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.

Service Guild Supports Heart Education


he Service Guild, a guild of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, supported the educational initiative of the Mega Heart at the Scioto County Fair. The display was part of the week-long activities at the SOMC booth at the fair. Presenting a check for $4,000 is, from right, Freda Biliter, Service Guild President, to Tanya Thoroughman, center, Heart and Vascular Services at SOMC and Maxine Arnett, Service Guild Treasurer.

SOMC Promise Guild Hosts Card Party Sept. 15

The Promise Guild, part of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, will host a card party fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth. Proceeds will benefit patients of the SOMC Cancer Center. The event will include a buffet dinner, door prizes and prize drawings. Tickets are $6 and may be purchased by calling 354-1819 or 456-5009. Shown planning for the event are Promise Guild members (l to r) Marilyn Mercer, Anna Cardenas, Joyce Payton and Rose Havens.

2009 River Days Contestant Raises Funds for SOMC

2009 Miss River Days Contestant Julie Seaman, a senior from Northwest High School, hosted a Carnival for a Cure to benefit cancer patients of Southern Ohio Medical Center June 27. Through the event, Seaman was able to create a greater awareness of breast cancer within the community, as well as raise donations for the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund. Shown at the donation presentation are (l to r) Kelly Lawson, clinical manager of SOMC Oncology Services, Julie Seaman and Kristie Meeker, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Oncology Services.

SOMC Hosts 32nd Annual Run For Your LIFE Event

Local runners and community members are invited to compete in Southern Ohio Medical Center’s 32nd annual Run For Your LIFE competition. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 5 at the SOMC LIFE Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth.

Entrants may choose to participate in either a 5K or 10K event. Registration and packet pick-up will be held from 7 to 7:45 a.m. with both races beginning at 8 a.m.

This year’s route will take runners through the shady, tree-lined residential area that includes Kinney’s Lane, Grandview and Thomas avenues, Dorman, Sheridan and Orchard drives, Coles Boulevard, Shawnee and Micklethwaite roads and Greenlawn Cemetery.

Awards will be presented immediately after the race to the top three finishers of each age division. Awards also will be given to each male and female with the fastest times; however, male and female recipients will not receive duplicate awards. All participants are eligible for door prizes.

Registration brochures may be picked up from the Portsmouth LIFE Center or may be accessed online by visiting Cost of the race is $15 per person or $20 the day of the event. T-shirts will be given to the first 250 participants who register; additional T-shirts may be purchased for $12.

Proceeds will benefit the SOMC LIFE Center Wellness programs.

For more information, please contact Jim Kolar at 740-356-7566 or

SOMC Wound Healing Center to Host Open House

Community members are invited to learn about the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy and the treatment and prevention of chronic wounds during an open house at the SOMC Wound Healing Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25. The center is located in the Rardin Building on the SOMC Main Campus, 1745 27th St., Portsmouth.

“Southern Ohio Medical Center has been extensively working toward obtaining the latest in wound and cancer-related therapies and treatments and we’re very excited to educate the community about our findings,” Neva Moore, program director of the SOMC Wound Healing Center, said.

During the event, physicians and staff members will be available to give tours, answer questions, and provide information about how hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be used to heal many types of wounds including diabetic foot ulcers, arterial insufficiency, comprised skin grafts and radiation injuries.

“Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a relatively new form of treatment that significantly helps increase the speed at which wounds and injuries heal,” Dr. Sonja Lichtenstein, medical director of the SOMC Wound Healing Center, said.

The process works through a pure oxygen chamber that has been pressurized at higher-than-normal atmospheric levels. Patients lie in the chamber for two hours at a time and are able to watch television and relax while the healing process occurs.

“The air pressure inside the chamber is two and a half times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere, helping the blood carry oxygen to injured organs and tissues more quickly and efficiently,” she explained.

“This type of non-evasive therapy is extremely helpful for most wounds and has been particularly useful for those suffering from delayed bone damage caused by radiation therapy. We look forward to introducing our community to its possibilities and hope to see them at our open house.”

For more information about the event, or to learn more about the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, please contact the SOMC Wound Healing Center at 356-8775.