October, 2012


SOMC, Hoxworth hosting blood drive on November 6

Southern Ohio Medical Center and the Hoxworth Blood Center will partner to host a blood drive open to hospital employees and the community from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on November 6 in Suite 207 of the Waller Building on SOMC’s Main Campus.

Supplies are critically low due to the recent storm activity on the East coast, so all participants and blood types are welcome and encouraged to donate. Donors will receive a long-sleeved Cincinnati Bengals T-shirt while supplies last. (Sizes may vary.)

Those wishing to donate must have a photo ID, 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, so long as they were administered in a licensed facility in Ohio, Kentucky or Indiana.

Appointments are preferred and can be made online at www.Hoxworth.org/plus or by calling 740-356-8045, 740-356-8670 or 740-356-8118.

SOMC Hospice ornaments now available

The Hospice program of Southern Ohio Medical Center is once again offering a unique way to support patient care and remember loved ones during the holiday season.

This year’s annual Hospice keepsake ornament is on sale now and will be available until Dec. 31. The silver ornament is heart-shaped and features a beautiful white dove in the center. As in the past, the ornament also includes a tag that can be engraved to display the date, your name, or the name of the individual receiving the gift, as well as the name of the person you wish to honor.

Cost is $25 per ornament and limited quantities are available. Proceeds collected will benefit SOMC Hospice. For more information or to place an order, please contact Scott Hilbert at 356- 2653.

Local businesses offering Paint It Pink discounts

Southern Ohio Medical Center is asking local businesses and residents to help raise breast cancer awareness by wearing pink on October 19, but some local businesses are taking additional steps to make sure the message gets across.

Wall-to-Wall Wallpaper, located at 8516C Ohio River Road in Wheelersburg, is planning to donate 10% of all sales on October 19 to the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund.

And, Z Collections, located at 1662 11th Street in Portsmouth, is offering a special discount for individuals who participate in Paint It Pink. They will be offering a 15% discount to customers who are wearing an SOMC Paint It Pink t-shirt.

“We wanted to do what we could to help raise breast cancer awareness,” Z Collections Assistant Manager Amy Nolen said. “Not only does this promotion do just that, it’s also a way for us to say ‘thank you’ to everyone else that helps ‘Paint It Pink’ on October 19.”

For Wall-to-Wall owner Debbie Allard, the decision to participate is somewhat personal.

“My mom died of cancer,” Allard said. “Cancer is just something that really affects everyone, and we just wanted to try and do a little bit to help.”

The Portsmouth Brewing Company has also gotten involved.  They are selling pink butterflies for $1.00.  The butterflies will be hung in the windows of the establishment throughout the month of October.  At the end of October, the staff plans to donate the proceeds to the SOMC Compassion Fund.

“We wanted to be pink in October but that didn’t seem like enough,” Emily Ulbrich of The Portsmouth Brewing Company said. “We wanted to help people locally.”

Additionally, Patter Fam Sauces, which is located in Wheelersburg and sells products online at www.patterfamsauces.com, will be donating $1 of every bottle of Bourbon Barrell Hot Sauce sold to support the fight against breast cancer.

Wall-to-Wall will be open from 10am to 6pm on October 19. The store offers wallpaper and more, including home décor, specialty foods and Ohio State memorabilia.

Z Collections is open from 10am to 8pm, Monday through Saturday, and offers shoes, handbags and accessories. For more information, visit http://www.facebook.com/zcollections.

Paint It Pink t-shirts can be purchased at the SOMC Cancer Center, the SOMC Gift Gallery or by calling 740-356-PINK. Orders of 25 shirts or more can be delivered.

SOMC named 10th best place to work by Modern Healthcare, first among large employers

Southern Ohio Medical Center today announced it has placed 10th overall in Modern Healthcare’s 2012 Best Places to Work in Healthcare awards. Among large employers, SOMC placed first. This is the third year in a row that SOMC has been featured on this list.

The magazine’s annual Best Places to Work in Healthcare program recognizes employers for creating workplaces in healthcare that enable employees to perform at their optimum level to provide patients and customers with the best possible patient care and services.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the best healthcare facilities to work for in America by Modern Healthcare,” SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett said. “To finish 10th overall, and first among large employers, is a tremendous accomplishment and says a lot about both the quality of people and the quality of care you can expect to find at SOMC.”

“Being named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare for 2012 demonstrates that SOMC has built a culture where employees are supported and engaged, which benefits not only patients and customers but the employer’s overall performance as well, ” said Fawn Lopez, vice president and publisher of Modern Healthcare. “These healthcare employers are models for others who are seeking to build a successful culture, resulting in optimum performance levels and benefits for their organization.”

SOMC announces plans to construct medical building in West Union

Southern Ohio Medical Center has purchased 2.5 acres in the Adams County Commerce Park and is currently in the planning and design stages of constructing a medical building there. The building will host the practice of Drs. John and Angela Shupert, who recently joined the SOMC Medical Care Foundation.

“We are thrilled to welcome Drs. John and Angela Shupert to our team, and we are excited to have a physical presence in Adams County,” SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett said. “Adams County is in SOMC’s ‘Top 5’ of counties for patient volumes, and we are looking forward to being able to better serve our growing number of patients in the area.”

“Our goal is to begin construction early in 2013,” Justin Clark, director of plant operations at SOMC, said. “We are still in the process of determining the scope of our services to be offered at the facility and will provide more details as they become available.”

For more information, like” SOMC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernOhioMedicalCenter.

SOMC awarded VPP Star Designation, among nation’s top 1 percent for safety

Southern Ohio Medical Center has once again been awarded with Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) Star Designation, an honor that places SOMC among the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in safety excellence leadership.

VPP is a cooperative program of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“To be among the top one percent of hospitals in the nation for safety is a tremendous honor. Earning VPP Star Designation is not only great news for SOMC, but it’s great news for our employees,” Christy Aeh, director of Safety Services at SOMC, said.

Meeting VPP criteria required SOMC to exceed, and sustain, requirements in leadership and employee involvement, worksite analysis, hazard prevention and control and safety and health training.

VPP have been shown to have more than 50 percent fewer injuries and lost worker days than the national average.

“All of us at SOMC have high expectations for ourselves, and this distinction is a direct result of that,” Aeh said. “We want our employees to know that they’re working in a safe environment.”