July, 2011


SOMC LIFE Center To Temporarily Close For Renovations

The SOMC LIFE Center in Portsmouth will temporarily close August 11-14 for renovations. The LIFE Center offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor gymnasium, group fitness classes and an indoor pool.

“We have worked hard to organize several projects at the same time, so we will be closed for the least amount of time possible, “ Gary Coovert, director of the SOMC LIFE Center, said. “It is important to keep the center in excellent condition to provide the best services possible. Just like our customers, we need to stay in shape too.”

The pool, Cardiac Rehabilitation and all entities of the LIFE Center will be closed and all fitness classes at the Portsmouth location will be canceled for the duration of the repairs.

While the LIFE Center is closed, SOMC plans to replace flooring in the lobby and refinish the gymnasium, walking track and aerobic room floors as well as reseal the showers in the locker rooms.

The SOMC Rehabilitation, physical therapy and the Friends Community Center will be open during August 11-14. All normal activities and appointments will continue as scheduled.

SOMC LIFE Center customers are encouraged to continue their workouts at SOMC’s other locations including the Wheelersburg LIFE Center and the Lucasville LIFE Center.

The Wheelersburg LIFE Center is located at 8430 Hayport Rd. in Wheelersburg and is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 740-574-4022.

The Lucasville LIFE Center is located at 10617 U.S. 23 in Lucasville and is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 740-259-5433.

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. August 2 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.

SOMC, Dodson Win Telly Award For Veteran Video

Shown with the Telly Award is Chuck Kurtz, technician for SOMC Bio Medical Engineering and veteran of the U.S. Marines (left) and Andrew Dodson (right).
Southern Ohio Medical Center has been awarded a Telly Award for 2011. As part of the 32nd Annual Telly Award competition, a video created by SOMC’s Visual Media Specialist Andrew Dodson was selected by the The Telly Awards and Silver Telly Council to receive this prestigious honor.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1978 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable TV commercials. According the Telly website, non-broadcast video and TV program categories were later added, leading to 200 categories for entries. Today, the Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies.

Dodson created a special tribute video for Veterans Day, November 10, 2010. The touching memoir features SOMC employees who are veterans reflecting on their experiences in while on active duty or at war.

“It was an honor to make this video for Veterans Day,” Dodson said. “All veterans are heroes and they deserve to be recognized. I hope this video demonstrates our appreciation for their service.”

To view the Veterans Day video, please visit the SOMC YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/somcportsmouth.

Tucker Welcomed At SOMC

Keith Tucker, D.O., a physician specializing in Emergency Medicine, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Tucker received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. He completed an internship at Southern Ohio Medical Center and a residency in Emergency Medicine at Synergy Medical Education Alliance in Saginaw, Mich.

Dr. Tucker is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association.

Dr. Tucker can be reached by calling the SOMC Emergency Department at 740-356-8240.

SOMC Offers Stroke Support Group, July 27

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. July 27 in the Rehab Care Unit Conference Room, located on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth.

Marie Schmidt and Angela Clay from the Area Agency on Aging District 7 are the key speakers for the evening and they will present education on community services and caregiver support after stroke. Pre-registration is not required and the meeting is open to the community.

The SOMC Rehab Care Unit is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and recently earned Stroke Specialty accreditation by CARF reviewers.

For more information, please call Belinda Carter, program director of the SOMC Rehab Care Unit, at 740-356-8629.

SOMC Breaks Ground For New Waverly Urgent Care Center

Southern Ohio Medical Center held a groundbreaking ceremony July 19 for the new SOMC Waverly Urgent Care and Specialty Center. D.K.M. Construction of Pike County broke ground on the 16,000-square-foot project July 6 and it’s slated for completion in 2012, weather permitting. The facility will provide urgent care 365 days a year and will also offer a variety of rotating specialty services.

Shown at the ground breaking ceremony is (from left) Steve Conley, SOMC board member; Gary Duzan, SOMC board member; David Fowler, SOMC board member; Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC; Elvis Walters, RN, nurse manager of the SOMC Waverly Urgent Care and Specialty Services Center; Dale Reed, mayor of Waverly; Dennis K. Martin, owner of D.K.M. Construction, Inc. and general contractor; Mark Dye, architect from URS Corporation.

SOMC Helps Man Walk Again

Physical Therapy Assistant Lisa Davis (left) and Exercise Physiologist Brad Zieber (right) help Kody Kennard work on strengthening his muscles to once again walk independently following a motorcycle accident last September, which left him paralyzed.

Kody Kennard was just like any other 21-year-old free-spirited young man, enjoying life, friends and his freedom. On September 9, 2010 Kennard was on his way to work at the power plant when a drunk driver backed out of a driveway and hit him. He was driving almost 60 miles per hour on his motorcycle.The accident broke Kennard’s spinal cord, right arm, right collarbone and every rib on the right side of his body. A broken rib on his left side even punctured his lung.

“I was in a coma for eight days and when I woke up, the doctor said I would never walk again,” Kennard said. “It was devastating, but I told them they were wrong.”

After three months in the hospital, Kennard left in a wheelchair—as well as with a plate in his right arm, another in the right side of his collarbone, plus two rods and 10 bolts in his back. But through months of physical therapy at the SOMC Life Center, the support of loved ones, and sheer determination, he is now able to walk for short distances with the help of leg braces and a walker.

“When I got home I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t take showers by myself or get into my wheelchair. I had to have assistance with everything,” he said. “But I was stubborn and determined to not just sit at home—I wanted to walk again.”

Kennard began training with Brad Zieber, exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer at the Portsmouth LIFE Center, who added strength workouts little by little in an effort to rebuild Kennard’s muscles and re-teach him how to move.

“I told him we had to treat these weaknesses like those of a baby, learning everything from scratch,” Zieber said. “When Kody first came in he couldn’t even sit on a bench by himself; we had to break everything down into very simple, functional movements. Now, amazingly, we’re working on walking.”

Physical therapist, Lisa Davis also works with Kody on a regular basis. She said, “He has been a remarkable person to work with. He is so determined and eager to improve. I do what I do for a reason and Kody is one of them. I get to see his recovery and know that I helped him.”

Kennard said he owes much of his success to the support of people like Zieber, Davis and his mother and girlfriend.

“After I got my leg braces, I started coming to the LIFE Center three days a week. I’m walking 500 feet at a time now with a walker—more than they told me I’d ever do,” Kennard said. “I’ve really had a lot of people helping, pushing me. That’s played a big part.”

“The first day he came in I asked, ‘What do you want out of this?’” Zieber said. “He said his goals were to get stronger, be independent, walk and drive again. And as hard as he’s working and progressing, I don’t see that as out of range. What he’s accomplished is beyond what anyone would expect.”
By this time next year, Kennard hopes he won’t need the wheelchair at all.

“The first thing everybody thinks is that their life’s over. And the first thing I’d tell them is that it’s not,” Kennard said. “It’s different, but it’s not over. Anything in life worth having is never going to be easy or free. If you fail 100 times and succeed once, that once is worth that 100 tries—and 100 more.

SOMC Honored Local Pre-Med Students

Southern Ohio Medical Center held a Pre-Med Dinner and Awards Ceremony June 30 at the SOMC Friends Community Center. Local students enrolled in medical school for the fall of 2011 and those applying to medical school in 2012 were invited to attend the special dinner. SOMC presented students with a Stedman’s Medical Dictionary.

Shown above at the Pre-Med Celebration is (back row, from left) Caleb Thiel, attending Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine; Jacob Hamm, attending Marshal University; Stephen Snodgrass, attending Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; (front row, from left) Chelsea Anderson, attending Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Herbie Otworth, attending Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Courtney Speck, attending Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Martings Foundation Presents Grant to SOMC

The Martings Foundation recently awarded a grant to Southern Ohio Medical Center for the annual Love Your Heart program. Love Your Heart is one of the most successful health education programs for kindergarten-aged children in the Scioto County area. Area schools attend the event that is presented by SOMC staff and volunteers. Pictured at the check donation, from left to right, are Korina Eichenlaub, RN; Julia Wisniewski, Martings Foundation member; Amy Fraulini, Director of SOMC Heart and Critical Care Services; Teresa Barnett, RN and Tony Smith, RN.