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SOMC Maternity Celebrates First Baby Born in 2020

SOMC would like to welcome the first baby born in our Maternity department in 2020! Cherokee RiverLee Merriman was born on Jan. 1, 2020 at 2:27 p.m. weighing 5 pounds, 4 ounces and 18.5 inches long. Sharon and James Merriman are the proud parents of Cherokee.

Congratulations to the family!

LIFE Center to Host 2020 Fitness Rally

On Tuesday, January 7, the Portsmouth LIFE Center will host the 2020 Fitness Rally!

The event is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. free and open to the public to all ages 14 and over. Join the team for a one-day special event. The rally will include:
>> Group X sampling demos every 15 minutes
>> Facility tours
>> 5-minute massages
>> SECA Demos – Body fat and body analysis
>> Protein drink and bar samples
>> WNXT 99.3 FM live remote with Steve Hayes
>> Door prizes and specials
>> Goal setting and meal planning

The SOMC LIFE Center is excited to share the new programming coming to the LIFE Center in the new year. This is your chance to start your new year’s resolution and get moving to a healthier you!

Donate Blood for the American Red Cross

SOMC and the American Red Cross will partner to host a blood drive open to hospital employees and the community from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6 in Room 4 of the Micklethwaite Building on the Main Campus.

January is National Blood Donor Awareness Month. Therefore, they will be serving food for donors to celebrate the special month.

All participants and blood types are welcome and encouraged to donate. Donors must also bring a photo ID with their first and last name or their donor card.

All presenting donors will be entered into a drawing to win a free duffle bag full of goodies from the American Red Cross.

To schedule your appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 0r visit (enter SOMC). You can also call Bev Meadows at ext. 8670 or Kayla Groh at ext. 8223

SOMC Gives Back Through Coat Drive

This holiday season, many generous donors, including SOMC departments, employees and community members, gave back to students around the area through the SOMC Development Foundation’s Coat Drive.

Through this generosity, a total of 13 schools received donations. Over 1,000 coats were donated and hundreds of gloves, hats and socks were given to students.

One generous donor, Rebecca Milnes, who is originally from the area but now resides in California, donated a total of $30,000 towards this project!

The SOMC Development Foundation is humbled by the kindness of all who helped make this drive possible!

SOMC Cancer Center designated a Care Continuum Center of Excellence for Lung Cancer

The SOMC Cancer Center has received designation as a Care Continuum Center of Excellence by theGO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer (GO2 Foundation).

The designation recognizes commitment to improving outcomes for those diagnosed with lung cancer by providing patient-focused and coordinated multidisciplinary care. GO2 Foundation has formed the Care Continuum Centers of Excellence program to enable patient access to standard of care lung cancer screening, early detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship in their local community.

 “We are proud and honored to be working with SOMC as a GO2 Foundation Care Continuum Center of Excellence. Their commitment will help save lives and improve long-term survivorship by giving patients access to high-quality, multidisciplinary care closer to home. They are the example to follow,” says Laurie Fenton Ambrose, Co-Founder, President and CEO of GO2 Foundation.

The Care Continuum Centers of Excellence (CCCOE) program recognizes community hospitals that meet rigorous qualifying criteria that demonstrate collaborative leadership across the lung cancer care continuum.   Meeting the CCCOE criteria puts member hospitals on par with leading academic and research institutions and provides patients with access to the latest innovations not typically found in community hospitals.  The CCCOE approach results in patients receiving compassionate and timely care, as well as treatment options that improve survivorship.

“We are passionate about the care we provide at the SOMC Cancer Center, so it’s rewarding to be recognized in this way,” Wendi Waugh, director of SOMC Cancer Services, said. “Patient outcomes are at the center of everything we do, and we’re very proud of what we have been able to accomplish.”

SOMC Earns “A” Safety Score from Leapfrog Group

We are proud to announce Southern Ohio Medical Center recently received a Hospital Safety Score of “A,” based on information obtained by The Leapfrog Group.

The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is the gold standard for comparing hospitals’ performance on national standards, and assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grades to more than 2,600 hospitals in the United States.

“We are very pleased to have earned an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Score,” Christy Timberlake, administrative director of SOMC Safety Services, said. “Ensuring our patient’s safety is a priority for all of us at SOMC. It is rewarding to see our efforts recognized by such a highly respected organization.” 

In addition to earning a Hospital Safety Score of “A,” SOMC also received scores that surpassed state and national averages in quality measures, including those for surgery and medication safety, readmissions, patient falls and more. SOMC was also the only hospital in the region to receive an “A” rating from The Leapfrog Group.

To see The Leapfrog Group’s report, please copy and paste the following link:

Winter Wonderland Polar Express Pajama Party

Wear your pajamas and enjoy an evening of food, activities and the classic holiday film during SOMC’s annual Polar Express Pajama Party from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov.19. The night will feature games, a train, face painters, Christmas Zumba and Santa will be on hand to pose for pictures—so bring your camera!

Cost of admission is $8 per child (all activities included) and free for adults and children ages two and under. Tickets are available at the door. The event is sponsored by the SOMC Pediatric Guild.

Winter Wonderland Train Show

Fans of all ages are invited to enjoy local train displays, booths and accessories during the annual weekend favorite, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 23, and 12 to 4 p.m., Nov. 24, at the Friends Community Center. 

Cost of admission to the Train Show is $2 per person and free to children five years or younger. Tickets are available at the door.

Two SOMC Employees Host 5th Breast Cancer Compassion Fund Ride

Five years ago, Steve and Kim Finley had an idea to give back. That year, they hosted the first Breast Cancer Compassion Fund Ride, which is a motorcycle benefit ride.

On October 5, 2019, they reached a milestone: they hosted the 5th Annual Breast Cancer Compassion Fund Ride, where they raised nearly $17,000 and had 65 riders participate.

“This benefit has become pretty special to me and Kim and our friends,” Steve said. “I believe that cancer has touched so many of us.”

Both work at SOMC and see those who have been affected by cancer daily, especially Steve who works with Dr. Scarpinato, who has, by the way, been a huge supporter and donor of the event since its beginning.

Steve and Kim credit the success of the benefit to the community, donors, sponsors and riders.

“You see so many people in our community come together and pull together to help so many in our community,” Kim said. “It is amazing to see the support and stories people have.”

Kim and Steve both speak so much on the community’s support, but barely speak on the work they put in year-round planning for the event.

Not soon after the event each year, they immediately start planning for the next one. They pick up their phones and reach out to sponsors, design the T-shirts, work on the route, nail down the location, entertainment, food and so much more! All of the planning leading up to the event is all worth it, they say, when that first weekend rolls around in October each year, the weekend they host the ride.

“The motivation is probably the day of, we get a lot of breast cancer survivors,” Kim said. “This year especially, we know of one survivor and introduced them and then others began sharing their stories.”

Kim said throughout all of the planning and preparation, it’s a day that she looks forward to each year.

“There are people out there that are still willing to do good and to help,” Kim said. “It is amazing to see the turnout each year.”

SOMC Cardiac Rehab Obtains AACVPR Certification

The Cardiac Rehabilitation program at Southern Ohio Medical Center has received re-certification from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). SOMC Cardiac Rehab was recognized for its commitment to improving a patient’s quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

“Cardiovascular programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems recover quickly and improve their quality of life,” Keri Imm, nurse manager of SOMC Cardiac Rehab said. “Our staff is committed to helping our patients recover and providing support for them and their families.”

To earn this accreditation, the SOMC Cardiac Rehab program participated in an application process that required extensive documentation of its practices. As the only peer-review accreditation process, AACPR Program Certification is designed to review individual programs for adherence to the highest standards and guidelines developed and published by a group of professional societies in the field. Certification is valid for three years.

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