4-H’ers donate neck pillows to SOMC HospicePosted on July 26, 2016

4H Pillows WebMembers of the Super Sewing Circle, Etc. Second Generation 4-H club recently visited SOMC Hospice to donate neck pillows, which were made by members of the group. The pillows were donated to provide comfort to the patients and families of SOMC Hospice. Pictured here are several 4-H’ers and their pillows. For more information about SOMC Hospice, visit

SOMC Hospice Memorial Ride set for July 30Posted on July 20, 2016

Southern Ohio Medical Center will host the 2016 Hospice Memorial Bike Ride on Saturday, July 30. Registration for the event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Hospice Center on SOMC’s East Campus, with riders departing at noon.

The 90-mile ride through southern Ohio was created in memory of motorcycle enthusiast and Hospice patient, Ricky Bryan.

“The event is a great opportunity for local motorcyclists to serve a good cause while helping Hospice Services,” Teresa Ruby, director of SOMC Hospice, said. “Much like our Hike, the Bike Ride is one big celebration of life and community, and we always have such a good time. Even if you’re not a bike rider, you can come out, enjoy the company, and have fun.”

Cost to participate in the Memorial Ride is $20 for a single rider and $25 for a rider and passenger. The price includes lunch when the ride returns. There will also be T-shirts available for purchase, prize drawings, and live music.

All proceeds will benefit SOMC Hospice Services. For more information, please call 740-356-2567.

SOMC awards scholarship to Clay graduatePosted on July 16, 2016

Clay Scholarship onlineShaylee Holbert, a graduate of Clay High School, is the most recent recipient of an annual scholarship provided by SOMC through the Clay School Legacy Fund. SOMC has provided the scholarship for six years now.

Pictured here alongside Holbert is SOMC Director of Financial Services and Business Development Craig Gilliland and Charles T. Leonard of the Clay Alumni Association.

SOMC Honored by PRC for Patient, Medical Staff Satisfaction ScoresPosted on July 8, 2016

Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently recognized for its high achievements in both patient and medical staff satisfaction, winning 22 awards during the 2016 Professional Research Consultants (PRC) National Excellence in Healthcare Conference, held May 18-21 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Awards are given based on results from either the PRC national client database for medical staff satisfaction, or the PRC national client database for patient satisfaction.

Top Performer Awards are presented to each healthcare facility, healthcare provider, outpatient service line, or inpatient unit that ranks the highest among all others within PRC’s database for the prior year. 5-Star Awards are given to those who score in the top 10 percent of PRC’s national database, while 4-Star Awards are given to those who score in the top 25 percent.

Based on medical staff satisfaction results, SOMC Medical Records received a distinguished Top Performer Award, while SOMC Laboratory Services, Pathology Services, and the categories of Nursing Care, Patient Safety, Quality of Care, A Place to Practice Medicine, Administration, and Physician Engagement were recognized with 5-Star Awards.

SOMC Emergency Services, Surgical Services, Anesthesia Services, Electronic Medical Records, Hospitalist Services, and Radiology Services were recognized with 4-Star Awards.

Based on patient satisfaction results, the following medical staff members were recognized with 5-Star Awards for their overall quality of physician or provider care: Dr. Glenn Burris (SOMC Sleep Medicine Associates), Dr. Samantha Cook (SOMC Pediatric Associates), Dr. Fred Courtney (SOMC OB/GYN Associates), Dr. Vincent Scarpinato (SOMC Surgical Associates), Dr. TJ Stidham (SOMC Pediatric Associates), Dr. Jessica Suber (SOMC Surgical Associates), CFNP Angel Ali (SOMC Portsmouth Family Practice), and CNP Nathan Rider (SOMC Lucasville Family Practice).

“This is truly an honor and shows that our customers and our medical staff recognize and value the excellent care and work that our employees and providers are delivering,” Randy Arnett, president and CEO of SOMC, said. “These distinctions identify our ability to be an excellent place to work, practice medicine, and treat patients, and we’re very grateful for the recognition.”

Tri for your LIFE set for July 31Posted on July 7, 2016

Southern Ohio Medical Center will be hosting its annual Tri for Your LIFE sprint triathlon – as well as Kids Tri for your LIFE – on Sunday, July 31.

Tri for your LIFE challenges participants to complete a 200 meter swim, a 10 mile bike course and a 5k run. Specifics of the Kids Tri for your LIFE events vary depending on the age of the child, but will also include swimming, biking and running.

Both events can be performed either by an individual or tackled as a team. A duathlon (run, bike, run) is also an option.

Registration for the Tri for your LIFE triathlon is $45 until July 14, and $60 after; for the triathlon relay, cost is $55 until July 14 and then $70 after; for the duathlon it is $45 until July 14 and then $60 after.

Registration for the Kids Tri for your LIFE triathlon is $25 until July 14, and $40 after while registration for the Kids Tri for your LIFE relay triathlon is $35 until July 14 and $45 after.

Registration and additional information is available at Online registration closes on July 29.

SOMC plans Summer Soirée to benefit SOMC HospicePosted on July 5, 2016

SSWebSouthern Ohio Medical Center will be hosting its first-ever Summer Soirée on July 16 as part of an effort to raise money for the SOMC Hospice Expansion Project. It will feature live music from Dr. Michael Raies and The Bad Habits as well as a dinner of lobster tail and filet mignon provided by The Ribber.

There will also be a high-end Chinese auction and a cash bar.

“The Summer Soirée is an exciting event because it allows us to really utilize the natural beauty of a summer evening in southern Ohio,” SOMC Director of Development Kara Redoutey said. “It will be a great setting for us to share our plans for expanding hospice.”

Tickets for SOMC’s Summer Soiree can be purchased for $125 each. It will take place at 1642 Fairground Road in Lucasville, with off-site parking available at the Scioto County Fairgrounds. Shuttle services will be provided.

For more information, contact SOMC Development and Database Coordinator Shaye Coburn at 740-356-2794 or

SOMC Offers Two Camp LIFE Sessions this SummerPosted on June 2, 2016

Southern Ohio Medical Center’s annual Camp LIFE program, which encourages children to stay active and healthy over the summer, is set to take place June 6-10 and July 18-22 at the Portsmouth LIFE Center.

The camp sessions will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, which drop-off beginning at 8:45 a.m. The program is open to children ages 7 to 13, and parents can register for one or both of the week-long sessions being offered.

“During camp, we teach children the basic principles of nutrition and exercise through cooking and physical activities that keep them entertained,” Brad Zieber, supervisor of PT, PEC and Special Projects at the SOMC LIFE Center, said. “We prepare lunch and snacks together, play healthy games, and stress the importance of fitness through daily walks, swimming and other sports. The program is designed in a way that can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of physical condition or ability, and we always have a lot of fun.”

Cost to participate is $90 per child. For more information or to register, please visit the Portsmouth LIFE Center or call 740-356-7650.

Healthy Summer Fun for the KidsPosted on June 1, 2016

Summer vacation is beginning for school-aged children. If you’re looking for fun and healthy activities to keep them busy and off the couch, take a look at these!

Swimming and water fun are among the top five most popular activities in the summer, so it is very important that children learn to swim.

The Portsmouth LIFE Center offers a variety of age and experience-appropriate swimming lessons for children from age 1 and up. Classes include Water Enrichment for ages 1 through 3, Aqua Tots for 3 and 4 year olds, Beginners, Beginner I and Beginner II, for 4 to 12 year olds, and Aqua Kids for ages 5 through 13. Private Lessons are available for anyone over 13 years of age.

The new session of swimming lessons begins the week of June 13 and the registration deadline for this session is May 31st. Call Susan Hunter at 740-356-7563 for more information.

Two sessions of CAMP LIFE are planned at the Portsmouth Life Center this summer. Children between 7 and 13 years old will spend a week learning healthy eating habits and participating in fun activities to get legs moving and hearts pumping. CAMP LIFE runs 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM June 6 through 10 and July 18 through 22 at the Portsmouth Life Center. For more information, call 740-356-7650.

Children are often fascinated and excited about special vehicles – police cars, fire trucks, helicopters all ignite the imagination. On Saturday, June 18, the SOMC Pediatric Guild is presenting Touch-a-Truck, at Portsmouth Spartan Stadium. The event will be held from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, and gives children the opportunity to get up-close and even inside fire trucks and police cars, semi-trucks, a helicopter and even the Batmobile. Batman and the Batmobile will arrive at 4:30 PM. Gates open at 4:00. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $2 per child.

Bring along your dog and head to Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth on Saturday, June 4 for Bark for Life. Registration begins at 9:00 AM. Hosted by Ribbons of Life and the CrossFit Alpha Pack, all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The event features a two mile walk at your own pace. Please be sure your dog is on a leash. Awards will begin at 10:00 AM for the best costume, smallest, largest, and cutest dogs, best dog trick, dog/owner look-a-like contest, obstacle course, and the Frisbee toss. There will be raffles, door prizes, food and drinks. Participants are encouraged to bring along supplies to donate to Sierra’s Haven. If you need more information, call 740-356-7490, or visit the registration page on There is a fee to register for Bark for Life.

Attention bicycling enthusiasts! Registration is open for the Tour of the Little Smokies (TOTLS) scheduled for Saturday, June 11. The tour begins at Moontime Lake, 2198 Sedan Crabtree Road, Lucasville ( Riders can begin at any time between 8:00 and 10:00 AM. Participants have the option of riding 16 miles, 39 miles, 55 miles or the full 100 mile tour, which winds through the hills and woods of the Scenic Scioto Heritage Trail. The event is sponsored by The Rotary Club of Portsmouth, and is chaired by Reece Brown. TOTLS plans another tour in September. If you would like more information about this unique cycling event please contact TOTLS Committee Chair Reece Brown at 740-821-1904 or email

If you want to try a little bit of running, dancing, extreme fitness and then some outdoor yoga, get registered for the Natural High Fitness Festival and 5K on Saturday, June 25 at Earl Thomas Conley Park in West Portsmouth. Sponsored by The Counseling Center, the Festival is a fundraising event for the Summer Outreach Club-a 9 week, free camp for children ages 5 – 12. Natural High Fitness Festival includes a 5k Trail Run/Walk, followed by Boot Camp led by Iron Body Fitness, Hip Hop Heat fitness class led by Shelle y Wisener from the SOMC Life Center, and finally an Outdoor Yoga session with Melissa Davis.

Registration begins at 7:00 AM followed by the 5K at 8:00 AM. For more information contact The Counseling Center’s Community Relations and Development Department at 740-354-3829 ext. 2707, or register online at

Orthopedic Care Unit Earns Blue DistinctionPosted on May 24, 2016

The Orthopedic Care Unit at Southern Ohio Medical Center has earned Blue Distinction from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association for demonstrating expertise and a commitment to quality during the care and treatment of patients undergoing total knee and/or total hip replacement surgery.

“We have been working toward Blue Distinction for four years and are so proud to finally receive this recognition,” Malissa Warrick, nurse manager of the SOMC Orthopedic Care Unit, said. “We are always looking for ways to improve our patient-care processes, and are glad our efforts are helping the patients we serve.”

Dr. Duane Marchyn, an orthopedic surgeon at SOMC, explained that many new protocols and practices were put in place to help the OCU earn Blue Distinction. This included the development of an orthopedic patient educator position, the development of an orthopedic leadership team, and a constant department-wide focus on improving patient outcomes.

“In less than 10 months, we have seen a decrease in post-operative surgical site infections, as well as a decrease in length of stay for patients undergoing either a total knee or total hip replacement,” Dr. Marchyn said.

“The length of stay for a patient receiving a total knee replacement at SOMC has dropped from 3.3 days to three days, while the length of stay for a patient receiving a total hip replacement has lowered from 4.1 days to 2.9 days. These results are amazing and show that we are providing our patients the best care possible—and making sure they get home as quickly and as safely as they can.”

Blue Distinction Specialty Care is a national designation program that recognizes healthcare facilities for demonstrating expertise in delivering safe, effective, and cost-efficient care. The goal of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program is to help consumers find both quality and value for their specialty care needs, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the overall quality and delivery of care nationwide.

“Blue Distinction seeks to establish a consistent and continually evolving approach to evaluating quality and safety, which are also major priorities for our whole organization,” Warrick added. “It takes a team to achieve such distinction, and I thank every one for their dedication.”

2016 Southern Ohio Senior Games coming soonPosted on May 6, 2016

Starting July 1, athletes at least 50 years of age can begin registering to compete in this year’s Southern Ohio Senior Games. The games give seniors an opportunity to compete in a variety of games, as well as participate in an athlete parade and closing ceremonies.

The games themselves will take place throughout the month of September and will be held in various locations across southern Ohio. The full schedule of events includes:

September 3, 7:30 a.m. at the SOMC Friends Center – 5k and 10k Run / 10k Cycling

September 3, 11:00 a.m. at the River Days Parade – Athlete Parade

September 10, 9:00 a.m. at the Portsmouth City Schools Track and Field Arena – Track and Field

September 14, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the SOMC Life Center – Table Tennis and Pickle Ball

September 16 at 9:00 a.m. at the Franklin Valley Golf Course (Jackson, OH) – Golf (18 hole scratch for individuals)

September 17 at 9:00 a.m. at Earl Thomas Conley Park – Archery, Corn Hole, Horse Shoe, Disc Golf, Jukskei

September 20 at 10:00 a.m. at the West Portsmouth Basketball Complex – Basketball

September 21 at Sunset Bowling Lanes – Singles bowling

September 24 at 9:00 a.m. at Shawnee State University – Swimming

September 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Branch Rickey Stadium – Closing Ceremonies

Additional details about the games are available at Registration is available at There is a registration fee of $25 that includes one or more event. All registered participants will receive a Senior Games t-shirt.

For more information, you may contact Gary Roberts at 740-835-1925, Lyvette Mosley at 740-727-4948 or Libby Brisker at 740-357-5958.

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