SOMC Offers Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Starts. Dec. 6

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.


Southern Ohio Medical Center will offer a Diabetes Prevention and Control Program Dec. 6 for anyone with type I or II diabetes or diagnosed as pre-diabetic. The program is funded by a $200,000 grant awarded to SOMC by the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Healthy Ohio/Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction. The program is offered in a 10-week session format. For each week of the program, participants will meet for two hours to focus on education topics related to diabetes self-management, as well as the importance of fitness and exercise. The second hour of the session will feature group exercise at the SOMC LIFE Center. “We want to ensure that participants have all the resources necessary to successfully manage the disease on their own once the program is complete,” Tiffany Hadsell, diabetes educator, said. “Not only will this include one-on-one education time with clinical dieticians, exercise physiologists and diabetes experts, but we’ll also provide important supplies needed to monitor the disease, like glucometers, test strips and lancets.” “We hope that this combination of components will create life-changing and life-long results for our community,” she added. “The need for this education is clearly there and we’re happy to finally have the funding to do something about it.” The group will meet on the SOMC campus and a physician’s order is needed to enroll in the program. For more information or to enroll, please speak with your primary care physician or contact the SOMC Diabetes Education Department at 356-2627.


SOMC Rehab Care Unit Offers Stroke Support Group


The Rehab Care Unit at Southern Ohio Medical Center offers a monthly support group for patients and family members suffering from a stroke. The Moving Forward After Stroke Support Group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Nov. 24 in the Rehab Care Unit Conference Room, located on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth. Belinda Carter will be the key speaker for the event and will present education on the anatomy and function of the brain following a stroke. Pre-registration is not required and the meeting is open to everyone. For more information, please call Belinda Carter, program director of the SOMC Rehab Care Unit, at 740-356-8629.


SOMC Celebrates Veteran’s Day

Southern Ohio Medical Center celebrated Veteran’s Day Nov. 11 with a program honoring those who have served and continue to serve our country, in particular veterans employed by SOMC.

Randy Arnett, SOMC President and CEO presented opening remarks and Jason Coriell of SOMC Pastoral Care, gave the invocation. The Boy Scouts of America, Troup 12 chartered to the Cornerstone United Methodist Church, presented the flag. Pictured is Emily Gollihue from the West High School Choir, leading the crowd with the Star Spangled Banner.

Bobby Blanton, RN of the SOMC Rehab Care Unit sang two patriotic songs and veteran Dr. John Kasper was the keynote speaker. Following Dr. Kasper in the program was the West High School Choir and Chuck Kurtz from SOMC Biomedical Engineering, performing Taps.

A special thanks to the more than 100 people in attendance, the West High School Choir, the Boy Scouts of America and most of all, the veterans.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, SOMC has created a video tribute. To watch the video, please visit the SOMC YouTube channel.

SOMC Participated In Training Event Vital To Emergency Preparedness

Blu Med Training

Southern Ohio Medical Center, the Emergency Management Agency, southeast regional hospitals and area public health agencies participated in a BLU-MED training exercise, Nov. 5 at the Athens County Fairgrounds. Southern Ohio Medical Center sent 20 Code Orange team members to the event. Shown above is the group assembling the BLU-MED mobile hospital. The BLU-MED Response System is a portable unit that can offer disaster medical facilities or mobile shelter solutions. BLU-MED’s facilities include state-of-the-industry portable fabric shelters, which enable communities to rapidly respond to large-scale disasters with facilities when and where they are needed. Southeast Ohio has two, 12-bed BLU-MED facilities and two, 25-bed BLU-MED facilities to support incident response needs. If available, they may be loaned to hospitals for medical use. These units can be used to serve as patient care areas or mobile command units. The funding for the BLU-MED facilities was provided from the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response Grant through the Ohio Department of Health, Healthcare Preparedness Program.

SOMC Lucasville Family Practice Receives Grant

SOMC Lucasville Family Practice Receives Grant

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Lucasville Family Practice recently received a $3,500 grant entitled the “Office Champions Smoking Cessation Pilot Program” from the Pfizer and American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Shelia Whiteley, chief resident, applied for the grant through an application and essay summarizing the need for education and a smoking cessation program in the Scioto County area. Lucasville Family Practice was one of 50 medical offices across the country selected to participate. “In the essay, I pointed out the fact that our program could impact residents in their formative years with new smoking cessation protocols,” Whiteley explained. “I also shared my belief that early and consistent smoking cessation messages, along with medication, have had some impact with my patients.” Dr. Whiteley will use the grant money to implement office-wide, systemic change to impact smoking cessation rates. She will also attend smoking cessation education and collaborate with colleagues to implement the program. The grant program will run from November 2010 through June 2011 and will include pre and post chart reviews to collect data. For more information about the Smoking Cessation Pilot Program, please call the Lucasville Family Practice at 740-259-5699.

SOMC Held 3rd Annual Nursing Research Symposium

SOMC Riverview Retirement Center Recognizes Coffee Shop Volunteers

Coffee Shop Volunteers

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Riverview Retirement Center offers a variety of activities year-round for its residents. The community offers a coffee shop, grocery store, walking club, beauty salon and gardening club, just to name a few. The coffee shop is open 8-10 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Monday- Friday for residents and is ran by volunteers. They offer regular and decaf coffee, pastries, fellowship and games. The volunteers of the coffee shop recently gathered together for an outing to Applebee’s. Standing (l to r) is Opal Dialis, Lovella Litz, Kay Werner, Pat Gallaher and Charolette Bice. Seated ( l to r) is Kathey Moller and Akla Galloway. Riverview welcomes those 62 years of age or handicapped to become residents. The SOMC Riverview Retirement Center consists of two beautifully restored historic hotels, The Biggs House and the Washington House, both turn-of-the-century buildings overlook the scenic Ohio river and are joined by a magnificently landscaped courtyard with a beautiful back drop of the infamous floodwall murals. “Riverview is very affordable,” Tim Graham, administrator for Riverview, said. “The rent is based on your annual income. All apartments are furnished with a stove, refrigerator, central heat and air and the units have a variety of floor plan layouts, with rental fees including utilities and a reduced rate for cable television.” At the SOMC Riverview Retirement Center, you can make new friends, live in a secure environment and participate in scheduled monthly activities. For more information, please visit the Riverview Retirement Center, 500 Second St. in Portsmouth or call at 740-353-1128.

SOMC to Host Third Annual Nursing Research Symposium


Nursing Research SymposiumSouthern Ohio Medical Center recently hosted its Third Annual Nursing Research Symposium. More than 60 nurses, faculty and nursing students attend the event, Oct. 25. SOMC partnered with Shawnee State University, Marshall University and Riverside Methodist Hospital to educate attendees on various research topics, including minimal lift environment, resilience, childhood obesity and heart failure. Shown above speaking about “Prevalence and Perception of Obesity in a Group of Children In An After School Program is Mary Kathryn Gould, EdD, RD, LD-MSU.



SOMC Wins Distinctive Workplace Award

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received notification from Press Ganey Associates, Inc. that the organization has received the 2010 Distinctive Workplace Award.

“This is a great honor for our organization,” said President and CEO Randy Arnett. “This award recognizes that our employees love what they do and take pride in practicing their gifts right here at SOMC.”

Press Ganey currently partners with more than 10,000 health care facilities (including more than 40 percent of U.S. hospitals) to measure and improve the quality of their care. The company’s databases are the largest in the industry and allow facilities nationwide to benchmark their results against peer organizations.

The award is given based on Press Ganey clients who have reached and maintained the 95th percentile or better in employee satisfaction. Southern Ohio Medical Center currently stands at the 98th percentile for overall employee satisfaction.

SOMC has been recognized nationally and statewide for employee satisfaction. SOMC has been named to the FORTUNE Great Places to Work list three years in a row and is ranked number one the Ohio’s Best Employer list. SOMC was most recently ranked 6th in the nation of Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine.

“Without the dedication and high-level of quality our staff provide every day, we would not be considered for such designations. We are proud of our team of experts at SOMC and are proud to offer the best to our community in quality care,” Arnett said.

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SOMC To Kick-Off Holiday Season With Annual Winter Wonderland Event

“Without the dedication and high-level of quality our staff provide every day, we would not be considered for such designations. We are proud of our team of experts at SOMC and are proud to offer the best to our community in quality care,” Arnett said.

Winter Wonderland

Southern Ohio Medical Center is ready to kick-start the holiday season with its second annual Winter Wonderland fundraiser celebration. All events will take place at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth.

The weeklong event will begin Friday, Nov. 19 with the elegant Winter Wonderland Ball. The formal, black-tie affair will feature a catered, sit-down dinner with live entertainment. “The ball is our biggest and most well-attended event during Winter Wonderland,” said Jennifer Schackart, manager of the Friends Community Center. “The event is comprised of various levels of sponsorships with the proceeds benefitting the SOMC Endowment Fund.”

Schackart said rather than the many decorated trees of celebrations past, the event will feature four professionally decorated trees up for raffle and a variety of auction items including autographed sports memorabilia, trips and many other surprises. On Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 11:30 a.m., attendees can enjoy a served meal, live entertainment and a chance at valuable door prizes during the Winter Wonderland Tea.

“We are very excited about this event,” said Shawn Jordan, administrative director of Community Relations, Volunteers and the Friends Community Center. “We will have wonderful catered food and entertainment in a ‘tea-party’ atmosphere which will feature fine teas from the Jackson Tea Caddy.” Jordan said tickets are already going quickly.

The cost is $15 per person and can be purchased at the Friends Community Center. Only 400 seats will be available and open seating is on a first come, first serve basis. The Train and Merchant Expo will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 27 and 12 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 28 at the SOMC Friends Community Center.

Tickets are $2 per person and children five and under are free. The Winter Wonderland celebration ends with the Polar Express Pajama Party from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29. Children of all ages are encouraged to jump into their pajamas and enjoy an evening of food, games, hot chocolate and the classic holiday film, The Polar Express.

The SOMC Coterie Guild will host this year’s Polar Express Party. Santa will also make a special appearance. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $2 per person, or free to children one year and under.

Activity tickets are $.25 each or five for $1. For additional information, please call the Friends Community Center at 740-356-7101.