Monthly Archives: April 2011

SOMC Names New Manager of Employee Health and WellnessPosted on April 28, 2011

Julie Thornsberry, RN, BSN, has been named Manager of Employee Health and Wellness at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Thornsberry has worked at SOMC since 2000. She earned an associate degree and bachelor’s degree in nursing from Shawnee State University. She was a nurse in the SOMC Maternity unit for eight years and for the last three years she was the Clinical Educator and Team Leader for the Cardio Vascular Operating Room. In her new role, she will bring a clinical aspect to the Employee Health Department and lead the efforts for employee wellness and the Healthy Partners program. She currently resides in Beaver, Ohio with her husband, David and daughter, Drew.

SOMC Names New Nurse Manager of Surgical Vascular Care UnitPosted on April 27, 2011

Suzi Lloyd, BSN, RN-BC, has been named the Nurse Manager of the Surgical Vascular Care Unit at Southern Ohio Medical Center.   Lloyd brings nearly 30 years of clinical and leadership expertise to this position. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She began working at Mercy Hospital in 1982 and has held previous positions as Assistant Nurse Manager of the Orthopedic and Surgical Vascular Care Units. Lloyd is a member of the Southern Ohio Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) chapter.   She currently resides in Minford with her family.

SOMC Names New Transportation and Laundry Services ManagerPosted on April 25, 2011

  Addam King
Addam King has been named manager of Transportation and Laundry Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center. King attended Hocking Technical College in Nelsonville, Ohio and brings more than ten years of supervisory and managerial experience in manufacturing and industrial laundry facilities. In his new role, King will oversee the daily operations of the transportation and laundry departments. King and his family currently reside in Chillicothe, Ohio.


SOMC Offers Stroke Support GroupPosted on April 21, 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. April 27 in the Rehab Care Unit Conference Room, located on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth. Erin Fout and Bobby Blanton are the key speakers for the evening and will present education about depression 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.

Scioto Guild

SOMC and OUCOM Honor Outstanding PhysiciansPosted on April 20, 2011


OUCOM Awards

Southern Ohio Medical Center and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUCOM) recently honored this year’s outstanding physicians during an awards breakfast held April 12. Winners were chosen based on nominations by the program’s medical students and included the following: Jennifer Roberts, D.O., Obstetrics and Gynecology (Outstanding Primary Care Physician); Phillip Roberts, D.O. (Outstanding Family Medicine Physician); Elie Saab, M.D., Intensive Care (Outstanding Specialty Medicine Physician); and Sheila Whiteley, D.O. (Outstanding Resident Physician). Thomas L. Khoury, M.D., FACS, FICS, also received special recognition and an award for being selected as one of OUCOM’s Master Faculty members for 2010. Pictured at the breakfast (l to r) is Debra Lewis, OMS;, Jacinda Paxson,OMS4; Nathan Lowien, D.O.; John Kasper, D.O.; Dr. Whiteley; Aaron Adams, D.O.; Dr. Phillip Roberts; Dr. Jennifer Roberts; Terry Johnson, D.O. and Dr. Thomas Khoury. Not pictured is Dr. Elie Saab.


Scioto Guild To Host Annual Flower SalePosted on April 20, 2011

Scioto Guild

Spring has sprung and it’s once again time for the SOMC Scioto Guild Annual Flower Sale at the SOMC Friends Community Center in Portsmouth. The guild (pictured above) has organized the annual fundraiser for more than 40 years with the proceeds benefiting various projects at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The proceeds have purchased items such as computers for Hospice patients, fitting bras for the SOMC Breast Center and bras and breast prosthesis for patients without insurance. The guild has also purchased chairs for the Intensive Care Unit and defibrillators. “The guild was started in 1970 and we have limited the membership to 20 active members,” Gene Carlson, president of the Scioto Guild, said. “We needed a project to raise money to help patients and their families. We originally started selling flowers and delivering them to people’s homes.” “We average a profit of $5,000 to $7,000 a year from the flower sale,” guild member, Donna Shabot, said. “It started small and in someone’s front yard. Now it’s so big, we fill the entire SOMC Friends Center with flowers; it’s really beautiful.” Every year, the guild collects orders in February and March and customers pick up their hanging baskets, ferns or baskets of plants in May. All plants and flowers are grown and purchased locally. Varieties include Ivy Geraniums, New Guinea Impatiens, Purple Wave Petunias, Blue Angels and Million Bells. “We have taken orders and the pick up will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1 and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 2 at the Friends Center,” Rosalee Greene, guild member, said. “We do purchase extras and the flowers that aren’t picked up will also be sold. We encourage everyone to stop by on May 1 or May 2 to see what is available, it’s quite the operation!” For more information about the Annual Flower Sale sponsored by the SOMC Scioto Guild, please call Rosalee Greene at 740-353-2075.


Coterie Guild Held Easter Egg Hunt at SOMCPosted on April 19, 2011

Abi Miller and Heidi Miller

The Coterie Guild, a guild of the Friends of Southern Ohio Medical Center, held their Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Friends Community Center, April 18. More than 200 children attended and countless families participated in the egg hunt, bake sale, games, crafts and raffles. There was also a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny. The proceeds will benefit pediatric needs and children’s health services at SOMC. Shown above at a craft station is Abi Lynn Miller and her mom, Heidi Miller of Portsmouth.


SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, April 26Posted on April 18, 2011

Mended Hearts

The Heart and Vascular Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center have formed a local chapter of the Mended Hearts program and will meet from 5 to 7 p.m., April 26 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. in Portsmouth. 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 adds 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. For more information or to reserve your seat, please call 740-356-7663.

Breast Cancer

SOMC Offers Breast Cancer Support GroupPosted on April 15, 2011

Breast Cancer

A 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. April 20 at the SOMC Cancer Center, located at 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth. The support group meets on the third Wednesday of each month and guest speakers provide education and encouragement. For more information, please call 740-356-7496.

Hike For Hospice

SOMC Hike for Hospice May 14Posted on April 15, 2011

Supporters of SOMC Hospice will participate in the 25th annual Hike for Hospice Saturday, May 14. This non-competitive 5-K “Fun Walk” will begin at the SOMC Hospice Center located at 2201 25th St. in Portsmouth. Check-in starts at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m.

SOMC Hospice is a non-profit agency offering a special way of caring for those faced with terminal illness. Participants of the hike raise funds by asking friends to sponsor an amount per kilometer walked or giving an outright donation.

Participants also can join in groups of three or more to form teams. Teams may display their spirit by creating team banners, pennants, shirts or anything that promotes their team. Each team receives one complimentary 8×10 photo.

Hikers and supporters are eligible for prizes and T-shirts will be available for purchase. Awards are presented at the end of the hike to teams as well as individuals in various categories.

Rest stops are available along the way and free lunch is provided by Subway Sandwiches & Salads on Gallia Street in Portsmouth. Other corporate sponsors include Life Ambulance, ABLE Ambulance, OSCO and Southern Ohio Medical Center.

Early registration is encouraged but hikers can also register the day of the event. For more information or to purchase a T-shirt please call 740-353-2567.

Hike for Hospice Registration Form

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