Category Archives: Nurses News
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
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
SOMC Nurses Celebrate National Med-Surg WeekPosted on October 31, 2008
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
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.