SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, Sept. 20

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. Sept. 20 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.

300 Participate Annual Run For Your LIFE

 More than 300 runners participated in the 34th annual Run For Your LIFE community races September 3 at the SOMC LIFE Center.

Overall male and female winners in the 5-K race were Thomas Deck and Maddie McAllister, while overall winners in the 10-K event were Eddie Neel and Beth Malone. The male and female Pump and Run winners were Jeremy Kaltenbach and Kimberly Lashley.

5-K winners in each age and gender group included: Male: 1-15, Jeffrey McCambridge, Cody Hagler, Ben Ottens; Female: 1-15, Cara Coldiron, Bethany Blanton, Brianna Blanton; Male: 16-19, Daniel Evory, Zack Kammler, Austin New; Female: 16-19, Becky Deacon, Emily Maple, Shae Cartee; Male: 20-24, Cory Howard, Cory Collins, Shane Keen; Female: 20-24, Rebecca Finley, Hali Cassidy, Megan Boggs; Male: 25-29, Steven Peach, Scott Lemaster, Joe Clark; Female: 25-29, Ashley Bennett (pump), Emily Harner, Andrea Reed, Amanda Spriggs; Male: 30-34, Greg Guess, Marion Hochstetler (pump), Brett Davis, Greg Young; Female: 30-34, Kellie Fields, Heidi Ziegler, Cathy Maddox; Male: 35-39, Jeremy Kaltenbach (pump), Dave Angelicchi, Tim Buckle, Shane Rhea; Female: 35-39, Amy Rase, Monica Keeton, Eleanor Trone; Male: 40-44, Michael Jones, Todd Worthington, Ed Dickens; Female: 40-44, Denise Began, Kimberly Lashley (pump), Kim Gulley, Tina Howe; Male: 45-49, Thomas Cooper, John Hall, Raymond Queen; Female: 45-49, Melody Messer, Teresa Farley; Male: 50-54, Carl Becker, Roy Smith, Troy Joyce; Female: 50-54, Cathy Lavender, Suzanne Kingery, Laurel Fitch; Male: 55-59, Keith Maddox, Bill Varney, Frank James; Female: 55-59, Therea Kline, Vonnie Lodwick, Robin Stanley; Male: 60-64, John Grimm, Butch Stall, Robert Bryan; Female: 60-64, Betty Neff, Brenda Hale; Male: 65-99, Larry Neff, Glenn Leesburg, Alfred Hale; Female: 65-99, Barbara Pixley

10-K winners in each age and gender group included: Male: 16-19, JJ Kingery, James Nichols; Male: 20-24, Dane Palla; Male: 25-29, Brandon Vansickle, Matt Rogers, Rob Johnson; Female: 25-29, Dorothy Acevedo, Sarah Eggar, Amy Kleski; Male: 30-34, Derrick Carver, Roy Canterbury; Female: 30-34, Regina Tipton, Irene Gillenwater; Male: 35-39, Chris Hickman, Tim Mollett, Jaden Smith; Female: 35-39, Angie Welch, Leigh Ann Keeton, Angee Tuggle; Male: 40-44, Matthew Hart, John Walsh, Alan Siebel; Female: 40-44, Angela Walsh, Leigh Gerlach, Tami Coleman; Male: 45-49, Greg Lands, Brian Shope, Chris Rapp; Female: 45-49, Sharon Welsh, Lisa Duncan; Male: 50-54, David Maynard, Tim Cyrus, Marty Redden; Female: 50-54, Peggy Kindinger; Male: 55-59, Greg Malone, Mike Thompson, Mark Hunter; Female: 55-59, Jean Schmidt, Jennifer Black, Becky Thompson; Male: 60-64, Delmar Scowden, Russ Sommers; Male: 65-99, Kou Liu.

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. September 21 at the SOMC Cancer Center, located at 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth. The support group meets on the third Wednesday of each month and guest speakers provide education and encouragement.

For more information, please call 740-356-7496.

SOMC to Host 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. September 27 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street in 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.

SOMC To Offer Fall Grief Support Group

 Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Hospice Bereavement Program will offer a grief support group called “Picking Up the Pieces.” The group will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. September 6 in the Hospice conference room, located in the SOMC Gibson building, 2201 25th Street in Portsmouth.

“Adjusting after the death of a loved one is difficult,” Susan Goins, bereavement coordinator for SOMC Hospice, said. “If you are struggling with the grieving process, we invite you to join us for an educational support group.”

“Picking Up the Pieces” is a six-weeklong course that will give participants an opportunity to share memories, ask questions and voice concerns with others who have suffered loss. The meetings last two hours and will end October 11, 2011.

The group is free and open to the public. Registration is necessary. For more information or to register, please call Susan Goins at (740) 356-2676 or 1-800-779-7902.

SOMC Names New Senior Medical Director of Vascular Surgery

Marion Hochstetler, M.D., a physician specializing in vascular surgery at Southern Ohio Medical Center has been named Senior Medical Director of Vascular Surgery at SOMC.

Dr. Hochstetler joined the SOMC team in July 2009 as a vascular surgeon. He will now join the practice of the SOMC Heart and Vascular Associates.

Dr. Hochstetler received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio. He completed a residency in general surgery at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Hochstetler completed a fellowship in vascular surgery at Greenville Hospital Systems in Greenville, SC. He is board certified in vascular and general surgery.

“I’m so excited to begin my new role and continue serving our community,” Hochstetler, said, “I’d like to thank the community, my patients, co-workers and SOMC for their continued support.”

Dr. Hochstetler can be reached at the SOMC Heart and Vascular Associates, 1711 27th Street, Braunlin Building, Suite 206 in Portsmouth, Ohio. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 740-356-8772.

Desco Donates To SOMC Endowment

Desco Federal Credit Union board members recently attended the Southern Ohio Medical Center Nautical Adventures Fundraiser for the SOMC Endowment Fund. Desco opted to donate the $1,000 cash prize to the SOMC Endowment Fund- a fund that supports the future growth of health services provided by SOMC. Desco President Lee Powell (left) presents the prize check to SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett.

SOMC To Host Drug Addiction Seminar

 Southern Ohio Medical Center will offer a free educational seminar titled, “The Disease of Drug Addiction: Communication Strategies for the Healthcare Team” from 12 to 3 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m.  September 8 at the Friends Community Center, located at 1202 18th Street in Portsmouth.

Keynote speakers are Ed Hughes, MPS, LICDC and Geneva Sanford, MSW, LSW, LICDC from the Counseling Center. The event is open to local healthcare providers and community members. Contact hours for nurses and social workers are available.

Registration is required and can be made by contacting 740-356-2733.

SOMC Volunteers Spend The Day At Huntington Mall

Southern Ohio Medical Center volunteers recently took a one-day shopping trip to Huntington, W.Va. SOMC Manager of Volunteer Services Jenny Lavender (right, back row) plans various outings, luncheons and activities throughout the year to honor and celebrate SOMC volunteers for their hard work and time. For more information or to become a volunteer at SOMC, please call 740-356-8236.