Community Gets SOMC Check-up While ‘Singing With Heart’

Community members lined up to test their health and their singing ability during the Sing with Heart event at Southern Ohio Medical Center, which took place Thursday, Feb. 28 at the SOMC Friends Community Center.

Throughout the evening, members of SOMC Heart and Vascular Services, as well as other employees, helped to screen more than 200 people on various healthy-heart indicators including blood pressure, pulse oximetry, glucose, cholesterol and body mass index. Staff members also provided health counseling on topics such as diabetes, smoking, asthma and lab results and prescriptions.

Performances from local talent including Clay High School, West High School and the cast of Portsmouth Little Theatre’s perfomance of “Little Shop of Horrors” kept the mood (and heart rates) up all night long and karaoke was open for the public in between performances.

Sing with Heart is another community event of SOMC Heart and Vascular Services, a program which is expanding in preparation for the arrival of open-heart surgery at the end of this year. In conjunction, 170,000 square feet of new facilities will be opening at the hospital in the summer and fall, including new emergency, surgical, patient care and cardiac testing and care areas, as well as new a new registration department and lobby.