SOMC Volunteer Gives a Warm Surprise to Cancer Patient

Joyce White, a volunteer at Southern Ohio Medical Center and an avid crocheter recently surprised Kristina Johnson, a SOMC breast cancer patient with a beautiful handmade pink scarf. White worked on the scarf for months during the SOMC Knit for Hope’s monthly meetings. She paid so much attention to detail that she even crocheted a ribbon pattern on the scarf to symbolize the breast cancer awareness ribbon.

Jenny Lavender, manager of SOMC Volunteer Services and Wendi Waugh, director of the SOMC Cancer Center arranged the surprise. White opened the door and shocked Johnson with the beautiful gift from a stranger.

“Wow,” exclaimed Johnson as she hugged White and her eyes welled up with tears. “I’m so surprised, this scarf is gorgeous. Thank you so much.”

White, a former breast cancer survivor herself, was delighted to meet Johnson and happy that she loved the scarf. They talked about what it’s like to loose your hair when undergoing chemotherapy. Beverly Hunt, Johnson’s mother, was also at her appointment and she talked about how important it is to have a strong support system.

Friends were made, laughter and tears were exchanged and another spirit was lifted that day. Johnson added that the most important thing to remember while fighting cancer is to just keep laughing.

Shown above with the scarf is (l to r) Wendi Waugh, Joyce White, Kristina Johnson, Beverly Hunt and Jenny Lavender.

SOMC Hospice Sponsors Second Annual Memorial Bike Ride

The Hospice Center of Southern Ohio Medical Center will host its Second Annual Memorial Bike Ride Saturday, July 31. Registration for the event will begin at 12 p.m. on the SOMC East Campus, 2201 25th St., Portsmouth, with riders leaving from the Hospice Center at 1 p.m.

The ride will send participants on a 90-mile police-escorted drive through Southern Ohio and Adams County with all proceeds benefiting patients of SOMC Hospice Services.

“Last year was the first time we had held this particular event, which was created in memory of motorcycling enthusiast Ricky Bryan,” Sheila Riggs, claims coordinator of Hospice Services, said. “Bryan began planning the ride before his death because he wanted to give back to our program…our contributions touched him so much.”

Riggs said that the center decided to carry-on the tradition this year not only in memory of Bryan, but for all other bike riders and patients of SOMC Hospice Services.

“There are so many community members who are willing to give back to our program and we’re more than happy to provide different venues for them to do so,” she said. “Our last bike ride was truly a success, but we’re hoping that through better weather, and an even better turn out, we can exceed the funds raised last year and continue to provide much needed support for our patients and their families.”

Cost of the ride is $20 for a single rider or $25 for two people on one bike. Lunch will be provided. Music will be performed by local band Night Shift and prize drawings and giveaways will take place after the event. T-shirts also will be available for purchase.

Pre-registration is not required but can be made in the Gibson Building on the SOMC East Campus. The ride will proceed rain or shine.

For more information, please call SOMC Hospice Services at 356-2567.

SOMC Opens Urgent Care in Portsmouth

SOMC Urgent Care Center-Portsmouthemployees recently posed in front of the new sign after the June 20 opening. Shown above is (l to r) Aaron Walters, RN; Heather Johnson, RN, BSN; Katie Summers, RN; Kathy Davis, RN and nurse manager and B.J. Stewart, registrar.

“We are very excited that SOMC can offer a convenient urgent care center for the community of Portsmouth,” Kathy Davis, nurse manager, said. “We look forward to working hard and providing quality care and excellent service to our patients.”

The Urgent Care is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Saturday and is located at 1248 Kinneys Lane (on SOMC’s south campus) in Portsmouth. For more information, please call 740-356-7240.

Radiologist Welcomed at SOMC

Masood Siddiqui, DO, a physician specializing in radiology, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He is board certified in Radiology.

Dr. Siddiqui received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. He completed an internship at Garden City Hospital in Garden City, Mich. and a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at St. John Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich. Dr. Siddiqui also completed a MRI and Musculoskeletal fellowship in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Siddiqui can be reached at SOMC by calling (740) 356-8117.

SOMC to Open Vanceburg Family Practice and Specialty Associates

Southern Ohio Medical Center is proud to announce the grand opening of the SOMC Vanceburg Family Practice and Specialty Associates on July 19, 2010. SOMC is also pleased to announce that Dr. Sarah Porter has joined the practice and is now accepting new patients.

Dr. Porter is a native of Lewis County, Ky. and she earned her medical degree from the Pikeville School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Ky. She completed an internship and a residency at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio. Dr. Porter is board certified in family practice.

“I have practiced in Vanceburg for three years and I have put roots down here,” Porter said. “I know my new and existing patients will find comfort in knowing they have a physician they can rely on to be here for a long time.”

In the near future, SOMC will offer a variety of specialty services at the Vanceburg location. SOMC neurologists, cardiologists and general surgeons will be on a rotating schedule for consultations at the clinic. In addition to family care and specialties, the practice will also offer an outpatient lab draw site.

“I’m very excited for this centralized clinic to open in Vanceburg,” Porter added. “Because we are located so far away from specialized services, it is a huge benefit to our community for SOMC to bring this type of care closer to home.”

SOMC will host a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 at 207 Plummers Lane, Vanceburg, Ky. The celebration is free to the public and features health screenings, lunch, children’s activities and much more. Dr. Porter, specialty physicians and staff of the clinic will be available to meet community members and tours of the facility will also be offered.

“I invite everyone to join us for our open house celebration,” Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC, said. “With the addition of the SOMC Vanceburg Family Practice and Specialty Associates, we look forward to meeting the needs and providing excellent service to the people of Vanceburg and all of Lewis County.”

The SOMC Vanceburg Family Practice and Specialty Associates will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (606) 796-0010.

Porter Welcomed to SOMC Medical Staff

Sarah Porter, DO, a physician specializing in family practice, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Porter is a native of Lewis County, Ky. and she earned her medical degree from the Pikeville School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Ky. She completed an internship and a residency at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio. She is board certified in family practice.

Dr. Porter is currently accepting patients and can be reached at the SOMC Vanceburg Family Practice and Specialty Associates located at 207 Plummers Lane, Vanceburg, Ky. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (606) 796-0010.

SOMC Bartsch Receives Certification

John Bartsch, M.D., a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received board certification from the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Bartsch received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Bartsch can be reached at SOMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Associates, 613 Center St., Wheelersburg, Ohio. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (740) 574-0846.

SOMC AIC Offers Infusion Services

Southern Ohio Medical Center offers an Ambulatory Infusion Clinic (AIC) at the Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth facility, located at 1248 Kinneys Lane (on SOMC’s South Campus). The AIC is an outpatient clinic that provides infusions, blood transfusions, IV/IG infusions and IV antibiotics.

“The AIC is a very convenient way for patients to quickly stop in and receive their infusions or treatments,” Ryan Carpenter, assistant nurse manager of the SOMC Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth and coordinator for the AIC, said. “They can call ahead and schedule their appointments, whether it be a one-time appointment or on a weekly or monthly basis.”

Carpenter explained that many times insurance coverage won’t pay for home care infusions but usually pays for visits to the AIC, depending on the specific terms of the policy. He also added that the AIC is in a well-situated centralized location and it’s easy to quickly get in and out of the building.

Therapies and treatments provided at the AIC include antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal and biologic modifier therapies. Daily, monthly or one-time injections or infusion services include but are not limited to: Arixtra®, Boniva®, Factor VIII®, IVIG, Lovenox®, Neupogen®, Neulasta®, Procrit®, Remicade®, Rhogam®, Tysabri®, Vaccines, Xolair®, central venous access device management, PICC line maintenance, outpatient transfusion of blood products and IV fluids for hydration.

“One example of a patient who might utilize the services provided at the AIC could be someone who was on the verge of being admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. We can provide outpatient IV antibiotic therapy that they need to get well,” Carpenter said.

The clinic is operated within the urgent care center and patients report to the front entrance and sign in at the triage stations. Patients need an order from their family physician, nurse practitioner, specialists or other physicians to schedule an appointment.

“We are committed to providing excellent service and quality care,” Carpenter said. “We are proud to be the first in our community to offer this type of service.”

“In addition to the AIC, we also provide outpatient services and testing (including lab and x-ray),” Kathy Davis, nurse manager of the UCC, said. “The hours of operation for the Urgent Care Center, AIC and the outpatient services are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Saturday.”

For more information about the SOMC Ambulatory Infusion Clinic or the SOMC Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth, please call (740) 356-7240.

SOMC Names New Manager of Physician Billing

Julia McGraw, CMA, CPC, CMSCS, has been named the Physician Billing Manager at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

McGraw, a native of Greenup, Ky., joined SOMC in 2006 and has previously served as a Reimbursement Specialist in Physician Billing. She graduated from Greenup County High School and attended Eastern Kentucky University and Shawnee State University.