August, 2010

SOMC Names New Vice President

Ben Gill

Ben Gill, MBA, has been named Vice President of Support Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Gill, a Scioto County native, joined SOMC in 2001 and most recently served as the Administrative Director of Physician Services. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Princeton University and a Masters in Business Administration from Tiffin University.

Ben and his family currently reside in Wheelersburg, Ohio.

Dr. Song Retires From SOMC After 37 Years

After working for almost 37 years as an obstetrician and gynecologist, and delivering more than 13,400 babies in Scioto County, Yong D. Song, MD, FACOG, will retire from SOMC Sept. 1, 2010. Employees of the SOMC Surgery Department recently celebrated this milestone, treating Dr. Song to a very special surprise party complete with food, gifts and many walks down memory lane.

Dr. Song received his medical degree in 1963 from the Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea. He furthered his career with an internship and residency in Seoul, gaining certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1968. Dr. Song was named the assistant professor of the OB/GYN Department at Catholic Medical School in Seoul from 1968 to 1971. He additionally completed two years of training at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, Ohio and later gained his OB/GYN certification in the U.S. in 1977.

Jennifer D. Roberts, DO, who joined Dr. Song’s practice in July, will officially begin seeing all of Dr. Song’s patients upon his retirement. Pictured above at the party are Dr. Song (seated) with his wife Lucia (left) and members of the Surgical Team.

SOMC to Offer Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host annual prostate cancer screenings from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16, 20, 22, and 30, location to be announced. All screenings are free of cost and include a PSA blood draw and an exam.

The following criteria is recommended but not required: Men at age 50 who are at average risk of prostate cancer; Men at age 45 who are at high risk including African Americans and those who have a first-degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 65 or younger; and lastly men age 40 who have several first-degree relatives who developed prostate cancer at an early age.

If detected early, prostate cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer. In 2009, more than 200 screenings were completed at SOMC. Space is limited and reservations are necessary. To make an appointment, please call the SOMC Volunteer Office at 740-356-8234 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

SOMC Forms Local AACN Chapter


These are the members of the Sawnee Valley Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Standing in the back (l to r): Nancy Jacobs, Connie Florek (secretary), Kerry Greathouse (treasurer), Christy Aeh, Linda Horner, Paul Rase, Becky Kalb, Tina Moore, Phyllis Theiken, Tony Smith. S

Several employees of Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Heart and Critical Care Services have teamed up to form the Shawnee Valley Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The group met for the first time July 27 to discuss member recruitment, educational opportunities and chapter planning.

According to the AACN website, The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the world’s largest specialty nursing organization and has been serving the needs of nurses caring for acutely and critically ill patients since 1969. Representing the interests of more than 500,000 nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients, AACN is dedicated to creating a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families, where acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

The goals of the local chapter are to increas
“There are many benefits to becoming a national and local AACN chapter member,” Teresa Barnett, president of the Shawnee Valley AACN chapter, said. “In addition to free continuing education units (CEU’s) available to members online, nurses will also receive CEU’s and in-services at chapter meetings.”e membership, form and participate in community events, develop fundraisers for education events and promote speakers for educational meetings. Involvement in the chapter will provide opportunities to interact with peers from different work settings and to advocate for patients, community and nurses.

The next meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. August 31 in the SOMC Heart and Vascular conference room and membership is open to local nurses. The group will meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

For more information or to join the Shawnee Valley Chapter of the AACN, please contact Teresa Barnett at (740)-356-8263.

itting in the front (l to r): Sharon Rawlins (president-elect), Teresa Barnett (president) and Stacey Dotson.

SOMC Celebrates #1 Best Employer in Ohio Recognition

Employees of Southern Ohio Medical Center celebrated the hospital’s number one Best Employer in Ohio achievement, Aug. 5. Among the day’s festivities was an ice cream social held on every campus, for all shifts and a remote live radio show with WNXT. All employees were presented with T-shirts and asked to wear them during the celebration. In addition to the Best Employer in Ohio award, other awards such as Magnet, Fortune 100 Best Employer and VPP Star Status were listed on the back of the T-shirts. Randy Arnett, president and CEO (left) serves ice cream to Surgery staff members Patty Moore (center) and Donna Holbrook (right).

SOMC’s Camp LIFE Offers Healthy Summer Programming for Kids

Students between the ages of 7 and 13 participated in SOMC’s Camp LIFE program, held July 26-30. Attendees learned about nutrition, dinning out, health and physical activity. After a busy week of swimming, basketball and Zumba, the students ended with a Camp LIFE boot camp. Shown above with the students and junior volunteers are Regina Tipton, wellness specialist at SOMC (left) and Kim McCray, clinical dietician at SOMC (right).

SOMC Donates School Supplies to Benefit Community

Employees at SOMC donated more than 4,000 items to the students of our local community during the 2010 United Way School Supply Drive. Pictured at the donation drop-off are: (front row, l to r) SOMC United Way Committee members Missy Hutchens, Beverly Stringer and United Way of Scioto County Executive Director Mary Peercy; and (back row) SOMC Junior Volunteers Kasey Manchester and Katie Maynard.

Employees of Southern Ohio Medical Center helped to donate 4,063 supply items for area school children during the 2010 United Way School Supply Drive, which took place July 30 at the hospital.

“Last year we collected a tremendous amount of school supplies and this year was no different,” Beverly Stinger, coordinator of the SOMC United Way campaign, said.

School supply lists were given to employees, with each item designated a point value, Stringer explained. For each point a staff member earned, they were given the chance to enter into one of five gift basket prize drawings.

Points also were tallied per department and SOMC Nutrition Services was named the overall winner of the competition. The department also won a pizza party and three of the available gift baskets; however, Nutrition Services has elected to donate the money that would be used for the pizza party to Sierra’s Haven.

Environmental Services came in second place followed by Medical Imaging, Administration and Performance Improvement. The total number of donations increased by 330 items from 2009.

“With the current economic times, it’s especially incredible to see the generosity displayed to our community by SOMC employees,” Mary Peercy, executive director of the United Way of Scioto County, said. “SOMC and its employees have always been a huge supporter of providing supplies for our local students and we thank them for their continued dedication.”

SOMC Hospice Held Second Annual Memorial Bike Ride

SOMC Hospice held its Second Annual Memorial Bike Ride, July 31. More than 200 motorcycle enthusiasts revved up their engines for a 90-mile police-escorted drive through Southern Ohio and Adams County.

“Last year was the first time we had held this particular event, which was created in memory of motorcycling enthusiast Ricky Bryan,” Sheila Riggs, claims coordinator of Hospice Services, said. “Bryan began planning the ride before his death because he wanted to give back to our program…our contributions touched him so much.”

Riggs said they decided to carry-on the tradition this year not only in memory of Bryan, but for all other bike riders and patients of SOMC Hospice Services.

The event and T-shirt sales collectively raised more than $10,000 for SOMC Hospice. Shown above is a portion of the participants lined up at the start of the ride.

SOMC Hospice would like to thank the volunteers, motor cycle participants, Scioto Ribber, Don Smith and Night Shift, Life Ambulance, Valley Wholesale Foods, the Portsmouth Police Department, the West Union Police Department and Randy Adkins and Roger LeMaster of the Rosemount Fire Department for their generosity and continued support of SOMC.

SOMC Hosts 33rd Annual Run for Your LIFE Event

Local runners and community members are invited to compete in Southern Ohio Medical Center’s 33rd annual Run For Your LIFE competition. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 4 at the SOMC Life Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth.

Entrants may choose to participate in either a 5K or 10K event. Registration and packet pick-up will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 and 7 to 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 with all events beginning at 8 a.m.

In addition to the 5K and 10K races, the Life Center will also host the 1st annual Pump and Run event. A Runner’s race time is based on how many times he or she can bench press their body weight with 30 seconds per repetition deducted from final 5K time. Time deductions will be taken for a maximum of 30 repetitions. For more information and official rules visit Registration for the Pump and Run will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is limited to 100 participants.

This year’s route will take runners through the shady, tree-lined residential area that includes Kinney’s Lane, Grandview and Thomas avenues, Dorman, Sheridan and Orchard drives, Coles Boulevard, Shawnee and Micklethwaite roads and Greenlawn Cemetery.

Awards will be presented immediately after the race to the top three finishers of each age division of the 5K and 10K. Awards also will be given to each male and female with the fastest times; however, male and female recipients will not receive duplicate awards. All participants are eligible for door prizes.

Registration brochures may be picked up from the Portsmouth LIFE Center or may be accessed online by visiting Participants can also register online at Cost of the race is $15 per person before Sept. 3 or $20 the day of the event. T-shirts will be given to the first 300 participants who register.

For more information, please contact Jim Kolar at 740-356-7566 or send an e-mail request to