SOMC Athletic Trainers improving health of local students

The SOMC Sports Motion program is making huge strides to improve the health and wellness of our local student athletes, partnering with 14 school districts to provide prevention, assessment, immediate care, and rehabilitation of orthopedic and athletic injuries.

“SOMC Sports Motion is a premier sports medicine program that offers a unique multidisciplinary approach to health issues,” Brad Zieber, manager of SOMC Performance Training, said. “Our trainers offer a scientific approach to the full continuum of care—from prevention and performance improvement, all the way through injury, treatment and rehabilitation.”

Athletic trainers are licensed and certified healthcare professionals who collaborate with coaches, parents, athletes, and physicians to optimize activity and participation. They prevent injuries by implementing stretching, strength, and conditioning programs at each school, providing immediate assessment and care of injuries, utilizing special training to streamline the healing process, and progressively rehabilitating injuries to promote a timely return to play.

“Our athletic training team is very involved in each school’s sports system, helping to coordinate and provide coverage at games, practices, tournaments, and other sporting events,” Zieber said. “They’re right there with the team on the sideline, which is a huge benefit if an injury occurs on the field or court. Our trainers can immediately assess patients and refer them to a physician to get them the care they need.”

Sport Motion’s Athletic Training Outreach Program currently utilizes nine trainers who include: Joel Bennett, Lauren Breitenbach, Robert Dryden, Nathan Franke, Amber Howell, Summer Potter, Ray Tackett, Brian Tennant, and Matt Wilson. The program itself is utilized by the school systems of Clay, East, Eastern, Green, Lewis County, Manchester, Minford, New Boston, Northwest, Notre Dame, South Webster, Western, Wheelersburg, and Valley.

“The program keeps growing, by both the number of trainers and the schools we work with, and we’re excited to partner with new districts for the upcoming school year,” Zieber added. “We’re glad our services are reaching so many and I thank our team for all their hard work.”

SOMC Sports Motion also provides a Saturday Sports Injury Clinic that is open to all student athletes during the fall sports season. The clinic is available every Saturday at the SOMC Orthopedic Associates Office, where an orthopedic surgeon will be able to evaluate each athlete. Appointments are not necessary and walk-ins are welcome.

For more information about SOMC’s Sports Motion program, or to contact an athletic trainer, please call 740-356-7526.

Get ready to Run For Your LIFE

SOMC’s 38th Annual Run For Your LIFE 5K/10K will be held on September 5 at 8:00 a.m.

This year, a new category has been added. You may enter to “Bike for your LIFE.” The bike course will follow the 10K run course. Awards will be given to the top three males and top three females.

Awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age division of the 5K run and the 10K run.

Age groups range from eight years and younger to 70 years and older.

To register, search “Run For Your LIFE” at

Pediatric Guild donates iPods to nursery

NurseryWebThe nursery at Southern Ohio Medical Center now has iPods to help sooth babies dealing with symptoms of withdrawal, thanks to a donation from the SOMC Pediatric Guild. The iPods are beneficial for babies that respond well to low volume, soothing music.

Pictured here with the new iPods are Glenna Arnett, Aubrey Roy, Diane Applegate and Ashley Musser alongside Maternity’s Jone Stone.

Train to Run program offered at LIFE Center

SOMC LIFE Center members are invited to take part in a free class called Train to Run, which will teach the basics of running.

The class is available for non-members, as well, at a cost of $5 per session.

Train to Run is a beginner level course and perfect for those who have never completed a 5K event. It will ready participants to compete in SOMC’s Run For Your LIFE.

The program is lead by Steven Taulbee, running coach and group fitness instructor at the SOMC LIFE Center.

All changes due to weather will be posted on the SOMC LIFE Center Facbook page. The group will meet in the lobby of the Portsmouth LIFE Center.

To register, call 740-356-7650.

Miss Wheelersburg donates to SOMC Heart and Vascular Fund

Julianna Logan DonationWebMiss Wheelersburg Julianna Logan, a contestant in the 2015 River Days Queen’s Pageant, recently donated $1225 to the SOMC Heart and Vascular Fund. The fund supports patients who have experienced heart attacks or other heart health issues. Logan, who was diagnosed with a heart murmur as a child, has dedicated her River Days candidacy to the issue of heart health.

Logan raised the donated funds by holding a “Run For Your Life! Zombie 5K,” which drew more than 120 participants – many of whom were dressed in full zombie attire and with full makeup.

Swim Club, SOMC encourage kids to get in pool

We are approaching the final month of summer, but there’s still plenty of time for your children to get in the pool.

The Spartan Swim Club is holding tryouts on Saturday, August 29 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The tryouts will take place at 1990 Chariot Way in Portsmouth. Swimmers will be divided into three groups: Spartan, Hoplite and Agoge. Groupings are based primarily on level of stroke skill, technique and swimming endurance.

If your child doesn’t know how to swim or needs to improve their technique, Southern Ohio Medical Center offers swimming lessons that can make the difference. The classes cater to children of various ages.

SOMC offers a Water Enrichment course for children ages one to three, which allow parents to get into the water with their child.

Children three to four, who have completed Water Enrichment, can sign up for Aqua Tots. Then, children from four to twelve can sign up for a series of beginner courses called Beginners, Beginner | Advanced and Beginner II.

Finally, there is an Aqua Kidz course for children five to thirteen. Children older than thirteen, meanwhile, can sign up for private lessons.

For more information about the Spartan Swim Club, email

For more information about swimming lessons at SOMC, call 740-356-7563.

SOMC announces new “Lung Navigator”

For lung cancer patients, early detection can make a world of difference – and achieving it can be as easy as calling 740-356-LUNG.

Calling 740-356-LUNG will put patients in touch with the “lung navigator” at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The lung navigator can help qualifying patients receive lung cancer screenings, which are covered by commercial insurance plans.

“Lung cancer screenings can save lives,” Wendi Waugh, director of the SOMC Cancer Center, said.  “It’s our job to make sure they’re available to the people who need them. The SOMC lung navigator does just that.”

In order to qualify for a lung screening, a patient must meet certain criteria. These include:

•   Being 55-77 years of age;

•   Having a tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (One pack-year means you smoke one pack a day for one year);

•   Being a current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last fifteen years;

•   Having no diagnostic CT Thorax Scan in the past 18 months;

•   Having no history of lung cancer;

•   Having no signs or symptoms of lung cancer

“There’s nothing easy about receiving a cancer diagnosis, but we are here to help you through it,” Waugh said.

For more information, or to find out if you qualify for a screening, contact the SOMC Lung Navigator at 740-356-LUNG (5864).

There is no such thing as a healthy tan

Spring and summer is the perfect to work on getting an attractive, healthy tan. The only problem is that the very idea of a “healthy tan” is a myth – any tan is a sign of damaged skin. When you tan, that’s actually your body trying to prevent additional damage to your skin cells’ DNA.

The idea that tan is beautiful is a historically recent development. It wasn’t until the 1920s, in fact, that tanned skin was popularized as a fashion statement. Unfortunately, it’s a statement that can come at a tremendous cost – just ask any of the more than 2 million people who are diagnosed with skin cancer every year.

There are a few things you can do to protect your skin.

First, avoid tanning beds. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, people who use tanning beds have a 59% increased risk of developing melanoma.

Next, start regularly using sunscreen. Regardless of skin color, you should apply at least SPF 30 sunscreen any time you’re going to be in the sun. Make sure it’s water-resistant if you plan on getting into the pool. Ideally, you would apply SPF 15 sunscreen even if you weren’t going to be spending time in the sun. You should also use sunglasses that block 99-100% of both UVA and UVB rays. This will decrease your odds of developing cancer around the eyes.

If – despite your best efforts – you still receive sunburn, you should take an aspirin or ibuprofen, drink extra water and apply moisturizer. If the sunburn is severe, you should see a doctor.

SOMC named America’s fifth best place to work in healthcare

Great Places to Work and FORTUNE Magazine has named Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) America’s fifth best place to work in healthcare. This latest distinction is in addition to SOMC being named one of the best places to work and one of the country’s best places for millenials to work.

“We work hard to create an environment where people can enjoy coming to work and take pride in their jobs,” Vicki Noel, SOMC vice president of human resources, said. “We believe this not only makes SOMC a better place to work, but it makes us better at what we do.”

The “Best Places to Work In Healthcare” list is part of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work and FORTUNE based entirely on employee surveys from published Great Place to Work Reviews. To view the complete 2015 list, please visit

“It means a lot to us to see our organization recognized in this way,” Director of Human Resources Ken Applegate said. “We work hard to be a good employer for our community, and this achievement is the culmination of those efforts.”

SOMC has also been recognized as one of the best healthcare facilities to work for by Modern Healthcare Magazine, as an OSHA VPP Star organization, and as an ANCC Magnet facility, which is one of the country’s highest nursing honors.

The complete list of best places to work in healthcare can be found at For more information, visit or like SOMC on Facebook at