Yearly Archives: 2009

Interventional Cardiologist Gill Welcomed At SOMCPosted on August 14, 2009

M. Taimoor Gill, MD, a physician specializing in non-invasive cardiology and interventional cardiology, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Gill received his medical degree from the Allama Iqbal Medical College. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Columbia University and fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Marshall University School of Medicine. He also completed a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the University of Connecticut. He is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Nuclear Cardiology and Internal Medicine.

Dr. Gill can be reached at SOMC Heart and Vascular Associates, 1735 27th St., Waller Building Suite 207, Portsmouth, OH 45662. Call (740) 356-8772 for more information.

SOMC Donates School Supplies to Benefit CommunityPosted on August 13, 2009

Employees at SOMC donated more than 3,700 items to help the children of our community during the 2009 United Way School Supply Drive. Pictured at the donation drop-off are SOMC United Way Committee members Missy Hutchens, Beverly Stringer and United Way of Scioto County Executive Director Mary Peercy.

Employees of Southern Ohio Medical Center helped to donate 3,733 supply items for area school children during the 2009 United Way School Supply Drive, which took place Aug. 7 at the hospital.

“Last year we collected a tremendous amount of school supplies and this year was no different,” Beverly Stinger, coordinator of the SOMC United Way campaign, said. “I was concerned that the economy might prevent employees from giving, but one department alone gave more than we received all-together last year.”

School supply lists were given to employees, with each item designated a point value, Stringer explained. For each point a staff member earned, they were given the chance to enter into one of five gift basket prize drawings. Points also were tallied per department and the team to earn the most would be awarded a pizza party.

SOMC Nutrition Services was named the overall winner of the competition, donating enough supplies to earn an outstanding 4,944 points. The department also won the pizza party and three of the available gift baskets.

“I have worked for SOMC for three years and I wanted to find a way to get my department involved,” Nutrition Aide Penny Robinson said. “I took this project and ran with it.”

Robinson encouraged her coworkers to donate toward the cause and helped raise approximately $600. She also received a generous donation from employee Sheila Rawlins and her husband, Sgt. Anthony Rawlins, on behalf of the Ohio Army National Guard.

“I was budget conscious while shopping and looked for the best deals so the money would stretch to buy more supplies,” she said. “I went shopping nearly every day after work and spent all but two cents. We were very determined to win first place.”

The SOMC Housekeeping Department challenged Nutrition Services by gathering as many school supplies as possible, placing second in the competition with 2,250 points. The department won the remaining gift baskets and plans to use them during National Housekeeping Week this September.

“With the current economic times, it’s especially incredible to see the generosity displayed to our community by SOMC employees,” Mary Peercy, executive director of the United Way of Scioto County, said. “SOMC and its employees have always been a huge supporter of providing supplies for our local students and we thank them for their continued dedication.”

“I want to thank my coworkers for helping the community through this process and making it a great experience for everyone involved,” Robinson said. “Next year will be bigger and better and I can’t wait to see how far we can push ourselves to help those in need.”

Human Resources Employment Office RelocatingPosted on August 12, 2009

he Human Resources Employment Office at Southern Ohio Medical Center will be relocating to Suite B02 in the basement of the Waller Building on the SOMC Main Campus, 1735 27th St., Portsmouth.

The previous employment office on the SOMC South Campus, 1825 Oakland Ave., will be closed Friday, Aug. 14 to prepare for this transition. The new office will open during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17.

Parking for the new location can be found on the fourth level of the Blue Garage adjacent to the Braunlin Building on the Main Campus. Those interested in applying for jobs online may continue to do so by visiting

The SOMC HR Employment Office can be reached by phone before Aug. 17 at 740-356-7231 or after at 740-356-6440.

Girl Scouts Donate Blankets to SOMC Cancer CenterPosted on August 7, 2009

Members of local Girl Scout troop 305 recently created and donated 16 blankets for the patients of the Cancer Center at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The troop’s service project will go toward their hours needed to receive the Girl Scout Silver Award later this year. Shown at the presentation with the troop members and leaders are SOMC Cancer Center staff members Traci Boland (left) and Eve Phipps (right).

SOMC Heart and Vascular Services Pass ODH InspectionPosted on August 5, 2009

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently passed inspection from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) for Adult Cardiac Catheterization and Adult Open Heart Programs.

“The success of passing this inspection ensures our community that we conduct a compliant program that offers best practice heart care,” said Amy Fraulini, director of SOMC Heart and Vascular Services.

The ODH surveyors arrived at SOMC July 16 for a two-day site visit to review the entities of both programs in detail, tour the cath lab and open-heart facilities, as well as observe several surgical procedures.

“The surveyors were very complimentary of our team and the preparation that occurred for this site visit,” said Fraulini. “The surveyors travel all over the state reviewing health care facilities and they were wowed by our Heart and Vascular Center, the flow of patient care, how well our staff worked together, and our overall patient satisfaction.”

The five areas of the inspection included: physical building and equipment; patient care; staffing; administrative policies and procedures; and patient rights. The surveyors also interviewed open-heart patients and their families to gain a better understand of the care that was provided to them while at SOMC.

“This site visit was the first of many for SOMC’s Heart and Vascular Services and ODH will return once every three years, unannounced,” said Fraulini. “This achievement is yet another way to measure our progress toward obtaining the highest quality of heart and vascular care available.”

Emergency Physician Barhorst Welcomed At SOMCPosted on August 5, 2009

Brian Barhorst, MD, a physician specializing in emergency medicine, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Barhorst received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine. He completed a residency in emergency medicine at Summa Health Systems in Akron, Ohio. He is board certified in emergency medicine.

Dr. Barhorst will see patients at Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Emergency Department. He can be reached by calling 356-5000.

Emergency Physician Mortensen Welcomed At SOMCPosted on August 5, 2009

C. Dee Mortensen, DO, a physician specializing in emergency medicine, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Mortensen received his medical degree from University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at St. John Westshore Hospital in Westlake, Ohio.

Dr. Mortensen will see patients at Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Emergency Department. He can be reached by calling 356-5000.

SOMC Receives OHA’s Top Twenty Percent AwardPosted on July 28, 2009

Southern Ohio Medical Center has received the Ohio Hospital Association’s Top Twenty Percent Award for being one of the safest health care facilities in the state of Ohio.

The award is given through OHA’s Statewide Hospital Safety Campaign, which annually recognizes hospitals and health care systems that have secured the best workplace safety records.

“This honor recognizes that SOMC is not only working to provide a safe environment for our patients and visitors, but also our employees,” Leeann L. Sammons, vice president of SOMC Health and Safety, said.

Winners were chosen based on their organization’s submitted Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses data, which included the total recordable employee injury cases and days away from work for the past year.

“Safety is a priority in everything we do and this award shows our continuous dedication to go above and beyond,” Sammons said.

“Our leaders and front-line staff members have been working very hard over the past year to create and sustain a culture of safety and the safest working environment possible. This recognition is yet another way to measure our progress toward achieving safety excellence at SOMC.”

SOMC Named Second Among Best Employers in OhioPosted on July 24, 2009

Southern Ohio Medical Center has been ranked second among the Best Employers in Ohio for 2009, making an appearance on the list for the fourth consecutive year. Pictured are SOMC Emergency Department staff members (l to r) Jeanne Turpin, Tracy Scott, Jason Ross and Dr. Jason Cheatham.

The Society for Human Resource Management, Ohio State Council and Best Companies Group recently announced that Southern Ohio Medical Center has been ranked second among the Best Employers in Ohio.

“This is quite an honor for our organization and further proves that SOMC houses some of the best employees in the nation,” SOMC CEO Randy Arnett said. “The selection is based largely on the survey of our own employees and their view of our organization and says a lot about us as a quality employer and a great place to work.”

The survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the Best Employers in Ohio, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The distinction is given based on an evaluation of various attributes including hiring processes, celebration in the workplace, caring among team members and communication.

“We are very proud of the family atmosphere here at SOMC, which resonates in our relationships with one another and with our patients,” Vicki Noel, vice president of SOMC Human Resources, said.

“This recognition, along with our Magnet Designation, VPP Star Status and FORTUNE Best Places to Work distinction, not only emanates pride to our community through employees, but also strengthens our recruitment and retention efforts.”

The 2009 Best Employers list is made up of 20 companies split into two categories: 10 small/medium-sized companies (15-249 employees) and 10 large-sized companies (250 and more employees). SOMC has been named among other large companies and is on the list for the fourth consecutive year.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill eligibility requirements which include being a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity; being a publicly or privately held business; having a facility in Ohio; having at least 25 employees in Ohio; and being in business for a minimum of one year.

Companies then were required to enter a two-part survey process to determine the Best Employers list.

The first section of the survey evaluated each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics; the second measured employee experience and satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking, which was managed by the Best Companies Group with assistance from ModernThink LLC.

For more information on the Best Employers in Ohio program, please visit

Surgeon Parker Welcomed At SOMCPosted on July 24, 2009

Jeffery Parker, MD, a physician specializing in general surgery, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Parker received his medical degree from the West Virginia University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in general surgery at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is board certified in general surgery.

Dr. Parker will begin August 10 and can be reached at SOMC Surgical Associates, 1735 27th Street, Waller Building Suite 102, Portsmouth, OH 45662. Call (740) 353-3562 for more information.

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