VeraFlow coming to Portsmouth LIFE Center

Dance, stretch and find your true flow with VeraFlow – a class unlike any other you have ever experienced.

In VeraFlow, you stretch your body and train your mind to the rhythm of music. The experience leaves you feeling completely relaxed and content. It will be added to the Portsmouth Group Fitness schedule on Mondays starting October 3 at 6:45pm.

There will be a sneak peek class on Monday, September 26 at 6:45pm. For more information, call ext. 7650.

SOMC introduces new hospice dog, Ray

RayWebSouthern Ohio Medical Center has welcomed a new member to their hospice team – Ray, a three-year old golden doodle.

Ray is SOMC’s new hospice dog. He takes the place of Marley, who is now retired and continuing to live well. As SOMC’s third hospice dog, Ray will be on hand to visit with patients and their families. His job is simple: offer affection and compassion during difficult times.

“Like his predecessors, Ray is a valuable member of the hospice team,” Scott Hilbert of SOMC Hospice said. “He is very loving, and his presence is especially appreciated by patients who are used to the companionship of a pet at home.”

Ray has already had the opportunity to bond with several patients and their families. He also received a warm community welcome – an SOMC Facebook post introducing Ray received more than 200 shares within the first five hours.

“Ray has a great personality and is perfectly suited for this role,” Hilbert said. “We think he’s a joy to be around and I know that our patients agree.”

For more information, visit or like SOMC on Facebook at

SOMC Hospice Recognized as a We Honor Veterans Partner

It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions made by these men and women, SOMC Hospice has become a national partner of We Honor Veterans, a pioneering campaign developed by National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As a We Honor Veterans Partner, SOMC Hospice will implement ongoing Veteran-centered education for their staff and volunteers to help improve the care they provide to the Veterans they proudly serve.  The nation is seeing many of the Veterans who served in World War II and Korean pass away—and the number of deaths of Vietnam Veterans is beginning to rise.

The We Honor Veterans campaign provides tiered recognition to organizations that demonstrate a systematic commitment to improving care for Veterans. “Partners” can assess their ability to serve Veterans and, using resources provided as part of the campaign, integrate best practices for providing end-of-life care to Veterans into their organization. By recognizing the unique needs of our nation’s Veterans who are facing a life-limiting illness, SOMC Hospice is better able to accompany and guide Veterans and their families toward a more peaceful ending. And in cases where there might be some specific needs related to the Veteran’s military service, combat experience or other traumatic events, SOMC Hospice will find tools to help support those they are caring for.

“Our community is filled with men and women who served in our armed forces. We want to make sure that our Veteran patients and their families receive the care and recognition they deserve.” said Scott Hilbert, Coordinator of Hospice Relations. “Through partnering with We Honor Veterans we are taking a step forward in helping hospice patients, families, staff and providers understand and serve Veterans at the end of life more effectively in our community.”

A portion of the We Honor Veterans program encompasses a pinning ceremony for Veterans who are now under the care of SOMC Hospice. This allows those who have served our country to receive recognition in a unique way for the freedom they fought to defend. SOMC Hospice is currently looking for volunteers to help with the Hospice Veterans Pinning Ceremony.

To learn more about the SOMC Hospice Veterans Pinning Ceremony or to be involved through volunteering for the program please contact Scott Hilbert at 740-356-2567 or email at

SOMC Portsmouth Family Health Center opens today

DSC_2537WebSouthern Ohio Medical Center officially opens the Portsmouth Family Health Center today.

The Portsmouth Family Health Center is located on SOMC’s South Campus, at the corner of Kinneys and Waller, and will be a source of quality care for years to come.

Patients will have one care team that can treat both routine and urgent needs. They will also have the convenience of having prescriptions filled during the visit by our onsite, retail pharmacy. Our pharmacy is open to the public from 8-8, seven days a week.

That, combined with onsite outpatient lab and imaging plus occupational medicine and the ability to schedule appointments with preferred providers or see a colleague for a walk-in visit, makes SOMC’s Portsmouth Family Health Center a convenient source of care both in sickness and in health.

For more information, visit or like SOMC on Facebook at

Get Healthy with “Learn and Burn” and “R.I.P.P.E.D.”

Are you ready to make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle? Join Learn and Burn-a 12 week program provided by the LIFE Center and Weight Watchers.

Participants meet Thursdays from 6:00- 6:45 pm beginning September 8th, at the Portsmouth LIFE Center. The program includes all introductory material, on-line resources and weekly motivational information and recipes. Register by September 1st. Call the LIFE Center for more information, 740-356-7650.

If you want to shake up your workout routine, why not try R.I.P.P.E.D (Resistance-Interval-Power-Plyometrics, Endurance, and Diet)? There will be a free one hour class with Master Trainer Amy Wilson on Saturday, September 10th at 10:00 a.m. at the Portsmouth LIFE Center.

If you are interested in becoming a Certified Instructor, stay all day for the training. Call Debbie Kielmar for more information, 740-356-7391.

SOMC conducting Active Shooter Drill at South Campus

Southern Ohio Medical Center will be working with local law enforcement, as well as the Portsmouth Fire Department, to conduct an active shooter drill at SOMC’s newly constructed South Campus on August 22.

The drill is scheduled to take place between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., and will include SOMC staff, community members and officers from several local law enforcement and emergency response agencies.

“This is an opportunity for us to test our policies and ensure that, should an event like this ever actually occur, we will be prepared to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible,” SOMC Director of Safety Services Christy Timberlake said. “It is also an opportunity for local law enforcement to build a familiarity with our new facility.”

During the drill, an active shooter situated will be simulated with participants playing the roles of bystanders and even victims. The sound of gunshots will also be simulated, but there will be no actual firearms in use.

“For the purposes of the drill, we want to create an environment that is realistic. However, as always, our number one priority is safety,” Timberlake said. “There will be no actual firearms on site and if, at any point, our participants become uncomfortable we will be able to pause the simulation and excuse them from the exercise.”

While the active shooter drill will take place in a contained environment, the community will have an opportunity to see the new South Campus facility for themselves when SOMC hosts an open house on August 25.

Are you drinking enough water?

The human body is about 60% water. We lose water every day just by breathing. When the weather is hot, when we are physically active, and when we are ill, we lose water faster than normal. If we don’t replace it, we can become dehydrated. Sometimes we don’t recognize the symptoms of dehydration beyond just feeling thirsty. Other signs that you need more water include:

• little or no urine or darker-than-normal urine

• dry mouth

• sleepiness/fatigue

• headache

• confusion

• dizziness or lightheadedness.

So how much water is enough? Often we hear six to eight cups per day. While the American Heart Association says that is a good guideline, the actual need depends on the weather, the intensity level of the physical activity, and any medical conditions a person may have. We can roughly estimate how much fluid we need by getting weighed before and after exercise to see how much we’ve lost through perspiring. Roughly, it averages out to a pint per pound lost through sweat.

Although the AHA recommends water as the best way to replenish fluids, there are other sources that may be useful. Registered dietitian and SHAPE magazine contributor Cynthia Sass says about 20 percent of our fluids come from food, and fruits and vegetables especially are good sources. Strawberries and watermelons, tomatoes, zucchini, and cucumber are some examples of high water content foods. Sports beverages are another choice, and can be a good alternative. But the AHA cautions that many are high calorie, high sugar, and high sodium and may include caffeine, all of which may exacerbate existing medical conditions.

As the hot summer days slow into autumn and the upcoming winter chilliness, staying hydrated should still be on your healthy agenda. Cold days and dry indoor heating systems can dehydrate us as much as sweltering summer weather. Whatever the season, make it a habit to carry a bottle of water with you daily, sipping throughout the day and especially being mindful of drinking before, during, and after your workout. Drinking water may be the easiest way to help you stay healthy all year long.

4-H’ers donate neck pillows to SOMC Hospice

4H Pillows WebMembers of the Super Sewing Circle, Etc. Second Generation 4-H club recently visited SOMC Hospice to donate neck pillows, which were made by members of the group. The pillows were donated to provide comfort to the patients and families of SOMC Hospice. Pictured here are several 4-H’ers and their pillows. For more information about SOMC Hospice, visit

SOMC Hospice Memorial Ride set for July 30

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host the 2016 Hospice Memorial Bike Ride on Saturday, July 30. Registration for the event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Hospice Center on SOMC’s East Campus, with riders departing at noon.

The 90-mile ride through southern Ohio was created in memory of motorcycle enthusiast and Hospice patient, Ricky Bryan.

“The event is a great opportunity for local motorcyclists to serve a good cause while helping Hospice Services,” Teresa Ruby, director of SOMC Hospice, said. “Much like our Hike, the Bike Ride is one big celebration of life and community, and we always have such a good time. Even if you’re not a bike rider, you can come out, enjoy the company, and have fun.”

Cost to participate in the Memorial Ride is $20 for a single rider and $25 for a rider and passenger. The price includes lunch when the ride returns. There will also be T-shirts available for purchase, prize drawings, and live music.

All proceeds will benefit SOMC Hospice Services. For more information, please call 740-356-2567.