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.

Foor Welcomed to SOMC Medical Staff

Ryan Foor, DO, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He will begin working at the SOMC Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth June 24.

Dr. Foor received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated magna cum lade with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. He completed an internship and residency training in Family Medicine at Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He is board certified in Family Practice.

Dr. Foor can be reached at the SOMC Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth located at 1248 Kinneys Lane or by calling (740) 356-5000.

Brockman Welcomed to SOMC Medical Staff

Christina Brockman, DO, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. She began working at the SOMC Urgent Care Centers in Portsmouth and Wheelersburg June 21.

Dr. Brockman received her medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky. Dr. Brockman completed an internship at Southern Ohio Medical Center and a residency at Bethesda Family Practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is board certified in Family Medicine.

Dr. Brockman can be reached at the SOMC Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth located at 1248 Kinneys Lane or by calling (740) 356-7240.

SOMC Honored at OHA Leadership Meeting

Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently honored at the Ohio Hospital Association’s (OHA) Leadership Luncheon, held June 16. During the meeting, several awards for health and safety programs were presented to various Ohio hospitals and individuals.

SOMC was given an award by State Representative John Patrick Carney for winning the 2010 “Hospitals for Healthier Ohioan” grant from the OHA Foundation for Healthy Communities. SOMC was one of five hospitals in the state to be awarded $21,612 of the $100,000 grant.

OHA has helped Ohio hospitals promote health and wellness since 1994. The criteria to apply for the grant consisted of an application stating the programs SOMC offers to engage the local community in long-term efforts to reduce obesity.

“We are very honored to receive this grant,” Regina Tipton, wellness specialist at SOMC, said. “We will use the funds to implement SOMC’s health and wellness education program called LEAP (Lifestyle, Eating, Activity and Planning).”

Since its inception, the foundation, an arm of the Ohio Hospital Association, has awarded nearly $1.6 million in grants to 129 Ohio hospital community health improvement projects.

SOMC to Host Knit for Hope

Knitters and crocheters of all skill-levels are invited to an evening of fun, food and to support a good cause as part of the Knit for Hope group at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

The group will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 29 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio.

Patterns for lap quilts, throws, shawls, hats and caps will be available, though attendees are asked to bring their own needles and yarn (of any color). Finished products will be donated to breast cancer patients of the SOMC Cancer Center.

For more information, please call the Volunteer Office at (740) 356-8234.