SOMC to Host Riverboat Tour to Benefit Endowment Fund

The Southern Ohio Medical Center Foundation Board will host an evening of Nautical Proportions, a fundraiser for the SOMC Endowment Fund. Join us for a dinner at 6:30 p.m. July 27 aboard the Cincinnati Belle Riverboat.

In 2003, SOMC established an Endowment Fund to insure the stability and quality of community care. As the development arm of SOMC, the Foundation Board is committed to see the fund grow so that interest from the endowment will be available to provide for exceptional care, training, technology and service far into the future.

”SOMC is committed to the growth of the endowment and for a limited time, the hospital will match contributions, dollar for dollar,” Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC, said. “Each ticket purchased will make a double difference. Join us for an evening of fun, good food and an opportunity to take home the grand prize of $5,000 in cash.”

“Sweepstakes proceeds will benefit the SOMC Endowment Fund. With your participation, you buy into the future of exceptional care for your children and grandchildren and the generations to come,” Arnett added.

“The endowment provides an opportunity for people to contribute and support our hospital so we can meet the healthcare needs of our community in the future, Gary Duzan, SOMC Board of Directors and SOMC Foundation Board Member, said. “This event is a good opportunity to support a leading regional medical center and it will be a great opportunity to interact with leaders of our community and have a night of fun.”

Participants will also have the chance to win various prizes totaling $5,000 in value. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase. For more information or to purchase a ticket, call 740-356-8338.

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, June 28 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street in 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.

SOMC Held Diabetes Summer Camp For Kids

Children diagnosed with type 1 diabetes were able to make new friends and learn ways to manage their disease during the 2nd Annual SOMC Hot Shots diabetic summer camp held June 13 and 14 at the Friends Community Center. The event featured many hands-on activities including educational arts and crafts, cooking and carbohydrate counting, a trip to the SOMC Employee Garden and plenty of physical exercise through Zumba, swimming and basketball. Pictured above are participants sporting the special glasses they made during the first day of the camp.

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, June 21

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., June 21 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 Welcomes 50 New Junior Volunteers

The 2011 Class of Junior Volunteers for Southern Ohio Medical Center participated in orientation the week of June 5. About 50 participants, ages 15-18 representing all area schools will provide support for the services and programs of SOMC throughout the summer. The volunteers will work in departments such as Microbiology, Grounds and Gardens, Medical Records and Same Day Surgery. Some of the volunteers are scheduled to work at other SOMC campuses such as the SOMC Cancer Center, Hospice, Lucasville Rehab and physician offices. Shown at volunteer orientation is Debbie Shaw, secretary for SOMC Volunteer Services (top left) and Jenny Lavender, manager for SOMC Volunteer Services (top right) with the new junior volunteers. For more information about SOMC’s Volunteer Program, call 740-356-8234.

SOMC Emergency Wins Trauma Award

The Southern Ohio Medical Center Emergency Department was recently presented the “Golden Hour Award” for excellence in trauma care by Grant Medical Center Trauma Services.

The award was presented during the 2nd Annual Appreciation Luncheon, June 1 in Columbus, Ohio. Director of Trauma Services at Grant Medical Services Dr. Ron Paul presented the award to representatives from SOMC. Marietta Memorial Hospital, Pike Community Hospital, Doctor’s Hospital and Grant Medical Center were in attendance.

“It was an honor to receive this award,” Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, administrative director of Nursing for Emergency, Pediatrics and Outpatient Services at SOMC, said. “The ‘Golden Hour Award’ demonstrates our ongoing commitment to excellence in patient care.”

Shown at the award presentation is (from left) Jason Ross, RN, nurse manager of SOMC Emergency Department; AJ Foit, RN, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Emergency Department; Dr. Ron Paul; Dr. Jason Cheatham, medical director of SOMC Emergency Services; Heather Johnson, RN, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Emergency Department; Dr. Salita Kaistha, emergency medicine resident and Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs.

SOMC Offers Stroke Support Group, June 22

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. June 22 in the Rehab Care Unit Conference Room, located on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth.

Jodi Cooper is the key speaker for the evening and will present education about speech, language and swallowing disorders 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 Celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently celebrated National Cancer Survivor’s Day at the SOMC Friends Community Center. Cancer survivors and their loved ones filled the Friends Center and enjoyed dancing, food and entertainment provided by “Doc Roc and the Remedies.”

The Minford High School cheerleaders and SOMC volunteers helped to make the event a success. SOMC Cancer Center physicians, Dr. Liu, Dr. Chang and Dr. Summers sponsored a record-breaking amount of giveaways. Many area businesses also made donations.

National Cancer Survivors Day is held annually in thousands of communities throughout the country on the first Sunday in June. It is a symbolic and celebratory event to demonstrate that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality. Pictured at the celebration is (from left), Dr. Li-Fen Chang, senior medical director of Radiation Oncology at SOMC, cancer survivor Geneva Dravenstott and Dr. Thomas Summers, medical oncologist at SOMC.

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.