Monthly Archives: November 2010

SOMC Cancer Center Receives ACR AccreditationPosted on November 29, 2010

The SOMC Cancer Center recently received accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). Approval from the ACR demonstrates a commitment to excellent patient care and reassures that staff and equipment have passed the ACR’s rigorous evaluation. The SOMC Cancer Center is the first and only center in the region to hold this accreditation. “We are very pleased to have received our certificate of approval from the ACR,” Wendi Waugh, administrative director of the SOMC Cancer Center, said. “This accreditation provides a high level of confidence for our patients, referring physicians and other organizations that only the highest quality care is offered at the SOMC Cancer Center.” In addition to the assurance and competitive edge this accreditation offers, insurance companies such as Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and ANTHEM recognize the value of ACR accreditation programs. The accreditation is a three-year acknowledgement from ACR and begins a nine-year period that the SOMC Radiation Oncology department has attained the accreditation. The SOMC Cancer Center will apply for re-accreditation in three years. To learn more about the excellent services provided at the SOMC Cancer Center, please visit or call 740-356-7490.


SOMC Held Winter Wonderland Tea FundraiserPosted on November 23, 2010


Winter Wonderland Tea

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently hosted the 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland Tea, a fundraiser for the SOMC Endowment Fund. The event featured a served meal, live entertainment by Frank Sinatra impersonator, Michael Sonata and valuable door prizes. More than 300 attended (pictured above). The fundraiser continues with the Train and Merchant Expo, Nov. 27-28 and the Polar Express Party, Nov. 29. The SOMC Endowment Fund provides long-term financial support for special projects such as equipment purchases, professional educational opportunities, linking with other health-related community organizations or facility or service expansion. For more information about Winter Wonderland activities, please call the Friends Community Center at 740-356-7101.


SOMC Announces Friends Scholarship RecipientsPosted on November 17, 2010


The Friends of SOMC, a fundraising and supportive organization for programs and services of Southern Ohio Medical Center, has announced the recipients of the 2010 Friends of SOMC Scholarships.

Each year the Friends award scholarships to qualified applicants pursuing studies in a health-related field. Applicants qualify with a connection to SOMC through themselves or a parent, guardian or spouse. This year’s recipients are Cassandra Falls, Logan Barrick, Brooke Davis, Zachary Lang and Lacie Crabtree.

The Friends Scholarship is $1,000 per school year for each applicant, divided into $500 payments for fall and winter semesters.


SOMC Offers Performance Enhancement Center for AthletesPosted on November 16, 2010

SOMC offers a Performance Enhancement Center for athletes of all levels. Shown above is SOMC LIFE Center employee Brad Zieber (right) training Andrew Cline (center) and Matthew Chandlen (left) for an upcoming triathlon.

November 16, 2010 » Southern Ohio Medical Center offers a Performance Enhancement Center (PEC) for athletes of all levels, ages 10 and up. The PEC program has helped countless students and athletes improve their speed, agility, power and strength prior the start of the season.

The man behind it all, Brad Zieber, exercise physiologist, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist and FMS Certified. Brad meets with 10 to 15 clients a week and during the summer he averages 40 a week, training them for football, basketball, volleyball, baseball and a wide array of other sports.

“I work with clients for a six-week period, three days a week,” Zieber said. “We use the SOMC LIFE Center and the Outpatient Rehab Center. We utilize a high-speed treadmill, the pool and other equipment to increase hand-eye coordination, flexibility and overall performance.”

Brad takes his job one step further, when he asks for his client’s sports schedules and attends their games.

“Once I’ve seen the kids in action, I can do my job better. I can see where their speed is or other areas they need to improve,” he said. “I can also see their competition on the field or the court. This helps me see the areas they are underachieving in, so I can help them improve in these areas and overachieve.”

“I’ve been in PEC since seventh grade and now I’m a junior,” said Joey Aeh, Greenup football player. “We start PEC with latter drills and treadmill exercises, strength work, pull a tire across the room, core exercises, fast pass and quick moving exercises; I’m usually exhausted when I get home.”

Andrew Cline and Matthew Chandlen, 20, are training with Brad at PEC for the upcoming Tough Mudder team challenge triathlon. They say Brad pushes them to the limits without causing injury. Cline adds that there is no better workout than in PEC.

In addition to the rigorous workouts and tough training, Brad genuinely cares about his clients and makes a point to get to know them.

“It’s not like when the session is over and Brad’s not getting paid anymore, that he moves on, he checks in and wishes us luck before the season, he builds a relationship with us,” Aeh added.

Aeh’s mom, Christy explained that Brad has been a positive influence and role model in Joey’s life during these formative years. She says the PEC program has helped Joey in sports and Brad has made a point to get to know the kids. Christy hopes that the training at PEC with Brad will help Joey get a college scholarship.

For more information about the SOMC Performance Enhancement Center, please call 740-356-7572 or stop by the SOMC Portsmouth LIFE Center, 1202 18th St.

SOMC Offers Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Starts. Dec. 6Posted on November 15, 2010

For more information about the SOMC Performance Enhancement Center, please call 740-356-7572 or stop by the SOMC Portsmouth LIFE Center, 1202 18th St.


Southern Ohio Medical Center will offer a Diabetes Prevention and Control Program Dec. 6 for anyone with type I or II diabetes or diagnosed as pre-diabetic. The program is funded by a $200,000 grant awarded to SOMC by the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Healthy Ohio/Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction. The program is offered in a 10-week session format. For each week of the program, participants will meet for two hours to focus on education topics related to diabetes self-management, as well as the importance of fitness and exercise. The second hour of the session will feature group exercise at the SOMC LIFE Center. “We want to ensure that participants have all the resources necessary to successfully manage the disease on their own once the program is complete,” Tiffany Hadsell, diabetes educator, said. “Not only will this include one-on-one education time with clinical dieticians, exercise physiologists and diabetes experts, but we’ll also provide important supplies needed to monitor the disease, like glucometers, test strips and lancets.” “We hope that this combination of components will create life-changing and life-long results for our community,” she added. “The need for this education is clearly there and we’re happy to finally have the funding to do something about it.” The group will meet on the SOMC campus and a physician’s order is needed to enroll in the program. For more information or to enroll, please speak with your primary care physician or contact the SOMC Diabetes Education Department at 356-2627.


SOMC Rehab Care Unit Offers Stroke Support GroupPosted on November 12, 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. Nov. 24 in the Rehab Care Unit Conference Room, located on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth. Belinda Carter will be the key speaker for the event and will present education on the anatomy and function of the brain following a stroke. Pre-registration is not required and the meeting is open to everyone. For more information, please call Belinda Carter, program director of the SOMC Rehab Care Unit, at 740-356-8629.


SOMC Celebrates Veteran’s DayPosted on November 11, 2010

Southern Ohio Medical Center celebrated Veteran’s Day Nov. 11 with a program honoring those who have served and continue to serve our country, in particular veterans employed by SOMC.

Randy Arnett, SOMC President and CEO presented opening remarks and Jason Coriell of SOMC Pastoral Care, gave the invocation. The Boy Scouts of America, Troup 12 chartered to the Cornerstone United Methodist Church, presented the flag. Pictured is Emily Gollihue from the West High School Choir, leading the crowd with the Star Spangled Banner.

Bobby Blanton, RN of the SOMC Rehab Care Unit sang two patriotic songs and veteran Dr. John Kasper was the keynote speaker. Following Dr. Kasper in the program was the West High School Choir and Chuck Kurtz from SOMC Biomedical Engineering, performing Taps.

A special thanks to the more than 100 people in attendance, the West High School Choir, the Boy Scouts of America and most of all, the veterans.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, SOMC has created a video tribute. To watch the video, please visit the SOMC YouTube channel.

SOMC Participated In Training Event Vital To Emergency PreparednessPosted on November 9, 2010

Blu Med Training

Southern Ohio Medical Center, the Emergency Management Agency, southeast regional hospitals and area public health agencies participated in a BLU-MED training exercise, Nov. 5 at the Athens County Fairgrounds. Southern Ohio Medical Center sent 20 Code Orange team members to the event. Shown above is the group assembling the BLU-MED mobile hospital. The BLU-MED Response System is a portable unit that can offer disaster medical facilities or mobile shelter solutions. BLU-MED’s facilities include state-of-the-industry portable fabric shelters, which enable communities to rapidly respond to large-scale disasters with facilities when and where they are needed. Southeast Ohio has two, 12-bed BLU-MED facilities and two, 25-bed BLU-MED facilities to support incident response needs. If available, they may be loaned to hospitals for medical use. These units can be used to serve as patient care areas or mobile command units. The funding for the BLU-MED facilities was provided from the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response Grant through the Ohio Department of Health, Healthcare Preparedness Program.

SOMC Lucasville Family Practice Receives GrantPosted on November 5, 2010

SOMC Lucasville Family Practice Receives Grant

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Lucasville Family Practice recently received a $3,500 grant entitled the “Office Champions Smoking Cessation Pilot Program” from the Pfizer and American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Shelia Whiteley, chief resident, applied for the grant through an application and essay summarizing the need for education and a smoking cessation program in the Scioto County area. Lucasville Family Practice was one of 50 medical offices across the country selected to participate. “In the essay, I pointed out the fact that our program could impact residents in their formative years with new smoking cessation protocols,” Whiteley explained. “I also shared my belief that early and consistent smoking cessation messages, along with medication, have had some impact with my patients.” Dr. Whiteley will use the grant money to implement office-wide, systemic change to impact smoking cessation rates. She will also attend smoking cessation education and collaborate with colleagues to implement the program. The grant program will run from November 2010 through June 2011 and will include pre and post chart reviews to collect data. For more information about the Smoking Cessation Pilot Program, please call the Lucasville Family Practice at 740-259-5699.

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