SOMC Welcomes Dr. Klepper


Sean M. Klepper, M.D., a physician specializing in pathology, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology.

Dr. Klepper received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. He completed a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Mass. and a fellowship in hematopathology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tenn.

Dr. Klepper can be reached by calling 740-356-8280.

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. August 17 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.

Community Joins SOMC for a Nautical Adventure


Southern Ohio Medical Center and the SOMC Foundation hosted a Nautical Adventure fundraiser aboard the Belle of Cincinnati July 27. Shawnee State University was named the $5,000 winner of the event, and will use their grand-prize earnings to create a scholarship in the name of SOMC. Pictured at the check presentation are SSU President Dr. Rita Rice Morris (left) and SOMC President and CEO Randy Arnett.
Community members set sail for an evening of entertainment and support of a good cause during the SOMC Foundation Board’s Nautical Adventure fundraiser, held July 27 aboard the Belle of Cincinnati riverboat.

More than 250 people attended the celebration to raise funds for the hospital’s Endowment—a long-term financial investment created to ensure that exceptional healthcare, training, technology and services are available to local communities for many generations to come.

“In an ever-changing environment, where healthcare funding is more uncertain than ever, organizations are building endowments to secure the stability and quality of community care,” Randy Arnett, president and CEO of Southern Ohio Medical Center, said. “SOMC is no exception, which is why we established our own Endowment in 2003.”

Since its creation, the fund has matured to $1.8 million and continues to grow through support during events like the Nautical Adventure, whose proceeds will be matched dollar-for-dollar by SOMC and added to the Endowment’s total.

“Though the Foundation Board and organization are committed to the growth of this fund, we would be nowhere without the continual support given to us by our local businesses, friends and residents during our annual celebrations,” Arnett said. “These events help better our community’s future and we’re always grateful for the generosity that we receive during them.”

In addition to dinner on the riverboat, many prizes were awarded during the Nautical Adventure, with Shawnee State University winning the grand prize of $5,000. The university will use their winnings toward the creation of a scholarship in the name of SOMC to benefit a Health Sciences student.

“SOMC is a vital part of this community and a valuable partner to Shawnee State, which is why we wanted to support the Foundations’ event,” Dr. Rita Rice Morris, president of Shawnee State University, said. “When our ticket was drawn, we were surprised and very excited. We feel that through this award the entire community has won because we are now able to help a health care professional complete his or her education.”

“It’s outstanding to know that our grand prize will go to a student who could potentially work at SOMC after graduation and we are honored that SSU would use their winnings in such a charitable way,” Arnett added. “It’s the icing on the cake to an exceptionally successful event and we thank everyone who donated toward our Endowment.”

SOMC Donates School Supplies to Benefit Community

Southern Ohio Medical Center employees donated more than 1,800 school supplies for local students during the 2011 United Way School Supply Drive. Pictured at the donation drop-off is (from left) Maureen Cadogan representing the Homeless Shelter, Mary Ann Peercy, United Way of Scioto County Executive Director, Beverly Stringer, SOMC United Way Champion and Emma Jean Adkins, SOMC Volunteer.

Employees of Southern Ohio Medical Center donated more than 1,800 school supply items for area children during the 2011 United Way School Supply Drive, which took place August 5 at the hospital.

“Last year we collected a tremendous amount of school supplies and this year was no different,” Beverly Stinger, coordinator of the SOMC United Way campaign, said.

School supply lists were given to employees, with each item designated a point value, Stringer explained. For each point a staff member earned, they were given the chance to enter into one of the gift basket prize drawings.

“With the current economic times, it’s especially incredible to see the generosity displayed to our community by SOMC employees,” Mary Peercy, executive director of the United Way of Scioto County, said. “SOMC and its employees have always been supportive with their donations and we thank them for their continued dedication.”

SOMC Hospice Memorial Ride Raised $22,000


SOMC Hospice held its Third Annual Memorial Bike Ride, July 30. More than 200 motorcycle enthusiasts revved up their engines for a 60-mile police-escorted scenic drive through Scioto and Pike Counties.

“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.

The event and T-shirt sales collectively raised more than $22,000 for SOMC Hospice. Shown above is a portion of the participants lined up at the start of the ride.

SOMC Hospice would like to thank the volunteers, motor cycle participants, American Legion Post 23, the Scioto Ribber, R&R Tents, Southern Moon, ABLE Ambulance, Gypze Roze, Amanda Eaton, The Party Connection and Mac-A-Doos for their generosity and continued support of SOMC.

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. August 9 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 LIFE Center To Temporarily Close For Renovations

The SOMC LIFE Center in Portsmouth will temporarily close August 11-14 for renovations. The LIFE Center offers a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor gymnasium, group fitness classes and an indoor pool.

“We have worked hard to organize several projects at the same time, so we will be closed for the least amount of time possible, “ Gary Coovert, director of the SOMC LIFE Center, said. “It is important to keep the center in excellent condition to provide the best services possible. Just like our customers, we need to stay in shape too.”

The pool, Cardiac Rehabilitation and all entities of the LIFE Center will be closed and all fitness classes at the Portsmouth location will be canceled for the duration of the repairs.

While the LIFE Center is closed, SOMC plans to replace flooring in the lobby and refinish the gymnasium, walking track and aerobic room floors as well as reseal the showers in the locker rooms.

The SOMC Rehabilitation, physical therapy and the Friends Community Center will be open during August 11-14. All normal activities and appointments will continue as scheduled.

SOMC LIFE Center customers are encouraged to continue their workouts at SOMC’s other locations including the Wheelersburg LIFE Center and the Lucasville LIFE Center.

The Wheelersburg LIFE Center is located at 8430 Hayport Rd. in Wheelersburg and is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 740-574-4022.

The Lucasville LIFE Center is located at 10617 U.S. 23 in Lucasville and is open from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 740-259-5433.

ACS Offers Prostate Cancer Support Group

Man to Man® is an American Cancer Society (ACS) support program for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. The support group will meet at 5 p.m. August 2 at the SOMC Cancer Center located at 1121 Kinney’s Lane in Portsmouth. The group invites guest speakers and meets on the first Tuesday of every month. For more information or to register please call the ACS Cancer Resource Center at 740-356-7606 or 1-888-227-6446.

SOMC, Dodson Win Telly Award For Veteran Video

Shown with the Telly Award is Chuck Kurtz, technician for SOMC Bio Medical Engineering and veteran of the U.S. Marines (left) and Andrew Dodson (right).
Southern Ohio Medical Center has been awarded a Telly Award for 2011. As part of the 32nd Annual Telly Award competition, a video created by SOMC’s Visual Media Specialist Andrew Dodson was selected by the The Telly Awards and Silver Telly Council to receive this prestigious honor.

The Telly Awards was founded in 1978 to honor excellence in local, regional and cable TV commercials. According the Telly website, non-broadcast video and TV program categories were later added, leading to 200 categories for entries. Today, the Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies.

Dodson created a special tribute video for Veterans Day, November 10, 2010. The touching memoir features SOMC employees who are veterans reflecting on their experiences in while on active duty or at war.

“It was an honor to make this video for Veterans Day,” Dodson said. “All veterans are heroes and they deserve to be recognized. I hope this video demonstrates our appreciation for their service.”

To view the Veterans Day video, please visit the SOMC YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/somcportsmouth.