Two SOMC Employees Host 5th Breast Cancer Compassion Fund RidePosted on 10/18/2019

Five years ago, Steve and Kim Finley had an idea to give back. That year, they hosted the first Breast Cancer Compassion Fund Ride, which is a motorcycle benefit ride.

On October 5, 2019, they reached a milestone: they hosted the 5th Annual Breast Cancer Compassion Fund Ride, where they raised nearly $17,000 and had 65 riders participate.

“This benefit has become pretty special to me and Kim and our friends,” Steve said. “I believe that cancer has touched so many of us.”

Both work at SOMC and see those who have been affected by cancer daily, especially Steve who works with Dr. Scarpinato, who has, by the way, been a huge supporter and donor of the event since its beginning.

Steve and Kim credit the success of the benefit to the community, donors, sponsors and riders.

“You see so many people in our community come together and pull together to help so many in our community,” Kim said. “It is amazing to see the support and stories people have.”

Kim and Steve both speak so much on the community’s support, but barely speak on the work they put in year-round planning for the event.

Not soon after the event each year, they immediately start planning for the next one. They pick up their phones and reach out to sponsors, design the T-shirts, work on the route, nail down the location, entertainment, food and so much more! All of the planning leading up to the event is all worth it, they say, when that first weekend rolls around in October each year, the weekend they host the ride.

“The motivation is probably the day of, we get a lot of breast cancer survivors,” Kim said. “This year especially, we know of one survivor and introduced them and then others began sharing their stories.”

Kim said throughout all of the planning and preparation, it’s a day that she looks forward to each year.

“There are people out there that are still willing to do good and to help,” Kim said. “It is amazing to see the turnout each year.”

SOMC Cardiac Rehab Obtains AACVPR CertificationPosted on 10/08/2019

The Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Southern Ohio Medical Center has received re-certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). SOMC Cardiac Rehab was recognized for its commitment to improving a patient’s quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

“Cardiovascular programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems recover quickly and improve their quality of life,” Keri Imm, nurse manager of SOMC Cardiac Rehab said. “Our staff is committed to helping our patients recover and providing support for them and their families.”

To earn this accreditation, the SOMC Cardiac Rehab program participated in an application process that required extensive documentation of its practices. As the only peer-review accreditation process, AACPR Program Certification is designed to review individual programs for adherence to the highest standards and guidelines developed and published by a group of professional societies in the field. Certification is valid for three years.

SOMC’s Rehab Program Receives CARF AccreditationPosted on 09/20/2019

SOMC’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Program has received CARF (Commission of Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation. The accreditation is for a period of three years for both the adult Inpatient Rehab Program and Stroke Specialty Program.

“This achievement is an indication of your organization’s dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served,” CARF International states.

Regina Keller, program director and nurse manager of the Inpatient Rehab Program said to earn this accreditation their unit completed a “rigorous” two-day survey. Surveyors were onsite to interview employees, review survey processes, complete patient interviews, observe the unit and ensure the team is meeting CARF standards.

The survey allowed the department an opportunity to “show [the] standard of excellence we aspire to achieve everyday” said Angela Clay, social worker.

Michelle Lumpkins, occupational therapist, said their success comes from relationships they build on the team, but also the ones they build with their patients and their families. 

Multiple team members all echoed how earning this achievement makes them extremely proud and validates their hard work in providing the best care. 

The team also credits their leadership’s commitment in striving to operate by CARF standards daily and paving the way in proving excellent patient care. 

“There are so many SOMC hands that help to make the survey process a successful one,” Keller said. “Thank you to everyone!”

Congratulations to the team on their hard work!

Message From Robert E. Dever, Chairman, SOMC Board of DirectorsPosted on 08/28/2019

After 29 years of service to Southern Ohio Medical Center and our community, Mr. Randy Arnett, President & CEO, has decided to retire on January 31, 2020. 

SOMC employees, patients, community, board, volunteers, and medical staff members are grateful for Randy’s service helping to build the SOMC culture and support the teams who are providing exceptional care every day to our patients and community. 

I am delighted to share that the SOMC Board of Directors has passed a resolution selecting Ben Gill (current Chief Operating Officer) as the next President and CEO of SOMC, effective February 1, 2020.  Randy and I will be working closely with Ben on his transition.

Robert E. Dever Esq.
Chairman, SOMC Board of Directors

SOMC Named A Lung Cancer Care Continuum Center of ExcellencePosted on 08/28/2019

Southern Ohio Medical Center has been recognized by the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer as a Center of Excellence for lung cancer care. The designation is reserved for community hospitals that meet rigorous qualifying criteria.

“What they’re looking for are community hospitals that offer the kind of services you’d only expect to see from larger facilities,” SOMC Lung Health Navigator ­­Jenny Woodyard said.

Qualifying criteria includes early screening and follow-up programs, genetic testing to ensure appropriate treatment options, access to clinical trials; access to targeted therapies and immunotherapies as well as extensive patient education and support. They are also required to have a lung health navigator to guide patients through their treatmen­­t.

“Another great thing about this designation is it allows us to compare ourselves to similar organizations across the country,” Woodyard said. “That’s helpful as we continue to look for ways to improve and offer our patients the greatest care possible.”

SOMC received the designation after a detailed process that included gathering and submitting data as well as interviewing with the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.

For more information about cancer treatment at SOMC, visit or call 740-356-7490.

SOMC Recognized by Ohio First Steps for Healthy BabiesPosted on 08/21/2019

Southern Ohio Medical Center, along with other maternity centers in Ohio, is taking steps to promote its support of successful breastfeeding.

The Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies is a voluntary breastfeeding designation program through the Ohio Hospital Association and Ohio Department of Health that recognizes maternity centers in Ohio for taking steps to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding in their organization. A star is awarded for every two steps achieved in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, as defined by the World Health Organization and Baby-Friendly USA. The initiative encourages maternity centers across the state to promote and support breastfeeding one step at a time.

To participate with the program, SOMC is providing information and hospital practices supportive of breastfeeding and the Ohio First Steps for Healthy Babies program.

Annual Run For Your LIFE Set for August 31Posted on 08/16/2019

Runners and community members are invited to participate in SOMC’s annual Run For Your LIFE competition. The event will take place Saturday, August 31 at the Portsmouth LIFE Center.

Entrants may choose to participate in a 5K run/walk. 10K run/bike, or a duathlon. Registration and packet pick-up will begin at 6:30 a.m. with all events beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Cost of the run/bike is $25 per person and the entry for the duathlon costs $35.To register, visit

For additional race information, contact Brad Zieber at 740-356-7572, or by email at

Donate Blood for the American Red CrossPosted on 08/16/2019

SOMC and the American Red Cross will partner to host a blood drive open to hospital employees and the community from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. August 30 in Room 4 of the Micklethwaite Building on the Main Campus.

Donors will receive a free canvas tote bag while supplies last!

All participants and blood types are welcome and encouraged to donate. Donors must also bring a photo ID with their first and last name or their donor card.

Appointments are preferred, but not required. To schedule your appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 0r visit (enter SOMC). Donors can also register with Rapid Pass by visiting the website above and scrolling down to find “Start your RapidPass.” You can also call ext. 8670 or 8223 to schedule.

2019 Miss Notre Dame Donates to SOMCPosted on 08/12/2019

Portsmouth River Days is almost here, and many of the River Days contestants are working diligently within the community on sharing their platforms.

All of the contestants work so hard to represent their schools and have a positive impact on the community. In doing so, many selflessly give back during their tenure as a River Days candidate and beyond.

Miss Notre Dame 2019 Lexi Graf has taken her message of Seat Belt Safety out in the community. Recently, she brought this platform to SOMC and graciously donated car seats.

We appreciate her generosity, and wish all of the River Days candidates good luck!

SOMC Hospice gives patient the ride of her lifePosted on 08/02/2019

Virginia Hammond is a patient at SOMC Hospice, and there’s something she wants people to know about her experience with end-of-life care: She loves it.

“I’ve always thought, if you’re going to stand up for something you’ve got to put your face out there and you’ve got to let other people know about it,” she said. “I tell people in the store about this!”

Virginia said she felt that way almost immediately, but her feelings have managed to grow even stronger with time.

“I think it’s great. I have friends here. They love me, they cry with me, they talk to me… They really make you feel like somebody.”

That relationship is why she was not surprised at all when her friends at hospice made one of her dreams come true during the 2019 Hospice Memorial Ride. She is used to them taking care of her and even compares their treatment of her to the way one might look after their child. So, when she expressed a desire to actually ride in the event, there was little question that they would make it happen.

Before the riders left SOMC’s East Campus, Virginia was helped onto the back of a motorcycle and driven around the parking lot. As someone who grew up riding motorcycles, it was an important experience to check off her list. After the event, staff gifted her a photo of the moment and it was quickly put on display in her room.

It’s that compassion and thoughtfulness that endears SOMC Hospice to so many people. It’s why the program draws huge crowds at Hike for Hospice and the Hospice Memorial Ride. It’s why the community donated $3 million so the facilities could be renovated and expanded.

And it’s why patients like Virginia Hammond come to regard the staff not as her caregivers, but as her friends. She’s even added them on Facebook.

“I come over here and it’s like, wow! They’re so glad to see me,” Virginia said. “It’s like we’re really good friends.”

As in any good relationship, though, Virginia also keeps in mind how the experience must be for those on the other side. She expressed sympathy for her nurses, understanding the emotional impact of forging deep connections with patients receiving end-of-life care. To her, it’s just another example of the quality of their character.

“They take a lot of it in stride because they have to,” she said. “I feel for them. I have empathy for them… It takes a special person to do this. They’re going to have to be soft. And warm. And cuddly.”

They have to be the kind of person to make a patient feel so loved that they want to tell everyone they meet, even the ones they just come across in the store.

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