SOMC Opens Seasons Dining

Seasons Dining

After months of construction, remodeling and preparation, SOMC Nutrition Services is proud to announce the grand opening of Seasons Dining—the newly remodeled cafeteria and dining space for employees and visitors of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

“Our team has been working around the clock to create a completely different dining experience for our patrons,” Mike Cremeans, director of SOMC Nutrition Services, said. “The renovation has increased our seating capacity by about 20 seats and will provide a much more comfortable arrangement within a warm, inviting atmosphere that mimics the rest of the hospital’s color palate and design.”

Recently opened to employees and visitors, the brighter, more inviting space will not only provide a better layout for patrons, but also will include a much healthier, upper-scale dining menu.

“Seasons Dining will offer many new menu items and cooking techniques, including an array of entrees, salads, pizzas and grill stations,” Jack Smathers, manager of SOMC Nutrition Services, said.

Smathers explained that for the past six months, the Nutrition Services staff has had the unique opportunity of training with Chef Mark Dyball, former executive chef of UCLA Medical Center and founder of Culinary Directions.

“Chef Dyball has been traveling to Portsmouth to bring us fresh ideas on familiar cuisine, as well as a variety of new and exotic international entrees,” Smathers said. “It’s been very exciting to watch as our staff has developed and learned his innovative cooking procedures. They are definitely ready to show off their skills and offer new specialties to delight our customers palates.”

Dining hours for the cafeteria will continue to run from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with hot food items served from 6 to 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6:30 p.m. Hot food hours from 1 to 3 a.m. will be added for late night customers.

“Seasons Dining will be a beneficial change for both our internal and external customers and we’re very excited for this opportunity,” Cremeans added. “We can’t wait for everyone to experience what we have to offer and we hope it will only further enhance our ability to provide excellent service.”

Medical Oncologist Welcomed at SOMC

Thomas Summers, D.O., a medical oncologist, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology.

Dr. Summers received his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)-SOM. He also completed a fellowship in Medical Oncology/Hematology at UMDNJ.

Dr. Summers will begin accepting patients March 22 and can be reached at the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane, Portsmouth, Ohio. For more information, call (740) 356-7490.

SOMC to Offer Master Zumba® Class

Southern Ohio Medical Center will offer a rare opportunity for additional Zumba® Fitness participation with a Master Class from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, May 22 at the SOMC LIFE Center in the gymnasium, 1202 18th Street, Portsmouth.

Doug and Joan Jones from Studio Zumba Ohio will teach the class and they are Zumba Education Specialists, only two of a select few in the world. They have personally trained more than 1,000 people to become Zumba instructors.

“This is a great opportunity for our area. Doug and Joan are part of the original team that created the Zumba craze around the world. They have worked closely with Beto Perez (the founder of Zumba Fitness) and are very talented individuals. We know this is going to be a very high-energy workout,” said Debra Kielmar, lead group fitness instructor at the SOMC LIFE Center.

Doug Jones is a former Mr. Dayton Bodybuilding champion and was first runner-up in the Mr. Ohio contest in 1991. Joan Jones is a member of the American Council on Exercise and the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America. Both have been instructing Zumba since 2003.

Tickets can be purchased at the SOMC LIFE Center, Portsmouth facility, for $20 in advance or $25 the night of the event. Proceeds will benefit the SOMC Endowment Fund. For more information, contact the SOMC LIFE Center at 356-7650.

Portsmouth West Donates $1,500 to SOMC Hospice Services

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Members of the Vocal Department at Portsmouth West High School recently donated $1,500 to the Hospice Services of Southern Ohio Medical Center. The funds were raised through student, parent and local business donations given as part of the department’s first annual Holiday for Hospice festival. The event was held at the school last December. Pictured at the check presentation are Portsmouth West Vocal Choral Officers Jessica Lucas (left) and Clark Tieman (right) with SOMC Hospice Claims Coordinator Sheila Riggs.

Lichtenstein and Moore Present at Wound Healing Conference

Local health care experts from the SOMC Wound Healing Center recently returned from a symposium in Orlando, Fla. where they were briefed by internationally recognized specialists and consulted with peers from around the country on new treatment options and research that may bring additional advances in the care of chronic wounds.

Dr. Sonja Lichtenstein, medical director and Neva Moore, program director, attended the conference which was sponsored by National Healing Corporation, an industry leader which partners with the center and accounts for nearly one-third of all management and outsourced wound centers in the United States.

Lichtenstein made a presentation to medical directors from various national wound healing centers. She discussed ways to improve and build a successful wound center. Moore spoke about recruiting and retaining panel physicians to an audience of program directors and clinical nurse managers.

Located at on the main campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center, in the Rardin building, the SOMC Wound Healing Center offers state-of-the-art methodologies and treatments including the use of vascular studies, tissue culturing and pathology, revascularization, skin grafting and clinical or surgical debridement.

Likely candidates for treatment are those suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections, vascular disease, compromised skin grafts and flaps and wounds that haven’t healed within 30 days. For more information, please call (740)-356-8775.

Hope Guild Donates to SOMC

The Hope Guild, part of the friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently donated $10,000 to SOMC Hospice Services. To raise the money, the guild held various fundraisers throughout the year, including book sales and an employee sale at Scioto Shoe Mart. The funds were used to purchase pillows for chairs and other needs of patients and their families. Shown above is the Hospice Center of SOMC.

SOMC to Recognize Certified Nurses Day

March 19, 2010 is Certified Nurses Day, a national day of recognition for certified nurses. Southern Ohio Medical Center will honor its 162 board certified nurses who provide quality care to their patients every day.

The date was specifically chosen as the national day to celebrate because it’s the birthday of Margretta “Gretta” Madden Styles. She is globally known as the “Mother of Nurse Credentialing” and served as the President of the American Nurses Association. A recipient of numerous honors and recognition, Styles is responsible for encouraging board certifications and higher standards of patient care.

“We are very proud of all of our nurses at SOMC,” Valerie DeCamp, director of nursing, said. “On behalf of the organization, it is my pleasure to express the gratitude we feel for the proficiency and leadership our nurses demonstrate when they achieve and maintain national board certification in their nursing specialty.”

Certification, as defined by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), is the formal recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards identified by a nursing specialty to promote optimal health results.

“As a result of nurses acquiring additional certifications, it creates an environment of professionalism and specialized competency,” Karen Walburn, manager of Employment, said. “This special day gives us an opportunity to recognize and encourage nurses to pursue this important step in their careers.”

Nurse certification has been linked to a reduction in medical errors, according to the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN).

Ryan Carpenter, RN, BSN, CEN, SANE, assistant nurse manager of the Health Care Center said, “As a certified nurse, I feel more prepared. I’m more confident in knowing that my skills are up-to-date and that I will have the knowledge and expertise to provide excellent care for my patients.”

“We realize that it takes personal dedication and persistence to achieve and maintain certification,” DeCamp added. “We value their commitment to nursing excellence.”

SOMC Research Highlighted at National Conference

Three nurses from Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Emergency Department recently presented their research poster at the Emergency Nurses Association Leadership Conference in Chicago, Ill. Shown above (l to r) is Jenny Foit, RN, BSN, staff nurse; AJ Foit, RN, BSN, CEN, assistant nurse manager and Jason Ross, RN, CEN, nurse manager.

hree nurses from Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Emergency Department were recently selected to present their research efforts at the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Leadership Conference held Feb. 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago, Ill.

AJ Foit, RN, BSN, CEN, assistant nurse manager; Jenny Foit, RN, BSN, staff nurse and Jason Ross, RN, CEN, nurse manager, studied ways to decrease blood culture contamination rates in the emergency department in an effort to improve the quality of patient care at SOMC.

“Attending the conference was a great networking opportunity as well as a chance to see what other hospitals are doing,” Ross said. “We were able to compare our hospital to some of the nation’s most respected facilities and it was plain to see that very good things are happening at SOMC.”

More than 1,000 emergency nurses from across the United States gathered at the conference to discuss trends and topics related to the emergency nursing profession. The poster from SOMC was titled Reducing Blood Culture Contamination Rates in the Emergency Department. This was its second appearance at a national conference.

“It was a privilege to present our research poster at the conference,” AJ Foit said. “Research is an integral part of our Magnet status at SOMC and the results allow us to improve service for our patients and their families.”

SOMC Receives Komen Grant

Southern Ohio Medical Center will continue to offer breast health screening services to uninsured and underinsured women in Scioto, Pike and Lawrence counties, thanks to a grant received from the Columbus Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

“This is the fourth year SOMC has been awarded the grant,” Kimberlee Richendollar, breast health navigator at the Cancer Center, said. “We will receive $69,250 for the 2010-2011 grant year, which is significantly more than last year.”

Richendollar explained that the grant is used to fund a program at the Cancer Center called Hands of Hope. The funds provide free mammograms, as well as other screening services for women in the community. Criteria and eligibility is screened and determined by Richendollar with guidelines set by the grant.

“Women diagnosed with breast cancer at an early stage have much higher survival rates,” Richendollar said. “Unfortunately, not everyone in our community has the financial ability or access to obtain screening services for early detection, which is why the Hands of Hope program is so important.”

The program also provides breast health education to the public through health fairs and screenings. During the 2009-2010 grant year, Hands of Hope was able to provide more than 150 free screening and diagnostic mammograms to local women.

“We are so glad to have the opportunity to partner with Komen Columbus again this year,” she said. “As a result of the grant, the Hands of Hope program provides a great service to our community and we hope it will help the women of our area to become better informed about breast health and the importance of proper screening.”

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest and most progressive network of breast cancer survivors and activists. Since its inception in 1982, the foundation has contributed more than $1.5 billion in funding for global breast cancer research, as well as millions of dollars of support for local education, screening and treatment programs.

To learn more about Hands of Hope and its qualifications, please call Kimberlee Richendollar at (740) 356-PINK (7465).