SOMC Research Highlighted at National Conference

ENA Conference

Two nurses from Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Emergency Department were recently selected to present their research efforts at the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) Leadership Conference held Feb. 16 to 20 in Portland, Ore. Sherry Young, RN, BSN, CEN, EMT-P, CICP (left) and Julie Hiles, RN, BSN, Assistant Nurse Manager of SOMC Emergency and Pediatrics presented their research, titled “Hemolysis of Blood Specimens: Increasing time in the Emergency Department.” The results have been used to change policies and procedures in the SOMC Emergency Department. More than 1,200 emergency nurses from across the United States and internationally gathered at the conference to discuss trends and topics related to the emergency nursing profession including safety, staffing, triage and leadership skills. “It was a privilege to present our research poster at the conference,” Hiles said. “Research is an integral part of our Magnet status at SOMC and the results give us opportunities to improve the excellent care we provide to our patients and their families.”

Sleepy? You’re Not Alone And SOMC Is Here To Help

Sleep Center

Do you suffer from chronic snoring? Do you doze off at work, while on the phone or even while driving?
You just might be suffering from a disorder called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea causes fragmented sleep and low blood oxygen levels- if left untreated it can lead to hypertension, heart disease, mood and memory problems and the list goes on.
During National Sleep Awareness Week, March 7-13, the National Sleep Foundation and Southern Ohio Medical Center hope to educate the community on the importance of sleep. Jill Carr of West Portsmouth was falling asleep in the middle of conversations, she could hardly make it to work because of exhaustion and her tongue would stick to the roof of her mouth every morning.
One day a coworker asked why she yawned so much and after further discussion, they suggested a sleep study. “I called my doctor and scheduled a sleep study at the SOMC Sleep Diagnostic Center,” Carr said. “I was so nervous and thought how can I sleep all night knowing that someone is watching me but surprisingly the staff made me feel so comfortable and now I use a CPAP machine to help me breath at night. It’s made a world of difference.” Robin Polley of Vanceburg shared a different experience. She would stay awake until 4 a.m. without sleeping.
Dr. Sarah Porter of the SOMC Vanceburg Family Practice and Specialty Associates arranged for Polley to have a sleep study. “I was really scared but the respiratory therapist made me feel better by talking to me about church and my hobbies,” Polley said. “They even let my husband stay at the sleep center so he wouldn’t have to drive back to Vanceburg in the snow. It was convenient and they treated us wonderfully.” Sleep apnea is more common than you think. Nearly 1 in every 15 Americans has some form of sleep apnea but most cases are undiagnosed. According to the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research, roughly 38,000 annual cardiovascular deaths are in some way related to sleep apnea. Robert Kinker of Portsmouth woke up gasping for air and knew that his difficulty breathing and exhaustion was something he couldn’t control and needed to seek medical attention.
Dr. Martin arranged Kinker a sleep test at the SOMC Sleep Center. “Christina at the Sleep Center put me at ease before my test started. She explained that they would evaluate my breathing and stages of my sleep,” Kinker said. “I didn’t even get to the second stage because my oxygen levels dropped to a very dangerous and low 70 in the first hour of my sleep. I went home after my test and had a CPAP machine at my house by 2 p.m. that afternoon.” Kinker emotionally added, “The SOMC Sleep Center saved my life. I can talk all day about how excellent my experience was and how much better I feel now that I use my machine at night but I could have died in my sleep and they saved my life. You can’t put a price on that and I really, really appreciate it.” If you suffer from drowsiness, lack of sleep, exhaustion, snoring, mood swings or lack of concentration, you might be a candidate for a sleep study. Ask your family physician if you need a sleep study referral. For more information, please call the SOMC Sleep Diagnostic Center at 740-356-8822.


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 counseling 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. March 8 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.

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. March 16 at the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth. The support group meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

Regina Tipton, wellness specialist at SOMC and Kim McCray, clinical dietician at SOMC will provide an educational presentation about healthy eating, diet and exercise.

For more information or to reserve a seat, please call 740-356-7496.

Scioto Guild Taking Orders for Annual Flower Sale


Members of the Scioto Guild, part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, are now taking orders for their annual Flower Sale. Flowers for sale include hanging baskets of Ivy Geranium (red, lavender, pink), New Guinea Impatiens (red, orange, purple, blackberry cream), Purple Wave Petunias, Blue Angel or Million Bells (yellow, terracotta and blue) at a cost of $15 each. Baskets of eight Geranium plants (in pots; red, salmon, pink) will be sold for $20 and hanging ferns for $12. All orders must be placed by March 28 and proceeds will benefit the SOMC Breast Center and other hospital projects. To place an order, please call Rosalee Greene at 740-353-2075 or Ann at 740-353-8337. Orders will be available for pickup May 1 and 2 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street in Portsmouth.


SOMC Held Heart Education Event For 1,200 Area Students

Love Your Heart

Southern Ohio Medical Center held it’s 11th Annual Love Your Heart event Feb. 22 and 23 at the Friends Community Center. More than 1,200 area kindergarten students attended the fun and interactive heart education day. SOMC employees dressed as the characters from the Wizard Of Oz and taught students how to take care of their hearts through healthy eating, exercise and five other hands-on stations. Dorothy, the Scarecrow and Tin Man are shown performing the opening skit.


Rally With SOMC To Knock Diabetes Out Of The Park


Southern Ohio Medical Center invites the community to rally together in an effort to knock diabetes out of the park during a free health screening event from 2 to 6:30 p.m. March 7 at the Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. in Portsmouth. “Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in Scioto County, with more than 30 percent of our population battling the disease,” Jill Preston, manager of SOMC Workforce Development, said. “Nationally these numbers are even higher—but these statistics could significantly decrease if people took the time to learn about diabetes, the proper ways to manage it and the ways it can be prevented.” Screenings for the baseball-themed event will begin at 2 p.m. and will include total cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference, A1C and a diabetes risk analysis. Additional health information about diabetes will be available and a special Nintendo Wii Home Run Derby will also take place at 3 p.m. “This event will be a fun way to bring attention to an important issue and we strongly encourage anyone who thinks they may be at risk, or are interested in learning more about the disease, to join us for an exciting evening,” Preston added. Pre-registration for the screenings is required. For more information or to schedule your appointment, please call 740-356-8605.

Prostate Cancer

ACS Offers Prostate Cancer Support Group

Man to Man® is an American Cancer Society support program for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. The support group will meet at 5 p.m. March 1 at the SOMC Cancer Center located at 1121 Kinneys 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 Hospice Offers Grief Scrapbooking Workshop

Southern Ohio Medical Center Hospice Services will offer a “Making Memories Scrapbooking” workshop to help those grieving the loss of a loved one. The group will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 1, March 8 and March 15 in the Gibson building conference room, located on SOMC’s East Campus, 2201 25th St. in Portsmouth. “This workshop is designed to help make a living memorial and keep the cherished loved one’s memories alive,” Susan Goins, bereavement coordinator for SOMC Hospice Services, said. Participants are asked to bring 3×5 and 4×6 pictures and small mementos to put in their books. SOMC Hospice will provide small scrapbooks and the supplies. The workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is necessary. For more information and to register, please call Susan at 740-356-2676.

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