Monthly Archives: January 2011

Boilermakers #105 Donates $4,000 to SOMC HospicePosted on January 27, 2011


The Brotherhood of Boilermakers #105 held a golf tournament to benefit the Hospice Center of Southern Ohio Medical Center. The tournament raised more than $4,000 and the funds will be used for the Hospice Caritas Fund, a fund that helps local patients and their families with uninsured medical expenses, special wishes and other assistance.

SOMC Named a FORTUNE 100 Best Company to Work ForPosted on January 24, 2011

Southern Ohio Medical Center has not only been named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the fourth year in a row, but has also moved up twenty-seven spots. SOMC ranked 36th on the list among other well known companies such as Edward Jones, Devon Energy and American Express. The full list and related stories is available at

“We are truly proud to once again be named to this prestigious list,” said Randy Arnett, President and CEO of Southern Ohio Medical Center. “It continues to confirm that we have excellent employees who love what they do and show it through the care they provide.”

SOMC is the only hospital in the region make the list for 2011. The hospital saw an 18 percent growth rate in 2010 and ranked eighth in the nation for job growth.

To pick the 100 Best Companies, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company’s score is based on the results of the Institute’s Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The survey asks questions related to their attitudes about the management’s credibility, job satisfaction and camaraderie. The other third of the scoring is based on the company’s responses to the Institute’s Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs and a series of open-ended questions about hiring, communication and diversity.

“SOMC is a unique workforce and we have created a culture of caring for one another,” said Vicki Noel, Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development. “We are a family who will continue to provide excellent care for the families of this community.”

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Welcomed at SOMCPosted on January 24, 2011


Dr. Montante

Steven J. Montante, M.D., a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Montante received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pa. He completed is surgical training and a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va. In addition to his clinical training, he completed a fellowship in wound healing research. Dr. Montante is currently accepting patients. He will be in practice with the SOMC Surgical Associates, located at 1711 27th St., Braunlin Building, Suite 402 in Portsmouth. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 740-356-3562.

SOMC LIFE Center to Host “Zumba Your Heart Out” FundraiserPosted on January 24, 2011


In celebration of American Heart Month, the SOMC LIFE center will host a Zumbathon to raise awareness and funds for the Mended Hearts program. The fundraiser is from 5 to 7 p.m., Feb. 4 in the LIFE Center gym, located at 1202 18th St. in Portsmouth. Guest Zumba instructors will be present to teach new dance routines and prizes will be available. T-shirts will also be for sale for $10 each, limited sizes available. The event is open to LIFE Center members and non-members. Admission is $10 per person and children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. The Mended Hearts program is a support group for patients and their families who have heart disease and have had heart services at Southern Ohio Medical Center. All proceeds will benefit the Mended Hearts program. For more information, please call the SOMC LIFE Center at 740-356-7650.

Dr. Montante

SOMC Rehab Care Unit Offers Stroke Support GroupPosted on January 19, 2011

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. January 26 in the Rehab Care Unit Conference Room, located on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth.

Shane Bond and Jason Bailey will be the key speaker for the event and will present education on home safety and modification following a stroke. Pre-registration is not required and the meeting is open to the community.

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 Held Open HousePosted on January 19, 2011


Group Fitness Class

The SOMC LIFE Center recently held an Open House for visitors to learn more about fitness facility. Participants had the opportunity to visit with staff members, try out group fitness classes and enter to win prizes. Steve Hayes from 99.3 WNXT radio did a live remote from the Open House. Fitness instructors Debbie Kielmar and LeAnne Blackburn demonstrated the new Les Mills Body Flow™ class that is now offered at 5:40 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Portsmouth LIFE Center. Shown above is fitness instructor Christie Riepenhoff demonstrating the Cardio Pump class that meets at 5:45 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information about group fitness classes or to join the SOMC LIFE Center, please call 740-356-7650.

SOMC Celebrates MLK Day With Diversity CelebrationPosted on January 17, 2011

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Southern Ohio Medical Center held the first annual Diversity Celebration on Jan. 17, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. SOMC honored multiculturalism with ethnic food samples, education about cultures and traditions and a special tribute video. Employees and visitors were invited to place pushpins on maps of the United States and the world to represent their heritage. The maps created a visual of the diversity within the SOMC workplace and the community. Shown above is Sister Marie Glennon, chaplain at SOMC, displaying Ireland as her birthplace. The “Follow The Dream: MLK Day 2011” video can be viewed at

SOMC to Host Knit for HopePosted on January 14, 2011

Knit For Hope

Knitters and crocheters of all skill-levels are invited to an evening of fun, food and to support a good cause as part of the Knit for Hope group at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The group will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 25 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street in Portsmouth. Patterns for lap quilts, throws, shawls, hats and caps will be available, though attendees are asked to bring their own needles and yarn (of any color). Finished products will be donated to breast cancer patients of the SOMC Cancer Center. For more information, please call the SOMC Volunteer Office at (740) 356-8234.

Beverley Meadows

SOMC Names New Transfusion Services ManagerPosted on January 13, 2011


Beverley Meadows

Beverley Meadows, MLT/ASCP, has been named Transfusion Services Manager at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Meadows joined SOMC in 1990 and has worked as a Medical Laboratory Technician and a Blood Bank Charge Technician. She has a Medical Lab Tech/Association of Clinical Pathologist degree from Shawnee State University. She currently resides in Wheelersburg her family.


SOMC LIFE Center to Offer New Group Fitness ClassPosted on January 12, 2011


Southern Ohio Medical Center will offer a new group fitness class, called BodyFlow™, at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the SOMC LIFE Center. BodyFlow™ was created by fitness celebrity, Les Mill’s and is a combination of Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates. During the class, one can expect to improve joint flexibility, increase core strength, improve cardio-vascular function, reduce stress levels and provide a lasting sense of well being and calm. BodyFlow™ participants can expect 45 minutes of intense, yet slow movements and positions, ending with ten minutes of relaxation and meditation. LeAnne Blackburn, a group fitness instructor at SOMC, has been certified in BodyFlow™ and will teach the class at 5:40 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She is also certified in ACE (American Counsel on Exercise), Turbo Kick and Zumba™ Levels 1 and 2. “I’ve been a group fitness instructor for eight years,” Blackburn said. “But the high-intensity of cardio workouts have begun to cause wear and tear on my joints. I chose to become certified in BodyFlow™ because I wanted a class that is better for my body. As we age, we tend to lack things such as core strength, balance and flexibility.” Blackburn explained that her BodyFlow™ certification included a three-day intense training and a follow-up video demonstrating her abilities to teach BodyFlow™. Along with Blackburn’s certification, fitness instructors Cindy Burkhardt and Christi Riepenhoff have also been certified in BodyFlow™. “Everyone lives a fast pace life these days and we forget to slow down and focus on our physical and mental health,” she added. “BodyFlow™ is for men and women of all ages and is particularly good for men because they tend to ignore flexibility.” For those interested in trying the BodyFlow™ class, demonstrations will be available to the public during the SOMC LIFE Center Open House from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14 at the LIFE Center, 1202 18th St. in Portsmouth. The LIFE Center plans to add an early morning and mid-morning BodyFlow™ class for members in the near future. For more information, please contact the SOMC LIFE Center at 740-356-7650.

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