SOMC Friends Scholars NamedPosted on June 16, 2008
Disaster Life Support Course HeldPosted on June 16, 2008
The Ohio Dept. of Health sponsored an Advanced Disaster Life Support Course for the local Medical Reserve Corps at Southern Ohio Medical Center June 9-11, welcoming representatives from area agencies to train for administering life support in all kinds of disasters.
Representatives from Wright State University presented two days of instruction followed by a day of drills at the Friends Community Center, with life support practice mannequins, a decontamination tent and other equipment. Part of the exercises included a simulated explosion and fire, with area high school students volunteering as “victims” needing rescued.
Among agencies and groups participating were the local Medical Reserve Corps, the Portsmouth City and Scioto County health departments, Vinton County Health Department, Grant Medical Center, local Emergency Medical Services, SOMC’s medical students, and Dr. Wayne Wheeler, medical director of Life Ambulance; Dr. Jason Cheatham, SOMC Emergency Medicine physician, and Dr. Aaron Adams, Scioto County Health Commissioner.
“You can plan and prepare, but this (exercise) opens our eyes as to what we can do as a community, as a team, as a bunch of trained individuals to work as a group and function with limited resources,” Dr. Adams said.
The Medical Reserve Corps is a group of trained medical professionals who volunteer their expertise to support the community in emergency and disaster preparedness.
SOMC Adds New Lab Service For Blood TestsPosted on June 16, 2008
Patients needing a blood test or other lab work have a convenient new location at Southern Ohio Medical Center. SOMC Outpatient Lab Services has opened a seven-station facility in Suite 303 of the Braunlin Building on the hospital’s Main Campus.
“Patients coming from doctors’ offices in the Waller, Braunlin and Fulton buildings will find this new facility very convenient,” Lab Services Director Andrea Zaph said. “Visitors leaving their doctor’s office can reach the facility easily because it’s either right next door or in the same building as their doctor’s office.”
The new facility is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and can provide blood draws and perform electrocardiograms (EKGs), as well as accept any kind of specimen from the patient as ordered by his or her physician. Located on the third floor of the Braunlin Building, the facility is easily accessed from both the ground floor via elevators or by walking across the overstreet enclosed walkway from the Waller Building. The larger facility replaces a smaller station previously located on the first floor of the Waller Building.
“We now have blood draw stations in the Fulton and Braunlin buildings on SOMC’s Main Campus, a facility adjacent to the Health Care Center on the South Campus, and outpatient laboratory services at the Wheelersburg Urgent Care in Wheelersburg,” Zaph said. “This is in addition to outpatient laboratory services available in the main hospital building.” For more information about the new facilty, call (740) 356-8741.
SOMC Observes ‘Year of Fitness’Posted on June 5, 2008
Beulah Baptist Presents Atkins Memorial Gift To SOMC Cancer ServicesPosted on June 4, 2008
Musical Fun Has ‘No Name’ At Cancer EventPosted on June 2, 2008
SOMC’s Sammons Receives DegreePosted on May 23, 2008
Leeann L. Sammons, vice president of Health and Safety at Southern Ohio Medical Center, has received a Master’s of Science Degree in Safety, Security and Emergency Management with a concentration in Occupational Safety from Eastern Kentucky University.
A native of Gallipolis and daughter of Ron and Jean Ann Lemon, Sammons is a 1988 graduate of Gallia Academy High School, received her Associate in Applied Science degree in Legal Assisting in 1990 and her Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies in 1992 from Marshall University.
Sammons has been employed at SOMC for almost 11 years and resides in South Shore, Kentucky, with her husband, Mike, and their two children, Raigan, 13, and Carson, 4.