Ramey Joins Arrick, Kammler PracticePosted on June 25, 2007

Jeff Ramey, RN, MSN, FNP, has joined the practice of Drs. Ronald Arrick and Kevin Kammler, 1611 27th St., Building J, on the Main Campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Ramey has been an employee at SOMC for six years, working as a nurse in the Intensive Care Unit and as a family nurse practitioner in the SOMC Emergency Department, Health Care Center and Urgent Care Center. A graduate of Wright State University, he received his bachelor of nursing degree from The Ohio State University and his associate nursing degree from Ohio University.

A native of Portsmouth, he is a 1989 graduate of Portsmouth High School and played baseball both at the college level and in the Cincinnati Reds Minor League System.

He and his wife, Lara, have two children and reside in the Portsmouth area.

Carter Welcomed To SOMC Medical StaffPosted on June 21, 2007

Thomas E. Carter, DO, a physician specializing in Emergency Medicine, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center, and will begin working in the Emergency Services Dept. in early July.

Dr. Carter received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and was a graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor of science in biology degree from Bowling Green State University. He was an Emergency Medicine Resident Physician at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center, Toledo, serving in the Level One Trauma Center (including Pediatric Level One Trauma and Acute Chest Pain Center) and served as a crew member of the Life Flight Critical Care Transport as a flight physician.

Dr. Carter will be available at SOMC Emergency Services, ext. 8165.

SOMC Employees Participate In Komen Run For Breast CancerPosted on June 20, 2007

Noel Pemberton, Leeann Sammons and Wendi Waugh

Local women and men from Southern Ohio Medical Center joined more than 37,000 others to participate in the 15th Anniversary Komen Columbus Race for the Cure on Saturday, May 19 in Columbus, raising nearly $2 million for the Susan G. Komen For The Cure. This foundation is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists working to raise awareness and funding for the fight against breast cancer. Shown are (l-r) Noel Pemberton, Leeann Sammons and Wendi Waugh at the race. Also attending from SOMC were Heather Ashley and Gary Coovert.

Greenlee Begins Family PracticePosted on June 18, 2007

Justin S. Greenlee, DO, a physician specializing in Family Medicine, will be welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center July 23.

Dr. Greenlee received his degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and was a graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree from Shawnee State University. He completed his internship and residency at SOMC and served as Chief Resident in 2006-2007.

Dr. Greenlee will be practicing at 1835 Oakland Ave. on the first floor of the Center for Occupational Medicine building on the South Campus of SOMC. He will be available at (740) 353-2509.

Work Welcomed to SOMC Wound Healing Center StaffPosted on June 11, 2007

Kathy Work, RN, has been welcomed as the new Clinical Manager at the SOMC Wound Healing Center. Work came to Southern Ohio Medical Center from Heartland Home Health with more than 20 years of nursing, wound care and hyperbaric experience.

The SOMC Wound Healing Center opened in early 2007, bringing state-of-the-art hyperbaric and other treatment approaches to healing-compromised patients, such as those with diabetes or other challenging vascular conditions.

Notre Dame Students Decorate Quilt For Hospice PatientPosted on June 11, 2007

Students in Wanda Dengel’s class at Notre Dame Elementary School recently presented Hospice patient Gary Hall (seated at left) with a quilt and greeting cards during a visit to the SOMC Hospice Center. Mrs. Dengel’s classes have presented a Hospice patient with greetings and a quilt for four consecutive years. Pictured are Hall, Dengel and the students with the quilt, along with Hospice staff members Patty Hayward and Susan Goins.

SOMC’s Virtual Technology Used In Knee ReplacementsPosted on June 11, 2007

Southern Ohio Medical Center is the first hospital in the area to bring greater precision to knee replacements through new virtual technology.

“By creating reference points on the bone and tracking natural movement prior to replacing the knee, we can create a virtual replica of the patient’s range of motion,” orthopaedic surgeon Gerardo Trinidad, MD, explains.

“With the model on screen in front us while we position the new joint, we can more accurately recreate the natural position and movement of the original knee.”

Using orthopaedic navigation technology created by Stryker, the surgeon moves an instrument within a patient’s joint, the infrared sensors calculate its position and smart wireless instruments instantaneously transfer the data to a computer in the operating room.

This information is then displayed as an interactive model of the anatomy or “blueprint” that supplies the surgeon with the optimum angles, lines and measurements needed to align the implant within the patient.

“This is like a global positioning system (GPS) to provide greater precision for the surgeon,” Dr. Trinidad explains. “Precise alignment is an important factor that may reduce joint wear and extend the life of the implant. Use of the system has many potential benefits including improved joint stability and range of motion.”

Dr. Trinidad has been on staff at SOMC since 1999, has performed thousands of knee replacements and is referenced in a new medical textbook on knee procedures, “Minimally Invasive Total Joint Arthroplasty.” He finds the technology an exciting new development in orthopaedics.

“The future of orthopaedic surgery will definitely include more of this approach,” he says. “Using technology like this to provide a precise virtual map of a patient’s orthopaedic anatomy will lead to procedures with smaller incisions, less trauma to tissue and greater precision in joint repair and replacement.”

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) about 500,000 hip and knee replacement procedures are performed annually in the United States. This figure is expected to increase as the population ages and arthritis affects more people. Currently, more than 70 million Americans suffer from some form of this degenerative disease.

SOMC’s Occupational Therapists Helping Patients Overcome ChallengesPosted on June 7, 2007

For many, therapy after an injury or illness has become a commonly known step in healing. The Occupational Therapy staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Services helps patients overcome this great challenge to lead more rewarding lives.

“When my therapy came to an end, it’s odd, but I was honestly sad to be finished,” recent patient David Malone says.“The team became like a family to me and I’m so thankful for all the encouragement and support they provided to get me where I am today.”

The SOMC Occupational Therapy program helps patients regain movement throughout their bodies and also helps return them to the normalcy of everyday life.

“Occupational therapy doesn’t mean helping you in ways that only affect your ability to work,” Mandy Meeker, occupational therapist at SOMC, said. “It really means helping you be able to do things that occupy your life, like getting dressed, writing a letter, socializing or even golfing.”

When Malone started experiencing severe discomfort in his left shoulder in early 2005, he thought it was nothing serious and that the pain would soon go away. “The pain definitely didn’t go away,” he says. “It got to the point where it hurt to even lift my arm, so I went to the doctor to find out what was wrong.”

After an examination, it was determined that Malone was suffering from a severe rotator cuff tear – an injury that often leaves patients unable to complete even the easiest of daily activities. Because of the severity of Malone’s injury, he underwent a total of four surgeries in both his arms over a period of two years.

To increase his ability to use his arms and shoulders after surgery, Malone was ordered to complete six-week sessions of occupational therapy. Malone’s sessions took place three times a week in increasing increments as his ability to use his arms improved.

“We had Dave use a variety of activities including stretching, medicine ball activities and various levels of strengthening exercises to assist him in returning to his prior functional status,” Meeker said. “It was a lot of work, but he stayed with it, and now he’s able to do all the things he loved to do before his surgery.”

The SOMC Rehabilitation Services staff provides assistance to a variety of inpatients and outpatients, including those suffering from back and shoulder problems, neck injuries, arthritis, sprains, stroke and work-related injuries.

“We see various types of orthopedic injuries such as rotator cuff injuries, upper body nerve impingements, fractures and repetitive movement syndromes,” Meeker said. “We also treat patients with lymphedema, urinary incontinence, neurological disorders and in pediatrics.”

SOMC has Rehabilitation offices located in Portsmouth, Lucasville and Wheelersburg. To learn more about the program’s services call 740-356-7554.

SOMC Receives Patriot AwardPosted on June 7, 2007

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received the Patriotic Employer Award, issued by the National Committee for Employer support of the Guard and Reserves. SOMC received the award for supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force. Brian Bradley, husband of Kim Bradley, Health Care Center staff member, nominated SOMC for the prestigious award after Kim’s work hours were adjusted to allow her to care of her family while Brian was serving in the armed forces. Displaying the award are, from left, Mary Kate Skaggs, Director of Emergency Services; Kim Bradley, HCC; Kathy Lute, Nurse Manager, HCC; Randy Arnett, President and CEO of SOMC; Alberta Penn, HCC; Mary Lou Castle, HCC, and Dawn Wisner, Registration.

SOMC Rehab: Learn About Stroke Before It StrikesPosted on June 7, 2007

The staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center encourages community members to learn about the risk of stroke before it strikes.

“The longer it takes to receive medical treatment during a stroke, the more brain damage a person tends to have,” Regina Keller, nurse manager of Inpatient Rehab at SOMC, said. “That’s why it’s so important to act immediately and call 911 if you think you may be dealing with any symptom associated with stroke.”

A stroke is a sudden interruption in the blood supply of the brain, caused by blocked arteries or broken blood vessels. This causes brains cells to die, leading to brain damage and the loss of speech, movement and/or memory.

Warning symptoms include a numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; trouble speaking or confusion and lack of understanding; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance and coordination; and severe headache with no known cause.

“Fewer than one in five people can recognize the warning signs that suggest a stroke is about to occur,” Keller said. “Most of the patients we treat have no idea that what was happening to them was out of the ordinary until it was too late.”

Stroke can occur due to any number of factors including age, gender and a previous family history of the disease. High blood pressure, cholesterol, heart rate and diabetes also increase the likelihood of experiencing a stroke.

In the case of 58-year-old Glenda Powell, even months after her Jan. 10 battle with the disease, she’s still not aware of the symptoms she suffered prior to her attack.

“She was working at the VA Clinic in Chillicothe when it happened,” Amy Powell, Glenda’s daughter and Inpatient Rehab nurse at SOMC, said. “Some of the staff found her lying on the floor by the stairs and immediately called to get help.”

After rushing Glenda to the hospital, it was determined that she had suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel bursts inside the brain. This releases blood, damaging nearby tissue and causing a severe amount of damage.

Powell says she was told her mother may never wake up, let alone walk or talk again. But after months of inpatient rehab and strength training exercises at SOMC, Glenda has regained her ability to speak and move and will be going home at the end of this month.

“She can’t walk on her own, but she’s definitely capable of talking, eating and all the things they thought she’d never do again,” Powell said. “Things may never be as perfect as they were before the stroke, but we’re hopeful that with patience and practice, it’ll continue to get there.”

Belinda Diles, unit program director of Inpatient Rehab at SOMC, says the inpatient rehab staff also has set personal goals to continue the stroke education and training they have been receiving over the past year.

“We want to provide our patients with the resources they need after suffering a stroke,” Diles said. “In learning more about stroke awareness, we hope to further the quality care we provide to our patients, as well as our path to becoming the leading provider of stroke rehabilitation services in our area.” For more information on stroke awareness, visit

  • More information
  • (740) 356-5000