SOMC Development Foundation participating in #GivingTuesday

The SOMC Development Foundation is participating in #GivingTuesday, a national day of giving that occurs annually on the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

“Giving Tuesday is a reminder that we shouldn’t forget to support local nonprofits during the holiday season. It’s an event that encourages people to give a gift to their community by making a charitable contribution, even if it’s only a dollar,” Scott Hilbert, director of SOMC Community Relations and Development, said. “We’re thrilled to participate in this event and hope it will help raise awareness of how the SOMC Development Foundation is making a difference for our community.”

The SOMC Development Foundation oversees several funds, such as the Cancer Compassion Fund, the Hospice Caritas Fund, the Heart and Vascular Fund, the Community Health and Wellness Fund, the Pediatric Fund, the Juvenile Diabetes/Type 1 Diabetes Fund and the Jim and Clara Donaldson Family Scholarship Fund.

On #GivingTuesday, however, SOMC is encouraging supporters to make a donation to the Annual Fund. This is an unrestricted fund that makes contributions based on community need. Recently, the Annual Fund was used to fund CPR training for local high school students.

“Undesignated funds, like the Annual Fund, are the backbone of the SOMC Development Foundation,” Hilbert explained. “This fund allows us to respond to unexpected needs in our community and address new challenges as they arise.”

Donations can be made online at, or they can be made by mailing a check to the SOMC Development Foundation at 2201 25th Street, Portsmouth OH 45662. Checks should be made payable to the SOMC Development Foundation.

SOMC’s Summer Soiree is more than just a night out

On August 5, SOMC will host a major fundraiser for its Transcending Lives campaign known as the Summer Soiree. Those who participate will not only enjoy an evening of classic summertime activities, dinner and more – they will be helping renovate and expand SOMC Hospice.

The expansion will allow for additional patient rooms, as well as a new family gathering room, a meditation room, upgraded restrooms, updated kitchen and also more support staff areas.

Mary Arnzen, planned giving and major events officer, has seen this campaign and SOMC Hospice evolve into what it is today. She recently shared why this is more than a campaign to her and why it is so important to give back to the hospice facility.

“When I was going to visit my mother in a hospice facility in a larger city, I was very surprised,” Arnzen said. “I quickly realized that even though I was in a larger city and at a larger hospital, their hospice facility didn’t compare to ours. We are truly blessed with an amazing impatient hospice center here at SOMC.”

SOMC Hospice has supported more than 5,000 patients in the 10 years it has offered services to the community. SOMC believes it is time for to expand and touch the lives of more patients and their families.

The Summer Soiree will take place at Ron LeMaster’s farm, located at 80 LeMaster Lane in Garrison, Kentucky. LeMaster recently shared his story of why hospice and the Transcending Lives Campaign is important to him.

He said he didn’t realize what they were going to do at hospice when the new facility was getting ready to open. He went to the open house to see what it was like and how it planned to serve the community. He saw how he could make a positive impact on the community through giving to SOMC Hospice.

During the first campaign, LeMaster said he realized there was one patient room left that hadn’t been named. He decided that was the way he wanted to make an impact, so he and his wife decided they would donate enough to name a patient room during the first campaign for the new Hospice.

LeMaster recalled how he received a card from a family who had a loved one who spent their last days in hospice. The family thanked LeMaster and his wife for donating and naming the room they stayed in.

“That was worth it all to me,” LeMaster said upon receiving the card from the thankful family.

The Transcending Lives Campaign’s purpose is to impact lives of families such as the family that thanked Ron LeMaster and his wife.

If you wish to attend SOMC’s Summer Soiree or just make a donation to the Transcending Lives Campaign, you can do so by visiting or by texting “Hospice” to 20731.

The campaign has raised over $1,700,000 towards the $3,000,000 goal. A total of $700,000 more is needed to break ground.

If you have any questions about the naming rights that are still available or you would like to talk about donating stock, a life insurance policy or planned gift, please contact Mary Arnzen at 740-356-2504 or

SOMC Development Foundation’s Summer Soirée set for August 5

Looking for a fun evening in a beautiful setting? Then the SOMC Development Foundation planned the perfect event for you – the Summer Soirée

The festivities will take place at The Ron and Connie LeMaster Farm at 80 LeMaster Lane in Garrison, Kentucky 41141.

The event will begin with the social hour starting at 6pm and dinner starting at 7pm on Saturday, August 5.

The Summer Soirée will not only be a beautiful and enjoyable night, but it will also be a night that will benefit a great cause – the Transcending Lives Campaign to renovate and expand the SOMC Hospice Center.

“We are so excited for this year’s Summer Soirée,” Donor Relations Coordinator Hayley Burchett said. “We cannot wait for everyone to come and enjoy the beautiful LeMaster farm. It’s an opportunity to have a great time while giving back to such a great cause.”

There will be an open bar, dancing and summertime activities to enjoy throughout the evening. If you are looking for more reasons to come, there will also be a sangria bar, a caricature artist, mimes and jugglers as well!

If you are interested in attending, ticket price per person is $125, which includes dinner and the open bar. To purchase seats and sponsorships please visit or make a check payable to SOMC Development Foundation / ATTN: Shaye Coburn 2201 25th Street Portsmouth OH 45662.

For more information please call 740-356-2794.

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