Yearly Archives: 2011

SOMC Held Heart Education Event For 1,200 Area StudentsPosted on February 28, 2011

Love Your Heart

Southern Ohio Medical Center held it’s 11th Annual Love Your Heart event Feb. 22 and 23 at the Friends Community Center. More than 1,200 area kindergarten students attended the fun and interactive heart education day. SOMC employees dressed as the characters from the Wizard Of Oz and taught students how to take care of their hearts through healthy eating, exercise and five other hands-on stations. Dorothy, the Scarecrow and Tin Man are shown performing the opening skit.


Rally With SOMC To Knock Diabetes Out Of The ParkPosted on February 25, 2011


Southern Ohio Medical Center invites the community to rally together in an effort to knock diabetes out of the park during a free health screening event from 2 to 6:30 p.m. March 7 at the Friends Community Center, 1202 18th St. in Portsmouth. “Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in Scioto County, with more than 30 percent of our population battling the disease,” Jill Preston, manager of SOMC Workforce Development, said. “Nationally these numbers are even higher—but these statistics could significantly decrease if people took the time to learn about diabetes, the proper ways to manage it and the ways it can be prevented.” Screenings for the baseball-themed event will begin at 2 p.m. and will include total cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference, A1C and a diabetes risk analysis. Additional health information about diabetes will be available and a special Nintendo Wii Home Run Derby will also take place at 3 p.m. “This event will be a fun way to bring attention to an important issue and we strongly encourage anyone who thinks they may be at risk, or are interested in learning more about the disease, to join us for an exciting evening,” Preston added. Pre-registration for the screenings is required. For more information or to schedule your appointment, please call 740-356-8605.

Prostate Cancer

ACS Offers Prostate Cancer Support GroupPosted on February 22, 2011

Man to Man® is an American Cancer Society support program for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. The support group will meet at 5 p.m. March 1 at the SOMC Cancer Center located at 1121 Kinneys Lane in Portsmouth. The group invites guest speakers and meets on the first Tuesday of every month. For more information or to register please call the ACS Cancer Resource Center at 740-356-7606 or 1-888-227-6446.

SOMC Hospice Offers Grief Scrapbooking WorkshopPosted on February 18, 2011

Southern Ohio Medical Center Hospice Services will offer a “Making Memories Scrapbooking” workshop to help those grieving the loss of a loved one. The group will meet from 5 to 7 p.m. on March 1, March 8 and March 15 in the Gibson building conference room, located on SOMC’s East Campus, 2201 25th St. in Portsmouth. “This workshop is designed to help make a living memorial and keep the cherished loved one’s memories alive,” Susan Goins, bereavement coordinator for SOMC Hospice Services, said. Participants are asked to bring 3×5 and 4×6 pictures and small mementos to put in their books. SOMC Hospice will provide small scrapbooks and the supplies. The workshop is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is necessary. For more information and to register, please call Susan at 740-356-2676.

Knit For Hope

SOMC Offers Free Screenings in WaverlyPosted on February 17, 2011


Southern Ohio Medical Center will have free screenings available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Pike County YMCA, located at 400 Pride Dr. in Waverly. “Many people are at risk for diseases such as stroke and heart disease but experience no symptoms,” Ashley Salyers, RN, educator for SOMC Workforce and Community Health Services, said. “Health screenings are important for early detection of such diseases and can prevent major consequences down the road.” The screenings include blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, body fat and body mass index. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call 740-356-2720.

Jack Smathers

SOMC Offers Stroke Support GroupPosted on February 17, 2011

Stroke Support

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. February 23 in the Rehab Care Unit Conference Room, located on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth. The SOMC pharmacy department will be the key speakers for the event and will present education on medication management 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 to Host Knit for HopePosted on February 17, 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, February 22 at the SOMC Friends Community Center, 1202 18th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio. 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.

Stroke Support

SOMC Names New Administrative Director of Nutrition ServicesPosted on February 17, 2011


Jack Smathers

Jack Smathers has been named Administrative Director of Nutrition Services at Southern Ohio Medical Center. Smathers joined SOMC in 2007 and most recently served as the Manager of Nutrition Services. He has more than 30 years of food industry experience. In his new role, Smathers will oversee nutrition services, Seasonal Selections Room Service and the SOMC Seasons Dining Room. Jack and his family currently reside in Waverly, Ohio.

SOMC Held Laugh With Heart EventPosted on February 16, 2011


Laugh With Heart

Southern Ohio Medical Center held its 6th Annual Heart Event, titled “Laugh With Heart” on Feb. 15 at the Friends Community Center. More than 200 people pre-registered for free cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, body mass index, waist circumference and heart risk analysis screenings. Participants were greeted with goodie bags, balloon art, various education booths and a live comedian. Laughing for 15 minutes a day can reduce stress, pain and conflict, resulting in improved heart health.Shown above is Loretta Colegrove (right) receiving health counseling from Kathy McCullough, RN from SOMC Cardiac Testing and Kurtis Underwood, Shawnee State University nursing student (left).


Minford Students Donate “Sew Alice!” Quilt to SOMC PediatricsPosted on February 15, 2011



Students of Lori Rolfe’s eighth-grade class at Minford Middle School recently created and donated a “Sew Alice!” themed-quilt to the Pediatrics Department at Southern Ohio Medical Center. The quilt was made during a three-week artist-in-residency program with Fabric Artist Kate Gorman, who helped the students handcraft the design based on Lewis Carroll’s story, “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland.”

The quilt will be displayed in the Pediatric Unit and is intended to brighten the day of all young patients during their hospital stay. Pictured at the presentation are Julie Hiles, RN, BSN, assistant nurse manager of SOMC Pediatrics and the Emergency Department; Jason Ross, RN, BSN, nurse manager of SOMC Pediatrics and the Emergency Department; and Sharee Price, talented and gifted supervisor of the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center.


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