SOMC Employee Wins WSAZ’s Celebrity Look Alike Contest

Willy, did anyone ever tell you that you look a lot like Dr. House?” Karen Llewellyn, nurse manager of SOMC Home Care Services, said.

Willy Baldridge, courier at Southern Ohio Medical Center, has been told numerous times by patients, co-workers and even complete strangers that he resembles Dr. House from the hit television show, “HOUSE.” When Baldridge learned of a celebrity look alike contest hosted by WSAZ, he decided to enter.

“One day, a woman stopped me in Wal-Mart and asked if she could take my picture. She told her daughter that she had seen a man around town who looked like Dr. House but her daughter didn’t believe her,” Baldridge said. “Six months later, I bumped into her daughter at the Dollar Tree; she finally believed her mom.”

Baldridge decided to enter the contest for a chance to win the $500 prize. He submitted his picture along side a picture of Dr. Gregory House, played by actor Hugh Laurie. He landed a spot in the top five as a result of public voting. After nearly 3,000 public votes and official judging, Baldridge was named the WSAZ Celebrity Look Alike winner for the Tri-State area.

“Many of my votes came from SOMC employees and physicians,” he said. “I had a lot of fun competing and I’m thankful to those who participated and helped me win.”