American Savings Bank Donates to SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund


ASB Makes donation

Employees and customers of American Savings Bank recently donated nearly $400 to the Southern Ohio Medical Center Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, which provides assistance to local breast cancer patients.  ASB employees paid to wear jeans to work in an effort to raise money in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. American Savings Bank also invited customers to donate to the cause. Shown above at the check presentation are ASB employees (l to r) Brittany Blevins, Nicole Preston, Michelle Ruby, Elise Noel and Kimberlee Richendollar, breast health navigator at SOMC.

SOMC Zumba Class Held Pink Out


ASB Makes donation

The SOMC LIFE Center Zumba class held a Pink Out celebration Oct. 15 in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The cardio dance class, led by Shelly Carver and Debbie Kielmar, jammed out to Latin and Hip-Hop songs while sporting pink clothes and accessories. The SOMC LIFE Center offers Zumba classes at the Wheelersburg and Portsmouth facilities. For more information about group fitness classes at the LIFE Center, please call 740-356-7650.

SOMC, Portsmouth Dance to Support Breast Cancer Awareness


Support Breast Cancer

Southern Ohio Medical Center has teamed up with various businesses in Scioto County to create a breast cancer awareness video in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness month. The “ SOMC Pink Glove Dance” video will be released on YouTube on Oct. 15, National Mammography Day.

Based on the popular YouTube video, “The Pink Glove Dance” created by St. Vincent Hospital in Portland, Ore., SOMC decided to create a video to display the community’s involvement in bringing breast cancer awareness to the forefront.

The music video, set to Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” features area businesses and schools such as the Minford High School Volleyball Team, Portsmouth Public Library and the Vernon Township Fire Department.

“We wanted to do something fun and creative and bring our community together to share in the awareness of breast cancer,” said Shawn Jordan, administrative director of SOMC Community Relations, Friends Center and Volunteer Services. “We also wanted to recognize the survivors in our community, so we asked them to wear purple gloves during the video to represent the American Cancer Society’s symbol of survivorship.”

A link to the video will be made available on the SOMC website at and it will be posted on the SOMCPortsmouth YouTube channel at on Oct. 15.

For more information about breast cancer initiatives at SOMC or to make a donation to the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, please call 740-356-PINK (7465).


SOMC LIFE Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Southern Ohio Medical Center will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the LIFE Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Portsmouth facility, 1202 18th Street. The event is open to the public and free of cost.

“The SOMC LIFE Center opened in 1985 with the vision of creating a healthier community,” Gary Coovert, administrative director of the LIFE Center, said. “Since that time we have grown to three locations in Portsmouth, Wheelersburg and Lucasville serving more than 5,000 members.”

The 25th Anniversary event will feature an open house with facility tours, door prizes and giveaways.  Free health screenings including blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, hearing and falls risk assessments will also be available. LIFE Ambulance will provide lunch from 12 to 4 p.m.

“As hospital based centers, we can offer our members access to basketball, swimming and a variety of equipment and classes, all in an environment that is staffed by degreed and certified professionals,” Coovert added.  “We also offer comprehensive rehabilitation services.”

New members can save up to $50 on Oct. 14 by taking advantage of no enrollment fees during the celebration and existing members can earn a free month by referring a friend to join.

For more information, please call the SOMC LIFE Center at 740-356-7561.

Cancer Patients Invited to Look Good…Feel Better Program at 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 cancer patients feel more confident about their appearance through the Look Good…Feel Better counseling 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. Oct 12 at the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane, 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 the local chapter of the ACS Cancer Resource Center at 740-356-7606.

SOMC Employee Coleman Passes Cancer Registrar Exam


Kristi Coleman, an employee of Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently passed the certification exam required to be a certified Tumor Registrar by the National Cancer Registrars Association.

Cancer registrars serve a unique role in the medical field. Registrars piece together a cancer patient’s entire history by capturing a complete summary of the patient’s disease process from diagnosis through their lifetime. The summary is obtained through abstracting key clinical and demographic information from the medical record.

This elaborate long term data gathering provides evidence based information which leads to trend data that enable public health professionals and researchers to improve healthcare in many areas including most effective cancer treatment, cancer prevention and optimal quality of life for survivors.

“We are very proud of Kristi and her accomplishment,” said Wendi Waugh, administrative director of SOMC Cancer Services.“

Coleman received a bachelor’s degree in social science from Shawnee State University. She has been employed at SOMC since 2004 and currently resides in West Portsmouth with her husband and two children.

SOMC to Host Free Breast Cancer Screenings

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host free breast cancer screenings from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth.

The event is open to local uninsured and underinsured women and free clinical breast exams will be provided. Free mammograms will also be provided through the Hands of Hope program funded by the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in cooperation with Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Women age 40 or older or younger women with a family history of breast cancer are encouraged to attend. Registration is necessary and can be made by calling the SOMC Volunteer Office at 740-356-8234.

SOMC to Host Free Lung Health Screenings

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Respiratory Care, Pulmonary Diagnostic and Sleep Study departments will celebrate World Spirometer Day from 12 to 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Lucasville LIFE Center, 10617 U.S. Route 23 in Lucasville.

Community members are invited to participate in the free spirometry and pulse oximetry screenings during the event. The screening takes five minutes and tests the lungs for early indications of diseases such as asthma, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

“The Forum of International Respiratory Societies has deemed 2010 as the Year of the Lung and we hope this free screening will raise awareness of lung health and prevent future lung diseases,” Pam Kayser, RRT, RPFT, supervisor of the Pulmonary Diagnostic Lab at SOMC, said. “Just as people monitor their blood pressure, they should also be proactive about their lung health.”

If the test results raise concern, attendees will be given a letter to give to their family physician. Also, educational information about lung disorders will be available.

For more information, please contact the SOMC Pulmonary Diagnostic Department at 740-356-8485.

SOMC to Host Free Breast Cancer Screenings

3rd Annual Nursing Symposium

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host the Third Annual Nursing Research Symposium from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street in Portsmouth.

Area nurses, faculty and students are invited to learn more about the nursing research being conducted at SOMC, Shawnee State University, Marshall University and Riverside Methodist Hospital. Presentations will be made on a variety of topics including minimal lift environment, resilience, childhood obesity, heart failure and hemolysis of blood specimen.

The event is free of cost. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and contact hours will be awarded. Pre-registration is requested by Oct. 12 and can be made by calling Lisa Thompson at 740-356-8310.