‘Heart & Vascular’ Category


SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, May 24

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., May 24 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.

SOMC Names New Manager of Employee Health and Wellness

Julie Thornsberry, RN, BSN, has been named Manager of Employee Health and Wellness at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Thornsberry has worked at SOMC since 2000. She earned an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in nursing from Shawnee State University. She was a nurse in the SOMC Maternity unit for eight years and for the last three years she was the Clinical Educator and Team Leader for the Cardio Vascular Operating Room. In her new role, she will bring a clinical aspect to the Employee Health Department and lead the efforts for employee wellness and the Healthy Partners program. She currently resides in Beaver, Ohio with her husband, David and daughter, Drew.

SOMC Names New Nurse Manager of Surgical Vascular Care Unit

Suzi Lloyd, BSN, RN-BC, has been named the Nurse Manager of the Surgical Vascular Care Unit at Southern Ohio Medical Center.   Lloyd brings nearly 30 years of clinical and leadership expertise to this position. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She began working at Mercy Hospital in 1982 and has held previous positions as Assistant Nurse Manager of the Orthopedic and Surgical Vascular Care Units. Lloyd is a member of the Southern Ohio Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) chapter.   She currently resides in Minford with her family.

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, April 26

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., April 26 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.

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, March 22

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., March 22 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.

SOMC Held Heart Education Event For 1,200 Area Students

Love Your Heart

Southern Ohio Medical Center held it’s 11th Annual Love Your Heart event Feb. 22 and 23 at the Friends Community Center. More than 1,200 area kindergarten students attended the fun and interactive heart education day. SOMC employees dressed as the characters from the Wizard Of Oz and taught students how to take care of their hearts through healthy eating, exercise and five other hands-on stations. Dorothy, the Scarecrow and Tin Man are shown performing the opening skit.

 

SOMC Held Laugh With Heart Event

 

Laugh With Heart

Southern Ohio Medical Center held its 6th Annual Heart Event, titled “Laugh With Heart” on Feb. 15 at the Friends Community Center. More than 200 people pre-registered for free cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference and heart risk analysis screenings. Participants were greeted with goodie bags, balloon art, various education booths and a live comedian. Laughing for 15 minutes a day can reduce stress, pain and conflict, resulting in improved heart health.Shown above is Loretta Colegrove (right) receiving health counseling from Kathy McCullough, RN from SOMC Cardiac Testing and Kurtis Underwood, Shawnee State University nursing student (left).

 

Zumbathon Raises $1,000 for Heart Support Group

Zumba

Southern Ohio Medical Center held a Zumbathon on National Wear Red Day, Feb. 4. The event raised nearly $1,000 for the Mended Hearts Support group-a program offered to SOMC patients and their families battling heart disease. More than 100 people attended and exercised their way to a healthier heart. Amy Fraulini, director of Heart and Critical Care Services at SOMC, began the evening with heart health education.

 

SOMC Celebrates National Go Red Day

Main Campus Southern Ohio Medical Center celebrated National Go Red Day, Feb. 4 with a T-shirt fundraiser. SOMC employees purchased red T-shirts and sported them around the hospital in hopes to raise more than $3,000 for the Mended Hearts Support group-a program offered to SOMC patients and families battling heart disease. Shown above are employees from the SOMC main campus.