Yearly Archives: 2008

SOMC’s Littleton Systems Administration ManagerPosted on July 19, 2008

Ben Littleton has been named Manager of Systems and Network Administration at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He will lead a team of eight professionals and some of his primary responsibilities will include system server support, network administration and security, email management and information technology asset management.

Littleton has worked at SOMC for 10 years. An Elliott County native, he is a graduate of Elliott County High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Morehead State University. He and his wife, Beth, have two children and reside in Greenup County, Ky.

Lawson Appointed at SOMC Cancer CenterPosted on July 10, 2008

Kelly Lawson, RN, OCN, has accepted the position of Clinical Manager of Oncology Services at the SOMC Cancer Center. aIn this position, Lawson will plan, organize, direct and coordinate the management and delivery of patient care activities, as well as maintain quality care in accordance with unit policies and procedures. A Portsmouth native, Lawson is a graduate of Shawnee State University. She has been a part of the nursing staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center since 1990 and has served the last six years in Cancer Services. Lawson resides in the Wheelersburg area with her family.

Meeker Assistant Nurse Manager at SOMC Cancer CenterPosted on July 10, 2008

Kristie Meeker RN, BSN, OCN, has been named the assistant nurse manager of Cancer Services at the SOMC Cancer Center. In this position, Meeker will oversee the daily operations and nursing activities within the SOMC Cancer Center, providing ongoing education and resources to staff members, as well as clinical supervision and guidance to see that all policies, practices, procedures and standards are followed. Meeker is a graduate of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Shawnee State University and started working at Southern Ohio Medical Center in 1999. She currently resides in the Minford area.

Coterie Guild Presents DVD Systems, Recliners To SOMC PediatricsPosted on July 3, 2008

The Coterie Guild, part of the Friends of SOMC, recently donated 14 new DVD systems and a collection of more than 35 DVDS to the Pediatrics Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The guild, in conjunction with Big Sandy Superstore, also donated seven Lane reclining chairs to the unit to provide more comfortable seating for parents and visitors. Shown at the presentation are (front row: l-r) Kelly Carter, vice-president of the Coterie Guild; Malissa Warrick, nurse manager of the Pediatrics Department; (back row: l-r) Brande Charles, member of the Coterie Guild; Julie Sanders-Johnson, president of the Coterie Guild; Andrew Ruggles, registered nurse of the Pediatrics Department; and Lanita Warner, member of the Coterie Guild. Coterie works on several fundraising projects throughout the year to support programs within the SOMC Pediatrics Department.

SOMC Welcomes ENT Specialist SchmittPosted on July 2, 2008

John E. Schmitt, Jr., MD, an ear, nose and throat specialist, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He will be practicing with SOMC ENT Associates, 1711 27th St., Braunlin Building Suite 403. A graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, he received his Bachelor of Science from Cleveland State University and attended Case Western Reserve Graduate School to conduct surgical research. He completed an internship in surgery from Case Western Reserve Medical Center and completed residencies in Otolaryngology at the University of Iowa and Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY. Dr. Schmitt is board-certified in Otolaryngology and is a fellow of the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Schmitt resides in the Portsmouth area with his wife, Denise, and children. He is now accepting appointments for ear, nose and throat care. He can be reached at SOMC ENT Associates at (740) 353-7881.

ADHD/ADD Support Group FormedPosted on July 2, 2008

Dr. John Turjoman, pediatrician in Wheelersburg and Chief of Pediatrics at Southern Ohio Medical Center, has noticed over the past years an increase in the diagnosis of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD). Dr. Turjoman noted, “These disorders can be very taxing to the parents, teachers, caregivers, and all in the community who deal with children.” On Tuesday, July 15 Dr. Turjoman, with the support of SOMC, is starting a support group for the parents and caregivers of these children. “I found that parents were asking me for advice and support and there was no communication between the parents,” he said. “There is clearly a need for resources and information for these parents. I hope this support group will encourage a healthy discussion in a comfortable, relaxed, and compassionate environment.” Dr. Turjoman is being assisted by Kellie Taylor, Heather Carver, and Joshua Carver in coordinating the meetings and arranging the speakers. All three are parents of children with ADHD. Kellie Taylor stated “I found that other parents were asking me for advice on how I care for my child and I am not a specialist. I hope this group can help provide a place for them to come together and learn from each other.” “We are working on speakers with professional backgrounds and experience,” Heather Carver added. “These are specialists who can provide information, resources and discuss contemporary topics related to these conditions.” These meetings are free and open to the public but no children are permitted. The first meeting is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at the Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information or questions send emails to or call (740) 357-9712.

Thiel Earns Thompson ScholarshipPosted on June 23, 2008

Jordyn Thiel, a 2008 graduate of Minford High School, has been named the recipient of the Mildred E. Thompson Scholarship through the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

The award is a $1,000 scholarship given to a high school senior who has placed service above self as a well as maintained a higher-than-average grade point average. The award is named for Mildred Thompson, long-time Clerk of Courts of Scioto County who has exemplified volunteerism all her life. The scholarship goes to students who have shown outstanding efforts in community service over a period of time.

In addition to various academic and athletic awards, Thiel has been active in Big Brother/Big Sister; National Honor Society; Red, White and Youth; Quiz Bowl; Salvation Army; and church youth group activities. Theil plans to attend The Ohio State University.

Crock Appointed At OUPosted on June 18, 2008

Dr. Terry Johnson, Assistant Dean for Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, is proud to announce that Rodney A. Crock, DO , has been appointed to the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine.

Dr. Crock received his medical degree from the Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine and his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University. He completed his residency at SOMC. He has been practicing at SOMC since 2004.

SOMC Welcomes Junior VolunteersPosted on June 16, 2008

The 2008 Class of Junior Volunteers for Southern Ohio Medical Center participated in orientation the week of June 16. About 40 participants ages 15-18 representing all area schools will provide support for the services and programs of SOMC on all campuses and in most departments throughout the summer. For more information about SOMC’s Volunteer Program, call 356-8234.

SOMC Friends Scholars NamedPosted on June 16, 2008

The Friends of SOMC, a fundraising and supportive organization for programs and services of Southern Ohio Medical Center, has announced the recipients of the 2008 Friends of SOMC Scholarships. Each year the Friends award scholarships to qualified applicants pursuing studies in a health-related field. Applicants qualify with a connection to SOMC through themselves or a parent, guardian or spouse. This year’s recipients are Sara Pasquinelli, Jami Lyon and Peggie Reinhardt. Sara Pasquinelli is a Notre Dame High School graduate pursuing a nursing degree at the University of Cincinnati. She is a daughter of Ronald and Patricia Pasquinelli of Minford. Her mother, Patricia, works in SOMC’s Same Day Surgery. Jami Lyon is pursuing a medical degree at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a daughter of Frank Lott, employed in SOMC Telecommunications, and Mary Lott, employed in SOMC Medical Imaging. Peggie Reinhardt is pursing a nursing degree from Wright State University. She is employed in the SOMC Employee Health Dept. Her son, Eric, is a patient sitter at SOMC, and her daughter, Jessie, is employed in SOMC’s 1-West unit. The Friends Scholarship is $1,000 per school year for each applicant, divided into $500 payments for fall and winter semesters.

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