SOMC Welcomes Anesthesiologist Soumakieh

Fouad Soumakieh, MD, a physician specializing in anesthesiology, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Soumakieh came to SOMC from St. Joseph Medical Center, Reading, PA. A graduate of Aleppo Scientific College, he received his medical degree from Aleppo University in Syria. He completed an externship at Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center, a residencey in anesthesia at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, New York, NY, a cardiac anesthesia fellowship and a pain management fellowship at New England Medical Center, Boston, MA. He has also practiced at St. Francis Hospital, Wilmington, DE.

Dr. Soumakieh and his wife, Rana, have three children and reside in the Wheelersburg area. He can be reached at SOMC at (740) 356-8231.

Radiologist Simpfendorfer Welcomed at SOMC

Claus S. Simpfendorfer, MD, a physician specializing in radiology, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Simpfendorfer came to SOMC from the Cleveland area and practiced at the Cleveland Clinic. He completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at the Cleveland Clinic, as well as a fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio. He is certified with the American Board of Radiology.

Dr. Simpfendorfer and his wife, Dr. Maja Babic, a physician specializing in Infectious Diseases, reside in the West Portsmouth area with their two children. He can be reached at SOMC at (740) 356-8030.

SOMC Welcomes Cardiothoracic Surgeon Henry Childers

Henry E. Childers IV, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Childers joins 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 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Childers received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, completed his surgery residency at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a senior clinical associate in surgery at Cornell University Medical College and served as chief resident in the Department of Surgery at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. He has also practiced cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Division of Cadiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Childers and his wife, Dr. Maria Childers, a pediatrician, reside in the Wheelersburg area with their two children.

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

Promise Guild Card Party Sept. 16

The SOMC Promise Guild, part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, will hold their annual card party fundraiser at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the Friends Community Center. The event includes a buffet dinner, door prizes and prize drawings. Tickets are $6 and will be available at the door, but reservations are encouraged by calling 353-1804 or 858-9105. Funds raised will support SOMC cancer patients. Shown planning for the event are (l-r) guild members Marilyn Mercer, Mary Sue Chaffin, Helen Hinze, Anna Cardenas, Sherrill Day, Joan Romero, Rose Havens, and Joyce Payton.

Pampered Chef Party To Support Guild

A Pampered Chef fundraiser sponsored by the SOMC Promise Guild, part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15 at the Friends Community Center. Featured entertainment will include local humorist Stephanie Schaefer. The public is welcome to attend. Proceeds will benefit the Promise Guild, which supports local cancer patients at SOMC. Call Pampered Chef consultants Becky Davis, 574-1946, or Leslie Book, 464-0911 for more information. Shown planning for the event are (seated, l-r) Joan Romero, Sherrill Day, Mary Sue Chaffin, Joyce Payton; back (l-r): Rose Havens, Helen Hinze, Marilyn Mercer, and Anna Cardenas.

Auditions For ‘Story Goes On’ At PLT

Open auditions for “The Story Goes On,” an all-woman presentation about breast cancer, will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 at Portsmouth West High School. Singing/speaking parts are available for women age 16 and older.

Southern Ohio Medical Center and the Portsmouth Little Theatre will present “The Story Goes On…,” an all-woman performance in song and dialogue that reveals many inspiring moments among the lives of women with breast cancer. The production is directed by local breast surgeon Vincent Scarpinato, MD and will be a fundraiser for the SOMC Breast Cancer Patient Compassion Fund, held nightly Oct. 3 and 4 at Portsmouth Little Theatre. Information on ticket sales will be announced in September for this limited performance. For more information about the auditions, email Dr. Scarpinato at scarpinv@somc.org.

SOMC Nursing Camp Offers Hands-On Experience for Students

Local students in grades 7-12 were able to dissect hearts and pick employees’ brains to gain a better understanding of the nursing profession during the 2008 Nursing Camp at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The event took place July 14 at the Friends Community Center.

“A lot of the time, students don’t find out what being a nurse is truly all about until their very first day of nursing school,” Jill Preston, SOMC nurse recruiter and coordinator of the camp, said. “This camp lets them explore the idea of nursing before deciding that this is really what they want to study during their collegiate careers.”

Nurses from the SOMC Cardiology, Maternity, Surgery and Emergency departments were on hand throughout the day to provide students with real-life situations that they may face as nurses.

“We wanted to give them experiences that they could learn and grow from,” Preston said. “In the past, we always had a lot of speakers come in and talk about nursing, but this year students were able to get their hands in there and see what it’s all about.”

Students were given the opportunity to use hands-on activities to learn more about nursing duties in various areas of the hospital. These activities included the use of surgical procedure simulation tools, real pig and cow heart dissections and the chance to go inside a LIFE ambulance and flight helicopter.

“Being able to go through simulated procedures and ask real nurses their honest opinions on tough questions was my favorite part of the event,” Halley Scott, sophomore at Minford High School, said. “The hands-on experience helps you understand what nursing is really all about and creates a much more real aspect than that of what we see on TV. This is my third time to attend and it keeps getting better each year.”

“I helped start this program five years ago and the progress we’ve made is amazing,” Loretta Cooper, clinical educator of SOMC Workforce Development, said. “I’m glad that we’re able to provide this type of education for our students and prepare them for their long road ahead. The event helps to plant the seed and from that we can continue to grow our own and create an even stronger nursing family at SOMC.”

SOMC’s Burchett at Conference

Claudia Burchett, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, NEA-BC, Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently spoke at the Health Care Financial Management Association 2008 Health Care Finance Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Burchett’s topic was “Service Line Competition: Southern Ohio Medical Center Process for Implementing Quality Improvement and Performance Initiatives.”

Burchett has been employed at SOMC for 30 years. She received her nursing degree from Shawnee State University, bachelor of science in Nursing and her master of business administration from Ohio University. She is also a board-certified Nurse Executive Advanced. She was appointed vice president of Patient Services in 1992.

She and her husband, Jeff, live in Lucasville and have three children.

Nationally Known Heart Nurse Speaks At SOMC

Nationally known Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist Barbara “Bobbie” Leeper, MN, RN, CCRN, from Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, presented a discussion on care and monitoring of heart surgery patients during SOMC Heart and Vascular Services’ Cardiac Symposium July 31 at the Friends Community Center. Leeper spoke to an audience of more than a hundred nurses and medical specialists from across the region during the symposium, which offered networking for professionals as Southern Ohio Medical Center prepares for the arrival of open heart surgery as part of expansion of services and facilities in 2008 and 2009.