Monthly Archives: July 2014

SOMC offering dementia in-servicePosted on July 26, 2014

Southern Ohio Medical Center is offering a way to help community members learn more about dementia with a free in-service called Improving Communications with Dementia Patients.

Melissa Dever from the Alzheimer’s Association will be presenting at the in-service on August 19 at 1:00pm in the East Campus downstairs conference room at the Gibson Building. 1 free CEU will be given for nursing and social work at this event.

“We encourage the public to attend the in-service to improve relationships with dementia patients through communication,” Erica Kegley, SOMC’s Community Education Manager, said.

The in-service will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Boilermakers Local 105 Donates $7,000 to SOMC HospicePosted on July 24, 2014

Officers of Boilermakers Local 105 recently presented a check for $7,000 to members of SOMC Hospice. The funds were raised as part of the Boilermakers Local 105 Charity Golf Outing held June 28, and will benefit patients and families who utilize Hospice services in the community. Pictured at the presentation are Teresa Ruby, director of SOMC Hospice; Scott Hammond, business manager and financial secretary of Boilermakers Local 105; Sheila Riggs, claims and information systems coordinator of SOMC Hospice; and Kenny Sturgill, president of Boilermakers Local 105.

SOMC improving lives through corporate wellnessPosted on July 21, 2014

Corporate wellness is a way that employers can help both employees and their families improve their overall health.

Corporate wellness is designed to promote and support healthy behavior in the workplace and home. The corporate wellness programs promote activities in the workplace such as allowing flex time for exercise, providing on-site kitchen and eating areas and offering incentives for participation and more.

The SOMC Healthy Partners corporate program also focuses on healthy habits such as increasing activity, managing chronic conditions, eating healthy and managing emotional health. To help maintain these healthier life choices, SOMC has a dedicated Wellness Specialist that will support and consult employees with their goals.

To test overall health, a corporate wellness program may offer a Health Risk Assessment, lab testings and biometric measurements.

Corporate wellness improves the workplace by making it a more inviting and relaxing environment for the employees. Whether it’s keeping fresh fruit in the cafeteria or installing bike racks, a successful wellness program inspires individuals to make life-altering changes to become healthier.

Through the Community Health and Wellness department, SOMC offers a corporate wellness package to businesses in the community. SOMC partners with employers to help develop, implement and sustain a wellness program that provides a multitude of services such as health screenings, on-site exercise classes, educational offerings and guest lecturers.

For more information about SOMC’s Corporate Wellness program, contact Wendi Waugh at 740-356-7557.

Scarpinato donates $13,000 to Breast Cancer Compassion FundPosted on July 19, 2014

Dr. Vincent Scarpinato has spent his career caring for breast cancer patients at Southern Ohio Medical Center. He recently took that commitment even one step further by turning his wedding into an opportunity to raise additional funds for the Breast Cancer Compassion Fund.

By asking friends to make contributions in lieu of gifts, Dr. Scarpinato and Mr. Eric Armstrong were able to donate more than $13,000 to the fund, which supports breast cancer patients by helping cover common necessities such as utilities, medication and transportation.

“The Breast Cancer Compassion Fund is very important to our patients, and it means a lot to me personally,” Dr. Scarpinato said. “I was thrilled to be able to raise this much money for the cause.”

In addition to supporting the Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, Dr. Scarpinato is also a member of the SOMC Development Foundation. The Development Foundation encompasses fundraising efforts for a wide variety of SOMC causes, including Hospice, Heart and Vascular, Pediatrics, Community Health and Wellness, The Endowment Fund and other areas of need.

To find out how you can support the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund, call 740-356-7490. For more information about the SOMC Development Foundation, call 740-356-2506.

SOMC announces annual Tri for your LIFE triathlonPosted on July 17, 2014

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host its annual Tri for your LIFE sprint triathlon this August.

This year’s Kids Tri for your LIFE is scheduled for Saturday, August 9. Start time for children between the ages of 11 and 14 is at 9:00am, while children between 7 and 10 will begin at 9:45am.

Prior to the competitive Kids Tri, there will be a Little Bear Run.  Children of all ages are encouraged to come out and run a non-competitive 50 yard dash.  As they cross the finish line, all youth will receive a medal.

The Kids Tri will begin in the Shawnee State University pool, and then transition to a bike ride along the floodwall and finishing with a run through the college campus.

“The Kids Tri for your LIFE gives our youth a chance to experience a variety of healthy activities,” Wendi Waugh, director of Community Health and Wellness said. “Whether you enjoy running, biking or swimming, there’s something for everyone.”

Start time for the adults’ Tri for your LIFE will be 8am on Sunday, August 10. The event will begin with a 200 meter swim in the SOMC LIFE Center pool, a 10 mile bike course and a 5k run through the city of Portsmouth.

“Tri for your LIFE is a great opportunity for athletes of all ages to improve their health and experience the community in a new way,” Waugh said.

Both triathlons can be ran individually or by relay. A duathlon (run, bike, run) is also an option.

Registration for the kids’ triathlon is $25 through July 15 and $35 between July 16 and August 7. Relay registration is $35 through July 15 and $45 between July 16 and August 7.

Registration for the adults’ triathlon is $45 through July 15 and $55 between July 16 and August 7. Relay registration is $55 through July 15 and $65 between July 16 and August 7.

Online registration closes August 7 at 11:59pm and there is no race day registration. For more information or to register, visit

Waverly Urgent Care again named Top Performer by PRCPosted on July 15, 2014

For the second year in a row, the Waverly Urgent Care and Specialty Center of Southern Ohio Medical Center has been presented with the Top Performer Award by Professional Research Consultants, Inc. for achieving the highest scoring overall quality of care survey results in the PRC 2013 National Patient Database.

The Top Performer Award is annually given to each healthcare facility, healthcare provider, outpatient service line, and inpatient unit that scores at or above the 100th percentile for overall quality of care. The Waverly Urgent Care scored the highest of 125 urgent care centers across the country, and has scored at or near 100 percent for overall quality of care since its opening in June 2012.

The center was also recognized with a 5-Star Award for scoring in the top 10 percent of PRC’s national client database for the prior calendar year.

“Our team is very proud to serve Pike County and the patients of this community,” Elvis Walters, nurse manager of the SOMC Waverly Urgent Care and Specialty Center, said. “We look forward to continuing our commitment to service and quality excellence.”

Pictured at the award presentation are SOMC Waverly Urgent Care and Specialty Center employees (left to right) Teresa Wright-Hiles, Judy Chandler, Amy Shepherd, Stacey Paugh, Elvis Walters, and Andrea Tackett.

How to beat the summer heatPosted on July 13, 2014

Heat can be a dangerous factor in everyday life, especially in the summer. Heat can lead to sunburn, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. However, you can help yourself and others by following simple safety rules.

Only two hours a day in an air-conditioned space can significantly reduce the risk of heat-related illness. Remember to stay indoors and avoid strenuous activities such as running, biking and lawn care work when the temperatures rise. Early mornings and late evenings are the best time to participate in such activities.

Clothing is important to stay cool during a summer day. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothes to help maintain normal body temperature. To avoid too much sunlight, which can lead to sunburn, wear a wide-brimmed hat and use sunscreen with a high SPF.

Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Allow your pets to have access to shade and a bowl of water to help them stay cool.

Remember to always think of others when handling the heat. Never leave a child or a pet in a closed vehicle. Temperatures inside a closed vehicle can reach up to 190 degrees within 30 minutes on a hot day.

Keeping lights turned down or off and limiting the use of an oven can help the environment on a sunny day, as well.

Learn the symptoms and first aid of heat disorders with the information below:

  •  The symptoms of Sunburn include skin redness and pain, possible swelling, blisters, fever and headaches. Take a shower, using soap, to remove oils that may block pores preventing the body from cooling naturally. If blisters occur, apply dry, sterile dressings and get medical attention.
  •  Heat Cramps can cause heavy sweating and are painful spasms usually in the leg and abdominal muscles. Firm pressure on cramping muscles or a gentle massage will relieve spasms. Give the victim sips of water and if nausea occurs, discontinue.
  •  Heat Exhaustion causes heavy sweating, weakness and cold, pale and clammy skin. There could be a weak pulse, fainting or vomiting. However, normal temperature is possible. Get victim to lie down in a cool place and loosen clothing. Apply cool, wet cloths and fan or move victim to an air-conditioned place. Give sips of water and if nausea occurs, discontinue. If vomiting occurs, seek immediate medical attention.
  •  Heat Stroke (Sun Stroke) causes high body temperature (106+); hot, dry skin; rapid, strong pulse; and possible unconsciousness. The victim will likely not sweat. Heat stroke is a severe medical emergency. Delay can be fatal, therefore, call 911 or get the victim to a hospital immediately. Move the victim to a cooler environment, such as a cool bath to reduce body temperature. Remove clothing and use fans and/or air conditioners. Do not give fluids to the victim. Use extreme caution.

Cook up some safety this summerPosted on July 11, 2014

In the summer, it is important to practice safe food handling when preparing foods such as poultry, meat, seafood, egg and other perishable items. Although the warmer weather is perfect for enjoying a meal outdoors, it can also provide an environment for bacteria and cause illness. Follow these suggestions to reduce the risk of foodborne illness this summer.

Always wash your hands before and after handling food. You can also use disposable wipes or biodegradable soap for hand and dishwashing.

When grilling food, preheat the coals on your grill for 20 to 30 minutes and use a food thermometer to ensure that the food reaches a safe internal temperature. Hamburgers should be cooked to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Roasts and steaks may be cooked to 145 degrees for medium rare or 160 degrees for medium. Poultry must reach a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas, fish should be opaque and flake easily. When taking food off the grill, do not put cooked food items back on the same plate that held the raw food, unless it has been washed.

Cold food, such as luncheon meats or potato salad, should always be kept cold in an insulated cooler packed with ice. The cooler should also be out of direct sun and in the shade whenever possible. If you are unable to bring a cooler, pack only foods that are safe without refrigeration, such as fruits, vegetables or peanut butter.

You will need to stay hydrated during the warm weather, thus always remember to bring bottled water. Otherwise, boil water or use water purification tablets to avoid bacteria.

Cedar Street Church donates to SOMC HospicePosted on July 9, 2014

New Boston’s Cedar Street Church recently donated more than $300 to SOMC Hospice after raising the funds through a “penny war” at Vacation Bible School. The competition pitted the boys and girls of the church against one another with each side attempting to bring in the most pennies for the cause. The girls raised more pennies and all funds raised went to providing for the hospital’s hospice patients. Pictured here are Robin Malone of Cedar Street Church alongside her daughter and Susan Goins of SOMC Hospice.

Dive into water safetyPosted on July 7, 2014

Water activities can be a great way to escape the heat, but safety is also important. Following simple rules for the water can allow you and your family to have a fun and safe summer.

Teaching children the fundamentals of swimming allows them to acquire the skills and knowledge of water safety. Therefore, enroll your family in age-appropriate swim lessons, such as Red Cross water orientation or learn-to-swim courses.

Establish rules for your family. At public pools, children should always swim with others and check if there is a lifeguard on duty. They should also ask permission to go near water and wear life jackets to stay safe. Life jackets are especially important to wear while on a boat.

If you own a pool, ensure that barriers enclose the entire pool area with gates that can prevent a young child from entering the pool unattended. Remove access ladders when the above-ground pool is not in use. Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water—seconds count in preventing death or disability.

If you own a home pool or hot tub, have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.

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