August, 2011


SOMC Offers CPAP Education Clinic

According to the National Institute of Health, sleep apnea affects more than twelve million Americans. SOMC’s Sleep Diagnostic Center offers a CPAP education clinic to provide sleep apnea patients with the ability to manage their disease process and to increase CPAP therapy compliance.

“Insurance guidelines are beginning to require documentation of compliance for patients to continue CPAP therapy,” Michelle Lyons, supervisor of Sleep Disorders at SOMC, said. “Our goal is to help patients better understand CPAP therapy so they will feel more comfortable and will be more likely to utilize the treatment.”

Donita Hackworth was diagnosed with sleep apnea a year ago and she struggled at first with the CPAP machine and couldn’t find a mask that would work for her.

“I found out about the CPAP clinic through a co-worker and I asked my doctor to order the clinic for me. Michelle was great and she worked patiently with me.” Hackworth said. “I tried several different CPAP masks at a time and it took a few months but I finally found one that worked for me. Before I was diagnosed, I had to save all of my energy just to go to work and now I’ve picked up long distance running like I used to do and I have enough energy to train for a marathon!”

Lyons added, “We tailor the CPAP clinic to meet the individual needs of our patients and we meet one-on-one to find the equipment that works best for them.”

There are several long-term health consequences of untreated sleep apnea such as high blood pressure, increased risk of stroke and heart attack, memory problems, headaches, weight gain and in some cases, diabetes. Untreated sleep apnea can result in sleepiness during the day that may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle accidents.

The educational clinic is open to any patient currently on treatment with mask fitting or toleration issues as well as newly diagnosed and those who have just begun treatment for sleep apnea. A physician order is required and SOMC offers an array of sleep studies. For more information, please contact the SOMC Sleep Diagnostic Center at 740-356-8822.

SOMC Welcomes Dr. Klepper


Sean M. Klepper, M.D., a physician specializing in pathology, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology.

Dr. Klepper received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. He completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Mass. and a fellowship in hematopathology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn.

Dr. Klepper can be reached by calling 740-356-8280.

SOMC Offers Breast Cancer Support Group

A breast cancer support group is offered by the SOMC Cancer Center and volunteers to provide ongoing support and fellowship to women diagnosed with breast cancer.

The group will meet at 1 p.m. August 17 at the SOMC Cancer Center, located at 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth. The support group meets on the third Wednesday of each month and guest speakers provide education and encouragement.

For more information, please call 740-356-7496.

Community Joins SOMC for a Nautical Adventure


Southern Ohio Medical Center and the SOMC Foundation hosted a Nautical Adventure fundraiser aboard the Belle of Cincinnati July 27. Shawnee State University was named the $5,000 winner of the event, and will use their grand-prize earnings to create a scholarship in the name of SOMC. Pictured at the check presentation are SSU President Dr. Rita Rice Morris (left) and SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett.
Community members set sail for an evening of entertainment and support of a good cause during the SOMC Foundation Board’s Nautical Adventure fundraiser, held July 27 aboard the Belle of Cincinnati riverboat.

More than 250 people attended the celebration to raise funds for the hospital’s Endowment—a long-term financial investment created to ensure that exceptional healthcare, training, technology and services are available to local communities for many generations to come.

“In an ever-changing environment, where healthcare funding is more uncertain than ever, organizations are building endowments to secure the stability and quality of community care,” Randy Arnett, president and CEO of Southern Ohio Medical Center, said. “SOMC is no exception, which is why we established our own Endowment in 2003.”

Since its creation, the fund has matured to $1.8 million and continues to grow through support during events like the Nautical Adventure, whose proceeds will be matched dollar-for-dollar by SOMC and added to the Endowment’s total.

“Though the Foundation Board and organization are committed to the growth of this fund, we would be nowhere without the continual support given to us by our local businesses, friends and residents during our annual celebrations,” Arnett said. “These events help better our community’s future and we’re always grateful for the generosity that we receive during them.”

In addition to dinner on the riverboat, many prizes were awarded during the Nautical Adventure, with Shawnee State University winning the grand prize of $5,000. The university will use their winnings toward the creation of a scholarship in the name of SOMC to benefit a Health Sciences student.

“SOMC is a vital part of this community and a valuable partner to Shawnee State, which is why we wanted to support the Foundations’ event,” Dr. Rita Rice Morris, president of Shawnee State University, said. “When our ticket was drawn, we were surprised and very excited. We feel that through this award the entire community has won because we are now able to help a health care professional complete his or her education.”

“It’s outstanding to know that our grand prize will go to a student who could potentially work at SOMC after graduation and we are honored that SSU would use their winnings in such a charitable way,” Arnett added. “It’s the icing on the cake to an exceptionally successful event and we thank everyone who donated toward our Endowment.”

SOMC Donates School Supplies to Benefit Community

Southern Ohio Medical Center employees donated more than 1,800 school supplies for local students during the 2011 United Way School Supply Drive. Pictured at the donation drop-off is (from left) Maureen Cadogan representing the Homeless Shelter, Mary Ann Peercy, United Way of Scioto County Executive Director, Beverly Stringer, SOMC United Way Champion and Emma Jean Adkins, SOMC Volunteer.

Employees of Southern Ohio Medical Center donated more than 1,800 school supply items for area children during the 2011 United Way School Supply Drive, which took place August 5 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 the gift basket prize drawings.

“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 supportive with their donations and we thank them for their continued dedication.”

SOMC Hospice Memorial Ride Raised $22,000


SOMC Hospice held its Third Annual Memorial Bike Ride, July 30. More than 200 motorcycle enthusiasts revved up their engines for a 60-mile police-escorted scenic drive through Scioto and Pike Counties.

“This event 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 and we felt it was important to follow through with his idea.”

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

The event and T-shirt sales collectively raised more than $22,000 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, American Legion Post 23, the Scioto Ribber, R&R Tents, Southern Moon, ABLE Ambulance, Gypze Roze, Amanda Eaton, The Party Connection and Mac-A-Doos for their generosity and continued support of SOMC.

Cancer Patients Invited to Look Good…Feel Better Program at SOMC

Southern Ohio Medical Center and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are helping to make female cancer patients feel more confident about their appearance through the Look Good…Feel Better support program-a national public service created by the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, the National Cosmetology Association and the ACS to help patients who have recently completed or are currently undergoing cancer treatment.

The program meets the second Tuesday of every month, with the next session taking place at 5 p.m. August 9 at the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth.

During the two-hour, hands-on workshop, attendees will participate in skin-care and make-up application lessons, proper nail-care techniques and will learn how to wear and create headscarves and turbans to mask hair loss. Each patient will be given their own make-up kit and will also have the opportunity to try on and learn more about receiving wigs through the ACS wig-bank.

Participation is free but registration is required. To register or for more information, please call 740-356-7606 or 1-888-227-6446.