SOMC Hosted Picnic for Volunteers

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently held an indoor picnic for the special volunteers who donate thousands of hours every year to help SOMC succeed. More than 50 SOMC volunteers attended the event. “We try to honor our volunteers through fun activities like picnics and luncheons,” Jenny Lavender, manager of Volunteer Services, said. “SOMC is so grateful for the work the volunteers do and of all the time they so graciously provide, this is just one way we can show our appreciation.”

Participants registered to win door prizes, played board games and ate their fill of picnic foods. Shown above displaying their paper plate portraits is (l to r) Joyce White, Bette Brown, Lucille LeMaster and Sandra Warren.

For more information or to become a volunteer at SOMC, please call Volunteer Services at 740-356-8234.

SOMC UCC Portsmouth Receives PRC Four-Star Award

The SOMC Urgent Care Center-Portsmouth recently received the Four-Star Award for Service Excellence, presented by Professional Research Consultants (PRC), the company that conducts the hospital’s patient satisfaction surveys.

The Four-Star designation is given annually to health care facilities and providers that score in the top 25 percent of the PRC national client database for the previous year and is based on the percentage of patients who rate the facility as “excellent” for their overall quality of care. The award was presented to the center for their service scores received in December 2009.

Shown above at the presentation are Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs (right), director of nursing for SOMC Emergency, Pediatric and Outpatient Services, Kathy Davis (third from right), nurse manger of the UCC-Portsmouth, and other members of UCC-Portsmouth staff.

SOMC Honored Local Pre-Med Students with Celebration

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently held a Pre-Med Celebration July 8 at the SOMC Friends Community Center. Local students enrolled in medical school for the fall of 2010 and those applying to medical school in 2011 were invited to the special dinner. SOMC presented the students with a Stedman’s Medical Dictionary.

Shown above at the Pre-Med Celebration are (front row, l to r) Drew Gaydos, Herbie Otworth, Chelsea Anderson, Cody Horn and Stephen Snodgrass, back row (l to r) are Samantha Yelley, Carrie Dunham and Gerad Gray.

SOMC Held Grand Opening in Vanceburg

Southern Ohio Medical Center held a grand opening July 19 to celebrate the new SOMC Vanceburg Family Practice and Specialty Associates. Dr. Sarah Porter, the family physician for the practice, was on hand to greet attendees. Free health screenings, food, tours of the facility and activities for children made the day a success. Nearly 100 cholesterol, bone density and glucose screenings were completed. Shown above are Kathy Pyles (left) and Patty Delabar (right) providing cholesterol tests for participants.

SOMC Volunteer Gives a Warm Surprise to Cancer Patient

Joyce White, a volunteer at Southern Ohio Medical Center and an avid crocheter recently surprised Kristina Johnson, a SOMC breast cancer patient with a beautiful handmade pink scarf. White worked on the scarf for months during the SOMC Knit for Hope’s monthly meetings. She paid so much attention to detail that she even crocheted a ribbon pattern on the scarf to symbolize the breast cancer awareness ribbon.

Jenny Lavender, manager of SOMC Volunteer Services and Wendi Waugh, director of the SOMC Cancer Center arranged the surprise. White opened the door and shocked Johnson with the beautiful gift from a stranger.

“Wow,” exclaimed Johnson as she hugged White and her eyes welled up with tears. “I’m so surprised, this scarf is gorgeous. Thank you so much.”

White, a former breast cancer survivor herself, was delighted to meet Johnson and happy that she loved the scarf. They talked about what it’s like to loose your hair when undergoing chemotherapy. Beverly Hunt, Johnson’s mother, was also at her appointment and she talked about how important it is to have a strong support system.

Friends were made, laughter and tears were exchanged and another spirit was lifted that day. Johnson added that the most important thing to remember while fighting cancer is to just keep laughing.

Shown above with the scarf is (l to r) Wendi Waugh, Joyce White, Kristina Johnson, Beverly Hunt and Jenny Lavender.

SOMC Hospice Sponsors Second Annual Memorial Bike Ride

The Hospice Center of Southern Ohio Medical Center will host its Second Annual Memorial Bike Ride Saturday, July 31. Registration for the event will begin at 12 p.m. on the SOMC East Campus, 2201 25th St., Portsmouth, with riders leaving from the Hospice Center at 1 p.m.

The ride will send participants on a 90-mile police-escorted drive through Southern Ohio and Adams County with all proceeds benefiting patients of SOMC Hospice Services.

“Last year was the first time we had held this particular event, which was created in memory of motorcycling enthusiast Ricky Bryan,” Sheila Riggs, claims coordinator of Hospice Services, said. “Bryan began planning the ride before his death because he wanted to give back to our program…our contributions touched him so much.”

Riggs said that the center decided to carry-on the tradition this year not only in memory of Bryan, but for all other bike riders and patients of SOMC Hospice Services.

“There are so many community members who are willing to give back to our program and we’re more than happy to provide different venues for them to do so,” she said. “Our last bike ride was truly a success, but we’re hoping that through better weather, and an even better turn out, we can exceed the funds raised last year and continue to provide much needed support for our patients and their families.”

Cost of the ride is $20 for a single rider or $25 for two people on one bike. Lunch will be provided. Music will be performed by local band Night Shift and prize drawings and giveaways will take place after the event. T-shirts also will be available for purchase.

Pre-registration is not required but can be made in the Gibson Building on the SOMC East Campus. The ride will proceed rain or shine.

For more information, please call SOMC Hospice Services at 356-2567.

SOMC Opens Urgent Care in Portsmouth

SOMC Urgent Care Center-Portsmouthemployees recently posed in front of the new sign after the June 20 opening. Shown above is (l to r) Aaron Walters, RN; Heather Johnson, RN, BSN; Katie Summers, RN; Kathy Davis, RN and nurse manager and B.J. Stewart, registrar.

“We are very excited that SOMC can offer a convenient urgent care center for the community of Portsmouth,” Kathy Davis, nurse manager, said. “We look forward to working hard and providing quality care and excellent service to our patients.”

The Urgent Care is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Saturday and is located at 1248 Kinneys Lane (on SOMC’s south campus) in Portsmouth. For more information, please call 740-356-7240.

Radiologist Welcomed at SOMC

Masood Siddiqui, DO, a physician specializing in radiology, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He is board certified in Radiology.

Dr. Siddiqui received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Mich. He completed an internship at Garden City Hospital in Garden City, Mich. and a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at St. John Providence Hospital in Southfield, Mich. Dr. Siddiqui also completed a MRI and Musculoskeletal fellowship in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Siddiqui can be reached at SOMC by calling (740) 356-8117.

SOMC to Open Vanceburg Family Practice and Specialty Associates

Southern Ohio Medical Center is proud to announce the grand opening of the SOMC Vanceburg Family Practice and Specialty Associates on July 19, 2010. SOMC is also pleased to announce that Dr. Sarah Porter has joined the practice and is now accepting new patients.

Dr. Porter is a native of Lewis County, Ky. and she earned her medical degree from the Pikeville School of Osteopathic Medicine in Pikeville, Ky. She completed an internship and a residency at Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth, Ohio. Dr. Porter is board certified in family practice.

“I have practiced in Vanceburg for three years and I have put roots down here,” Porter said. “I know my new and existing patients will find comfort in knowing they have a physician they can rely on to be here for a long time.”

In the near future, SOMC will offer a variety of specialty services at the Vanceburg location. SOMC neurologists, cardiologists and general surgeons will be on a rotating schedule for consultations at the clinic. In addition to family care and specialties, the practice will also offer an outpatient lab draw site.

“I’m very excited for this centralized clinic to open in Vanceburg,” Porter added. “Because we are located so far away from specialized services, it is a huge benefit to our community for SOMC to bring this type of care closer to home.”

SOMC will host a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 17 at 207 Plummers Lane, Vanceburg, Ky. The celebration is free to the public and features health screenings, lunch, children’s activities and much more. Dr. Porter, specialty physicians and staff of the clinic will be available to meet community members and tours of the facility will also be offered.

“I invite everyone to join us for our open house celebration,” Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC, said. “With the addition of the SOMC Vanceburg Family Practice and Specialty Associates, we look forward to meeting the needs and providing excellent service to the people of Vanceburg and all of Lewis County.”

The SOMC Vanceburg Family Practice and Specialty Associates will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (606) 796-0010.