Monthly Archives: September 2012

Sammons receives honor from AHAPosted on September 30, 2012

Leeann Sammons, vice president of Safety/Risk Management and Insurance at Southern Ohio Medical Center, was recently named a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) by the American Hospital Association (AHA).

“It means a lot to me to receive this honor, both personally and professionally,” Sammons said. “We hold ourselves to a high standard at SOMC, and it’s always rewarding to see that dedication recognized by an organization like the American Hospital Association.”

To earn the CPHRM, Sammons had to satisfy eligibility requirements that incorporate a blend of professional experience and education, agree to adhere to the AHA Professional Standards of Conduct and pass the CPHRM Certification Examination.

The CPHRM Examination assesses knowledge required of a competent healthcare risk manager in the areas of Loss Prevention/Reduction; Claims Management; Risk Financing; Regulatory/Accreditation Compliance; Operations; and Bioethics. Additionally, Sammons had to demonstrate continued professional development and commitment to her profession.

The American Hospital Association is a national organization that represents and serves various hospitals and health care networks, as well as their patients and communities. Founded in 1898, it is now comprised of nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks or other providers. The AHA has 40,000 individual members.

Service Guild donates to production of The World Goes ‘RoundPosted on September 28, 2012

The Service Guild, part of the Friends of SOMC, is seen presenting Dr. Vincent Scarpinato with a $5,000 donation to support the musical, ‘The World Goes Round.’ Proceeds from The World Goes Round go towards the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund. The show will be performed at Portsmouth Little Theatre on October 12 and 13th. Shows begin at 7:30pm both nights.

General admission tickets are available for purchase at Hatti Beasley’s, Market Street Café and the Port City Café and Pub in Portsmouth. Tickets are $25 each.


SOMC to offer valet parking at main campusPosted on September 27, 2012

Southern Ohio Medical Center will begin offering valet parking services on the hospital’s Main Campus Oct. 1.

“Patients and their family members will be able to pull up to the main entrance canopy, exit their car at the front door, leave their keys and get a ticket stub from the valet attendant who will park their car for them in a dedicated, protected area,” Craig Gilliland, director of SOMC Financial Services and Business Development, explained.

“When the patient is ready to leave the hospital, they can call ahead or return their ticket stub to the attendant, who will retrieve the vehicle and bring it to the front door.”

Valet services will be available from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the hospital front entrance only. The service is free of charge, though donations will be accepted.

“As we continue developing our patient-care services, we understand that we must also provide improved and convenient accessibility to our expanding facilities,” Gilliland said. “We’re always looking for ways to enhance the patient-care experience at SOMC, and we believe that adding valet parking will greatly assist our patients and guests during those times when finding close, convenient parking can be a challenge.”

Gilliland said that valet services are just part of the parking changes set to take place on the SOMC Main Campus, with the addition of extra patient and employee parking scheduled for the coming year.

“Providing easy access to our facilities is one of our top priorities,” Gilliland added. “Valet services will be another improvement in our processes as we continue growing to meet the healthcare needs of the communities we serve.”

SOMC recognized for excellent care by The Joint CommissionPosted on September 26, 2012

Southern Ohio Medical Center was one of just 620 hospitals nationwide to be named as one of the Joint Commission’s “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.” SOMC was the only hospital in the tri-state region to earn the distinction.

SOMC was recognized for offering excellent care for treating heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia as well as surgical care. The designation is based on aggregation of accountability measure data reported to The Joint Commission during the previous calendar year.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized for providing our patients with excellent care in so many areas,” Claudia Burchett, vice president of Patient Services, said. “We strive to provide the area with the best healthcare possible, and it’s encouraging that the Joint Commission recognizes that we’re doing just that.”

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Only the top 18 percent were honored as “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures.”

“Every patient that walks through our doors deserves excellent care,” Valerie DeCamp, director of nursing at SOMC, said. “That is something they expect to receive from SOMC, and everyone here works hard to make sure it is delivered.”

Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. For the full list of hospitals recognized by the Joint Commission, visit

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SOMC offering informational Men’s Health Symposium at Cancer CenterPosted on September 25, 2012

Southern Ohio Medical Center is offering a free Men’s Health Symposium at the SOMC Cancer Center on October 3. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 pm with the event beginning at 6:00 pm.

The symposium will include presentations from SOMC’s Dr. Chris Schmidt, Dr. Charles Wong, Dr. Jesse Houghton and Dr. Johnny Ray Bernard, Jr.. Topics will include a general overview of prevention tips and techniques for prostate and colon cancer as well as warning signs to report and screening tests that are recommended.  There will also be a question and answer period.

“The Men’s Health Symposium is an excellent opportunity for men in our community to learn what they can do to keep themselves healthy and get valuable feedback from local physicians who manage these illnesses and screening activities,” Wendi Waugh, director of the SOMC Cancer Center, said.

In addition to promoting good health, participants will also have the opportunity to win a television. There are also perks offered for women who attend.  It is important that everyone understands how to take control of health issues.

“We will be offering free massages for women who choose to accompany their husbands or significant others to the symposium,” Waugh said. “They’ll have the opportunity to relax while the men attend the symposium.”

Relaxation is another important key to good health, as lowering stress levels help lower blood pressure and encourage healthier moods and appetites.

The symposium is being held in place of offering PSA-based screenings because the U.S. Preventative Taskforce recommends against PSA-based screening for prostate cancer without conversation and evaluation with your physician.

For more information, please call the SOMC Cancer Center at 740-356-7490.

SOMC musical to support breast cancer fundPosted on September 24, 2012

Theatre enthusiasts will soon have the opportunity to enjoy some of their favorite Broadway tunes while also supporting local breast cancer patients.

Southern Ohio Medical Center, in association with the Portsmouth Little Theatre, the SOMC Service Guild and MIX 99.3, will present ‘The World Goes Round’ at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13 at the Portsmouth Little Theatre. All proceeds earned will go towards the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund.

The World Goes Round is a collection of songs from Kander and Ebb, the songwriting duo behind classic shows such as Chicago, Cabaret and New York, New York.

The show is being produced and directed by SOMC’s Dr. Vincent Scarpinato. Saturday night’s performance will also feature special guest Faith Esham.

“The World Goes ‘Round will allow audiences to see great local talents performing some of their favorite songs, but it also supports a great cause in the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund,” Dr. Scarpinato said. “The fund helps breast cancer patients cover the costs of basic necessities. It can help pay for utilities, medications, transportation or whatever else the patient may need.”

General admission tickets are $25 each and are currently on sale at Hatti Beasley’s, Market Street Café and the Port City Café and Pub. For more information about the show, or about special VIP ticket packages, please call Glenda Cordle at 740-356-2552.

First Annual Scioto County Gym Challenge to take place in OctoberPosted on September 19, 2012

The first annual Scioto County Gym Challenge will take place on October 13 at Spartan Stadium in Portsmouth. The event allows teams of four men or four women from area gyms to compete in four scored events.

“The Gym Challenge was born out of the Scioto County Health Coalition,” Wendi Waugh, director of SOMC Community Health and Wellness, said. “It’s the first collaboration of area fitness facilities to work together to provide an event like this.”

The events of the Gym Challenge are The Swings/Burpee Ladder; the Maximum Deadlift; The Push, Push, Carry Relay; and the Cone Drill/Sprint.

“The original goal of the Scioto County Gym Challenge was to make fitness more visible and to say that we’re all partners in helping to make our community healthier,” Waugh said.

Registration must be completed by October 1 and the registration cost is $50 for each four-person team.

A traveling trophy will be awarded to the first-place male team and the first-place female team. The trophy will be displayed as the winner’s gym until the next annual gym challenge. Medals will also be distributed for all members of first, second and third place teams and all participants will receive a t-shirt.  In addition, first place medals will be awarded for the team that wins each one of the events.

The Scioto County Gym Challenge is a collaborative effort of the SOMC LIFE Center, the Portsmouth Spartan Kettlebell Club, Preferred Fitness, Shawnee State University and FighterZ Wanted.

For more information on the Scioto County Gym Challenge or to register, call the SOMC Life Center at 740-356-7650.

SOMC donates 89 helmets to local football programsPosted on September 18, 2012

Building a football program from the ground up is no easy task, but Eastern Local Schools recently received a boost in their effort to do just that: A donation of 40 helmets, courtesy of Southern Ohio Medical Center.

From left to right, Pee Wee coach Eric Horton, Athletic Trainer Nate Franky, Exercise Physiologist Brad Zieber and Eastern Superintendent Neil Leist.

“This is only the second year that we’ve offered football to our kids. To get through our first season, we had to borrow helmets from other schools,” Eastern Superintendent Neil Leist said. “Thanks to SOMC’s donation, we won’t have to borrow things to get our kids through next year.”

In addition to providing 40 helmets for Eastern’s Pee Wee and Jr. High football teams, SOMC also donated helmets to programs at East, Notre Dame, Minford and Northwest.

In all, 89 helmets were distributed. SOMC obtained the helmets from St. Brigid of Kildare Schools in Dublin.

Not only do the donations make it possible for local kids to emulate their idols from collegiate and professional football, it also lifts a tremendous financial burden off of the schools. New Pee Wee football helmets can cost around $130 each.

Brian Muck and Brad Zieber

Brian Muck, who is with Minford’s Jr. High football program, said the donation was especially helpful for his team because it will help replace helmets that need to be retired from service.

“Each year we send the helmets to have them reconditioned,” Muck said. “They’re only good for so many years before they have to be thrown away.”

In addition to donating equipment to local schools, SOMC also supports local athletes through the SOMC Sports Motion program.

Sports Motion is a sports medicine program that provides a scientific approach to the full continuum of care from injury prevention and performance improvement to treating injuries and rehabilitation. To learn more about SOMC Sports Motion, call 740-356-7438.

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