Flu Shots At Friends Center Nov. 4

Southern Ohio Medical Center will be offering flu vaccine from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 4 at the Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. The cost of the flu vaccine is $15 and the cost of the pneumonia vaccine is $30. Both can be billed through Medicare. No other form of insurance or Medicaid can be accepted.

For more information call SOMC Community Health and Wellness, 356-2692.

Anesthesiologist Almeida Welcomed To SOMC

Ryan Almeida, MD, a physician specializing in Anesthesiology, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Almeida came to SOMC from Grady Memorial Hospital in Delaware, Ohio. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, completed an internship in Preliminary Surgery at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, and his residency in Anesthesiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL). He is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiology, the American Medical Association and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama.

Dr. Almeida and his wife, Anne, reside with their children in the Portsmouth area. He can be reached in the Anesthesiology Department at SOMC, (740) 356-8231.

SOMC Welcomes Cardiologist Jovanovich

Southern Ohio Medical Center has welcomed Daniel B. Jovanovich, MD, FACC, FSCAI, a physician specializing in cardiology, to the medical staff.

Dr. Jovanovich came to Portsmouth from Tullahoma, TN. He received his medical degree from Hahnemann University, Philadelpha, PA. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA., and a fellowship in Cardiology at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh.

Dr. Jovanovich has served as director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab at McKeesport Hospital, McKeesport, PA., and director of the Interventional Cardiac Cath Lab at Harton Regional Medical Center, Tullahoma, TN. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society of Cardiac Angiography and Interventions.

He and his wife, Lorie, reside in the West Portsmouth area. He can be reached at SOMC Heart and Vascular Associates, 1735 27th St., Waller Building Suite 207, Portsmouth, OH  45662. Call (740) 356-8772 for an appointment or more information.

Local Author Donates Bench To SOMC Cancer Center

Local author/poet Walter Stout, a patient at the SOMC Cancer Center, recently presented a granite bench to the center. The bench includes an engraved poem about cancer treatment and is now located at the entrance area. Shown are (from left) Ruth and Walter Stout with SOMC Cancer Center staff members Staci Howard, Tracey Hall, Norma White and Lisa Morgan.

SOMC Rehab Therapy Month: ‘It’s All About Movement’

The staff of SOMC Rehabilitation Services recently celebrated National Physical Therapy Month for October, with efforts to educate the public on how therapists help people move forward with their lives.

Physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants at SOMC Outpatient Rehabilitation, part of Southern Ohio Medical Center, will join others across the country in celebrating National Physical Therapy Month in October.  This year’s theme is “Physical Therapy: It’s All About Movement,” which is designed to educate the public on how physical therapists are the experts on movement, ultimately helping people move forward with their lives.

“Our role as physical therapists is to bring the body back to optimum function following an injury, illness, or disease,” Ryan Walker, PT at SOMC Rehabilitation Services, says.  “But we’re also concerned with promoting strong bodies and general health through injury prevention techniques and fitness programs.”

The American Physical Therapy Association sponsors the observance each year in order to raise awareness of the importance of physical therapy in healthcare.

PTs work with patients to help them regain mobility and function and to reduce or eliminate pain.  PTs have extensive knowledge of the body’s muscle systems and joints, so they are able to accurately assess a patient’s muscle strength and endurance, joint motion, and ability to perform everyday functions following an illness or injury.

SOMC Rehabilitation provides comprehensive physical rehabilitation services for people recovering from stroke, orthopedic injuries, neurological disorders, and other debilitating injuries and illnesses.  For more information about programs call 740 356-7554

SOMC Welcomes Overacre As MRI Supervisor

Southern Ohio Medical Center has welcomed Susan “Bambi” Overacre, RT(R), MR(CT) as supervisor of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Overacre came to SOMC from King’s Daughters Medical Center. She previously resided in Pensacola, FL, where she worked as a CT supervisor and in MRI at West Florida Hospital for 19 years.

An area native, she worked at SOMC in Radiology from 1978 to 1981. She received her degree in Radiology from Shawnee State University. She lives in the Portsmouth area and has two grown children and two grandchildren.

SOMC’s Preston Worforce Development Manager

Jill Preston, RN, MSN/ED, has been named Workforce Development Manager at Southern Ohio Medical Center. She accepted the position following work as a Nurse Recruiter in Human Resources at SOMC. Prior to joining SOMC Preston was an education coordinator with Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, service coordinator with the Help Me Grow program with the Ohio Dept. of Health, and a registered nurse in Pediatrics at SOMC.

Preston and her husband, Todd, live in the Portsmouth area with their son.

Breast Cancer Support Group Meeting Oct. 15

The Breast Cancer Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. Wednesay, Oct. 15 at Gatti’s Pizza, 1658 11th St. The cost of the meal is $6.41 including pizza buffet, salad bar, drink, dessert and tax. The group will discuss the upcoming Christmas celebration and ideas are welcomed.

SOMC Offering Less Invasive Varicose Vein Treatment

SOMC surgeon Dr. Henry Childers is now providing a new approach in varicose vein treatment, using radio waves in a tube to shrink and close the diseased veins in a less invasive procedure. The tube is inserted (left), radio waves are emitted (center) to collapse the vein and the tube is removed (right).

Southern Ohio Medical Center has announced that Dr. Henry Childers is now performing a procedure that treats the underlying cause of painful varicose veins.

Dr. Childers is one of the first physicians in the area to use the VNUS ClosureFAST catheter, a tube that uses radio waves to heat, shrink and close diseased large leg veins in approximately three minutes of RF treatment.

The entire ClosureFAST procedure, from insertion of the catheter to removal, generally takes less than 20 minutes with little pain or bruising for the patient, Dr. Childers said.

“Patients are very happy with this treatment approach and we’re very pleased to be able to bring it to our community,” Dr. Childers said. “Patients nationally who have had this procedure are amazed at how quickly the procedure is completed and how little discomfort they feel, and they’re pleased to be able to walk out after the procedure and resume normal activities the next day. The treatment outcomes are normally excellent – the procedure is successful in closing the vein, and their quality of life improves quickly.”

The ClosureFAST catheter received FDA clearance in August 2006, providing a treatment alternative for the nearly 25 million Americans who have varicose veins, many of whom suffer from pain, swelling, fatigue and disfigurement. The catheter is threaded into the diseased saphenous vein through a small puncture, and RF energy is transmitted to the device to heat and seal the diseased vein walls, forcing the body to re-route blood flow through healthier leg veins.

“Family history, pregnancy, excess weight and professions requiring extended standing are all risk factors for varicose vein disease, and the majority of patients are women,” Dr. Childers said. “We’re gratified to be able to offer this fast procedure as an outstanding alternative to traditional surgery for the many patients who have suffered from this disease.”

Dr. Childers joined SOMC as part of the expansion of Heart and Vascular Services in preparation for the arrival of open heart surgery at the hospital later this year. He came to Portsmouth following a successful surgical practice in Greensburg, PA.

A member of SOMC Cardiology Associates, Dr. Childers can be reached at 1735 27th St., Waller Building Suite 207, Portsmouth. Telephone (740) 356-8772 for more information.