SOMC Wound Healing Center Welcomes First Patient


The SOMC Wound Healing Center, which has opened on the main campus of SOMC in the former cancer services building, welcomed the first patient, Norma Bauman, Friday, Jan. 5 for treatment. The center provides hyperbaric oxygen therapy and other state-of-the-art approaches to wound healing. A public open house will be held with tours and refreshments from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21 at the facility. Shown with first patient Bauman (seated) are (back, l-r) Center Program Director Michael Bradford, RT; Staff Nurse Gina Smith, RN; Office Coordinator Kathy Grubb; Hyperbaric Oxygen Technician Deanna Potter; and Clinical Manager Bill Lynd, RN.

Rooney Welcomed at SOMC

Richard Rooney, MD

Richard C. Rooney, M.D., a general and thoracic surgeon, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Rooney received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati, where he also completed his residency and internship. He is board-certified with the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Mont Reid Surgical Society and the Scioto County Medical Society.

Dr. Rooney is practicing in Suite 102, Building C, 1735 27th St., on the Main Campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He can be reached at (740) 353-7881.

SOMC Wound Healing Center Opens

The SOMC Wound Healing Center

Southern Ohio Medical Center has opened the first hospital-based wound-healing service in the community.

The SOMC Wound Healing Center, located on the Main Campus of SOMC, is accepting patients by physician and self-referral. The facility offers a specialized staff and state-of-the-art equipment for treating wounds that are difficult to heal.

Dr. Sonja Lichtenstein

Sonja Lichtenstein, MD, a surgeon on staff at SOMC, is the Administrative Medical Director of the Wound Healing Center. Thomas L. Khoury, MD, a surgeon at SOMC, is the Medical Director of Research and Education for the Wound Healing Center.

Dr. Thomas Khoury

Treatment at the center follows clinical pathways established with National Healing, a network of more than 80 wound healing centers nationwide. The treatment approaches have resulted in national rates that include full healing in 16 weeks or less in the majority of cases.

Among treatment approaches at the SOMC Wound Healing Center, hyperbaric oxygen therapy is available with two treatment chambers on-site. Patients relax in the chamber while receiving pure oxygen, which stimulates the healing process in tissues where blood flow and oxygen delivery is poor.

Additionally, the Wound Healing Center provides advanced therapies including bio-engineered skin substitutes, vacuum-assisted closure and platelet technologies. Therapy for ulcers such as those that occur in the feet and legs is available. Treatments can also address conditions of the skin, bone and tissue that do not respond to traditional treatments.

A public open house is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m Sunday, Jan. 21 at the facility as well as for the SOMC Sleep Diagnostic Center opening in the same building, which formerly housed the hospital’s cancer services until 2004. Tours and refreshments are planned and visitors are encouraged to take a few minutes to meet the staff and see the facility.

For more information call the center at 356-8775.

SOMC Diabetes Education Relocating

Southern Ohio Medical Center Diabetes Education will relocate to the SOMC Wound Healing Center in early January.

“Many of the problems encountered with hard-to-heal wounds are related to diabetes,” Diabetes Education Coordinator Stacey Stevens says. “We’re very excited to be close to the wound treatment process and able to provide counseling and education services to wound center patients.”

The SOMC Diabetes Education Program is certified by the American Diabetes Association and provides counseling and classes on managing diabetes, nutritional information and support maintaining a healthy lifestyle while living with diabetes. For more information call Stevens at (740) 356-2429.

SOMC Sleep Diagnostic Center Moves, Expands

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Sleep Diagnostic Center is relocating from 1671 Grant Street to the SOMC Main Campus at 1745 27th St. in the building which formerly housed SOMC’s cancer services until 2004.

The center will open for sleep diagnostic testing in early January, with a six-member staff of registered respiratory therapists providing a variety of tests for patients 13 and older.

“We’re very excited about the expansion of our services, ” Bryan Hammond, RT, director of Respiratory Therapy, says. “ We are acquiring some of the latest technology in sleep diagnostics and have a skilled and specialized staff administering tests.”

The center will use the Compumedics e-Series digital system to provide true sleep study data which can then be stored and retrieved in the Compumedics Nexus database.

“This system will grow with us in the future, as our needs change,” Hammond says. “Electronic medical records are becoming the expected way of holding data related to patients’ tests and we will be ready for that approach using this system.”

Dr. Ammar Ghanem

Ammar Ghanem, MD, a pulmonologist on staff at SOMC, has received his board certification in Sleep Medicine from the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He is also board-certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Internal Medicine.

“This new facility will provide an excellent environment and appropriate equipment for conducting sleep diagnostic studies,” Dr. Ghanem says. “The dangers of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders are very real. Sleep apnea is a real stress to the heart and treating sleep apnea prevents cardiac morbidities and may improve survival. Developing and providing this program to our community is a tremendous benefit.”

Dr. Elie Saab

“The testing is non-invasive,” Elie Saab, MD, a pulmonologist on staff at SOMC, explains. “There are no needles or invasive procedures. The test is painless and provides a wealth of data from which we can determine a variety of sleep disorders and provide appropriate treatment.”

The facility includes new beds with specialized pressure-relieving mattresses in a comfortable, home-like environment.”

Most sleep loss is due to poor sleep habits and stress. However, millions of people suffer from undiagnosed sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and narcolepsy. These people should be encouraged to seek medical attention.

The SOMC Sleep Diagnostic Center will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in conjunction with the SOMC Wound Healing Center, which occupies part of the same building. The staff invites employees and physicians to stop by for refreshments and a tour.

For more information about the SOMC Sleep Diagnostic Center, call 356-8111.

Mynes Medical Director at SOMC Urgent Care Center

Timothy Mynes, DO

Timothy Mynes, D.O., Family Practitioner, has accepted the position of Medical Director at the SOMC Urgent Care Center in Wheelersburg.

Dr. Mynes joined the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center in 2004. He received his medical degree from Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Internship and Family Practice Residency at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

He and his wife, Janeen, reside in the Portsmouth area with their four children.

Virtual SOMC In Fire Training Game

Game designer Rick Eid works with Telecommunications Supervisor Elsie Wolfe.

Employees at Southern Ohio Medical Center will train for fire safety with state-of-the-art approaches this year, including an innovative three-dimensional game that replicates a nursing unit of the hospital in which a fire is spreading and patients must be rescued.

“Video game training allows us to do the impossible,” game designer Rick Eid says. “We could never go to the nursing unit and set a fire and go through these steps, but in the virtual video game world we can do everything.”

Eid and more than a dozen staffers with his Huntington/Ironton-based company, TickStorm, worked for more than 10 months on the project, gathering and duplicating the characteristics of nursing unit Three North, the hospital’s cafeteria and a neighboring physician’s office. Once the data was gathered, the game had to be tested repeatedly to catch glitches and assure a realistic experience.

The game has a tutorial with no time limits that helps the user become familiar with controls and what must be done. When the training game is actually played on one of SOMC’s computers, the user has certain tasks that must be accomplished within a certain time frame. The user must locate a fire that has broken out, sound the alarm, rescue patients and extinguish the fire using a fire extinguisher. Users earn points as they complete each task and answer questions correctly about the SOMC policies on fire safety.

TickStorm’s team worked closely with SOMC personnel to assure as much realism in the environment as possible. The user sees the SOMC environment in first-person, moving through the hallways past replicas of doors, signs, staff members and patients. In the game, screenshots of SOMC’s computer network appear on monitors at nurse stations and television programs are visible on the sets in patients’ rooms. Even the emergency pages overhead are voiced by SOMC Telecommunications Supervisor Elsie Wolfe, who provides emergency pages in the real world as well.

“I’m a hands-on learner and will understand and remember things better if I can get in there and do them,” Eid says. “Video game training can be used in conjunction with conventional training and provide a great new way to remember what you have to do.”

“Once complete, this game will be available in January as part of required fire training for all employees,” Roxane Robinson of SOMC Safety Services explains.

SOMC Welcomes New Year Baby Destiny Ann Bliss

Southern Ohio Medical Center welcomed the first baby born at the hospital in 2007 when Destiny Ann Bliss was born at 7:54 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. She is the daughter of Tiffany McCain and Matthew Bliss of Vanceburg, KY.

Destiny weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19 inches long. She was delivered by local obstetrician Dr. George Pettit.

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