SOMC To Host Free Nurse Refresher Course

Retired, laid-off and career-changed nurses are invited to regain confidence in the nursing profession by attending Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Nurse Refresher Course from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 24 and 25 in the Gibson Building on SOMC’s East Campus, 2201 25th St., Portsmouth.

The two-day program will allow participants to review fundamentals while discovering new technology with hands-on training. Day one will consist of lectures on documentation, electronic medication records, fundamentals of nursing and an overview of equipment used throughout the hospital; day two will be held in the SSU/SOMC Simulation Lab, allowing participants to practice their renewed knowledge and skills in a simulated hospital setting.

Registration is required and can be made by calling the SOMC Workforce Development Department at 356-2733. Deadline to register is Sept. 22.

Local Student Names SOMC Wellness Hound

Wellington the Wellness Hound, Southern Ohio Medical Center’s new mascot for children’s health was named by nine-year-old Hunter Armstrong. Armstrong was surprised by the announcement by Wellington and SOMC representatives in his fourth grade classroom at Rubyville Elementary. For giving SOMC’s wellness hound a name, Armstrong will ride alongside “Welly” as the Grand Marshall in this year’s River Days Parade. More than 225 children submitted names during the contest.

SOMC Nurse Sworn in as Second Lieutenant in Army National Guard

Josh Hammond, RN, Intensive Care Unit at Southern Ohio Medical Center, left, was promoted and sworn in as Second Lieutenant in the Army National Guard. The ceremony took place Sept. 1 in the SOMC ICU and was conducted by fellow co-worker and guardsman, Phyllis Thieken.

Longaberger Consultant Presents Donation to SOMC

Local Longaberger Branch Leader Dolores Schuman (right) recently presented SOMC Cancer Center staff members Kelly Lawson (left) and Kimberly Richendollar with a donation of more than $800. The contribution was collected by area Longaberger consultants during their Horizon of Hope luncheon and will go toward the hospital’s Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, which provides assistance to local breast cancer patients.

SOMC Offers Free Prostate Cancer Screenings

Southern Ohio Medical Center will offer free prostate cancer screenings by appointment Sept. 2, 3, 16 and 17 at a location to be announced. Space is limited and reservations are necessary. To schedule a time, please call the SOMC Volunteer Office at ext. 8234 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday.

Bartsch Welcomed At SOMC

John Bartsch, MD, a physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Bartsch received his medical degree from Medical College of Ohio. He completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Bartsch can be reached at SOMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Associates, 613 Center Street, Wheelersburg, OH 45694. Call (740) 574-0846 for more information.

Anesthesiologist Nelson Welcomed At SOMC

Lindsey Nelson, MD, a physician specializing in anesthesiology, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Nelson received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in anesthesiology at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Nelson can be reached at 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662 or by calling 356-8231.

SOMC Hospice to Host Grief Group

outhern Ohio Medical Center Hospice will conduct “Picking Up the Pieces” a six-week course for those who have recently lost a loved one.

“Adjusting after the death of a loved one is difficult. If you are struggling with the grieving process, this course will provide education and support along with others who understand the grieving process,” said Susan Goins, coordinator of the program.

The course is free, however space is limited. Meetings will be held in the Gibson Building, located on the East Campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center. The first meeting is set for Sept. 8 at 5 p.m. and will held each Tuesday for six weeks. For more information or to register for the program, contact Goins at 356-2676.

SOMC Congratulates Local Medical Student

Southern Ohio Medical Center President and CEO Randy Arnett (left) recently congratulated local student Alexander Curtis for his acceptance into the Ross University School of Medicine for the 2009 school year; he was presented a medical dictionary for his successes. Curtis received his bachelor’s in philosophy and psychology from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a master’s in philosophy from Bowling Green State University. He most recently completed the Master of Public Health program at the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health in Toledo.