Yearly Archives: 2008

Massage Therapy Launched at Wheelersburg LIFE CenterPosted on October 8, 2008

The LIFE Center of Southern Ohio Medical Center has added a new line of massage-therapy services to its Wheelersburg facility.

Tiffany Slusher, licensed massage therapist of the Wheelersburg LIFE Center, is now accepting clients. Slusher is a graduate of Hocking College and has been a practicing massage therapist for four years. She is certified to perform Swedish, deep-tissue and hot-stone forms of massage therapy.

Both 30-minute and hour-long sessions are available and appointments are necessary. To schedule or for more information, please contact Tiffany Slusher at the Wheelersburg LIFE Center at (740) 574-4022.

SOMC Offers New Approaches In Knee ReplacementPosted on October 8, 2008

Orthopedic medicine at Southern Ohio Medical Center is taking a healthy step forward in knee replacements, with new technologies that are bringing less invasive surgery with a potentially lower risk of infection and blood loss, less anesthesia time and faster recovery time.

Orthopedic surgeons James Pettey, MD, and Gerardo Trinidad, MD, are each adopting variations in surgical technology that allow the replacement joint to be anchored in ways that more closely resemble the patient’s anatomy.

Conventional knee replacement surgery has usually meant preparing the bone using standardized cutting blocks that come in pre-determined sizes. The surgeon measures the dimensions of the ends of the thigh and leg bones and uses the closest approximate size.

New technological approaches allow for more precisely sized blocks that are specially made to match the individual patient’s anatomy.

“An MRI scan is made of the patient’s leg,” Dr. Trinidad said. “Then the manufacturer takes that scan and creates a block that is much closer to the size of the patient’s original anatomy.”

In a total knee replacement, the old joint is removed, along with any associated tissue impacted by trauma, disease such as arthritis or other conditions. The ends of the thigh and leg bones are trimmed down using the special cutting blocks and the implants are anchored to the bones with pins and special cement.

“The result is a smaller incision, less trauma to the patient, a faster procedure, lower risk of infection and faster recovery,” Dr. Trinidad said. He is currently involved in trials for a new technological procedure, one of only six hospitals nationwide offering the approach.

“The technology uses computer software to evaluate MRI images of the arthritic knee and calculate the amount of joint surface which has been lost to arthritis,” Dr. Pettey explained. “The cutting blocks are a tool the surgeon can then use to remove a specific amount of bone and thus replace the arthritic knee.”

Dr. Pettey can be reached at (740) 353-7017. Dr. Trinidad is available at (740) 351-0980.

Cooper Assistant Nurse Manager at SOMCPosted on October 7, 2008

Janet Cooper, RN, BSN, CMS, has been named Assistant Nurse Manager of the One West nursing unit at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Cooper started with SOMC in 1976 and has been working on One West since 1999.

A graduate of Shawnee State University with an associate degree in nursing, she received her bachelor of science in nursing from Capital University and her certification in medical-surgical nursing in 2005. She is a member of the organization’s Skin Care Team, Nursing Design Team, and One West’s Strategic Value Leadership Team.

Cooper and her husband, Ron, live in the Blue Creek area and have two grown sons.

260+ In Annual Run For Your LIFEPosted on October 7, 2008

Overall winners in the 31st annual SOMC Run For Your LIFE competition included (inset) men’s 5-K, Eric Putnam; from left, women’s 10k, Nina DiTraglia; women’s 5-K, Rachel Appleton; men’s 10-K, Blake Jones.

More than 260 runners participated in the 31st annual Run For Your LIFE community races Saturday, Aug. 30, starting at the SOMC LIFE Center.

Overall winners in the 5-K race were Eric Putnam and Rachel Appleton, while overall winners in the 10-K event were Blake Jones and Nina DiTraglia.

5-K winners in each age and gender group included: Male: 1-15, Brady Evans, Kyle Johnson, Levi Cook; Female: 1-15, Maddie McAllister, Courtney Blanton, Megan Harper; Male: 16-19, Justin Kammler, Brandon Brown, Anthony Spicer; Female: 16-19, Lexie Turner, Cassie Kyle, Erin Toland; Male: 20-24, Matt Lloyd, Adam Evans, Bruce Evans; Female: 20-24, Jessica McGraw, Tiffany Arnett, Megan Delotell; Male: 25-29, Derek Gampp, Aaron Prose, Ben Adkins; Female: 25-29, Catherine Maddox, Heidi Ziegler,  Mandy Klaiber; Male: 30-34, Jeremy Kaltenbach, Daniel McDonie, Greg Young; Female: 30-34, Lora Gampp, Stacy Hornikel, Angela Tuggle; Male: 35-39, Michael Paterson, John Temponeras, Anthony Morgan; Female: 35-39, Susan Shelton, Christie Blair, Kristina Allen; Male: 40-44, Ed Edwards, Brian Shope, David Childrey; Female: 40-44, Leigh Phillips, Lisa Salyers, Louvina Duncan; Male: 45-49, Troy Joyce, Andy Spicer, Jeff Bauer; Female: 45-49, Peggy Kindinger, Kim Toland, Lori Guinn; Male: 50-54, Tom Walker, Bob Knox, Frank James; Female: 50-54, Jackie Journey, Jill Adkins, Patti Delotell; Male: 55-59, Ed Hughes, Willie Hobbs, John Grimm; Female: 55-59, Bunnie Schaefer; Male: 60-64, Randy Spohn, Larry Neff, Charles Walker; Female: 60-64, Betty Neff, Peggy Ruggiero, Lois Rase; Male: 65-99, Sonny Mullins, Richard Balmer, John Lorentz; Female: 65-99, Rose Balmer.

10-K winners in each age and gender grouop included: Male: 16-19, Zach Lajoy, Ralph Craft, Kyle See, Patrick Welsh, Price McGhee, Jr.; Female: 16-19, Tabitha Johnson, Caitlin McGee; Male: 20-24, Mason Bradbury, Nicholas Bowman; Female: 20-24, Mandy Musick, Ellen Berry; Male: 25-29, Kevin Locker, Nick Liberator, Joel Stanley, Brett Davis, Danny Wells, Paul Gillispie; Female: 25-29, Amy Kline, Sara Crank; Male: 30-34, Christopher Kacir, Ryan Conley, Doug Pack; Female: 30-34; Michelle Finch;Tiffany Tomlin, Stacey Ellis; Male: 35-39, Scott Johnson, Kevin Gullion; Female: 35-39, Angela Walsh, Aimee Miller, Angie Kelly; Male: 40-44, John Walsh, John Austin, Jim Austin, Bill Vansickle, Rue Sanders, Price McGhee; Female: 40-44, Kelly Emnett, Sharon Welsh, Kim Austin; Male: 45-49, Billy Musick, Marty Redden; Male: 50-54, Greg Malone, Rick Bowman, Mark Hunter, Rick Spaulding, Rick Clark, John Ditraglia, Tony Coriell; Female: 50-54, Becky Thompson, Theresa Kline, Sharon Malone; Male: 55-59, Mike Thompson; Female: 55-59, Jean Schmidt; Male: 60-64, Russ Sommers, Dave Moore, Gil Bauer; Male: 65-99, Kou Liu.

Ministry and Nursing Conference Oct. 10-11Posted on September 30, 2008

Regional leaders in ministry and nursing will come together in October for a special conference addressing issues that connect personal faith and both spiritual and physical well-being.

“Serving The Least of These In Your Faith Community” will include three days of pre-conference and conference activities open to registered and licenses practical nurses, health ministers, pastors and nursing students.

The sessions will include a pre-conference from 1 to 4:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 , and conference sessions and activities from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11. The events will be at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Kentucky.

Topics will address health ministry, faith community nursing, supporting families with addiction, depression, special needs, and a panel on spiritual care. Poster presentations and discussions are also planned.

Everyone interested in attending is encouraged to call 888-635-2200 for fee information and to register prior to Oct. 3.

The event is presented by the Shawnee State University Department of Nursing, Southern Ohio Medical Center Congregational Partnerships, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Healthy Community Services, river Cities Health Ministries, Area Health eudcation Center Constortium for Health and Education in Appalachia Ohio (CHEAO).

Surgeon Nien Welcomed at SOMCPosted on September 25, 2008

Yih-Dar Nien, MD, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center and is practicing with Southern Ohio Surgical Associates.

Dr. Nien received his medical degree from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile. He completed his residency in general surgery at Marshall University, Huntington, WV; an internship in general surgery and a fellowship in wound healing research at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. He has successfully completed part 1 of the American Board of Surgery certification. His areas of interest include all aspects of general surgery including thyroid, breast, gallbladder and colon surgery.

Dr. Nien can be reached at Southern Ohio Surgical Associates, 1611 27th St., Braunlin Building Suite 306. Call (740) 353-8661 for an appointment or more information.

Longaberger Consultants Support Cancer PatientsPosted on September 24, 2008

Local independent Longaberger consultants and branch leaders recently donated $349 in proceeds from a fundraiser July 21 to the SOMC Cancer Compassion Fund. The fund is established to help cancer patients in financial need. Shown are (l-r): Sandy Wilson, Barb Ashworth, Bonnie Warner, Autumn Risner, Joan Howell, Lillie Mullins, Charlene Mains, Gwyn Barker, Amy Dever, Sue Hatten, Dolores Schuman.

September 2008 is National Prostate Cancer Awareness MonthPosted on September 24, 2008

Prostate cancer is the number one cancer among men. One out of 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. The good news is that since 1994, the death rate from prostate cancer has decreased 4 percent each year. In 2004, there were 2 million prostate cancer survivals in the United States.

Li-fen L. Chang, MD, senior medical director of Radiation Oncology at Southern Ohio Medical Center, says the successful decrease in the prostate cancer mortality rate is due to several factors.

“Early detection save lives,” Dr. Chang says. “Successful screening using DRE (digital rectal examination) and PSA (prostate specific antigen, a blood test) helps detect prostate cancer at an earlier, more curable stage.”

Dr. Chang also credits improvements in prostate cancer treatment with increasing survival rates. One new development in surgical removal of the prostate is robotic-assisted prostatectomy, which shortens recovery time.

“Radiation therapy has also dramatically improved in the past decade,” she says. “Treatments are much more precise and tailored to the patient’s individual anatomy, resulting in less damage to surrounding healthy tissue, fewer side effects and faster recovery.” Dr. Chang noted that the SOMC Cancer Center offers some of the most advanced technologies for treating prostate cancer.

“Using testosterone suppression therapy in conjunction with radiation therapy or surgery is also a better treatment approach for high-risk patients,” she says, adding that research and new developments are continuing with approaches such as targeted therapy and a vaccine against prostatic acid phosphatase, a substance found in most prostate cancer.

Dr. Chang says the most important thing every man can do is be proactive in early detection. Become familiar with your family health history and any relatives with a history of prostate cancer. Talk to your physician about risk factors and symptoms. Be aware of any urinary symptoms, such as frequency of urination, burning sensation when urinating, difficulty starting the stream, weak stream, getting up many times at night for urination, etc.

Always maintain a good life style today: exercise at least three times a week, pay attention to what you eat, increase vegetables and fruits, cut down fatty food, red meat, avoid obesity, manage your stress, and maintain a high quality of rest. If you are a smoker or drinker, the most important health measure you can do is quit smoking and quit drinking.

For information about SOMC smoking secession classes and resources, call (740) 356-2692. For more information about prostate cancer, call the SOMC Cancer Center at (740) 356-7490 or visit

Lay Ministry TrainingPosted on September 24, 2008

The Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) will offer free lay ministry training for local parishioners and clergy members during a day-long session from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth.

The training, entitled “Our Journey of Hope,” will teach participants more about the special and spiritual needs of cancer patients and the ways one may provide support for them within their church and community. Continental breakfast and lunch will be available.

The program will be led by Rev. Percy McCray, Jr., director of Pastoral Care and Social Services for the CTCA, and is sponsored in part by local Scioto Christian Ministries and Southern Ohio Medical Center.

There will be a $12 advanced-registration fee per participant, or $15 the day of the event. For more information, or to register, please call Sharon Carver at 740-356-2692.

Free Breast Cancer ScreeningPosted on September 24, 2008

Area women are invited to attend Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Breast Cancer Screening planned from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21 at the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane.

Southern Ohio Medical Center, the Fight Cancer…Save Lives…Act Now Cancer Coalition, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Program and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation are sponsoring the event, which is intended for women who do not have insurance or who have large insurance deductibles that prohibit this early detection screening.

Registration by appointment can be made by calling the SOMC Volunteer Office, (740) 356-8234.

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