Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Sleep Diagnostic Center is relocating from 1671 Grant Street to the SOMC Main Campus at 1745 27th St. in the building which formerly housed SOMC’s cancer services until 2004.
The center will open for sleep diagnostic testing in early January, with a six-member staff of registered respiratory therapists providing a variety of tests for patients 13 and older.
“We’re very excited about the expansion of our services, ” Bryan Hammond, RT, director of Respiratory Therapy, says. “ We are acquiring some of the latest technology in sleep diagnostics and have a skilled and specialized staff administering tests.”
The center will use the Compumedics e-Series digital system to provide true sleep study data which can then be stored and retrieved in the Compumedics Nexus database.
“This system will grow with us in the future, as our needs change,” Hammond says. “Electronic medical records are becoming the expected way of holding data related to patients’ tests and we will be ready for that approach using this system.”
Ammar Ghanem, MD, a pulmonologist on staff at SOMC, has received his board certification in Sleep Medicine from the American Board of Sleep Medicine. He is also board-certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Internal Medicine.
“This new facility will provide an excellent environment and appropriate equipment for conducting sleep diagnostic studies,” Dr. Ghanem says. “The dangers of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders are very real. Sleep apnea is a real stress to the heart and treating sleep apnea prevents cardiac morbidities and may improve survival. Developing and providing this program to our community is a tremendous benefit.”
“The testing is non-invasive,” Elie Saab, MD, a pulmonologist on staff at SOMC, explains. “There are no needles or invasive procedures. The test is painless and provides a wealth of data from which we can determine a variety of sleep disorders and provide appropriate treatment.”
The facility includes new beds with specialized pressure-relieving mattresses in a comfortable, home-like environment.”
Most sleep loss is due to poor sleep habits and stress. However, millions of people suffer from undiagnosed sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and narcolepsy. These people should be encouraged to seek medical attention.
The SOMC Sleep Diagnostic Center will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, in conjunction with the SOMC Wound Healing Center, which occupies part of the same building. The staff invites employees and physicians to stop by for refreshments and a tour.
For more information about the SOMC Sleep Diagnostic Center, call 356-8111.
Employees at Southern Ohio Medical Center will train for fire safety with state-of-the-art approaches this year, including an innovative three-dimensional game that replicates a nursing unit of the hospital in which a fire is spreading and patients must be rescued.
“Video game training allows us to do the impossible,” game designer Rick Eid says. “We could never go to the nursing unit and set a fire and go through these steps, but in the virtual video game world we can do everything.”
Eid and more than a dozen staffers with his Huntington/Ironton-based company, TickStorm, worked for more than 10 months on the project, gathering and duplicating the characteristics of nursing unit Three North, the hospital’s cafeteria and a neighboring physician’s office. Once the data was gathered, the game had to be tested repeatedly to catch glitches and assure a realistic experience.
The game has a tutorial with no time limits that helps the user become familiar with controls and what must be done. When the training game is actually played on one of SOMC’s computers, the user has certain tasks that must be accomplished within a certain time frame. The user must locate a fire that has broken out, sound the alarm, rescue patients and extinguish the fire using a fire extinguisher. Users earn points as they complete each task and answer questions correctly about the SOMC policies on fire safety.
TickStorm’s team worked closely with SOMC personnel to assure as much realism in the environment as possible. The user sees the SOMC environment in first-person, moving through the hallways past replicas of doors, signs, staff members and patients. In the game, screenshots of SOMC’s computer network appear on monitors at nurse stations and television programs are visible on the sets in patients’ rooms. Even the emergency pages overhead are voiced by SOMC Telecommunications Supervisor Elsie Wolfe, who provides emergency pages in the real world as well.
“I’m a hands-on learner and will understand and remember things better if I can get in there and do them,” Eid says. “Video game training can be used in conjunction with conventional training and provide a great new way to remember what you have to do.”
“Once complete, this game will be available in January as part of required fire training for all employees,” Roxane Robinson of SOMC Safety Services explains.
Timothy Mynes, D.O., Family Practitioner, has accepted the position of Medical Director at the SOMC Urgent Care Center in Wheelersburg.
Dr. Mynes joined the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center in 2004. He received his medical degree from Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his Internship and Family Practice Residency at Southern Ohio Medical Center.
He and his wife, Janeen, reside in the Portsmouth area with their four children.
Southern Ohio Medical Center welcomed the first baby born at the hospital in 2007 when Destiny Ann Bliss was born at 7:54 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. She is the daughter of Tiffany McCain and Matthew Bliss of Vanceburg, KY.
Destiny weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19 inches long. She was delivered by local obstetrician Dr. George Pettit.