SOMC Lab Receives Accreditation

The Southern Ohio Medical Center Laboratory has been awarded a two-year accreditation by the commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

Leeann L. Sammons, SOMC vice president of Health and Safety, stated that the laboratory’s success is the result of the efforts of a well-trained, conscientious staff.

“The lab staff is committed to achieving and sustaining exceptional results, through benchmarking with national top performers,” Sammons said. “This accreditation is another validation of their hard work to offer the best services available.”

Inspectors examine the records and quality control of the laboratory for the preceding two years, as well as the education and qualifications of the total staff, the adequacy of the facilities, the equipment, laboratory safety and the laboratory management to determine how well the laboratory is serving the patient.

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. The SOMC Laboratory is one of more than 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.

The College of American Pathologists is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. It is a medical organization serving nearly 16,000 pathologists and the laboratory community throughout the world.

Adams Appointed at OUCOM

Darren C. Adams, DO

Dr. Terry Johnson, Assistant Dean for Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUCOM), is proud to announce that Darren C. Adams, DO, has been appointed to the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the college.

Dr. Adams’ appointment is effective through 2010. This is an appointment of the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) Group IV in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Adams received his medical degree from OUCOM. He completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at OUCOM and O’Bleness Hospital in Athens.

Dr. Adams is a member of the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center and practices Obstetrics and Gynecology in Portsmouth.

Promise Guild Supports Art Therapy For Cancer Patients

Jenifer Combs, Anna Cardenas and Joyce Payton

The Promise Guild, part of the Friends of SOMC, recently purchased art supplies as part of the complementary therapy using arts and crafts for cancer patients at the SOMC Cancer Center. The art therapy proposal was presented by SOMC Cancer Center Oncology Nurse Jenifer Combs, RN, BSN, OCN. Shown (l-r) with some of the supplies are Combs with Promise Guild members Anna Cardenas and Joyce Payton.

Snook Joins SOMC Cardiology

Mamie Snook

Mamie Snook, RN, MS, CNS, CNP, RDCS, has accepted a full-time position as a nurse practitioner with SOMC Cardiology, beginning April 2. She will continue in her role of helping expand Southern Ohio Medical Center’s heart and vascular program and be intricately involved in the care of SOMC cardiology patients.

Snook has served as the clinical nurse specialist for SOMC Heart and Vascular Services for the past year. For the past seven years, she has also served as nurse practitioner in the office of Drs. Ronald Arrick and Kevin Kammler. She has been with SOMC for 27 years, serving in critical care, cardiac rehabilitation and cardiovascular testing.

Snook is a graduate of Holzer Medical Center as a diploma nurse, obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at Ohio University, graduated with a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as a CNS from the Ohio State University and graduated in her post masters program as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from Ohio State. She became a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer in 1989.

SOMC Personnel Complete OSHA Safety Training

Safety leaders at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently completed OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Certification in the Standards for General Industry and the Standards of the Construction Industry. Certification training consisted of 30 hours of training in each area. The training provided OSHA guidelines that assist with SOMC’s organizational goal of achieving OSHA VPP (Voluntary Protection Programs) Star status and in continually striving to make SOMC safe.

Those completing the training are (front, l-r): John Schaffer, Manager Telecommunications, Leeann L. Sammons, vice president of Health and Safety Services; Greg Malone, Bio-Medical Engineering; Sharon Nolan, Infection Control; Abby Floyd, Plant Operations; Sheri Anderson, Safety Services; Craig Gilliland, administrative director of Facilities; back (l-r); Penny Cooper, director of Safety Services; Ted Stidham, Warehouse; Tom DeCamp, Plant Operations; Joan Thomas, director of Environmental Services; Henry Stewart, Maintenance; Randy McGraw, Maintenance; Joe McKinnon, manager of Security Services and Harold Bise, Maintenance.

Guild Flower Sales Under Way

The Scioto Guild, a part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, will host their annual flower sale through April 3. Orders are available for geranium baskets, hanging baskets for a variety of flowers and ferns. Flowers are purchased locally. Orders may be placed by calling Bonnie Johnson at 354-6536 or Gerri Nourse at 259-5868. Pick-up dates are May 8 and 9 at the Friends Community Center. Pictured, members of the guild begin planning for the event.

Stewart Receives IDEAS Award

Terry Stewart, Southern Ohio Medical Center Emergency Services, left, receives an IDEAS (Ideas Developed by Employees At SOMC) award from Amy Beinkampen, Director of Heart and Vascular Services and Quality Leadership Team Leader, for his suggestion to develop an Excel program to automatically calculate Emergency Department census numbers to reduce error. Stewart also received $25 in tokens that can be cashed in or saved for a day off with pay. The SOMC IDEAS program was developed to encourage and promote suggestions and reward employees for taking an active role in making SOMC a great place to work.

New Emergency Residency Program Launched at SOMC

John S. Kasper, DO

John S. Kasper, DO, has been named the director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

“We’re developing a four-year internship/residency training program in Emergency Medicine,” he explains. “Graduates coming from various institutions will have an opportunity to observe and learn approaches to address acute or life-threatening emergencies.”

Following the initial “foundation” year of work in the Emergency Department at SOMC, participants will have a choice to commit to three additional years of training and experience or pursue studies elsewhere.

“This program complements the family practice program already in place at SOMC,” he says, adding that students are expected from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as other institutions in West Virginia and Kentucky.

Dr. Kasper is certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine. He has more than 28 years of experience in the practice of Emergency Medicine, recently serving at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Trauma Center in Dayton. He is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, and received his undergraduate degree and master of science degree from the University of Scranton, Scranton, PA. He completed his internship at Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI. He began his residency training in orthopedic surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, TX, but ultimately changed his interest to Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Kasper has more than 30 years of US military service, attaining the rank of Brigadier General in the US Army Reserve. He recently retired with honors.

SOMC Cancer Services Receives Komen Grant

Beginning in April, Southern Ohio Medical Center will be able to offer more breast cancer services to uninsured and underserved women in Scioto, Pike and Lawrence counties, thanks to a grant received from the Columbus chapter of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.

“The grant is going to open a lot of doors for us and will really give us a chance to provide a unique service to the women of our area,” Heather Ashley, RN, BSN, OCN, clinical manager of Medical Oncology at SOMC, said. “We’ve never had something on this level happen to us and we’re all very excited about its possibilities.”

The $48,500 grant given to the SOMC Cancer Center will be used to start the Hands of Hope program. Hands of Hope will be geared toward educating community woman 40 years and older about the importance of early breast cancer detection and supplying those already diagnosed with added guidance and support.

“Women diagnosed with breast cancer at an earlier stage have much higher survival rates,” Ashley said. “Unfortunately, not everyone in our community is financially able to go through the steps necessary to complete early detection, which is why the Hands of Hope program is so important.”

Hands for Hope will provide free mammograms and financial assistance for breast biopsy to uninsured women. Those currently affected by breast cancer will be provided with a special nurse contact, called a Breast Health Navigator, to bridge the gap between the physical aspects of breast cancer and the immediate needs throughout diagnosis, surgery and treatment. After breast surgery, patients will receive a visit from the Breast Health Navigator nurse for education regarding post-surgical care and the recovery process before leaving the hospital.

“We’re so glad to have the opportunity to partner with Komen Columbus,” Ashley said. “The program will be a great service to our community and we hope it will help the women of our area in winning the fight against cancer.”

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest and most progressive network of breast cancer survivors and activists. For the past 25 years, the foundation has contributed more than $1 billion in funding for basic, clinical and translational breast cancer research and innovative projects in the areas of breast cancer education, screening and treatment.

To learn more about Hands of Hope and its qualifications, call Heather Ashley at (740) 356-7594.