SOMC to Celebrate the Growth of a Dream during Annual MLK Event

Community members are invited to celebrate the growth of a dream during this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. event at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The celebration will take place at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 at the Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth.

Dr. Amory Novoselac, medical oncologist of the SOMC Cancer Center, will be the guest speaker and artistic groups from the community and the hospital will provide entertainment. Special educational poster displays, cultural desserts from around the world and refreshments will be available at the end of the event.

For more information about the celebration, please contact Deanne Malone 356-8597.

Southern Ohio Medical Center Receives American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR® ACTION Registry®-GWTGTM Silver Performance Achievement Award

Southern Ohio Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2008 – one of only 93 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes SOMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that SOMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating coronary artery disease patients with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award, SOMC consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry–GWTG for 12 consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, and anticoagulants in the hospital.

“The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend SOMC for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Christopher Cannon, MD, ACTION Registry–GWTG Steering Committee Chairperson and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician in the Cardiovascular Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients,” added Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, Get With The GuidelinesSM Steering Committee Chairperson and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center.

“The time is right for SOMC to be focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular care by implementing ACTION Registry–GWTG. The number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population,” said Paul Rase, nurse manager of the Heart Care Unit at SOMC.

Created by the merger of the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry® and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-CAD program, ACTION Registry–GWTG combines the best of both programs into a single, unified national registry. The new registry joins the robust data collection and quality reporting features of the ACTION Registry with the collaborative models, unique tools, and quality improvement techniques of the GWTG-CAD program. With the collective strengths of these two programs, ACTION Registry–GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patient according to the most current, science-based guidelines; and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety, and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk STEMI and NSTEMI patients.

SOMC presents at National Magnet Conference

Southern Ohio Medical Center presented at the 2008 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA).

The topic of presentation, shared with several hundred in attendance, was, “Using the dashboard to disseminate data and communicate excellence”. Valerie DeCamp, director of Inpatient Nursing Services; Claudia Buchett, vice president of Patient Services and Karen Thompson, director of Home Care Services served as presenters at the event.

Representing SOMC at the conference were, from left, Lanita Warner, Maternity; Amy Castle, One West; DeCamp; Burchett; Thompson and Dawn Richards, Healthcare Center.

Basic Life Support Classes at SOMC Open to the Public

Southern Ohio Medical Center will offer Basic Life Support classes at the SOMC East Campus, Gibson Building, beginning in January, 2009. Classes are held from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. or from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the following days: Jan. 23, Feb. 11, March 24, April 28, May 11, June 29, July 29, Aug. 25, Sept. 22, Oct. 27, Nov. 10 and Dec. 8, 2009.

The classes are free to all SOMC employees and a fee of $25 per person will be charged to non-employees. Fees do not represent income to the American Heart Association. Registration is required. Non-employees contact Workforce Development at 356-2733. Employees may schedule through API using course code AHA101.

ACLS Classes at SOMC Open to the Public

Southern Ohio Medical Center will offer Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) classes at the SOMC East Campus, Gibson Building, beginning in January, 2009. Classes are held over a two day period, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Classes will be offered: Jan. 27-28, April 21-22, July 20-21 and Oct. 20-21.

Contact hours will be given (14.5) for Nurses in attendance for 80% of the program. A total of 14.25 contact hours prescribed credits will be given by the AAFP for physicians.

The classes are free to all SOMC employees and a fee of $200 per person will be charged to non-employees. Fees do not represent income to the American Heart Association. Registration is required. Non-employees contact Workforce Development at 356-2733. Employees may schedule through API using course code AHA201.

Planners and presenters have no conflicts of interest or lack thereof. No commercial support is provided for this course. Study Guides will be sent approximately 2 weeks before each class. Pre-requisites required. Basic knowledge of cardiac rhythms is required for this course. Southern Ohio Medical Center (OH-098/12/1/11) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Management of Critical Care Drips Classes at SOMC Open to the Public

Southern Ohio Medical Center will offer educational classes on Management of Critical Care Drips, part 1 and 2, at the SOMC East Campus, Gibson Building, beginning in January 2009. Part one of the class is held from 8 a.m. to noon and Part two is held from 1 to 5 p.m.

Contact hours will be given (4.5) for Nurses in attendance for 80% of the program.

Southern Ohio Medical Center (OH-098/12/1/11) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The classes are free to all SOMC employees and a fee of $60 per person will be charged to non-employees. Registration is required. Non-employees contact Workforce Development at 356-2733. Employees may schedule through API using course code CCN028 and CCN029.

Infectious Disease Specialist Babic Welcomed At SOMC

Maja Babic, MD, a physician specializing in infectious diseases, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Babic received her medical degree from the Belgrade Medical School, Belgrade, Yugoslavia. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University Hospitals of Cleveland. She also completed internships at the University Hospitals of Belgrade and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and served as a general practitioner at Belgrade Medical Center. She and her husband, Dr. Claus Simpfendorfer, a radiologist practicing at Southern Ohio Medical Center, reside in the West Portsmouth area with their two children.

Dr. Babic can be reached at SOMC Physician Specialty Associates, 1735 27th St., Waller Building Suite 206, Portsmouth, OH 45662. Call (740) 355-9240 for more information.

Suttles joins Umhoefer Practice

Jill Suttles, FNP, B.C., has joined the practice of Dr. Kimberly Umhoefer, 1735 27th Street, Waller Bldg., Suite 204, on the main campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Suttles earned her degree as a board certified, Family Nurse Practitioner from Marshall University. She is also a Registered Nurse with 16 years nursing experience prior to receiving her nurse practitioner’s certification. Suttles and her family reside in Wheelersburg.

Dr. Umhoefer’s practice specializes in Internal Medicine and provides both inpatient and outpatient care to adult patients 18 years and older. For information or to schedule an appointment, call 355-8930.

Lichtenstein Certified

Sonja Lichetenstein, M.D., General Surgeon at Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently received her certification in wound care from the Council for Medical Education and Testing.

Dr. Lichtenstein received her medical degree from State University of New York and completed her training at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. She is board certified in general surgery.

The SOMC Wound Healing Center is located on the main campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center in the Rardin Building. For more information on wound healing at SOMC call 356-8775.