Yearly Archives: 2009

Anticoagulation Clinic part of Heart and Vascular processPosted on January 14, 2009

The Anticoagulation Clinic is located on Oakland Avenue on the South Campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Patients who have had heart valve replacements, had complicated surgeries, blood clots, or heart beat irregularities may be asked to take Coumadin to help slow the blood clotting process. These medications, known as anticoagulants, are used to prevent major complications, such as vessel or valve obstruction, or strokes. In order to properly administer and monitor patients using these medications, Southern Ohio Medical Center houses a specialized department called the SOMC Anticoagulation Clinic. “Our facility is always dedicated to nationally recognized best practices and having an anticoagulation clinic, on-site. Providing this service along with our other heart and vascular areas is best practice,” said Rory Phillips, RPh, Director of Pharmacy at Southern Ohio Medical Center. SOMC’s Anticoagulation Clinic opened its doors in 2002 in order to bring state of the art treatment methods to patients in our area. Now, part of the overall heart and vascular process, Phillips said SOMC services encompass all aspects of total heart and vascular care. “Our pharmacists have more than 45 years of combined experience in caring for Coumadin patients in the outpatient setting. Five hospital pharmacists rotate through the clinic, most of which are Doctor of Pharmacy graduates, but all have national certification in anticoagulation” he explained. Phillips said the clinic results exceed national patient safety and quality standards with a proven track record that has been shared across the United States at other healthcare organizations and national conferences. “We have exceeded the Joint Commissions quality standards and patient satisfaction expectations in our clinic and have shared our practices to help other organizations make improvements. Like with everything we do at Southern Ohio Medical Center, we set the bar high so that we are continually focused on providing the highest quality care,” he shared. SOMC’s Anticoagulation Clinic is located on Oakland Avenue on the South Campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center and cares for more than 825 patients currently. For more information on anticoagulation and other related services, contact the clinic at 356-7539.

SOMC Outpatient Rehab Centers Donate Gifts for ChildrenPosted on January 14, 2009

Staff members of Outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently donated 25 gift bags full of toys, clothing and games to the children of the Southern Ohio Sexual Assault Treatment Center. A cash collection to purchase gifts was held at the Lucasville, Portsmouth and Wheelersburg outpatient locations and toys were also donated by the Smiles for Sean foundation at Northwest High School. The Southern Ohio Sexual Assault Treatment Center provides medical and legal care, support and compassion to those who have experienced sexual assault, and also provides prevention education to all members of the community. Pictured at the donation with Patty Pettigrew, service coordinator of the Southern Ohio Sexual Assault Treatment Center, are SOMC Outpatient Rehabilitation members (l to r) Pam Higgins, Pam Knittle, Denise Caulley and Brett Lacy.

H&R Block and SOMC Reward Last Baby of the YearPosted on January 12, 2009

H&R Block, in partnership with Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently rewarded Stephanie Lewis of Portsmouth (pictured above with son, Hunter) for giving birth to the last baby of 2008. As part of the reward, Lewis received a gift basket, free tax advice and will qualify for a dependency exemption and credits on her 2008 tax return. Those parents of babies born after midnight Jan. 1 will have to wait until they file their taxes for 2009 to receive the same tax break. Lewis’ son, Hunter, was born at 9:05 p.m. Dec. 31 at SOMC.

SOMC to Celebrate the Growth of a Dream during Annual MLK EventPosted on January 8, 2009

Community members are invited to celebrate the growth of a dream during this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. event at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The celebration will take place at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19 at the Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth. Dr. Amory Novoselac, medical oncologist of the SOMC Cancer Center, will be the guest speaker and artistic groups from the community and the hospital will provide entertainment. Special educational poster displays, cultural desserts from around the world and refreshments will be available at the end of the event. For more information about the celebration, please contact Deanne Malone 356-8597.

Southern Ohio Medical Center Receives American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR® ACTION Registry®-GWTGTM Silver Performance Achievement AwardPosted on January 8, 2009

Southern Ohio Medical Center has received the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2008 – one of only 93 hospitals nationwide to do so. The award recognizes SOMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients, and signifies that SOMC has reached an aggressive goal of treating coronary artery disease patients with 85 percent compliance to core standard levels of care outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.

To receive the ACTION Registry–GWTG Silver Performance Achievement Award, SOMC consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry–GWTG for 12 consecutive months. These include aggressive use of medications like cholesterol-lowering drugs, beta-blockers, ACE inhibitors, aspirin, and anticoagulants in the hospital.

“The American College of Cardiology Foundation and the American Heart Association commend SOMC for its success in implementing standards of care and protocols,” said Christopher Cannon, MD, ACTION Registry–GWTG Steering Committee Chairperson and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Associate Physician in the Cardiovascular Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute and secondary prevention guideline-recommended therapy is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of heart attack patients,” added Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, Get With The GuidelinesSM Steering Committee Chairperson and Director of Ahmanson-UCLA Cardiomyopathy Center.

“The time is right for SOMC to be focused on improving the quality of cardiovascular care by implementing ACTION Registry–GWTG. The number of acute myocardial infarction patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing incidence of heart disease and a large aging population,” said Paul Rase, nurse manager of the Heart Care Unit at SOMC.

Created by the merger of the American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR ACTION Registry® and the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-CAD program, ACTION Registry–GWTG combines the best of both programs into a single, unified national registry. The new registry joins the robust data collection and quality reporting features of the ACTION Registry with the collaborative models, unique tools, and quality improvement techniques of the GWTG-CAD program. With the collective strengths of these two programs, ACTION Registry–GWTG empowers health care provider teams to consistently treat heart attack patient according to the most current, science-based guidelines; and establishes a national standard for understanding and improving the quality, safety, and outcomes of care provided for patients with coronary artery disease, specifically high-risk STEMI and NSTEMI patients.

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