Three-sport athlete achieves peak performance with CrossFit

Luke Purdy is a three-sport athlete who competes in football, tennis and swimming. It wasn’t until February 2015, however, that he felt like he began to hit his real potential.

That’s because that is when he began CrossFit.

“CrossFit is unlike traditional strength and conditioning programs,” Purdy said. “It is unpredictable, interesting and never gets old. It has not only made me physically fit, but has peaked my performance within the sports I play.”

CrossFit is a high-intensity exercise regimen that incorporates elements of Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics and more. It is practiced locally at the CrossFit Alpha Pack’s “den,” located at 1202 18th Street in Portsmouth, adjacent to the SOMC Friends Center.

Purdy credits his experience with CrossFit with his improved performance in competitive sports, saying that it helped him gain 20 pounds without sacrificing speed or agility.

“The atmosphere there is absolutely motivating,” Purdy said. “You never know what the ‘workout of the day’ is going to be and you find yourself becoming addicted to the results. It is challenging, but still something anyone can do, regardless of fitness level, because each workout can be scaled to your individual needs.”

Purdy recommends CrossFit for anyone who has an interest in the program, calling it a life-changing experience that is well worth any soreness that may result.

To learn more about CrossFit, and how you can participate locally, visit CrossFitAlphaPack.com or call 740-356-7650.

Matthew Miller joins SOMC Board of Directors

matt-millerwebSOMC has announced that Matthew Miller has been selected to a member of the hospital’s Board of Directors.

Miller is an owner/investor in several local restaurants, including The MILL Tavern, Penn Station East Coast Subs and Papa John’s Pizza. He is also the president of the Wheelersburg Board of Education and the ESH&Q (Environmental, Safety, Health and Quality) Manager for Wastren Advantage, Inc. (WAI).

WAI is a facilities operations and remediation services company that supports environmental cleanup projects by providing a disciplined project management approach focused on safe, compliant and cost-effective project delivery.

WAI’s clients include the U.S. Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Reclamation and multiple consumer entities. Miller currently manages projects in Portsmouth, as well as in Hanford, Washington and Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Miller has 22 years of experience in the ESH&Q field. He also spent 18 years with the United States Department of Energy and four working in the commercial pulp and paper industry. He graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Hygiene. In addition, he holds “Q” security clearance with the Department of Energy.

Miller has a wife, Jennifer, and five children; Elizabeth, Matthew, Isabella, Xavier and Giselle.

Dr. Bonzo receives Outstanding Physician Award

bonzo-awardwebDr. Suzann Bonzo was recently awarded the Scioto County Medical Society’s “Outstanding Physician Award” at the organization’s annual installation dinner.

The award ceremony featured several personal touches, including an introduction by Rebecca Bonzo White and a plethora of decorated desserts baked by Dr. Bonzo herself. The desserts, which also served as centerpieces for the tables, included “Cherry Chip Cake,” “Queen Bee Yellow Cake,” “Snowflake Almond Cake” and more.

The award was a recognition of the successes Dr. Bonzo has enjoyed so far in her career, which began with a Portsmouth private practice in 1981. At the time, she was one of the area’s only female physicians.

Dr. Bonzo’s record of accomplishment includes the founding of SOMC Hospice, which has grown from a single patient to a daily census of more than 130 patients in five counties. There are plans to expand the current inpatient unit from 12 beds to 16. Funds for that expansion are being raised by the SOMC Development Foundation through a campaign known as Transcending Lives.

Dr. Bonzo also maintains a fulfilling life outside of medicine. She enjoys cooking and gardening, and lists swimming as her favorite form of exercise. For more information about Dr. Bonzo or SOMC Hospice, visit somc.org.

SOMC ‘Go Red’ t-shirts go on sale February 3

In honor of Heart Month this February, Southern Ohio Medical Center will be selling long-sleeve heart-themed t-shirts beginning Feb. 3 in the Lobby of the Main Campus.

Those purchasing shirts, which are being sold for $20 and are available in charcoal gray, will also receive a pair of child-sized gloves that they will be encouraged to donate as part of SOMC’s “Cold Hands, Warm Hearts” campaign. At the end of the sale, SOMC will evenly distribute all donated gloves to local school districts.

SOMC employees and community members are encouraged to wear the shirts, or red clothing in general, on Friday, February 17 as part of the organization’s annual Go Red Day event.

For more information, visit somc.org.

HomeCare Elite honors SOMC Home Health Services

SOMC Home Health Services has been named a Top Agency of the 2016 HomeCare Elite, which is a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies in the U.S.   Agencies are evaluated by an analysis of publicly available performance measures in quality outcomes, process measure implementation, patient experience, quality improvement and financial performance. The ranking is developed by ABILITY® Network, a leading information technology company for health care providers and payers; and sponsored by DecisionHealth.

“Improving quality of care and the patient experience continue to underpin a rapidly evolving healthcare environment”, said Christine Lang, Senior Director, Product Management for ABILITY® Network.  “At the same time tracking, measuring and interpreting data that support these efforts is becoming more complex.

The 2016 Home Care Elite winners have demonstrated the highest quality care in their communities, which is a remarkable achievement. We congratulate SOMC Home Health Services on being one of the top agencies in the country”.

“This is a tremendous honor,” Karen Thompson, administrative director of SOMC Home Care, said. “It is our goal to provide the patients and families of this area with the best Home Care available.  Being named one of HomeCare Elite’s Top Agencies of 2016 is a testimony to the caliber and caring of our excellent staff-nurses, therapists, social workers, aides and clerical support staff. It is especially meaningful to us to receive this honor for 2016, as we are celebrating 50 years of SOMC Home Care Services to the community.”

SOMC Home Health Services has been name to the HomeCare Elite seven out of ten years that the ranking has been published.

For more information, visit www.somc.org or like SOMC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernOhioMedicalCenter.

Glockner Enterprises donates to Compassion Fund

glockner-donationwebSouthern Ohio Medical Center recently received a donation of $5,000 from Glockner Enterprises. The donation will go towards the Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, which is supported by donations and utilized for patient assistance needs such as utilities, medications, transportation and common necessities needed during cancer care.

Sierra’s Haven, Petsmart donate toys to SOMC Hospice

dog-donationswebSierra’s Haven recently donated approximately 50 stuffed dogs and cats, purchased by local Petsmart customers, to SOMC Hospice. The gifts will be distributed to patients and family members by Hospice. Pictured here with the donation are Becky Daniels, Scott Hilbert and Viktoriya Nash of SOMC Hospice.

Healthier Eating for Holiday Parties

Let’s admit it: holiday gatherings are all about the food. We love being with our friends and family, so we roll out those mouth-watering, but not-always-good-for-you dishes. We won’t suggest that you completely eliminate those rich, traditional holiday foods. Instead, add a few of our favorite better-for-you party favorites.

Bruschetta – this simple Italian appetizer features bite-sized pieces of garlic and olive-oil rubbed toast topped with tomato, basil and mozzarella.

Smoked salmon on toast – If you include cream cheese, cut the calories and fat by using Neufchatel cheese.

Shrimp cocktail – Although the traditional sauce is ketchup-based which includes sugar, you can cut the sugar by using sugar-free ketchup, or make your own ketchup with tomato paste, vinegar and spices.

Veggies and dip – A veggie tray with a couple of dip choices is always a good addition to the hors d’oeuvres table.

Chicken kabobs – Including some freshly grilled chicken and vegetables still on the skewer provides a healthy alternative to higher fat party foods.

Fruit and cheese – For some holiday variety, add some exotic fruit chunks to the usual berries, pineapple and grapes. Add dragon fruit, papayas, mangos, and star fruit to an assortment of cheese cubes.

Mixed Nuts – Nuts are a good-for-you protein and fat as long as we don’t overdo it. Be sure your mix includes more than just peanuts. Almonds, cashews, and even pecans and walnuts make a delicious addition to the party spread.

If your party includes a cookie exchange, look for festive recipes that won’t destroy your healthy eating plan like these Cranberry Orange Nut Cookies (eatingwell.com).

Fit gifts for the holidays

Are you still looking for the perfect gift for that active person on your shopping list? Here are ten ideas that you may want to keep for yourself:

1.Trekking poles – Shawnee State Park is a great location for hiking and walking all year long. A pair of trekking poles will help make those steep hills a little less treacherous and give the hiker a better sense of balance.

2. Bicycle – More and more of us are rediscovering the joy of pedaling just for fun as well as exercise. Portsmouth Connex continues to work hard to establish riding lanes and paths in Scioto County to make those rides safer and more enjoyable. Before you buy a bike, do your research and ask a biking friend for some guidance on what to purchase.

3. Disc golf equipment – SOMC’s Disc Golf Course at Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth is a great place to try out this fun and challenging sport. You can find the discs at most big box and sporting goods stores.

4. LIFE Center membership – A truly one-size-fits-all gift, a membership opens up opportunities for fitness classes, swimming, special events, and great equipment at all three locations.

5. Moisture-wicking workout gear – Clothing for workouts can enhance or hamper the exercising experience. Finding apparel made of fabric that wicks away moisture makes for a much more comfortable run or conditioning session. Look for shirts, shorts/ leggings, sports bras, and especially socks.

6. Yoga mat – Many prefer to bring their own mats for yoga and other group fitness classes. There are now styles available that actually repel sweat and water.

7. Personal trainer sessions – Many of us say, “If I only had a trainer to motivate me…” The SOMC LIFE Center has several professional trainers available to help motivate and focus a fitness session, and a gift certificate for a few sessions may be just right. For something a little different, check out the Back 2 Basics program.

8. Post-workout massage – Stop by the SOMC LIFE Center to purchase a gift certificate for one or more massage sessions with a professional massage therapist.

9. Horse riding gift certificate – There are several farms and locations in and around Scioto County that offer horse riding for both experienced and novice riders. Contact them to purchase an hour or more for a fun way to enjoy the outdoors.

10. Your time – Often the most difficult part of staying fit and active is going it alone. Why not give a commitment of your time to be a walking or running buddy, a tennis partner, or fitness class friend?

Still thinking? Stop in at the Portsmouth LIFE Center and check out some of the great merchandise they have for sale.