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.”

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.