SOMC receives Hospital Safety Score of “A”

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received a Hospital Safety Score of “A,” based on information obtained by The Leapfrog Group as well as publicly reported data.

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the gold standard for comparing hospitals’ performance on national standards, and assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grades to more than 2,500 hospitals in the United States.

“We are thrilled to have earned an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score,” Christy Aeh, director of Safety Services, said. “Safety is one of SOMC’s strategic values, and something we take very seriously. It is rewarding to see our efforts recognized by such a highly respected organization.”

In addition to earning a Hospital Safety Score of “A,” SOMC also received scores that surpassed state and national averages in 12 quality measures, including early elective deliveries, medication safety, central line infection rate and more.

“We hold ourselves to a very high standard in everything that we do,” Vice President of Safety and Support Services Ben Gill said. “It means a lot for our efforts to be recognized in this way.”

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Boilermakers Local 105 gives to SOMC Hospice

Boilermaker Hospice DonationWebSOMC Hospice recently received a $6,000 donation from Boilermakers Local #105. The funds were raised as part of the Boilermakers Local 105 Charity Golf Outing. Present at the donation were, from left to right, Sheila Riggs of SOMC Hospice, Director of SOMC Hospice Teresa Ruby, Boilermakers Local #105 Business Manager Scott Hammond and Chairman of the Golf Committee Joe Ledford.

The donation will benefit the patients and families of SOMC Hospice. For more information, visit or like SOMC on Facebook at

SOMC gives scholarship to Clay grad

Craig Gilliland, Camryn Whitley and Charles T. Leonard

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently provided a $1,000 scholarship to Camryn Whitley, a graduate of Clay High School who intends to study nursing. SOMC has provided scholarships through the Clay School Legacy Fund annually for five years now.

Pictured here, from left to right, are SOMC Director of Financial Services and Business Development Craig Gilliland, scholarship recipient Camryn Whitley and treasurer of the Clay Alumni Association Charles T. Leonard.

SOMC lab services earn re-accreditation

Laboratory Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center have received re-accreditation status after undergoing an inspection by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) March 11.

“The goal of the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is to improve patient safety by advancing the quality of pathology and laboratory services through education, standard setting, and ensuring that laboratories meet or exceed regulatory requirements,” Bridget Scott, director of SOMC Laboratory Services, said.

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is based on rigorous standards that are equal-to or more-stringent-than the U.S. federal government’s own inspection program. During the accreditation process, inspectors examine a lab’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

Laboratory services of the SOMC Main Campus, Cancer Center, Anti-Coagulation Clinic, and Urgent Care centers were inspected.

“Earning this re-accreditation makes us part of an exclusive group of more than 7,600 laboratories worldwide that have met the highest standards of excellence, and we are extremely honored to receive such recognition,” Scott added. “I thank all our employees for their help in maintaining excellence throughout our organization and extend a special thanks to our Lab staff for their focus on perfection.”

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Registration open for Tri for your LIFE

TriWebSOMC’s “Tri for your LIFE” sprint triathlon will take place on Sunday, August 23. The event begins with a 200-meter swim in the SOMC LIFE Center pool, followed by a 10-mile bike course and a 5k run. The event can be completed individually or by a relay team.

SOMC will also be having a kids’ triathlon, called “Kids Tri for you LIFE” on Saturday, August 22. For children ten and under, the triathlon consists of a 100-meter swim, a 5k bike ride and a half-mile run. For children 11 and older, it is a 200-meter swim, a 10k bike ride and a one-mile run.

“Our ‘Tri for your LIFE’ events are designed to be challenging, but accessible, for people of all ages,” Director of Community Health and Wellness Wendi Waugh said. “We’ve had wonderful turnout in the past and we’re looking forward to another great event this year.”

For those registering before August 12, cost to participate in the “Tri for your LIFE” triathlon is $45 for an individual and $55 for a relay team. Cost to register for the “Kids Tri for your LIFE” is $25. After August 12, however, all registration costs increase by $10.

There is no race day registration, and online registration will close on August 22 at 11:59 p.m. All registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

To register, or to find more information, visit

SOMC named 83rd among “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials”

somcWebSouthern Ohio Medical Center is honored to announce that they have been recognized by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE Magazine as one of the country’s “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials.” SOMC ranked 83rd on the list.

The top 100 companies were selected based on a nation-wide survey of nearly 90,000 millennial-aged employees, administered by the workplace culture experts at Great Place to Work.

“Companies focused on growth understand that it’s critical for senior leaders to have an in-depth understanding of their employees’ experiences, regardless of their age, role in the organization, and other demographic profiles,” Great Place to Work CEO Michael Bush said. “Great workplaces are constantly monitoring and analyzing employee experiences and taking action to improve them. Ranking on this list is a great indicator that a company’s efforts to create great workplaces are resonating with millennials.”

In just 10 years, millennials (or people born between the 1980s and 2000s) will make up 75 percent of the workforce. To compete for top talent and ensure their long-term success, businesses must prepare to appeal to and engage this unique generation of employees.

“At SOMC, we understand how important it is to create a work environment that supports all of our employees,” SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett said. “Ranking 83rd on this list offers evidence of the value we place on creating an exceptional work environment for all our employees.”

The “100 Best Workplaces for Millennials” 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

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SOMC welcomes new Junior Volunteers

Jr VolunteersWebSouthern Ohio Medical Center welcomed a new team of Junior Volunteers recently.

SOMC’s Junior Volunteers are given the opportunity to create valuable contacts and skills while supporting the staff and patients at SOMC. All Junior Volunteers must be at least 15-years old. For more information, click here.

Summer Family Hours available at LIFE Centers

The SOMC LIFE Center is now offering summer “Family Hours” at all three locations. Family hours allow the children of Life Center members to use the facility for free, as long as they are accompanied by their parent.

Summer Family Hours at Portsmouth, Wheelersburg and Lucasville locations are from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. These are in addition to regular Family Hours, which are on Friday nights from 7 to 10 p.m., as well as on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

During Family Hours, children under the age of 14 may use the facility as long as they are provided by a parent, grandparent or legal guardian. Children 12 and under may use the gym, pool, track, weight room and machines. Children 11 and under may use the gym and pool areas with adult accompaniment.

Family Hours at the Wheelersburg and Lucasville locations, however, are only for children 12 and older.

If you have a child of the opposite sex that is over the age of five, you must use the family locker room.

For more information about the SOMC LIFE Center or Family Hours, call 740-356-7650.

UV system implemented for LIFE Center pool

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just a summer dabbler, anyone who has ever been around a swimming pool is bound to recognize the distinct smell of chlorine. Touted for its ability to sanitize, oxidize, and deter algae, the popular chemical ensures that swimming pools are bacteria free and ready for use during the warm summer months.

Unfortunately, there are also many health concerns associated with chlorine by-products, which commonly cause red, stinging eyes, skin irritations, asthma, coughing, and other allergy symptoms.

The LIFE Centers of Southern Ohio Medical Center are seeking to lessen these concerns through the installation of an ultraviolet (UV) pool sanitizer at its Portsmouth location (1202 18th Street).

“SOMC is constantly seeking innovative ways to improve the cleanliness of our facilities and continually meet and surpass national safety standards,” Wendi Waugh, director of the SOMC LIFE Centers and Community Health & Wellness, said. “The cleanliness of an environment can directly impact satisfaction, and we want to ensure that our patrons are receiving the most enjoyable experience possible. Our investment in this UV technology will help us meet that goal.”

SOMC’s new ultraviolet system uses a medium-pressure light to alter the DNA of targeted germs such as algae, bacteria, viruses, cysts and protozoa. This cutting-edge, non-chemical process is a safe way to sanitize water, air, and surfaces, and eliminates unwanted chlorine by-products (including that all-to-familiar chemical smell).

“The presence of this system will not only eliminate the allergic reactions that affect many of our patrons and staff members, but will also add another layer of disinfection to further decrease the outbreaks of Recreational Water-Borne Illnesses that have occurred over the past few years,” Suzie Hunter, aquatics supervisor for the LIFE Center, said. “These improvements are very substantial for our facility and we hope all of our customers will reap the benefits.”

For more information about memberships to the Portsmouth, Wheelersburg or Lucasville LIFE Center locations, please call 740-356-7650 or visit them online at