September, 2011


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. October 4 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 CancerResource Center at 740-356-7606 or 1-888-227-6446.

SOMC To Offer Diabetes Self-Management Class

Southern Ohio Medical Center will offer a Diabetes Self-Management Education Program during the month of October for those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

“We listened to the feedback from our previous diabetes class participants and have implemented options that will make it easier for people to attend our educational sessions,” Tiffany Hadsell, RN, diabetes clinical educator at Southern Ohio Medical Center, said. “The class will last five weeks and will meet for one-hour sessions. There are four locations and times to choose from so the participants can find one that bests suits their schedule.”

The program begins October 3 and ends October 31. Participants may choose one of four locations and times: Mondays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the SOMC Gibson building, located on the SOMC East Campus; Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the SOMC Lucasville Life Center; Tuesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. at the SOMC Gibson building, located on the SOMC East Campus and from 6 to 7 p.m. at the SOMC Wheelersburg Rehabilitation Facility.

“Throughout the course, we plan to discuss diabetes complications, nutrition, monitoring, sick days, foot care, emotions and medications,” Hadsell added. “There is a lot of education about diabetes and we want to make it as accessible as possible to help people better manage their daily lives with diabetes.”

A physician referral is required. There is a fee associated with the class; billing questions can be called to 740-356-8182. Referrals must be faxed to Central Scheduling at 740-353-1363 or called in at 740-356-8128. For more information, please call the SOMC Diabetes Education Office at 740-356-2627

Gift Of Hope Boutique Now Open

Genesis Oxygen and Home Medical Equipment held it’s grand opening of the Gift Of Hope Boutique, Sept. 28. The boutique offers a variety of cancer and breast cancer awareness merchandise, swimsuits, post mastectomy/lumpectomy prosthesis, bras, post-reconstruction products and much more. Program Director and Certified Fitter Karyn Sexton said, “We are happy to open a boutique that provides a convenient one-stop shop for cancer patients, survivors and members of our community.” Shown above at the grand opening is (from left) Pat Baldwin, mastectomy fitter, Sexton and Ashley Blair, sales associate. The boutique is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and is located in the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth. For more information call 740-356-7575.

SOMC Palliative Care Provides More Than Just Healthcare

SOMC Palliative Care patient Jennie Cline (right) and Jenni Smathers, RN, (left) have formed a special bond through Jennie’s on-call care of Cline as she battles pancreatic cancer.
When Jennie Cline, 79 of Portsmouth, was first referred to Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Palliative Care program, she wasn’t sure what the program would offer or how it could help her. She didn’t realize that she would make a life-long friend that would help her battle pancreatic cancer.

“Palliative care is a form of one-on-one home-based treatment that specializes in reducing the severity, symptoms and stress of a serious chronic illness, such as cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease or kidney failure,” Chad Lore, liaison of SOMC Palliative Care, said. “It’s not hospice or limited to end-of-life care.”

In December 2010, Cline’s pain began to increase and she consulted Dr. Summers at the SOMC Cancer Center. He referred her to the SOMC Palliative Care program.

When Cline met Jenni Smathers, RN, Palliative Care RN Case Manager at SOMC, they formed an instant bond. Smathers became more than just a nurse who checked on Cline after treatments, Jenni became a caregiver, a confidant, a reliable source for education and supporter as she would go to Cline’s home and assess her pain, check her vital signs and provide emotional support.

“I know I can call Jenni day or night if I need something,” Cline said. “Having a nurse and friend available reassures me that I can make it through the night or make it through my treatment.”

In addition to the individualized one-on-one care the program offers, it also helps ease the burden on family when taking care of a loved one, especially with a chronic disease.

Cline’s niece Sandi Frazer echoed her sentiments, “I have peace of mind because I know that no matter what my aunt my need, someone, a nurse, will be able to help her. This is the best program I’ve seen. They provide wonderful care and love.”

The program is offered 24-hours a day through an on-call interdisciplinary team of experts including nursing case managers, physicians and social workers. Other skilled disciplines may be consulted when needed to provide the patient and their family members with the best care possible. The team can provide in-home blood draws, education, pain management and emotional support.

Cline said, “Participating in Palliative Care has helped me with my treatments, my attitude, my outlook and that support, along with family and faith will help me get through this.”

A patient, family member, friend, nurse or physician may initiate referrals. For more information about the SOMC Palliative Care Program, or to refer a patient, please call the Palliative Care Office at 353-2567.

SOMC To Offer Peripheral Artery Disease Screening

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Services will offer a peripheral artery disease screening from 6 to 9 p.m. September 27 and 29 in the SOMC Heart and Vascular Associates office located at 1711 27th Street, Braunlin Building, Suite 206 in Portsmouth.

The screening is open to the community and free of charge. Those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or heart disease are encouraged to attend. If additional follow-up testing or further evaluation is needed, as a result of the screening, it will be billed accordingly.

“Each patient appointment should last approximately 15 minutes for the procedure,” Ashley Salyers, community and diabetes education coordinator at SOMC, said. “Pressure cuffs are placed around the patient’s upper arms and ankles and a small ultrasound device is used to measure the systolic pressures in their limbs.”

The test determines the blockage of the arteries and determines if there is artery damage. Those who smoke or have a family history of heart problems are invited. Space is limited and appointments are required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 740-356-2720.

SOMC Names New Manager of Performance Management

Deanne Malone has been named the Manager of Performance Management at Southern Ohio Medical Center. In this new role, Malone will be responsible for developing and overseeing performance management programs including the salary and wage program, job description process, and the competency and performance evaluation process.

Malone joined SOMC in 1998 and has previously worked in Decision Support, Claims Processing and the Foundation. She has been in Human Resources for the past five years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Shawnee State University.

Malone currently resides in Portsmouth with her family.

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, Sept. 20

The Heart and Vascular Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center have formed a local chapter of the Mended Hearts program and will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. in Portsmouth.

The Mended Hearts, Inc. is a national nonprofit support organization that includes heart patients, spouses, healthcare professionals and others interested in helping patients with the emotional recovery from heart disease. With 280 community-based chapters nationwide, Mended Hearts has 24,000 members, making it the largest heart-related patient support group.

“Members assist cardiac patients with an extensive accredited visitors program, support groups, health information workshops, social and special events and other volunteer activities,” Keri Imm, nurse manager of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at SOMC, said. “Mended Hearts has been offering hope and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers for 50 years and the outreach and support is a proven benefit to the community.”

Imm adds that while heart patient-to-patient visits are the core of the Mended Hearts’ program, volunteers do not have to be a patient. Caregivers, family members of patients, physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals and anyone else interested are invited to participate.

For more information or to reserve your seat, please call 740-356-7663.

300 Participate Annual Run For Your LIFE

 More than 300 runners participated in the 34th annual Run For Your LIFE community races September 3 at the SOMC LIFE Center.

Overall male and female winners in the 5-K race were Thomas Deck and Maddie McAllister, while overall winners in the 10-K event were Eddie Neel and Beth Malone. The male and female Pump and Run winners were Jeremy Kaltenbach and Kimberly Lashley.

5-K winners in each age and gender group included: Male: 1-15, Jeffrey McCambridge, Cody Hagler, Ben Ottens; Female: 1-15, Cara Coldiron, Bethany Blanton, Brianna Blanton; Male: 16-19, Daniel Evory, Zack Kammler, Austin New; Female: 16-19, Becky Deacon, Emily Maple, Shae Cartee; Male: 20-24, Cory Howard, Cory Collins, Shane Keen; Female: 20-24, Rebecca Finley, Hali Cassidy, Megan Boggs; Male: 25-29, Steven Peach, Scott Lemaster, Joe Clark; Female: 25-29, Ashley Bennett (pump), Emily Harner, Andrea Reed, Amanda Spriggs; Male: 30-34, Greg Guess, Marion Hochstetler (pump), Brett Davis, Greg Young; Female: 30-34, Kellie Fields, Heidi Ziegler, Cathy Maddox; Male: 35-39, Jeremy Kaltenbach (pump), Dave Angelicchi, Tim Buckle, Shane Rhea; Female: 35-39, Amy Rase, Monica Keeton, Eleanor Trone; Male: 40-44, Michael Jones, Todd Worthington, Ed Dickens; Female: 40-44, Denise Began, Kimberly Lashley (pump), Kim Gulley, Tina Howe; Male: 45-49, Thomas Cooper, John Hall, Raymond Queen; Female: 45-49, Melody Messer, Teresa Farley; Male: 50-54, Carl Becker, Roy Smith, Troy Joyce; Female: 50-54, Cathy Lavender, Suzanne Kingery, Laurel Fitch; Male: 55-59, Keith Maddox, Bill Varney, Frank James; Female: 55-59, Therea Kline, Vonnie Lodwick, Robin Stanley; Male: 60-64, John Grimm, Butch Stall, Robert Bryan; Female: 60-64, Betty Neff, Brenda Hale; Male: 65-99, Larry Neff, Glenn Leesburg, Alfred Hale; Female: 65-99, Barbara Pixley

10-K winners in each age and gender group included: Male: 16-19, JJ Kingery, James Nichols; Male: 20-24, Dane Palla; Male: 25-29, Brandon Vansickle, Matt Rogers, Rob Johnson; Female: 25-29, Dorothy Acevedo, Sarah Eggar, Amy Kleski; Male: 30-34, Derrick Carver, Roy Canterbury; Female: 30-34, Regina Tipton, Irene Gillenwater; Male: 35-39, Chris Hickman, Tim Mollett, Jaden Smith; Female: 35-39, Angie Welch, Leigh Ann Keeton, Angee Tuggle; Male: 40-44, Matthew Hart, John Walsh, Alan Siebel; Female: 40-44, Angela Walsh, Leigh Gerlach, Tami Coleman; Male: 45-49, Greg Lands, Brian Shope, Chris Rapp; Female: 45-49, Sharon Welsh, Lisa Duncan; Male: 50-54, David Maynard, Tim Cyrus, Marty Redden; Female: 50-54, Peggy Kindinger; Male: 55-59, Greg Malone, Mike Thompson, Mark Hunter; Female: 55-59, Jean Schmidt, Jennifer Black, Becky Thompson; Male: 60-64, Delmar Scowden, Russ Sommers; Male: 65-99, Kou Liu.

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. September 21 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.