Yearly Archives: 2010

9-Year-Old Donates to SOMC Breast Cancer FundPosted on December 17, 2010

Cancer Center Donation

Emily Sissel, a 9-year-old student from Portsmouth West Elementary, had a special birthday party on Nov. 30 and chose to donate her $225 in birthday money to the Breast Cancer Compassion Fund at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Sissel’s family has had four women with breast cancer, one with uterine cancer and many others who have battled and died of various forms of cancer. Her mother, Heather Sissel, helped Emily plan a pink birthday party and gave out breast cancer awareness stickers, bracelets and pamphlets. The SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund assists local breast cancer patients with their needs during treatment. When asked why she donated her money, Emily said, “I just wanted to help people get their medicine and get better.” Shown above at the donation is (l to r) Wendi Waugh, administrative director of the Cancer Center, Emily Sissel and Heather Sissel.

SOMC Names New Director of Laboratory ServicesPosted on December 16, 2010


Bridget Scott

Bridget Scott has been named Administrative Director of Laboratory Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Scott joined SOMC in 1990 and has most recently served as the Transfusion Services Manager. She has an associate’s degree in medical laboratory technology and a bachelor’s degree in natural science from Shawnee State University. Scott is pursing a master’s degree from Ashford University. She currently resides in South Shore, Ky. with her family.


SOMC Hot Shots Get Together for Holiday FunPosted on December 15, 2010

Hot Shots

Members of the Hot Shots Diabetes Support Group at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently celebrated the holidays with family members and friends during a special Christmas party held Dec. 7 on the SOMC East Campus. Participants were able to enjoy a variety of activities including food, a sugar-free hot chocolate bar, ornament decorating and many other crafts and games. Pictured at the event are members of the support group.

SOMC Rehab Care Unit Offers Stroke Support GroupPosted on December 13, 2010

The Rehab Care Unit at Southern Ohio Medical Center offers a monthly support group for patients and family members suffering from a stroke.

The Moving Forward After Stroke Support Group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 22 in the Rehab Care Unit Conference Room, located on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth.

Dr. Jeffery Williams will be the key speaker for the event and will present education on the prognosis and outcomes following a stroke. Pre-registration is not required and the meeting is open to everyone.

The SOMC Rehab Care Unit is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and recently earned Stroke Specialty accreditation by CARF reviewers.

For more information, please call Belinda Carter, program director of the SOMC Rehab Care Unit, at 740-356-8629.

SOMC Offers Breast Cancer Support GroupPosted on December 10, 2010

The Breast Cancer Support Group is offered by the SOMC Cancer Center and volunteers to provide ongoing support and fellowship to women diagnosed with breast cancer.

The group will meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at the Golden Corral Restaurant in New Boston. Everyone is invited to bring non-perishable food items for donation to a local food pantry. The support group meets on the third Wednesday of each month. Guest speakers are invited to provide education and the group also meets informally once a quarter.

For more information or to join the mailing list, please call Georgene Bussey at 740-354-2902.

SOMC Renews CARF, Gains Stroke Specialty AccreditationPosted on December 9, 2010

The Inpatient Rehab Unit at Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received its sixth consecutive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

The department was also granted Stroke Specialty accreditation by CARF reviewers. “We’re very pleased to maintain this recognition, and to gain that of a Stroke Specialty Program,” Regina Keller, nurse manager of the SOMC Rehab Care Unit, said. “Earning these designations shows that our employees are truly passionate about what they do and have a vested interest in providing our patients and their families with the care needed to recover and improve after stroke.”

CARF is an independent, nonprofit accreditor, created to develop and maintain standards that strengthen the value and awareness of rehabilitation services. To become accredited, an organization must satisfy specific CARF conditions and demonstrate established standards through an in-depth site survey every three years.

“Many processes are reviewed throughout our unit during the survey, including the scope of services provided, the interdisciplinary teams created for performance improvement and our safety measures and principles,” Belinda Carter, program director of the SOMC Rehab Care Unit, said. “It’s a very tedious process and to learn that our department is able to meet the CARF requirements year after year, as well as gain stroke specialty accreditation, shows how high our dedication to excellence truly is.” Stroke Specialty Program standards are developed around critical key concepts of rehabilitation including health, prevention, partnering, life roles and supported self-management.

A major emphasis also is placed on recognizing, assessing, treating and preventing conditions related to stroke and its complications. Carter explained that the unit has worked to achieve these standards for the past three years, under-going additional training and education to improve their stroke patients’ treatment and outcomes, providing support both during and after rehab through the Moving Forward After Stroke program and monthly support group, and providing educational opportunities to the community whenever possible.

“Gaining stroke specialty accreditation only further supports our efforts to help our patients, their families and our community members gain and maintain a high quality of life,” she added. “We are very proud to be the only hospital in our region to achieve this designation and we hope our patients feel more confident in knowing that are receiving the best rehab care available.”

SOMC Wound Healing Center Wins AwardPosted on December 9, 2010

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Wound Healing Center recently won the regional quarterly award from the National Healing Corporation for the third quarter of 2010. A trophy is presented to a wound center that ranks highest in performance and quality for the quarter. The Wound Healing Center at SOMC boasts a 91 percent heal rate and 98 percent patient satisfaction. The center also offers a diversified panel of physicians including such specialties as general and plastic surgery as well as vascular and podiatry. For more information about the SOMC Wound Healing Center or to schedule an appointment, please call (740)-356-8775.


SOMC Surgeon Lichtenstein Receives Board CertificationPosted on December 9, 2010


Dr. Lichtenstein

Sonja Lichtenstein, M.D., general surgeon at Southern Ohio Medical Center, recently received board certification in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine from the American Board of Preventative Medicine. Hyperbaric Medicine is therapeutic use of oxygen at high pressure to treat specific medical conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers, infections of the bone, delayed radiation injury, and carbon monoxide poisoning. Dr. Lichtenstein earned her medical degree from State University of New York at Syracuse and completed her surgical training at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. She is also board certified in general surgery. Dr. Lichtenstein is currently practicing at the SOMC Wound Healing Center on the main campus of SOMC in the Rardin Building. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 740-356-8775.


Ohio River Valley Juvenile Correctional Facility Donates to SOMCPosted on December 7, 2010


The Ohio River Valley Juvenile Correctional Facility in Franklin Furnace recently held a breast cancer awareness luncheon for employees. The event featured a meal and options to buy pink lanyards, bracelets and awareness ribbons. The facility raised $320 from the luncheon and made a donation to the Southern Ohio Medical Center Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, which provides assistance to local breast cancer patients. Shown at the check presentation is (l to r) Sheryl Grooms, RN, Rachelle Collins, RN, Kimberlee Richendollar, breast health navigator, Kathy Howard and Jodi Dyer from the Ohio River Valley Juvenile Correctional Facility and Norma White, pharmacy tech at the SOMC Cancer Center.

Hope Guild Donates $20,000 to SOMCPosted on December 3, 2010


Hope Guild Donation

The Hope Guild, part of the friends of SOMC, recently donated $20,000 to the Southern Ohio Medical Center Endowment Fund. To raise the money, the guild held various fundraisers throughout the year, including book sales and an SOMC employee sale at Scioto Shoe Mart. Members of the Hope Guild are shown presenting a check to Shawn Jordan (left), administrative director of SOMC Community Relations, Volunteer Services and the Friends Community Center.


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