Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) is a 222-bed 501(C)(3) not-for-profit hospital in Portsmouth, Ohio, providing emergency and surgical care, as well as a wide range of other health-care services; SOMC has been in the community since 1954. It is the mission of SOMC to truly make a difference in the lives of patients, employees, and the surrounding community.
The operation of SOMC follows guidelines of The Joint Commission, the nation's predominant standards-setting body in health care, and SOMC has received top honors from that organization for meeting standards. SOMC currently employs 2,200 full time employees and part time employees, has a medical staff of more than 140 physicians and specialists, and is supported by approximately 800 regular volunteers.
SOMC, a rural hospital and one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work in America, is striving to provide the highest quality of care to make healthcare a remarkable experience for everyone served. It is the mission of SOMC to truly make a difference in the lives of patients, employees, and the surrounding community. The goals of SOMC encompass the mission and the organization’s five strategic values, which include achieving and sustaining exceptional results in safety, quality of care, service, relationships, and financial performance.
SOMC was ranked first on Ohio’s Top Employers list in 2010 and has been on the list for five consecutive years. SOMC was also named one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work in America. SOMC is the first hospital in the region to achieve the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest honor, the Magnet recognition status. This honor, given to only 6% of hospitals nationwide, recognizes national excellence in nursing. Receiving the national gold standard for safety and health, SOMC has been awarded the Voluntary Protection Program Star Designation. Voluntary Protection Program is a cooperative program of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). By earning Voluntary Protection Program Star status, SOMC is in the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in safety excellence.
Southern Ohio Medical Center FAQ
Q: First, is what is a physician assistant and what do they do?
A physician assistant is a masters level trained clinician that sees a variety of patient is multiple health care settings. PA’s order labs, radiology studies, interpret test, prescribe medication and work in surgery. You can find PA’s in almost specialty setting within health care. We work as a team with our supervising physician to provide high quality health care to our patients.
Q: What are the more common issues/complaints that you encounter in an orthopedic practice?
We obviously see common fractures, dislocations and other joint and bone problems and disorders. One of the more common complaints we’re seeing is the need and desire for joint replacement surgery of the shoulder, hip or knees. Due to our aging population and the desire to patients to continue with their normal functions, patients are wanting joint replacement more often.
Q: What is the typical patient and their complaint that is wanting/needing joint replacement surgery?
The more “typical” patient is generally 50 or older and they have noticed increased pain and difficulty in daily living or doing the things they enjoy such as: golfing, gardening, spending time with family or sometimes as simple as walking. They have usually noticed a slow onset on pain/discomfort and having to forego the things they enjoy.
Q: What can a patient expect if they need joint replacement surgery?
Usually 2-3 days in the hospital, though they will be up and walking usually the same day or the next. Physical therapy for 4-6 weeks after surgery, either on an outpatient basis or in rehab facility. Then 3-6 months most patients can return to their normal activity. Probably one of the biggest misconceptions about joint replacement surgery is pain. Most patients, once the trauma from surgery has gone away in a day or two, they’re presently surprised how pain free they are and how quickly they recover.
Q: Lastly, if a patient is having some the common complaints we discussed earlier, how do they find out more about joint replacement and what is the process?
The best place to start is your family doctor. They can give you some initial information regarding your possible need for a joint replacement and discuss your current health to ensure you’re healthy enough for surgery. Then, based upon their assessment, they can refer to you the appropriate specialist if needed.