SOMC Cancer Center designated a Care Continuum Center of Excellence for Lung CancerPosted on 11/12/2019

The SOMC Cancer Center has received designation as a Care Continuum Center of Excellence by theGO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer (GO2 Foundation).

The designation recognizes commitment to improving outcomes for those diagnosed with lung cancer by providing patient-focused and coordinated multidisciplinary care. GO2 Foundation has formed the Care Continuum Centers of Excellence program to enable patient access to standard of care lung cancer screening, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship in their local community.

 “We are proud and honored to be working with SOMC as a GO2 Foundation Care Continuum Center of Excellence. Their commitment will help save lives and improve long-term survivorship by giving patients access to high-quality, multidisciplinary care closer to home. They are the example to follow,” says Laurie Fenton Ambrose, Co-Founder, President and CEO of GO2 Foundation.

The Care Continuum Centers of Excellence (CCCOE) program recognizes community hospitals that meet rigorous qualifying criteria that demonstrate collaborative leadership across the lung cancer care continuum.   Meeting the CCCOE criteria puts member hospitals on par with leading academic and research institutions and provides patients with access to the latest innovations not typically found in community hospitals.  The CCCOE approach results in patients receiving compassionate and timely care, as well as treatment options that improve survivorship.

“We are passionate about the care we provide at the SOMC Cancer Center, so it’s rewarding to be recognized in this way,” Wendi Waugh, director of SOMC Cancer Services, said. “Patient outcomes are at the center of everything we do, and we’re very proud of what we have been able to accomplish.”

SOMC Earns “A” Safety Score from Leapfrog GroupPosted on 11/08/2019

We are proud to announce Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received a Hospital Safety Score of “A,” based on information obtained by The Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the gold standard for comparing hospitals’ performance on national standards, and assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grades to more than 2,600 hospitals in the United States.

“We are very pleased to have earned an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score,” Christy Timberlake, administrative director of SOMC Safety Services, said. “Ensuring our patient’s safety is a priority for all of us at SOMC. It is rewarding to see our efforts recognized by such a highly respected organization.” 

In addition to earning a Hospital Safety Score of “A,” SOMC also received scores that surpassed state and national averages in quality measures, including those for surgery and medication safety, readmissions, patient falls and more. SOMC was also the only hospital in the region to receive an “A” rating from The Leapfrog Group.

To see The Leapfrog Group’s report, please copy and paste the following link:

Winter Wonderland Polar Express Pajama PartyPosted on 11/08/2019

Wear your pajamas and enjoy an evening of food, activities and the classic holiday film during SOMC’s annual Polar Express Pajama Party from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.19. The night will feature games, a train, face painters, Christmas Zumba and Santa will be on hand to pose for pictures—so bring your camera!

Cost of admission is $8 per child (all activities included) and free for adults and children ages two and under. Tickets are available at the door. The event is sponsored by the SOMC Pediatric Guild.

Winter Wonderland Train ShowPosted on 11/08/2019

Fans of all ages are invited to enjoy local train displays, booths and accessories during the annual weekend favorite, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 23, and 12 to 4 p.m., Nov. 24, at the Friends Community Center. 

Cost of admission to the Train Show is $2 per person and free to children five years or younger. Tickets are available at the door.

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.

  • More information
  • (740) 356-5000