SOMC breaks ground on West Union facility

SOMC West Union groundbreaking

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently broke ground on a new facility in Adams County known as SOMC West Union. The facility, which will house the practices of Drs. John and Angela Shupert, is slated for completion in 2014. Once finished, it will offer patients with primary care, x-ray, pharmacy and outpatient laboratory services.

 

CrossFit Alpha Pack is a life changer for local man

Michael Kitts

A before and after photo of Michael Kitts shows his results after just a few months of CrossFit.

Michael Kitts didn’t believe he could do CrossFit.

He had never done anything like it before, and doubted he’d be able to start at 42-years-old. Now, he does it three to five times a week.

“At first, I was intimidated,” he said. “But once I tried it, I knew I could do it and I haven’t stopped.”

Since Michael joined the CrossFit Alpha Pack in March, he has lost 18 pounds and – since April – he has shed 3% of his body fat. Total, he is down 25 pounds since January. But those aren’t the only changes he has seen.

“I have a lot more energy and I’m eating healthier,” Michael said. “My endurance has grown tremendously and I feel better. I never would have believed it, but at the age of 42 I am in the best shape of my life.”

Something that helped Michael was the camaraderie and team atmosphere that go along with CrossFit. Everyone encourages one another, he said, and no matter what physical condition you are in everybody is working towards the same goal.

Michael’s only been doing CrossFit for a few months, but it has already changed his life, and he has sage advice for anyone else that is struggling to lose weight.

“No matter what age you are, if you set goals and put your mind to it you can do anything you want,” he said.

For more information about the CrossFit Alpha Pack, visit www.CrossFitAlphaPack.com or like them on Facebook.

SOMC to host mental health in-service

Southern Ohio Medical Center will be hosting a mental health in-service entitled “Dementia: The Basics” on September 10 at 1pm. The in-service will take place in the East Campus Conference Room, located inside the Gibson Building.

The event will feature Melissa Dever of the Alzheimer’s Association. CEU’s are offered for social work and nursing in Ohio.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Erica Kegley at 740-356-6845.

Breast Center receives PRC Five-Star Award

The Breast Center of Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received the Five-Star Award for Service Excellence, presented by Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC), the company that conducts a portion of the hospital’s patient satisfaction surveys.

This designation is given annually to healthcare facilities, providers, outpatient service lines, and inpatient units that score in the top 10 percent of the PRC national client database for the previous year. The award is based on the percentage of patients who rate the facility as “excellent” for their overall quality of care.

Shown above at the presentation are Claudia Burchett (center), chief nursing officer and vice president of SOMC Patient Services, with members of the SOMC Breast Center team.

SOMC wins breastfeeding awards

Southern Ohio Medical Center has received two awards highlighting its efforts to support breastfeeding. SOMC earned both the Ohio Department of Health’s Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award and the Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Business Award.

There are medical benefits associated with breastfeeding, as it reduces the risk of infections and provides optimal nutrition for the child.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, low rates of breastfeeding add $2.2 billion a year to medical costs. Babies who are formula-fed instead of breast-fed tend to require more doctor visits, hospitalizations and prescriptions. A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics estimated that the country would save $13 billion per year in health care and other costs if 90 percent of U.S. babies were exclusively breastfed for six months.

Supporting breastfeeding makes good business sense, as well. Studies have found that breastfeeding reduces absenteeism rates on the part of new mothers and increases their productivity.

SOMC is one of 22 employers in Ohio to be honored by the Ohio Department of Health and one of 11 to receive the Breastfeeding Friendly Business Award.

Sports Motion provides concussion testing

With the full ramifications of concussions on local athletes being better understood every day, Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Sports Motion program is doing what it can to protect local athletes from the long-term dangers that go along with head injuries.

SOMC Sports Motion is now performing baseline testing on local athletes. This computerized cognitive test from Axon Sports provides a more complete picture of where an athlete’s cognitive ability is following a potential concussion. This prevents athletes from inadvertently being cleared to play, and possibly suffer additional injuries, before fully recovering from an initial head injury. It is part of Sports Motion’s current Concussion Management Protocol, which has oversight from numerous physicians and neurology staff.

“Statistically, one in ten athletes will suffer a concussion every year,” SOMC’s Dr. Leon Rosenberg said. “These are serious injuries with potentially long-term affects. These tests help us recognize when a concussion has occurred, and better gauge when it is safe for an athlete to return to play.”

Baseline testing provides an idea of what an athletes cognitive ability is before an injury. These results can then be compared to test results after an injury and used to gauge the recovery process. Allowing athletes to suffer additional head injuries before having a full recovery from an initial concussion can result in even greater damage.

“Things like coordination come back fairly quickly after a concussion,” Brian Tennant, an athletic trainer with SOMC Sports Motion, said. “Cognitive ability is the last thing to come back.”

Testing is completed for every school covered by SOMC Sports Motion, and will take place prior to the start of football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball seasons. It is considered a best practice in keeping athletes safe.

“Sometimes, the kids will get mad if I tell them they can’t practice or play,” Tennant said. “I tell them that I want them to be able to remember their child’s name when they’re 30.”

For more information, contact SOMC Sports Motion at 740-356-7438.

SOMC support group helps individuals through the grieving process

Mourning the loss of a loved one is a personal journey that can be unique to each individual. The journey can also be difficult and painful, however, which is why Southern Ohio Medical Center is offering a free support group called “Picking up the Pieces” this autumn.

“Everyone deals with grief differently,” Susan Goins, bereavement coordinator for SOMC Hospice, said. “We want to help those who are grieving the loss of a loved one understand that there is no wrong way to mourn, and help them better understand the process and emotions that go along with grief.”

The “Picking Up The Pieces” support group will run from September 3 to October 8. It will meet on September 3, September 10, September 17, September 24, October 1 and October 8. Each meeting will last from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and will take place in the Gibson Building Conference Room, located on SOMC’s East Campus.

Meetings are free and open to the public. Space is limited, however, so registration is required. For more information, or to register for the group, contact Susan Goins at 740-356-2676.

SOMC Waverly Urgent Care named Top Performer by PRC

SOMC Waverly Urgent Care, PRC Award The Waverly Urgent Care & Specialty Center of Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently presented with the Top Performer Award by Professional Research Consultants, Inc. for achieving the highest scoring overall quality of care survey results in the PRC 2012 National Patient Database.

The Top Performer Award is annually given to each healthcare facility, healthcare provider, outpatient service line, and inpatient unit that scores at or above the 100th percentile for overall quality of care.

The Waverly Urgent Care has scored at 100 percent for overall quality of care since its opening in June 2012.

“Our team is very proud to serve Pike County and the patients of this community,” Elvis Walters, nurse manager of the SOMC Waverly Urgent Care & Specialty Center, said. “We look forward to continuing our commitment to service and quality excellence.”

Pictured at the award presentation are staff members of the SOMC Waverly Urgent Care & Specialty Center with SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett (left), Walters (second from left), and Mary Kate Dilts-Skaggs, director of Nursing for SOMC Emergency, Outpatient, and Pediatric Services (right).
 

SOMC donates $20,000 to UCAN

Michael Gampp, Therese Egbert, Kara Redoutey and Randy Arnett; SOMC donates to Scioto Foundation

Michael Gampp and Therese Egbert of the Scioto Foundation are seen with Kara Redoutey, director of SOMC Development, and President and CEO Randy Arnett.

Southern Ohio Medical Center has presented a major gift of $20,000 to the Scioto Foundation’s UCAN (University/College Access Network) Endowment Fund.  The significant contribution to the endowment fund is an important step in building increased scholarships for Scioto County youth into the future, according to Scioto Foundation Executive Director Kim Cutlip.

“We are proud to support programs that foster positive development in our local youth,” Director of Community Relations and Development Kara Redoutey said. “SOMC is always looking for ways to strengthen our community, and by helping make college a reality for local students, the Scioto Foundation and the UCAN program do just that.”

“We look forward to a long, sustained partnership with SOMC and we welcome its leadership as the Scioto Foundation moves forward in the second phase of the UCAN program,” said Cutlip. “This gift will help promote the growth of the UCAN plan overall. It brings the value of the Foundation’s UCAN General Endowment Fund to a quarter of a million dollars.”

Designed to help local students plan, prepare and pay for college, the UCAN plan is currently wrapping up its fifth year showing evidence of great success in all of its primary goals.

SF’s UCAN General Endowment Fund is used for any or all of UCAN needs, most specifically to continue making challenge grants available to local schools in future years. The challenge grants provide matching funds for monies raised by twelve participating Scioto County school systems to grow their own UCAN Endowment Funds.

The first five years of UCAN have shown success. Local schools combined with the Scioto Foundation’s matching monies have raised approximately $1,000,000 for their respective scholarship endowment funds. From that invested amount, 155 local students received $116,000 in UCAN scholarships. Eighty-two teachers from Scioto County schools earned certification to teach AP courses through stipends from the Scioto Foundation in the amount of $52,035.  $48,742 in mini-grants was awarded to the 12 participating school systems to assist with the costs of tests and fees. A centralized scholarship database, www.ucanfindascholarship.org, exists for Scioto County students and parents looking for scholarship dollars. It received over 5,000 hits so far.

Finally, UCAN is working to “create a college-going community” via a College Night for grades 7 – 12 and a College Carnival for grades K – 3 scheduled in September.

Further information about the UCAN program and ways to support it may be obtained by contacting Cutlip at (740) 354-4612 or kim.sciotofoundation@frontier.com.