SOMC Receives OHA’s Top Twenty Percent Award

Southern Ohio Medical Center has received the Ohio Hospital Association’s Top Twenty Percent Award for being one of the safest health care facilities in the state.

The award is given through OHA’s Statewide Hospital Safety Campaign, which annually recognizes hospitals and health care systems that have secured the most successful safety programs and superior employee safety records.

“This honor shows that SOMC is not only working to provide a safe environment for our patients and visitors, but also our employees,” Bill Kamer, director of SOMC Safety and Environmental Health, said. “It’s a true accomplishment and is yet another way to measure our progress toward achieving excellence at SOMC.”

SOMC was recognized among 28 other healthcare facilities. Twenty Percent winners were chosen based on their organization’s submitted Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses data, which included the total recordable employee injury cases and days away from work for the past year.

“Safety is a priority in everything we do and this award proves our dedication to go above and beyond,” Leeann L. Sammons, vice president of Health and Safety at SOMC, said. “Our employees have been working to create and sustain a culture of safety and an exceptionally safe work environment and it’s wonderful to see the collaboration that has been made to produce these outcomes. We thank our leaders and staff members for their teamwork and congratulate them on their success.”