SOMC Names New Administrative Director of Nutrition Services


Jack Smathers

Jack Smathers has been named Administrative Director of Nutrition Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Smathers joined SOMC in 2007 and most recently served as the Manager of Nutrition Services. He has more than 30 years of food industry experience. In his new role, Smathers will oversee nutrition services, Seasonal Selections Room Service and the SOMC Seasons Dining Room. Jack and his family currently reside in Waverly, Ohio.

SOMC Offers Free Screenings in Waverly


Southern Ohio Medical Center will have free screenings available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Pike County YMCA, located at 400 Pride Dr. in Waverly. “Many people are at risk for diseases such as stroke and heart disease but experience no symptoms,” Ashley Salyers, RN, educator for SOMC Workforce and Community Health Services, said. “Health screenings are important for early detection of such diseases and can prevent major consequences down the road.” The screenings include blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body fat and body mass index. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 740-356-2720.

Jack Smathers

SOMC Offers Stroke Support Group

Stroke Support

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. February 23 in the Rehab Care Unit Conference Room, located on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth. The SOMC pharmacy department will be the key speakers for the event and will present education on medication management following 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 Host Knit for Hope

Knit For Hope

Knitters and crocheters of all skill-levels are invited to an evening of fun, food and to support a good cause as part of the Knit for Hope group at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The group will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 22 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio. Patterns for lap quilts, throws, shawls, hats and caps will be available, though attendees are asked to bring their own needles and yarn (of any color). Finished products will be donated to breast cancer patients of the SOMC Cancer Center. For more information, please call the SOMC Volunteer Office at 740-356-8234.

Stroke Support

SOMC Held Laugh With Heart Event


Laugh With Heart

Southern Ohio Medical Center held its 6th Annual Heart Event, titled “Laugh With Heart” on Feb. 15 at the Friends Community Center. More than 200 people pre-registered for free cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference and heart risk analysis screenings. Participants were greeted with goodie bags, balloon art, various education booths and a live comedian. Laughing for 15 minutes a day can reduce stress, pain and conflict, resulting in improved heart health.Shown above is Loretta Colegrove (right) receiving health counseling from Kathy McCullough, RN from SOMC Cardiac Testing and Kurtis Underwood, Shawnee State University nursing student (left).


Minford Students Donate “Sew Alice!” Quilt to SOMC Pediatrics



Students of Lori Rolfe’s eighth-grade class at Minford Middle School recently created and donated a “Sew Alice!” themed-quilt to the Pediatrics Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The quilt was made during a three-week artist-in-residency program with Fabric Artist Kate Gorman, who helped the students handcraft the design based on Lewis Carroll’s story, “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland.”

The quilt will be displayed in the Pediatric Unit and is intended to brighten the day of all young patients during their hospital stay. Pictured at the presentation are Julie Hiles, RN, BSN, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Pediatrics and the Emergency Department; Jason Ross, RN, BSN, nurse manager of SOMC Pediatrics and the Emergency Department; and Sharee Price, talented and gifted supervisor of the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center.


SOMC Offers Latest in Cancer Technology

Every person is unique and no two patients have exactly the same cancer-which is why the SOMC Cancer Center individualizes the care and treatment for each patient based on their needs. Southern Ohio Medical Center is introducing a new technology called Cone Beam CT to visualize and target tumors more precisely than ever before. The equipment allows the Cancer Center team to see a 3-D picture of the patient’s tumor immediately before radiation treatment is delivered. This delivers a higher dose of radiation to the tumor, while sparing normal tissue from damage. “I’m really excited to bring the Cone Beam CT to Portsmouth, so we can continue to serve our community with state-of-the-art technology,” Dr. Li-Fen Chang, senior medical director of Radiation Oncology at SOMC, said. When a patient begins radiation treatment, the physicians use CT scans to determine the patient’s radiation treatment plan, however throughout the course of treatment patients can lose weight, lose or gain fluid and the tumors may shrink or continue to grow. As a result, the radiation target sites may change. “A lot of cancer in our body is not stationary,” Dr. Chang explained. “It moves depending on how full our stomach, rectum and bladder are and during treatment we may have uncertainty of where the target really is.” Cone Beam CT allows for instant CT scans immediately before administering radiation, allowing the physician to change the radiation treatment plan according to the patient’s body changes. Utilizing the Cone Beam CT ensures the highest precision and accuracy resulting in much higher confidence when treating the tumor. This new technology will also allow the SOMC Cancer Center to utilize Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT), sometimes referred to as a Photon Knife. SBRT precisely destroys tumors through minimal treatments, holding the potential to decrease the length of therapy, while improving the chance for cure. “More and more data is proving SBRT to be successful, especially among lung cancer patients,” Dr. Chang added. “In Portsmouth we have a high rate of lung cancer. When we begin using SBRT, we can treat lung cancer patients if they are not surgical candidates. It is an excellent alternative to surgery for those in the early stages of lung cancer.” As always, SOMC is on the cutting edge of technology and looking for new and innovative ways to treat all types of cancer. To learn more about the excellent services provided at the SOMC Cancer Center, please visit www.somc.org/cancer or call 740-356-7490.


Khoury Selected as Ohio University Master Faculty


Dr. Khoury

Thomas L. Khoury, M.D., FACS, FICS, recently received notification that he has been selected as Master Faculty for 2010 for the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM). Every four years, this honor is bestowed on physicians in the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) System for their outstanding contributions to OU-COM. Khoury joins an elite group of 119 other clinical faculty members awarded the title of “Master Faculty.” Dr. Terry Johnson, CORE Assistant Dean at SOMC, nominated Dr. Khoury for the award. Dr. Khoury received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. He completed training at the University of Miami, Harvard University/Beth Israel Hospital, Tufts University/Baystate Medical Center and Boston University. He is board certified in Nutrition, Surgery and Vascular Technology. Dr. Khoury is in practice with the Southern Ohio Surgical Associates, Inc., located at 1711 27th St., Braunlin Building, Suite 306 in Portsmouth. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 740-353-8661.


Zumbathon Raises $1,000 for Heart Support Group


Southern Ohio Medical Center held a Zumbathon on National Wear Red Day, Feb. 4. The event raised nearly $1,000 for the Mended Hearts Support group-a program offered to SOMC patients and their families battling heart disease. More than 100 people attended and exercised their way to a healthier heart. Amy Fraulini, director of Heart and Critical Care Services at SOMC, began the evening with heart health education.