SOMC Lab Passes CAP Inspection

The Laboratory Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently passed an unannounced inspection from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Inspectors visited the laboratories at the SOMC Main Campus, SOMC Anticoagulation Clinic, the SOMC Cancer Center and the SOMC Urgent Care Centers in Portsmouth and Wheelersburg.

Dr. Vincent Randaisi, the laboratory’s medical director, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellent services being provided. The SOMC lab is on of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program began in the early 1960’s and is recognized the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program.

“We participate in an onsite inspection every two years,” Bridgett Scott, director of SOMC Laboratory Services, said. “The onsite inspection is used to verify compliance, assess the overall quality of the lab and to identify deficiencies that can affect the quality of laboratory performance.”

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program offers the most complete array of disciplines and testing procedures available in today’s laboratory. The program also accommodates all testing sites, ensuring consistent levels of service throughout institutions and health care systems.

“We are very proud and thankful for the employees and other departments that help laboratory services maintain high standards and give us the opportunity to provide excellent care for our patients and the community.” Scott added.

SOMC To Celebrate National Cancer Survivor’s Day

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host a National Cancer Survivor’s Day celebration to honor and recognize local cancer survivors and their families. The celebration is from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 5 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street in Portsmouth.

“We look forward to celebrating cancer survivors at this event every year,” Wendi Waugh, administrative director of the SOMC Cancer Center, said. “It’s a wonderful time to remember the journey they have gone through and to rejoice in the victory they have overcome. “

Cancer survivors and their families are invited to join us for food, door prizes and entertainment by Doc Roc and The Remedies. Registration by May 30 is requested and can be made by calling 740-356-7490.

Mom Prom Raises $1,400 For Relay For Life

The SOMC Pink Warriors Relay For Life Team recently held a fundraiser and collected more than $1,400 for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life project of Scioto County. The “Mom Prom” themed fundraiser had participants dressed up in prom dresses from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and they enjoyed an evening of dancing and prizes. The SOMC Cancer Center donated the location for the event and local disc jockey Jim Schmidt donated his services. The Pink Warriors team consists of SOMC employees and cancer survivors. Shown above at the “Mom Prom” is (from left) Dana Gallaher, Shelly Deemer, Carrie Knight, Kristen Swords and Kristi Coleman, co-captain of the SOMC Pink Warriors Relay For Life team.

ACS Offers Prostate Cancer Support Group

Man to Man® is an American Cancer Society (ACS) support program for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. The support group will meet at 5 p.m. June 7 at the SOMC Cancer Center located at 1121 Kinney’s Lane in Portsmouth. The group invites guest speakers and meets on the first Tuesday of every month. For more information or to register please call the ACS Cancer Resource Center at 740-356-7606 or 1-888-227-6446.

Greenup Baseball Team Donates to SOMC

The Greenup County High School Musketeers baseball team went “Pink” during their game on May 12. In honor of Mother’s Day and in support of breast cancer awareness, the team wore pink jerseys and socks and the field was painted with pink breast cancer awareness ribbons. The Greenup County Baseball Boosters, the Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity teams, coaches Greg Logan, Steve Logan, Donnie Rowe, Chris Hughes and Kevin Harper arranged the evening and raised $1,000, which was donated to the Southern Ohio Medical Center Breast Cancer Compassion Fund-a fund that provides assistance to local breast cancer patients. Pictured are members of the team and their mothers.

15 Years Celebrated At SOMC Urgent Care Center

The staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Urgent Care Center in Wheelersburg celebrate 15 years of serving the community.

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Urgent Care Center, 8770 Ohio River Road, Wheelersburg recently celebrated 15 years of serving the community.

“The Urgent Care Center provides care for minor illness and injuries in a quick and easy manner,” said Medical Director Timothy Mynes, DO. “Colds, coughs, flu, sore throats, ear aches, vomiting, allergies, rashes and other similar illnesses can be treated here.”

Mynes says the Urgent Care staff also can treat minor injuries involving cuts, sprains and broken bones, including the ability to perform X-rays. Illnesses such as chest pain, severe abdominal pain, strokes or major trauma require a trip to SOMC’s Emergency Department.

“Typically if it’s something that can simply be treated with medication, stitches or a brace and then the patient can be sent home, we can handle it,” he explains. “If the patient will need blood work, IV medications or possibly a stay in the hospital, then they should visit the Emergency Department.”

Mynes says the advantage to coming to the Urgent Care is time. “Usually you will be in and out within an hour,” he says. “In addition, the cost for an Urgent Care visit is less than the Emergency Department and most insurance plans have smaller co-pays for the Urgent Care.”

The Urgent care staff includes 20 employees: two physicians, two certified nurse practitioners, a nurse manager, seven nurses, four X-ray technologists, a lab technologist and seven registrars.

The facility is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, call 740-574-9090.

SOMC To Educate Vanceburg On Sleep and Cancer

Representatives from Southern Ohio Medical Center are scheduled to present at 11:30 a.m. June 14 and June 21 at the Vanceburg Senior Center, located at 210 Front Street in Vanceburg, Kentucky.

SOMC Supervisor of Sleep Disorders Michelle Lyons, will speak on June 14 about sleep disorders, testing options and sleep apnea. Lyons brings 16 years of experience as a Registered Respiratory Therapist and a Registered Sleep Technologist.

Dr. Yinong Liu, medical oncologist at SOMC, will speak about general cancer prevention techniques and the most common forms of cancer on June 21. Dr. Liu completed his training at East Tennessee State University and at the National Cancer Institute. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Hematology.

Run Raises $7,000 For SOMC Breast Cancer Fund

The First Annual Portsmouth Breast Cancer Run, held in April, raised $7,000 for the Southern Ohio Medical Center Breast Cancer Compassion Fund-a fund that provides assistance to local breast cancer patients. Dr. Sonja Lichtenstein, Jennifer and Darren Mault and Corissa Boggs organized the 5K run to support local breast cancer patients and honor survivors. Pictured at the SOMC Cancer Center is (from left) Dr. Vincent Scarpinato, founder of the Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, Jennifer Mault, Dr. Lichtenstein and Wendi Waugh, administrative director of the Cancer Center.

Dever and Conley Appointed To SOMC Board Of Directors

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently announced the re-appointment of Robert E. Dever and Steve Conley to the SOMC Board of Directors. Both board members were unanimously voted for re-election.

Mr. Dever will serve an extraordinary three-year term from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014. He has served as chairman of the board since 1990.

“As a member of the SOMC Board Of Directors, I hope to assist the organization in becoming the leading healthcare facility in the region,” said Dever. “We look forward to acquiring new services and improving the quality of care for the people of this community.”

Steve Conley will also serve another three-year term from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014. He feels SOMC has made excellent progress in the past few years and has brought additional health services to the community.

“I look forward to being a part of expanding excellent healthcare in our community in the future,” said Conley. “SOMC is dedicated to our service area and its stakeholders and I see that commitment in everything we do.”