July, 2007


SOMC Presents Grant For Greenup Fitness Program

Southern Ohio Medical Center has awarded a $20,000 grant to Greenup County Schools for a new physical fitness program for elementary school students. The grant is part of the SOMC Make A Difference Grant program supporting area school projects that have an impact on students and the community and ultimately the long-term health of area residents.

“We are excited to have SOMC’s support for this program,” Greenup Superintendent John F. Younce said. “Our future is dependent upon the health and well-being of our young people and our community as a whole, and we envision this project taking great steps toward developing health-mindful habits among our students.”

Greenup’s program, “Health Revolution,” includes a multi-faceted approach with students receiving direct nutrition and physical fitness instruction in the classroom, and includes partnering with community resources. Specialized instruction will include dance, step aerobics, body bar exercises and each elementary school will have a Dance Dance Revolution machine for use during recess times. Family fitness nights with activities and screenings are also included.

“Greenup’s proposal includes strong measurement and evaluation tools, and the sheer volume of students that this program will impact sets it apart,” SOMC President Randy Arnett said. “Teaching our children how to lead healthier lives is vital to our society’s future. We are proud to be associated with this project and play a part in its success.”

The other two recipients in SOMC’s Make A Difference Grant program included Green Local Schools and Washington Nile Local Schools. Separate news releases on the other two grants will also be distributed to area media detailing the other recipients’ projects.

Schwamburger Welcomed To SOMC Staff

Matthew S. Schwamburger, MD, a physician specializing in anesthesiology, has been welcomed to the staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center, where he will begin practicing July 17.

Dr. Schwamburger received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his internship at The Christ Hospital and his anesthesia residency at University Hospital, both in Cincinnati. He received his bachelor of arts as a cum laude graduate from Miami University with a major in zoology. He is a native of the Portsmouth area and a graduate of Wheelersburg High School.

Dr. Schwamburger and his wife and two children reside in the Wheelersburg area. He can be reached in the SOMC Anesthesia Services Department at 356-8231.

4-H Volunteers Help Out at SOMC Hospice Center

Three members of the Green Clovers 4H Club of Franklin Furnace spent the day volunteering at the SOMC Hospice Center, part of Southern Ohio Medical Center, to complete the community service component of their club activities. As part of their volunteer work, they helped clean up the Hospice Center’s newly-created garden area and walk the resident pet, Swann. Pictured are (from left) Jessi Wright, Maria Fraulini, Lana Percell and Swann the dog.

SOMC X-ray Rooms Turn Tropical

The X-ray rooms in the Emergency Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received a facelift with the help of local mural artist Cindy Gibson of South Webster. The two windowless rooms were painted in tropical themes with palm trees and beach scenes in one and the underwater ocean world in the other. The imagery is designed to help ease anxiety for the patient, especially children, and soften the clinical appearance of the rooms. Gibson also provided images of riverboats and trains for two X-ray rooms in the Medical Imaging Department at the hospital. Pictured, Medical Imaging Director Noel Pemberton and Educaton Coordinator Melissa Hutchens watch Gibson put some finishing touches on a beach scene.

Roberts To Join Dr. Pettit’s Practice

Jennifer Roberts, DO, a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, is joining the practice of George P. Pettit, MD, FACOG and will be a member of the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Roberts received her medical degree from the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine, Pikeville, KY, and her bachelor of science in biology from Morehead State University. She completed her internship and residency at Marshall University, Huntington, WV.

Dr. Roberts will begin her practice August 6. For an appointment, she can be reached at (740) 354-1434, Building G, 1725 27th St. on the Main Campus of SOMC.