SOMC Offers Breast Cancer Support Group

The next meeting of the SOMC Breast Cancer Support Group will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the SOMC Cancer Center, located at 1121 Kinneys Lane, Portsmouth.

The group provides ongoing support, education, encouragement, and fellowship to women diagnosed with breast cancer and meets the third Wednesday of each month.

For more information, please call the SOMC Cancer Center at 740-356-7496.

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 and the next session will take place at 5 p.m. Nov. 8 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 Welcomes Neurologist Dr. Smith

Marsha Smith, M.D., a physician specializing in Neurology, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Smith received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. She completed a residency in Neurology at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. and a fellowship in Movement Disorder at Emory University
Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. She is board certified in Neurology.

Dr. Smith will begin seeing patients Nov. 14 and can be reached at SOMC Physician Specialty Associates, 1735 27th Street, Waller Building, Suite 102 in Portsmouth. Please call 740-356-6740 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Wheelersburg Cheerleaders Donate to SOMC Cancer Center

Members of the varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads at Wheelersburg High School recently donated $1,330 to the Cancer Compassion Fund at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The donation was collected as part of the school’s system-wide Pirates for a Cure fundraiser, which encouraged students, teachers and community members to raise breast cancer awareness by purchasing special pink and orange T-shirts throughout the month of October. More than 660 T-shirts were sold. Pictured at the check donation are members of the cheerleading squads with SOMC Breast Health Navigator Kimberlee Richendollar (right).

Local Pageant Winner Donates Items to SOMC Cancer Center

Seven-year-old Aleigha Spradlin of Portsmouth recently presented more than 1,000 hats, scarves, turbans, bandanas and other handmade and store-bought items to the SOMC Cancer Center after collecting them as part of Gawanda Slate’s Rising Stars Pageant in Louisa, Ky. last month. The donation was made on behalf of all the pageant’s participants, who each helped collect the items in an effort to raise Breast Cancer Awareness and win the competition’s Hospitality Award. Spradlin, who has competed in more than 200 pageants, was crowned Mini Supreme of the event. Shown at the donation are Spradlin (front, center) with members of the SOMC Cancer Center.

SOMC Named A Best Place To Work In Healthcare

Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine. SOMC ranked 32nd out of 100 healthcare organizations nationwide, and 7th in the category of large hospitals.

The Best Places to Work in Healthcare award recognizes employers for creating workplaces in healthcare that enable employees to perform at their optimum level to provide patients and customers with the best possible patient care and services. The awards were presented on October 18, 2011, at the Best Places to Work awards gala in Chicago, Ill.

“We are truly proud to once again be named to this prestigious list,” Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC, said. “It continues to confirm that we have excellent employees who love what they do and show it through the care they provide.”

SOMC was one of 327 applicants up for the award. To achieve this designation, SOMC completed a questionnaire and submitted names from a random selection of employees. The Best Places Group then surveyed more than 400 SOMC employees regarding policies, practices, benefits, leadership and planning, training and development and overall satisfaction.

“SOMC is a great place to work and people want to be a part of that. This distinction, as well as our Magnet designation, VPP Star status, FORTUNE Best Places to Work award and our Best Employer in Ohio award, shows that there is something special at SOMC and is a great source of pride for our employees and our community,” Ken Applegate, director of Human Resources, said. “These designations help us to recruit and retain some the best talent in the region and the country and we are proud of our accomplishments.”

SOMC Honors Medical Staff, Adams

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently held a Medical Staff Celebration of Excellence, a service awards banquet to honor SOMC physicians. Mr. Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC welcomed the attendees and acknowledged the medical students, residents and new physicians.

The honorees presented with awards for five years of service were Dr. Darren Adams, Dr. Thomas Carter, Dr. Chalonda Hill, Dr. Adenike Moore, Dr. Robert Schrimpf; 10 years of service were Dr. M. Mouhib Kalo, Dr. Richard Saxby, Dr. Sriharsha Velury; 15 years of service were Dr. Jitendra Patel, Dr. David Walker, Dr. Paul Cwikla, Dr. Charles Greiner, Dr. Steve Keys, Dr. Eric MacDonald; 20 years of service were Dr. Gregory Hudson, Dr. Tsuyoshi Inoshita, Dr. David Provaznik, Dr. Terrence Welsh; 30 years were Dr. Suzann Bonzo, Dr. Paul Duncan and Dr. Grant Stevenson.

Pictured is Dr. Aaron Adams with his 35-years of service award.

Promise Guild Donates to SOMC Cancer Compassion Fund

Members of the Promise Guild, a part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently presented Wendi Waugh, (front center) Administrative Director of the SOMC Cancer Center with a donation of $3,000 for the SOMC Cancer Compassion Fund. The guild raised money through various fundraisers during the year. The SOMC Cancer Compassion Fund provides financial, medical and emotional assistance to local cancer patients.

SOMC Hospice Volunteers Reach 25-Year Milestone

SOMC Hospice Volunteers Doug Besco, Dottie Glover, and Iona Martin (shown l to r) recently received special acknowledgment during the annual Hospice Volunteer Recognition Dinner for achieving the program’s first 25-year milestones.

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently celebrated the individuals who give their time, kindness, and exceptional dedication to assisting the patients and families of SOMC Hospice during the annual Hospice Volunteer Recognition Dinner, held Oct. 6 at the Friends Community Center.

“Every year we set aside an evening to bring all of our volunteers together and honor them for the hours, patience, and love they continually show to our Hospice families,” Beverly Stringer, volunteer coordinator of Hospice Services, said. “Our program would be nothing without their support and this event is just a small way to show them how big a difference they make in the lives of others.”

More than 80 participants make up the Hospice volunteer program, ranging in age from 15 to 94. Many of the volunteers have been a part of the organization for countless years, though local residents Doug Besco, Dottie Glover, and Iona Martin received special acknowledgment the night of the banquet for achieving the program’s first 25-year milestones.

“It’s unbelievable that we’ve already been with this program for 25 years when I can clearly remember the day we each received our first five-year award,” Martin said. “Time has flown by since then, but every second I’ve volunteered has been worthwhile. I rely on this program and the program relies on me. It’s a great relationship.”

Glover explained that each volunteer can assist the Hospice program through a variety of opportunities including clerical assistance, annual fundraising events, providing relief to caregivers during in-home visits, or even sitting with a patient at the end of their life as part of the 11th Hour team.

“No matter what option you choose, you always become very close to these people and they grow into an extension of your own family,” she said. “Each opportunity is a blessing, and though it can be heartbreaking at times, it’s really a rewarding experience.”

Besco added that though the aspect of helping others is what initially drew him to the program, the act of volunteering has provided him with so much more, including a newfound support group among his fellow co-workers.

“Though it’s our job to provide support to the patients, our team is also here for one another,” he said. “It doesn’t matter the situation—you just know that someone will lend a hand or offer encouragement. It’s nice to have so many wonderful, caring people to count on and I’m honored to be a part of this group.”

“I’m very lucky to do what I do and I work with some of the most special employees,” Stringer said. “They teach me something new every day—not only about myself, but about the ways that generosity and compassion can change a patient’s life. Our volunteers make the SOMC Hospice program what it is and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”

To learn more about the volunteer opportunities available through SOMC Hospice, please call Beverly Stringer at 356-2653.