SOMC, Nationwide Children’s hosting Pediatric Cardiology Clinics

Southern Ohio Medical Center is partnering with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to host Pediatric Cardiology Clinics on the first Tuesday of every month. As part of this service, they will be providing screenings for infants, children and adolescents.

Screenings will include:

  • EKGs, ECHOs
  • Evaluation of murmurs
  • Evaluation of chest pain and syncope, with possible cardiovascular causes
  • Cardiology clearance for school sports participation
  • Follow-up visits for cardiac patients

The clinic will be ran by Dr. Kerry Rhosen, the director of Outpatient Services at Nationwide Children’s Heart Center. The clinics will take place at SOMC Heart and Vascular Services, and appointments can be made through the Cardiac Testing Department at 740-356-8138.

Scioto Guild donates $10,000 to Cancer Compassion Fund

SOMC Scioto GuildThe Scioto Guild donated $10,000 to the Cancer Compassion Fund. The fund is supported by donations and is utilized for patient assistance needs such as utilities, medications, transportation and common necessities needed during cancer care. Wendi Waugh, director of the SOMC Cancer Center, is seen here accepting the donation. For more information, visit

LIFE Center member shines in Senior Olympics

Nadine Carver of Minford, OhioFor more than 25 years, the SOMC LIFE Center has provided full service fitness and rehabilitation to southern Ohio. It is a natural stop for those wishing to get healthier, but there are some whose interest in fitness goes beyond shedding a couple of pounds. There are some, like Minford’s Nadine Carver, for whom LIFE Center visits could be considered training.

Since 2007, Nadine has been a regular participant in the national Senior Olympics. She describes her age as “not as old as the years say” – a claim bolstered by the contents of her trophy case. It is home to hundreds of medals, including two gold, two silver and three bronze earned at national competitions across the United States.

The Senior Olympics began in 1985, and now hosts a national competition every two years. As part of these competitions, Nadine has qualified for, and competed in, games in California, Texas and – most recently – Cleveland. She has also found success in numerous regional and state competitions throughout Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.

She focuses on track and field, with both of her national gold medals coming by way of the high jump. She has also competed in the triple jump, long jump, 50-yard dash and 100-yard dash. But even with all of her success, Nadine admits that she doesn’t enter these competitions with any sort of formal preparation.

She did not compete in athletics while in high school – she says it wasn’t an option at the time – and she does not have a personal trainer.

“(The first time I competed) I didn’t know what I was doing, and I still don’t,” Nadine said. “I just run and jump. I exercise and I move, but I really don’t train.”

What she does have is a desire to stay active, which is something that SOMC hopes to encourage and facilitate for others as well. In that spirit, SOMC has a variety of annual events that focus on health and fitness, such as Run For Your LIFE and the Tri For Your LIFE Sprint Triathlon.

On November 16, SOMC will also be hosting an “Ash Dash” to coincide with the Great American Smokeout. The Ash Dash is a run/walk with obstacles that will raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use while incorporating fitness designed to test your limits and get the adrenaline pumping.

These events present opportunities to remain active and live a healthier life, and Nadine has seen first hand that it’s never too late to take advantage of them.

“In the Senior Olympics, I’ve watched a 100-year-old man who was still competing at tennis. I saw a 93-year-old do the pole vault in California,” Nadine said. “It’s inspirational.”

For more information about upcoming health-related events, or how you can improve your overall health, call contact SOMC Community Health and Wellness at 740-356-2720 or the SOMC LIFE Center at 740-356-7650.

Turnout up at second annual Tri For Your LIFE

SOMC Tri For Your LIFE TriathlonOne day after co-hosting the area’s first ever triathlon for children alongside Shawnee State University, Southern Ohio Medical Center saw 119 adults come out for its second annual Tri For Your LIFE Sprint Triathlon. Last year’s inaugural event drew 110.

“The community’s support for these events has been wonderful.  Many of the competitors from our community were first-time triathletes. We also had athletes come to Portsmouth from all over the country to compete,” Wendi Waugh, director of SOMC Community Health and Wellness, said.

SOMC Tri For Your LIFE TriathlonThe triathlon was made up of a 200-yard swim, a 10-mile bike ride and a 5-kilometer run.

Neil Ernst of Cincinnati finished with the fastest overall time, completing the entire triathlon in 51 minutes and two seconds. Out of the local participants, the best finish came from SOMC’s Dr. Thomas Carter who finished at 55 minutes and 45 seconds. He was fifth overall.

“We are looking forward to seeing this event continue to grow in the years to come,” Waugh said, “and we are so grateful for everyone who made it possible.”

Tri For Your LIFE TriathlonThe triathlons were sponsored by:

  • United Healthcare
  • Vicki Noel
  • Solid Rock Construction
  • Edward Jones
  • TB&A Hospital Television
  • USEC
  • Dr. Thomas Khoury
  • Garage Café
  • Ben and Toni Gill
  • Portsmouth Ambulance

For pictures from the SOMC Sprint Triathlon and the Kids Triathlon, like SOMC and the SOMC LIFE Center on Facebook.

SOMC providing free smoking cessation classes

Southern Ohio Medical Center is partnering with the American Lung Association to offer free smoking cessation classes on September 10.

The Freedom From Smoking Program is designed to help anyone wishing to kick the tobacco habit. The course takes place over a seven week period and includes eight classes. All classes are free and all materials are included. Medication support will also be available on a week-to-week attendance basis through the Scioto Foundation.

To register, or for more information, contact SOMC Community Health & Wellness at 740-356-2720.

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 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.