SOMC Held Open House


Group Fitness Class

The SOMC LIFE Center recently held an Open House for visitors to learn more about fitness facility. Participants had the opportunity to visit with staff members, try out group fitness classes and enter to win prizes. Steve Hayes from 99.3 WNXT radio did a live remote from the Open House. Fitness instructors Debbie Kielmar and LeAnne Blackburn demonstrated the new Les Mills Body Flow™ class that is now offered at 5:40 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Portsmouth LIFE Center. Shown above is fitness instructor Christie Riepenhoff demonstrating the Cardio Pump class that meets at 5:45 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information about group fitness classes or to join the SOMC LIFE Center, please call 740-356-7650.

SOMC Celebrates MLK Day With Diversity Celebration

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Southern Ohio Medical Center held the first annual Diversity Celebration on Jan. 17, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. SOMC honored multiculturalism with ethnic food samples, education about cultures and traditions and a special tribute video. Employees and visitors were invited to place pushpins on maps of the United States and the world to represent their heritage. The maps created a visual of the diversity within the SOMC workplace and the community. Shown above is Sister Marie Glennon, chaplain at SOMC, displaying Ireland as her birthplace. The “Follow The Dream: MLK Day 2011” video can be viewed at www.youtube.com/user/SOMCPortsmouth.

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, January 25 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street in Portsmouth. 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.

Beverley Meadows

SOMC Names New Transfusion Services Manager


Beverley Meadows

Beverley Meadows, MLT/ASCP, has been named Transfusion Services Manager at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Meadows joined SOMC in 1990 and has worked as a Medical Laboratory Technician and a Blood Bank Charge Technician. She has a Medical Lab Tech/Association of Clinical Pathologist degree from Shawnee State University. She currently resides in Wheelersburg her family.


SOMC LIFE Center to Offer New Group Fitness Class


Southern Ohio Medical Center will offer a new group fitness class, called BodyFlow™, at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the SOMC LIFE Center. BodyFlow™ was created by fitness celebrity, Les Mill’s and is a combination of Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates. During the class, one can expect to improve joint flexibility, increase core strength, improve cardio-vascular function, reduce stress levels and provide a lasting sense of well being and calm. BodyFlow™ participants can expect 45 minutes of intense, yet slow movements and positions, ending with ten minutes of relaxation and meditation. LeAnne Blackburn, a group fitness instructor at SOMC, has been certified in BodyFlow™ and will teach the class at 5:40 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She is also certified in ACE (American Counsel on Exercise), Turbo Kick and Zumba™ Levels 1 and 2. “I’ve been a group fitness instructor for eight years,” Blackburn said. “But the high-intensity of cardio workouts have begun to cause wear and tear on my joints. I chose to become certified in BodyFlow™ because I wanted a class that is better for my body. As we age, we tend to lack things such as core strength, balance and flexibility.” Blackburn explained that her BodyFlow™ certification included a three-day intense training and a follow-up video demonstrating her abilities to teach BodyFlow™. Along with Blackburn’s certification, fitness instructors Cindy Burkhardt and Christi Riepenhoff have also been certified in BodyFlow™. “Everyone lives a fast pace life these days and we forget to slow down and focus on our physical and mental health,” she added. “BodyFlow™ is for men and women of all ages and is particularly good for men because they tend to ignore flexibility.” For those interested in trying the BodyFlow™ class, demonstrations will be available to the public during the SOMC LIFE Center Open House from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14 at the LIFE Center, 1202 18th St. in Portsmouth. The LIFE Center plans to add an early morning and mid-morning BodyFlow™ class for members in the near future. For more information, please contact the SOMC LIFE Center at 740-356-7650.

Healthy Worksite Award

SOMC Heart Unit Provides Warm Hands, Warm Hearts This Winter

Warm Hearts

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Heart Care Unit concluded their annual “Warm Hands, Warm Hearts” donation campaign Jan. 10, 2011. Through the project, the Heart Care Unit collects gloves, hats, scarves and coats from employees, patients and visitors. An overwhelming amount of items were collected this year and will be donated to homeless shelters throughout Scioto County. Sheila Whiteley, third-year family practice resident at SOMC (shown above), capped off this year’s event, donating 36 hand-knitted hats that she made herself. Whiteley said she began the task in early November, spending an estimated four hours creating each cap, for a total of 134 hours.

SOMC Named Healthy Worksite

Healthy Worksite Award

Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently recognized by Healthy Ohio and received the Bronze Level Healthy Worksite Award for 2010. This award identifies Ohio employers that demonstrate a commitment to employee health by incorporating comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. Regina Tipton, wellness specialist at SOMC explained that the award acknowledges efforts of employers in Ohio to facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity and ensure a healthy work environment. A questionnaire, proof of policies and examples of programs used to encourage better health amongst employees are part of the application process. All worksites in Ohio, large and small, for profit and non-profit have the opportunity to apply for the award. “SOMC strives to be the example not just to our employees but for other employers and the community,” Tipton said. “We want to encourage a healthy community resulting in our children and their families living long and happy lives.”

Mended Hearts

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, Jan. 18

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., Jan. 18 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.

Life Center Open House

SOMC LIFE Center to Host Open House

Making resolutions to start the year off healthy and fit? The Southern Ohio Medical Center LIFE Center is here to help and will kick-off 2011 with an open house from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14. “January is the start of a brand new year, which gets a lot of people motivated to set healthy goals,” Gary Coovert, director of the SOMC LIFE Center, said. “We want to give people the opportunity to see all we provide at the center to meet those resolutions.” A live remote with Steve Hayes, 99.3 WNXT DJ will take place and refreshments and prizes will be available. During the open house and the month of January, the $50 enrollment fee will be waived for those interested in joining the LIFE Center. “Our staff will be on hand to answer questions, give demonstrations and give information on the various programs that take place throughout the year. This is a great opportunity to learn everything you need to know about starting the year off right with a health and wellness resolution,” Coovert explained. Group fitness instructors also will conduct demonstrations of the various classes offered, including the latest addition to the line-up, Les Mills Body Flow™. “Body Flow™ is a combination of Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates, it’s a workout that builds flexibility and strength and leaves you feeling centered and calm,” LeAnne Blackburn, group fitness instructor at the SOMC LIFE Center, said. “I hope everyone comes out to learn more about it, as well as the other programs we have to offer.” For more information, please visit the LIFE Center at 1202 18th St. in Portsmouth or call 740-356-7650.