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.