Restore your health with Restorative Yoga

The SOMC Portsmouth LIFE Center will host Restorative Yoga sessions from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1.

Restorative yoga seeks to achieve physical, mental, and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. While some restorative yoga poses are beneficial to the entire body, others target specific areas, such as the heart or the lungs.

Restorative Yoga provides healing for the mind and body. It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from daily activities. It can also help you recover from illness and injury, or overcome emotional depression and anxiety that are caused by traumatic events such as divorce, loss of job and death of a beloved.

Participants must bring a Yoga mat, two blankets, two bed pillows, and two bath or beach towels. Participants should stay through the whole session and not leave the room early, as the final relaxation is very important and should be completed without interruptions in the room.

The event is open to the public and ages 14-18 if accompanied by a parent/guardian. General admission is $5. Each session is limited to 16 people.

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For more information, please call 740-356-7391.

SOMC receives $36,971 from Susan G. Komen Columbus

Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently awarded $36,971 from the Susan G. Komen® Columbus to support patient navigation services through the Hands of Hope program.

These services assist women by educating them about risk and how to access care through their insurance, as well as how to navigate the healthcare system to get screenings.

“The support we receive from Susan G. Komen Columbus has been tremendous for our community,” SOMC’s Breast Health Navigator Kim Richendollar said. “We are honored to be one of just 22 breast health programs to receive funding from Komen Columbus. Without their support, far too many women in our community would find themselves without the care they need.”

“Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in Ohio are more likely to die from the disease than almost anywhere else in the United States due to multiple barriers such as access to affordable care and treatment and challenges to navigating the healthcare systems,” said Julie McMahon, director of mission at Komen Columbus. “In the communities we serve, we have identified issues contributing to those problems and focused our support to organizations that bring local solutions to those barriers.”

For more information about SOMC’s Hands of Hope, visit

SOMC hosting free Better Breathers Fair

Southern Ohio Medical Center is inviting the community to participate in a free “Better Breathers Fair” on April 21. The event will take place at the SOMC Friends Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Attendees of the event will be able to receive free health screenings, a medication review and enter for a chance to win a free, one-month LIFE Center membership. Additional handouts and giveaways will also be provided.

In order to receive a medication review, participants will need to provide a list of medications or a brown bag of the medications themselves.

For more information, call 740-356-8565.

SOMC Named Lung Screening Center of Excellence

Southern Ohio Medical Center has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) for its ongoing commitment of providing local patients with appropriate lung cancer screenings. SOMC joins more than 370 screening centers across the country being recognized by the LCA.

“SOMC is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care,” Jenny Woodyard, lung health navigator at SOMC, said. “Low dose CT screenings have shown to be the only proven way to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable stage, helping save tens of thousands lives a year. We are thrilled to be part of this elite group, setting an example for responsible screening practices nationwide.”

The LCA is dedicated to saving lives and advancing research by empowering people living with or at risk of lung cancer. Designated Screening Centers of Excellence work to meet comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program. These standards control screening quality, as well as radiation doses and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting.

“We are proud and honored to work with SOMC as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence,” LCA President and CEO Laurie Fenton Ambrose said. “Their commitment to practicing responsible lung cancer screenings will lead to many advancements in research and many lives saved. They are an example to follow.”

SOMC offers lung cancer screenings to patients who meet the following criteria:

  • Age 55-77
  • Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (which means, on average, you’ve smoked one pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years).
  • Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
  • No history of lung cancer
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer

Screenings are covered by Medicare/Medicaid and private insurance companies. To learn more about the SOMC lung cancer screening program, or to refer yourself or someone you know, please call 740-356-LUNG.

SOMC’s Amazing Race set for April 23

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s “Amazing Race” competition will take place on April 23 this year.

The Amazing Race is a challenge where teams will compete for the chance to win $2,500. The race is designed to challenge teams physically and mentally, while providing fun and entertainment.

Each team will start at the SOMC LIFE Center Gym and be routed to their first challenge. Once there, they must complete a task in order to move to the next challenge location. After successfully completing all challenges, teams must report to the SOMC LIFE Center Gym for final scoring.

The team captain must be 18 or older. One may compete as an individual but may be at a disadvantage during some of the challenges.

Local Troops Celebrate Girl Scout Birthday by Giving Back

WEBgirlscoutsLocal Girl Scout troops #2659 and #2923 recently teamed with the Raven Rock Service Unit to donate a gift basket of onesies, bibs, and other baby items to the first girl born March 12 at Southern Ohio Medical Center. March 12 is annually celebrated as the Girl Scout Birthday, commemorating the day that the first Girl Scout troop was registered more than 100 years ago.

Though there were no girl-births at the hospital on March 12, the gift basket was presented to a baby girl born March 13—along with a special boy-themed donation for her twin brother born on the same day.

Local Girl Scout Troop #2659 has given back to SOMC Maternity Services for the past three years, donating and delivering cookies to new mothers of the unit. The girls are encouraged to give back whenever they can, honoring the Girl Scout slogan, “Do a good turn daily.” Troop #2659 encourages community members to support local scouts through cookie sales and fundraisers, whose proceeds allow them to travel and continuously grow their strengths, passions, and talents.

Colon cancer is deadly, but preventable

Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death, and your risk grows greater with time. In fact, the risk rises sharply at the ages of 50 to 55 years, and doubles with each succeeding decade.

Fortunately, it is preventable with screenings. That is because colon cancer begins as a non-cancerous formation, known as a polyp. It can be detected during a screening. If it is, the entire polyp is removed. This prevents the polyp from becoming cancerous.

But even though there is a clear process for preventing colon cancer, Ohio still has a colon cancer death rate that exceeds the national average. In fact, in 2016 alone it is estimated that there will be 2,060 colon cancer-related deaths.

SOMC Wound Healing Center wins awards

The Wound Healing Center at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received the distinguished Center of the Year Award. Nearly 800 Wound Care Centers had the opportunity to qualify for the award and SOMC was one of only seven centers to be recognized. The Center received the Center of Distinction Award as well. Both awards came from Healogics, which is the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.

“We are very proud of the care we provide at the Wound Healing Center,” Neva Moore, program director of SOMC’s Wound Healing Center, said. “We work very hard to provide positive outcomes for our patients, and it means a lot to have that work recognized.

“I am very proud of our Wound Care team,” Moore added. “Southern Ohio Medical Center provides us an environment of excellence-making it easy for the team to successfully achieve our patient centered goals. This award is a result of putting the needs of our patients ahead of our own.”

In order to be recognized with a Center of Distinction Award, a center must achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for twelve consecutive months, have a patient satisfaction rate higher than 92 percent, along with a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal. Similarly, the Center of the Year award also requires a facility to have high healing outcomes, low days to heal and excellent patient satisfaction rates.

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New simulator helps SOMC teach rehab patients car transfer skills

Car Simulator 2WebSouthern Ohio Medical Center’s RehabCare Unit has a new tool to help patients perfect the skills they’ll need to live independently.

The TRAN-SIT car transfer simulator allows patients to practice getting in and out of a car, and can be adjusted to accurately replicate a variety of vehicles. It features true-to-life vehicle components like functional doors, a real bench seat, a tilt steering column and a wheelchair loading space.

“Transitioning in and out of a vehicle can be a real challenge for our patients,” Regina Keller, program director/nurse manager of the RehabCare Unit, said. “It’s a tremendous benefit for them to be able to practice this skill as part of their rehabilitation.”

SOMC’s RehabCare Unit offers comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services and treats diagnoses such as trauma, neurological disorders, stroke, spinal cord injury and orthopedic conditions. For more information about SOMC’s rehabilitation services, visit