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.”

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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.”

Sammons receives honor from AHA

Leeann Sammons, vice president of Safety/Risk Management and Insurance at Southern Ohio Medical Center, was recently named a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) by the American Hospital Association (AHA).

“It means a lot to me to receive this honor, both personally and professionally,” Sammons said. “We hold ourselves to a high standard at SOMC, and it’s always rewarding to see that dedication recognized by an organization like the American Hospital Association.”

To earn the CPHRM, Sammons had to satisfy eligibility requirements that incorporate a blend of professional experience and education, agree to adhere to the AHA Professional Standards of Conduct and pass the CPHRM Certification Examination.

The CPHRM Examination assesses knowledge required of a competent healthcare risk manager in the areas of Loss Prevention/Reduction; Claims Management; Risk Financing; Regulatory/Accreditation Compliance; Operations; and Bioethics. Additionally, Sammons had to demonstrate continued professional development and commitment to her profession.

The American Hospital Association is a national organization that represents and serves various hospitals and health care networks, as well as their patients and communities. Founded in 1898, it is now comprised of nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks or other providers. The AHA has 40,000 individual members.

Service Guild donates to production of The World Goes ‘Round

The Service Guild, part of the Friends of SOMC, is seen presenting Dr. Vincent Scarpinato with a $5,000 donation to support the musical, ‘The World Goes Round.’ Proceeds from The World Goes Round go towards the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund. The show will be performed at Portsmouth Little Theatre on October 12 and 13th. Shows begin at 7:30pm both nights.

General admission tickets are available for purchase at Hatti Beasley’s, Market Street Café and the Port City Café and Pub in Portsmouth. Tickets are $25 each.


SOMC to offer valet parking at main campus

Southern Ohio Medical Center will begin offering valet parking services on the hospital’s Main Campus Oct. 1.

“Patients and their family members will be able to pull up to the main entrance canopy, exit their car at the front door, leave their keys and get a ticket stub from the valet attendant who will park their car for them in a dedicated, protected area,” Craig Gilliland, director of SOMC Financial Services and Business Development, explained.

“When the patient is ready to leave the hospital, they can call ahead or return their ticket stub to the attendant, who will retrieve the vehicle and bring it to the front door.”

Valet services will be available from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the hospital front entrance only. The service is free of charge, though donations will be accepted.

“As we continue developing our patient-care services, we understand that we must also provide improved and convenient accessibility to our expanding facilities,” Gilliland said. “We’re always looking for ways to enhance the patient-care experience at SOMC, and we believe that adding valet parking will greatly assist our patients and guests during those times when finding close, convenient parking can be a challenge.”

Gilliland said that valet services are just part of the parking changes set to take place on the SOMC Main Campus, with the addition of extra patient and employee parking scheduled for the coming year.

“Providing easy access to our facilities is one of our top priorities,” Gilliland added. “Valet services will be another improvement in our processes as we continue growing to meet the healthcare needs of the communities we serve.”

SOMC recognized for excellent care by The Joint Commission

Southern Ohio Medical Center was one of just 620 hospitals nationwide to be named as one of the Joint Commission’s “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.” SOMC was the only hospital in the tri-state region to earn the distinction.

SOMC was recognized for offering excellent care for treating heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia as well as surgical care. The designation is based on aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized for providing our patients with excellent care in so many areas,” Claudia Burchett, vice president of Patient Services, said. “We strive to provide the area with the best healthcare possible, and it’s encouraging that the Joint Commission recognizes that we’re doing just that.”

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Only the top 18 percent were honored as “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.”

“Every patient that walks through our doors deserves excellent care,” Valerie DeCamp, director of nursing at SOMC, said. “That is something they expect to receive from SOMC, and everyone here works hard to make sure it is delivered.”

Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. For the full list of hospitals recognized by the Joint Commission, visit www.jointcommission.org.

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SOMC offering informational Men’s Health Symposium at Cancer Center

Southern Ohio Medical Center is offering a free Men’s Health Symposium at the SOMC Cancer Center on October 3. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 pm with the event beginning at 6:00 pm.

The symposium will include presentations from SOMC’s Dr. Chris Schmidt, Dr. Charles Wong, Dr. Jesse Houghton and Dr. Johnny Ray Bernard, Jr.. Topics will include a general overview of prevention tips and techniques for prostate and colon cancer as well as warning signs to report and screening tests that are recommended.  There will also be a question and answer period.

“The Men’s Health Symposium is an excellent opportunity for men in our community to learn what they can do to keep themselves healthy and get valuable feedback from local physicians who manage these illnesses and screening activities,” Wendi Waugh, director of the SOMC Cancer Center, said.

In addition to promoting good health, participants will also have the opportunity to win a television. There are also perks offered for women who attend.  It is important that everyone understands how to take control of health issues.

“We will be offering free massages for women who choose to accompany their husbands or significant others to the symposium,” Waugh said. “They’ll have the opportunity to relax while the men attend the symposium.”

Relaxation is another important key to good health, as lowering stress levels help lower blood pressure and encourage healthier moods and appetites.

The symposium is being held in place of offering PSA-based screenings because the U.S. Preventative Taskforce recommends against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer without conversation and evaluation with your physician.

For more information, please call the SOMC Cancer Center at 740-356-7490.