SOMC Offers Two Camp LIFE Sessions this Summer

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s annual Camp LIFE program, which encourages children to stay active and healthy over the summer, is set to take place June 6-10 and July 18-22 at the Portsmouth LIFE Center.

The camp sessions will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, which drop-off beginning at 8:45 a.m. The program is open to children ages 7 to 13, and parents can register for one or both of the week-long sessions being offered.

“During camp, we teach children the basic principles of nutrition and exercise through cooking and physical activities that keep them entertained,” Brad Zieber, supervisor of PT, PEC and Special Projects at the SOMC LIFE Center, said. “We prepare lunch and snacks together, play healthy games, and stress the importance of fitness through daily walks, swimming and other sports. The program is designed in a way that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of physical condition or ability, and we always have a lot of fun.”

Cost to participate is $90 per child. For more information or to register, please visit the Portsmouth LIFE Center or call 740-356-7650.

Healthy Summer Fun for the Kids

Summer vacation is beginning for school-aged children. If you’re looking for fun and healthy activities to keep them busy and off the couch, take a look at these!

Swimming and water fun are among the top five most popular activities in the summer, so it is very important that children learn to swim.

The Portsmouth LIFE Center offers a variety of age and experience-appropriate swimming lessons for children from age 1 and up. Classes include Water Enrichment for ages 1 through 3, Aqua Tots for 3 and 4 year olds, Beginners, Beginner I and Beginner II, for 4 to 12 year olds, and Aqua Kids for ages 5 through 13. Private Lessons are available for anyone over 13 years of age.

The new session of swimming lessons begins the week of June 13 and the registration deadline for this session is May 31st. Call Susan Hunter at 740-356-7563 for more information.

Two sessions of CAMP LIFE are planned at the Portsmouth Life Center this summer. Children between 7 and 13 years old will spend a week learning healthy eating habits and participating in fun activities to get legs moving and hearts pumping. CAMP LIFE runs 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM June 6 through 10 and July 18 through 22 at the Portsmouth Life Center. For more information, call 740-356-7650.

Children are often fascinated and excited about special vehicles – police cars, fire trucks, helicopters all ignite the imagination. On Saturday, June 18, the SOMC Pediatric Guild is presenting Touch-a-Truck, at Portsmouth Spartan Stadium. The event will be held from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and gives children the opportunity to get up-close and even inside fire trucks and police cars, semi-trucks, a helicopter and even the Batmobile. Batman and the Batmobile will arrive at 4:30 PM. Gates open at 4:00. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $2 per child.

Bring along your dog and head to Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth on Saturday, June 4 for Bark for Life. Registration begins at 9:00 AM. Hosted by Ribbons of Life and the CrossFit Alpha Pack, all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The event features a two mile walk at your own pace. Please be sure your dog is on a leash. Awards will begin at 10:00 AM for the best costume, smallest, largest, and cutest dogs, best dog trick, dog/owner look-a-like contest, obstacle course, and the Frisbee toss. There will be raffles, door prizes, food and drinks. Participants are encouraged to bring along supplies to donate to Sierra’s Haven. If you need more information, call 740-356-7490, or visit the registration page on eventbrite.com. There is a fee to register for Bark for Life.

Attention bicycling enthusiasts! Registration is open for the Tour of the Little Smokies (TOTLS) scheduled for Saturday, June 11. The tour begins at Moontime Lake, 2198 Sedan Crabtree Road, Lucasville (www.facebook.com/moontimelake). Riders can begin at any time between 8:00 and 10:00 AM. Participants have the option of riding 16 miles, 39 miles, 55 miles or the full 100 mile tour, which winds through the hills and woods of the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail. The event is sponsored by The Rotary Club of Portsmouth, and is chaired by Reece Brown. TOTLS plans another tour in September. If you would like more information about this unique cycling event please contact TOTLS Committee Chair Reece Brown at 740-821-1904 or email rbrown@standenergy.org.

If you want to try a little bit of running, dancing, extreme fitness and then some outdoor yoga, get registered for the Natural High Fitness Festival and 5K on Saturday, June 25 at Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth. Sponsored by The Counseling Center, the Festival is a fundraising event for the Summer Outreach Club-a 9 week, free camp for children ages 5 – 12. Natural High Fitness Festival includes a 5k Trail Run/Walk, followed by Boot Camp led by Iron Body Fitness, Hip Hop Heat fitness class led by Shelle y Wisener from the SOMC Life Center, and finally an Outdoor Yoga session with Melissa Davis.

Registration begins at 7:00 AM followed by the 5K at 8:00 AM. For more information contact The Counseling Center’s Community Relations and Development Department at 740-354-3829 ext. 2707, or register online at www.tristateracer.com.

Orthopedic Care Unit Earns Blue Distinction

The Orthopedic Care Unit at Southern Ohio Medical Center has earned Blue Distinction from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association for demonstrating expertise and a commitment to quality during the care and treatment of patients undergoing total knee and/or total hip replacement surgery.

“We have been working toward Blue Distinction for four years and are so proud to finally receive this recognition,” Malissa Warrick, nurse manager of the SOMC Orthopedic Care Unit, said. “We are always looking for ways to improve our patient-care processes, and are glad our efforts are helping the patients we serve.”

Dr. Duane Marchyn, an orthopedic surgeon at SOMC, explained that many new protocols and practices were put in place to help the OCU earn Blue Distinction. This included the development of an orthopedic patient educator position, the development of an orthopedic leadership team, and a constant department-wide focus on improving patient outcomes.

“In less than 10 months, we have seen a decrease in post-operative surgical site infections, as well as a decrease in length of stay for patients undergoing either a total knee or total hip replacement,” Dr. Marchyn said.

“The length of stay for a patient receiving a total knee replacement at SOMC has dropped from 3.3 days to three days, while the length of stay for a patient receiving a total hip replacement has lowered from 4.1 days to 2.9 days. These results are amazing and show that we are providing our patients the best care possible—and making sure they get home as quickly and as safely as they can.”

Blue Distinction Specialty Care is a national designation program that recognizes healthcare facilities for demonstrating expertise in delivering safe, effective, and cost-efficient care. The goal of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program is to help consumers find both quality and value for their specialty care needs, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the overall quality and delivery of care nationwide.

“Blue Distinction seeks to establish a consistent and continually evolving approach to evaluating quality and safety, which are also major priorities for our whole organization,” Warrick added. “It takes a team to achieve such distinction, and I thank every one for their dedication.”

2016 Southern Ohio Senior Games coming soon

Starting July 1, athletes at least 50 years of age can begin registering to compete in this year’s Southern Ohio Senior Games. The games give seniors an opportunity to compete in a variety of games, as well as participate in an athlete parade and closing ceremonies.

The games themselves will take place throughout the month of September and will be held in various locations across southern Ohio. The full schedule of events includes:

September 3, 7:30 a.m. at the SOMC Friends Center – 5k and 10k Run / 10k Cycling

September 3, 11:00 a.m. at the River Days Parade – Athlete Parade

September 10, 9:00 a.m. at the Portsmouth City Schools Track and Field Arena – Track and Field

September 14, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the SOMC Life Center – Table Tennis and Pickle Ball

September 16 at 9:00 a.m. at the Franklin Valley Golf Course (Jackson, OH) – Golf (18 hole scratch for individuals)

September 17 at 9:00 a.m. at Earl Thomas Conley Park – Archery, Corn Hole, Horse Shoe, Disc Golf, Jukskei

September 20 at 10:00 a.m. at the West Portsmouth Basketball Complex – Basketball

September 21 at Sunset Bowling Lanes – Singles bowling

September 24 at 9:00 a.m. at Shawnee State University – Swimming

September 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Branch Rickey Stadium – Closing Ceremonies

Additional details about the games are available at SouthernOhioSeniorGames.org. Registration is available at TriStateRacer.com. There is a registration fee of $25 that includes one or more event. All registered participants will receive a Senior Games t-shirt.

For more information, you may contact Gary Roberts at 740-835-1925, Lyvette Mosley at 740-727-4948 or Libby Brisker at 740-357-5958.

Keep salad fresh for days with ‘Salad in a Jar’ layering technique

Packing your lunch is one way to eat healthy even when you’re on the go, but unfortunately some foods are more difficult to make ahead of time than others. Salads, in particular, often turn into limp, soggy messes when they’ve sat in a container for too long.

Fortunately, there’s an easy way around that problem.

“Salad in a Jar” is a simple layering method that keeps salads firm and fresh. It can be pulled off by using any tall, narrow container with a sealed lid. Mason jars will work great.

Once you have your container, simply add the ingredients in the following order to ensure a fresh, crisp, zesty salad:

1. Salad dressing (on the bottom)

2. Hard chopped fruits and veggies

3. Grains, beans or pasta

4. Cheeses and protein

5. Soft chopped fruits and veggies

6. Nuts or seeds

7. Salad greens

By separating the less absorbent ingredients and the dressing from the more delicate ingredients, the salad will stay ready to eat for about 4-5 days. Just give it a shake and pour it into a bowl!

May is National “Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention” Month

Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and manmade sources like tanning booths. Protect your skin from the sun when you go outside, especially during the long, warm summer days. Here are a few tips from the American Cancer Society to help your skin stay healthy.

Prevent:

  • Cover up: When you are out in the sun, wear clothing and a wide-brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible. Protect your eyes with sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV light.
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher: Put more on at least every 2 hours, and after swimming or sweating.
  • Seek shade: Limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest.

Detect:

  • It’s important to check your own skin, preferably once a month. A skin self-exam is best done in a well-lit room in front of a full-length mirror. You can use a hand-held mirror to look at areas that are hard to see, such as the backs of your thighs.
  • A spouse or close friend or family member may be able to help you with these exams, especially for those hard-to-see areas like your back or scalp.
  • The first time you examine your skin, spend time carefully going over the entire surface. Learn the pattern of moles, blemishes, freckles, and other marks on your skin so that you’ll notice any changes next time. Be sure to show your doctor any areas that concern you.
  • The best time to do this simple monthly exam is after a bath or shower. Check any moles, blemishes, or birthmarks from the top of your head to your toes. If you look at your skin regularly, you will know what’s normal for you.
  • Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps: Both can cause serious long-term skin damage and contribute to skin cancer.

SOMC purchases six new vehicles for Home Care and Hospice

Glockner New CarsWebSouthern Ohio Medical Center recently purchased six new Toyota Corollas from Glockner Honda Toyota. The vehicles will be used by SOMC Home Care and Hospice. Pictured here with one of the new vehicles is, from left to right, Ronda Jordan and Dennis Lintz from SOMC Home Care, Mike Glockner, Greg Gulker, Monica Holbrook and Brent Munn from SOMC Hospice and Tim Glockner.

For more information about SOMC Home Care and SOMC Hospice, visit www.somc.org.

SOMC offering free breast cancer screenings

SOMC is offering free breast cancer screenings in May and June for women who are uninsured or underinsured. Women who are screened may also receive same-day mammography if needed.

You should consider a screening if you are age 40 or older – or younger with a family history of breast cancer – or have an abnormal finding on a self-breast exam.

You can register by calling the SOMC volunteer office at 740-356-8234.

These screenings are made possible by the hands of Hope program, which is funded by The Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in cooperation with Southern Ohio Medical Center.

For more information, visit somccancer.org.

SOMC Named Lung Screening Center of Excellence

Southern Ohio Medical Center has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) for its ongoing commitment of providing local patients with appropriate lung cancer screenings. SOMC joins more than 370 screening centers across the country being recognized by the LCA.

“SOMC is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care,” Jenny Woodyard, lung health navigator at SOMC, said. “Low dose CT screenings have shown to be the only proven way to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable stage, helping save tens of thousands lives a year. We are thrilled to be part of this elite group, setting an example for responsible screening practices nationwide.”

The LCA is dedicated to saving lives and advancing research by empowering people living with or at risk of lung cancer. Designated Screening Centers of Excellence work to meet comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program. These standards control screening quality, as well as radiation doses and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting.

“We are proud and honored to work with SOMC as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence,” LCA President and CEO Laurie Fenton Ambrose said. “Their commitment to practicing responsible lung cancer screenings will lead to many advancements in research and many lives saved. They are an example to follow.”

SOMC offers lung cancer screenings to patients who meet the following criteria:

  • Age 55-77
  • Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (which means, on average, you’ve smoked one pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years).
  • Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
  • No history of lung cancer
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer

Screenings are covered by Medicare/Medicaid and private insurance companies. To learn more about the SOMC lung cancer screening program, or to refer yourself or someone you know, please call 740-356-LUNG.