SOMC celebrates Critical Care Awareness Month

Critical Care Awareness MonthThe Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses were created to recognize and salute the dedicated nursing professionals who care for critically ill patients. To further honor these efforts, May is designated as National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month.

Southern Ohio Medical Center is proudly joining in this annual observation to applaud the members of its critical care team who work to provide the highest quality patient care each and every day.

“There is tremendous teamwork among our critical care employees,” Amy Fraulini, director of SOMC Critical Care and Heart & Vascular Services, said. “Every day is challenging, but the collaboration, camaraderie, and communication between our disciplines helps us create optimal patient- and family-centered results.”

Many staff members make up the SOMC critical care team, including physicians, medical residents and students, nurses, respiratory therapists, dieticians, pharmacists, social workers, and pastoral care. Together, these employees care for an array of complex medical conditions, such as heart attacks, strokes, respiratory failure, multisystem organ failure, overdoses, major surgeries, and many other types of trauma.

“Every member of our team is extremely important, but the expertise of our intensivists really enhances the quality of care we’re able to provide to our patients,” Fraulini said. “These physicians are specially trained to care for critical patients and we are fortunate to have the talents of Dr. Michael Metry and Dr. Abdul-Karim Haffar on our staff.”

Michael Metry, MD, is the senior medical director of SOMC Critical Care and has been a physician at SOMC for almost a year. He received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School in Chicago, Illinois and completed a residency in internal medicine at the Jackson Memorial Hospital/Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Miami, Florida. He completed a fellowship in critical care medicine at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Critical Care.

Abdul-Karim Haffar, MD, FCCP, joined the SOMC team in April 2013. He received his medical degree at North East Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio and completed a residency in internal medicine Residency at the Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio. He completed a pulmonary fellowship at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Penn., and a critical care fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care.

“Both of these physicians are amazing clinicians, and we are so pleased with the results and positive outcomes they are helping to achieve at SOMC,” Fraulini said. “Our critical care team continues to grow stronger every year and we are proud to have so many physicians who are dedicated to making our program excellent. We would be nothing without their continued support.”

“Our staff members are incredible team players who work so well together during intense, critical situations,” Paul Rase, nurse manager of SOMC Critical Care, added. “I am very proud of my employees and I couldn’t ask for a more dedicated staff. I thank them all for their commitment to critical care.”