April, 2010


Quilt Made By Cancer Survivor to be Raffled

Displaying the hand-made quilt (from l to r) is Kelly Lawson, clinical manager of Oncology Services at SOMC; Linda Copas, breast cancer survivor; Betty Morgan and Joyce Payton, volunteers for the American Cancer Society-Cancer Resource Center.

Nearly four years ago, Betty Morgan, a volunteer for the American Cancer Society-Cancer Resource Center and Southern Ohio Medical Center, began giving clothing and fabric to a patient who enjoyed quilting. Little did she know that her kindness would build a lasting friendship with a woman fighting breast cancer.

“Now, four years later, the fabric filled with so many family memories, has been transformed into a beautiful quilt,” Morgan said. “I’m donating it to raise money for the American Cancer Society.”

Morgan first met Linda Copas, an X-ray tech at Adams County Regional Medical Center, at the SOMC Cancer Center. Copas quickly began treatments at SOMC after her diagnosis of breast cancer in February 2006.

“Linda was always crocheting or sewing something while she was waiting,” Morgan added. “We shared this hobby and it became a bridge to form my friendship with her.”

Copas belonged to a quilting group called the Homemakers of West Union, consisting of 32 women, three of which were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006. Morgan decided it was time to clean out a few things in her home, such as her daughter’s prom dress and other sentimental items that encompassed many family memories. Instead of donating the clothing and beautiful silk fabrics, she decided to pass them on to Copas, in hopes of putting the material to good use.

“This story is unique and so dear to my heart,” Morgan said. “I never knew that as a volunteer I would meet so many wonderful people and be blessed with their stories. One of my children had cancer and I myself beat cancer, I know that relationships and attitude are important when trying to overcome the odds.”

Over the past several years, the Homemakers Group have hand-made five quilts and raised money by selling the quilts and then donated the funds to local patients battling cancer. Copas and the group worked diligently to transform Morgan’s fabrics into an eclectic quilt.

“When I look at this beautiful quilt, I see many memories,” she said. “To see it made by Linda represents a circle of love and friendship.”

The quilt will be raffled off to raise awareness and donations for the American Cancer Society. Raffle tickets may be purchased through any Relay For Life team member or by calling Anna Cardenas, (740) 353-7326 or Rosie Williams, (740) 456-4363. The tickets cost $1 each or a book for $10. The raffle will be drawn during the Relay for Life event, June 25, 2010.

SOMC to Offer Free Breast Exams April 22

Free clinical breast exams will be offered at the SOMC Cancer Center April 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The exams are available to uninsured or underinsured women. Participants 40 years old or older, those who are younger with a strong family history of breast cancer or a woman with an abnormal finding on a self-breast exam are welcome. Appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the SOMC Volunteer Office at (740) 356-8234.

“Any woman who needs a mammogram and has not had one in the last year will be scheduled for a free exam at the SOMC Breast Center, provided by the Hands of Hope program,” Kelly Lawson, clinical manager of the Cancer Center, said.

This is the fourth year SOMC has been awarded a grant through the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This grant allows women, who meet certain guidelines, access to screenings for early detection of breast cancer.

“In 2009 the Cancer Center held three breast screenings, conducting approximately 88 exams,” Lawson said. “Two women were diagnosed with cancer and received treatment as a result of these free screenings.”

Educational materials will be available during the screenings. Breast Health Navigator at SOMC, Kimberlee Richendollar, RN, BSN will provide information to participants about breath health, self-breast exams and breast cancer awareness.

Richendollar has the latest information about breast health and early detection, which is key to increased survival rates of those with breast cancer.

As a result of the volunteer hours provided by SOMC physicians, nurses, and members of the Fight Cancer, Save Lives Cancer Coalition, these screenings are possible and offered bi-annually.

The SOMC Cancer Center is located at 1121 Kinneys Lane, Portsmouth.

SOMC Hosts Graduation for Local Medical Students, Residents

Southern Ohio Medical Center and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine recently honored the hospital’s 2010 class of graduating medical students and residents during an annual celebration held March 30 at the Friends Community Center. The new class of Emergency Medicine residents, Family Practice residents, and Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine students also were introduced.

Those residents graduating from this year’s program include Matthew Phillips, DO (Family Practice) and Zachary Underwood, DO (Family Practice). Those medical students graduating from the OUCOM program included Rocky Adkins (who will pursue a residency in Radiology at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio), Seth DeAtley (who will pursue a residency in Emergency Medicine at SOMC), Kristen Broadhead (who will pursue a residency in Pediatrics at Erlanger in Chattanooga, Tenn.), and Joe Herrmann (who will pursue a residency in Surgery at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio).

Pictured are the 2010 graduates, future residents and medical students.