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SOMC, SSU Nursing Students Provide Blood Pressure Checks For TeensPosted on April 29, 2009

Nurses from Southern Ohio Medical Center and students from the Shawnee State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing program recently visited seven area high schools to provide a Teen Heart Check of blood pressures. “The screenings help identify high blood pressure in teens.  We then notify the school of those students who were at high risk so that the school nurses may provide follow-up readings after the initial screening,” said Judy Hamer, R.N., a nurse at SOMC who coordinated the event. Parents or guardians of the teens are also notified per letter if their child was screened as high-risk. Any student with a reading above 139 systolic or 89 diastolic was asked to repeat the screening at the school. These standards are based on national goals set by National Institutes of Health. Local screening has revealed that a significant number of high school students have an initial blood pressure reading of 140/90 or higher. Teens are educated on products that may cause high blood pressure such as caffeine, high-energy drinks, sodas, tobacco use, etc.  The teens are asked to eliminate such products from their diet prior to their next screening with the school nurse to determine if their high blood pressures are a result from using these products or if a more serious condition exists. Schools participating in the program are Wheelersburg, Washington Nile, Glenwood, Green, Minford and South Webster.

SOMC Nurses celebrate through givingPosted on April 27, 2009

Southern Ohio Medical Center will take part in the nation’s celebration of highlighting nurses with a little different angle this year. Rather than celebrating for themselves, nurses at SOMC have challenged one another to give back to the community in which they serve.

“We have always shown our appreciation for our nurses at SOMC through small gifts or celebrations throughout the organization. This year, because of the economic state of our nation, our nurses wanted to take their caring a step further by giving back to our community,” said Claudia Burchett, RN BSN MBA FACHE NEA-BC VP Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer.

This year, SOMC nurses have developed “SOMC Nurses Giving Back”, a system-wide campaign to donate to an organization of their choice during National Nurses Week.

“Our areas chose the Domestic Violence Shelter,” said Jason Ross, RN, Nurse Manager of Emergency Services at SOMC. “We came to this decision as a team (including the Wheelersburg Urgent Care Center and the SOMC Health Care Center) and really felt like we could make a difference in community by doing so. It is a good feeling to know that not only can we touch the lives of those who come through our doors, but also those who we may never see.”

Nurses from all areas of the hospital have chosen various organizations in which to give and will be collecting items through the end of this month. Donations will be distributed during National Nurses Week, May 6-12.


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.


SOMC named to Best Places to Work For list two years in a rowPosted on January 22, 2009

Officials at FORTUNE magazine have announced that Southern Ohio Medical Center is listed 68th as one of the Top 100 Places to Work in the United States. This honor has been given to SOMC two years in a row. “This confirms that our family atmosphere of caring for our patients as well as each other has made us a great place to work,” said Vicki Noel, Vice President of Human Resources at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The distinction is given based on an evaluation of various workplace attributes including hiring processes, celebrating in the workplace, caring among team members and communication. A majority of the process is weighted by the thoughts and opinions of the employees of SOMC. SOMC was evaluated against various organizations across the United States including large corporations and other healthcare organizations. A driving factor for the companies on this year’s list is that they excel at creating jobs. Of the 100 companies on the 2009 list, 73 are currently hiring. In his FORTUNE.com blog, Managing Editor Andy Serwer writes, “No matter what happens with the economy, the demand for talent will remain. Great companies know that super-motivated, happy, world-class employees are an incredible competitive advantage.” “This is quite an honor for our organization,” said Randy Arnett, President and CEO of Southern Ohio Medical Center. “It only further proves that SOMC houses some of the best employees in the nation.” Arnett said the distinction will not only emanate pride to our community through employees, but will also help with recruitment and retention. “People want to be a part of something great. This distinction, as well as our Magnet Designation, VPP Star Status and also serving as the Best Employer in the state of Ohio will be a way to show those seeking employment, that SOMC is the place to be,” he said. In the next few weeks, SOMC will receive a feedback report and the ranking of the organization based on data accumulated from the evaluation process. SOMC is always searching for methods of gathering information to make adjustments and improvements in work life. “Listening to our employees is important. Based on feedback from various venues such as the Employee Opinion Survey and distinctions such as this, we have made changes to our organization that will continue to make SOMC a great place to work. We will continue to listen and learn from those who make the greatest impact on our organization – our SOMC team,” Noel said. FORTUNE is a global leader in business journalism with a worldwide circulation of more than 1 million and a readership of nearly 5 million, with major franchises including the FORTUNE 500 and the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For. FORTUNE Live Media extends the brand’s mission into live settings, hosting a wide range of annual conferences, including the FORTUNE Global Forum. FORTUNE magazine’s online home is CNNMoney.com, the most visited and utilized business destination website.

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.


SOMC presents at National Magnet ConferencePosted on December 29, 2008

Southern Ohio Medical Center presented at the 2008 American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) National Magnet Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization, and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA). The topic of presentation, shared with several hundred in attendance, was, “Using the dashboard to disseminate data and communicate excellence”. Valerie DeCamp, director of Inpatient Nursing Services; Claudia Buchett, vice president of Patient Services and Karen Thompson, director of Home Care Services served as presenters at the event. Representing SOMC at the conference were, from left, Lanita Warner, Maternity; Amy Castle, One West; DeCamp; Burchett; Thompson and Dawn Richards, Healthcare Center.

SOMC Nurses Celebrate National Med-Surg WeekPosted on October 31, 2008

Staff members of both the 3 North A and B nursing units at Southern Ohio Medical Center honored those employees who have received medical-surgical certification during Med-Surg Nursing Week Nov. 1–7. Medical-surgical nurses are one of the largest groups of practicing professionals in the health care industry, receiving specialized skills and knowledge for the entire spectrum of patient care. Med-surg nurses practice in a variety of settings and administer care particularly to adult patients and their families. Pictured above are members of the 3 North B Nursing Unit.

Ministry and Nursing Conference Oct. 10-11Posted on September 30, 2008

Regional leaders in ministry and nursing will come together in October for a special conference addressing issues that connect personal faith and both spiritual and physical well-being.

“Serving The Least of These In Your Faith Community” will include three days of pre-conference and conference activities open to registered and licenses practical nurses, health ministers, pastors and nursing students.

The sessions will include a pre-conference from 1 to 4:20 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 , and conference sessions and activities from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11. The events will be at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Kentucky.

Topics will address health ministry, faith community nursing, supporting families with addiction, depression, special needs, and a panel on spiritual care. Poster presentations and discussions are also planned.

Everyone interested in attending is encouraged to call 888-635-2200 for fee information and to register prior to Oct. 3.

The event is presented by the Shawnee State University Department of Nursing, Southern Ohio Medical Center Congregational Partnerships, Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital Healthy Community Services, river Cities Health Ministries, Area Health eudcation Center Constortium for Health and Education in Appalachia Ohio (CHEAO).


SOMC Nursing Camp Offers Hands-On Experience for StudentsPosted on August 15, 2008

Local students in grades 7-12 were able to dissect hearts and pick employees’ brains to gain a better understanding of the nursing profession during the 2008 Nursing Camp at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The event took place July 14 at the Friends Community Center. “A lot of the time, students don’t find out what being a nurse is truly all about until their very first day of nursing school,” Jill Preston, SOMC nurse recruiter and coordinator of the camp, said. “This camp lets them explore the idea of nursing before deciding that this is really what they want to study during their collegiate careers.” Nurses from the SOMC Cardiology, Maternity, Surgery and Emergency departments were on hand throughout the day to provide students with real-life situations that they may face as nurses. “We wanted to give them experiences that they could learn and grow from,” Preston said. “In the past, we always had a lot of speakers come in and talk about nursing, but this year students were able to get their hands in there and see what it’s all about.” Students were given the opportunity to use hands-on activities to learn more about nursing duties in various areas of the hospital. These activities included the use of surgical procedure simulation tools, real pig and cow heart dissections and the chance to go inside a LIFE ambulance and flight helicopter. “Being able to go through simulated procedures and ask real nurses their honest opinions on tough questions was my favorite part of the event,” Halley Scott, sophomore at Minford High School, said. “The hands-on experience helps you understand what nursing is really all about and creates a much more real aspect than that of what we see on TV. This is my third time to attend and it keeps getting better each year.” “I helped start this program five years ago and the progress we’ve made is amazing,” Loretta Cooper, clinical educator of SOMC Workforce Development, said. “I’m glad that we’re able to provide this type of education for our students and prepare them for their long road ahead. The event helps to plant the seed and from that we can continue to grow our own and create an even stronger nursing family at SOMC.”

SOMC’s Burchett at ConferencePosted on August 15, 2008

Claudia Burchett, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, NEA-BC, Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently spoke at the Health Care Financial Management Association 2008 Health Care Finance Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Burchett’s topic was “Service Line Competition: Southern Ohio Medical Center Process for Implementing Quality Improvement and Performance Initiatives.”

Burchett has been employed at SOMC for 30 years. She received her nursing degree from Shawnee State University, bachelor of science in Nursing and her master of business administration from Ohio University. She is also a board-certified Nurse Executive Advanced. She was appointed vice president of Patient Services in 1992.

She and her husband, Jeff, live in Lucasville and have three children.


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