SOMC Pediatric Guild hosting “Touch-A-Truck” this weekendPosted on 06/04/2019

The SOMC Pediatric Guild will be hosting “Touch-A-Truck” from 4 pm to 7 pm on Saturday, June 8 at the Portsmouth Spartan Stadium.

The event will feature a variety of vehicles including a fire truck, police cars, helicopter, construction dozers and a school bus. There will also be a special appearance by Paw Patrol from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. 

Admission to “Touch-A-Truck” is $2 per person, but children one year and under may enter for free. Concessions, snow cones and face painting will also be available.

The Pediatric Fund provides support to pediatric patients and their families. To learn more, visit or call 740-356-2784.

National Cancer Survivors Day Set for June 2Posted on 05/31/2019

The 32nd Annual National Cancer Survivors Day will be observed on Sunday, June 2.

As the National Cancer Survivors Day website states, this day “is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.”

We take this special day to honor those whose lives have been impacted by cancer. The courage of all who have battled, and those who have been there to support them, does not go unnoticed. 

“It overwhelms me when I reflect on the massive number of cancer survivors right now in the US, approximately 17 million! Wow! I look forward to the day when we find the cure,” said Wendi Waugh, SOMC Administrative Director of SOMC Cancer Services and Community Health & Wellness.

This observance is “a day for everyone, whether you’re a cancer survivor, a family member, friend, or medical professional,” the National Cancer Survivors Day website states.

We celebrate each of you not only on June 2, but every day!

Camp LIFE Coming Soon to the SOMC LIFE CenterPosted on 05/31/2019

It’s summertime, the kids are out of school and it’s time to get them involved in something fun! SOMC has the answer as the SOMC Portsmouth LIFE Center will host Camp LIFE June 17-21 and July 22-26.

The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day with drop off time of 8:45 a.m. The camp is open to children ages 7-13 with a cost of $125 per child. Lunch will be provided.

The camp will be filled with fun activities while also teaching healthy lifestyles. 

For more information, please call the SOMC LIFE Center at 740-356-7650.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Walk Set for June 1Posted on 05/27/2019

The SOMC Maternity Department invites the public to participate in a Remembrance Walk on the campus of Shawnee State University to raise awareness of pregnancy and infant loss.

The walk will be held on June 1 in honor of all babies lost to miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death. The event will begin at the Alumni Green on campus. This event is free to all who have been affected by pregnancy or infant loss. 

Participants may purchase a sign to honor their baby. The sign will be displayed along the walking path and will have the baby’s name on it. Information about the signs can be found at

Registration begins at 8:30am, and the ceremony will begin at 9am. Those who attend may park at the James A. Rhodes Athletic Center. Resources about perinatal loss and grief will be available. Additionally, a variety of remembrance activities will be available for families to honor the memory of their baby.

T-shirts can be purchased during the online registration process with pickup available the day of the event. Those interested in a T-shirt can also contact Deb Rawlins or Kristi Cordle of the Maternity Department at 740-356-8136.

SOMC Pediatric Guild to Host Touch-A-Truck EventPosted on 05/24/2019

The SOMC Pediatric Guild will host the Touch-ATruck event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at the Portsmouth Spartan Stadium (James Street in Portsmouth).

The event will feature all sorts of vehicles including a fire truck, police cars, helicopter, construction dozers, school bus, and a special appearance by Paw Patrol from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Cost is $2 per person. Children age one and under may enter for free. Concessions, snow cones and face painting will also be available!

SOMC LIFE Center completes renovationPosted on 05/23/2019

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently completed a renovation of its Portsmouth LIFE Center, providing updated equipment and improved flow throughout the facility.

As part of the renovations, the LIFE Center replaced the 33-year old track, the fitness floor and the pads that surround the basketball court. The facility’s overhead lighting was also updated.

“With these updates, we’re able to offer the community an even greater fitness experience,” LIFE Center Manager Jim Kolar said. “We take a lot of pride in our facilities and I think it shows with the improvements we’ve made to the Portsmouth LIFE Center.” 

The updates began in January when the LIFE Center added a number of new weight machines. The arrangement of equipment was also reconfigured to maximize flow and access of the facility.

To learn more, including how to become a member of the LIFE Center, call 740-356-7650 or visit Annual memberships are available for a little more than $1 per day.

SOMC earns safety score of “A” from Leapfrog GroupPosted on 05/11/2019

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received a Hospital Safety Score of “A” for the second year in a row 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. A new letter grade is given out every fall and spring. 

This spring, 32% of hospitals in the United States received an “A.”

“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 13 quality measures, including those for surgery and medication safety, readmissions, patient falls, and more. 

“We hold ourselves to a very high standard in everything that we do,” COO and Vice President of Safety and Support Services, Ben Gill said. “It means a lot for our efforts to be recognized in this way.”

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SOMC Breast Center Earns Outstanding AchievementPosted on 05/10/2019

Annually, the SOMC Breast Center receives a Mammography Quality Standard Act (MQSA) inspection. They recently received their results from this year’s inspection. 

Donna Corcoran, SOMC Manager of Mammography, explained how the MQSA inspection ensures a facility is maintaining a continuous quality improvement mammography program. It keeps track of not only the quality of the mammograms that are produced, but it also keeps track of education required and makes sure that a facility’s equipment is operating properly. The inspection also deals with maintaining accreditation. 

One of the main focuses of the inspection was on the Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program (EQUIP). This program is designed to provide excellent quality mammography to patients. 

This year, the Breast Center received a perfect inspection (with all areas meeting compliance)!

Ultimately, the inspection results, “make the patients feel more at ease that they are going to get a quality mammography,” Corcoran said. She shared that this is the goal that the Breast Center team is striving for to provide their patients with the highest quality of care. 

Congratulations to the team of the Breast Center on the outstanding job!

Gaining a New Life with New LungsPosted on 04/18/2019

If you have recently been to the Portsmouth SOMC LIFE Center on a Saturday morning, you might have seen Terry Dever on the pickleball court.

Looking at Terry now as he runs around the court, you might not realize what he went through just a few short months ago: a double lung transplant.

Nearing those few weeks before his surgery, Terry said he didn’t think he would have lived much longer.

Then a miracle happened. Just three days after being placed on the organ donation waiting list, Terry received the call that changed everything: he had been matched with a donor!

On Dec. 14, 2018, Terry’s life was changed forever as he underwent surgery to receive the gift of two new lungs.

Terry went through surgery like a champion. Just a few days after surgery, he was sitting up in a chair and taking laps around the floor in the hospital.

After originally being told he would be at the hospital and have to stay near the hospital upon release for 12 weeks, Terry was determined to get home sooner. His ambition led him to being in the hospital for just two weeks, and he only had to stay in Columbus for an additional two weeks after his hospital stay.

Today, Terry said he truly feels like a new man.

His family can attest to him living a new life, as well. His daughter, Megan Mckenzie, recalled the moment it truly dawned on her that her dad was now able to live the life he had dreamed of living. Before his surgery, he had to park at the top of Megan’s hill to be closer to the door, because walking up the hill was a difficult task for him. That first day he came over to her house after he returned home, he parked at the bottom of the hill. She asked him if he was able to walk up the hill.

“That was the moment it hit me. He parked and I just remember him sprinting up the hill, it was such a surreal and amazing experience that I will never forget,” Megan said.

Along with leading the life he wanted to live with his family, he remained diligent to gaining strength in rehab at SOMC, which he has already completed. He praises the team for helping him gain strength, strength he hasn’t felt for so long.

“I feel better than normal,” he said.

2019 has been a transformative year for Terry all because someone gave him the gift of life through organ donation. We celebrate him and all the other patients who have received these precious gifts during Donate Life Month. We also honor and cherish those who have given the gift of life.

SOMC Hike for Hospice set for May 11; shirts on sale next weekPosted on 04/17/2019

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host the 33rd annual Hike for Hospice on Saturday, May 11. The event, which raises funds for the SOMC Hospice Caritas Fund, will begin at 9:00 am outside of the SOMC Hospice Center. Registration will begin at 8:00 am.

Hike for Hospice is the program’s largest fundraiser and supports end-of-life care for patients faced with a terminal illness.

“Hospice touches a lot of lives in our community,” Coordinator of Hospice Relations Ann Luther said. “The hike gives the community a chance to give back. It allows them to honor the memories of their own loved ones while raising funds and support for current hospice patients and their families.”

Hike for Hospice t-shirts go on sale Monday, April 22 and can be purchased from the SOMC Main Campus. Shirts are $15 each.

For additional information, contact Ann Luther at 740-356-2653.

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