New SOMC physicians generating excitementPosted on November 13, 2012

In the past year alone, Southern Ohio Medical Center has added 23 new physicians. This growth of the medical staff is generating excitement among local physicians and community leaders, many of who were on hand for the 2012 New Physician Family Welcome at Dick’s Pizza in Sciotoville. “This is an exciting time at SOMC,” Dr. Tom Carter, program director for the emergency medicine residency, said. “We’re all excited about the growth of the medical staff. It’s nice to have so many enthusiastic physicians on board, and it’s great to be able to serve the area with a wider array of medical specialties.” After meeting with new staff members, SOMC Board Member Gary Duzan also expressed excitement about the future of the hospital. “Our goal is to provide local patients with the very best care possible, and having spoken with many of our physicians personally I know that we are building the right team to do just that,” Duzan said. Incoming physicians, such as Dr. Johnny Ray Bernard and Dr. Jesse Houghton, echoed those sentiments. “SOMC is a very special place,” Dr. Houghton said. “I’ve had the opportunity to train and work in several different hospital systems, and I would place SOMC at the top of the list in terms of their commitment to excellence and their pursuit of perfection in patient care.” “SOMC is really unique in that it gives us the resources you’d expect to find in a much larger city without asking you to sacrifice the comfort and sense of community that can only be found in smaller towns,” Dr. Bernard added. “It really is the best of both worlds.” For more information about Southern Ohio Medical Center, like SOMC on Facebook at
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