includes strong measurement and evaluation tools, and the sheer volume of students that this program will impact sets it apart,” SOMC President Randy Arnett said. “Teaching our children how to lead healthier lives is vital to our society’s future. We are proud to be associated with this project and play a part in its success.”

The other two recipients in SOMC’s Make A Difference Grant program included Green Local Schools and Washington Nile Local Schools. Separate news releases on the other two grants will also be distributed to area media detailing the other recipients’ projects.

Schwamburger Welcomed To SOMC Staff

Matthew S. Schwamburger, MD, a physician specializing in anesthesiology, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center, where he will begin practicing July 17.

Dr. Schwamburger received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his internship at The Christ Hospital and his anesthesia residency at University Hospital, both in Cincinnati. He received his bachelor of arts as a cum laude graduate from Miami University with a major in zoology. He is a native of the Portsmouth area and a graduate of Wheelersburg High School.

Dr. Schwamburger and his wife and two children reside in the Wheelersburg area. He can be reached in the SOMC Anesthesia Services Department at 356-8231.

4-H Volunteers Help Out at SOMC Hospice Center

Three members of the Green Clovers 4H Club of Franklin Furnace spent the day volunteering at the SOMC Hospice Center, part of Southern Ohio Medical Center, to complete the community service component of their club activities. As part of their volunteer work, they helped clean up the Hospice Center’s newly-created garden area and walk the resident pet, Swann. Pictured are (from left) Jessi Wright, Maria Fraulini, Lana Percell and Swann the dog.

SOMC X-ray Rooms Turn Tropical

The X-ray rooms in the Emergency Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received a facelift with the help of local mural artist Cindy Gibson of South Webster. The two windowless rooms were painted in tropical themes with palm trees and beach scenes in one and the underwater ocean world in the other. The imagery is designed to help ease anxiety for the patient, especially children, and soften the clinical appearance of the rooms. Gibson also provided images of riverboats and trains for two X-ray rooms in the Medical Imaging Department at the hospital. Pictured, Medical Imaging Director Noel Pemberton and Educaton Coordinator Melissa Hutchens watch Gibson put some finishing touches on a beach scene.

Roberts To Join Dr. Pettit’s Practice

Jennifer Roberts, DO, a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, is joining the practice of George P. Pettit, MD, FACOG and will be a member of the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Roberts received her medical degree from the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine, Pikeville, KY, and her bachelor of science in biology from Morehead State University. She completed her internship and residency at Marshall University, Huntington, WV.

Dr. Roberts will begin her practice August 6. For an appointment, she can be reached at (740) 354-1434, Building G, 1725 27th St. on the Main Campus of SOMC.

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.

For Returning Airman, SOMC Bag Was Well-known

Jerrod Campbell and Gary Coovert

When it comes to meeting friends in far away places, Jerrod Campbell has it all “in the bag.”

In civilian life, Campbell is an exercise technician at the SOMC LIFE Center, but he also has another critical job: he’s a senior airman in the US Air Force Reserve, and recently returned from a 130-day tour in Iraq.

While working at the Ali Airbase about 150 miles south of Baghdad, Campbell discovered that the bag he used to carry his supplies to and from the shower house became a real discussion starter.

“I would carry my stuff to the shower in the Southern Ohio Medical Center tote bag the hospital gave us last year for Christmas,” he says. “People on the base would see that SOMC name and say ‘You’re from Portsmouth? I’m from Athens!’ or from Chillicothe, Waverly, everywhere. People all over the area who were also in Iraq recognized our SOMC name and knew where I was from!”

Amazingly, Campbell met several people on tour in Iraq who are from the region. While on the base, formerly known as Tallil, he spent most of his time escorting local contracting workers to their job sites, acting as a security measure.

Campbell returned home to his wife, Misty, and their daughter, who turned one year old while he was away. While Campbell was on his assignment, LIFE Center members and co-workers collected care packages for him to help cheer him up and remind him of home.

Unfortunately, his SOMC bag didn’t make it back from the Middle East. “I stuffed so much into it over there the zipper busted out,” he confesses. However, now that he’s back home, safe and back on the job, his director, Gary Coovert, has presented him with a new tote bag, along with a grateful and warm welcome back.

“We missed Jerrod while he was gone and we’re just glad he’s safely back,” Coovert says.

SOMC recently received the Patriotic Employer Award issued by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves for supporting employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve Force.