SOMC earns Magnet re-designation

Southern Ohio Medical Center has been re-designated as a Magnet hospital, the highest level of distinction for nursing excellence awarded by the American Nursing Credentialing Center. SOMC is the only Magnet hospital in the tri-state area, and one of fewer than 400 Magnet hospitals in the United States.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that we have earned Magnet re-designation. It takes full commitment from everyone in our organization to achieve the level of care required for Magnet, and I am overjoyed to see our work recognized in this way,” SOMC Chief Nursing Officer Claudia Burchett said. “This is a glowing endorsement of our nurses and the care they provide, but it’s also a ‘seal of approval’ on our entire hospital and its staff.”

“Magnet is a confirmation of something that we already know at SOMC: That our nurses routinely go above and beyond to provide their patients with truly excellent care,” SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett said. “To be re-designated as a Magnet hospital is a huge accomplishment, and one that fewer than 7% of all U.S. hospitals have achieved. It speaks to the outstanding job done by our nurses and medical staff each and every day.”

There are five main components through which Magnet hospitals are measured: Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, Exemplary Professional Practice, and New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements.  To receive re-designation, SOMC submitted a document that was more than 5,500 pages long and 20 inches tall detailing how the hospital achieved excellence in all five areas.

Magnet appraisers also completed an on-site visit where they met with staff and heard first-hand what sets SOMC apart.

“Part of what makes the nurses at SOMC so special is how they work seamlessly with the entire staff to ensure every patient receives the best care possible,” Dr. Elie Saab said. “SOMC is a Magnet hospital because of their dedication to patient care. I am proud to work alongside such talented and caring individuals.”

The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the ANCC in 1994 to recognize health care facilities that provide the very best in professional nursing care. SOMC first received Magnet designation in 2008.

ANCC statistics show that nurses who work in Magnet designated hospitals are more satisfied with their jobs and the care they provide. Magnet hospitals also have an increased retention rate for nurses.

For more information, visit www.somc.org.

Century 21 pledges $1,000 to SOMC Pink Warriors

Century 21 Empire Realty, S.E. recently pledged $1,000 to support the SOMC Pink Warriors Relay for Life team. The contribution was made in memory of Debbie Gambill’s mother and real estate agent Pam Krick, who is an 18-year cancer survivor.

Pictured here, Pam Krick presents the check to Pink Warrior co-captains Norma White and Kristi Coleman of the SOMC Cancer Center.

SOMC releases balloons for Elder Abuse Awareness

SOMC balloon release for Elder Abuse Awareness Day

In honor of Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, Southern Ohio Medical Center released one balloon into the sky for each reported case of elder abuse in Scioto County in 2012 – 162 in all. SOMC was part of an event recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at the Scioto County Welcome Center.

 

SOMC Cancer Center becomes first in the tri-state to offer AccuBoost technology

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Cancer Center has become the first facility in Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, or Ohio to implement AccuBoost technology for patients with breast cancer who have had a lumpectomy.

AccuBoost is a revolutionary new technology that uses real-time mammographic images to direct radiation to lumpectomy sites with pinpoint accuracy, providing better – and safer – results.

“For most patients with breast cancer who have had a lumpectomy followed by whole breast radiation, an additional ‘boost’ of radiation is given to the lumpectomy site. That’s because this is the most likely site of breast cancer recurrence,” Dr. Johnny Ray Bernard, Senior Medical Director of SOMC Radiation Oncology, said. “The lumpectomy site has traditionally been located using a CAT scan, which is not optimal considering the breast position is different compared to her mammogram.”

The AccuBoost technique has been shown to target the lumpectomy site with GPS-like precision, with less breast tissue being treated compared to CAT scan planning. The technique also distributes the radiation dose evenly for less skin reaction compared to CAT scan planning yielding improved cosmetic results.

“AccuBoost is great because it allows us to pinpoint the site where the cancer was removed by comparing mammogram to mammogram instead of using CAT scan planning,” Dr. Bernard said. “This targeted treatment technique is also different from traditional boosts that are delivered from only one direction.  AccuBoost distributes the dose from 4 different directions for less skin reaction compared to all the dose coming from a single direction for  better cosmetic results.  It is the first innovation in breast boost radiation in over 30 years.”

The SOMC Cancer Center is located at 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth, and can be reached at 740-356-7490. For more information, visit www.accuboost.com or “like” SOMC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernOhioMedicalCenter.

SOMC welcomes 2013 junior volunteers

SOMC Junior Volunteers

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently welcomed a new class of junior volunteers to the hospital. The SOMC Junior Volunteer Program has become a popular way for students to spend their summer. As volunteers, they are able to work along adult volunteers and SOMC staff, gaining job skills and experience. To learn more about the volunteer opportunities available at SOMC, contact the Volunteer Office at 740-356-8234.

Pictured here are this year’s summer volunteers, as well as Jenny Lavender (back row, far right) of SOMC Volunteer Services.

 

SOMC donates to Clay Legacy Fund

Clay Legacy Fund; Kara Redoutey, Courtney Delotell

For the third year in a row, Southern Ohio Medical Center has donated a $1,000 scholarship to a graduate of Clay High School through the Clay School Legacy Fund. This year’s recipient was Courtney Delotell, who plans to study nursing at Shawnee State University.

Pictured from left to right are:

Fred Reeder, Clay Alumni Vice President; Michelle Ruby, Clay Alumni Secretary; Kara Redoutey, SOMC Director of Community Relations; scholarship recipient Courtney Delotell; Charles T. Leonard, Clay Alumni President; and Dave Richard, Clay Alumni Treasurer.

 

SOMC announces Old Hollywood Casino Night fundraiser

Southern Ohio Medical Center is inviting the public to kick back and enjoy an Old Hollywood-style Casino Night at the SOMC Friends Center on June 21. Proceeds from the event support the SOMC Development Foundation.

“Our Casino Night fundraiser will help us make sure we can offer the latest treatments and technology to our patients,” SOMC Director of Community Relations and Development Kara Redoutey said. “The SOMC Development Foundation’s purpose is to give our community the resources required to meet our local healthcare needs. The money we raise from this event will help make sure local ambulances have everything they need to effectively care for heart attack patients.”

Proceeds from last year’s foundation fundraiser helped SOMC equip local ambulances with 12-Lead EKG technology, which can dramatically reduce the time it takes for heart attack victims to receive the care. Funds raised this year will go towards providing local EMS with technology and software systems to build upon those advancements even further.

Individual tickets to SOMC’s Casino Night fundraiser cost $75 each and come with $25,000 in funny money, which can be used to play games during the event.

For $500, individuals can become “Superstar Sponsors” and receive two tickets, $25,000 in funny money per person and recognition at a gaming table. A $1,000 donation earns the individual “Director’s Circle” recognition, eight tickets with reserved seating, $25,000 in funny money per person and recognition at a gaming table.

The event’s top three winners will receive prizes, while everyone else will be entered into a drawing. The event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and attendees are encouraged to wear cocktail attire or dress as their favorite Old Hollywood star.

Social hour begins at 6:00pm and gaming will last from 7:00pm until 10:00pm. For more information, or to reserve a ticket, contact the SOMC Development Office at 740-356-2794.

SOMC to host mental health in-service on June 18

Southern Ohio Medical Center will be hosting a mental health in-service at 1 p.m. on June 18. The event, which will take place in the East Campus Conference Room located inside the Gibson Building, is entitled “Dementia: Improving Communication.”

There is limited space available so participants are asked to RSVP by contacting Erica Kegley prior to June 17. Kegley can be reached at 740-356-6845.

Camp LIFE registration is now open

Parents looking for a unique way to keep their children active, healthy and occupied this summer are encouraged to sign up for Camp LIFE at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

“Camp LIFE is a fun opportunity for kids to make new friends, get fit, and learn skills that will help them stay healthy long after camp is over,” Brad Zieber, supervisor of PT, PEC and Special Projects at the SOMC LIFE Center, said. “The program is open to children ages 7 to 13 and parents can register for one or both of the week-long sessions we plan to offer this year.”

Camp sessions will take place June 10-14 and July 29-Aug. 2, with activities lasting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the SOMC Life Center. Off-site educational opportunities are also scheduled throughout the week.

“During camp, we teach children the basic principles of nutrition and exercise through cooking and physical activities that keep them entertained,” Zieber said. “We prepare lunch and snacks together, play healthy games, and stress the importance of fitness through daily walks, yoga, swimming and other sports.”

Camp LIFE was developed as way to combat occurrences of obesity and type 2 diabetes in children, but has attracted a wide variety of participants because of the enjoyable and educational activities it provides.

“We’ve designed Camp LIFE in a way that they can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of physical condition or ability,” Zieber said. “Our goal is to lay the foundation for healthy living in a fun, supportive environment.”

Cost to participate in Camp LIFE is $75 per child and $50 for each additional family member. For more information or to register now, please visit the Portsmouth LIFE Center or call 740-356-7650.