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. July 20 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.

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, July 19

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., July 19 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.

34th Annual Run for Your Life

Local runners and community members are invited to compete in Southern Ohio Medical Center’s 34th annual Run For Your LIFE competition. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 3 at the SOMC Life Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth.

Entrants may choose to participate in either a 5K or 10K event. Registration and packet pick-up will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 and 7 to 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 with all events beginning at 8 a.m.

In addition to the 5K and 10K races, the Life Center will also host the 2nd annual Pump and Run event. A Runner’s race time is based on how many times he or she can bench press a percentage of their body weight with 30 seconds per repetition deducted from final 5K time. Time deductions will be taken for a maximum of 30 repetitions. Registration for the Pump and Run will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is limited to 100 participants.

This year’s route will take runners through the shady, tree-lined residential area that includes Kinney’s Lane, Grandview and Thomas avenues, Dorman, Sheridan and Orchard drives, Coles Boulevard, Shawnee and Micklethwaite roads and Greenlawn Cemetery.

Awards will be presented immediately after the race to the top three finishers of each age division of the 5K and 10K. Awards also will be given to each male and female with the fastest times; however, male and female recipients will not receive duplicate awards. All participants are eligible for door prizes.

Cost of the race is $15 per person before Sept. 3 or $20 the day of the event. T-shirts will be given to the first 300 participants who register.

For more information, please contact Jim Kolar at 740-356-7566 or send an e-mail request to

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Barnes Welcomed At SOMC

Brett Barnes, M.D., a physician specializing in orthopaedics and sports medicine, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery-Sports Medicine.

Dr. Barnes received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed a residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. and a fellowship at the University of Washington-Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.

Dr. Barnes is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Barnes begins July 18 and will join Dr. Marchyn at the SOMC Orthopaedic Associates located at 1735 27th St., Waller Building, Suite 308 in Portsmouth. To schedule an appointment, call 740-356-1709.

SOMC To Host Hospice Memorial Bike Ride

SOMC Hospice will host the Third Annual Memorial Bike Ride Saturday, July 30. Registration for the event will begin at 12 p.m. on the SOMC East Campus, located at 2201 25th Street in Portsmouth and riders will leave from SOMC Hospice at 1 p.m. All proceeds will benefit patients of SOMC Hospice Services.

“This event was created in memory of motorcycling enthusiast Ricky Bryan,” Sheila Riggs, claims coordinator of Hospice Services, said. “Bryan began planning the ride before his death because he wanted to give back to our program and we felt it was important to follow through with his idea.”

Riggs said that the program decided to carry-on the tradition this year not only in memory of Bryan but also for all other bike riders and patients of SOMC Hospice Services.

“There are so many community members who are willing to give back to our Hospice program and we’re more than happy to provide different venues for them to do so,” she said. “Our last two bike rides were truly a success, but we’re hoping that through better weather, and an even better turn out, we can exceed the funds raised last year and continue to provide much needed support for our patients and their families.”

Cost of the ride is $20 for a single rider or $25 for two people on one bike. After the ride, join us for lunch and entertainment performed by a local band, Gypze Roze. Prize drawings and giveaways will take place after the event and T-shirts will be available for purchase. The ride will proceed rain or shine.

Pre-registration is not required but can be made by calling SOMC Hospice Services at 740-356-2567.

SOMC Receives OHA’s Top Twenty Percent Award

Southern Ohio Medical Center has received the Ohio Hospital Association’s Top Twenty Percent Award for being one of the safest health care facilities in the state.

The award is given through OHA’s Statewide Hospital Safety Campaign, which annually recognizes hospitals and health care systems that have secured the most successful safety programs and superior employee safety records.

“This honor shows that SOMC is not only working to provide a safe environment for our patients and visitors, but also our employees,” Bill Kamer, director of SOMC Safety and Environmental Health, said. “It’s a true accomplishment and is yet another way to measure our progress toward achieving excellence at SOMC.”

SOMC was recognized among 28 other healthcare facilities. Twenty Percent winners were chosen based on their organization’s submitted Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses data, which included the total recordable employee injury cases and days away from work for the past year.

“Safety is a priority in everything we do and this award proves our dedication to go above and beyond,” Leeann L. Sammons, vice president of Health and Safety at SOMC, said. “Our employees have been working to create and sustain a culture of safety and an exceptionally safe work environment and it’s wonderful to see the collaboration that has been made to produce these outcomes. We thank our leaders and staff members for their teamwork and congratulate them on their success.”

Radiologist Bennington Welcomed at SOMC

Nathan Bennington, D.O., a physician specializing in radiology, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Bennington received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. He completed a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Kettering Medical Center and Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Bennington is a member of the American Osteopathic College of Radiology, the American Osteopathic Association and the Ohio State Medical Association. For more information, call 740-356-8117.

Cancer Patients Invited to Look Good…Feel Better Program at SOMC

Southern Ohio Medical Center and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are helping to make female cancer patients feel more confident about their appearance through the Look Good…Feel Better support program-a national public service created by the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, the National Cosmetology Association and the ACS to help patients who have recently completed or are currently undergoing cancer treatment.

The program meets the second Tuesday of every month, with the next session taking place at 5 p.m. July 12 at the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth.

During the two-hour, hands-on workshop, attendees will participate in skin-care and make-up application lessons, proper nail-care techniques and will learn how to wear and create headscarves and turbans to mask hair loss. Each patient will be given their own make-up kit and will also have the opportunity to try on and learn more about receiving wigs through the ACS wig-bank.

Participation is free but registration is required. To register or for more information, please call 740-356-7606 or 1-888-227-6446.

SOMC Awards Bid For Waverly Urgent Care

Southern Ohio Medical Center is pleased to announce a partnership with D.K.M. Construction of Pike County to begin the construction of the new SOMC Urgent Care and Specialty Center in Waverly, Ohio, scheduled to open in 2012.

SOMC Vice President of Support Services Ben Gill said, “As we move into the Waverly area, we have kept the importance of community at the forefront of all our decisions. We want to build strong relationships with the Pike County community and that includes keeping the work local, therefore D.K.M. construction was the right choice for us.”

Five companies submitted bids for the 15,000 square foot project. The facility is expected to take one year to build, weather permitting.

“We look forward to working closely with D.K.M construction as this project comes to fruition,” Justin Clark, administrative director of Plant Operations at SOMC, said. “I think this will be an excellent collaboration and a great opportunity for the community of Pike County.”

SOMC plans to hire 20 to 30 full and part-time positions for the new Urgent Care Center, including but not limited to: nursing, registration, lab, X-ray techs and housekeeping. In addition to urgent care services, the facility will also offer a variety of rotating specialties such as cardiology, cancer, neurology, pulmonology and general surgery.

“I’m excited for our organization to have a presence in Pike County and look forward to providing health care services to the community,” Elvis Walters, RN, nurse manager of the Waverly Urgent Care and Specialty Center, said. “We plan to offer local health screenings and presentations to engage with the community as we embark upon the construction phase of the project.”