SOMC triathlon brings in more than 100 competitors

SOMC TriathlonSouthern Ohio Medical Center’s first ever Tri For Your LIFE Sprint Triathlon brought more than 110 participants into Portsmouth, some coming from as far away as Florida and Minnesota.

 “It was a fantastic, and tremendously successful, event,” Wendi Waugh, director of Cancer Services and Community Health and Wellness, said. “We’re thrilled that our first triathlon was able to generate so much interest and support.”

 The event began with a 200-meter swim, followed by a 20k bike ride and a 5k run. Athletes were timed and, at the end of the event, awards were distributed to the individuals and teams that turned in the best performances.

 The fastest male performance came from Don Caine, who finished with a time of 52:57. Ann Marie Allen had the fastest female performance at 59:42.

 The SOMC Life Center can be reached at 740-356-7650. To view photos from the triathlon or other SOMC events, “like” SOMC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernOhioMedicalCenter.

SOMC awarded Love Your Heart grant from Marting’s Foundation

Love your heartSouthern Ohio Medical Center has been awarded a $13,000 grant by the Richard D. Marting’s Foundation to continue the Love Your Heart program in 2013. Love Your Heart helps kindergarten-aged children learn the importance of proper nutrition and exercise during a fun, Wizard of Oz-themed event.  Julia Wisniewski of the Richard D. Marting’s Foundation presented Amy Fraulini, director of SOMC Heart and Vascular Services, with a check to support the program on August 3.

SOMC wins Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Awards

SOMC recently received the Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Gold Employer and Business awards through the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

The Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award recognizes breastfeeding-friendly employers that support their employees by establishing and maintaining comprehensive, high-quality lactation support programs.

The Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Business Award recognizes breastfeeding-friendly businesses that create a supportive environment for their clients or customers who wish to breastfeed onsite.

“SOMC is committed to promoting and protecting a mother’s right to breastfeed her child for as long as she chooses,” Robin Frantz, lactation consultant of Maternity Services, said. “We are proud to offer our employees the support and resources they need to continue caring for their children after returning to work and we are very honored to receive this recognition.”

“Children that are breastfed have a reduced risk of many health problems, including diabetes, asthma, childhood cancer and obesity,” ODH Director Ted Wymyslo, MD, said. “We are proud to honor employers who are working to improve the health of our community’s littlest members by supporting employees and customers who breastfeed.”

SOMC will be presented with the award during the Executive Healthy Ohio BusinessCouncil Meeting Sept. 18.

ODH, with the assistance of the Ohio Lactation Consultant Association and other breastfeeding advocates around the state, developed the Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award in 2011. To learn more about the award, or to view a complete list of the 2012 Breastfeeding Friendly Award winners, please visit www.healthyohioprogram.org.

SOMC honors aspiring physicians at Pre-Med Dinner and Awards Ceremony

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently invited college students aspiring to become physicians to a Pre-Med Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the SOMC Friends Center. During the event, SOMC honored several local students who have already been accepted into medical school. Pictured are three of those students, from left to right, Paul Ramey, Jessie Reinhardt and Jenny Williams. Ramey is attending the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a graduate of Greenup County High School and Shawnee State University. Reinhardt is attending the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, and is a graduate of Valley High School and Shawnee State University. Williams is attending the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine and is a graduate of Minford High School and Shawnee State University. Not pictured, but also accepted into medical school, is Christopher Brancker, who will be attending the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bethany Heidenrich, who will be attending the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Cody Horn, who will be attending the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. For more information about this program, call SOMC Physician Recruitment at 740-356-8528.

Memorial Ride raises more than $23,000 for SOMC Hospice

SOMC Hospice Director Teresa Ruby watches as participants in the 2012 Hospice Memorial Bike Ride take off. More than 300 motorcycle enthusiasts revved up their engines and collected more than $23,000 during the 4th Annual Memorial Bike Ride, held July 28 on the SOMC East Campus. The event was created in memory of Hospice Patient Ricky Bryan, as well as all hospice patients and their families, and annually raises efforts for the SOMC Hospice Caritas Fund.

SOMC Hospice would like to thank those who made the event possible, including: American Legion Post 23 Riders, Mike Phillips, Portsmouth Motorcycle Club, Amanda Eaton, Mac-a-Doos, Krogers, Party Connection, Darren Mault of the Scioto Ribber, Pespi Cola, R&R Tent Rentals, the Portsmouth Police Department, the New Boston Police Department, The Dons, Sharon Thompson of ESP Enterprise, Jones Cycle Supply and Eugene Gahms.

For more photos from the event, visit www.facebook.com/SouthernOhioMedicalCenter.

SOMC Rehab Services can offer relief for chronic pain and discomfort

For years, Connie Pickelsimer suffered from pain in her shoulders, neck and feet. At least once a week, she would experience headaches that lasted for hours, as well as neck and head pain so severe it rendered her unable to even read.

Although she was skeptical that anything short of surgery would help her, Connie eventually decided to seek help at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

“It just got to the point where I was really concerned about myself,” Connie said. “I didn’t know if I was having arthritis problems or what could be wrong with me, so I decided to try physical therapy.”

Connie was evaluated by physical therapist Angi Basham, PT/DPT, and diagnosed with right shoulder impingement, cervicalgia, left foot plantar fasciitis and right first ray dysfunction/turf toe. After eight weeks of physical therapy, Connie is amazed by the progress she’s made.

Her headaches are no longer an issue and her pain has reduced dramatically.

“I didn’t think I could feel this good without having some sort of surgery,” Connie said.

Prior to visiting SOMC, Connie said her pain was so severe that, when she would sit in her car, she couldn’t even reach behind her to put her purse in the backseat. Today, not only is reaching into her backseat not a problem but she’s also found herself having more mobility than she even realized was possible.

“I didn’t even know I was supposed to be able to turn my neck as far as I can now,” Connie said.

While Connie sought a solution to her pain, she knows that many others simply resign themselves to living their life in discomfort. After ignoring her pain for years before coming to SOMC, Connie said she would advise others to consider physical therapy as well.

“Anyone suffering from pain should call SOMC and see what they can do,” Connie said. “There’s no reason to let the pain get worse and worse.”

For more information, contact SOMC Rehabilitation Services at 740-356-7438.

SOMC Receives OHA’s Top 20 Percent Award

Southern Ohio Medical Center has once again received the Ohio Hospital Association’s (OHA) Top 20 Percent Award for being one of the safest healthcare facilities in the state.

 The award is given through OHA’s Statewide Hospital Safety Campaign, which annually recognizes hospitals and healthcare systems that have secured the most successful safety programs and superior employee safety records. The safety awards were created in 1953 by the OHA and the Industrial Commission of Ohio to promote workplace safety.

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

 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. SOMC was recognized among 14 other healthcare facilities.

 “Safety is a priority in everything we do and this award proves our dedication to go above and beyond,” Chief Safety Officer Leeann L. Sammons, vice president of SOMC Health and Safety, 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.”

 For more Southern Ohio Medical Center news, ‘like’ SOMC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernOhioMedicalCenter.

SOMC Hospice Memorial Ride scheduled for July 28

The Fourth Annual SOMC Hospice Memorial Ride will take place on July 28. Registration will begin at 11am at the SOMC Hospice building on the East Campus, and riders will depart at noon.

The Memorial Ride was created by hospice patient Ricky Bryan, who began planning the ride prior to his death as a way to give back to the program. Since his passing, SOMC has carried on the Memorial Ride as a way to honor not only Ricky, but all bike riders and hospice patients.

 “Even though this event is relatively new, it has already received tremendous support from the community,” Sheila Riggs, claims coordinator of Hospice Services, said. “Last year’s Memorial Ride brought out more than 200 motorcycle enthusiasts. We’d like to do just as well, if not better, this year.”

 The ride itself sends participants on a 90-mile, police-escorted ride through southern Ohio. All proceeds benefit patients of SOMC Hospice Services.

 “We’re always humbled by the outpouring of support SOMC’s hospice program receives from the community. Their generosity is amazing, and the Hospice Memorial Ride is an excellent example of that,” Riggs said.

 This year’s ride will feature music from The Don’s, as well as a 50/50 drawing with all proceeds going to hospice. 50/50 tickets are $1 each or $5 for an arm’s length.

 Cost of the ride is $20 for a single rider and $25 for a rider and passenger. Participants will also receive a free lunch when the ride returns. Anyone not riding may purchase lunch for $5. There will also be t-shirts on sale for $15.

 For more information, SOMC Hospice can be reached at 740-356-2651.

Ohio River Cruise lets community have a good time for a good cause

The Southern Ohio Medical Center Foundation Board is offering community members the opportunity to kick back, relax and support a good cause all from aboard the beautiful Belle of Cincinnati. The 2012 Ohio River Cruise is scheduled for Thursday, July 26, and proceeds from the dinner cruise will help the SOMC/Emergency Medical Services Team improve local heart attack response times. Funding will be used for 12 Lead EKG systems, software, and cell phone plans to transmit patients’ EKSs to the emergency department from the ambulance in the field. Faster care leads to better outcomes, and studies have shown that the use of pre-hospital EKGs and field transmission capabilities can give heart attack patients quicker access to the care they need. “By joining us on the Ohio River Cruise, the community has a chance to enjoy an evening of fun while providing funding to a much-needed cause,” SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett said. “This is an important tool that will allow us to provide a higher quality of care to heart attack patients in our community.” Anyone who purchases a ticket to the Ohio River Cruise will also have a chance to win up to $10,000 in a sweepstakes drawing ($5,000 cash prize, $5,000 in prizes). The cruise will begin at 6:30 pm on July 26, with boarding taking place at the Court Street Landing in Portsmouth. The Belle of Cincinnati will dock at the same location at 9:30 pm. Sponsorship tickets cost $500 and include premier, river view seating, champagne, dinner for four and four entries in the sweepstakes drawing. Individual tickets cost $125 and include dinner and one entry in the sweepstakes drawing. Sponsorships and tickets are limited so call 740-356-6160 to reserve your tickets soon.