SOMC’s Skaggs Speaks At National Conference

Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, RN, MSN, CNA-BC, Director of Nursing for Emergency and Outpatient Services, recently spoke at ACI’s Fourth National Conference on Improving and Expanding Emergency Department Services in Washington D.C., April 30-May2, 2008.

Skagg’s discussed “10 Years and 10 Winning Service Strategies for Your Emergency Department – All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten.” She has been an employee of Southern Ohio Medical Center for more than 25 years, and the Director of Nursing for Emergency & Outpatients Services at SOMC for the past 14 years.

Service Guild Supports SOMC Heart Education

Members of the Service Guild, part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently presented a $1,000 donation to the SOMC Love Your Heart program, which uses a Wizard of Oz theme to teach five- and six-year-olds how to create and maintain a healthy heart. The presentation was made during the annual event, which was held April 1, 2 and 3 at the SOMC Friends Community Center.

Shown at the presentation are Christy Aeh, nurse manager of the SOMC Intensive Care Unit; Tony Smith, assistant nurse manager of the SOMC ICU; Lora Maddix, RN and program coordinator; Freda Villiter, guild member; Alicia Fink, RN; Joyce Craig, guild member; Tami Peach, RN; Maxine Arnett, guild member; Korina Echinlaub, nurse educator of the SOMC ICU; and Teresa Barnett, RN.

PALS Support SOMC ‘Love Your Heart’

Members of the Portsmouth Area Ladies (PALS) recently presented a $1,000 donation to the Love Your Heart program at Southern Ohio Medical Center, which uses a Wizard of Oz theme to teach five- and six-year-olds how to create and maintain a healthy heart. The presentation was made during the annual event, which was held April 1, 2 and 3 at the SOMC Friends Community Center.

Shown at the presentation are Christy Aeh, nurse manager of the SOMC Intensive Care Unit; Tony Smith, assistant nurse manager of the SOMC ICU; Lora Maddix, RN and program coordinator; Freda Billiter, PALS member; Brenda Thacker, PALS member; Alicia Fink, RN; Maxine Arnett, PALS member; Tami Peach, RN; Teresa Barnett, RN; and Korina Echinlaub, nurse educator of the SOMC ICU.

Ohio National Guard Honors SOMC For Supporting Troops

Brigadier General Matthew L. Kambic, Assistant Adjutant General for the Ohio Army National Guard, visited Portsmouth Monday, May 12, hosted by Col. Terry Johnson, DO, flight surgeon and commander of the Ohio Medical Command for the Guard.

Gen. Kambic came to honor Southern Ohio Medical Center as a strong supporter of the Guard and its members, and publicly thank SOMC President Randy Arnett for supporting Col. Johnson, who is a member of SOMC’s medical staff and director of the Family Practice Residency Program at the hospital.

“We’ve deployed more than 10,000 soldiers in the global war on terror and none come out of Ohio without going through Dr. Johnson’s hands,” Gen. Kambic said during a presentation to Arnett. “We just deployed four brigades and the troops from Ohio performed so well everyone wants to know what Ohio is doing. It’s the talent and teamwork that Terry and his team have built.”

Gen. Kambic thanked Arnett for supporting Col. Johnson during two deployments to the Middle East and a future deployment next spring. He presented SOMC a lithographic plaque featuring command coins from Adjutant General, Major General Gregory L. Wayt, Gen. Kambic and Command Sergeant Major William L. Gilliam of the Guard.

“SOMC employees have a strong tradition of service to our country and we thank our men and women like Dr. Johnson and the many others who serve in our armed forces,” Arnett said. “We’re proud to be an employer of many who give this highest commitment.”

Dr. Johnson added that the support coming from an employer is often invaluable for a soldier in the field.

“The last thing a soldier should have to worry about when risking his or her life is whether there will be a job waiting when the tour is over,” he said. “It’s a critical concern and I feel very blessed to have SOMC’s support during my service.”

Hope Guild Presents $10,000 for SOMC Projects

Members of the Hope Guild, part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently presented SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett with a check for $10,000 raised through the group’s annual fundraisers. The donation was presented during the Volunteer Luncheon, which took place April 17 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, and will benefit projects throughout the hospital.

Life Supports Local Officer In Figure Championship

Wayne B. Wheeler, MD, medical director of Life Air and Life Amublance Service and a physician on staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently presented Portsmouth Police Officer Tiffany Underwood with support from Life for her upcoming competition in the Junior National Figure Championship in Chicago. Underwood is an area native, a local search and rescue group participant and long-time fitness enthusiast who is aspiring to reach professional status in figure competition.

Last year she won competition in the Arnold Classic in Columbus and placed in competition in Pittsburgh, competed May 10 this year in Columbus, and is scheduled for competition at the end of May in Toledo, prior to the Chicago event this summer. She and her husband, Keith, reside in the Portsmouth area.

Anyone interested in helping support Underwood in representing the area in national figure competition can call her at (740) 352-7415.

Gollamudi Receives Sleep Medicine Certification

Murthy Gollamudi, MD, FCCP, a pulmonologist on staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently received his certification in Sleep Medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Gollamudi is also certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonology and Critical Care.

Pulmonologists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of lung disease. Dr. Gollamudi began practicing in the Portsmouth area in 2002. He obtained his medical degree from Madras Medical College in Madras, India. He completed residencies at State University of New York in Buffalo, NY; University Hospital of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve. He resides in the Portsmouth area with his wife and two children.

Cedar Street Ladies Present Lap Quilts To SOMC Cancer Center

The Evangelical Christian Ladies of Cedar Street CCCU recently presented 19 lap quilts to the SOMC Cancer Center for patients undergoing treatment. The group has also previously presented about 75 quilts to SOMC Hospice for the terminally ill, and has decided to also provide some of the quilts for cancer patients. Shown at the cancer center during the presentation are (from left) Amory Novoselac, MD, of the Cancer Center; Phyllis Sparks of Cedar Street CCCU; Jamie Arnett, RN, of the Cancer Center; patient Joann Hood; Eleanor Scaggs and Gail Moritz of Cedar Street CCCU; Stephanie Craft, LSW, of the Cancer Center.

SOMC Hike for Hospice May 17

Supporters of SOMC Hospice will participate in the 22nd annual Hike for Hospice Saturday, May 17. This non-competitive 5-k “Fun Walk” will begin at the SOMC Hospice Center (East Campus), 2201 25th St., with check-in at 8:30 a.m. and the walk beginning at 9:30.

SOMC Hospice is a non-profit agency offering a special way of caring for those faced with terminal illness. Participants of the hike raise funds by asking friends to sponsor an amount per kilometer walked or giving an outright donation.

Participants also can join in groups of three or more to form teams, presenting banners, shirts or other forms of promotion. Each team receives one complimentary 8×10 photo.

Hikers and supporters will be eligible for prizes, and shirts will be available for purchase. Awards will be presented at the end of the hike to teams as well as individuals in various categories.

This year’s route is reversed from those of years past, proceeding through the adjacent residential neighborhood along 23rd and Summit streets, Kinney’s Lane, Offnere Street, through Greenlawn Cemetery, Micklethwaite and Shawnee roads, Dorman Drive, Grandview Avenue, and back to the SOMC Hospice Center.

Rest stops will be available along the way and free lunch will be provided by Subway Sandwiches & Salads of Portsmouth and Lucasville. Other corporate sponsors include The Community Common, Life Ambulance, OSCO and Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Early registration is encouraged but hikers can also register the day of the hike. For more information call (740) 353-2567.