SOMC to Host Knit for Hope

Knitters and crocheters of all skill-levels are invited to an evening of fun, food and to support a good cause as part of the Knit for Hope group at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

The group will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 31 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio.

Patterns for lap quilts, throws, shawls, hats and caps will be available, though attendees are asked to bring their own needles and yarn (of any color). Finished products will be donated to breast cancer patients of the SOMC Cancer Center.

For more information, please call the SOMC Volunteer Office at 740-356-8234.

Adams appointed to SOMC Board of Directors

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently announced the appointment of Aaron Adams, D.O., FAAFP, to the SOMC Board Of Directors. His three-year term begins July 1, 2011.

“As a SOMC board member, I hope to improve quality and preventive healthcare, maintain job security for employees at all levels and expand local and regional services,” said Dr. Adams.

Dr. Adams received his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo. and is board certified in Family Medicine. He completed his training at Grandview Hospital and specializes in Family Medicine.

Dr. Adams as practiced in Portsmouth for 35 years and currently resides in Wheelersburg. His office is located at 723 8th Street, Suite B in Portsmouth, Ohio. For more information, please call 740-354-5695.

SSU Psychology Club Donates To SOMC Cancer Center

The Shawnee State University Psychology Club recently donated more than $100 to the SOMC Cancer Center’s Patient Compassion Fund-a fund that provides local cancer patients with financial assistance. The club was prompted by psychology practicum student Kandace Gannon, who learned of patient needs while shadowing at the SOMC Cancer Center. The group held a fundraiser and raffle to collect the funds. Shown at the check presentation is (from left) Courtney Mills, vice president of the SSU Psychology Club; Lindsey Mooney, president of the SSU Psychology Club; Kandace Gannon, SSU psychology practicum student and Ann Fankell, licensed social worker at SOMC.

SOMC Encourages Students to Purse Nursing With Educational Camp

Southern Ohio Medical Center held a Nursing Camp May 17 for local high school sophomores. A group of 40 students from 15 different schools spent the day learning about the different levels of nursing education, nursing school and specialty areas of nursing such as surgical, maternity, cardiovascular, emergency and community nursing. Life Ambulance provided lunch. SOMC Cardiovascular Operating Room Nurse, Cindy Blair, RN, instructs Sarah Potts and T.J. Picklesimer of Portsmouth High School and Autumn Sowards (center) of East High School, how to staple a surgical wound with foam egg crates.

SOMC Nurses Donate To Stepping Stones

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s nursing staff recently celebrated National Nurses Week by collecting items for the Stepping Stones House-a residential facility specializing in treatment of substance abuse and care for expecting mothers and their children. Together the nursing units collected hundreds of items for the organization including toiletries, baby wipes, diapers and car seats. Shown on the final day of the collection are SOMC employees.

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, May 24

The Heart and Vascular Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center have formed a local chapter of the Mended Hearts program and will meet from 5 to 7 p.m., May 24 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. in Portsmouth.

The Mended Hearts, Inc. is a national nonprofit support organization that includes heart patients, spouses, healthcare professionals and others interested in helping patients with the emotional recovery from heart disease. With 280 community-based chapters nationwide, Mended Hearts has 24,000 members, making it the largest heart-related patient support group.

“Members assist cardiac patients with an extensive accredited visitors program, support groups, health information workshops, social and special events and other volunteer activities,” Keri Imm, nurse manager of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at SOMC, said. “Mended Hearts has been offering hope and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers for 50 years and the outreach and support is a proven benefit to the community.”

Imm adds that while heart patient-to-patient visits are the core of the Mended Hearts’ program, volunteers do not have to be a patient. Caregivers, family members of patients, physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals and anyone else interested are invited to participate.

For more information or to reserve your seat, please call 740-356-7663.

SOMC Held 25th Annual Hike For Hospice

More than 1,100 hikers helped to collect a record breaking $52,097.79 in funds during the 25th Annual Hike For Hospice at Southern Ohio Medical Center, held May 14, 2011. Shown above are participants gearing up for the start of the hike. The funds raised annually are donated to the SOMC Hospice Caritas Fund and the event is held as a tribute to all hospice patients and their families.

Individuals and teams sported signs and T-shirts of various colors, names and slogans during the hike, which raises funds annually for the SOMC Hospice Caritas Fund and is held as a tribute to all hospice patients and their family members.

“Our services rely on the support of our community and we couldn’t do what we do without them,” Beverly Stringer, volunteer coordinator of SOMC Hospice Services, said. “We greatly extend our gratitude to everyone who attended and helped behind the scenes.”

Team and individual winners of various categories also were announced at the hike’s conclusion and include:

Team Awards:

Largest Total Donation: OSCO

Most Sponsors: Star

Largest Team: Stepping Proudly for Steven

Largest Business Affiliated Team: Star

Largest Community Based Team: Team Trogan

Most Family Members: Walker Family

Most Original Team Costume: Oswego

Youth Group with the Most Participants: Happy Campers

Largest Hospital Team: Home Care

Largest Senior Group: Golden Bears

Individual Awards:

Largest Total Donation- 1st place: Dr. Bonzo 2nd place: Thelma Shirey

Most Sponsors-1st place: Thelma Shirey 2nd place: Dr. Bonzo

Oldest Hiker- Doloris Chrisman

SOMC Offers Stroke Support Group, May 25

The Rehab Care Unit at Southern Ohio Medical Center offers a monthly support group for patients and family members suffering from a stroke.

The Moving Forward After Stroke Support Group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. May 25 in the Rehab Care Unit Conference Room, located on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth.

Crystal Shepherd is the key speaker for the evening and will present education about bowel and bladder management after a stroke. Pre-registration is not required and the meeting is open to the community.

The SOMC Rehab Care Unit is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and recently earned Stroke Specialty accreditation by CARF reviewers.

For more information, please call Belinda Carter, program director of the SOMC Rehab Care Unit, at 740-356-8629.

SOMC Offers Breast Cancer Support Group

A breast cancer support group is offered by the SOMC Cancer Center and volunteers to provide ongoing support and fellowship to women diagnosed with breast cancer.

The group will meet at 1 p.m. May 18 at the SOMC Cancer Center, located at 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth. The support group meets on the third Wednesday of each month and guest speakers provide education and encouragement.

For more information, please call 740-356-7496.