June, 2011

SOMC Lab Passes CAP Inspection

The Laboratory Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently passed an unannounced inspection from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Inspectors visited the laboratories at the SOMC Main Campus, SOMC Anticoagulation Clinic, the SOMC Cancer Center and the SOMC Urgent Care Centers in Portsmouth and Wheelersburg.

Dr. Vincent Randaisi, the laboratory’s medical director, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellent services being provided. The SOMC lab is on of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program began in the early 1960’s and is recognized the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program.

“We participate in an onsite inspection every two years,” Bridgett Scott, director of SOMC Laboratory Services, said. “The onsite inspection is used to verify compliance, assess the overall quality of the lab and to identify deficiencies that can affect the quality of laboratory performance.”

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program offers the most complete array of disciplines and testing procedures available in today’s laboratory. The program also accommodates all testing sites, ensuring consistent levels of service throughout institutions and health care systems.

“We are very proud and thankful for the employees and other departments that help laboratory services maintain high standards and give us the opportunity to provide excellent care for our patients and the community.” Scott added.

SOMC To Celebrate National Cancer Survivor’s Day

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host a National Cancer Survivor’s Day celebration to honor and recognize local cancer survivors and their families. The celebration is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 5 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street in Portsmouth.

“We look forward to celebrating cancer survivors at this event every year,” Wendi Waugh, administrative director of the SOMC Cancer Center, said. “It’s a wonderful time to remember the journey they have gone through and to rejoice in the victory they have overcome. “

Cancer survivors and their families are invited to join us for food, door prizes and entertainment by Doc Roc and The Remedies. Registration by May 30 is requested and can be made by calling 740-356-7490.

Mom Prom Raises $1,400 For Relay For Life

The SOMC Pink Warriors Relay For Life Team recently held a fundraiser and collected more than $1,400 for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life project of Scioto County. The “Mom Prom” themed fundraiser had participants dressed up in prom dresses from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and they enjoyed an evening of dancing and prizes. The SOMC Cancer Center donated the location for the event and local disc jockey Jim Schmidt donated his services. The Pink Warriors team consists of SOMC employees and cancer survivors. Shown above at the “Mom Prom” is (from left) Dana Gallaher, Shelly Deemer, Carrie Knight, Kristen Swords and Kristi Coleman, co-captain of the SOMC Pink Warriors Relay For Life team.

ACS Offers Prostate Cancer Support Group

Man to Man® is an American Cancer Society (ACS) support program for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. The support group will meet at 5 p.m. June 7 at the SOMC Cancer Center located at 1121 Kinney’s Lane in Portsmouth. The group invites guest speakers and meets on the first Tuesday of every month. For more information or to register please call the ACS Cancer Resource Center at 740-356-7606 or 1-888-227-6446.