Yearly Archives: 2011

SOMC Cardiovascular Testing Receives ICAEL AccreditationPosted on November 22, 2011

The Cardiovascular Testing Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in adult transthoracic echocardiography by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).

Approval by the ICAEL demonstrates SOMC’s commitment to quality patient care and assures that the hospital is meeting and exceeding national standards in the field of echocardiography.

“Receiving ICAEL accreditation is a seal of approval that our department has been working to obtain since its inception,” Mary McDaniel, nurse manager of SOMC Cardiovascular Testing, said. “This distinction certifies that we are going above and beyond to provide the best possible heart care to our patients and also recognizes that we are one of the highest quality cardiovascular testing labs in the nation.”

To receive accreditation, laboratories must complete two crucial steps including a detailed self-evaluation and an in-depth case study review by the ICAEL Board of Directors. Many factors are evaluated during the process including physician education and experience, employee certification, quality of patient reporting, quality of equipment, patient volumes, and overall customer service.

“ICAEL accreditation is widely respected and is a major accomplishment for our department and hospital,” Angie Veach, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Cardiovascular Testing, said. “So many elements had to be perfect to make this possible and it’s truly a reflection of our staff members’ and physicians’ dedication to achieving excellence. It was a real team effort and we couldn’t be more proud.”

“The whole process has been an educational journey for SOMC and has not only allowed us to raise the bar for our standard of care, but has given us a chance to make process improvements along the way,” McDaniel added. “Everyone played a key role in making this possible and we are so thankful for their contributions.”

Patter Fam Sauces Donates to SOMC Cancer FundPosted on November 22, 2011

Local family-owned business Patter Fam Sauces recently donated $500 toward the Cancer Compassion Fund at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The company raised the funds to benefit breast cancer awareness, opting to donate 50 cents from every jar of sauce sold via their online or retail stores throughout the month of October. For more information about Patter Fam Sauces, please visit their Web site at Pictured with owner Sam Peters (center) on the day of the donation are SOMC Cancer Center employees (l to r) Sarah Pascal, Kim Bridwell, Kim Richendollar, Norma White and Kristi Coleman.

SOMC Nurse Leaders Present at Annual Magnet ConferencePosted on November 21, 2011

Nursing leaders at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently presented “The Pursuit of Perfection in a Zero Defect World” to a crowd of more than 900 people during the 2011 American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) National Magnet Conference Oct. 4-6 in Baltimore, Md.”SOMC has been a Magnet hospital since January 2008, but each year we push ourselves further to achieve perfection,” Claudia Burchett, chief nursing officer and vice president of SOMC Patient Services, said. “Only excellence counts in today’s healthcare environment, and with Magnet’s ever-changing expectations, it’s important that we consistently move our hospital toward a higher standard of patient care. We’re always happy to share our proven practices with other organizations.” ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). More than 7,500 nurses representing all 50 states and more than 20 countries around the world annually attend the conference, which explores nursing excellence in clinical practice, leadership and research through educational sessions, exhibits and poster presentations. Those who presented (shown left to right) included Burchett, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, NEA-BC; Karen Thompson, RN, MS, CNS, director of SOMC Home Care and Wound Healing Services; Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, RN, BSN, MSN, NE-BC, director of SOMC Emergency, Outpatient and Pediatric Services; and Valerie DeCamp, RN, BSN, MHA, NE-BC, director of SOMC Inpatient Nursing Services.”This is the fourth year we have presented and hope to do so again in the future,” Burchett added. “We look forward to the next ANCC conference and continuing our organization’s journey toward excellence and perfection.”

SOMC Offers Performance Enhancement Center for AthletesPosted on November 16, 2011


SOMC offers a Performance Enhancement Center for athletes of all levels. Shown above is SOMC LIFE Center employee Brad Zieber (right) training Andrew Cline (center) and Matthew Chandlen (left) for an upcoming triathlon.

November 16, 2010 » Southern Ohio Medical Center offers a Performance Enhancement Center (PEC) for athletes of all levels, ages 10 and up. The PEC program has helped countless students and athletes improve their speed, agility, power and strength prior the start of the season. The man behind it all, Brad Zieber, exercise physiologist, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist and FMS Certified. Brad meets with 10 to 15 clients a week and during the summer he averages 40 a week, training them for football, basketball, volleyball, baseball and a wide array of other sports. “I work with clients for a six-week period, three days a week,” Zieber said. “We use the SOMC LIFE Center and the Outpatient Rehab Center. We utilize a high-speed treadmill, the pool and other equipment to increase hand-eye coordination, flexibility and overall performance.” Brad takes his job one step further, when he asks for his client’s sports schedules and attends their games. “Once I’ve seen the kids in action, I can do my job better. I can see where their speed is or other areas they need to improve,” he said. “I can also see their competition on the field or the court. This helps me see the areas they are underachieving in, so I can help them improve in these areas and overachieve.” “I’ve been in PEC since seventh grade and now I’m a junior,” said Joey Aeh, Greenup football player. “We start PEC with latter drills and treadmill exercises, strength work, pull a tire across the room, core exercises, fast pass and quick moving exercises; I’m usually exhausted when I get home.” Andrew Cline and Matthew Chandlen, 20, are training with Brad at PEC for the upcoming Tough Mudder team challenge triathlon. They say Brad pushes them to the limits without causing injury. Cline adds that there is no better workout than in PEC. In addition to the rigorous workouts and tough training, Brad genuinely cares about his clients and makes a point to get to know them. “It’s not like when the session is over and Brad’s not getting paid anymore, that he moves on, he checks in and wishes us luck before the season, he builds a relationship with us,” Aeh added. Aeh’s mom, Christy explained that Brad has been a positive influence and role model in Joey’s life during these formative years. She says the PEC program has helped Joey in sports and Brad has made a point to get to know the kids. Christy hopes that the training at PEC with Brad will help Joey get a college scholarship. For more information about the SOMC Performance Enhancement Center, please call 740-356-7572 or stop by the SOMC Portsmouth LIFE Center, 1202 18th St.


SOMC Offers Breast Cancer Support GroupPosted on November 8, 2011

The next meeting of the SOMC Breast Cancer Support Group will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the SOMC Cancer Center, located at 1121 Kinneys Lane, Portsmouth.

The group provides ongoing support, education, encouragement, and fellowship to women diagnosed with breast cancer and meets the third Wednesday of each month.

For more information, please call the SOMC Cancer Center at 740-356-7496.

Cancer Patients Invited to Look Good…Feel Better Program at SOMCPosted on November 4, 2011

Southern Ohio Medical Center and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are helping to make female cancer patients feel more confident about their appearance through the Look Good…Feel Better support program—a national public service created by the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, the National Cosmetology Association and the ACS to help patients who have recently completed or are currently undergoing cancer treatment.

The program meets the second Tuesday of every month and the next session will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 8 at the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth.

During the two-hour, hands-on workshop, attendees will participate in skin-care and make-up application lessons, proper nail-care techniques and will learn how to wear and create headscarves and turbans to mask hair loss. Each patient will be given their own make-up kit and will also have the opportunity to try on and learn more about receiving wigs through the ACS wig-bank.

Participation is free but registration is required. To register or for more information, please call 740-356-7606 or 1-888-227-6446.

SOMC Welcomes Neurologist Dr. SmithPosted on November 4, 2011

Marsha Smith, M.D., a physician specializing in Neurology, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Smith received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. She completed a residency in Neurology at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. and a fellowship in Movement Disorder at Emory University
Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. She is board certified in Neurology.

Dr. Smith will begin seeing patients Nov. 14 and can be reached at SOMC Physician Specialty Associates, 1735 27th Street, Waller Building, Suite 102 in Portsmouth. Please call 740-356-6740 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Wheelersburg Cheerleaders Donate to SOMC Cancer CenterPosted on October 8, 2011

Members of the varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads at Wheelersburg High School recently donated $1,330 to the Cancer Compassion Fund at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The donation was collected as part of the school’s system-wide Pirates for a Cure fundraiser, which encouraged students, teachers and community members to raise breast cancer awareness by purchasing special pink and orange T-shirts throughout the month of October. More than 660 T-shirts were sold. Pictured at the check donation are members of the cheerleading squads with SOMC Breast Health Navigator Kimberlee Richendollar (right).

Local Pageant Winner Donates Items to SOMC Cancer CenterPosted on October 8, 2011

Seven-year-old Aleigha Spradlin of Portsmouth recently presented more than 1,000 hats, scarves, turbans, bandanas and other handmade and store-bought items to the SOMC Cancer Center after collecting them as part of Gawanda Slate’s Rising Stars Pageant in Louisa, Ky. last month. The donation was made on behalf of all the pageant’s participants, who each helped collect the items in an effort to raise Breast Cancer Awareness and win the competition’s Hospitality Award. Spradlin, who has competed in more than 200 pageants, was crowned Mini Supreme of the event. Shown at the donation are Spradlin (front, center) with members of the SOMC Cancer Center.

SOMC Named A Best Place To Work In HealthcarePosted on October 8, 2011

Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine. SOMC ranked 32nd out of 100 healthcare organizations nationwide, and 7th in the category of large hospitals.

The Best Places to Work in Healthcare award recognizes employers for creating workplaces in healthcare that enable employees to perform at their optimum level to provide patients and customers with the best possible patient care and services. The awards were presented on October 18, 2011, at the Best Places to Work awards gala in Chicago, Ill.

“We are truly proud to once again be named to this prestigious list,” Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC, said. “It continues to confirm that we have excellent employees who love what they do and show it through the care they provide.”

SOMC was one of 327 applicants up for the award. To achieve this designation, SOMC completed a questionnaire and submitted names from a random selection of employees. The Best Places Group then surveyed more than 400 SOMC employees regarding policies, practices, benefits, leadership and planning, training and development and overall satisfaction.

“SOMC is a great place to work and people want to be a part of that. This distinction, as well as our Magnet designation, VPP Star status, FORTUNE Best Places to Work award and our Best Employer in Ohio award, shows that there is something special at SOMC and is a great source of pride for our employees and our community,” Ken Applegate, director of Human Resources, said. “These designations help us to recruit and retain some the best talent in the region and the country and we are proud of our accomplishments.”

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