Yearly Archives: 2007

SOMC Guild Donates Toys To PediatricsPosted on April 11, 2007

The Service Guild, a guild of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center purchased several items through Discovery Toys to donate to the SOMC Pediatrics Unit. Shown with several pieces are Scioto Guild members, from left, Joyce Craig, Cyndie Richards, Wilma Hall and Maxine Arnett.

SOMC Parking Service Expands To Meet Growing NeedPosted on April 9, 2007

Visitors to Southern Ohio Medical Center can now use free parking attendant services at all hours every day.

Since last May, the service at the hospital has gone from parking about 500 cars to more than 4,000 cars each month. Now the attendants are on duty 24 hours every day in front of the Emergency Department.

The parking service is also available at the front entrance to the hospital from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Medical Office Building C from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

“We encourage you to not worry about finding a parking space,” Mary Kate Dilts-Skaggs, director of Emergency Services, says. “Whether you are coming to the Emergency Department for service, outpatient testing, or visiting a friend or relative, just pull up to the curb, hand the attendant your keys and proceed inside. When you are ready to leave the attendant will bring your car to you.”

SOMC Health Care Center Test Hours ChangePosted on April 4, 2007

People needing lab or X-ray work can have their tests earlier at Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Health Care Center on the South Campus, 1248 Kinneys Lane.

Effective April 9, lab and X-ray services at the Health Care Center will be available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

In addition to the Main Hospital outpatient testing, laboratory services (not x-ray) are also available for patients at two additional locations on the Main Campus of SOMC. Blood tests can be taken in Medical Office Building C from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and in Medical Office Building J from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Pettit Named To Master Faculty At OU-COMPosted on March 30, 2007

Dr. George Pettit (left) accepts congratulations from Dr. Terry Johnson on being named a member of the Master Faculty of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Local physician George Pettit, MD, was recently honored for his commitment to higher education and work with medical students. The Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) System and Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) have selected Dr. Pettit as a member of the college’s Master Faculty.

Dr. Pettit received this honor based on his exceptional teaching of the clinical and academic programs that comprise OU-COM. He joins an elite group of 89 other clinical faculty members who have been named as part of the Master Faculty.

Dr. Pettit was nominated for the award by Terry Johnson, DO, assistant dean for CORE and OU-COM. During a formal presentation, he was awarded with a Master Faculty pin and plaque for his important role in preparing OU-COM students, interns and residents to be caring, compassionate and competent physicians.

A native of Portsmouth, Dr. Pettit received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1969. He completed his internship and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Madigan Army Medical Center, where he received the award for top OB/GYN resident.

Dr. Pettit was Chief of OB/GYN Service at the Army Medical Hospital, US Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. until 1977. He then became part of the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center, where he has practiced for the past 30 years. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Portsmouth Health Department, Medical Director of the Shawnee State University Health Clinic, as well as on various committees throughout the community.

Surgeon Scarpinato Welcomed At SOMCPosted on March 29, 2007

Vincent M. Scarpinato, MD

Vincent M. Scarpinato, MD, general and breast surgeon, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Scarpinato has joined the practice of Thomas L. Khoury, MD, coming to the Portsmouth area from St. Vincent’s Hospital, Manhattan, New York.

Board-certified in General Surgery, Dr. Scarpinato received his medical degree from New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY. He most recently has served as Program Director of the Department of Surgery as well as Chief of Surgical Education at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center. He has been practicing general and breast surgery for 15 years.

Dr. Scarpinato has been featured in “New York Best Doctors” in New York Magazine in 2003, 2004 and 2006, and Castle Connolly guides “Top Doctors” and “Best Surgeons” 2002-2006.

Dr. Scarpinato can be reached at Southern Ohio Surgical Associates, (740) 353-8661.

SOMC Welcomes ENT SchrimpfPosted on March 29, 2007

Robert Schrimpf, MD

Robert Schrimpf, MD, an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Schrimpf comes to the Portsmouth area from Cincinnati, where he has been in practice since 1982. He received his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Ill. He completed his internship at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, and his residency with the Boston University-Tufts University Combined Boston Residency Program of Otolaryngology.

Dr. Schrimpf is a member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology and the American College of Surgeons. He is board-certified in Otolaryngology by the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Call 353-7881 for an appointment or more information.

Volunteers Needed For Challenger Baseball LeaguePosted on March 28, 2007

Volunteers are needed for the Challenger Baseball League. With the help of volunteers, children with disabilities are given the opportunity to play baseball. The Challenger Division is in need of buddies to help players during their games. This is a wonderful experience and opportunity to help others. If you are interested in helping make a difference with these children please contact Gretchen Briggs at 574-6467 or Noelle Metzler 354-3120.

Gill Director of Physician ServicesPosted on March 22, 2007

Ben Gill

Ben Gill has accepted the position of Administrative Director of Physician Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Gill is responsible for the operational direction of the Medical Care Foundation, which includes employed physician offices, Medical Education, and the Center for Occupational Medicine.

A Wheelersburg native, Ben is a 1997 graduate of Princeton University. He joined SOMC in 2001 as a physician office manager for the Medical Care Foundation and has served the last five years as Medical Education Coordinator. In November, he began serving as the Interim Director of Physician Services.

Ben and his wife, Toni, reside in Portsmouth with their two children.

Coroner Urges Safety On Area RoadwaysPosted on March 22, 2007

Dr. Terry Johnson

With the first hints of spring in the air, Dr. Terry Johnson, Scioto County Coroner, wants to remind everyone in the region to stay safe.

“It’s been a long, cold winter,” Johnson says, “and did we ever have a February that we’re glad to put behind us! I just want us all to be safety-conscious in the months to come.”

With brighter skies and warmer temperatures, he warns that pedestrians will be walking the roads and streets and more kids will be out on bikes and skateboards. As motorists, we need to watch out for them.

“We’ll also see the usual up-tick in motorcycle riding, ” Johnson says. “Please, please, please—watch out for the bikers. They have a perfect right to be there, and they are extremely vulnerable to collisions. Watch out for the four-wheelers, too. They are not supposed to be on the roads, but they are. All terrain vehicles (ATVs) are not designed and are not licensed for highway use, and I hope that all law enforcement agencies and responsible citizens will work together to keep these vehicles off-road, where they belong. We’ve had far too many injuries and deaths from these vehicles being used improperly, and I just hate to see the tragedy it brings upon our families. If someone gets hurt or killed on an ATV this year while riding on the highway, that casualty will be totally uncalled for and totally preventable – period.”

Johnson urges truckers and car operators to look out for one another during the spring and summer driving season. Among the points he wants to stress:

  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Always use your safety belt, and make sure that your passengers do as well.
  • Drive defensively and assume that the people driving near you will do something stupid—all too often, they do!
  • Leave early for your destination and do not get in a rush.
  • Show courtesy to your fellow drivers.
  • Avoid road rage: if you find yourself cursing and banging the steering wheel and making obscene gestures, you’re wrong—period!
  • Avoid in-car distractions , such as cell phone use and “gadgeteering.”
  • Do not tailgate or “push” the operator ahead of you down the road.

“Watch out for motorcycles and bicycles and people walking and kids playing. This is stuff that everyone knows to do, but right now is an especially dangerous time as we make the transition from stuffy housebound living to the wonderful out-of-doors. I just want folks to pause and think about being safe.”

Regarding motorcycles, Johnson urges operators to ride as responsibly as possible. “Be conspicuous. From a safety standpoint, you can’t make yourself too conspicuous.” Unfortunately, most of the “cool” garb that bikers prefer to wear tends to make them “disappear” against the road, particularly at dusk or dawn, and while riding at night. “Bright, reflective gear makes you much more visible, and can save your life.” Wear protective equipment regardless of the state law minimums. “It makes no sense to ride a motorcycle without a helmet,” says Johnson. “The risk of a head injury in the event of an accident—even a minor accident—is just too great.”

Wear a long sleeve protective shirt or jacket and good boots that come over the ankle. Eye protection is essential, as are gloves. “You have to think like you’re going to wind up hitting the pavement. If you don’t prepare for the worst, your skin and bones are going to pay a heavy price when things go wrong.” As you get your bike out of winter storage, make sure that it is mechanically sound and that the tires are in good shape and properly inflated. “Know your equipment, know what it can and can’t do, and stay within the operational envelope.”

Also, if you are a new rider, be especially cautious. Inexperienced riders are particularly vulnerable, especially if they are not safety conscious. “When you take a motorcycle out on the street for the first time, the learning curve is steep. There are just too many things that can hurt you. You have to go slow and be smart as you learn.” Johnson is an experienced motorcyclist who has been riding since age 16. “Experienced riders, on the other hand, have to guard against being complacent. Accidents happen to riders with lots of experience, too.”

For ATV riders, Johnson urges much the same as he does for motorcyclists. “It’s all about doing smart things. If you treat ATV riding like you’re playing a video game, eventually you are going to pay the price,” Johnson says.

ATVs have limits, and each year too many people come up against those limits. Some hills are just too steep, some terrain is just too rough, and just because your ATV is as fast as lightening doesn’t mean you have to go faster than conditions will bear.” If your ATV isn’t designed for doubling a passenger, do not do it! Your machine will be outside of design limitations as you go through curves or up hills. That means that it will flip or tumble. “Every year we have many, many injuries due to this simple fact.”

Wear a helmet, eye protection, sturdy clothes and boots. Take a safety course—manufacturers offer these courses free of charge, and that information can be obtained through ATV dealers. “Most of all, keep them off the highway. They are not designed for the road, not licensed for the road, and accidents involving ATVs on the highway are typically catastrophic.”

For automobile operators—be courteous and watch out for others. For motorcyclists—be conspicuous and assume that others do not see you, and wear a helmet and eye protection. For ATV operators—keep them off-road and wear a helmet and eye protection.

Stay safe – let’s all live to see and enjoy the changing leaves of fall!

Dr. Johnson can be reached for comment or questions at: (740) 259-5699 (SOMC Lucasville Office) or (740) 355-0113 (Coroner’s Office, Scioto County Courthouse).

SOMC Lab Receives AccreditationPosted on March 21, 2007

The Southern Ohio Medical Center Laboratory has been awarded a two-year accreditation by the commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

Leeann L. Sammons, SOMC vice president of Health and Safety, stated that the laboratory’s success is the result of the efforts of a well-trained, conscientious staff.

“The lab staff is committed to achieving and sustaining exceptional results, through benchmarking with national top performers,” Sammons said. “This accreditation is another validation of their hard work to offer the best services available.”

Inspectors examine the records and quality control of the laboratory for the preceding two years, as well as the education and qualifications of the total staff, the adequacy of the facilities, the equipment, laboratory safety and the laboratory management to determine how well the laboratory is serving the patient.

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. The SOMC Laboratory is one of more than 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.

The College of American Pathologists is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. It is a medical organization serving nearly 16,000 pathologists and the laboratory community throughout the world.

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