Dr. TJ Stidham eager to bust a move, but not a bone

When he was first approached about being part of Dancing With Our Stars, Dr. TJ Stidham – a pediatrician at Southern Ohio Medical Center – knew exactly what he wanted to say: No way.

What he actually said, however, was yes.

“My initial thought was ‘absolutely not,’” Dr. Stidham explained. “My dancing experiences to this point have been limited to the shower and bobbing my head when I’m riding the lawnmower. But, after I thought about it, I decided it would be fun. Plus, it’s a good way to get involved in the community while raising money for a decent cause.”

Dancing With Our Stars is a fundraiser for the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross. Dr. Stidham is one of ten competitors who will show off their dance moves during the March event. Whoever manages to raise the most money, both leading up to and during the event, will be crowned the victor.

“I know I can’t out-fundraise Neal Hatcher,” Dr. Stidham said, referring to another contestant in the event, “but I hope I can at least out-dance him.”

Although dancing is not something Dr. Stidham is known for, he does have experience participating in comedic videos and talent shows. In his spare time, he says he enjoys comic books, soccer, digital art, science fiction, playing with his two children and being involved in children’s outreach. “Basically,” he says, “I’m an all-around nerd and a giant child myself!”

Since committing to the event, Dr. Stidham has teamed up with a partner, Ashlyn Howie (who is also an employee of SOMC), and begun practicing. The dance itself, however, remains a closely guarded secret.

“I can’t reveal that yet,” Dr. Stidham said. “I promise to keep it interesting, but at this point my biggest goal is to make sure I don’t get injured.”

Just in case he comes up short of that one, though, he jokes that he has taken out extra disability insurance. Whatever he has planned, after all, it’s probably more complex than nodding to music from atop a riding lawnmower.

To support Dr. TJ Stidham in Dancing With Our Stars, visit https://www.crowdrise.com/DWOS/fundraiser/tjstidham. Each dollar donated will count as one vote for him to take home the competition’s top prize.

Support breast cancer patients with “A Night of Broadway”

Musical theatre enthusiasts will have the opportunity to enjoy their favorite tunes while supporting local breast cancer patients during the upcoming production of “A Night of Broadway,” which will take place at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts

The show is presented by Dr. Vincent Scarpinato, Linda Tieman, and the Portsmouth West Vocal Department, in association with the SOMC Development Foundation, Shawnee State University, Bob and Debbie Gambill, and the SOMC Service Guild.

The program will feature vocal selections from both alumni and current Portsmouth West High School students. All proceeds earned will benefit the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund.

“A Night of Broadway is a musical celebration that will bring the entire community together to invigorate hope and help us defeat this terrible disease that affects so many lives,” Dr. Scarpinato, senior medical director of Surgical Services at SOMC, said. “While there are often many resources for breast cancer patients, there are also many patients who need help with critical needs; this production will raise money for those people.”

Three ticket types are available for the evening, including $50 VIP Tickets, $25 Patron Tickets, and $12 Regular Tickets. The purchase of a VIP ticket will include admission to a champagne reception following the event. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

“Over the years, we have produced many shows to benefit our local breast cancer patients, and each program brings a new level of appreciation for our community,” Dr. Scarpinato said. “I’m honored to help with these shows, and even more humbled to see the response they receive. They assist so many and we hope this performance will be just as successful as those of the past.”

Tickets for the event can be purchased by calling the McKinley Box Office at 740-351-3600 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

Sleep Diagnostic Center receives program accreditation

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Sleep Diagnostic Center recently received program accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Southern Ohio Medical Center-Sleep Diagnostic Center on meeting the high standards required for receiving accreditation as a sleep disorders center,” said Dr. Timothy Morgenthaler, AASM president. “Southern Ohio Medical Center-Sleep Diagnostic Center is an important resource to the local medical community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”

To receive accreditation for a five-year period, a sleep center must meet or exceed all standards for professional health care as designated by the AASM. These standards address core areas such as personnel, facility and equipment, policies and procedures, data acquisition, patient care, and quality assurance. Additionally, the sleep center’s goals must be clearly stated and include plans for positively affecting the quality of medical care in the community it serves.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited a sleep disorders center for the first time in 1977. Today there are more than 2,600 AASM-accredited sleep centers across the country.

Southern Ohio Medical Center-Sleep Diagnostic Center is directed by Glenn Burris, MD, and is located at 1745 27th Street.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine is a professional medical society for clinicians, researchers, and other health care providers in the field of sleep medicine. As the national accrediting body for sleep disorders centers, the AASM is dedicated to setting standards and promoting excellence in sleep medicine health care, education and research.

SOMC breaks ground on West Portsmouth facility

Southern Ohio Medical Center broke ground on a new West Portsmouth facility on the morning of Friday, January 16. The facility will be located on U.S. 52 next to Earl Thomas Conley Park and will provide primary care. Pictured with shovels are the groundbreaking were, from left to right, Laine Young, CNP; Don Hadsell of J&H Erectors; County Commissioner Doug Coleman; County Commissioner Bryan Davis; and Kirk Donges of TSHD.
For updates regarding SOMC construction, visit the SOMC Construction Blog at www.somc.org/construction.

Five resolutions you may not have considered

To some people, the words “New Year’s resolution” sound an awful lot like “broken promise.” It doesn’t have to, though. Here are five very reasonable resolutions that you’ll have an easier time maintaining:

1.   Unplug daily. Modern electronics allow us to be plugged in 24/7, and as a result many people feel more stressed out than ever. On top of that, studies show that media overload can increase your risk of depression, social anxiety, job burnout and even allergies. The answer? Resolve to turn off your phone and/or computer for a full day every week. If you look closely, you might just notice that there’s an entire world out there just beyond the edges of your iPhone.

2.   Conquer clutter. Cleaning up your house or workspace, and keeping it clean, can do wonders for your mood. Plus, living amongst clutter can sap your energy, and just imagine all the things you could accomplish if you had a little more of that.

3.   Get your finances in order. If you examined your monthly expenditures, odds are you can find something to cut out. If you really want to find savings, look beyond classic techniques like not eating out as often. Maybe you don’t need to maintain both a cell phone and a home phone, or maybe there’s a way you can still watch your favorite shows without also buying 150 channels you don’t like. Think outside the box! If all else fails, simply resolve to live below your means. Have 10% of your paycheck automatically put into a saving’s account and then leave it there. You may be surprised by how quickly that money adds up.

4.   Embrace generosity. It can be as little or as much as you’d like, but just resolving to donate some of your time or money to charity can be a very rewarding experience. You can also resolve to be more generous simply by going out of your way to help someone that has nothing to offer in return.

5.   Spend more time in the kitchen. Kitchens these days are getting fancier and fancier, yet they’re also used less and less. Discover the joy of preparing your own meals – both your body and your taste buds will appreciate it.

Tips for keeping your New Year’s Resolution

It’s a new year, and for many people that means they’ve made plans for a “new you.” But even the most sincere resolutions can fall to the wayside – and they often do. If you find yourself struggling to keep your resolutions for more than a few months, here are some suggestions to help you out.

First, ramp up slowly. Starting with a modest resolution, and then building on it over time, is an easier path to travel than promising dramatic changes all at once. Instead of vowing to never eat sweets again, resolve to just cut back or only enjoy it in moderation.

Resolve to change habits, not to reach arbitrary goals. Instead of resolving to lose a specific amount of weight, resolve to adopt a healthy habit that will help you close in on that goal. Saying that you’ll have fresh fruit for breakfast or take a brisk walk after work is a lot less intimidating than saying you’ll lose 30 pounds by March.

Expect to slip, especially in the first couple of weeks. It doesn’t mean that your resolution is broken, it’s just a reminder that meaningful changes can be difficult to make. Slipping means that you need to work harder, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do it.

Write yourself a reminder of why this change is important. Remembering why you’re making this change can help keep you going when you feel like you’d rather just quit.

And most importantly, start now! Resolving to do something tomorrow is not that different than resolving to do it never. If you’re serious about making a change, take the first step today. It can be as simple as taking a walk during your lunch break or saying no to something you know isn’t good for you. You don’t have to spend an hour after work at the gym, but you should make sure you do something to prove to yourself that you’re serious.

SOMC announces free smoking cessation classes for 2015

SOMC is continuing to provide free smoking cessation classes through 2015. Classes are being offered at four different locations. Use this guide to make sure you or your loved ones know where to go when it’s time to kick the habit!

SOMC Cancer Center

January 12 | 5:30 p.m.

January 16 | 10:00 a.m.

June 1 | 5:30 p.m.

September 11 | 10:00 a.m.

SOMC Vanceburg Family Practice & Specialty Associates

March 4 | 10:00 a.m.

SOMC Waverly Urgent Care & Specialty Associates

March 4 | Noon

Wheelersburg Public Library

March 6 | 11:30 a.m.

SOMC hosting in-service on preventing falls

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host a “Preventing Falls” in-service from 1 to 2 p.m. on January 13 in Room 3 of the Education Building, located on SOMC’s main campus.

Rose Netzler, vice president of Clinical Services at Horizon Health, will lead the in-service. Professionals and community members are invited to attend, and it is not necessary to RSVP.

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

Toland Tournament raises $3,000 for Hospice

The recent Paul Toland Memorial Tournament, a bass tournament held in honor of Paul Tauland and organized by his wife Kim, raised $3,000 for the SOMC Hospice CARITAS Fund. Pictured here from left to right are Becky French of SOMC Social Services, Kim Toland and Susan Goins, also of SOMC Social Services.

The tournament’s first-place finishers were Chris Malone and Bill Kinder. Bill Turley and Eddie Frye finished second, Tim Hines and Tim Frye finished third, Corey Campbell and Tim Wheeler finish fourth and Jere Rigby and Hogan Hass finished fifth. Greg Mawery and Chuck Yaniko won the tournament’s “smallest bass” award.