SOMC purchases six new vehicles for Home Care and Hospice

Glockner New CarsWebSouthern Ohio Medical Center recently purchased six new Toyota Corollas from Glockner Honda Toyota. The vehicles will be used by SOMC Home Care and Hospice. Pictured here with one of the new vehicles is, from left to right, Ronda Jordan and Dennis Lintz from SOMC Home Care, Mike Glockner, Greg Gulker, Monica Holbrook and Brent Munn from SOMC Hospice and Tim Glockner.

For more information about SOMC Home Care and SOMC Hospice, visit www.somc.org.

SOMC offering free breast cancer screenings

SOMC is offering free breast cancer screenings in May and June for women who are uninsured or underinsured. Women who are screened may also receive same-day mammography if needed.

You should consider a screening if you are age 40 or older – or younger with a family history of breast cancer – or have an abnormal finding on a self-breast exam.

You can register by calling the SOMC volunteer office at 740-356-8234.

These screenings are made possible by the hands of Hope program, which is funded by The Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in cooperation with Southern Ohio Medical Center.

For more information, visit somccancer.org.

SOMC Named Lung Screening Center of Excellence

Southern Ohio Medical Center has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) for its ongoing commitment of providing local patients with appropriate lung cancer screenings. SOMC joins more than 370 screening centers across the country being recognized by the LCA.

“SOMC is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care,” Jenny Woodyard, lung health navigator at SOMC, said. “Low dose CT screenings have shown to be the only proven way to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable stage, helping save tens of thousands lives a year. We are thrilled to be part of this elite group, setting an example for responsible screening practices nationwide.”

The LCA is dedicated to saving lives and advancing research by empowering people living with or at risk of lung cancer. Designated Screening Centers of Excellence work to meet comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program. These standards control screening quality, as well as radiation doses and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting.

“We are proud and honored to work with SOMC as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence,” LCA President and CEO Laurie Fenton Ambrose said. “Their commitment to practicing responsible lung cancer screenings will lead to many advancements in research and many lives saved. They are an example to follow.”

SOMC offers lung cancer screenings to patients who meet the following criteria:

  • Age 55-77
  • Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (which means, on average, you’ve smoked one pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years).
  • Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
  • No history of lung cancer
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer

Screenings are covered by Medicare/Medicaid and private insurance companies. To learn more about the SOMC lung cancer screening program, or to refer yourself or someone you know, please call 740-356-LUNG.

Restore your health with Restorative Yoga

The SOMC Portsmouth LIFE Center will host Restorative Yoga sessions from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1.

Restorative yoga seeks to achieve physical, mental, and emotional relaxation with the aid of props. While some restorative yoga poses are beneficial to the entire body, others target specific areas, such as the heart or the lungs.

Restorative Yoga provides healing for the mind and body. It is especially useful when you need to eliminate fatigue and stress that result from daily activities. It can also help you recover from illness and injury, or overcome emotional depression and anxiety that are caused by traumatic events such as divorce, loss of job and death of a beloved.

Participants must bring a Yoga mat, two blankets, two bed pillows, and two bath or beach towels. Participants should stay through the whole session and not leave the room early, as the final relaxation is very important and should be completed without interruptions in the room.

The event is open to the public and ages 14-18 if accompanied by a parent/guardian. General admission is $5. Each session is limited to 16 people.

To registration for the 2 p.m. session, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/restorative-yoga-2pm-tickets-23117833061.

To register for the 4 p.m. session, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/restorativeyoga-4pm-tickets-24264032374.

For more information, please call 740-356-7391.

SOMC receives $36,971 from Susan G. Komen Columbus

Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently awarded $36,971 from the Susan G. Komen® Columbus to support patient navigation services through the Hands of Hope program.

These services assist women by educating them about risk and how to access care through their insurance, as well as how to navigate the healthcare system to get screenings.

“The support we receive from Susan G. Komen Columbus has been tremendous for our community,” SOMC’s Breast Health Navigator Kim Richendollar said. “We are honored to be one of just 22 breast health programs to receive funding from Komen Columbus. Without their support, far too many women in our community would find themselves without the care they need.”

“Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in Ohio are more likely to die from the disease than almost anywhere else in the United States due to multiple barriers such as access to affordable care and treatment and challenges to navigating the healthcare systems,” said Julie McMahon, director of mission at Komen Columbus. “In the communities we serve, we have identified issues contributing to those problems and focused our support to organizations that bring local solutions to those barriers.”

For more information about SOMC’s Hands of Hope, visit somc.org/cancer.

SOMC hosting free Better Breathers Fair

Southern Ohio Medical Center is inviting the community to participate in a free “Better Breathers Fair” on April 21. The event will take place at the SOMC Friends Center from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Attendees of the event will be able to receive free health screenings, a medication review and enter for a chance to win a free, one-month LIFE Center membership. Additional handouts and giveaways will also be provided.

In order to receive a medication review, participants will need to provide a list of medications or a brown bag of the medications themselves.

For more information, call 740-356-8565.

SOMC Named Lung Screening Center of Excellence

Southern Ohio Medical Center has been named a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA) for its ongoing commitment of providing local patients with appropriate lung cancer screenings. SOMC joins more than 370 screening centers across the country being recognized by the LCA.

“SOMC is dedicated to providing our patients with the highest quality care,” Jenny Woodyard, lung health navigator at SOMC, said. “Low dose CT screenings have shown to be the only proven way to detect lung cancer at an early and treatable stage, helping save tens of thousands lives a year. We are thrilled to be part of this elite group, setting an example for responsible screening practices nationwide.”

The LCA is dedicated to saving lives and advancing research by empowering people living with or at risk of lung cancer. Designated Screening Centers of Excellence work to meet comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program. These standards control screening quality, as well as radiation doses and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting.

“We are proud and honored to work with SOMC as a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence,” LCA President and CEO Laurie Fenton Ambrose said. “Their commitment to practicing responsible lung cancer screenings will lead to many advancements in research and many lives saved. They are an example to follow.”

SOMC offers lung cancer screenings to patients who meet the following criteria:

  • Age 55-77
  • Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (which means, on average, you’ve smoked one pack a day for 30 years, or two packs a day for 15 years).
  • Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
  • No history of lung cancer
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer

Screenings are covered by Medicare/Medicaid and private insurance companies. To learn more about the SOMC lung cancer screening program, or to refer yourself or someone you know, please call 740-356-LUNG.

SOMC’s Amazing Race set for April 23

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s “Amazing Race” competition will take place on April 23 this year.

The Amazing Race is a challenge where teams will compete for the chance to win $2,500. The race is designed to challenge teams physically and mentally, while providing fun and entertainment.

Each team will start at the SOMC LIFE Center Gym and be routed to their first challenge. Once there, they must complete a task in order to move to the next challenge location. After successfully completing all challenges, teams must report to the SOMC LIFE Center Gym for final scoring.

The team captain must be 18 or older. One may compete as an individual but may be at a disadvantage during some of the challenges.

Local Troops Celebrate Girl Scout Birthday by Giving Back

WEBgirlscoutsLocal Girl Scout troops #2659 and #2923 recently teamed with the Raven Rock Service Unit to donate a gift basket of onesies, bibs, and other baby items to the first girl born March 12 at Southern Ohio Medical Center. March 12 is annually celebrated as the Girl Scout Birthday, commemorating the day that the first Girl Scout troop was registered more than 100 years ago.

Though there were no girl-births at the hospital on March 12, the gift basket was presented to a baby girl born March 13—along with a special boy-themed donation for her twin brother born on the same day.

Local Girl Scout Troop #2659 has given back to SOMC Maternity Services for the past three years, donating and delivering cookies to new mothers of the unit. The girls are encouraged to give back whenever they can, honoring the Girl Scout slogan, “Do a good turn daily.” Troop #2659 encourages community members to support local scouts through cookie sales and fundraisers, whose proceeds allow them to travel and continuously grow their strengths, passions, and talents.