Get stroke savvy in May

With more than 795,000 strokes occurring every year in the United States across the age spectrum, it is critical that all Americans adopt preventive lifestyle habits, know the warning signs and understand the treatment options available to themselves and their loved ones should a stroke occur.

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month – a time for Portsmouth residents to become stroke savvy.

Although it’s more common in older adults, stroke can affect anyone. In fact, stroke is trending upward in younger Americans. A recent study showed that the state of stroke increased by 147% in people ages 35-39, 101% in people ages 40-45, 68% in people ages 45-49 and 23% in people ages 50-54.

Although not all strokes are preventable, certain lifestyle habits can reduce a person’s risk of having a stroke. Factors that work in a person’s favor include maintaining a healthy diet and low cholesterol, exercising regularly, limiting alcohol consumption and refraining from smoking.

SOMC receives $34,984 from Susan G. Komen

Southern Ohio Medical Center has been awarded $34,984 from Susan G. Komen Columbus to support patient navigation services through the Hands of Hope program.

The services provided by Hands of Hope assist women by educating them about risk and how to access care through their insurance, as well as how to navigate the healthcare system to get screenings.

“The support we receive from Susan G. Komen Columbus has been tremendous for our community,” SOMC’s Breast Health Navigator Kim Richendollar said. “We are honored to receive funding from Komen Columbus. Without their support, far too many women in our community would find themselves without the care they need.”

For more information about SOMC’s Hands of Hope, visit

SOMC offers non-surgical procedures to combat aging and double chins

Dr. Jessica Suber, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Southern Ohio Medical Center, is offering two new products that provide non-surgical solutions for common cosmetic needs: Kybella and Voluma XC.

“Kybella and Voluma XC are great options for patients who want to enhance their appearance without undergoing an invasive surgical procedure,” Dr. Suber said.

Kybella is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that destroys fat cells under the chin, reducing submental fat (commonly referred to as a “double chin”). The injection process only takes 20 to 30 minutes, with the exact number of treatments depending on the amount of fat and the desired result.

Voluma XC is the only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler to instantly add volume to the cheek area and promote a fuller, more youthful appearance.  Patients who receive Voluma XC injections report that they look five years younger and the results can last up to two years with optimal treatment.

To learn more about how Kybella and Voluma XC can help you reduce the amount of fat under your chin and fight the signs of aging, call 740-356-3562 to schedule a consultation.

Please visit our website, for additional information about SOMC Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Kemmely Hochstetler ready to put on a show at Dancing With Our Stars

As a physician, Dr. Kemmely Hochstetler is no stranger to making a difference. Still, she’s never done it quite the way she’ll be doing it for the Red Cross.

That’s because Dr. Hochstetler is being featured as a star in the organization’s annual “Dancing With Our Stars” fundraiser. She is partnered with Dr. John Turjoman.

The twin pillars of the event are dancing and fundraising. Prior to becoming a contestant, those were two areas in which she had limited experience.

“I have never done anything like this, not from a fundraising standpoint or a dancing standpoint,” Dr. Hochstetler said. “It’s daunting to think about dancing on stage in front of 500 people, but at the send of the day, this is for the Red Cross. I’m going to put my best foot forward and have fun with it.”

Dr. Hochstetler said she has already learned a lot from the competition, both about the Red Cross and about herself. For example, she learned that she experiences notable vertigo and that some of the more acrobatic moves she had envisioned incorporating into her routine would not work.

Nonetheless, she is optimistic the audience will enjoy her performance, the specifics of which are a closely guarded secret.

Of course, putting on a good show is only one of her goals for the competition.

“I’m pretty competitive,” Dr. Hochstetler said. “I can’t deny it’d be great to represent SOMC well and win the trophy.”

For more information about Dr. Kemmely Hochstetler’s involvement in Dancing With Our Stars, visit her crowdfunding page at

Scioto Guild taking orders for flower sale

Members of the Scioto Guild, part of the Friends of SOMC, are currently taking orders for their annual Flower Sale.

Flowers for sale include hanging baskets of Ivy Geranium (red, pink, lavender), Hybrid Geranium (red, pink), New Guinea Impatiens (red, orange, purple, blackberry cream), Purple Wave Petunias, Blue Angel, Lantana (yellow, red and yellow, pink and yellow), and Dragon Wave Begonias for $16; trays of ten Geranium plants (red, salmon, pink) or Lantana (yellow, red and yellow, pink and yellow) for $32; and hanging ferns for $13.

All orders must be placed by Friday, March 31. Pick up will take place May 7 and 8 at the SOMC Friends Community Center.

To place an order, please call 740-353-7453 or 740-574-6998. You can also place an order in-person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 23 in the SOMC ED/Waller Corridor on the hospital’s Main Campus.

SOMC Wound Healing Center Receives National Award for Continued Excellence

The Wound Healing Center at Southern Ohio Medical Center has been recognized for its continued efforts in high-quality patient care, receiving the Robert A. Warriner III Center of Excellence award. The award is presented by Healogics, the nation’s leading and largest wound care management company.

More than 330 Wound Care Centers® were eligible for the award, with 169 receiving the honor in 2017.

“I am so proud of our Wound Care team,” Neva Moore, program director of the SOMC Wound Healing Center, said. “This award is incredibly important and demonstrates our commitment to our patients and hospital partners. It requires dedicated focus, stamina, and strength, and proves that we are maintaining our highest standard of care year after year.”

The Center of Excellence award is reserved for Wound Care Centers® in the Healogics network that have met the highest level of quality standards for a minimum of two consecutive years. This includes achieving a patient satisfaction rate higher than 92 percent, achieving a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal, and meeting several other quality standards.

“SOMC provides us an environment of excellence—making it easy for our team to successfully achieve our patient centered goals,” Moore added. “This award is a result of putting the needs of our patients ahead of our own.”

The SOMC Wound Healing Center offers highly-specialized care to patients suffering from diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, infections and other chronic wounds which have not healed in a reasonable amount of time. For more information about the Center, please visit

SOMC’s Pamper Your Heart set for February 25

Southern Ohio Medical Center is invite the community to pamper themselves with an evening of pottery painting, heavy hor d’oeuvres and wine.

SOMC’s Pamper Your Heart will take place on February 25 at 6pm at the Friends Center. The event will also feature vendor booths with healthy and beauty tips and great “pampering” prizes. The event is being held to celebrate heart month and encourages women everywhere to take better care of their hearts.

Tickets for Pamper Your Heart are $50 each and can be purchased in advance at

Kalo to Serve as Chief of Staff for SOMC Board of Directors

kalowebMohammad M. Kalo, MD, has been elected to serve as the Chief of Staff for the Board of Directors of Southern Ohio Medical Center. His term, which began Jan. 1, will remain effective through December 2017.

Dr. Kalo has practiced Internal Medicine in the Wheelersburg area since 2001. He received his medical degree from Damascus University in Damascus, Syria and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Kalo served as the SOMC Chief of Medicine from 2001 to 2012. He resides in Wheelersburg with his wife, Hala, and their three children.

Three-sport athlete achieves peak performance with CrossFit

Luke Purdy is a three-sport athlete who competes in football, tennis and swimming. It wasn’t until February 2015, however, that he felt like he began to hit his real potential.

That’s because that is when he began CrossFit.

“CrossFit is unlike traditional strength and conditioning programs,” Purdy said. “It is unpredictable, interesting and never gets old. It has not only made me physically fit, but has peaked my performance within the sports I play.”

CrossFit is a high-intensity exercise regimen that incorporates elements of Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics and more. It is practiced locally at the CrossFit Alpha Pack’s “den,” located at 1202 18th Street in Portsmouth, adjacent to the SOMC Friends Center.

Purdy credits his experience with CrossFit with his improved performance in competitive sports, saying that it helped him gain 20 pounds without sacrificing speed or agility.

“The atmosphere there is absolutely motivating,” Purdy said. “You never know what the ‘workout of the day’ is going to be and you find yourself becoming addicted to the results. It is challenging, but still something anyone can do, regardless of fitness level, because each workout can be scaled to your individual needs.”

Purdy recommends CrossFit for anyone who has an interest in the program, calling it a life-changing experience that is well worth any soreness that may result.

To learn more about CrossFit, and how you can participate locally, visit or call 740-356-7650.