April, 2012

SOMC hosts Nurse’s Day event at Friends Center

Nearly 50 high school students considering a career in healthcare got the opportunity to take a closer look at their dream jobs during Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Nursing Camp event at the SOMC Friends Center.

Nurse Recruiter Katy Stephens said the event helps students decide whether or not they want to enter the healthcare field. For those who do, it also offers insight into numerous nursing specialties.

“The students in attendance learn more about surgical nursing, maternity nursing, cardiac nursing and emergency nursing as well as community health and wellness,” Stephens said. “When the weather allows it, we even bring in a helicopter and give them a glimpse into flight nursing.”

SOMC invited four students each from 15 local high schools to the event. Guidance counselors were tasked with selecting which students to send. Among those in attendance was Minford sophomore Olivia Thoroughman, 16, who said she enjoyed the hands-on elements of Nursing Camp.

“I enjoyed the surgical segment and being able to use the simulation tools,” Thoroughman said.

In addition to encouraging the interest of students like Thoroughman, SOMC also helps aspiring healthcare providers by explaining the various routes they can take to become a nurse. SOMC also offers financial assistance for nursing school to employees.

Stephens said that SOMC’s Nursing Camp event is continuing to grow and receive positive feedback. In fact, the students are consistently asking for more.

“The most common things we hear is that they want to go into the actual hospital and see the work we do first-hand,” Stephens said. “That feedback led us to pass out flyers for shadowing opportunities at SOMC this year.”

Although they may not be able to engage in patient care as high school students, events like Nursing Camp are meant to help put them on the path to doing just that later in life.

SOMC, Red Cross hosting blood drive on May 3

Southern Ohio Medical Center and the American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive on May 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Suite 207 of the SOMC Waller Building, located on the main campus.

The public is encouraged to participate in the blood drive, and all donors will be entered into a drawing to receive free Toro Loco lunch coupons. Those wishing to participate must present a photo ID that includes both their first and last name, be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general good health. Participants with tattoos or sterile piercings will be accepted as long as the tattoos or piercings were administered in a licensed facility in Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana.

Appointments are necessary, though walk-ins will be accepted. To schedule an appointment or to receive more information, please visit www.RedCrossBlood.org or call 740-356-8118.

Cochenour donates Hoops for Hope proceeds to SOMC Hospice

For the second consecutive year, Marty Cochenour has donated the proceeds from the Richard Cochenour Hoops for Hope Memorial Benefit to SOMC Hospice. This year’s donation totaled $4800. The benefit, named in honor of Marty Cochenour’s late father, included a variety of events, such as a Chinese auction, a 50/50 drawing and an NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball party. Last year, Cochenour donated $3,100 to Hospice. Teresa Ruby, left, is seen accepting this year’s $4800 donation from Marty Cochenour, right, on behalf of SOMC Hospice.

SOMC, American Cancer Society teaming up to provide cancer support groups

Southern Ohio Medical Center, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, is now offering a variety of support groups for cancer patients and their loved ones.

“‘Look Good… Feel Better’ is an ongoing support group that helps patients deal with the way cancer can alter their appearance,” Anna Cardenas of the American Cancer Society said. “We’re there to support our patients with everything from wigs to prosthetics.”

‘Look Good… Feel Better’ participants meet at 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the SOMC Cancer Center’s Central Conference Room. The meetings are open to the public though registration is required. According to Cardenas, the meetings can be quite uplifting for the patientsinvolved.

“It’s such an amazing thing. You’ll see people go in there and, before the meeting is over, they’re having a party,” Cardenas said.

Families dealing with cancer will often require support more often than once a month, however. That’s where the Reach to Recovery Program comes in.

The Reach to Recovery Program is for breast cancer patients, and it works by connecting patients with specially trained volunteers who have dealt with similar treatments and conditions.

“SOMC and the American Cancer Society are working to provide the best support structure possible for breast cancer patients,” Cardenas said. “We do that by connecting current patients with others who have been down the same road.”

The only thing a patient needs to do to participate in the Reach to Recovery Program is call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. From there, volunteers will begin working to provide patients with the support they require.

To learn more about support groups available to cancerpatients, contact the SOMC Cancer Center at 740-356-7490. To register to participate in ‘Look Good… Feel Better,’ call 1-800-395-LOOK.


SOMC Held 3rd Annual Nursing Research Symposium


Nursing Research Symposium

November 3, 2010 » Southern Ohio Medical Center recently hosted its Third Annual Nursing Research Symposium. More than 60 nurses, faculty and nursing students attend the event, Oct. 25. SOMC partnered with Shawnee State University, Marshall University and Riverside Methodist Hospital to educate attendees on various research topics, including minimal lift environment, resilience, childhood obesity and heart failure. Shown above speaking about “Prevalence and Perception of Obesity in a Group of Children In An After School Program is Mary Kathryn Gould, EdD, RD, LD-MSU.