SOMC Safety Leader Elected to OSHRM Board

Leeann L. Sammons, vice president of Health and Safety at Southern Ohio Medical Center, was recently elected to the board of directors of the Ohio Society for Health Care Risk Managers (OSHRM), representing the Central District. OSHRM is an affiliated state chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Managers of the American Hospital Association.

“I’m excited about joining the board. It’s a great opportunity to help the risk management and patient safety professionals in Ohio have a voice,” Sammons said.

Founded in 1978, OSHRM was created to establish a forum for health care risk managers in the state of Ohio. The society’s mission is to promote risk management, which protects human and financial assets in a manner consistent with compassionate, quality and cost-effective health care.

“My duties will include planning a bi-annual education day and furthering patient safety initiatives in health care,” she said. “Bringing back what I learn will benefit patients, employees and the community.”

Sammons will represent Portsmouth and Scioto County with state leaders in dealing with risk management issues. As a board member, she will serve a two-year term.

“As one of our strategic values, physicians, leaders and front line staff are always working to provide exceptional care through safety,” Sammons said. “As an OSHRM board member, I look forward to sharing the success of our organization and giving our employees the recognition they deserve for producing excellent results.”

SOMC Cardiologist Gill Receives Certification

M. Taimoor Gill, M.D., interventional cardiologist at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received board certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine/Interventional Cardiology.

Dr. Gill received his medical degree from the Allama Iqbal Medical College. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia University. He is now board certified in Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine, and Nuclear Cardiology.

Dr. Gill is in practice with the SOMC Heart and Vascular Associates on the main campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center, Waller Building, Suite 207. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (740) 356-8772.

Scioto Guild Presents Donation to SOMC

Members of the Scioto Guild (pictured above), a part of the Friends of SOMC, recently presented Kimberlee Richendollar (back right), breast health navigator for the SOMC Cancer Center, a donation of $5,000. The contribution was collected through the guild’s annual Flower Sale, held every May. The funds will go toward SOMC’s Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, which provides assistance to local breast cancer patients.

SOMC Forms Local AMSN Chapter

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently formed a southern Ohio chapter of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN). The group will meet quarterly and provide continuing education opportunities at each meeting. Medical surgical nurses in the region are invited to join.

AMSN was founded in 1991 and is the only specialty nursing organization dedicated to the medical-surgical nursing practice. The formation of the southern Ohio AMSN chapter at SOMC started with four officers and has grown to more than 20 members.

“The purpose of the chapter is to recognize medical surgical as a nursing specialty,” Lynn Chamberlin, nurse manager of the Med-Surg Care Unit at SOMC, said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for nurses to sharpen their skills with continuing education activities.”

Chamberlin explained that members will be given access to an online mentoring program, forums and chat rooms to prepare for med-surg nursing certification exams or to help nurses as they complete schooling.

“The online tools enable members to connect with peers and provides networking opportunities,” she said.

In addition, members will also receive six issues per year of the MEDSURG Nursing journal and MedSurg Matters newsletter as well as 12 issues per year of the MedSurg Nursing Connection e-newsletter. Members will have opportunities to volunteer both regionally and nationally while enhancing their leadership skills.

During the quarterly meetings, discussions will be held on any business needs and the allocation of chapter dues. One benefit of the local southern Ohio chapter is the opportunity to provide scholarships for nursing students.

“I’m very excited about the new AMSN chapter and I look forward to nurses in the community benefiting from this association,” Chamberlin said.

For more information or to join the southern Ohio AMSN chapter, please contact Lynn Chamberlin at (740)-356-8225.

SOMC Held Master Zumba™ Class

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Portsmouth LIFE Center recently held a master Zumba™ class, taught by master Zumba™ instructor, Nathan Blake from New York (pictured front left). More than 100 attendees braved the bad weather to participate, learning new dances and Zumba™ moves. The event was a fundraiser of the Friends Community Center for the purchase of medical equipment.

Kids Cope Christmas Party

The SOMC Cancer Center recently held a Christmas party for the Kids Cope group (pictured above). Stephanie Craft, a social worker, started the program two years ago for children with family members receiving cancer treatment at SOMC. During the event, Santa visited on his sleigh (provided by Nile Township Fire Department) and participants enjoyed food, games and gift bags provided by employees of the center.

SOMC’s Skaggs Presented at Regional Research Conference

Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, RN, MSN, NE-BC, director of nursing for SOMC’s Emergency and Outpatient Services and chair of the Nursing Research Committee, recently presented at the 35th annual Nursing Research Conference, held Dec. 4 at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.

More than 150 nursing colleagues from Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana were in attendance, showcasing approximately 30 poster presentations of varying topics. Two posters from Southern Ohio Medical Center were featured and included Reducing Blood Culture Contamination in the Emergency Department and Is There a Santa Clause? Fun Methods to Teach Principals of Nursing.

Fun Methods to Teach Principals of Nursing was also recently published in the October 2009, Volume 39 Issue of the Journal of Nursing Administration.

“It was a privilege to present our research posters at the conference,” Skaggs said. “Conducting research is an integral part of our Magnet status and the results help us to improve quality of care as well as to provide excellent service for our patients and their families.”

Crohn’s Disease Support Group to Meet

he local chapter of the Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis support group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 in Classroom 2 of the Gibson Building on the East Campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center, 2201 25th St., Portsmouth, Ohio. The group meets every third Tuesday of the month, weather permitting.

Crohn’s disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease. The meeting will focus on participants who have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. The group is supported by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. For more information, please call Angel at (740) 259-5080.

Carolers Bring Joy to Patients at SOMC

Members of the Minford Church of the Nazarene choir recently sang Christmas carols to patients at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The group brought teddy bears for pediatric patients and lifted spirits with beautiful songs in the lobby, Heart Care Unit and Rehab Unit. Pictured above are members of the choir.