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 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. Oct 12 at the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane, 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 the local chapter of the ACS Cancer Resource Center at 740-356-7606.

SOMC to Host Free Breast Cancer Screenings

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host free breast cancer screenings from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth.

The event is open to local uninsured and underinsured women and free clinical breast exams will be provided. Free mammograms will also be provided through the Hands of Hope program funded by the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in cooperation with Southern Ohio Medical Center and the Scioto Foundation. The mammograms will be scheduled through the SOMC Breast Center.

Women age 40 or older or younger women with a family history of breast cancer are encouraged to attend. Registration is required and can be made by calling the SOMC Volunteer Office at 740-356-8234.

SOMC Names New Clinical Manager Of Wound Healing Center

Gina Smith, RN has been named Clinical Manager of the Southern Ohio Medical Center Wound Healing Center. In this new role, Smith will be responsible for overseeing the nursing care and operations for the inpatient wound care program, the hyperbaric oxygen unit and the Wound Healing Center.

Smith joined SOMC in 1980 and has previously provided excellent nursing care in the Intensive Care Unit and the Wound Healing Center. She earned an associate’s degree in Nursing from Shawnee State University. Smith recently received national board certification for Wound Care Associates from the American Academy of Wound Management.

Smith currently resides Wheelersburg with her family.

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. October 4 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 CancerResource Center at 740-356-7606 or 1-888-227-6446.

SOMC To Offer Diabetes Self-Management Class

Southern Ohio Medical Center will offer a Diabetes Self-Management Education Program during the month of October for those with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

“We listened to the feedback from our previous diabetes class participants and have implemented options that will make it easier for people to attend our educational sessions,” Tiffany Hadsell, RN, diabetes clinical educator at Southern Ohio Medical Center, said. “The class will last five weeks and will meet for one-hour sessions. There are four locations and times to choose from so the participants can find one that bests suits their schedule.”

The program begins October 3 and ends October 31. Participants may choose one of four locations and times: Mondays from 10 to 11 a.m. at the SOMC Gibson building, located on the SOMC East Campus; Mondays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the SOMC Lucasville Life Center; Tuesdays from 2 to 3 p.m. at the SOMC Gibson building, located on the SOMC East Campus and from 6 to 7 p.m. at the SOMC Wheelersburg Rehabilitation Facility.

“Throughout the course, we plan to discuss diabetes complications, nutrition, monitoring, sick days, foot care, emotions and medications,” Hadsell added. “There is a lot of education about diabetes and we want to make it as accessible as possible to help people better manage their daily lives with diabetes.”

A physician referral is required. There is a fee associated with the class; billing questions can be called to 740-356-8182. Referrals must be faxed to Central Scheduling at 740-353-1363 or called in at 740-356-8128. For more information, please call the SOMC Diabetes Education Office at 740-356-2627

Gift Of Hope Boutique Now Open

Genesis Oxygen and Home Medical Equipment held it’s grand opening of the Gift Of Hope Boutique, Sept. 28. The boutique offers a variety of cancer and breast cancer awareness merchandise, swimsuits, post mastectomy/lumpectomy prosthesis, bras, post-reconstruction products and much more. Program Director and Certified Fitter Karyn Sexton said, “We are happy to open a boutique that provides a convenient one-stop shop for cancer patients, survivors and members of our community.” Shown above at the grand opening is (from left) Pat Baldwin, mastectomy fitter, Sexton and Ashley Blair, sales associate. The boutique is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday and is located in the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth. For more information call 740-356-7575.

SOMC Palliative Care Provides More Than Just Healthcare

SOMC Palliative Care patient Jennie Cline (right) and Jenni Smathers, RN, (left) have formed a special bond through Jennie’s on-call care of Cline as she battles pancreatic cancer.
When Jennie Cline, 79 of Portsmouth, was first referred to Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Palliative Care program, she wasn’t sure what the program would offer or how it could help her. She didn’t realize that she would make a life-long friend that would help her battle pancreatic cancer.

“Palliative care is a form of one-on-one home-based treatment that specializes in reducing the severity, symptoms and stress of a serious chronic illness, such as cancer, cardiac disease, respiratory disease or kidney failure,” Chad Lore, liaison of SOMC Palliative Care, said. “It’s not hospice or limited to end-of-life care.”

In December 2010, Cline’s pain began to increase and she consulted Dr. Summers at the SOMC Cancer Center. He referred her to the SOMC Palliative Care program.

When Cline met Jenni Smathers, RN, Palliative Care RN Case Manager at SOMC, they formed an instant bond. Smathers became more than just a nurse who checked on Cline after treatments, Jenni became a caregiver, a confidant, a reliable source for education and supporter as she would go to Cline’s home and assess her pain, check her vital signs and provide emotional support.

“I know I can call Jenni day or night if I need something,” Cline said. “Having a nurse and friend available reassures me that I can make it through the night or make it through my treatment.”

In addition to the individualized one-on-one care the program offers, it also helps ease the burden on family when taking care of a loved one, especially with a chronic disease.

Cline’s niece Sandi Frazer echoed her sentiments, “I have peace of mind because I know that no matter what my aunt my need, someone, a nurse, will be able to help her. This is the best program I’ve seen. They provide wonderful care and love.”

The program is offered 24-hours a day through an on-call interdisciplinary team of experts including nursing case managers, physicians and social workers. Other skilled disciplines may be consulted when needed to provide the patient and their family members with the best care possible. The team can provide in-home blood draws, education, pain management and emotional support.

Cline said, “Participating in Palliative Care has helped me with my treatments, my attitude, my outlook and that support, along with family and faith will help me get through this.”

A patient, family member, friend, nurse or physician may initiate referrals. For more information about the SOMC Palliative Care Program, or to refer a patient, please call the Palliative Care Office at 353-2567.

SOMC To Offer Peripheral Artery Disease Screening

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Services will offer a peripheral artery disease screening from 6 to 9 p.m. September 27 and 29 in the SOMC Heart and Vascular Associates office located at 1711 27th Street, Braunlin Building, Suite 206 in Portsmouth.

The screening is open to the community and free of charge. Those with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or heart disease are encouraged to attend. If additional follow-up testing or further evaluation is needed, as a result of the screening, it will be billed accordingly.

“Each patient appointment should last approximately 15 minutes for the procedure,” Ashley Salyers, community and diabetes education coordinator at SOMC, said. “Pressure cuffs are placed around the patient’s upper arms and ankles and a small ultrasound device is used to measure the systolic pressures in their limbs.”

The test determines the blockage of the arteries and determines if there is artery damage. Those who smoke or have a family history of heart problems are invited. Space is limited and appointments are required. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 740-356-2720.

SOMC Names New Manager of Performance Management

Deanne Malone has been named the Manager of Performance Management at Southern Ohio Medical Center. In this new role, Malone will be responsible for developing and overseeing performance management programs including the salary and wage program, job description process, and the competency and performance evaluation process.

Malone joined SOMC in 1998 and has previously worked in Decision Support, Claims Processing and the Foundation. She has been in Human Resources for the past five years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Shawnee State University.

Malone currently resides in Portsmouth with her family.