Radiologist Bennington Welcomed at SOMC

Nathan Bennington, D.O., a physician specializing in radiology, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Bennington received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. He completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Kettering Medical Center and Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Bennington is a member of the American Osteopathic College of Radiology, the American Osteopathic Association and the Ohio State Medical Association. For more information, call 740-356-8117.

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 female cancer patients feel more confident about their appearance through the Look Good…Feel Better support 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. July 12 at the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane in 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 740-356-7606 or 1-888-227-6446.

SOMC Awards Bid For Waverly Urgent Care

Southern Ohio Medical Center is pleased to announce a partnership with D.K.M. Construction of Pike County to begin the construction of the new SOMC Urgent Care and Specialty Center in Waverly, Ohio, scheduled to open in 2012.

SOMC Vice President of Support Services Ben Gill said, “As we move into the Waverly area, we have kept the importance of community at the forefront of all our decisions. We want to build strong relationships with the Pike County community and that includes keeping the work local, therefore D.K.M. construction was the right choice for us.”

Five companies submitted bids for the 15,000 square foot project. The facility is expected to take one year to build, weather permitting.

“We look forward to working closely with D.K.M construction as this project comes to fruition,” Justin Clark, administrative director of Plant Operations at SOMC, said. “I think this will be an excellent collaboration and a great opportunity for the community of Pike County.”

SOMC plans to hire 20 to 30 full and part-time positions for the new Urgent Care Center, including but not limited to: nursing, registration, lab, X-ray techs and housekeeping. In addition to urgent care services, the facility will also offer a variety of rotating specialties such as cardiology, cancer, neurology, pulmonology and general surgery.

“I’m excited for our organization to have a presence in Pike County and look forward to providing health care services to the community,” Elvis Walters, RN, nurse manager of the Waverly Urgent Care and Specialty Center, said. “We plan to offer local health screenings and presentations to engage with the community as we embark upon the construction phase of the project.”

SOMC Held Camp LIFE For Kids

Students between the ages of 7 and 13 participated in SOMC’s Camp LIFE program, held June 27-July 1. During the week, children learned about nutrition, dinning out, health and physical activity. They also learned basic cooking skills and that exercise can be fun. The kids played fun group games, tried Zumba fitness and they learned tricks and stretches from the Cirque D’Art Theatre group of Portsmouth. Shown above with the students and junior volunteers are Kim McCray, clinical dietician at SOMC (left) and Regina Tipton, wellness specialist at SOMC (right).

SOMC, Dodson Win Telly Award For Veteran Video

Shown with the Telly Award is Chuck Kurtz, technician for SOMC Bio Medical Engineering and veteran of the U.S. Marines (left) and Andrew Dodson (right).

Southern Ohio Medical Center has been awarded a Telly Award for 2011. As part of the 32nd Annual Telly Award competition, a video created by SOMC’s Visual Media Specialist Andrew Dodson was selected by the The Telly Awards and Silver Telly Council to receive this prestigious honor.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1978 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable TV commercials. According the Telly website, non-broadcast video and TV program categories were later added, leading to 200 categories for entries. Today, the Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies.

Dodson created a special tribute video for Veterans Day, November 10, 2010. The touching memoir features SOMC employees who are veterans reflecting on their experiences in while on active duty or at war.

“It was an honor to make this video for Veterans Day,” Dodson said. “All veterans are heroes and they deserve to be recognized. I hope this video demonstrates our appreciation for their service.”

To view the Veterans Day video, please visit the SOMC YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/somcportsmouth.

SOMC to Host Riverboat Tour to Benefit Endowment Fund

The Southern Ohio Medical Center Foundation Board will host an evening of Nautical Proportions, a fundraiser for the SOMC Endowment Fund. Join us for a dinner at 6:30 p.m. July 27 aboard the Cincinnati Belle Riverboat.

In 2003, SOMC established an Endowment Fund to insure the stability and quality of community care. As the development arm of SOMC, the Foundation Board is committed to see the fund grow so that interest from the endowment will be available to provide for exceptional care, training, technology and service far into the future.

”SOMC is committed to the growth of the endowment and for a limited time, the hospital will match contributions, dollar for dollar,” Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC, said. “Each ticket purchased will make a double difference. Join us for an evening of fun, good food and an opportunity to take home the grand prize of $5,000 in cash.”

“Sweepstakes proceeds will benefit the SOMC Endowment Fund. With your participation, you buy into the future of exceptional care for your children and grandchildren and the generations to come,” Arnett added.

“The endowment provides an opportunity for people to contribute and support our hospital so we can meet the healthcare needs of our community in the future, Gary Duzan, SOMC Board of Directors and SOMC Foundation Board Member, said. “This event is a good opportunity to support a leading regional medical center and it will be a great opportunity to interact with leaders of our community and have a night of fun.”

Participants will also have the chance to win various prizes totaling $5,000 in value. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 740-356-8338.

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., Tuesday, June 28 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 Held Diabetes Summer Camp For Kids

Children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes were able to make new friends and learn ways to manage their disease during the 2nd Annual SOMC Hot Shots diabetic summer camp held June 13 and 14 at the Friends Community Center. The event featured many hands-on activities including educational arts and crafts, cooking and carbohydrate counting, a trip to the SOMC Employee Garden and plenty of physical exercise through Zumba, swimming and basketball. Pictured above are participants sporting the special glasses they made during the first day of the camp.

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, June 21

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., June 21 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.