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.

31st Run For Your LIFE August 30

Local runners and community members are invited to compete in Southern Ohio Medical Center’s 31st annual Run For Your LIFE competition, which will take place Saturday, Aug. 30. The race will begin and end at the SOMC LIFE Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth.

Entrants may choose to participate in either a 5K or 10K run. Registration and packet pick-up begins at 7 a.m. the day of the event and both races will start at 8 a.m.

There is a $15 fee per entry and T-shirts will be given to the first 250 participants to register. Registration the day of the race will cost $20 and additional shirts may be purchased for $12.

This year’s route will take runners through the shady, tree-lined residential area that includes Kinney’s Lane, Grandview and Thomas avenues, Dorman, Sheridan and Orchard drives, Coles Boulevard, Shawnee and Micklethwaite roads and Greenlawn Cemetery. Massage therapists will be available for pre- and post-race services for $1 per minute.

Awards will be presented immediately after the race to the top three finishers of each age division. Awards also will be given to each male and female with the fastest time in each event; however, male and female recipients will not receive duplicate awards. All participants are eligible for door prizes.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the SOMC LIFE Center Wellness Programs.

Early registration can be made by contacting Jim Kolar at (740) 356-7566 or kolarj@somc.org. Registration brochures also may be picked up at the SOMC Portsmouth LIFE Center.

Richendollar Appointed At SOMC Cancer Center

Kim Richendollar, RN, BSN, has accepted the role of Breast Health Navigator at the SOMC Cancer Center.

In this position, Richendollar will be the primary nurse contact for breast cancer patients, helping to bridge the gap between the physical aspects of breast cancer and the immediate needs throughout diagnosis, surgery and treatment. She also will be the coordinator of care to uninsured and underserved women throughout the community.

Richendollar received her associate’s degree from Shawnee State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She has worked in the Emergency Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center for the past 15 years.

Richendollar resides in the local area with her husband and two children.

SOMC’s Burchett ACHE Fellow

Claudia Burchett, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, NEA-BC, vice president of Patient Services and chief nursing officer of Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

Only 7,500 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Burchett has been employed at SOMC for 30 years. She received her nursing degree from Shawnee State University, bachelor of arts 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.

SOMC’s Cheatham Accepted In ACEP Program

Jason Cheatham, DO, a physician on staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center, has been accepted in the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians Leadership Development Program for 2008-9.

The Leadership Development Program is to provide instruction and orientation for preparation in becoming leaders in Ohio ACEP and the potential for national ACEP leadership.

Dr. Cheatham is assistant director of the Emergency Department at SOMC with special interest in cardiovascular emergency medicine and chest pain management. He is a clinical adjunct faculty member of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Emergency Medicine Residency as chief resident at Akron General Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron.  He is board-certified in emergency medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Shawnee State University here in Portsmouth.

SOMC’s Littleton Systems Administration Manager

Ben Littleton has been named Manager of Systems and Network Administration at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He will lead a team of eight professionals and some of his primary responsibilities will include system server support, network administration and security, email management and information technology asset management.

Littleton has worked at SOMC for 10 years. An Elliott County native, he is a graduate of Elliott County High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Morehead State University. He and his wife, Beth, have two children and reside in Greenup County, Ky.

Lawson Appointed at SOMC Cancer Center

Kelly Lawson, RN, OCN, has accepted the position of Clinical Manager of Oncology Services at the SOMC Cancer Center.

aIn this position, Lawson will plan, organize, direct and coordinate the management and delivery of patient care activities, as well as maintain quality care in accordance with unit policies and procedures.

A Portsmouth native, Lawson is a graduate of Shawnee State University. She has been a part of the nursing staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center since 1990 and has served the last six years in Cancer Services.

Lawson resides in the Wheelersburg area with her family.