Hope Guild Donates $20,000 to SOMC


Hope Guild Donation

The Hope Guild, part of the friends of SOMC, recently donated $20,000 to the Southern Ohio Medical Center Endowment Fund. To raise the money, the guild held various fundraisers throughout the year, including book sales and an SOMC employee sale at Scioto Shoe Mart. Members of the Hope Guild are shown presenting a check to Shawn Jordan (left), administrative director of SOMC Community Relations, Volunteer Services and the Friends Community Center.


Radiologist Welcomed at SOMC


Dr. Settonni

Loretta Settonni, M.D., a physician specializing in radiology, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. She is board certified in Radiology. Dr. Settonni received her medical degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio and a fellowship in Osteoradiology at the University of California in San Diego, Calif. Dr. Settonni will begin at SOMC Dec. 6 and can be reached by calling 740-356-8117.


SOMC Radiologist Receives Certification

Dr. Jacobs

Norman Jacobs, M.D., M.S., diagnostic radiologist and neuroradiologist at Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently achieved board certification in cardiovascular computer tomography offered by the Certification Board of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (CBCCT). The CBCCT is a not-for-profit corporation established for physicians to document their skills and knowledge in the field of cardiovascular computed tomography. The mission of the CBCCT is to promote and enhance patient care by defining the domain of cardiovascular computed tomography and identifying the requisite knowledge and skills for quality practice through a certification program that fosters excellence and encourages continual learning. Dr. Jacobs is one of only 1,506 physicians, nationwide, to have received this certification. Dr. Jacobs received his medical degree from Temple University Medical School and completed his training at Duke University Medical Center and Georgetown University Medical Center. He has been in practice as a radiologist in the Portsmouth area for the past 25 years.

SOMC Safety and Environmental Health Names New Director

Bill Kamer

Bill Kamer has been named Administrative Director of Safety and Environmental Health at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Kamer joined SOMC in 1997 and has worked in Information Services. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Morehead State University in Morehead, Ky. and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy State University in Troy, Ala. Kamer also served in the U.S. Air Force for ten years. He currently resides in Garrison, Ky. with his family.

Breast Cancer Patient Donates Quilts to SOMC

Quilt Donation

Karen Trout (center), a recently diagnosed breast cancer patient and her mother-in-law, Hettie Trout (right) donate two handmade wall-hanging quilts to the SOMC Cancer Center. Traci Boland, RN (left) accepts the donation on behalf of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

SOMC Cancer Center Receives ACR Accreditation

The SOMC Cancer Center recently received accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). Approval from the ACR demonstrates a commitment to excellent patient care and reassures that staff and equipment have passed the ACR’s rigorous evaluation. The SOMC Cancer Center is the first and only center in the region to hold this accreditation. “We are very pleased to have received our certificate of approval from the ACR,” Wendi Waugh, administrative director of the SOMC Cancer Center, said. “This accreditation provides a high level of confidence for our patients, referring physicians and other organizations that only the highest quality care is offered at the SOMC Cancer Center.” In addition to the assurance and competitive edge this accreditation offers, insurance companies such as Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and ANTHEM recognize the value of ACR accreditation programs. The accreditation is a three-year acknowledgement from ACR and begins a nine-year period that the SOMC Radiation Oncology department has attained the accreditation. The SOMC Cancer Center will apply for re-accreditation in three years. To learn more about the excellent services provided at the SOMC Cancer Center, please visit www.somc.org/cancer or call 740-356-7490.


SOMC Held Winter Wonderland Tea Fundraiser


Winter Wonderland Tea

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently hosted the 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland Tea, a fundraiser for the SOMC Endowment Fund. The event featured a served meal, live entertainment by Frank Sinatra impersonator, Michael Sonata and valuable door prizes. More than 300 attended (pictured above). The fundraiser continues with the Train and Merchant Expo, Nov. 27-28 and the Polar Express Party, Nov. 29. The SOMC Endowment Fund provides long-term financial support for special projects such as equipment purchases, professional educational opportunities, linking with other health-related community organizations or facility or service expansion. For more information about Winter Wonderland activities, please call the Friends Community Center at 740-356-7101.


SOMC Announces Friends Scholarship Recipients


The Friends of SOMC, a fundraising and supportive organization for programs and services of Southern Ohio Medical Center, has announced the recipients of the 2010 Friends of SOMC Scholarships.

Each year the Friends award scholarships to qualified applicants pursuing studies in a health-related field. Applicants qualify with a connection to SOMC through themselves or a parent, guardian or spouse. This year’s recipients are Cassandra Falls, Logan Barrick, Brooke Davis, Zachary Lang and Lacie Crabtree.

The Friends Scholarship is $1,000 per school year for each applicant, divided into $500 payments for fall and winter semesters.


SOMC Offers Performance Enhancement Center for Athletes

SOMC offers a Performance Enhancement Center for athletes of all levels. Shown above is SOMC LIFE Center employee Brad Zieber (right) training Andrew Cline (center) and Matthew Chandlen (left) for an upcoming triathlon.

November 16, 2010 » Southern Ohio Medical Center offers a Performance Enhancement Center (PEC) for athletes of all levels, ages 10 and up. The PEC program has helped countless students and athletes improve their speed, agility, power and strength prior the start of the season.

The man behind it all, Brad Zieber, exercise physiologist, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist and FMS Certified. Brad meets with 10 to 15 clients a week and during the summer he averages 40 a week, training them for football, basketball, volleyball, baseball and a wide array of other sports.

“I work with clients for a six-week period, three days a week,” Zieber said. “We use the SOMC LIFE Center and the Outpatient Rehab Center. We utilize a high-speed treadmill, the pool and other equipment to increase hand-eye coordination, flexibility and overall performance.”

Brad takes his job one step further, when he asks for his client’s sports schedules and attends their games.

“Once I’ve seen the kids in action, I can do my job better. I can see where their speed is or other areas they need to improve,” he said. “I can also see their competition on the field or the court. This helps me see the areas they are underachieving in, so I can help them improve in these areas and overachieve.”

“I’ve been in PEC since seventh grade and now I’m a junior,” said Joey Aeh, Greenup football player. “We start PEC with latter drills and treadmill exercises, strength work, pull a tire across the room, core exercises, fast pass and quick moving exercises; I’m usually exhausted when I get home.”

Andrew Cline and Matthew Chandlen, 20, are training with Brad at PEC for the upcoming Tough Mudder team challenge triathlon. They say Brad pushes them to the limits without causing injury. Cline adds that there is no better workout than in PEC.

In addition to the rigorous workouts and tough training, Brad genuinely cares about his clients and makes a point to get to know them.

“It’s not like when the session is over and Brad’s not getting paid anymore, that he moves on, he checks in and wishes us luck before the season, he builds a relationship with us,” Aeh added.

Aeh’s mom, Christy explained that Brad has been a positive influence and role model in Joey’s life during these formative years. She says the PEC program has helped Joey in sports and Brad has made a point to get to know the kids. Christy hopes that the training at PEC with Brad will help Joey get a college scholarship.

For more information about the SOMC Performance Enhancement Center, please call 740-356-7572 or stop by the SOMC Portsmouth LIFE Center, 1202 18th St.