SOMC recognizes local medical school students

Southern Ohio Medical Center held its Pre-Med Dinner and Award Ceremony on July 2, inviting local students who have been accepted into medical schools to be recognized for their accomplishment.

Pictured here are: (Back row, from left to right) Andrew Pollard, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine; Matthew Harcha, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine; Zachary Baird, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; (Front row, left to right) Jordyn Thiel, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Janaki Patel, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine; Ashley Kirby, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; and Corey Johnson, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Not present but also attending medical school is Michele Parsley, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

For more information about the Pre-Med Dinner, or if you know other local students accepted to medical school, please contact SOMC Physician Recruitment at 740-356-8528.

Tips for avoiding heat-related illness

The summer months offer plenty of opportunities to get exercise and enjoy being active, but it’s important to protect yourself from the heat during these long, warm days. Here are some tips from United Healthcare to help you avoid heat-related illness:

1. Exercise in the early morning or late evening hours. The temperature is the coolest at this time. Avoid exercising midday because it’s the hottest part of the day.

2. Drink up! Do not wait until you are thirsty to start hydrating. Drink two to four glasses of water each hour. If you are exercising for an extended period of time, drink a sports beverage to replace the salt and minerals you lose through sweat. If you are on diuretics or a low-salt or fluid-restricted diet, talk to your doctor first about your specific fluid needs.

3. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. Consider dressing in clothes made with moisture-wicking fabric.

4. Protect yourself from the sun. Wear a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher. Try to exercise in the shade. Play tennis on a court shaded by the trees or take a walk in a wooded park.

5. Rest early and often. Take breaks in shady areas.

6. Gradually get used to the heat. It takes seven to 10 days for your body to adapt to the change in temperature. Start by exercising for short time, at a low intensity. Save long, hard workouts until after you’re acclimated to the summer air.

7. Mind the weather. Do not exercise on the hottest days. Keep an eye on the heat index. The heat index is a calculation of the temperature and humidity. It measures “how hot it really feels” outside:

  • Heat index 80 to 90 degrees: fatigue during exercise is possible. Heat exhaustion is a possibility even at these temperatures.
  • Heat index of 90 to 105 degrees: heat cramps and heat exhaustion or heat stroke are possible.
  • Heat index of 105 or higher: heat exhaustion is likely and heat stroke is possible.

If you start to feel bad during your exercise, or you experience any warning signs of heat-related illness, stop! Heat-related illness is serious, and can even be life-threatening. Symptoms include weakness, dizziness, confusion, headaches, cramps, nausea and dehydration.

SOMC offering Triathlon Clinic on July 13

Ahead of the second annual Sprint Triathlon in August, Southern Ohio Medical Center will be hosting a Triathlon Clinic on July 13 to help contenders hone their skills, improve their technique and have some fun.

“Our training is an excellent way for athletes to receive coaching expertise, meet new training buddies and learn key tips and techniques for completing a triathlon,” Brad Zieber supervisor of PT, PEC and Special Projects at the SOMC LIFE Center, said. “It’s also a great way to just get a good workout.”

SOMC’s Sprint Triathlon is made up of three events: A 200-meter swim, a 10-mile bike course and a 5k run. All three will be touched upon during the Triathlon Training, so participants are asked to wear running gear. They must also bring swim gear, including goggles, and their bicycle.

Specifically, the Triathlon Training will cover:

  • Swimming: Safety, Race Procedures, Reading the Course, Managing the start/crowds
  • Cycling: Setting up the transition area, successful swim-to-bike transition, safety and managing the course, pacing and fueling the ride
  • Running: Successful bike-to-run transition, safety and managing the course, pacing and fueling the run, finishing in style

The clinic will also cover injury prevention and nutrition. The SOMC Triathlon Clinic will last from 8am until 10am on July 13, and the SOMC Sprint Triathlon will take place on August 25. For more information, or to sign up, contact the SOMC LIFE Center at 740-356-7650.

Hospice Memorial Bike Ride set for July 27

The 2013 SOMC Hospice Memorial Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, July 27. All proceeds from the event, which was created in memory of motorcycle enthusiast and Hospice patient Ricky Bryan, will benefit Hospice Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Registration begins at 11am at the Hospice Center on SOMC’s East Campus, with riders departing at noon.

“Our community is very supportive of SOMC Hospice, and we try to give them a variety of ways to show that support,” Shiela Riggs of SOMC Hospice said. “The bike ride is a wonderful opportunity for local bikers to get together for a good cause.”

Previous memorial rides have seen tremendous success. Last year’s event raised more than $23,000 and included more than 300 motorcycle enthusiasts.

Cost to participate in the memorial ride is $20 for a single rider of $25 for two people on one bike. There will also be t-shirts available for purchase, as well as prize drawings and giveaways.

For more information, contact SOMC Hospice Services at 740-356-2674. Pre-registration for the event is available but not required.

SOMC announces video submission contest for children 3 to 12

In advance of the opening of SOMC Pediatric Associates, Southern Ohio Medical Center is inviting parents to have their children potentially star in a series of online commercials promoting the service. All they have to do is record and submit a video of their child answering two simple questions:

  • “Why are you excited about the opening of SOMC Pediatric Associates?”
  • “Why should you be featured in a video promoting SOMC’s new pediatric facility?”

The best videos will be posted to SOMC’s Facebook fan page and voted on by SOMC’s fans. Those that receive the most votes will earn the opportunity to star in a series of upcoming videos promoting SOMC Pediatric Associates.

“We are always looking for ways to engage the community and keep our fans involved,” Director of Community Relations Kara Redoutey said. “Not only does this contest accomplish that, but it also puts the focus on those who will benefit the most from SOMC Pediatric Associates – the children in our community.”

Each video should feature only one child and be no longer than 60 seconds in length. Children featured must be between the ages of 3 and 12. Videos must be emailed to by noon on Friday, July 12.

All submissions will be reviewed and a panel will select the finalists, which will be posted to Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Facebook fan page. Fans of SOMC will then be able to vote for their favorite contestant by either liking or sharing the video. Shares must be “public” in order to be counted.

For more information, contact SOMC Community Relations at 740-356-2794 or “like” SOMC on Facebook at

LIFE Center golf tournament draws 22 teams

The 28th Annual LIFE Center Invitational Golf Tournament brought 22 teams of local golfers out to the Elk’s Country Club for a scramble to support the SOMC Foundation. The teams were divided into four flights (A-D) in accordance with their respective skill levels.

  • With a score of 16 under par, the A-Flight tournament winners were Ryan Redoutey, Mike Glockner, Art Robbins and Jonathan Buckler. A team consisting of Bill Angelos, Will Angelos, Jason Donahoe and David Medley shot 13 under par to finish second.
  • In B-Flight, David Fowler, Jack Imes, Brock Clemmons and Brad Washburn finished at ten under par for a first place finish. In second place was the team of Mark Rollins, Ray Ball, Jerry Fannin and Jim Parks who finished at eight under par.
  • The C-Flight tournament victors were Barry Mitchell, Kyle Mitchell, Jeremy Gullett and PD Williams with a score of six under par. The runners up were Mike Janowicz, Matt Chessler and Michael Bobst who finished four under par.
  • And, in D-Flight, victory went to the team of Trevor Foster, Dan Jovanovich, Vic Gusmar and Bobby McGuire who finished six under par. Andy Barber, Randy Brannon, Dennis Glynn and Brian Hemphill finished second with a score of two under par.

All proceeds from the June 14 event went to the SOMC Foundation to enhance the services provided at Southern Ohio Medical Center. “Like” SOMC on Facebook to see photos from the tournament.

SOMC earns Magnet re-designation

Southern Ohio Medical Center has been re-designated as a Magnet hospital, the highest level of distinction for nursing excellence awarded by the American Nursing Credentialing Center. SOMC is the only Magnet hospital in the tri-state area, and one of fewer than 400 Magnet hospitals in the United States.

“I’m absolutely thrilled that we have earned Magnet re-designation. It takes full commitment from everyone in our organization to achieve the level of care required for Magnet, and I am overjoyed to see our work recognized in this way,” SOMC Chief Nursing Officer Claudia Burchett said. “This is a glowing endorsement of our nurses and the care they provide, but it’s also a ‘seal of approval’ on our entire hospital and its staff.”

“Magnet is a confirmation of something that we already know at SOMC: That our nurses routinely go above and beyond to provide their patients with truly excellent care,” SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett said. “To be re-designated as a Magnet hospital is a huge accomplishment, and one that fewer than 7% of all U.S. hospitals have achieved. It speaks to the outstanding job done by our nurses and medical staff each and every day.”

There are five main components through which Magnet hospitals are measured: Transformational Leadership, Structural Empowerment, Exemplary Professional Practice, and New Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements.  To receive re-designation, SOMC submitted a document that was more than 5,500 pages long and 20 inches tall detailing how the hospital achieved excellence in all five areas.

Magnet appraisers also completed an on-site visit where they met with staff and heard first-hand what sets SOMC apart.

“Part of what makes the nurses at SOMC so special is how they work seamlessly with the entire staff to ensure every patient receives the best care possible,” Dr. Elie Saab said. “SOMC is a Magnet hospital because of their dedication to patient care. I am proud to work alongside such talented and caring individuals.”

The Magnet Recognition Program was developed by the ANCC in 1994 to recognize health care facilities that provide the very best in professional nursing care. SOMC first received Magnet designation in 2008.

ANCC statistics show that nurses who work in Magnet designated hospitals are more satisfied with their jobs and the care they provide. Magnet hospitals also have an increased retention rate for nurses.

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Century 21 pledges $1,000 to SOMC Pink Warriors

Century 21 Empire Realty, S.E. recently pledged $1,000 to support the SOMC Pink Warriors Relay for Life team. The contribution was made in memory of Debbie Gambill’s mother and real estate agent Pam Krick, who is an 18-year cancer survivor.

Pictured here, Pam Krick presents the check to Pink Warrior co-captains Norma White and Kristi Coleman of the SOMC Cancer Center.

SOMC releases balloons for Elder Abuse Awareness

SOMC balloon release for Elder Abuse Awareness Day

In honor of Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, Southern Ohio Medical Center released one balloon into the sky for each reported case of elder abuse in Scioto County in 2012 – 162 in all. SOMC was part of an event recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at the Scioto County Welcome Center.