SOMC Vascular Surgeon Hochstetler Receives Certification

Marion Hochstetler, M.D., vascular surgeon at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received board certification from the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Hochstetler received his medical degree from Northeastern Ohio University’s College of Medicine, Rootstown, Ohio. He completed a residency in general surgery at Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio and a fellowship in vascular surgery at Greenville Hospital in Greenville, S.C. He is now board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery.

Dr. Hochstetler is in practice with the SOMC Surgical Associates. The office is located at 1711 27th St., Braunlin Building Suite 402, Portsmouth, Ohio. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (740) 356-3562.

Dr. Roberts Joins The Practice of Dr. Song

Jennifer D. Roberts, D.O., will join the practice of Yong D. Song, M.D. beginning July 1, 2010.

Dr. Roberts is a physician specializing in obstetrics and gynecology. She is from Lewis County, Kentucky. Dr. Roberts received her medical degree from the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Ky. and her bachelor of science degree in biology from Morehead State University. She completed an internship and residency at Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va.

Dr. Roberts is currently accepting new patients and can be reached at 1611 27th Street, Fulton Building, Suite 204, Portsmouth. For an appointment or for more information call (740)-353-3196.

SOMC Held Master Zumba™ Class

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Portsmouth LIFE Center recently held a master Zumba™ class taught by Zumba Education Specialists, Doug and Joan Jones from Studio Zumba Ohio. More than 80 participants learned new Zumba routines and benefited from a high-energy workout. The event was a fundraiser and proceeds will benefit the SOMC Endowment Fund. Shown above is Doug Jones leading the class.

SOMC Employee Goes Above and Beyond

Like all of the environmental services representatives at Southern Ohio Medical Center, Annette Hayslip does a wonderful job when it comes to cleaning in the Heart Care Unit. However, Annette takes things one-step further during her day-to-day activities when she constantly smiles and offers blankets, coffee and a kind word to patients and their families.

Recently on a Sunday afternoon, Annette had noticed how busy the nurses were with a very sick patient in the Heart Care Unit. She saw that a patient in another room needed to use the bathroom. There was no hesitation as she helped the patient to the restroom and then informed a nurse, Beth, of what she had done to help.

“Annette helps me whenever she can,” Beth Bullock, RN in the Heart Care Unit, said. “I know that I can concentrate on providing excellent care for my patient and if things get really busy I know she will be right there to do whatever she can for the patients and their visitors.”

Bullock recalled one day when the Heart and Vascular lobby was full with a patient’s family and visitors. They ran out of coffee and Annette told them she would be right back. She came back with a cart full of snacks and hot coffee.

“When Annette cleans a room, you know it’s clean. She does her job with such perfection and love,” Bullock added. “She’s a team player 110 percent of the time. She’s a real life example of teamwork and not only that, but an example of just simply loving your job.”

“Since the day the Heart and Vascular Care Unit opened, Annette has been a very important part of our team,” Amy Fraulini, director of Heart and Vascular Services, said. “She has gone above and beyond to help the nursing staff and patients.”

Annette has been a housekeeper at SOMC for more than 10 years. She has also worked in the Emergency Department, Maternity and floated through different units. When asked why she works so diligently to provide excellent service, she will humbly tell you its because she cares about people.

“You can really count on Annette to do an excellent job and to empathize with patients and their families,” Joan Flowers, director of Environmental Services at SOMC, said. “She helps organize activities within our department and sometimes she will bake brownies for her co-workers before coming into work at 8 a.m.”

“When I round on patients in the Heart Care Unit, they often tell me how wonderful and helpful the housekeepers are, especially Annette,” Fraulini said. “All of the staff in the Heart Care Unit work together as a team to provide excellent care and service to our patients.”

SOMC Hosted 24th Annual Hike for Hospice

More than 475 supporters, volunteers and community members helped to collect $40,014.11 in funds during the 24th Annual Hike for Hospice at Southern Ohio Medical Center, held May 15, 2010.

Individuals and teams of five to 71 participants sported signs and T-shirts of various colors, names and slogans during the hike, which raises funds annually for the SOMC Hospice Caritas Fund and is held as a tribute to all hospice patients and their family members.

“Our services rely on the support of our community and we couldn’t do what we do without them,” Beverly Stringer, volunteer coordinator of SOMC Hospice Services, said. “We greatly extend our gratitude to everyone who attended and helped behind the scenes.”

Team and individual winners of various categories also were announced at the hike’s conclusion and include:

Team Awards:

Largest Total Donation: Golden Bears Most Sponsors: Golden Bears Largest Team: OSCO Largest Business Affiliated Team: OSCO Largest Community Based Team: Scioto County Department of Disabilities Most Family Members: The Walker Family Most Original Team Costume: Heartland Youth Group with the Most Participants: OSWEGO

Individual Awards:

Largest Total Donation: 1st place- Dr. Bonzo; 2nd place- Thelma Shirey Most Sponsors: 1st place- Thelma Shirey; 2nd place- Dr. Bonzo

SOMC Nurses Donate to New Beginnings

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s nursing staff recently celebrated National Nurses Week by collecting items for New Beginnings Outreach Ministry of Southern Ohio—a non-profit corporation providing resident and non-resident rehabilitation treatment for those suffering from drug or alcohol dependency. Together the nursing units collected hundreds of items for the organization including toiletries, cleaning supplies, gas cards, Wal-Mart gift cards and monetary donations. Shown on the final day of the collection are SOMC employees (from l to r) Tanya Thoroughman, Lori Livingston, Lanita Warner, Willie Baldridge, Tonia Bivens, Holli Dunham and Tammy Charles.

Team Awards:

Largest Total Donation: Golden Bears Most Sponsors: Golden Bears Largest Team: OSCO Largest Business Affiliated Team: OSCO Largest Community Based Team: Scioto County Department of Disabilities Most Family Members: The Walker Family Most Original Team Costume: Heartland Youth Group with the Most Participants: OSWEGO

Greenup Baseball Team Donates to SOMC

The Greenup County High School Musketeers baseball team recently went “Pink” during their game against Lawrence County, May 6. In honor of Mother’s Day and in support of breast cancer awareness, the team wore pink jerseys and socks while the field was painted with pink breast cancer awareness ribbons. The Greenup County Baseball Boosters, Chris Ailster, athletic director and Greg Logan, varsity baseball coach arranged the evening and raised $500 which was donated to Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Breast Cancer Compassion Fund. Noel Pemberton, local cancer survivor, was invited to throw the first pitch of the game to her youngest son. She was also presented with a team-autographed baseball. Shown above are members of the Musketeers baseball team.

Smedley Family Presents Shadow box to SOMC

Shown above (from l to r) is Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC, Jenny Lavender, interim manager of the Volunteer Services at SOMC and Kevin Smedley.

Kevin Smedley recently presented Southern Ohio Medical Center with a commemorative shadow box in honor of the Shanoah Guild and in memory of his mother, the late Stella Smedley; the donation was made on Stella’s birthday, May 5, 2010.

The guild began in the 1960’s and continued for more than thirty years with Stella as president in 1995. The guild sold flower bulbs in the spring, knitted clothes for stillborn babies and hosted an annual Christmas Bazaar. The proceeds were used for special needs and projects at SOMC, including an ice machine for the Maternity Unit.

The plaque in the shadow box reads, “In tribute to the members of the SHANOAH GUILD for their many talents, time and dedication in helping to make Southern Ohio Medical Center what it is today and in memory of Stella Smedley whose creative ideas were an inspiration for many of the items made by the Shanoah Guild. Presented by the Smedley family May 5, 2010.”