ACS Offers Prostate Cancer Support Group

Cancer Center

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. April 5 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.

Cancer Center

SOMC Donates to Pike County YMCA

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently donated $5,000 to the Pike County YMCA in Waverly. Shown at the check presentation is (from l to r) Elvis Walters, RN and nurse manager, Vicki Noel, vice president of Human Resources and Organizational Development at SOMC, John Pennington, executive director of the Pike County YMCA, Rick Swain, vice president of the YMCA Board of Directors, Sharon Manson, secretary for the YMCA Board of Directors and Blaine Beekman, county commissioner and member of the YMCA Board of Directors. SOMC plans to open an Urgent Care Center in Waverly in the spring of 2012 and supports local organizations such as the YMCA in their growth and development.

Scioto County Area Foundation Donates to SOMC Hands of Hope

 The Scioto County Area Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the SOMC Hands of Hope program. Shown above at the check donation is (from l to r) Kim Cutlip, director of the Scioto County Area Foundation, Kimberlee Richendollar, breast health navigator at SOMC and Kelly Lawson, clinical manager of SOMC Oncology Services.

The SOMC Hands of Hope program provides free mammograms and breast diagnostic services for uninsured and underinsured women over the age of 40. The program also provides a Breast Health Navigator to help those affected by breast cancer and to bridge the gap between the physical aspects of breast cancer and the immediate needs throughout diagnosis, surgery and treatment. For more information, please call 740-356-PINK (7465).

SOMC Lichtenstein and Wound Healing Center Honored

Dr. Sonja Lichtenstein (left) received the Medical Director of the Year award from the National Healing Corporation. Scott Covington, National Healing Corporate Medical Director, presented the award.

Sonja Lichtenstein, M.D. has been named Medical Director of the Year for her work at the Southern Ohio Medical Center Wound Healing Center by National Healing Corporation, an industry leader accounting for approximately 30 percent of the nation’s managed and outsourced wound healing centers.

Dr. Lichtenstein is responsible for reviewing patient care and results, evaluating new clinical products and providing oversight and guidance on policies and procedures.

National Healing Corporate Medical Director Scott Covington, M.D., F.A.C.S. C.H.W.S. bestowed the award saying, “Sonja has recently achieved her hyperbaric board certification from the American Board of Preventative Medicine. She’s been instrumental in recruiting a talented and diverse group of panel physicians and played a big role in the center’s ability to expand.”

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Wound Healing Center was also honored with National Healing’s Front Runner Award for maximizing its resources to meet the growing needs of the community. Neva Moore, director of the Wound Healing Center, was acknowledged as one of four national finalists for the Program Director of the Year Award. Moore is responsible for all aspects of SOMC’s Wound Healing Center operations including, ensuring quality patient care, recruiting and hiring, compliance with federal and state guidelines, budgeting and fiscal policies and marketing and sales.

The honors were bestowed during a three-day clinical symposium in Orlando, Fla., attended by 450 wound healing physicians and clinicians from around the country who participated in briefings on new treatment options that may bring additional advances in the care of chronic wounds.

“Chronic wounds affect more than 6.5 million people across the nation and yet, according to a study, most medical students receive less than six hours of wound care education during their formal education,” said Dr. Lichtenstein. “It is an honor to work with the panel physicians and clinicians at the SOMC Wound Healing Center who have committed themselves to becoming specialists in this area.”

For more information about the SOMC Wound Healing Center, please call 740-356-8775 or visit www.somc.org

SOMC Honors Nurses On Certified Nurses Day

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently honored its 162 board certified nurses on Certified Nurses Day, March 19. Certified Nurses Day is a national day of recognition for certified nurses and celebrates the achievements of Margretta Madden Styles, the “Mother of Nurse Credentialing.”

“We are very proud of all of our nurses at SOMC,” Valerie DeCamp, director of nursing for Inpatient Services and Accreditation, said. “On behalf of the organization, it is my pleasure to express the gratitude we feel for the proficiency and leadership our nurses demonstrate when they achieve and maintain national board certification in their nursing specialty.”

Certification, as defined by the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS), is the formal recognition of the specialized knowledge, skills and experience demonstrated by the achievement of standards identified by a nursing specialty to promote optimal health results.

“As a result of nurses acquiring additional certifications, it creates an environment of professionalism and specialized competency,” Karen Walburn, manager of Employment, said. “This special day gives us an opportunity to recognize and encourage nurses to pursue this important step in their careers.”

“We realize that it takes personal dedication and persistence to achieve and maintain certification,” DeCamp added. “We value their commitment to nursing excellence.”

SOMC Offers Stroke Support Group, March 23

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. March 23 in the Rehab Care Unit Conference Room, located on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth.

Dan Rase will be the key speaker for the event and will present education on muscle recovery 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 to Offer Heart Support Program, March 22

Mended Hearts

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., March 22 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.


SOMC Names New Plant Operations Director

Justin Clark

Justin Clark, MBA, has been named Director of Plant Operations at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Clark has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration, with honors, from Ohio University in Athens. He previously worked as a Business Development Coordinator and Power Operations Shift Supervisor at USEC. In his previous roles, he was influential in the development of a new compliance program for the Department of Energy’s high-voltage switchyard operations as well as a program to increase the maintenance and operational efficiencies in the Power and Utilities group at USEC. In his new role, Clark will be responsible overseeing the daily operations for the facilities, grounds, gardens and maintenance departments. Clark has volunteered for five years with the baseball coaching staff at Wheelersburg High School. He also serves as a founding member of the Revolution Church Leadership Team in Portsmouth. He currently resides in Portsmouth, Ohio.

SOMC Earns PRC’s Top Performer and 5-Star Awards


Multiple departments at Southern Ohio Medical Center were recently named winners of the 2011 National Excellence in Healthcare Awards, presented by Professional Research Consultants (PRC), the firm that conducts the hospital’s patient satisfaction surveys.

The SOMC Hospice Center will receive the PRC Top Performer Award and the 5-Star Award for Overall Quality of Care, while the SOMC Cath Lab will receive the 5-Star Award for Overall Quality of Care. “This is truly an honor and shows that our customers recognize and value the excellent care and work that we are providing within our organization,” Claudia Burchett, vice president of SOMC Patient Services, said. “These distinctions identify our ability to be an excellent place to work, practice medicine and treat patients and we’re very grateful for the recognition.” The Top Performer Award is PRC’s highest honor, given annually to healthcare facilities, providers, outpatient service lines and inpatient units that score in the 100th percentile of the PRC national client database. The 5-Star Excellence Award is given annually to health care facilities whose inpatient units score in the top 10 percent of the client database. All awards are based on the percentage of patients who rated SOMC “excellent” for the overall quality of care they received in 2010 and will be presented during the PRC National Excellence in Healthcare Award Luncheon May 3 in Omaha, Neb.

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