SOMC Helps Man Walk Again

Physical Therapy Assistant Lisa Davis (left) and Exercise Physiologist Brad Zieber (right) help Kody Kennard work on strengthening his muscles to once again walk independently following a motorcycle accident last September, which left him paralyzed.

Kody Kennard was just like any other 21-year-old free-spirited young man, enjoying life, friends and his freedom. On September 9, 2010 Kennard was on his way to work at the power plant when a drunk driver backed out of a driveway and hit him. He was driving almost 60 miles per hour on his motorcycle.The accident broke Kennard’s spinal cord, right arm, right collarbone and every rib on the right side of his body. A broken rib on his left side even punctured his lung.

“I was in a coma for eight days and when I woke up, the doctor said I would never walk again,” Kennard said. “It was devastating, but I told them they were wrong.”

After three months in the hospital, Kennard left in a wheelchair—as well as with a plate in his right arm, another in the right side of his collarbone, plus two rods and 10 bolts in his back. But through months of physical therapy at the SOMC Life Center, the support of loved ones, and sheer determination, he is now able to walk for short distances with the help of leg braces and a walker.

“When I got home I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t take showers by myself or get into my wheelchair. I had to have assistance with everything,” he said. “But I was stubborn and determined to not just sit at home—I wanted to walk again.”

Kennard began training with Brad Zieber, exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer at the Portsmouth LIFE Center, who added strength workouts little by little in an effort to rebuild Kennard’s muscles and re-teach him how to move.

“I told him we had to treat these weaknesses like those of a baby, learning everything from scratch,” Zieber said. “When Kody first came in he couldn’t even sit on a bench by himself; we had to break everything down into very simple, functional movements. Now, amazingly, we’re working on walking.”

Physical therapist, Lisa Davis also works with Kody on a regular basis. She said, “He has been a remarkable person to work with. He is so determined and eager to improve. I do what I do for a reason and Kody is one of them. I get to see his recovery and know that I helped him.”

Kennard said he owes much of his success to the support of people like Zieber, Davis and his mother and girlfriend.

“After I got my leg braces, I started coming to the LIFE Center three days a week. I’m walking 500 feet at a time now with a walker—more than they told me I’d ever do,” Kennard said. “I’ve really had a lot of people helping, pushing me. That’s played a big part.”

“The first day he came in I asked, ‘What do you want out of this?’” Zieber said. “He said his goals were to get stronger, be independent, walk and drive again. And as hard as he’s working and progressing, I don’t see that as out of range. What he’s accomplished is beyond what anyone would expect.”
By this time next year, Kennard hopes he won’t need the wheelchair at all.

“The first thing everybody thinks is that their life’s over. And the first thing I’d tell them is that it’s not,” Kennard said. “It’s different, but it’s not over. Anything in life worth having is never going to be easy or free. If you fail 100 times and succeed once, that once is worth that 100 tries—and 100 more.

SOMC Honored Local Pre-Med Students

Southern Ohio Medical Center held a Pre-Med Dinner and Awards Ceremony June 30 at the SOMC Friends Community Center. Local students enrolled in medical school for the fall of 2011 and those applying to medical school in 2012 were invited to attend the special dinner. SOMC presented students with a Stedman’s Medical Dictionary.

Shown above at the Pre-Med Celebration is (back row, from left) Caleb Thiel, attending Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine; Jacob Hamm, attending Marshal University; Stephen Snodgrass, attending Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; (front row, from left) Chelsea Anderson, attending Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Herbie Otworth, attending Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Courtney Speck, attending Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Martings Foundation Presents Grant to SOMC

The Martings Foundation recently awarded a grant to Southern Ohio Medical Center for the annual Love Your Heart program. Love Your Heart is one of the most successful health education programs for kindergarten-aged children in the Scioto County area. Area schools attend the event that is presented by SOMC staff and volunteers. Pictured at the check donation, from left to right, are Korina Eichenlaub, RN; Julia Wisniewski, Martings Foundation member; Amy Fraulini, Director of SOMC Heart and Critical Care Services; Teresa Barnett, RN and Tony Smith, RN.

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. July 20 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 Offer Heart Support Program, July 19

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., July 19 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.

34th Annual Run for Your Life

Local runners and community members are invited to compete in Southern Ohio Medical Center’s 34th annual Run For Your LIFE competition. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 3 at the SOMC Life Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth.

Entrants may choose to participate in either a 5K or 10K event. Registration and packet pick-up will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 and 7 to 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 with all events beginning at 8 a.m.

In addition to the 5K and 10K races, the Life Center will also host the 2nd annual Pump and Run event. A Runner’s race time is based on how many times he or she can bench press a percentage of their body weight with 30 seconds per repetition deducted from final 5K time. Time deductions will be taken for a maximum of 30 repetitions. Registration for the Pump and Run will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is limited to 100 participants.

This year’s route will take runners through the shady, tree-lined residential area that includes Kinney’s Lane, Grandview and Thomas avenues, Dorman, Sheridan and Orchard drives, Coles Boulevard, Shawnee and Micklethwaite roads and Greenlawn Cemetery.

Awards will be presented immediately after the race to the top three finishers of each age division of the 5K and 10K. Awards also will be given to each male and female with the fastest times; however, male and female recipients will not receive duplicate awards. All participants are eligible for door prizes.

Cost of the race is $15 per person before Sept. 3 or $20 the day of the event. T-shirts will be given to the first 300 participants who register.

For more information, please contact Jim Kolar at 740-356-7566 or send an e-mail request to kolarj@somc.org.

See Run Results

Barnes Welcomed At SOMC

Brett Barnes, M.D., a physician specializing in orthopaedics and sports medicine, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery-Sports Medicine.

Dr. Barnes received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed a residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. and a fellowship at the University of Washington-Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.

Dr. Barnes is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Barnes begins July 18 and will join Dr. Marchyn at the SOMC Orthopaedic Associates located at 1735 27th St., Waller Building, Suite 308 in Portsmouth. To schedule an appointment, call 740-356-1709.

SOMC To Host Hospice Memorial Bike Ride

SOMC Hospice will host the Third Annual Memorial Bike Ride Saturday, July 30. Registration for the event will begin at 12 p.m. on the SOMC East Campus, located at 2201 25th Street in Portsmouth and riders will leave from SOMC Hospice at 1 p.m. All proceeds will benefit patients of SOMC Hospice Services.

“This event was created in memory of motorcycling enthusiast Ricky Bryan,” Sheila Riggs, claims coordinator of Hospice Services, said. “Bryan began planning the ride before his death because he wanted to give back to our program and we felt it was important to follow through with his idea.”

Riggs said that the program decided to carry-on the tradition this year not only in memory of Bryan but also for all other bike riders and patients of SOMC Hospice Services.

“There are so many community members who are willing to give back to our Hospice program and we’re more than happy to provide different venues for them to do so,” she said. “Our last two bike rides were truly a success, but we’re hoping that through better weather, and an even better turn out, we can exceed the funds raised last year and continue to provide much needed support for our patients and their families.”

Cost of the ride is $20 for a single rider or $25 for two people on one bike. After the ride, join us for lunch and entertainment performed by a local band, Gypze Roze. Prize drawings and giveaways will take place after the event and T-shirts will be available for purchase. The ride will proceed rain or shine.

Pre-registration is not required but can be made by calling SOMC Hospice Services at 740-356-2567.

SOMC Receives OHA’s Top Twenty Percent Award

Southern Ohio Medical Center has received the Ohio Hospital Association’s Top Twenty Percent Award for being one of the safest health care facilities in the state.

The award is given through OHA’s Statewide Hospital Safety Campaign, which annually recognizes hospitals and health care systems that have secured the most successful safety programs and superior employee safety records.

“This honor shows that SOMC is not only working to provide a safe environment for our patients and visitors, but also our employees,” Bill Kamer, director of SOMC Safety and Environmental Health, said. “It’s a true accomplishment and is yet another way to measure our progress toward achieving excellence at SOMC.”

SOMC was recognized among 28 other healthcare facilities. Twenty Percent winners were chosen based on their organization’s submitted Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses data, which included the total recordable employee injury cases and days away from work for the past year.

“Safety is a priority in everything we do and this award proves our dedication to go above and beyond,” Leeann L. Sammons, vice president of Health and Safety at SOMC, said. “Our employees have been working to create and sustain a culture of safety and an exceptionally safe work environment and it’s wonderful to see the collaboration that has been made to produce these outcomes. We thank our leaders and staff members for their teamwork and congratulate them on their success.”