Monthly Archives: May 2011

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, May 24Posted on May 17, 2011

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., May 24 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.

SOMC Held 25th Annual Hike For HospicePosted on May 16, 2011

More than 1,100 hikers helped to collect a record breaking $52,097.79 in funds during the 25th Annual Hike For Hospice at Southern Ohio Medical Center, held May 14, 2011. Shown above are participants gearing up for the start of the hike. The funds raised annually are donated to the SOMC Hospice Caritas Fund and the event is held as a tribute to all hospice patients and their families.

Individuals and teams sported signs and T-shirts of various colors, names and slogans during the hike, which raises funds annually for the SOMC Hospice Caritas Fund and is held as a tribute to all hospice patients and their family members.

“Our services rely on the support of our community and we couldn’t do what we do without them,” Beverly Stringer, volunteer coordinator of SOMC Hospice Services, said. “We greatly extend our gratitude to everyone who attended and helped behind the scenes.”

Team and individual winners of various categories also were announced at the hike’s conclusion and include:

Team Awards:

Largest Total Donation: OSCO

Most Sponsors: Star

Largest Team: Stepping Proudly for Steven

Largest Business Affiliated Team: Star

Largest Community Based Team: Team Trogan

Most Family Members: Walker Family

Most Original Team Costume: Oswego

Youth Group with the Most Participants: Happy Campers

Largest Hospital Team: Home Care

Largest Senior Group: Golden Bears

Individual Awards:

Largest Total Donation- 1st place: Dr. Bonzo 2nd place: Thelma Shirey

Most Sponsors-1st place: Thelma Shirey 2nd place: Dr. Bonzo

Oldest Hiker- Doloris Chrisman

SOMC Offers Stroke Support Group, May 25Posted on May 16, 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. May 25 in the Rehab Care Unit Conference Room, located on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth.

Crystal Shepherd is the key speaker for the evening and will present education about bowel and bladder management after 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 Offers Breast Cancer Support GroupPosted on May 11, 2011

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. May 18 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.

Carroll Donates to SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion FundPosted on May 10, 2011

Ali Carroll hosted a walk in memory of her mother, Christy Carroll, on March 19. She donated $500 from the fundraiser to the Southern Ohio Medical Center Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, which provides assistance to local breast cancer patients. Shown above at the check presentation is (from l to r) Kelly Wooten, SOMC Financial Counselor, Ali Carroll and Lisa Morgan, secretary for the Radiation Department at the SOMC Cancer Center.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician Welcomed at SOMCPosted on May 9, 2011

Margaret (Peggy) Guest, D.O., a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. She is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Guest received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pa. She completed an internship at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Hospital and her residency training at Graduate Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Guest will work in the CARF Accredited and Stroke Specialty Inpatient Rehabilitation department at SOMC. For more information, please call 740-356-2400.

Cancer Patients Invited to Look Good…Feel Better Program at SOMCPosted on May 4, 2011

Southern Ohio Medical Center and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are helping to make female cancer patients feel more confident about their appearance through the Look Good…Feel Better support program-a national public service created by the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, the National Cosmetology Association and the ACS to help patients who have recently completed or are currently undergoing cancer treatment.

The program meets the second Tuesday of every month, with the next session taking place at 5 p.m. May 10 at the SOMC Cancer Center, 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth.

During the two-hour, hands-on workshop, attendees will participate in skin-care and make-up application lessons, proper nail-care techniques and will learn how to wear and create headscarves and turbans to mask hair loss. Each patient will be given their own make-up kit and will also have the opportunity to try on and learn more about receiving wigs through the ACS wig-bank.

Participation is free but registration is required. To register or for more information, please call 740-356-7606 or 1-888-227-6446.

SOMC to Honor Nurses During Annual Week of RecognitionPosted on May 2, 2011

There are many reasons that may lead a person to join the nursing profession. Be it a constant yearning to care for others, the memory of a hospital experience with a loved one, or even the hope of changing someone’s life; one thing is certain-being a nurse is more than a job, it’s an integral part of who one is.

Southern Ohio Medical Center and healthcare facilities around the country will honor those professionals who have made an undying commitment to providing exceptional patient care during National Nurses Week May 6-12.

“National Nurses Week is always an important event for our hospital because it gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the individuals who dedicate themselves to bettering the lives of others,” Claudia Burchett, chief nursing officer and vice president of SOMC Patient Services, said.

Burchett explained that National Nurses Week is annually set aside to highlight the many ways that nurses work to improve health care. The recognition, sponsored by the American Nurses Association, is timed to coincide with National Nurses Day, May 6, and the birthday of Florence Nightengale, who is known as the founder of modern nursing. This year’s celebration theme is “Nurses Trusted To Care.”

“The nurses at SOMC play many roles, from staff nurse to educator to nurse practitioner, and they serve with passion for the profession and a strong commitment to excellence,” Burchett said. “But no matter the title, each nurse at our hospital goes above the norm to ensure that our patients and their families are receiving excellent care.”

Julie Hiles, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Pediatrics and the Emergency Department, said that the act of caring is truly what the nursing profession is all about, and is what led her to nursing school almost 20 years ago.

“Though nursing is sort of a tradition in my family, I love being able to care for people and actually make a difference in their lives. Whether I’m there in the best of times or worst of times, I’m with families and patients in their time of healing and that’s what matters most.”

Palliative Care Case Manager Jenni Smathers echoed Hiles’ sentiments, adding that the simple act of caring can leave a lasting impression that ultimately shapes someone’s life.

“I remember when my grandmother was a hospice patient and how well she was treated by the nurses and staff. They wanted to make everything perfect for her and our family, and it was that dedication that made me become a nurse. I love being a caretaker and this career allows me to reach out to so many people. I’ve never considered being anything else.”
Other nurses at SOMC also agreed that their work environment truly allows their devotion to shine, offering an atmosphere that gives each person the ability to do what they love the most.

“At SOMC, nothing is done on an individual level; we’re always working as a team to provide the best outcomes,” Mary Beth Coriell, registered nurse of SOMC Maternity Services, said. “Having that support system behind you is one of the most reassuring feelings and it’s wonderful to work with others who love what they do and are at the top of their game. Our dedication has put us among the top 6 percent of hospitals across the country that have earned Magnet designation and I think that accomplishment speaks for itself.”

“The culture at SOMC is different than anywhere else; everyone here treats one another like family and we’re surrounded by the most encouraging, positive attitudes,” Angie Veach, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Cardiovascular Testing, said. “From our leaders to our front line staff, we’re all supportive of one another and are here with the goal of providing excellent patient care. It’s nice to work among such great people and I thank them, and nurses everywhere, for their outstanding contributions to our profession.”

Free Skin Cancer Screenings, May 10Posted on May 2, 2011

The SOMC Cancer Center will host a free skin cancer screening May 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. Volunteers from the Fight Cancer, Save Lives Cancer Coalition will assist physicians and nurses at the SOMC Cancer Center during the screening.

“Some cancers never cause symptoms or become life threatening. A screening is a proactive way to remain in touch with your health. A screening test may find something that can be treated early with much better outcomes,” Kelly Lawson, clinical manager of Oncology Services at the Cancer Center, said.

Lawson explained that some skin cancers may be related to over exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun.

“Most skin cancers appear after age 50, but the sun’s damaging effects begin at an early age,” Lawson continued. “Exposure to UV rays from sunlight or tanning beds is the most common and easily preventable cause of skin cancer. Therefore, protection should start in early childhood to prevent skin cancer later in life.”

The risk of skin cancer is greatest for people who have fair skin that freckles easily. Frequently these are people with red or blond hair and blue eyes, Lawson added. Anyone who spends a majority of their time, either at work or at home, outdoors, exposed to the sun, should consider a skin cancer screening.

“Where you live can also be a risk,” Lawson said. “People who live in areas where there are high levels of UV radiation from the sun are at greater risk of getting skin cancer.”

The screening is free and appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, please call the Southern Ohio Medical Center Volunteer Office at 740-356-8234. There are a limited number of openings available. The Cancer Center is located at 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth.

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