Yearly Archives: 2011

Tucker Welcomed At SOMCPosted on July 21, 2011

Keith Tucker, D.O., a physician specializing in Emergency Medicine, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. Dr. Tucker received his medical degree from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. He completed an internship at Southern Ohio Medical Center and a residency in Emergency Medicine at Synergy Medical Education Alliance in Saginaw, Mich. Dr. Tucker is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Tucker can be reached by calling the SOMC Emergency Department at 740-356-8240.

SOMC Offers Stroke Support Group, July 27Posted on July 20, 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. July 27 in the Rehab Care Unit Conference Room, located on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth. Marie Schmidt and Angela Clay from the Area Agency on Aging District 7 are the key speakers for the evening and they will present education on community services and caregiver support after 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 Breaks Ground For New Waverly Urgent Care CenterPosted on July 20, 2011

Southern Ohio Medical Center held a groundbreaking ceremony July 19 for the new SOMC Waverly Urgent Care and Specialty Center. D.K.M. Construction of Pike County broke ground on the 16,000-square-foot project July 6 and it’s slated for completion in 2012, weather permitting. The facility will provide urgent care 365 days a year and will also offer a variety of rotating specialty services. Shown at the ground breaking ceremony is (from left) Steve Conley, SOMC board member; Gary Duzan, SOMC board member; David Fowler, SOMC board member; Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC; Elvis Walters, RN, nurse manager of the SOMC Waverly Urgent Care and Specialty Services Center; Dale Reed, mayor of Waverly; Dennis K. Martin, owner of D.K.M. Construction, Inc. and general contractor; Mark Dye, architect from URS Corporation.

SOMC Helps Man Walk AgainPosted on July 20, 2011

Physical Therapy Assistant Lisa Davis (left) and Exercise Physiologist Brad Zieber (right) help Kody Kennard work on strengthening his muscles to once again walk independently following a motorcycle accident last September, which left him paralyzed. Kody Kennard was just like any other 21-year-old free-spirited young man, enjoying life, friends and his freedom. On September 9, 2010 Kennard was on his way to work at the power plant when a drunk driver backed out of a driveway and hit him. He was driving almost 60 miles per hour on his motorcycle.The accident broke Kennard’s spinal cord, right arm, right collarbone and every rib on the right side of his body. A broken rib on his left side even punctured his lung. “I was in a coma for eight days and when I woke up, the doctor said I would never walk again,” Kennard said. “It was devastating, but I told them they were wrong.” After three months in the hospital, Kennard left in a wheelchair—as well as with a plate in his right arm, another in the right side of his collarbone, plus two rods and 10 bolts in his back. But through months of physical therapy at the SOMC Life Center, the support of loved ones, and sheer determination, he is now able to walk for short distances with the help of leg braces and a walker. “When I got home I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t take showers by myself or get into my wheelchair. I had to have assistance with everything,” he said. “But I was stubborn and determined to not just sit at home—I wanted to walk again.” Kennard began training with Brad Zieber, exercise physiologist and certified personal trainer at the Portsmouth LIFE Center, who added strength workouts little by little in an effort to rebuild Kennard’s muscles and re-teach him how to move. “I told him we had to treat these weaknesses like those of a baby, learning everything from scratch,” Zieber said. “When Kody first came in he couldn’t even sit on a bench by himself; we had to break everything down into very simple, functional movements. Now, amazingly, we’re working on walking.” Physical therapist, Lisa Davis also works with Kody on a regular basis. She said, “He has been a remarkable person to work with. He is so determined and eager to improve. I do what I do for a reason and Kody is one of them. I get to see his recovery and know that I helped him.” Kennard said he owes much of his success to the support of people like Zieber, Davis and his mother and girlfriend. “After I got my leg braces, I started coming to the LIFE Center three days a week. I’m walking 500 feet at a time now with a walker—more than they told me I’d ever do,” Kennard said. “I’ve really had a lot of people helping, pushing me. That’s played a big part.” “The first day he came in I asked, ‘What do you want out of this?’” Zieber said. “He said his goals were to get stronger, be independent, walk and drive again. And as hard as he’s working and progressing, I don’t see that as out of range. What he’s accomplished is beyond what anyone would expect.” By this time next year, Kennard hopes he won’t need the wheelchair at all. “The first thing everybody thinks is that their life’s over. And the first thing I’d tell them is that it’s not,” Kennard said. “It’s different, but it’s not over. Anything in life worth having is never going to be easy or free. If you fail 100 times and succeed once, that once is worth that 100 tries—and 100 more.

SOMC Honored Local Pre-Med StudentsPosted on July 19, 2011

Southern Ohio Medical Center held a Pre-Med Dinner and Awards Ceremony June 30 at the SOMC Friends Community Center. Local students enrolled in medical school for the fall of 2011 and those applying to medical school in 2012 were invited to attend the special dinner. SOMC presented students with a Stedman’s Medical Dictionary. Shown above at the Pre-Med Celebration is (back row, from left) Caleb Thiel, attending Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine; Jacob Hamm, attending Marshal University; Stephen Snodgrass, attending Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; (front row, from left) Chelsea Anderson, attending Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Herbie Otworth, attending Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Courtney Speck, attending Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Martings Foundation Presents Grant to SOMCPosted on July 15, 2011

The Martings Foundation recently awarded a grant to Southern Ohio Medical Center for the annual Love Your Heart program. Love Your Heart is one of the most successful health education programs for kindergarten-aged children in the Scioto County area. Area schools attend the event that is presented by SOMC staff and volunteers. Pictured at the check donation, from left to right, are Korina Eichenlaub, RN; Julia Wisniewski, Martings Foundation member; Amy Fraulini, Director of SOMC Heart and Critical Care Services; Teresa Barnett, RN and Tony Smith, RN.

SOMC Offers Breast Cancer Support GroupPosted on July 13, 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. July 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.

SOMC to Offer Heart Support Program, July 19Posted on July 12, 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., July 19 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.

34th Annual Run for Your LifePosted on July 8, 2011

Local runners and community members are invited to compete in Southern Ohio Medical Center’s 34th annual Run For Your LIFE competition. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 3 at the SOMC Life Center, 1202 18th St., Portsmouth. Entrants may choose to participate in either a 5K or 10K event. Registration and packet pick-up will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2 and 7 to 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 with all events beginning at 8 a.m. In addition to the 5K and 10K races, the Life Center will also host the 2nd annual Pump and Run event. A Runner’s race time is based on how many times he or she can bench press a percentage of their body weight with 30 seconds per repetition deducted from final 5K time. Time deductions will be taken for a maximum of 30 repetitions. Registration for the Pump and Run will begin at 6:30 a.m. and is limited to 100 participants. This year’s route will take runners through the shady, tree-lined residential area that includes Kinney’s Lane, Grandview and Thomas avenues, Dorman, Sheridan and Orchard drives, Coles Boulevard, Shawnee and Micklethwaite roads and Greenlawn Cemetery. Awards will be presented immediately after the race to the top three finishers of each age division of the 5K and 10K. Awards also will be given to each male and female with the fastest times; however, male and female recipients will not receive duplicate awards. All participants are eligible for door prizes. Cost of the race is $15 per person before Sept. 3 or $20 the day of the event. T-shirts will be given to the first 300 participants who register. For more information, please contact Jim Kolar at 740-356-7566 or send an e-mail request to See Run Results

Barnes Welcomed At SOMCPosted on July 8, 2011

Brett Barnes, M.D., a physician specializing in orthopaedics and sports medicine, has been welcomed to the medical staff of Southern Ohio Medical Center. He is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery-Sports Medicine. Dr. Barnes received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed a residency at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. and a fellowship at the University of Washington-Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. Dr. Barnes is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Barnes begins July 18 and will join Dr. Marchyn at the SOMC Orthopaedic Associates located at 1735 27th St., Waller Building, Suite 308 in Portsmouth. To schedule an appointment, call 740-356-1709.

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