SOMC LIFE Center Supports Homeless Shelter

LIFE Center staff and members donated canned and dry goods to Operation Safety Net, The Scioto County Homeless Shelter, for the holiday season. Shown with the collection of donations are (from left) LIFE Center Director Gary Coovert; Homeless Shelter Director Maureen Cadogan; LIFE Center staff members Debbie Kielmar, Brandi Moore and Jerrod Campbell; Homeless Shelter supporter Gerald Cadogan.

Coleman Named SOMC Medical Library Specialist

Kristi Coleman has been named the Medical Library Specialist at Southern Ohio Medical Center. In this position she will oversee management of current and archived medical information resources for the SOMC medical staff, including print and online professional materials and communication.

Coleman has been an SOMC employee for three years and comes to the Medical Library from the SOMC Cancer Center, where she served as a financial counselor. A native of the area, she is a graduate of Shawnee State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science. She and her husband, Jayson, live in the area and have two children.

Topping Off Ceremony Held At SOMC Construction Site

A “topping off” ceremony was held at Southern Ohio Medical Center Nov. 16, when construction crew members placed the final steel beam on top of the new patient care addition in front of the existing hospital on the Main Campus, 1805 27th St.

This tradition at major construction sites includes organization members signing the beam before it is placed, and a flag and potted tree are secured to the beam until final construction requires their removal.

Throughout the prior week SOMC employees signed the beam, which was painted white, with permanent marker, and all were invited to the brief ceremony where refreshments were served. When the patient care addition is completed in 2009, the four floors will include 102 private patient rooms.

The expansion is part of overall changes at SOMC coming with the arrival open heart surgery in mid-2008.

SOMC’s Clark Appointed To OUCOM Faculty

Southern Ohio Medical Center Anesthesiologist Curtis R. Clark, MD has been appointed to the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine for the triennium 2007 to the beginning of 2010.

Dr. Clark attended the Saba University School of Medicine in Saba, Netherlands Antilles, and completed his undergraduate studies at Elon College, Elon, NC. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. He joined the SOMC staff in 2006.

SOMC Nurses Receive Oncology Certification

Kelly Lawson, Connie Wolf and Sheryl Grooms, registered nurses of the Cancer Center at Southern Ohio Medical Center (pictured above l to r), recently received Oncology certification (OCN) from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC).

Lawson is a graduate of Shawnee State University and has been part of the nursing staff at SOMC since 1990. She is currently Breast Health Navigator at the SOMC Cancer Center.

Wolf is a graduate of the Ashland Community College School of Nursing. She started working at SOMC in 1997 and has been a member of the SOMC Cancer Center staff since June 2005.

Grooms is a graduate of Shawnee State University and has been a part of the nursing staff at SOMC since 1978. She has worked in Medical Oncology at the SOMC Cancer Center for the last two years.

Other staff members at the SOMC Cancer Center who have received Oncology certification include Heather Ashley, RN, BSN; Debbie Bihl, RN, MSN, CNP; Rachelle Collins, RN; and Kristie Meeker, RN, BSN.

Local Breast Cancer Advocates Agree to ‘Be The Cure’

The SOMC Cancer Center welcomed a hundred breast cancer survivors and supporters to a celebration and call to action Thursday, Nov. 8 at the center.

The guests were treated to refreshments, enjoyed visiting with SOMC Cancer Services staff, were able to hang a celebratory ornament on the center’s Survivor Tree, and agreed to “Be The Cure,” and take the message of getting a mammogram to five of their friends.

SOMC Cancer Physician Liaison Dr. Thomas Khoury welcomed the first group of breast cancer awareness advocates who can be a vital link to reaching women who may be neglecting their own health for the sake of family and other obligations.

Wendi Waugh and Norma White of the Cancer Center, who have been breast cancer patients themselves, spoke to the group about the importance of regular screening. They shared personal stories and urged the attendees to reach out to at least five of their friends who need the message to get a checkup.

For more information on breast cancer screening, call the SOMC Cancer Center at 356-7490.

SOMC Cancer Services Receives Second ACR Radiation Oncology Accreditation

received the prestigious three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR) in Radiation Oncology.

The SOMC Cancer Center provides radiation oncology services including cancer consultation, radiation therapy treatments, follow-up care, 3D treatment planning and simulation, IMRT (Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy), BAT (Bimodal Acquisition Targeting System), prostate permanent radioactive seed implantation, and education for cancer patients and their families.

The three-year renewed accreditation is the result of a recent survey by ACR reviewing the high practice standards of SOMC’s Radiation Oncology services. The evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists.

“SOMC was the first hospital in the region to have ACR accreditation,” SOMC Cancer Services Director Wendi Waugh says. “Even before we opened the new cancer center on Kinneys Lane in late 2004, we were pursuing the highest national standards of cancer care, the use the latest effective technologies and implementing best practices in radiation oncology.”

“We are thrilled to again receive this important accreditation,” Li-fen L. Chang, MD, senior medical director of Radiation Oncology at SOMC, says. “Experts in the field have assessed the qualifications of our staff, the adequacy of our equipment and the quality of our practice. It is an honor to accept this acknowledgement.”

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

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Thompson Receives State Home Care Honor

Karen Thompson, RN, director of SOMC Home Care, has received the Dorothy Royce Award from the Ohio Council for Home Care, for her work in promoting home care.

Thompson has been a home care professional since 1980 and has been director of SOMC’s program since 1989. She is a past president of the Ohio Council for Home Care and served 10 years on its board.

“Karen has been a strong advocate for home care in Ohio, donating time and money to support/advocate for home care reimbursement and quality improvement,” the council stated. “She is kind and caring in all her actions both professionally and personally, and is an outstanding representative for our industry.”

Thompson was presented the award at the council’s annual awards luncheon Sept. 19 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

In addition to serving on the council’s Political Action, Government Affairs, and Nominations committees, Thompson is a past member of the Compliance and Reimbursement Issues and the Continuing Education Review committees.

Over the past five years Thompson has visited every US senator and US representative from Ohio at their Washington offices to educate legislators about the home care industry. She has testified on behalf of the industry before the Ohio House and Ohio Senate and has been active in the political caucuses on behalf of home care.

Local Runner Thompson In New York Marathon With Armstrong Team

SOMC donation recipient Chad Thompson, right, stands beside world-famous cyclist and Livestrong founder Lance Armstrong, left, after attending a special dinner in New York City for members of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) Livestrong Army. Thompson, a Wheelersburg native, was chosen by the LAF in March as one of eight participants to run on behalf of the organization in the 26-mile ING New York City M