SOMC Sports Motion Utilizing New Polar Care WavePosted on 02/06/2023

SOMC Athletic Trainers are dedicated to keeping their players healthy with the most up-to-date techniques and technology.
They are now utilizing the Polar Care Wave. This equipment is explained on their website as “combin[ing] motorized cooling therapy with active compression in a simple and compact system. Polar Care Wave is easily transported from the hospital, physical therapy clinic or athletic training room… extending the benefits of cold and compression.”
The machine is for patients to use after surgery or for acute injuries. The equipment will assist in the reduction of swelling and/or pain, according to the website.
With this new equipment, purchased by the SOMC Community Health and Wellness Fund, the SOMC athletic trainers will have another method to help keep their athletes and the community on a quick road to recovery!

Free Community CPR Classes Coming SoonPosted on 01/27/2023

SOMC will soon host FREE community CPR classes! The classes will be offered in multiple locations for the convenience of those in attendance. Please see the schedule below if you are interested in participating. Supplies for each class are provided by the SOMC Heart & Vascular Fund.

Vanceburg (Licking Valley Community Center)
February 13 | 10- noon

Braunlin Conference Center (SOMC Main Campus, Portsmouth)
February 15 | 1- 3 pm
February 22 | 5 – 7 pm

Wheelersburg Family Health Center
February 17 | 4-6 pm

Ironton Family Practice & Specialty Associates
February 18 | 10am-noon

Waverly Family Health Center
February 23 | 1 – 3 pm

Russell Family Practice & Specialty Associates
February 24 | 1 – 3 pm

To register, call SOMC Community Health & Wellness at 740-356-8070. Registration is required.

The American Heart Association Family & Friends CPR course teaches the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR/AED use for adults, children, and infants. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides learners with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible. Family & Friends CPR course attendees will learn the basics of hands-

Southern Ohio Medical Center Celebrates Major MilestonePosted on 01/18/2023

Southern Ohio Medical Center is proud to announce its 100th placenta donation through Lifeline of Ohio’s Placenta Donation Program! With this milestone, mothers who have donated their placentas through our system have the potential to create approximately 2,500 healing grafts.

Healing grafts made from a placenta donation are used for a wide range of procedures involving eye, oral and spine surgery, and for the treatment of difficult-to-heal wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and burns.

This unique and life-enhancing program is a collaborative effort among the SOMC Maternity Unit and SOMC OBGYN Associates and Jennifer D. Roberts, D.O., LLC.

“Reaching the milestone of 100 placenta donations was super exciting for our team, which is comprised of our patients, OB physicians, CNMs, their office staff, maternity nurses, surgical scrub techs, our lab phlebotomists and pathology department!” said Theresa Ruby, SOMC Nurse Manager of Maternity. “Each member of this team is driven to provide excellent care in every way possible for each of their patients. Becoming partners with Lifeline has allowed us to deliver excellent care and fulfill our mission of making a difference in our community!”

Lifeline of Ohio’s Placenta Donation program allows expectant mothers with scheduled C-section deliveries to donate the placenta, umbilical cord and amniotic membrane. Each donated placenta, which would typically be discarded, has the potential to heal approximately 25 people.

“I want to extend my deepest appreciation to Southern Ohio Medical Center for their ongoing commitment to the Placenta Donation Program,” said Andrew Mullins, CEO of Lifeline of Ohio. “It demonstrates the advocacy they have for donation and their dedication to providing hope and healing to patients in need.”

Program Highlights
• Any expectant mother, of any age, with a planned C-section can be a potential donor.
• Placenta donation does not change any part of the delivery.
•. There is no cost associated with placenta donation.
•. Placenta donation is not related to cord blood donation.

To learn more about Lifeline of Ohio’s Placenta Donation program, visit

SOMC Maternity Department Welcomes 2023 New Year’s BabyPosted on 01/03/2023

SOMC would like to welcome the first baby born in our Maternity department in 2023! Loriah Jayne Miller was born on Jan. 1, 2023, at 6:55 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces. Isaac and Victoria Miller are the proud parents of Loriah.

Join us in welcoming Loriah and wishing her family congratulations!

Funds Donated to SOMC Hospice in Memory of Dr. Suzann BonzoPosted on 12/27/2022

In honor of the first anniversary of Dr. Suzann Bonzo’s passing, her family and work family, which was more like family, donated funds in her memory.
Dr. Bonzo practiced medicine in Portsmouth for an incredible 40 years. Due to her commitment to medicine, hospice and palliative care, countless patients and families have been touched throughout her years of service and beyond.
Sandy Bonzo, a niece of Dr. Bonzo and Keri Kuhn, CNP, who used to practice with Dr. Bonzo, recently made donations in her honor.
These funds will help staff earn certification or recertification as a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (CHNP) or Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Assistant (CHNPA). These learning opportunities are optional, and in the past, if an employee wanted to apply for this certification, they would have to pay for it out of their pocket. This will be an ongoing educational opportunity for staff, so donations will continue to be accepted to allow even more staff to become certified.
A special thank you to them for their support. Their donations will continue Dr. Bonzo’s legacy as she dedicated her life’s work to growing the hospice program in southern Ohio.

SOMC Introduces Aquablation Therapy for Enlarged ProstatesPosted on 12/07/2022

Southern Ohio Medical Center announced that Aquablation therapy for the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – also known as an enlarged prostate – is now available.


BPH is a non-cancerous condition where the prostate has grown to be larger than normal. 1 in 2 men ages 51 to 60 have BPH, and the incidence increases every decade of life. If left untreated, BPH can cause significant health problems, including irreversible bladder or kidney damage, bladder stones, and incontinence.


Aquablation therapy is a different type of treatment for BPH. It’s an advanced, minimally invasive treatment that uses the power of water delivered with robotic precision to provide best-in-class and long-lasting symptom relief with low rates of irreversible complications, regardless of prostate size or shape.2,3


“We are proud to offer men with BPH a solution that provides relief without compromise,” said Stephen Woolums, MD, SOMC Urologist. “Aquablation therapy is the next step to furthering our commitment to enhancing men’s health services at SOMC.”


Aquablation therapy is performed by the AquaBeam Robotic System, the first FDA-cleared, surgical robot utilizing automated tissue resection or the treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH. It combines real-time, multi-dimensional imaging, automated robotic technology, and heat-free waterjet ablation technology for targeted, controlled, and immediate removal of prostate tissue. Aquablation therapy offers predictable and reproducible outcomes,     independent of prostate anatomy, prostate size, or surgeon experience.


Aquablation therapy has proven results. In clinical studies, Aquablation therapy has shown to provide both best-in- class and durable symptom relief with low rates of irreversible complications.


A study within the Journal of Sexual Medicine, which surveyed 300 men living with BPH, revealed 92% of respondents expressed an interest in learning more about Aquablation therapy. This data demonstrates the need within the patient population to find relief without the trade off between symptoms and relief side effects.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, call SOMC Urology Associates at 740-356-4URO.

SOMC Kardia Guild Donates to the Maternity DepartmentPosted on 11/28/2022

Ensuring babies have healthy hearing from day one is essential. Making sure that each baby born at SOMC has the most reliable hearing tests and screenings is crucial in detecting any hearing loss so that proper referrals and steps are taken.
At SOMC, the Maternity Department has worked diligently to provide the best patient care. Thanks to the SOMC Kardia Guild’s generous donation, the department was able to purchase the MAICO Diagnostics’ Newborn Hearing Screening System. This updated system allows for early diagnosis and intervention to give each baby born at SOMC the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Early detection and decisive action keep Glockner in life’s driver’s seatPosted on 11/28/2022

There was no reason for Andy Glockner to know there was any issue with his lungs. No pain. No trouble breathing. No symptoms at all. But after having a CT Scan as part of a physical, his doctor saw something that shouldn’t have been there.

“He noticed a nodule on the lower left lobe of my left lung,” Glockner said. At first, neither party thought much of it, but it was later recommended that Glockner have a needle biopsy just to be sure.

“They said, ‘Your lungs are in great shape. Your in great shape. All your bloodwork and everything looks great. We’re 98% it’ll be benign but would you care if we did a needle biopsy?’”

It turned out the nodule was malignant, meaning it was cancerous.

“That’s when I was sent over to Dr. Jeremiah Martin,” Glockner said.

Glockner was lucky. He found the issue early enough that it was still small, and that afforded him options for the treatment. He says Dr. Martin told him they could try to burn the place off his lung, or they could be more aggressive and remove the whole lower left lobe. If they did that, his right lung would be able to compensate for whatever he lost in the left lung. He was also told that, because they caught it so early, radiation and chemotherapy probably wouldn’t be necessary.

“That was a godsend,” Glockner said. “I was one of the lucky ones.”

Glockner opted to handle the problem aggressively and had the lower left lobe of his left lung removed. The results have been great. “I just went last week for a checkup,” Glockner said. “Everything’s clean. He said if it hadn’t come back by now, it probably never will.”

Glockner, who turned 70 earlier this year, said he couldn’t feel better. He also couldn’t be happier with his experience at SOMC.

“Jeremiah’s salt-of-the-Earth. True professional. Dr. Saab, Jeff Ramey, the whole staff… they’re just first-class people. You couldn’t ask for a more professional, down-to-Earth, friendly team. I highly recommend them.”

While Glockner is thrilled with the care he received, he also knows that he benefited greatly from just doing routine checkups so that issues like his could be caught early. Without that, his story might have gone differently, which is something he hopes others can take away from his experience.

“Especially as we age, as we get older, our body starts wearing down,” he said. “I would recommend to everybody that they not put off basic physicals. Do your checkups and listen to your professionals.”

SOMC proves to be a breath of fresh air for patient with emphysemaPosted on 11/10/2022

A year ago, Tammy Craft was on oxygen 24/7 and used a bipap at night. She ran the risk of running out of air just by getting dressed. Now, she works outside with her garden and her flowers. She even has goats who are getting ready to have kids, which should keep her busy into the winter.

So, what changed?

“Dr. Elie Saab recommended I get a zephyr valve,” Tammy said. “I had surgery in March. I came out of surgery, and it was the first time I could take a deep breath. I was so excited I couldn’t sleep for two days.”

Getting to that point was a long process. Tammy says it took around eight months, during which her providers worked to pinpoint her issues. “It’s a long process but I tell everybody, don’t get discouraged,” she said. “They’ve got to check to make sure you’re a good match for it.”

Meanwhile, if Tammy went anywhere, she had to take a portable oxygen tank. Bringing the tank was a hassle by itself, and even then she couldn’t be out for long because the tank would run out. She struggled to do laundry or cook. She often relied on her sister-in-law, who lived with her, to help.

“I couldn’t do anything,” she said. “I was depressed.”

It’s being able to do those little things again that have made the biggest impact on Tammy’s life – which is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed. In fact, she’s become something of a resource for others who are dealing with similar issues.

“I had a guy come here to the house and they had recommended a valve for him,” she said. “He knew I had one and came to talk to me about it. I told him, I would recommend it 100%.”

Not only does she recommend the procedure, she has nothing but praise for the team that performed it.

“Oh my god, they’re awesome,” she said. “I would recommend anybody go to SOMC if they have something pertaining to their lungs or anything.”

Tammy’s experience with Dr. Saab changed her life, to the point that now she says he’s more worried about her arthritis than her emphysema.

“And he’s even treating me for that!” she said.

For more information about lung health services at SOMC, visit

SOMC Offers New System to Pre-Sort Medications for PatientsPosted on 10/18/2022

SOMC Pharmacies now offer a customized medication packaging solution, called SOMC Med PAK, to help its customers take the right medications, at the right time, every time.
With the new system, the pharmacy offers increased confidence, convenience and safety by pre-sorting multiple prescriptions into a single package for the specified time of day. It’s easier for caregivers to administer, and easier for seniors to adhere to complex medication regimens, both of which are essential to extending independence and health.
SOMC Pharmacies prepare each customer’s medications in a sealed, clear, plastic packet which is arthritic-approved for easy opening. Each pack is custom-printed with the customer’s name; day and time of dose; medication names, strengths and descriptions; and other details. SOMC Pharmacies supply a monthly strip of packs, which are rolled into a dispensing box, providing a quick and easy way for caregivers to verify that the last dose was taken, minimizing potential errors.
“SOMC is proud to offer our customers the safest, most convenient prescription filling options available, promoting higher compliance and reducing medication waste,” said SOMC Community Pharmacy Manager Herbert Butterbaugh. “It’s always a challenge for pharmacists to ensure patients adhere to their medication regimen, but it’s reassuring to know that PASS Pack is helping our customers make home medications more manageable.”
To offer the customized packs, SOMC invested in a Parata ATP 2 packaging system, which automates preparation at the pharmacy, to ensure the highest levels of safety and accuracy.

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