ADHD/ADD Support Group Formed

Dr. John Turjoman, pediatrician in Wheelersburg and Chief of Pediatrics at Southern Ohio Medical Center, has noticed over the past years an increase in the diagnosis of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD). Dr. Turjoman noted, “These disorders can be very taxing to the parents, teachers, caregivers, and all in the community who deal with children.”

On Tuesday, July 15 Dr. Turjoman, with the support of SOMC, is starting a support group for the parents and caregivers of these children.

“I found that parents were asking me for advice and support and there was no communication between the parents,” he said. “There is clearly a need for resources and information for these parents. I hope this support group will encourage a healthy discussion in a comfortable, relaxed, and compassionate environment.”

Dr. Turjoman is being assisted by Kellie Taylor, Heather Carver, and Joshua Carver in coordinating the meetings and arranging the speakers. All three are parents of children with ADHD. Kellie Taylor stated “I found that other parents were asking me for advice on how I care for my child and I am not a specialist. I hope this group can help provide a place for them to come together and learn from each other.”

“We are working on speakers with professional backgrounds and experience,” Heather Carver added. “These are specialists who can provide information, resources and discuss contemporary topics related to these conditions.”

These meetings are free and open to the public but no children are permitted. The first meeting is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at the Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information or questions send emails to or call (740) 357-9712.

Thiel Earns Thompson Scholarship

Jordyn Thiel, a 2008 graduate of Minford High School, has been named the recipient of the Mildred E. Thompson Scholarship through the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

The award is a $1,000 scholarship given to a high school senior who has placed service above self as a well as maintained a higher-than-average grade point average. The award is named for Mildred Thompson, long-time Clerk of Courts of Scioto County who has exemplified volunteerism all her life. The scholarship goes to students who have shown outstanding efforts in community service over a period of time.

In addition to various academic and athletic awards, Thiel has been active in Big Brother/Big Sister; National Honor Society; Red, White and Youth; Quiz Bowl; Salvation Army; and church youth group activities. Theil plans to attend The Ohio State University.

Crock Appointed At OU

Dr. Terry Johnson, Assistant Dean for Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, is proud to announce that Rodney A. Crock, DO , has been appointed to the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine.

Dr. Crock received his medical degree from the Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine and his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University. He completed his residency at SOMC. He has been practicing at SOMC since 2004.

SOMC Welcomes Junior Volunteers

The 2008 Class of Junior Volunteers for Southern Ohio Medical Center participated in orientation the week of June 16. About 40 participants ages 15-18 representing all area schools will provide support for the services and programs of SOMC on all campuses and in most departments throughout the summer. For more information about SOMC’s Volunteer Program, call 356-8234.

SOMC Friends Scholars Named

The Friends of SOMC, a fundraising and supportive organization for programs and services of Southern Ohio Medical Center, has announced the recipients of the 2008 Friends of SOMC Scholarships.

Each year the Friends award scholarships to qualified applicants pursuing studies in a health-related field. Applicants qualify with a connection to SOMC through themselves or a parent, guardian or spouse. This year’s recipients are Sara Pasquinelli, Jami Lyon and Peggie Reinhardt.

Sara Pasquinelli is a Notre Dame High School graduate pursuing a nursing degree at the University of Cincinnati. She is a daughter of Ronald and Patricia Pasquinelli of Minford. Her mother, Patricia, works in SOMC’s Same Day Surgery. Jami Lyon is pursuing a medical degree at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a daughter of Frank Lott, employed in SOMC Telecommunications, and Mary Lott, employed in SOMC Medical Imaging. Peggie Reinhardt is pursing a nursing degree from Wright State University. She is employed in the SOMC Employee Health Dept. Her son, Eric, is a patient sitter at SOMC, and her daughter, Jessie, is employed in SOMC’s 1-West unit.

The Friends Scholarship is $1,000 per school year for each applicant, divided into $500 payments for fall and winter semesters.

Disaster Life Support Course Held

The Ohio Dept. of Health sponsored an Advanced Disaster Life Support Course for the local Medical Reserve Corps at Southern Ohio Medical Center June 9-11, welcoming representatives from area agencies to train for administering life support in all kinds of disasters.

Representatives from Wright State University presented two days of instruction followed by a day of drills at the Friends Community Center, with life support practice mannequins, a decontamination tent and other equipment. Part of the exercises included a simulated explosion and fire, with area high school students volunteering as “victims” needing rescued.

Among agencies and groups participating were the local Medical Reserve Corps, the Portsmouth City and Scioto County health departments, Vinton County Health Department, Grant Medical Center, local Emergency Medical Services, SOMC’s medical students, and Dr. Wayne Wheeler, medical director of Life Ambulance; Dr. Jason Cheatham, SOMC Emergency Medicine physician, and Dr. Aaron Adams, Scioto County Health Commissioner.

“You can plan and prepare, but this (exercise) opens our eyes as to what we can do as a community, as a team, as a bunch of trained individuals to work as a group and function with limited resources,” Dr. Adams said.

The Medical Reserve Corps is a group of trained medical professionals who volunteer their expertise to support the community in emergency and disaster preparedness.

SOMC Adds New Lab Service For Blood Tests

Patients needing a blood test or other lab work have a convenient new location at Southern Ohio Medical Center. SOMC Outpatient Lab Services has opened a seven-station facility in Suite 303 of the Braunlin Building on the hospital’s Main Campus.

“Patients coming from doctors’ offices in the Waller, Braunlin and Fulton buildings will find this new facility very convenient,” Lab Services Director Andrea Zaph said. “Visitors leaving their doctor’s office can reach the facility easily because it’s either right next door or in the same building as their doctor’s office.”

The new facility is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and can provide blood draws and perform electrocardiograms (EKGs), as well as accept any kind of specimen from the patient as ordered by his or her physician. Located on the third floor of the Braunlin Building, the facility is easily accessed from both the ground floor via elevators or by walking across the overstreet enclosed walkway from the Waller Building. The larger facility replaces a smaller station previously located on the first floor of the Waller Building.

“We now have blood draw stations in the Fulton and Braunlin buildings on SOMC’s Main Campus, a facility adjacent to the Health Care Center on the South Campus, and outpatient laboratory services at the Wheelersburg Urgent Care in Wheelersburg,” Zaph said. “This is in addition to outpatient laboratory services available in the main hospital building.” For more information about the new facilty, call (740) 356-8741.

SOMC Observes ‘Year of Fitness’

The SOMC LIFE Center is observing the “Year of Fitness” by encouraging residents in the community to observe a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition and exercise.

As part of encouraging exercise programs and a healthy lifestyle, the facility will offer 13-month memberships for the price of 12 months until July 31, with access all three facilities (Portsmouth, Wheelersburg, Lucasville) and more than 40 hours of fitness classes each week, an indoor walking track, state-of-the-art fitness equipment, a four-lane lap pool at the Portsmouth facility, and free personal consultations and programs.

For more information call the SOMC LIFE Center, (740) 356-7650.

Beulah Baptist Presents Atkins Memorial Gift To SOMC Cancer Services

Maria Atkins, wife of the late Phillip Atkins, recently presented a $1,000 gift in Phillip’s name from Beulah Baptist Church to Southern Ohio Medical Center Cancer Services on the first anniversary of her husband’s death. Phillip had been a patient of the SOMC Cancer Center. Shown at the presentation are (from left) Heather Ashley and Wendi Waugh of SOMC; Maria Atkins; Amory Novoselac, MD, of SOMC; Jeanette Langford and Pastor Adrian Jones of Beulah Baptist Church.