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.

31st Run For Your LIFE August 30

Local runners and community members are invited to compete in Southern Ohio Medical Center’s 31st annual Run For Your LIFE competition, which will take place Saturday, Aug. 30. The race will begin and end at the SOMC LIFE Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth.

Entrants may choose to participate in either a 5K or 10K run. Registration and packet pick-up begins at 7 a.m. the day of the event and both races will start at 8 a.m.

There is a $15 fee per entry and T-shirts will be given to the first 250 participants to register. Registration the day of the race will cost $20 and additional shirts may be purchased for $12.

This year’s route will take runners through the shady, tree-lined residential area that includes Kinney’s Lane, Grandview and Thomas avenues, Dorman, Sheridan and Orchard drives, Coles Boulevard, Shawnee and Micklethwaite roads and Greenlawn Cemetery. Massage therapists will be available for pre- and post-race services for $1 per minute.

Awards will be presented immediately after the race to the top three finishers of each age division. Awards also will be given to each male and female with the fastest time in each event; however, male and female recipients will not receive duplicate awards. All participants are eligible for door prizes.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the SOMC LIFE Center Wellness Programs.

Early registration can be made by contacting Jim Kolar at (740) 356-7566 or Registration brochures also may be picked up at the SOMC Portsmouth LIFE Center.

Richendollar Appointed At SOMC Cancer Center

Kim Richendollar, RN, BSN, has accepted the role of Breast Health Navigator at the SOMC Cancer Center.

In this position, Richendollar will be the primary nurse contact for breast cancer patients, helping to bridge the gap between the physical aspects of breast cancer and the immediate needs throughout diagnosis, surgery and treatment. She also will be the coordinator of care to uninsured and underserved women throughout the community.

Richendollar received her associate’s degree from Shawnee State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She has worked in the Emergency Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center for the past 15 years.

Richendollar resides in the local area with her husband and two children.

SOMC’s Burchett ACHE Fellow

Claudia Burchett, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, NEA-BC, vice president of Patient Services and chief nursing officer of Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

Only 7,500 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Burchett has been employed at SOMC for 30 years. She received her nursing degree from Shawnee State University, bachelor of arts in Nursing and her master of business administration from Ohio University. She is also a board-certified Nurse Executive Advanced. She was appointed vice president of Patient Services in 1992. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Lucasville and have three children.

SOMC’s Cheatham Accepted In ACEP Program

Jason Cheatham, DO, a physician on staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center, has been accepted in the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians Leadership Development Program for 2008-9.

The Leadership Development Program is to provide instruction and orientation for preparation in becoming leaders in Ohio ACEP and the potential for national ACEP leadership.

Dr. Cheatham is assistant director of the Emergency Department at SOMC with special interest in cardiovascular emergency medicine and chest pain management. He is a clinical adjunct faculty member of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Emergency Medicine Residency as chief resident at Akron General Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron.  He is board-certified in emergency medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Shawnee State University here in Portsmouth.

SOMC’s Littleton Systems Administration Manager

Ben Littleton has been named Manager of Systems and Network Administration at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He will lead a team of eight professionals and some of his primary responsibilities will include system server support, network administration and security, email management and information technology asset management.

Littleton has worked at SOMC for 10 years. An Elliott County native, he is a graduate of Elliott County High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Morehead State University. He and his wife, Beth, have two children and reside in Greenup County, Ky.

Lawson Appointed at SOMC Cancer Center

Kelly Lawson, RN, OCN, has accepted the position of Clinical Manager of Oncology Services at the SOMC Cancer Center.

aIn this position, Lawson will plan, organize, direct and coordinate the management and delivery of patient care activities, as well as maintain quality care in accordance with unit policies and procedures.

A Portsmouth native, Lawson is a graduate of Shawnee State University. She has been a part of the nursing staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center since 1990 and has served the last six years in Cancer Services.

Lawson resides in the Wheelersburg area with her family.

Meeker Assistant Nurse Manager at SOMC Cancer Center

Kristie Meeker RN, BSN, OCN, has been named the assistant nurse manager of Cancer Services at the SOMC Cancer Center.

In this position, Meeker will oversee the daily operations and nursing activities within the SOMC Cancer Center, providing ongoing education and resources to staff members, as well as clinical supervision and guidance to see that all policies, practices, procedures and standards are followed.

Meeker is a graduate of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Shawnee State University and started working at Southern Ohio Medical Center in 1999. She currently resides in the Minford area.

Coterie Guild Presents DVD Systems, Recliners To SOMC Pediatrics

The Coterie Guild, part of the Friends of SOMC, recently donated 14 new DVD systems and a collection of more than 35 DVDS to the Pediatrics Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The guild, in conjunction with Big Sandy Superstore, also donated seven Lane reclining chairs to the unit to provide more comfortable seating for parents and visitors.

Shown at the presentation are (front row: l-r) Kelly Carter, vice-president of the Coterie Guild; Malissa Warrick, nurse manager of the Pediatrics Department; (back row: l-r) Brande Charles, member of the Coterie Guild; Julie Sanders-Johnson, president of the Coterie Guild; Andrew Ruggles, registered nurse of the Pediatrics Department; and Lanita Warner, member of the Coterie Guild. Coterie works on several fundraising projects throughout the year to support programs within the SOMC Pediatrics Department.