Breast Center receives PRC Five-Star Award

The Breast Center of Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received the Five-Star Award for Service Excellence, presented by Professional Research Consultants, Inc. (PRC), the company that conducts a portion of the hospital’s patient satisfaction surveys.

This designation is given annually to healthcare facilities, providers, outpatient service lines, and inpatient units that score in the top 10 percent of the PRC national client database for the previous year. The award is based on the percentage of patients who rate the facility as “excellent” for their overall quality of care.

Shown above at the presentation are Claudia Burchett (center), chief nursing officer and vice president of SOMC Patient Services, with members of the SOMC Breast Center team.

SOMC wins breastfeeding awards

Southern Ohio Medical Center has received two awards highlighting its efforts to support breastfeeding. SOMC earned both the Ohio Department of Health’s Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Employer Award and the Healthy Ohio Breastfeeding Friendly Business Award.

There are medical benefits associated with breastfeeding, as it reduces the risk of infections and provides optimal nutrition for the child.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, low rates of breastfeeding add $2.2 billion a year to medical costs. Babies who are formula-fed instead of breast-fed tend to require more doctor visits, hospitalizations and prescriptions. A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics estimated that the country would save $13 billion per year in health care and other costs if 90 percent of U.S. babies were exclusively breastfed for six months.

Supporting breastfeeding makes good business sense, as well. Studies have found that breastfeeding reduces absenteeism rates on the part of new mothers and increases their productivity.

SOMC is one of 22 employers in Ohio to be honored by the Ohio Department of Health and one of 11 to receive the Breastfeeding Friendly Business Award.

Sports Motion provides concussion testing

With the full ramifications of concussions on local athletes being better understood every day, Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Sports Motion program is doing what it can to protect local athletes from the long-term dangers that go along with head injuries.

SOMC Sports Motion is now performing baseline testing on local athletes. This computerized cognitive test from Axon Sports provides a more complete picture of where an athlete’s cognitive ability is following a potential concussion. This prevents athletes from inadvertently being cleared to play, and possibly suffer additional injuries, before fully recovering from an initial head injury. It is part of Sports Motion’s current Concussion Management Protocol, which has oversight from numerous physicians and neurology staff.

“Statistically, one in ten athletes will suffer a concussion every year,” SOMC’s Dr. Leon Rosenberg said. “These are serious injuries with potentially long-term affects. These tests help us recognize when a concussion has occurred, and better gauge when it is safe for an athlete to return to play.”

Baseline testing provides an idea of what an athletes cognitive ability is before an injury. These results can then be compared to test results after an injury and used to gauge the recovery process. Allowing athletes to suffer additional head injuries before having a full recovery from an initial concussion can result in even greater damage.

“Things like coordination come back fairly quickly after a concussion,” Brian Tennant, an athletic trainer with SOMC Sports Motion, said. “Cognitive ability is the last thing to come back.”

Testing is completed for every school covered by SOMC Sports Motion, and will take place prior to the start of football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball seasons. It is considered a best practice in keeping athletes safe.

“Sometimes, the kids will get mad if I tell them they can’t practice or play,” Tennant said. “I tell them that I want them to be able to remember their child’s name when they’re 30.”

For more information, contact SOMC Sports Motion at 740-356-7438.

SOMC support group helps individuals through the grieving process

Mourning the loss of a loved one is a personal journey that can be unique to each individual. The journey can also be difficult and painful, however, which is why Southern Ohio Medical Center is offering a free support group called “Picking up the Pieces” this autumn.

“Everyone deals with grief differently,” Susan Goins, bereavement coordinator for SOMC Hospice, said. “We want to help those who are grieving the loss of a loved one understand that there is no wrong way to mourn, and help them better understand the process and emotions that go along with grief.”

The “Picking Up The Pieces” support group will run from September 3 to October 8. It will meet on September 3, September 10, September 17, September 24, October 1 and October 8. Each meeting will last from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and will take place in the Gibson Building Conference Room, located on SOMC’s East Campus.

Meetings are free and open to the public. Space is limited, however, so registration is required. For more information, or to register for the group, contact Susan Goins at 740-356-2676.

SOMC Waverly Urgent Care named Top Performer by PRC

SOMC Waverly Urgent Care, PRC Award The Waverly Urgent Care & Specialty Center of Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently presented with the Top Performer Award by Professional Research Consultants, Inc. for achieving the highest scoring overall quality of care survey results in the PRC 2012 National Patient Database.

The Top Performer Award is annually given to each healthcare facility, healthcare provider, outpatient service line, and inpatient unit that scores at or above the 100th percentile for overall quality of care.

The Waverly Urgent Care has scored at 100 percent for overall quality of care since its opening in June 2012.

“Our team is very proud to serve Pike County and the patients of this community,” Elvis Walters, nurse manager of the SOMC Waverly Urgent Care & Specialty Center, said. “We look forward to continuing our commitment to service and quality excellence.”

Pictured at the award presentation are staff members of the SOMC Waverly Urgent Care & Specialty Center with SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett (left), Walters (second from left), and Mary Kate Dilts-Skaggs, director of Nursing for SOMC Emergency, Outpatient, and Pediatric Services (right).

SOMC donates $20,000 to UCAN

Michael Gampp, Therese Egbert, Kara Redoutey and Randy Arnett; SOMC donates to Scioto Foundation

Michael Gampp and Therese Egbert of the Scioto Foundation are seen with Kara Redoutey, director of SOMC Development, and President and CEO Randy Arnett.

Southern Ohio Medical Center has presented a major gift of $20,000 to the Scioto Foundation’s UCAN (University/College Access Network) Endowment Fund.  The significant contribution to the endowment fund is an important step in building increased scholarships for Scioto County youth into the future, according to Scioto Foundation Executive Director Kim Cutlip.

“We are proud to support programs that foster positive development in our local youth,” Director of Community Relations and Development Kara Redoutey said. “SOMC is always looking for ways to strengthen our community, and by helping make college a reality for local students, the Scioto Foundation and the UCAN program do just that.”

“We look forward to a long, sustained partnership with SOMC and we welcome its leadership as the Scioto Foundation moves forward in the second phase of the UCAN program,” said Cutlip. “This gift will help promote the growth of the UCAN plan overall. It brings the value of the Foundation’s UCAN General Endowment Fund to a quarter of a million dollars.”

Designed to help local students plan, prepare and pay for college, the UCAN plan is currently wrapping up its fifth year showing evidence of great success in all of its primary goals.

SF’s UCAN General Endowment Fund is used for any or all of UCAN needs, most specifically to continue making challenge grants available to local schools in future years. The challenge grants provide matching funds for monies raised by twelve participating Scioto County school systems to grow their own UCAN Endowment Funds.

The first five years of UCAN have shown success. Local schools combined with the Scioto Foundation’s matching monies have raised approximately $1,000,000 for their respective scholarship endowment funds. From that invested amount, 155 local students received $116,000 in UCAN scholarships. Eighty-two teachers from Scioto County schools earned certification to teach AP courses through stipends from the Scioto Foundation in the amount of $52,035.  $48,742 in mini-grants was awarded to the 12 participating school systems to assist with the costs of tests and fees. A centralized scholarship database,, exists for Scioto County students and parents looking for scholarship dollars. It received over 5,000 hits so far.

Finally, UCAN is working to “create a college-going community” via a College Night for grades 7 – 12 and a College Carnival for grades K – 3 scheduled in September.

Further information about the UCAN program and ways to support it may be obtained by contacting Cutlip at (740) 354-4612 or

CrossFit Alpha Pack to unveil “The Den” on August 6

The CrossFit Alpha Pack now has a new home. It will be officially unveiled during an open house on August 6, though classes have already begun. The open house will last from 6 to 8 pm.

Their new facility, affectionately nicknamed “The Den,” is located by the back parking lot of the SOMC LIFE Center. The building gives CrossFit members a dedicated space in which to complete their high-intensity workouts.

“It’s a rugged style of workout,” Brad Zieber, SOMC Supervisor of PEC, Personal Training and Special Projects said. “A garage-type workout.”

CrossFit focuses on 9 foundational movements, which are covered during Foundation Classes. These movements are: Air Squats, Front Squats, Overhead Squats, Shoulder Press, Push Press, Med Ball Clean, Push Jerk, Deadlift, Sumo Deadlift and High Pull. Although they can be intense, the exercises can be adjusted to match individuals of all fitness levels.

“We have routines designed to test even top athletes, but they can all be scaled back,” Personal Trainer Lucas Wright said. “Our goal is to improve your quality of life, no matter what your fitness level may be.”

Wright suggested that anyone interested in taking up CrossFit give the exercise three tries before deciding if they like it. For the rest of July, doing that will be even easier as participation is free of charge.  The Open House workouts on August 6th are also free.

CrossFit memberships cost $30 for the remainder of this year and come with a red Alpha Pack t-shirt, as well as an Alpha Pack drawstring bag and key tag. For more information, call 740-356-7650 or email Additional details can also be found at  You can also “like” the CrossFit Alpha Pack on Facebook to stay tuned to the workouts and activities going on in The Den.

SOMC plans triathlons for both kids and adults this August

Southern Ohio Medical Center has announced it will be hosting its second annual “Tri For Your LIFE” Sprint Triathlon this August. They are also adding a version for children, however, called “Kids Tri For Your LIFE.”

“We had great turnout for last year’s triathlon, so this year we wanted to host an event that could get kids involved as well,” Jim Kolar, manager of the SOMC LIFE Center, said.

Last year’s event brought in more than 100 competitors from as far away as Florida and Minnesota. Among those who visited Portsmouth to compete was a 79-year-old Akron woman whose completion of the triathlon was the first of her life.

This year’s “Kids Triathlon” is scheduled for Saturday, August 24. Start time for children between the ages of 11 and 14 is at 9:00am, while children between 7 and 10 will begin at 9:45 am. The triathlon will begin in the Shawnee State pool, followed by a bike course along the floodwall murals before finishing with a run through the college campus. For children not quite ready to compete against others, there will also be a non-competitive “Little Bear Run.”

The adult triathlon takes place the next day on Sunday, August 25 and will begin at 7:00 am. This event begins with a 200-meter swim in the SOMC LIFE Center pool. That is followed by a 10-mile bike course and a 5k run through the streets of historic Portsmouth.

“These triathlons are great ways for people to challenge themselves physically while just having a lot of fun,” Kolar said. “A sprint triathlon is designed to be short enough for beginners, while still challenging enough to test more experienced athletes.”

Both triathlons can be run individually or by a team of individuals. A duathlon is also an option. Registration can be completed online at and has a deadline of 11:59pm on August 22.

Registration for the Kids Triathlon is $25 through July 31, then $35 until the August 22 deadline. Relay, or team, registration is $35 through July 31 and then $45 until the deadline.

For the Sprint Triathlon, registration costs $45 (or $55 for a relay or team) through July 31, then $55 (or $65 for a relay or team) until the August 22 deadline.

Basham becomes board certified orthopedic clinical specialist

Angi Basham, a physical therapist at Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently became one of just 169 board certified orthopedic clinical specialists (OCS) in the state of Ohio.

OCS is formal recognition by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) for individuals who have demonstrated advanced knowledge and skills in therapy specialty areas. It has been given to fewer than 8,000 people in the United States.

This certification is the result of more than 2000 hours of clinical practice and advanced research in specialty orthopedics and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Basham has a doctorate of physical therapy and works as a clinician and clinical educator in outpatient rehab at the SOMC Life Center. Earning her OCS means that Basham has also been recognized as an expert in musculoskeletal disorders and diagnosis, treatment interventions, examination, research of the spine and extremities, joints, soft tissue, neural tissue muscles and related injuries. She is also an expert in management of complex musculoskeletal conditions, joint replacement rehabilitation and all orthopedic rehabilitation.

For more information on SOMC Orthopedic Rehabilitation, call 740-356-7438 or visit