May recognized as Asthma Awareness Month

The month of May is recognized as Asthma Awareness Month, drawing attention to the more than 25 million people in the United States– including more than 7 million children – who suffer from asthma.

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that can be worsened by factors such as allergies, respiratory infections and exposure to environmental toxins. Although asthma can start at any age, it is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 and a leading cause of school absences, according to the American Lung Association.

“Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be managed,” Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Dr. Elie Saab said. “It is important to raise awareness of the disease and help people with asthma get access to the information and resources they need to continue living happy, healthy lives.”

Local asthma patients may benefit from the recent relocation of the SOMC Pulmonary Diagnostic Lab, which is now in Suite 107 of the Waller Building on the hospital’s main campus.  Southern Ohio Medical recently added an allergist to the staff, Mid-West Allergy, whose office will be opening soon. The Interventional Pulmonary Diagnostic Lab is also offering the option of thermoplasty for refractory adult asthma. For more information, call (740) 356-8485.

Pleasure Guild donates $10,000 to SOMC

Pleasure Guild donates to SOMCSouthern Ohio Medical Center recently held a banquet to thank its volunteers for their hours of service to the hospital and its patients. During the banquet, the Pleasure Guild showed its gratitude for SOMC by donating $10,000 to be used for the purchase of patient equipment. Seen here, President and CEO Randy Arnett accepts the donation while surrounded by members of the Pleasure Guild.

Scioto Guild donates to Cancer Compassion Fund


SOMC Scioto Guild

The Scioto Guild recently donated $7,000 to the SOMC Cancer Compassion Fund during a banquet held to honor and thank the many volunteers at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The SOMC Cancer Compassion Fund helps provide support for patients undergoing active cancer care. The funds are used for patient assistance needs such as utilities, medications, transportation and other common necessities. In this photo, SOMC Cancer Center Director Wendi Waugh is seen accepting the donation while surrounded by members of the Scioto Guild.


SOMC receives 2013 Friends of 4-H Award

Jo Williams and Eric Kephas

Southern Ohio Medical Center has received the 2013 “Friends of 4-H” Award in recognition of the hospital’s ongoing support and contributions to the youth program.

In addition to other donations and sponsorships, SOMC gave $1,000 to Scioto County 4-H as part of their ‘Community Valentine’ Facebook poll in February. Seen here, Scioto County 4-H Extension Agent Jo Williams presents Eric Kephas of SOMC Community Relations with a plaque recognizing SOMC as a “Friend of 4-H.”

Sleep Diagnostic Center offers treatment for sleep apnea patients

Sleep apnea is a disorder that affects an estimated 22 million Americans, many of whom who are unaware of their condition. For patients who suffer from the disorder or suspect that they may, the Sleep Diagnostic Center at Southern Ohio Medical Center is ready to provide care.

Treatment for sleep apnea often begins because an individual has general complaints about their sleep, but other times it comes because of something noticed by a partner or spouse.

“On many occasions, patients will come to us after being told that they snore loudly or stop breathing during the night,” Michelle Lyons, supervisor of sleep disorders in the SOMC Sleep Lab, said.

Cases of sleep apnea can range in severity, with some cases requiring no treatment while others can become life threatening. It is also known to complicate other existing conditions.

“It’s very important to seek help if you suspect you may suffer from sleep apnea,” Dr. Glenn Burris said. “Sleep apnea can worsen high blood pressure, congestive heart failure and type-II diabetes. It has also been linked to stroke and can make it more difficult to lose weight.”

Anyone who suspects they may suffer from sleep apnea can learn more by contacting the SOMC Sleep Diagnostic Center at 740-356-8822. Additional information can also be obtained at or by liking SOMC on Facebook at

Hike for Hospice set for May 18; t-shirts on sale now

The 27th annual Hike for Hospice will take place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at the SOMC Hospice Center. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Participants of the hike raise funds by asking friends to sponsor an amount per kilometer walked or by giving an outright donation. Participants also can join in groups of three or more, presenting banners, shirts or other forms of team-promotion.

Each team will receive one complimentary 8×10 photo and all hikers and supporters will be eligible for various prizes, which will be presented at the end of the hike.

Hike for Hospice T-shirts are available and can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 29 – May 1 in the Lobby on the Main Campus or from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 29 – May 17 in the Gibson Building on the East Campus. Cost per shirt is $12 for sizes S—XL or $13 for sizes XXL—XXXL in either orange, sapphire or white. Cash and check will be accepted.

Early registration is encouraged for the event but hikers can also register the day of. For more information, please call 740-356-2651.

Hoops for Hope nets $3,700 for SOMC Hospice

Mike Trivisonno and Marty CochenourMarty Cochenour has donated proceeds from the Richard Cochenour Hoops for Hope Memorial Benefit to SOMC Hospice for the third consecutive year. The 2013 donation totaled $3,700. The benefit was named in honor of Marty’s late father and includes events such as a Chinese auction, a 50/50 drawing and an NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball party. Seen here, Hospice Social Worker Mike Trivisonno accepts the check from Marty Cochenour on behalf of SOMC Hospice.

Daisy Troop 339 donates Girl Scout cookies to SOMC Hospice

Daisy Troop 339 of Wheelersburg, OhioDaisy Troop 339 recently donated 113 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to SOMC Hospice. The troop is led by Becky Conn and Jessie Conley and based out of Wheelersburg. The 113 boxes of cookies were donated to support SOMC Hospice patients and staff. For more information, or to find out how to make your own donation to Hospice, call 740-353-2567 or visit

SOMC offering breast cancer screenings

Southern Ohio Medical Center will be offering free breast cancer screenings at the SOMC Breast Center. The first screening will take place on May 1 from 1pm to 4pm, while additional screenings will be from 9am to noon on June 12 and July 3.

Free clinical breast exams will be provided at the screening. Free mammograms will also be provided for women who are uninsured or underinsured through the Hands of Hope program. The screenings conducted at the SOMC Breast Center will offer same-day mammography if needed.

Individuals 40 years of age or older can register for the screening by calling the SOMC Volunteer Office at 740-356-8234. Younger individuals can also register if they have a family history of breast cancer or an abnormal finding on a self-breast exam.

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