Yearly Archives: 2011

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.

Healthy Worksite Award

SOMC Heart Unit Provides Warm Hands, Warm Hearts This WinterPosted on January 12, 2011

Warm Hearts

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s Heart Care Unit concluded their annual “Warm Hands, Warm Hearts” donation campaign Jan. 10, 2011. Through the project, the Heart Care Unit collects gloves, hats, scarves and coats from employees, patients and visitors. An overwhelming amount of items were collected this year and will be donated to homeless shelters throughout Scioto County. Sheila Whiteley, third-year family practice resident at SOMC (shown above), capped off this year’s event, donating 36 hand-knitted hats that she made herself. Whiteley said she began the task in early November, spending an estimated four hours creating each cap, for a total of 134 hours.

SOMC Named Healthy WorksitePosted on January 10, 2011

Healthy Worksite Award

Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently recognized by Healthy Ohio and received the Bronze Level Healthy Worksite Award for 2010. This award identifies Ohio employers that demonstrate a commitment to employee health by incorporating comprehensive worksite health promotion and wellness programs. Regina Tipton, wellness specialist at SOMC explained that the award acknowledges efforts of employers in Ohio to facilitate and encourage employee health, enhance productivity and ensure a healthy work environment. A questionnaire, proof of policies and examples of programs used to encourage better health amongst employees are part of the application process. All worksites in Ohio, large and small, for profit and non-profit have the opportunity to apply for the award. “SOMC strives to be the example not just to our employees but for other employers and the community,” Tipton said. “We want to encourage a healthy community resulting in our children and their families living long and happy lives.”

Mended Hearts

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, Jan. 18Posted on January 7, 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., Jan. 18 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.

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