Dr. Terry Johnson, Assistant Dean for Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUCOM), is proud to announce that Jason L. Johnson, DO, a physician on staff in the Emergency Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center, has been appointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at OUCOM.
Dr. Jason Johnson’s appointment is for the triennium 2008 to the beginning of 2011. He began his emergency medicine career as a paramedic/EMS instructor and worked for more than 10 years in EMS. He received his medical degree from OUCOM with post-graduate training at the Northside Hospital and Heart Institute in St Petersburg, Florida (Internship) as well as Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of South Florida at Tampa General Hospital.
A new surgical option is offering new hope to a broader range of adults who have osteoarthritis in the hip and want to return to their active lives.
Dr. Gerardo Trinidad of Southern Ohio Medical Center, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with Trinidad Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Portsmouth, is the first surgeon in the area to provide his patients with the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) procedure that conserves bone, provides greater stability and increases range of motion.
“Hip resurfacing is the ideal solution for many younger, more active patients who suffer from hip pain,” Dr. Trinidad said. “Baby boomers are not only remaining more active longer than their parents, they are demanding the medical establishment keep them active. The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System now provides me with an alternative that meets the needs of my more active patients.”
The BHR procedure involves reshaping the head of the femur (thigh bone) and capping it with a smooth metal ball, similar to capping a tooth. It is a procedure that conserves bone much more than total hip replacement.
Total hip replacement involves the removal of the entire femoral head and neck. Dr. Trinidad explained that the Birmingham Hip resurfacing technique, however, preserves the head and neck, thereby preserving the natural length of the leg.
Dr. Trinidad said the Birmingham Hip implant is intended for younger, more active patients suffering from hip pain due to osteoarthritis and certain other conditions, and for whom total hip replacement may be being considered.
From a recovery standpoint, those who have had Birmingham Hip Resurfacing generally tend to have a quicker recovery than those having total hip replacement, Dr. Trinidad said.
For more information about hip resurfacing and Dr. Trinidad, call (740) 351-0980.
The Family Practice Residency Program at Southern Ohio Medical Center has received a five-year certification through the Program and Training Review Council (PTRC) of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
Terry A. Johnson, DO, the program director for SOMC’s program, credits SOMC’s outstanding medical education team for this success.
“We have a great group of dedicated people who are committed to going the extra mile to make the Family Practice Residency a quality effort through and through,” says Johnson. “Our dedication to our patients and to the education of our residents is second to none.”
In 1999 Johnson opened the family practice residency in Lucasville. The Lucasville Family Practice Center is the residency’s continuity of care clinic and it is a vital part of the health care for many rural citizens who live in and around Lucasville.
Johnson, a clinical associate professor of Family Medicine at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUCOM), is also an assistant dean of that institution. On any given day his clinic is a beehive of activity as he supervises students, interns and residents in the delivery of quality family medical care in a rural environment.
Johnson’s family practice residents rotate through all of their required educational experiences within the SOMC system. “Our core faculty members are top flight—they are dedicated to helping us turn out the very best young physicians possible.”
Among the many specialties that the residents rotate through at SOMC are surgery, emergency medicine, OB/Gyn, internal medicine, cardiology, dermatology, nephrology, urology, geriatrics and pediatrics.
“Quality is the key to everything we do,” he says. “I can’t tell you how much it means to have earned the recognition of a five year certification through the AOA. So long as we continue to keep our patients first in mind in everything we do, and so long as we stick to the central principle of providing a first rate educational experience for our trainees, good things will continue to come our way.”
The five-year certification is effective through Nov. 1, 2012.
Tami Davis, president of the Hollydays Committee and manager of Patient Accounting at Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently presented SOMC President Randy Arnett a check for $30,000 earned from the 2007 SOMC Hollydays celebration. Hollydays takes place every November and is sponsored by the Friends of SOMC. All proceeds earned from last year’s celebration will go toward the purchase of telemetry monitors which will be used in patient rooms throughout the hospital.
“Attaining this honor, along with our recent nursing Magnet recognition status, helps us recruit and retain the best medical professionals in the nation,” Vicki Noel, vice president of Human Resources at SOMC, said.
“This award means that our employees are very happy to work here, care about the organization and are most likely to provide better patient care.”
Noel added that the award is based on a detailed review of an organization’s workplace, along with the opinions of the employees.
“As with our recent Magnet recognition status, it is uplifting for an organization in our community to receive such an honor,” Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC, said. “It only further proves that SOMC houses some of the best employees in our nation.”
The judging was based largely on random survey of SOMC employees, along with an examination of certain SOMC workplace attributes such as camaraderie, fairness, credibility, pride and respect, Noel explained.
SOMC was evaluated against various organizations across the United States including large corporations and other health care organizations, she 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. Noel said SOMC is always searching for methods of gathering information to make adjustments and improvements in work life.
“Listening to our employees is important” she said. “Based on feedback from our employees, through surveys and other methods such as this, we have made changes to make SOMC a great place to work. We continue to listen and learn from those who make the greatest impact – our SOMC team.”