Yearly Archives: 2010

SOMC Hosted Luncheon for VolunteersPosted on September 10, 2010

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently held a luncheon for the special volunteers who donate thousands of hours every year to help SOMC succeed. The volunteers gathered together for an afternoon of good food, fellowship and bingo.

“We try to celebrate our volunteers with fun activities like this,” Jenny Lavender, manager of Volunteer Services, said. “SOMC is so grateful for the work the volunteers do and of all the time they so graciously provide, this is just one way we can show our appreciation.”


If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer at SOMC, please call 740-356-8236.

Wellington Joins in River Days Children’s ActivitiesPosted on September 8, 2010


Wellington, the Wellness Hound mascot for Southern Ohio Medical Center made a special appearance at the River Days Festival, Sept. 5. He participated in the children’s activities at York Park, sponsored by the Kiwanis of Portsmouth. Jenny Lavender, the president of Kiwanis and the manager of Volunteer Services at SOMC has organized the event for 11 years. Pictured above is Wellington with Lylianah Brock of Wheelersburg.

SOMC to Form New Chapter of Mended HeartsPosted on September 8, 2010

On an effort to provide support for local heart patients, several employees of Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Services have teamed up to form a local chapter of the Mended Hearts program.

The Mended Hearts, Inc. is a national nonprofit support organization that includes heart patients, spouses, healthcare professionals and others interested in helping patients with the emotional recovery from heart disease. With 280 community-based chapters nationwide, Mended Hearts has 24,000 members, making it the largest heart-related patient support group.

“Members assist cardiac patients with an extensive accredited visitors program, support groups, health information workshops, social and special events and other volunteer activities,” Keri Imm, nurse manager of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at SOMC, said. “Mended Hearts has been offering hope and encouragement to heart patients, families and caregivers for 50 years and the outreach and support is a proven benefit to the community.”

Imm added that while heart patient-to-patient visits are the core of the Mended Hearts’ program, volunteers do not have to be a patient. Caregivers, family members of patients, physicians, nurses, other healthcare professionals and anyone else interested are invited to participate.

The first meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Oct. 5 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. in Portsmouth. For more information or to reserve your seat, please call Keri Imm at 740-356-7663.

Roberts and Roberts Welcomed at SOMCPosted on September 7, 2010

Rita S. Roberts, DO and her son, Philip M. Roberts, DO will be joining the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. Both physicians are board certified in Family Practice.

Dr. Rita Roberts received her medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003. She completed an internship and residency at Southern Ohio Medical Center from 2003 to 2006. Dr. Roberts is a member of the Shawnee State University board of trustees.

Dr. Rita Roberts has been in practice with her son at the Family Health Center in Waverly, Ohio for the past four years. She was a pediatric nurse practioner for 20 years both at the Family Health Center and with Dr. John Ditraglia.

Dr. Philip Roberts received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004. He competed an internship and residency at Southern Ohio Medical Center from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Roberts is the husband of Dr. Jennifer Roberts, a physician specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology at SOMC.

“We are really excited about coming to SOMC,” Dr. Philip Roberts, said. “We are looking forward to this new chapter in our lives.”

Roberts and Roberts Family Practice, LLC is currently accepting appointments and will open Oct. 4. The office is located on the SOMC main campus, 1735 27th St., Waller Building Suite 206, Portsmouth, Ohio. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 740-354-7600.

SOMC Names New Risk ManagerPosted on September 7, 2010

Jeanne Turpin, RN, CEN, has been named Risk Manager of Patient Safety at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Turpin joined SOMC in 1999 and has most recently served as an assistant nurse manager of the Emergency Department. This fall, she will graduate with her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Wright State University and she plans to pursue a master’s degree in nursing.

She currently resides near Sinking Springs, Ohio with her family.

SOMC Names New Vice PresidentPosted on August 31, 2010

Ben Gill

Ben Gill, MBA, has been named Vice President of Support Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Gill, a Scioto County native, joined SOMC in 2001 and most recently served as the Administrative Director of Physician Services. He has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Princeton University and a Masters in Business Administration from Tiffin University.

Ben and his family currently reside in Wheelersburg, Ohio.

Dr. Song Retires From SOMC After 37 YearsPosted on August 23, 2010

After working for almost 37 years as an obstetrician and gynecologist, and delivering more than 13,400 babies in Scioto County, Yong D. Song, MD, FACOG, will retire from SOMC Sept. 1, 2010. Employees of the SOMC Surgery Department recently celebrated this milestone, treating Dr. Song to a very special surprise party complete with food, gifts and many walks down memory lane.

Dr. Song received his medical degree in 1963 from the Seoul National University in Seoul, Korea. He furthered his career with an internship and residency in Seoul, gaining certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1968. Dr. Song was named the assistant professor of the OB/GYN Department at Catholic Medical School in Seoul from 1968 to 1971. He additionally completed two years of training at Trumbull Memorial Hospital in Warren, Ohio and later gained his OB/GYN certification in the U.S. in 1977.

Jennifer D. Roberts, DO, who joined Dr. Song’s practice in July, will officially begin seeing all of Dr. Song’s patients upon his retirement. Pictured above at the party are Dr. Song (seated) with his wife Lucia (left) and members of the Surgical Team.

SOMC to Offer Free Prostate Cancer ScreeningsPosted on August 23, 2010

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host annual prostate cancer screenings from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 16, 20, 22, and 30, location to be announced. All screenings are free of cost and include a PSA blood draw and an exam.

The following criteria is recommended but not required: Men at age 50 who are at average risk of prostate cancer; Men at age 45 who are at high risk including African Americans and those who have a first-degree relative diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 65 or younger; and lastly men age 40 who have several first-degree relatives who developed prostate cancer at an early age.

If detected early, prostate cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer. In 2009, more than 200 screenings were completed at SOMC. Space is limited and reservations are necessary. To make an appointment, please call the SOMC Volunteer Office at 740-356-8234 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

SOMC Forms Local AACN ChapterPosted on August 12, 2010


These are the members of the Sawnee Valley Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Standing in the back (l to r): Nancy Jacobs, Connie Florek (secretary), Kerry Greathouse (treasurer), Christy Aeh, Linda Horner, Paul Rase, Becky Kalb, Tina Moore, Phyllis Theiken, Tony Smith. S

Several employees of Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Heart and Critical Care Services have teamed up to form the Shawnee Valley Chapter of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The group met for the first time July 27 to discuss member recruitment, educational opportunities and chapter planning.

According to the AACN website, The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is the world’s largest specialty nursing organization and has been serving the needs of nurses caring for acutely and critically ill patients since 1969. Representing the interests of more than 500,000 nurses who care for acutely and critically ill patients, AACN is dedicated to creating a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families, where acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

The goals of the local chapter are to increas
“There are many benefits to becoming a national and local AACN chapter member,” Teresa Barnett, president of the Shawnee Valley AACN chapter, said. “In addition to free continuing education units (CEU’s) available to members online, nurses will also receive CEU’s and in-services at chapter meetings.”e membership, form and participate in community events, develop fundraisers for education events and promote speakers for educational meetings. Involvement in the chapter will provide opportunities to interact with peers from different work settings and to advocate for patients, community and nurses.

The next meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. August 31 in the SOMC Heart and Vascular conference room and membership is open to local nurses. The group will meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

For more information or to join the Shawnee Valley Chapter of the AACN, please contact Teresa Barnett at (740)-356-8263.

itting in the front (l to r): Sharon Rawlins (president-elect), Teresa Barnett (president) and Stacey Dotson.

SOMC Celebrates #1 Best Employer in Ohio RecognitionPosted on August 12, 2010

Employees of Southern Ohio Medical Center celebrated the hospital’s number one Best Employer in Ohio achievement, Aug. 5. Among the day’s festivities was an ice cream social held on every campus, for all shifts and a remote live radio show with WNXT. All employees were presented with T-shirts and asked to wear them during the celebration. In addition to the Best Employer in Ohio award, other awards such as Magnet, Fortune 100 Best Employer and VPP Star Status were listed on the back of the T-shirts. Randy Arnett, president and CEO (left) serves ice cream to Surgery staff members Patty Moore (center) and Donna Holbrook (right).

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