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.

Service Guild donates to A Night of Broadway

The SOMC Service Guild, pictured here with Dr. Vincent Scarpinato, donated $5,000 to support A Night of Broadway, an event being held at the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts on January 31, 2015, to support the Breast Cancer Compassion Fund. Tickets go on sale January 1, 2015.

SOMC Receives Silver Level Healthy Worksite Award

Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently recognized for their outstanding efforts toward employee health and fitness, receiving the 2014 Silver Level Healthy Worksite Award presented by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Healthy Ohio Business Council (HOBC).

A total of 71 companies, cities, and townships applied for the 2014 Healthy Worksite awards, which recognize Ohio employers who demonstrate a commitment to employee wellness through comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs.

“Poor nutrition, inactive and sedentary lifestyles, tobacco use, and alcohol and drug use limit our potential to be productive Ohioans. This is why a comprehensive approach to preventive health and wellness at worksites is an essential part of improving both the health of Ohioans and the overall success of our state,” Dr. Andrew Wapner, chief of the Bureau of Healthy Ohio at ODH, said. “Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award winners are leading the way in this effort by making a healthy work environment a priority for their employees.”

Applicants are scored on how well their wellness programs facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity, and ensure a healthy work environment.

“In terms of health and wellness, SOMC strives to be the leading example not just to our employees, but for other employers and the community,” April Sanders, manager of SOMC Employee Health and Wellness said. “We work to encourage a healthy community that will result in our children and their families living long and happy lives. We’re glad to be making strides both in and outside our workforce.”

The Healthy Worksite awards are sponsored by Provant, a leader in population health management strategies and customized worksite wellness services that support employee well-being and productivity and healthcare cost containment. For more information about the Healthy Ohio Healthy Worksite Award program, please visit

SOMC Named as a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite

Home Health Services of Southern Ohio Medical Center are proud to announce that they have been named a Top Agency of the 2014 HomeCare Elite™, a recognition of the most successful and top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

SOMC Home Health has maintained recognition as one of Ohio’s most well-established and experienced home care programs since its inception in 1966. This is the sixth time that the program has been named to the Elite list.

“As Ohio’s oldest hospital-based home care service, we are honored to once again be a part of this prestigious list,” SOMC Home Care Director Karen Thompson said. “Our program is dedicated to maintaining leadership status in best practices and performance, and we have made an ultimate commitment to provide excellent care to those we serve. This designation only further verifies our success and is a humbling validation of the excellent care our nurses, therapists and aides provide.”

Now in its ninth year, the HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies.  Winners are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, best practice (process measure) implementation, patient experience (Home Health CAHPS®), quality improvement and consistency, and financial performance. Out of 9,994 agencies considered, 2,501 are elite.

“The 2014 HomeCare Elite winners demonstrate a commitment to providing high quality care in their home health communities and we recognize them for their remarkable achievements,” Mary Oakes, senior vice president of Post-Acute at National Research, said. “We congratulate SOMC on being recognized as a top home care agency.”

“HomeCare Elite recognition is a significant acknowledgement. In today’s healthcare ecosystem, it is imperative that our seniors have access to quality home healthcare to ensure better patient outcomes and improve overall cost, and therefore, home healthcare continues to remain an integral part of the care continuum,” Marci Heydt, product manager for the post-acute care business group of Decision Health, said. “The winners of the HomeCare Elite Award are proving that a heightened focus on clinical outcomes, patient experience, and financial management lead to success.”

The award is sponsored by OCS HomeCare by National Research Corporation, the leading provider of home health metrics and analytics, and DecisionHealth, publisher of the most respected independent newsletter in the home health profession, Home Health Line. The entire list of 2014 HomeCare Elite agencies can be viewed by visiting the National Research Corporation website at


SOMC offering free breast cancer screenings

Southern Ohio Medical Center will be offering a series of free breast cancer screenings in the early months of 2015.

The screenings will take place at the SOMC Breast Center on January 15 from 9am until noon; February 19 from 1pm until 4pm; and on March 19 from 9am until noon.

Free clinical breast exams will be provided at the screening. 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. Komen for the Cure and in cooperation with SOMC. Screenings conducted at the SOMC Breast Center will include same-day mammography if needed.

Individuals who are 40 or older, or younger with a family history of breast cancer, or who have an abnormal finding on a self-breast exam can register by calling the volunteer office at 740-356-8234. To learn more, visit

SOMC wins Guardian of Excellence Award

SOMC is proud to announce it has been named a 2014 Guardian of Excellence Award winner by Press Ganey Associates, Inc.

The Guardian of Excellence Award is a nationally recognized symbol of achievement in health care. The award honors the top 5 percent of facilities that consistently achieved and sustained the 95th percentile in employee satisfaction for each of Press Ganey’s reporting periods during the course of one year.

“This is a great distinction for our organization and recognizes our employees for their partnership and commitment to outstanding team-work and quality service,” Ken Applegate, director of SOMC Human Resources, said. “This award acknowledges that our employees love what they do and take pride in providing their talents right here at SOMC.”

Press Ganey is the nation’s leading health care performance improvement company, partnering with more than 11,000 health care facilities (and more than 50 percent of all U.S. hospitals) to reduce suffering and improve the patient experience.

“The award is a testament to Southern Ohio Medical Center’s commitment to deliver patient-centered care and we are proud to partner with them,” Patrick T. Ryan, CEO of Press Ganey, said. “By achieving and sustaining this level of excellence, SOMC is benefiting patients and helping advance the quality of health care.”

In addition to the Guardian of Excellence Award, SOMC has also earned recognition nationally and statewide for employee satisfaction by earning distinctions as one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best Companies to Work For and one of Modern Healthcare’s 100 Best Places to Work.

“Without the dedication and high-level of quality our staff provide every day, we would not be considered for these important designations,” SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett said. “We are extremely proud of our team of experts at SOMC and our ability to offer the best quality care to the people of our community.”


STAND Energy donates to Development Foundation

STAND Energy has donated $1,000 to the SOMC Development Foundation, which seeks the bridge the gap between the community’s health and wellness needs and the cost of those solutions. Pictured here, from left to right, is SOMC Director of Plant Operations Justin Clark, SOMC Donor Relations Coordinator Beau Vastine, Reese Brown of STAND Energy and SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett.

For more information about STAND Energy, visit To learn more about the SOMC Development Foundation, visit