Category Archives: Heart & Vascular
Interventional Cardiologist Gill Welcomed At SOMCPosted on August 14, 2009
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.”
Vascular Surgeon Hochstetler Welcomed At SOMCPosted on July 20, 2009
SOMC Receives Cycle II Chest Pain Center AccreditationPosted on June 24, 2009
After completing a rigorous assessment and application process, Southern Ohio Medical Center has received full Cycle II Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
“Chest Pain Accreditation ensures that our patients are receiving the highest quality treatment needed during the critical early stages of a heart attack, helping to avoid as much heart damage as possible,” Amy Fraulini, director of SOMC Heart and Vascular Services, said.
“It also ensures that we are meeting, exceeding and providing the highest quality of heart and vascular care available and verifies that we are on target with other heart care programs around the country.”
To receive the accreditation, SOMC had to meet the criteria of eight key elements which included: Emergency Department integration with Emergency Medical Services (EMS); timely diagnosis and treatment of Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS); assessment of patients with low ACS risk and no assignable cause for symptoms; process improvement; personnel, competencies and training; organizational structure and commitment; functional facility design; and community outreach.
“When we started our journey toward Cycle 1 Accreditation in 2005, we developed a Chest Pain Committee consisting of Emergency and Cardiology physicians, EMS, and hospital and nursing personnel who worked to meet the stringent standards associated with Acute Coronary Syndrome patients,” Fraulini explained.
The hard work, planning and processes developed by the group paid off, and SOMC received Cycle I Accreditation in 2006. A Cycle II Chest Pain Accreditation subteam was then formed from members of the previous committee, who submitted the Cycle II application last November. The process was followed by a site visit in early 2009.
“This accreditation is a critical component of the continuum of heart and vascular care that we’re providing for our community,” Fraulini added. “It not only validates our commitment, but further complements our goal of bringing state of the art, best practice heart and vascular care to our patients.”
Cardiothoracic Surgeon Asher Welcomed At SOMCPosted on June 12, 2009
SOMC Recognized As A Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart AssociationPosted on April 23, 2009
Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) has been named a Gold Level Start! Fit Friendly Company by the American Heart Association. This is the second year SOMC had earned the recognition.
The award is given to companies that demonstrate a commitment to promoting exercise and good nutrition in the workplace. To reach the gold level, a company must meet certain criteria including offering employees physical activity support, increasing healthy eating options at work and promoting a wellness culture.
According to the American Heart Association website, the Start! Fit Friendly program is designed promote positive change in businesses by recognizing companies that create a culture of physical activity in the workplace.
This year 962 business have been named Start! Fit Friendly Companies.