SOMC Portsmouth Family Health Center opens today

DSC_2537WebSouthern Ohio Medical Center officially opens the Portsmouth Family Health Center today.

The Portsmouth Family Health Center is located on SOMC’s South Campus, at the corner of Kinneys and Waller, and will be a source of quality care for years to come.

Patients will have one care team that can treat both routine and urgent needs. They will also have the convenience of having prescriptions filled during the visit by our onsite, retail pharmacy. Our pharmacy is open to the public from 8-8, seven days a week.

That, combined with onsite outpatient lab and imaging plus occupational medicine and the ability to schedule appointments with preferred providers or see a colleague for a walk-in visit, makes SOMC’s Portsmouth Family Health Center a convenient source of care both in sickness and in health.

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Get Healthy with “Learn and Burn” and “R.I.P.P.E.D.”

Are you ready to make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle? Join Learn and Burn-a 12 week program provided by the LIFE Center and Weight Watchers.

Participants meet Thursdays from 6:00- 6:45 pm beginning September 8th, at the Portsmouth LIFE Center. The program includes all introductory material, on-line resources and weekly motivational information and recipes. Register by September 1st. Call the LIFE Center for more information, 740-356-7650.

If you want to shake up your workout routine, why not try R.I.P.P.E.D (Resistance-Interval-Power-Plyometrics, Endurance, and Diet)? There will be a free one hour class with Master Trainer Amy Wilson on Saturday, September 10th at 10:00 a.m. at the Portsmouth LIFE Center.

If you are interested in becoming a Certified Instructor, stay all day for the training. Call Debbie Kielmar for more information, 740-356-7391.

SOMC conducting Active Shooter Drill at South Campus

Southern Ohio Medical Center will be working with local law enforcement, as well as the Portsmouth Fire Department, to conduct an active shooter drill at SOMC’s newly constructed South Campus on August 22.

The drill is scheduled to take place between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., and will include SOMC staff, community members and officers from several local law enforcement and emergency response agencies.

“This is an opportunity for us to test our policies and ensure that, should an event like this ever actually occur, we will be prepared to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible,” SOMC Director of Safety Services Christy Timberlake said. “It is also an opportunity for local law enforcement to build a familiarity with our new facility.”

During the drill, an active shooter situated will be simulated with participants playing the roles of bystanders and even victims. The sound of gunshots will also be simulated, but there will be no actual firearms in use.

“For the purposes of the drill, we want to create an environment that is realistic. However, as always, our number one priority is safety,” Timberlake said. “There will be no actual firearms on site and if, at any point, our participants become uncomfortable we will be able to pause the simulation and excuse them from the exercise.”

While the active shooter drill will take place in a contained environment, the community will have an opportunity to see the new South Campus facility for themselves when SOMC hosts an open house on August 25.

Are you drinking enough water?

The human body is about 60% water. We lose water every day just by breathing. When the weather is hot, when we are physically active, and when we are ill, we lose water faster than normal. If we don’t replace it, we can become dehydrated. Sometimes we don’t recognize the symptoms of dehydration beyond just feeling thirsty. Other signs that you need more water include:

• little or no urine or darker-than-normal urine

• dry mouth

• sleepiness/fatigue

• headache

• confusion

• dizziness or lightheadedness.

So how much water is enough? Often we hear six to eight cups per day. While the American Heart Association says that is a good guideline, the actual need depends on the weather, the intensity level of the physical activity, and any medical conditions a person may have. We can roughly estimate how much fluid we need by getting weighed before and after exercise to see how much we’ve lost through perspiring. Roughly, it averages out to a pint per pound lost through sweat.

Although the AHA recommends water as the best way to replenish fluids, there are other sources that may be useful. Registered dietitian and SHAPE magazine contributor Cynthia Sass says about 20 percent of our fluids come from food, and fruits and vegetables especially are good sources. Strawberries and watermelons, tomatoes, zucchini, and cucumber are some examples of high water content foods. Sports beverages are another choice, and can be a good alternative. But the AHA cautions that many are high calorie, high sugar, and high sodium and may include caffeine, all of which may exacerbate existing medical conditions.

As the hot summer days slow into autumn and the upcoming winter chilliness, staying hydrated should still be on your healthy agenda. Cold days and dry indoor heating systems can dehydrate us as much as sweltering summer weather. Whatever the season, make it a habit to carry a bottle of water with you daily, sipping throughout the day and especially being mindful of drinking before, during, and after your workout. Drinking water may be the easiest way to help you stay healthy all year long.

4-H’ers donate neck pillows to SOMC Hospice

4H Pillows WebMembers of the Super Sewing Circle, Etc. Second Generation 4-H club recently visited SOMC Hospice to donate neck pillows, which were made by members of the group. The pillows were donated to provide comfort to the patients and families of SOMC Hospice. Pictured here are several 4-H’ers and their pillows. For more information about SOMC Hospice, visit

SOMC Hospice Memorial Ride set for July 30

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host the 2016 Hospice Memorial Bike Ride on Saturday, July 30. Registration for the event will begin at 11 a.m. 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 while helping Hospice Services,” Teresa Ruby, director of SOMC Hospice, said. “Much like our Hike, the Bike Ride is one big celebration of life and community, and we always have such a good time. Even if you’re not a bike rider, you can come out, enjoy the company, and have fun.”

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 live music.

All proceeds will benefit SOMC Hospice Services. For more information, please call 740-356-2567.

SOMC awards scholarship to Clay graduate

Clay Scholarship onlineShaylee Holbert, a graduate of Clay High School, is the most recent recipient of an annual scholarship provided by SOMC through the Clay School Legacy Fund. SOMC has provided the scholarship for six years now.

Pictured here alongside Holbert is SOMC Director of Financial Services and Business Development Craig Gilliland and Charles T. Leonard of the Clay Alumni Association.

SOMC Honored by PRC for Patient, Medical Staff Satisfaction Scores

Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently recognized for its high achievements in both patient and medical staff satisfaction, winning 22 awards during the 2016 Professional Research Consultants (PRC) National Excellence in Healthcare Conference, held May 18-21 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Awards are given based on results from either the PRC national client database for medical staff satisfaction, or the PRC national client database for patient satisfaction.

Top Performer Awards are presented to each healthcare facility, healthcare provider, outpatient service line, or inpatient unit that ranks the highest among all others within PRC’s database for the prior year. 5-Star Awards are given to those who score in the top 10 percent of PRC’s national database, while 4-Star Awards are given to those who score in the top 25 percent.

Based on medical staff satisfaction results, SOMC Medical Records received a distinguished Top Performer Award, while SOMC Laboratory Services, Pathology Services, and the categories of Nursing Care, Patient Safety, Quality of Care, A Place to Practice Medicine, Administration, and Physician Engagement were recognized with 5-Star Awards.

SOMC Emergency Services, Surgical Services, Anesthesia Services, Electronic Medical Records, Hospitalist Services, and Radiology Services were recognized with 4-Star Awards.

Based on patient satisfaction results, the following medical staff members were recognized with 5-Star Awards for their overall quality of physician or provider care: Dr. Glenn Burris (SOMC Sleep Medicine Associates), Dr. Samantha Cook (SOMC Pediatric Associates), Dr. Fred Courtney (SOMC OB/GYN Associates), Dr. Vincent Scarpinato (SOMC Surgical Associates), Dr. TJ Stidham (SOMC Pediatric Associates), Dr. Jessica Suber (SOMC Surgical Associates), CFNP Angel Ali (SOMC Portsmouth Family Practice), and CNP Nathan Rider (SOMC Lucasville Family Practice).

“This is truly an honor and shows that our customers and our medical staff recognize and value the excellent care and work that our employees and providers are delivering,” Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC, said. “These distinctions identify our ability to be an excellent place to work, practice medicine, and treat patients, and we’re very grateful for the recognition.”

Tri for your LIFE set for July 31

Southern Ohio Medical Center will be hosting its annual Tri for Your LIFE sprint triathlon – as well as Kids Tri for your LIFE – on Sunday, July 31.

Tri for your LIFE challenges participants to complete a 200 meter swim, a 10 mile bike course and a 5k run. Specifics of the Kids Tri for your LIFE events vary depending on the age of the child, but will also include swimming, biking and running.

Both events can be performed either by an individual or tackled as a team. A duathlon (run, bike, run) is also an option.

Registration for the Tri for your LIFE triathlon is $45 until July 14, and $60 after; for the triathlon relay, cost is $55 until July 14 and then $70 after; for the duathlon it is $45 until July 14 and then $60 after.

Registration for the Kids Tri for your LIFE triathlon is $25 until July 14, and $40 after while registration for the Kids Tri for your LIFE relay triathlon is $35 until July 14 and $45 after.

Registration and additional information is available at Online registration closes on July 29.