Tips for avoiding bites and stings

Although they may seem harmless, insects can cause pain, harm and discomfort. Follow simple bug safety rules to help avoid irritating bites and stings.

Reduce the use of perfumes, hair sprays and scented soaps. Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as gardens and stagnant pools of water. You should also avoid wearing clothing with bright colors or flowery prints that could potentially attract an unwanted insect. In the evenings, cover your skin with long sleeved shirts, pants and socks to prevent mosquito bites.

Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours; however, insect repellent does not need to be reapplied. Therefore, avoid combining sunscreen and insect repellent.

Mosquitoes can transmit West Nile Virus and ticks can carry Lyme Disease. Thus, using insect repellents containing DEET helps prevent insect-related diseases. DEET should not be used on children younger than 2 months old. The concentration of DEET varies significantly, so read the label and choose the lowest concentration that will provide the required length of coverage.

Shower and check for ticks as soon as possible after coming indoors. Ticks can be easily removed with a pair of tweezers. If you’ve been stung by an insect, gently remove the visible stinger from your skin by scraping it with a credit card or your fingernail.

Consult a doctor if you develop a rash, fever, body aches, headache, stiff neck, fatigue or disorientation 1-3 weeks following a bite.

Time to “Sweat to the Beat of African Drums”

Sweat to the Beat of African Drums is returning to the SOMC LIFE Center Saturday, July 12 from 5:00-6:30pm.

Learn how to drum the rhythms of South Africa and get a dance-fit workout in, all in the same class. The cost of the session will be $10, and it will be open to the public for ages 14 and up. Non-members between the ages 14-18 will be required to be signed in by a parent or guardian.

For more information about the SOMC LIFE Center, visit

One More Camp LIFE Session Available this Summer

Parents looking for a unique way to keep their children active, healthy and occupied this summer are encouraged to sign up for Camp LIFE at SOMC.

“Camp LIFE is a fun opportunity for kids to make new friends, get fit, and learn skills that will help them stay healthy long after camp is over,” Brad Zieber, supervisor of PT, PEC and Special Projects at the SOMC LIFE Center, said.

The program is open to children ages 7 to 13. The next session of the camp will take place July 7-11, with drop-off at 8:45 a.m. and activities lasting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the SOMC LIFE Center. Off-site educational opportunities are also scheduled.

“During camp, we teach children the basic principles of nutrition and exercise through cooking and physical activities that keep them entertained,” Zieber said. “We prepare lunch and snacks together, play healthy games, and stress the importance of fitness through daily walks, swimming and other sports. We’ve designed Camp LIFE in a way that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of physical condition or ability. Our goal is to lay the foundation for healthy living in a fun, supportive environment.”

Cost to participate is $85 per child. For more information or to register, please call 740-356-7650.


SOMC hosting Tropical Casino Night

The SOMC Development Foundation is hosting Tropical Casino Night on July 26 at the SOMC Friends Center.

With the attire as business casual, guests will be able to relax and enjoy the evening starting with social hour beginning at 7:30pm. Gaming is from 8:00pm to 11:00pm and winners will be announced from 11:00pm to 11:30pm.

Proceeds from Tropical Casino Night will benefit the SOMC Nursery Project and the SOMC Development Foundation.

“We’re here to make a difference in our community,” Kara Redoutey, Director of Development, said. “Tropical Casino Night is a wonderful opportunity for individuals to have a great time while contributing to a good cause.”

The SOMC Development Foundation encompasses fundraising efforts for Hospice, Cancer, Employee Relief, Heart & Vascular, Pediatrics, Community Health and Wellness, the Endowment Fund and the areas of greatest need. These funds enable SOMC to continually deliver extraordinary care for future generations to come.

There are two sponsorship levels, Diamond and Pearl, which provide the sponsor with a variety of benefits. For $1,000, Diamond sponsors will receive 10 tickets, 2 pitchers of margaritas, $25,000 in funny money per person, recognition at a gaming table and recognition at the event. For a $500 contribution, Pearl sponsors receive 4 tickets, $25,000 in funny money per person and recognition at a gaming table. Individual tickets are available for $50 and guests will receive $25,000 in funny money.

Please make checks payable to: SOMC Development Foundation. For more information about SOMC Development Foundation, visit

SOMC offering free breast screenings

Southern Ohio Medical Center is providing free clinical breast screenings on the following days: July 10 from 9am-12pm; August 18 from 9am-12pm; and September 11 from 1pm-4pm at the SOMC Breast Center.

Free mammograms will be provided for women who are uninsured or underinsured through the Hands of Hope program funded by The Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Koman for the Cure in cooperation with SOMC. Screenings conducted will offer same-day mammography if needed.

To register, call the SOMC volunteer office at 740-356-8234, or learn more about breast cancer by visiting

SOMC Hospice Memorial Ride set for July 26

Southern Ohio Medical Center has announced that it will hold the 2014 Hospice Memorial Bike Ride on Saturday, July 26. Registration begins at 11am at the Hospice Center on SOMC’s East Campus, with riders departing at noon.

The 90-mile ride through southern Ohio was created in memory of motorcycle enthusiast and Hospice patient, Ricky Bryan.

“The event is a great opportunity for local motorcyclists to serve a good cause and help Hospice Services,” Teresa Ruby, director of SOMC Hospice, said. “We are thrilled to have such wonderful support from our community.”

Cost to participate in the Memorial Ride is $20 for a single rider and $25 for a rider and passenger. The price includes lunch when the ride returns.

There will also be t-shirts available for purchase, prize drawings and music from The Don Smith Band. All proceeds from the Memorial Ride will benefit Hospice Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

For more information, call 740-353-2567.

SOMC wound care available in Vanceburg

Southern Ohio Medical Center will be offering Wound Care in Vanceburg, Kentucky at the Vanceburg Family Practice and Specialty Associates. SOMC’s Dr. Jeffery E. Parker will be available to see patients for wound care on Thursdays.

The Wound Healing Center at SOMC’s main campus currently treats many patients from the Vanceburg area. “Bringing this specialty and Dr. Parker’s expertise to Vanceburg allows us to meet a need in the community,” Neva Moore said. Patients at the Wound Healing Center are scheduled weekly, resulting in more advanced healing outcomes.

The Wound Healing Center treats all types of chronic wounds including diabetic ulcers, surgical wounds that won’t heal, venous, arterial, and pressure ulcers. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBO) is also offered as an adjunct to standard wound care at SOMC’s main campus in Portsmouth.

If you or someone you know is suffering with a chronic wound, please ask your primary care physician for a referral to the wound healing center or you may self-refer by calling 740-356-8875. The Vanceburg Family Practice and Specialty Associates are located at 207 Plummers Lane in Vanceburg, Kentucky.

For more information, call (606) 796-0010 or visit

SOMC announces Boot Camp Extreme

SOMC LIFE Center’s Outdoor Boot Camp Extreme will begin June 23.

The class will meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5:30-6:30pm at SOMC Portsmouth LIFE Center. The cost to participate will be $5 per day. The Outdoor Boot Camp Extreme class will meet outdoors and continue rain or shine.

For more information, call the SOMC LIFE Center at 740-356-7650.


SOMC offers dementia in service

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s is offering a free in service called Dementia: The Basics through the Senior Behavioral Medicine Care Unit.

Melissa Dever from the Alzheimer’s Association will be presenting at the in service on June 17th at 1:00pm in the East Campus upstairs conference room at the Gibson Building. 1 free CEU will be given for nursing and social work at this event.

“We encourage the public to attend the in service to better understand dementia,” Erica Kegley, SOMC’s Community Education Manager, said.

The in service will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit