SOMC Ranks Second Among Ohio’s Best Employers


The Ohio Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Society of Human Resources Management has named SOMC one of the best companies to work for in the state of Ohio for the second year in a row.

At the ceremony April 24, held at the Capitol Theatre in Columbus, SOMC ranked number two out of 11 large companies who were chosen as best employers. The Best Employers in Ohio award is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in the state.

Data was collected and ranked by the company ModernThink for the Ohio Chamber and Ohio Society of Human Resources Management.

The distinction was given based on an evaluation of workplace camaraderie, fairness, credibility, pride and respect but most importantly the thoughts and opinions of the employees of SOMC. SOMC was evaluated against various organizations statewide including large corporations and other healthcare organizations.

Zaph Laboratory Services Director

Andrea Zaph

Andrea Zaph has accepted the position of Administrative Director of Laboratory Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Zaph is responsible for the operational direction of the laboratory, the emergency department STAT lab, EKG testing, phlebotomy, point of care testing and outreach services.

Zaph is a West Portsmouth native and a 1994 graduate of The Ohio State University. She joined SOMC in 1994 as a medical technologist and has served as the laboratory night supervisor and for the past three years as the Pathology/Cytology Supervisor.

She and her husband, Kevin, reside in West Portsmouth with their three children.

SOMC Hospice Center Receives Support From Hope Guild

The Hope Guild, a part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, presented a check for $2,000 as a donation toward the needs of the SOMC Hospice Center. Jean Fraley, left, Saundra Hall and Lorraine Fraley, right, presented the check to President and CEO Randy Arnett, center, during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon April 10.

Hope Guild Supports Telemetry Technology At SOMC

The Hope Guild, a part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, presented a check for $10,000 during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on April 10. Hope Guild members presented the check to President and CEO Randy Arnett. From left are Janie Clifford and Frieda Fraley, Hope Guild, Arnett, Jean Frailey and Mary Jo Schneider, Hope Guild. Funds were raised as part of a pledge to purchase telemetry monitors for SOMC. Telemetry is technology for measuring and transmitting health-related information such as vital signs and other conditions for recording and analysis.

Service Guild Supports SOMC

The Service Guild, a part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, presented a check for $3,000 during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon April 10. Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC, accepted the check from Cindy Wray, left, and Service Guild President Joyce Craig. Funds were raised through various projects held by the guild throughout the year.

SOMC Guild Donates Toys To Pediatrics

The Service Guild, a guild of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center purchased several items through Discovery Toys to donate to the SOMC Pediatrics Unit. Shown with several pieces are Scioto Guild members, from left, Joyce Craig, Cyndie Richards, Wilma Hall and Maxine Arnett.

SOMC Parking Service Expands To Meet Growing Need

Visitors to Southern Ohio Medical Center can now use free parking attendant services at all hours every day.

Since last May, the service at the hospital has gone from parking about 500 cars to more than 4,000 cars each month. Now the attendants are on duty 24 hours every day in front of the Emergency Department.

The parking service is also available at the front entrance to the hospital from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Medical Office Building C from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

“We encourage you to not worry about finding a parking space,” Mary Kate Dilts-Skaggs, director of Emergency Services, says. “Whether you are coming to the Emergency Department for service, outpatient testing, or visiting a friend or relative, just pull up to the curb, hand the attendant your keys and proceed inside. When you are ready to leave the attendant will bring your car to you.”

SOMC Health Care Center Test Hours Change

People needing lab or X-ray work can have their tests earlier at Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Health Care Center on the South Campus, 1248 Kinneys Lane.

Effective April 9, lab and X-ray services at the Health Care Center will be available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

In addition to the Main Hospital outpatient testing, laboratory services (not x-ray) are also available for patients at two additional locations on the Main Campus of SOMC. Blood tests can be taken in Medical Office Building C from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and in Medical Office Building J from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Pettit Named To Master Faculty At OU-COM

Dr. George Pettit (left) accepts congratulations from Dr. Terry Johnson on being named a member of the Master Faculty of the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Local physician George Pettit, MD, was recently honored for his commitment to higher education and work with medical students. The Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) System and Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-COM) have selected Dr. Pettit as a member of the college’s Master Faculty.

Dr. Pettit received this honor based on his exceptional teaching of the clinical and academic programs that comprise OU-COM. He joins an elite group of 89 other clinical faculty members who have been named as part of the Master Faculty.

Dr. Pettit was nominated for the award by Terry Johnson, DO, assistant dean for CORE and OU-COM. During a formal presentation, he was awarded with a Master Faculty pin and plaque for his important role in preparing OU-COM students, interns and residents to be caring, compassionate and competent physicians.

A native of Portsmouth, Dr. Pettit received his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1969. He completed his internship and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Madigan Army Medical Center, where he received the award for top OB/GYN resident.

Dr. Pettit was Chief of OB/GYN Service at the Army Medical Hospital, US Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. until 1977. He then became part of the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center, where he has practiced for the past 30 years. He also serves as the Medical Director of the Portsmouth Health Department, Medical Director of the Shawnee State University Health Clinic, as well as on various committees throughout the community.