SOMC Cancer Services to host Carnival for a Cure

2009 River Days Candidate Julie Seaman will team with SOMC Cancer Services to host a Carnival for a Cure from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27 at the Cancer Center.

“Each River Days candidate is required to pick a platform which she must create awareness of throughout the community,” Seaman, senior at Northwest High School, said. “I chose breast cancer because of the significance it has played in my life.”

Seaman explained that her great-grandmother passed away from the disease, strengthening her goal to spread the importance of early detection.

“There are many tools out there that can be used to help the prevention of breast cancer, but unfortunately, many women wait until it’s too late,” Seaman said.

“Through this event, and my campaign, I hope to encourage young ladies to stay healthy by checking their family history, knowing the warning signs and receiving an annual screening. It’s never to early to start fighting against breast cancer.”

The carnival is open to both employees and community members and many family-friendly activities are planned including inflatables, snow cones, cotton candy and tours of the center’s new HDR breast cancer treatment room. River Days candidates from each local school district also will be on hand and Steve Hayes of Mix 99.3 will broadcast live for a portion of the event.

All proceeds collected during the day will benefit the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, which provides assistance to breast cancer patients.

Cardiothoracic Surgeon Asher Welcomed At SOMC

Alain Asher, MD, a physician specializing in Cardiothoracic Surgery, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Asher received his medical degree from the University of Paris, Paris, France. He completed a residency in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery from Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. He is board certified in General and Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Dr. Asher can be reached at SOMC Heart and Vascular Associates, 1735 27th St., Waller Building Suite 207, Portsmouth, OH 45662. Call (740) 356-8772 for more information.

SOMC Nursing Camp to Offer Hands-on Experience

Local students enrolled in grades 7—12 who are interested in learning about the nursing profession are encouraged to sign-up for the 2009 Nursing Camp at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

The program will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 13 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth. Lunch will be provided by Life Ambulance.

“A lot of the time, students don’t find out what being a nurse is truly all about until their very first day of nursing school,” Katy Stephens, nurse recruiter at SOMC and coordinator of the camp, said. “This program lets them explore the idea of nursing before deciding that it’s really what they want to study during their collegiate careers.”

During the camp, participants will gain a better understanding of nursing responsibilities through one-on-one interaction with hospital employees, as well as many hands-on activities and simulation tools.

“We want to give students experiences they can learn and grow from,” Stephens said. “In the past, we concentrated more on having speakers come in to talk about nursing, but this year students will actually be able to get their hands in there and see what it’s all about. It should be a lot of fun and we’re really looking forward to it.”

The program is open to 30 participants.

For more information, please call Katy Stephens at 356-7191.

Neurologist Rosenberg Welcomed At SOMC

Leon Rosenberg, MD, a physician specializing in Neurology, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Dr. Rosenberg received his medical degree from Brown University in Providence, RI. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and Neurology at Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va. and a Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA. He is board certified in Neurology, Electroencephalography, Neurophysiology, Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Neurorehabilitation.

Dr. Rosenberg can be reached at SOMC Physician Specialty Associates, 1735 27th St., Waller Building Suite 206, Portsmouth, OH 45662. Call (740) 356-8570 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Hospice Hikers Raise $32,000 for SOMC

A record number of 753 supporters, volunteers and community members helped to collect more than $32,000 in funds during the 2009 Hike for Hospice at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

“This was the largest turn out we’ve ever had and the weather cooperated perfectly. It was such a fantastic day all around,” Sheila Riggs, claims and information systems coordinator of SOMC Hospice Services, said.

Teams of five to 60 participants sported signs and T-shirts of various colors, names and slogans during the hike, which raises funds annually for SOMC Hospice Services and is held as a tribute to all hospice patients and their family members.

The event was sponsored in part by Blackburn’s Supermarket, The Community Common, Crispie Crème Donuts, Kroger (Wheelersburg), Life Ambulance, OSCO, Partlow’s Auto Sales, SACS, Scents from Heaven, Subway Sandwiches & Salads (East End Gallia), Tim Horton’s, Union Mills Bakery and Westside IGA.

“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, helped behind the scenes, and made this our most successful hike to date.”

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

Team Awards: Largest Total Donation OSCO

Most Sponsors Golden Bears

Largest Team Donald’s Rays

Largest Business Affiliated Team OSCO

Largest Community Based Team Golden Bears

Most Family Members Mike’s Crew

Most Original Team Costume Larry King Family

Youth Group with the Most Participants Eclectic Cloves 4-H Individual Awards: Largest Total Donation 1. Dr. Suzann Bonzo 2. Thelma Shirey

Most Sponsors 1. Thelma Shirey 2. Dr. Suzann Bonzo

Oldest Hiker Aileen Kuhner

SOMC Cancer Center Brings Disease Awareness to Local Students

The Cancer Center at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently opened its doors to local students to bring a greater understanding and awareness of the disease, its treatments and its preventive measures to the youth of the community.

“Earlier this year, we sent letters to all area guidance counselors, inviting students to visit the center for a special one-on-one tour and day of learning,” Kelly Lawson, clinical manager of SOMC Oncology Services, said. “Multiple schools responded to the offer and so far we’ve probably conducted six tours to around 200 students.”

Alice Spriggs, third grade teacher at Northwest Elementary School, said she eagerly jumped on the invitation, noting that the tour was the perfect opportunity to give her students a better grasp of the disease.

“Last year we had a student who was diagnosed with cancer, and now-a-days there are so many with family members who are suffering from it,” she said. “My students wanted to know what they could do to help, which is why we wanted to visit the center and hear first-hand from the employees who work there everyday.” 

Lawson explained that during the tour, students are able to learn specifics about many different types of cancer and the therapies and treatments that may be associated which each.

“We try to gear the visit toward the group’s specific age so they can gain the most from the experience,” she said.

“For one eighth grade group, we talked a lot about lung cancer prevention and showed them X-rays of the disease in hopes of keeping them from smoking. With the younger kids, we focus on lighter, but relevant topics, like wearing sunscreen to prevent skin cancer and eating balanced diets and exercising to stay healthy.”

Students also have the chance to ask questions and learn answers to topics that may previously have seemed frightening, such as hair loss, length of hospitalization and painfulness of treatment.

“The visit really put things in a different perspective and was very worthwhile,” Spriggs said. “It also helped my students learn that, while cancer is a terrible disease, it does not always mean death and there are things that can be done to prevent it. We thank the Cancer Center for their kindness and enthusiasm and look forward to bringing students back next year.”

Adams receives board certification

Darren Adams, DO, recently received board certification from the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology is an independent, non-profit organization that certifies obstetricians and gynecologists in the United States and is one of 24 specialty boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Dr. Adams received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUCOM) and completed his training at O’Bleness Hospital. He specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Adams is located on the Main Campus of Southern Ohio Medical Center, Fulton Building, Suite 302. To schedule an appointment, call 353-2023.

Anesthesiologist Subbanna Welcomed At SOMC

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

Dr. Subbanna received his medical degree from Kastuba Medical College, India. He completed residency training in anesthesiology and pain management at the University of Cincinnati. He also completed fellowships in pain management and anesthesiology critical care from the University of Cincinnati and Johns Hopkins Hospital, respectively. He is board certified in anesthesiology.

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

Seminar to Focus on Hyperbaric Therapy

More than five million Americans suffer from chronic wounds that will not heal. Understanding the overall care of wound healing techniques opens doors to options that may speed the healing process for many patients.

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Wound Healing Center will offer clinical personnel the opportunity to learn more about these techniques during a free educational seminar. The Management of Problem Wounds and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy will be held June 3 at the Friends Community Center at 6 p.m. Dinner will be provided by The Wharf Restaurant. A RSVP is required.

“We receive referrals from physicians all across the region who often ask us about various techniques and processes we have in place to aid in their patient’s specific needs,” said Neva Moore, program director at the SOMC Wound Healing Center. “One such treatment, our hyperbaric oxygen therapy system, has both clinical and economic advantages for use. We wanted to give clinicians the opportunity to learn more about this system, so we are offering this free seminar.”

Robert Bartlett, MD, FPWCA, UHM, FACEP, senior medical advisor for the National Healing Corporation will serve as the guest speaker for the event.

“Dr. Bartlett is very well known in the physician community and brings a wealth of knowledge about the hyperbaric process,” said Moore, “he has several years of experience dealing with wound healing.”

Moore said Bartlett will focus on the hyperbaric oxygen therapy, but will also touch on the various types of wound healing techniques.

“Those in attendance will get a well-rounded feel for the various treatments that are offered for the various wounds we take care of,” she said.

The SOMC Wound Healing Center offers treatments for several forms of ulcers, bone infections, tears and lacerations, radiation burns, post-operation wounds and infections and failed or compromised skin grafts.

For more information on this program or to RSVP, call the SOMC Wound Healing Center at 356-8775.