For Returning Airman, SOMC Bag Was Well-known

Jerrod Campbell and Gary Coovert

When it comes to meeting friends in far away places, Jerrod Campbell has it all “in the bag.”

In civilian life, Campbell is an exercise technician at the SOMC LIFE Center, but he also has another critical job: he’s a senior airman in the US Air Force Reserve, and recently returned from a 130-day tour in Iraq.

While working at the Ali Airbase about 150 miles south of Baghdad, Campbell discovered that the bag he used to carry his supplies to and from the shower house became a real discussion starter.

“I would carry my stuff to the shower in the Southern Ohio Medical Center tote bag the hospital gave us last year for Christmas,” he says. “People on the base would see that SOMC name and say ‘You’re from Portsmouth? I’m from Athens!’ or from Chillicothe, Waverly, everywhere. People all over the area who were also in Iraq recognized our SOMC name and knew where I was from!”

Amazingly, Campbell met several people on tour in Iraq who are from the region. While on the base, formerly known as Tallil, he spent most of his time escorting local contracting workers to their job sites, acting as a security measure.

Campbell returned home to his wife, Misty, and their daughter, who turned one year old while he was away. While Campbell was on his assignment, LIFE Center members and co-workers collected care packages for him to help cheer him up and remind him of home.

Unfortunately, his SOMC bag didn’t make it back from the Middle East. “I stuffed so much into it over there the zipper busted out,” he confesses. However, now that he’s back home, safe and back on the job, his director, Gary Coovert, has presented him with a new tote bag, along with a grateful and warm welcome back.

“We missed Jerrod while he was gone and we’re just glad he’s safely back,” Coovert says.

SOMC recently received the Patriotic Employer Award issued by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves for supporting employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve Force.

Ramey Joins Arrick, Kammler Practice

Jeff Ramey, RN, MSN, FNP, has joined the practice of Drs. Ronald Arrick and Kevin Kammler, 1611 27th St., Building J, on the Main Campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Ramey has been an employee at SOMC for six years, working as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit and as a family nurse practitioner in the SOMC Emergency Department, Health Care Center and Urgent Care Center. A graduate of Wright State University, he received his bachelor of nursing degree from The Ohio State University and his associate nursing degree from Ohio University.

A native of Portsmouth, he is a 1989 graduate of Portsmouth High School and played baseball both at the college level and in the Cincinnati Reds Minor League System.

He and his wife, Lara, have two children and reside in the Portsmouth area.

Carter Welcomed To SOMC Medical Staff

Thomas E. Carter, DO, a physician specializing in Emergency Medicine, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center, and will begin working in the Emergency Services Dept. in early July.

Dr. Carter received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and was a graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in biology degree from Bowling Green State University. He was an Emergency Medicine Resident Physician at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, serving in the Level One Trauma Center (including Pediatric Level One Trauma and Acute Chest Pain Center) and served as a crew member of the Life Flight Critical Care Transport as a flight physician.

Dr. Carter will be available at SOMC Emergency Services, ext. 8165.

SOMC Employees Participate In Komen Run For Breast Cancer

Noel Pemberton, Leeann Sammons and Wendi Waugh

Local women and men from Southern Ohio Medical Center joined more than 37,000 others to participate in the 15th Anniversary Komen Columbus Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 19 in Columbus, raising nearly $2 million for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure. This foundation is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists working to raise awareness and funding for the fight against breast cancer. Shown are (l-r) Noel Pemberton, Leeann Sammons and Wendi Waugh at the race. Also attending from SOMC were Heather Ashley and Gary Coovert.

Greenlee Begins Family Practice

Justin S. Greenlee, DO, a physician specializing in Family Medicine, will be welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center July 23.

Dr. Greenlee received his degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and was a graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree from Shawnee State University. He completed his internship and residency at SOMC and served as Chief Resident in 2006-2007.

Dr. Greenlee will be practicing at 1835 Oakland Ave. on the first floor of the Center for Occupational Medicine building on the South Campus of SOMC. He will be available at (740) 353-2509.

Work Welcomed to SOMC Wound Healing Center Staff

Kathy Work, RN, has been welcomed as the new Clinical Manager at the SOMC Wound Healing Center. Work came to Southern Ohio Medical Center from Heartland Home Health with more than 20 years of nursing, wound care and hyperbaric experience.

The SOMC Wound Healing Center opened in early 2007, bringing state-of-the-art hyperbaric and other treatment approaches to healing-compromised patients, such as those with diabetes or other challenging vascular conditions.

Notre Dame Students Decorate Quilt For Hospice Patient

Students in Wanda Dengel’s class at Notre Dame Elementary School recently presented Hospice patient Gary Hall (seated at left) with a quilt and greeting cards during a visit to the SOMC Hospice Center. Mrs. Dengel’s classes have presented a Hospice patient with greetings and a quilt for four consecutive years. Pictured are Hall, Dengel and the students with the quilt, along with Hospice staff members Patty Hayward and Susan Goins.

SOMC’s Virtual Technology Used In Knee Replacements

Southern Ohio Medical Center is the first hospital in the area to bring greater precision to knee replacements through new virtual technology.

“By creating reference points on the bone and tracking natural movement prior to replacing the knee, we can create a virtual replica of the patient’s range of motion,” orthopaedic surgeon Gerardo Trinidad, MD, explains.

“With the model on screen in front us while we position the new joint, we can more accurately recreate the natural position and movement of the original knee.”

Using orthopaedic navigation technology created by Stryker, the surgeon moves an instrument within a patient’s joint, the infrared sensors calculate its position and smart wireless instruments instantaneously transfer the data to a computer in the operating room.

This information is then displayed as an interactive model of the anatomy or “blueprint” that supplies the surgeon with the optimum angles, lines and measurements needed to align the implant within the patient.

“This is like a global positioning system (GPS) to provide greater precision for the surgeon,” Dr. Trinidad explains. “Precise alignment is an important factor that may reduce joint wear and extend the life of the implant. Use of the system has many potential benefits including improved joint stability and range of motion.”

Dr. Trinidad has been on staff at SOMC since 1999, has performed thousands of knee replacements and is referenced in a new medical textbook on knee procedures, “Minimally Invasive Total Joint Arthroplasty.” He finds the technology an exciting new development in orthopaedics.

“The future of orthopaedic surgery will definitely include more of this approach,” he says. “Using technology like this to provide a precise virtual map of a patient’s orthopaedic anatomy will lead to procedures with smaller incisions, less trauma to tissue and greater precision in joint repair and replacement.”

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) about 500,000 hip and knee replacement procedures are performed annually in the United States. This figure is expected to increase as the population ages and arthritis affects more people. Currently, more than 70 million Americans suffer from some form of this degenerative disease.

SOMC’s Occupational Therapists Helping Patients Overcome Challenges

For many, therapy after an injury or illness has become a commonly known step in healing. The Occupational Therapy staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Services helps patients overcome this great challenge to lead more rewarding lives.

“When my therapy came to an end, it’s odd, but I was honestly sad to be finished,” recent patient David Malone says.“The team became like a family to me and I’m so thankful for all the encouragement and support they provided to get me where I am today.”

The SOMC Occupational Therapy program helps patients regain movement throughout their bodies and also helps return them to the normalcy of everyday life.

“Occupational therapy doesn’t mean helping you in ways that only affect your ability to work,” Mandy Meeker, occupational therapist at SOMC, said. “It really means helping you be able to do things that occupy your life, like getting dressed, writing a letter, socializing or even golfing.”

When Malone started experiencing severe discomfort in his left shoulder in early 2005, he thought it was nothing serious and that the pain would soon go away. “The pain definitely didn’t go away,” he says. “It got to the point where it hurt to even lift my arm, so I went to the doctor to find out what was wrong.”

After an examination, it was determined that Malone was suffering from a severe rotator cuff tear – an injury that often leaves patients unable to complete even the easiest of daily activities. Because of the severity of Malone’s injury, he underwent a total of four surgeries in both his arms over a period of two years.

To increase his ability to use his arms and shoulders after surgery, Malone was ordered to complete six-week sessions of occupational therapy. Malone’s sessions took place three times a week in increasing increments as his ability to use his arms improved.

“We had Dave use a variety of activities including stretching, medicine ball activities and various levels of strengthening exercises to assist him in returning to his prior functional status,” Meeker said. “It was a lot of work, but he stayed with it, and now he’s able to do all the things he loved to do before his surgery.”

The SOMC Rehabilitation Services staff provides assistance to a variety of inpatients and outpatients, including those suffering from back and shoulder problems, neck injuries, arthritis, sprains, stroke and work-related injuries.

“We see various types of orthopedic injuries such as rotator cuff injuries, upper body nerve impingements, fractures and repetitive movement syndromes,” Meeker said. “We also treat patients with lymphedema, urinary incontinence, neurological disorders and in pediatrics.”

SOMC has Rehabilitation offices located in Portsmouth, Lucasville and Wheelersburg. To learn more about the program’s services call 740-356-7554.