Richendollar Appointed At SOMC Cancer CenterPosted on July 25, 2008

Kim Richendollar, RN, BSN, has accepted the role of Breast Health Navigator at the SOMC Cancer Center.

In this position, Richendollar will be the primary nurse contact for breast cancer patients, helping to bridge the gap between the physical aspects of breast cancer and the immediate needs throughout diagnosis, surgery and treatment. She also will be the coordinator of care to uninsured and underserved women throughout the community.

Richendollar received her associate’s degree from Shawnee State University and earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. She has worked in the Emergency Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center for the past 15 years.

Richendollar resides in the local area with her husband and two children.

SOMC’s Burchett ACHE FellowPosted on July 19, 2008

Claudia Burchett, RN, BSN, MBA, FACHE, NEA-BC, vice president of Patient Services and chief nursing officer of Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently became a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

Only 7,500 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Burchett has been employed at SOMC for 30 years. She received her nursing degree from Shawnee State University, bachelor of arts 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.

SOMC’s Cheatham Accepted In ACEP ProgramPosted on July 19, 2008

Jason Cheatham, DO, a physician on staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center, has been accepted in the Ohio Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians Leadership Development Program for 2008-9.

The Leadership Development Program is to provide instruction and orientation for preparation in becoming leaders in Ohio ACEP and the potential for national ACEP leadership.

Dr. Cheatham is assistant director of the Emergency Department at SOMC with special interest in cardiovascular emergency medicine and chest pain management. He is a clinical adjunct faculty member of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Emergency Medicine Residency as chief resident at Akron General Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron.  He is board-certified in emergency medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Shawnee State University here in Portsmouth.

SOMC’s Littleton Systems Administration ManagerPosted on July 19, 2008

Ben Littleton has been named Manager of Systems and Network Administration at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He will lead a team of eight professionals and some of his primary responsibilities will include system server support, network administration and security, email management and information technology asset management.

Littleton has worked at SOMC for 10 years. An Elliott County native, he is a graduate of Elliott County High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Morehead State University. He and his wife, Beth, have two children and reside in Greenup County, Ky.

Lawson Appointed at SOMC Cancer CenterPosted on July 10, 2008

Kelly Lawson, RN, OCN, has accepted the position of Clinical Manager of Oncology Services at the SOMC Cancer Center.

aIn this position, Lawson will plan, organize, direct and coordinate the management and delivery of patient care activities, as well as maintain quality care in accordance with unit policies and procedures.

A Portsmouth native, Lawson is a graduate of Shawnee State University. She has been a part of the nursing staff at Southern Ohio Medical Center since 1990 and has served the last six years in Cancer Services.

Lawson resides in the Wheelersburg area with her family.

Meeker Assistant Nurse Manager at SOMC Cancer CenterPosted on July 10, 2008

Kristie Meeker RN, BSN, OCN, has been named the assistant nurse manager of Cancer Services at the SOMC Cancer Center.

In this position, Meeker will oversee the daily operations and nursing activities within the SOMC Cancer Center, providing ongoing education and resources to staff members, as well as clinical supervision and guidance to see that all policies, practices, procedures and standards are followed.

Meeker is a graduate of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Shawnee State University and started working at Southern Ohio Medical Center in 1999. She currently resides in the Minford area.

Coterie Guild Presents DVD Systems, Recliners To SOMC PediatricsPosted on July 3, 2008

The Coterie Guild, part of the Friends of SOMC, recently donated 14 new DVD systems and a collection of more than 35 DVDS to the Pediatrics Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The guild, in conjunction with Big Sandy Superstore, also donated seven Lane reclining chairs to the unit to provide more comfortable seating for parents and visitors.

Shown at the presentation are (front row: l-r) Kelly Carter, vice-president of the Coterie Guild; Malissa Warrick, nurse manager of the Pediatrics Department; (back row: l-r) Brande Charles, member of the Coterie Guild; Julie Sanders-Johnson, president of the Coterie Guild; Andrew Ruggles, registered nurse of the Pediatrics Department; and Lanita Warner, member of the Coterie Guild. Coterie works on several fundraising projects throughout the year to support programs within the SOMC Pediatrics Department.

SOMC Welcomes ENT Specialist SchmittPosted on July 2, 2008

John E. Schmitt, Jr., MD, an ear, nose and throat specialist, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He will be practicing with SOMC ENT Associates, 1711 27th St., Braunlin Building Suite 403.

A graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, he received his Bachelor of Science from Cleveland State University and attended Case Western Reserve Graduate School to conduct surgical research. He completed an internship in surgery from Case Western Reserve Medical Center and completed residencies in Otolaryngology at the University of Iowa and Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse, NY.

Dr. Schmitt is board-certified in Otolaryngology and is a fellow of the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Dr. Schmitt resides in the Portsmouth area with his wife, Denise, and children. He is now accepting appointments for ear, nose and throat care. He can be reached at SOMC ENT Associates at (740) 353-7881.

ADHD/ADD Support Group FormedPosted on July 2, 2008

Dr. John Turjoman, pediatrician in Wheelersburg and Chief of Pediatrics at Southern Ohio Medical Center, has noticed over the past years an increase in the diagnosis of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD). Dr. Turjoman noted, “These disorders can be very taxing to the parents, teachers, caregivers, and all in the community who deal with children.”

On Tuesday, July 15 Dr. Turjoman, with the support of SOMC, is starting a support group for the parents and caregivers of these children.

“I found that parents were asking me for advice and support and there was no communication between the parents,” he said. “There is clearly a need for resources and information for these parents. I hope this support group will encourage a healthy discussion in a comfortable, relaxed, and compassionate environment.”

Dr. Turjoman is being assisted by Kellie Taylor, Heather Carver, and Joshua Carver in coordinating the meetings and arranging the speakers. All three are parents of children with ADHD. Kellie Taylor stated “I found that other parents were asking me for advice on how I care for my child and I am not a specialist. I hope this group can help provide a place for them to come together and learn from each other.”

“We are working on speakers with professional backgrounds and experience,” Heather Carver added. “These are specialists who can provide information, resources and discuss contemporary topics related to these conditions.”

These meetings are free and open to the public but no children are permitted. The first meeting is 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at the Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information or questions send emails to or call (740) 357-9712.

Thiel Earns Thompson ScholarshipPosted on June 23, 2008

Jordyn Thiel, a 2008 graduate of Minford High School, has been named the recipient of the Mildred E. Thompson Scholarship through the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

The award is a $1,000 scholarship given to a high school senior who has placed service above self as a well as maintained a higher-than-average grade point average. The award is named for Mildred Thompson, long-time Clerk of Courts of Scioto County who has exemplified volunteerism all her life. The scholarship goes to students who have shown outstanding efforts in community service over a period of time.

In addition to various academic and athletic awards, Thiel has been active in Big Brother/Big Sister; National Honor Society; Red, White and Youth; Quiz Bowl; Salvation Army; and church youth group activities. Theil plans to attend The Ohio State University.

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