Yearly Archives: 2010

SOMC’s Camp LIFE Offers Healthy Summer Programming for KidsPosted on August 6, 2010

Students between the ages of 7 and 13 participated in SOMC’s Camp LIFE program, held July 26-30. Attendees learned about nutrition, dinning out, health and physical activity. After a busy week of swimming, basketball and Zumba, the students ended with a Camp LIFE boot camp. Shown above with the students and junior volunteers are Regina Tipton, wellness specialist at SOMC (left) and Kim McCray, clinical dietician at SOMC (right).

SOMC Donates School Supplies to Benefit CommunityPosted on August 6, 2010

Employees at SOMC donated more than 4,000 items to the students of our local community during the 2010 United Way School Supply Drive. Pictured at the donation drop-off are: (front row, l to r) SOMC United Way Committee members Missy Hutchens, Beverly Stringer and United Way of Scioto County Executive Director Mary Peercy; and (back row) SOMC Junior Volunteers Kasey Manchester and Katie Maynard.

Employees of Southern Ohio Medical Center helped to donate 4,063 supply items for area school children during the 2010 United Way School Supply Drive, which took place July 30 at the hospital. “Last year we collected a tremendous amount of school supplies and this year was no different,” Beverly Stinger, coordinator of the SOMC United Way campaign, said. School supply lists were given to employees, with each item designated a point value, Stringer explained. For each point a staff member earned, they were given the chance to enter into one of five gift basket prize drawings. Points also were tallied per department and SOMC Nutrition Services was named the overall winner of the competition. The department also won a pizza party and three of the available gift baskets; however, Nutrition Services has elected to donate the money that would be used for the pizza party to Sierra’s Haven. Environmental Services came in second place followed by Medical Imaging, Administration and Performance Improvement. The total number of donations increased by 330 items from 2009. “With the current economic times, it’s especially incredible to see the generosity displayed to our community by SOMC employees,” Mary Peercy, executive director of the United Way of Scioto County, said. “SOMC and its employees have always been a huge supporter of providing supplies for our local students and we thank them for their continued dedication.”

SOMC Hospice Held Second Annual Memorial Bike RidePosted on August 6, 2010

SOMC Hospice held its Second Annual Memorial Bike Ride, July 31. More than 200 motorcycle enthusiasts revved up their engines for a 90-mile police-escorted drive through Southern Ohio and Adams County. “Last year was the first time we had held this particular event, which was created in memory of motorcycling enthusiast Ricky Bryan,” Sheila Riggs, claims coordinator of Hospice Services, said. “Bryan began planning the ride before his death because he wanted to give back to our program…our contributions touched him so much.” Riggs said they decided to carry-on the tradition this year not only in memory of Bryan, but for all other bike riders and patients of SOMC Hospice Services. The event and T-shirt sales collectively raised more than $10,000 for SOMC Hospice. Shown above is a portion of the participants lined up at the start of the ride. SOMC Hospice would like to thank the volunteers, motor cycle participants, Scioto Ribber, Don Smith and Night Shift, Life Ambulance, Valley Wholesale Foods, the Portsmouth Police Department, the West Union Police Department and Randy Adkins and Roger LeMaster of the Rosemount Fire Department for their generosity and continued support of SOMC.

SOMC Hosts 33rd Annual Run for Your LIFE EventPosted on August 6, 2010

Local runners and community members are invited to compete in Southern Ohio Medical Center’s 33rd annual Run For Your LIFE competition. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 4 at the SOMC Life Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth. Entrants may choose to participate in either a 5K or 10K event. Registration and packet pick-up will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 and 7 to 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 with all events beginning at 8 a.m. In addition to the 5K and 10K races, the Life Center will also host the 1st annual Pump and Run event. A Runner’s race time is based on how many times he or she can bench press their body weight with 30 seconds per repetition deducted from final 5K time. Time deductions will be taken for a maximum of 30 repetitions. For more information and official rules visit Registration for the Pump and Run will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is limited to 100 participants. This year’s route will take runners through the shady, tree-lined residential area that includes Kinney’s Lane, Grandview and Thomas avenues, Dorman, Sheridan and Orchard drives, Coles Boulevard, Shawnee and Micklethwaite roads and Greenlawn Cemetery. Awards will be presented immediately after the race to the top three finishers of each age division of the 5K and 10K. Awards also will be given to each male and female with the fastest times; however, male and female recipients will not receive duplicate awards. All participants are eligible for door prizes. Registration brochures may be picked up from the Portsmouth LIFE Center or may be accessed online by visiting Participants can also register online at Cost of the race is $15 per person before Sept. 3 or $20 the day of the event. T-shirts will be given to the first 300 participants who register. For more information, please contact Jim Kolar at 740-356-7566 or send an e-mail request to

SOMC Held Pediatric Open HousePosted on August 3, 2010

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently hosted a Pediatric Open House celebration in recognition of SOMC’s new pediatric unit. The event was held July 28 at the Friends Community Center with many community members, hospital employees and physicians in attendance. “We have hosted several fundraisers and raised $4,500 for the Pediatric Unit,” Amanda Nickel, president of the Coterie Guild, said. “We used the funds to purchase new toys and other items for the pediatric patients to use.” The Coterie Guild and SOMC partnered to host the gathering. Breakfast was served and participants viewed pictures of the new unit. Dr. Rebecca Schoettle, pediatrician, (left) and Mary Kate Dilts Skaggs, director of nursing for Emergency, Outpatient and Pediatric Services (right) thanked SOMC and the Coterie guild for their hard work and dedication to the project.

ACS to Offer Prostate Cancer Support GroupPosted on July 28, 2010

he American Cancer Society (ACS) will offer a prostate cancer education and support group called Man to Man®. The program will kick-off at 5 p.m. August 3 at the ACS Cancer Resource Center, located inside the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane, Portsmouth. “The American Cancer Society’s Man to Man® program helps men and their families cope with prostate cancer,” Anna Cardenas, volunteer coordinator and board president for the ACS Cancer Resource Center, said. “Man to Man® provides a comfortable setting among peers for discussion, education and support through the recovery process.” The Man to Man® support group will meet on the first Tuesday of every month. Specialists in various fields related to prostate cancer will share information on medical topics and quality of life issues. American Cancer Society trained facilitators will lead the group. To register, please call the ACS Cancer Resource Center at (740) 356-7606. Registered participants will then be contacted by a Man to Man® facilitator for more information.

Phillips Welcomed to SOMC Medical StaffPosted on July 28, 2010

Roger Matthew Phillips, DO, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center and is working full time at the SOMC Urgent Care Center-Wheelersburg. Dr. Phillips received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and graduated cum lade with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He completed a family practice residency at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Dr. Phillips can be reached at the SOMC Urgent Care Center-Wheelersburg located at 8770 Ohio River Rd. in Wheelersburg or by calling 740 574-9090.

SOMC Physician Information Systems Names New ManagerPosted on July 27, 2010

Angela Ridenour, RN has been named manager of Physician Information Systems at Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Ridenour, a native of Wauseon, Ohio, joined SOMC in 1998 and has served as Assistant Nurse Manager and Clinical Educator for the Orthopedic Care Unit. She has an associate degree in nursing from Mercy College in Toledo, Ohio.

She assumed her new duties July 4. Ridenour is responsible for monitoring and ensuring the daily operation of the physicians’ computer systems.

Johnson Elected to SOMC Board of DirectorsPosted on July 26, 2010

Southern Ohio Medical Center recently announced the election of George V. Johnson, M.D., to the SOMC Board of Directors. Dr. Johnson received his medical degree from Ohio State University in 1966. He completed an internship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and a residency in Radiology at Ohio State University Hospital. Following his residency, Dr. Johnson served as major in the Air Force from 1970 to 1972. He is board certified in Radiology. Dr. Johnson practiced medicine at SOMC for 35 years and retired June 1, 2007. He continues to serve as emeritus physician status at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Dr. Johnson currently resides in Portsmouth.

SOMC Nursing Camp Offers Hands-On Experience for StudentsPosted on July 26, 2010

Southern Ohio Medical Center held a 2010 Nursing Camp July 19 for local students grades seven through 12 interested in pursing nursing. Shown in the picture are the participants using surgery instruments to get Hershey kisses out of a box that simulated a body. Southern Ohio Medical Center recently held a Nursing Camp for students grades seven through 12 interested in pursing nursing as a career. The camp, held July 19 at the Friends Community Center, led students through a day in the life of a nurse at SOMC. “We host the nursing camp every year to better prepare students for the nursing field,” Katy Stephens, nurse recruiter at SOMC, said. “Even though the day only provides a glimpse of what nursing is all about, it’s still more than what most people know when they start nursing school.” The camp started at 10 a.m., introducing participants to cardiac nursing. In this portion of the day, they examined real pig hearts and learned about open-heart surgery. After a quick tour of the main campus, participants stopped by the SOMC/SSU SIM Lab to learn more through simulated nursing exercises. “This was my first time attending Nursing Camp,” Courtney Cole, a senior at Lewis County High School, said. “I had a really great time and enjoyed myself. I liked trying to find the patient’s pulse in the SIM lab.” After lunch, participants learned about emergency nursing by touring the LIFE ambulance mobile unit and watching demonstrations of patient immobilization. “I volunteered to lay on the backboard during the emergency demonstration,” Tristain White, a freshman from Portsmouth West High School, said. “I’m interested in pursing nursing and after today, I think I like emergency nursing the best.” Registered Nurse Julie Thornsberry also talked to the students about the responsibilities of a nurse during a surgery and allowed the teenagers to gain experience by trying on surgery gowns, gloves, hats and masks. The crew then worked together to staple wounds (made out of foam) and sew arteries to a heart (with rubber tubing). “We try to make the activities as hands-on and as fun as possible,” Stephens added. Cheryel Miller, a senior at Lewis County High School said she has been on the health and sciences track at school and had been debating on becoming a surgical RN or a maternity RN. After the camp she is sure she wants to work with babies and moms in a maternity unit. “The 2010 Nursing Camp was very successful,” Stephens said. “We couldn’t have done it without the help of our SOMC employees and LIFE ambulance and I hope the students had a good time and learned helpful information about the nursing field.”

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