2011


SOMC Welcomes 50 New Junior Volunteers

The 2011 Class of Junior Volunteers for Southern Ohio Medical Center participated in orientation the week of June 5. About 50 participants, ages 15-18 representing all area schools will provide support for the services and programs of SOMC throughout the summer. The volunteers will work in departments such as Microbiology, Grounds and Gardens, Medical Records and Same Day Surgery. Some of the volunteers are scheduled to work at other SOMC campuses such as the SOMC Cancer Center, Hospice, Lucasville Rehab and physician offices. Shown at volunteer orientation is Debbie Shaw, secretary for SOMC Volunteer Services (top left) and Jenny Lavender, manager for SOMC Volunteer Services (top right) with the new junior volunteers. For more information about SOMC’s Volunteer Program, call 740-356-8234.

SOMC Emergency Wins Trauma Award

The Southern Ohio Medical Center Emergency Department was recently presented the “Golden Hour Award” for excellence in trauma care by Grant Medical Center Trauma Services.

The award was presented during the 2nd Annual Appreciation Luncheon, June 1 in Columbus, Ohio. Director of Trauma Services at Grant Medical Services Dr. Ron Paul presented the award to representatives from SOMC. Marietta Memorial Hospital, Pike Community Hospital, Doctor’s Hospital and Grant Medical Center were in attendance.

“It was an honor to receive this award,” Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, administrative director of Nursing for Emergency, Pediatrics and Outpatient Services at SOMC, said. “The ‘Golden Hour Award’ demonstrates our ongoing commitment to excellence in patient care.”

Shown at the award presentation is (from left) Jason Ross, RN, nurse manager of SOMC Emergency Department; AJ Foit, RN, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Emergency Department; Dr. Ron Paul; Dr. Jason Cheatham, medical director of SOMC Emergency Services; Heather Johnson, RN, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Emergency Department; Dr. Salita Kaistha, emergency medicine resident and Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs.

SOMC Offers Stroke Support Group, June 22

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. June 22 in the Rehab Care Unit Conference Room, located on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth.

Jodi Cooper is the key speaker for the evening and will present education about speech, language and swallowing disorders after a 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 Celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently celebrated National Cancer Survivor’s Day at the SOMC Friends Community Center. Cancer survivors and their loved ones filled the Friends Center and enjoyed dancing, food and entertainment provided by “Doc Roc and the Remedies.”

The Minford High School cheerleaders and SOMC volunteers helped to make the event a success. SOMC Cancer Center physicians, Dr. Liu, Dr. Chang and Dr. Summers sponsored a record-breaking amount of giveaways. Many area businesses also made donations.

National Cancer Survivors Day is held annually in thousands of communities throughout the country on the first Sunday in June. It is a symbolic and celebratory event to demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality. Pictured at the celebration is (from left), Dr. Li-Fen Chang, senior medical director of Radiation Oncology at SOMC, cancer survivor Geneva Dravenstott and Dr. Thomas Summers, medical oncologist at SOMC.

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.

Greenup Baseball Team Donates to SOMC

The Greenup County High School Musketeers baseball team went “Pink” during their game on May 12. In honor of Mother’s Day and in support of breast cancer awareness, the team wore pink jerseys and socks and the field was painted with pink breast cancer awareness ribbons. The Greenup County Baseball Boosters, the Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity teams, coaches Greg Logan, Steve Logan, Donnie Rowe, Chris Hughes and Kevin Harper arranged the evening and raised $1,000, which was donated to the Southern Ohio Medical Center Breast Cancer Compassion Fund-a fund that provides assistance to local breast cancer patients. Pictured are members of the team and their mothers.