Longaberger Consultant Presents Donation to SOMC

Local Longaberger Branch Leader Dolores Schuman (right) recently presented SOMC Cancer Center staff members Kelly Lawson (left) and Kimberly Richendollar with a donation of more than $800. The contribution was collected by area Longaberger consultants during their Horizon of Hope luncheon and will go toward the hospital’s Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, which provides assistance to local breast cancer patients.

SOMC Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

Southern Ohio Medical Center will offer free prostate cancer screenings by appointment Sept. 2, 3, 16 and 17 at a location to be announced. Space is limited and reservations are necessary. To schedule a time, please call the SOMC Volunteer Office at ext. 8234 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday.

Bartsch Welcomed At SOMC

John Bartsch, MD, a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Bartsch received his medical degree from Medical College of Ohio. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Bartsch can be reached at SOMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Associates, 613 Center Street, Wheelersburg, OH 45694. Call (740) 574-0846 for more information.

Anesthesiologist Nelson Welcomed At SOMC

Lindsey Nelson, MD, a physician specializing in anesthesiology, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Nelson received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in anesthesiology at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Nelson can be reached at 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662 or by calling 356-8231.

SOMC Hospice to Host Grief Group

outhern Ohio Medical Center Hospice will conduct “Picking Up the Pieces” a six-week course for those who have recently lost a loved one.

“Adjusting after the death of a loved one is difficult. If you are struggling with the grieving process, this course will provide education and support along with others who understand the grieving process,” said Susan Goins, coordinator of the program.

The course is free, however space is limited. Meetings will be held in the Gibson Building, located on the East Campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center. The first meeting is set for Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. and will held each Tuesday for six weeks. For more information or to register for the program, contact Goins at 356-2676.

SOMC Congratulates Local Medical Student

Southern Ohio Medical Center President and CEO Randy Arnett (left) recently congratulated local student Alexander Curtis for his acceptance into the Ross University School of Medicine for the 2009 school year; he was presented a medical dictionary for his successes. Curtis received his bachelor’s in philosophy and psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a master’s in philosophy from Bowling Green State University. He most recently completed the Master of Public Health program at the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health in Toledo.

Service Guild Supports Heart Education


he Service Guild, a guild of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, supported the educational initiative of the Mega Heart at the Scioto County Fair. The display was part of the week-long activities at the SOMC booth at the fair. Presenting a check for $4,000 is, from right, Freda Biliter, Service Guild President, to Tanya Thoroughman, center, Heart and Vascular Services at SOMC and Maxine Arnett, Service Guild Treasurer.

SOMC Promise Guild Hosts Card Party Sept. 15

The Promise Guild, part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, will host a card party fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth. Proceeds will benefit patients of the SOMC Cancer Center. The event will include a buffet dinner, door prizes and prize drawings. Tickets are $6 and may be purchased by calling 354-1819 or 456-5009. Shown planning for the event are Promise Guild members (l to r) Marilyn Mercer, Anna Cardenas, Joyce Payton and Rose Havens.

2009 River Days Contestant Raises Funds for SOMC

2009 Miss River Days Contestant Julie Seaman, a senior from Northwest High School, hosted a Carnival for a Cure to benefit cancer patients of Southern Ohio Medical Center June 27. Through the event, Seaman was able to create a greater awareness of breast cancer within the community, as well as raise donations for the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund. Shown at the donation presentation are (l to r) Kelly Lawson, clinical manager of SOMC Oncology Services, Julie Seaman and Kristie Meeker, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Oncology Services.