SOMC Winner Wonderland tickets on salePosted on 11/13/2020

Southern Ohio Medical Center is planning a virtual version of their holiday celebration, Winter Wonderland. The event has been modified for 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The new event is called Winner Wonderland, in reference to its reverse raffle that gives guests the opportunity to win up to $5,000, as well as an assortment of other prizes.

“This year’s event will be different, but it’s still a great way to have a fun evening while supporting a good cause,” SOMC Donor Relations Coordinator Hayley Burchett said. “There are a limited number of tickets available so we encourage anyone interested to purchase theirs as soon as possible.”

Proceeds from Winner Wonderland will benefit SOMC patients through the purchase of Ultrasound Guided IV Placement units. These units allow for quick and easy IV placements for our patients. Tickets for Winner Wonderland are available now, and can be purchased for $100 each. Reverse raffle winners will be announced in real time beginning 7:30pm on December 4.

To purchase individual tickets, or to sponsor the event, visit You can also contact Mary Arnzen at 740-356-2504 or Hayley Burchett at 740-356-2505.

Local COVID survivor still recovering three months laterPosted on 11/13/2020

Scioto County resident Ralph Craft continues to recover from COVID-19 more than three months after infection.

Ralph Craft isn’t sure how he contracted COVID-19. He just knows he doesn’t ever want to experience it again.

“I had one nurse ask me, ‘Is it as bad as they say?’” he said. “I said ‘No. It’s worse.’”

It started on the first of August. Craft, a 68-year-old diabetic, woke up Saturday morning and didn’t feel right. He’s pieced together what happened next by talking with his family and reviewing his own medical history. He had to do it that way because his own memories from the time are shaky.

Here’s what Ralph Craft knows: He knows he was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center. He knows he was placed on a vent. He knows he spent more than a week in a coma. And he knows he wasn’t given much chance to survive.

“When they took me to the hospital, my sugar was like 450,” he said. “My oxygen levels were down in the 50s.”

Craft awoke from his coma twice. The first time, he could tell there were people in room, but they looked like negatives on a picture. “I remember they said they talked to my wife and son,” he recalled. “They said, ‘You’re doing good’ and that’s the best I can remember.”

The second time he woke up, he was only conscious long enough to know that a tube had been inserted in his throat. The next memory he has is waking up in the Intensive Care Unit.

“I was so weak,” he said. “I couldn’t talk, and I was so thirsty. I tried to point to my mouth, and I couldn’t even raise my hand.”

Eventually, he was moved into isolation. He stayed there until the 29th of August, when he was moved into rehabilitation. His muscles were so weak he had to relearn how to do basic tasks like dress himself and shower. Even now, he is still working to regain the strength he lost.

Craft has had COVID-19, and he has also had the flu. When he had the flu, it took him a few days to recover. He still hasn’t fully recovered from COVID-19.

He is still in therapy, still feels weak in his arms and still hasn’t fully regained his balance. He has also developed new ailments – aches and pains he didn’t have prior to contracting COVID. Beyond the physical recovery he also admitted that, though he does not fear going to bed at night, he does prolong it.

Even with his continued rehabilitation, though, Craft considers himself lucky. His daughter-in-law works in a COVID unit and has told him they’ve lost patients who were in better condition than he was. As a Christian, he attributes his survival to a higher power, saying “I tell everyone I’m a miracle.”

Craft – who was concerned about the spread of COVID even before his experience – is doing everything he can to avoid any future exposures. There is no evidence to suggest someone who survives COVID-19 can’t contract the virus a second time, so he makes sure to wear a mask anytime he must go out. He also carries hand sanitizer with him and uses it frequently.

He has heard others complain about the restrictions and recommendations designed to slow the spread of the virus. While he understands where those complaints come from, he also suspects others might feel differently if they shared his experience.

“If you had to go through what I did, you wouldn’t want to have this,” Craft said. “When you’re still taking therapy three months later, something’s wrong.”

For more information about COVID-19, visit

SOMC now offering endocrinology at PFHCPosted on 11/06/2020

Southern Ohio Medical Center is now offering endocrinology services in Portsmouth with Certified Nurse Practitioner Dana Beck.

“This is a service that means a lot to our community, and I’m glad to be able to offer it in Portsmouth,” Beck said. “Being able to receive this care close to home is incredibly important for our patients and their wellbeing.”

Endocrinology specialists are trained to diagnose and treat hormonal imbalances that impact various functions of the human body. Commonly treated disorders include:

  • Weight management and metabolism
  • Thyroid
  • Pituitary
  • Diabetes
  • Adrenal
  • Metabolic syndromes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Imbalance of sex/reproductive hormones
  • Menopause
  • Low testosterone in men
  • Hypertension and Lipid Disorders

SOMC’s Portsmouth Family Health Center is located at 1248 Kinney’s Lane in Portsmouth. The facility also offers family practice, urgent care and pharmacy services.

To schedule an appointment with Dana Beck, call 740-356-7290. For more information about this and other services offered at SOMC, visit

SOMC Receives Prestigious PTAP CredentialingPosted on 11/06/2020

Southern Ohio Medical Center was recently awarded accreditation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for the Practice Transition Accreditation Program (PTAP). The credentialing is for their Critical Care Nurse Residency Transition to Practice Program.

PTAP accreditation is awarded to organizations that demonstrate excellence in transitioning nurses to new practice settings. SOMC’s program focuses on new graduates who will be providing critical care in the Intensive Care Unit and Heart Care areas. It is a six-month program that has been offered since June of 2019.

“Our program supports new graduates entering the ICU and Heart Care,” SOMC’s PTAP Program Director Ashley Salyers said. “It helps them acclimate and see what healthcare looks like outside of nursing school. The program helps new critical care nurses develop skills, competency and confidence as they transition into the critical care environment.”

In addition to preparing new nurses to work in critical care, the program also supports them as they adjust to the stresses and demands of the job.

“We do more than just teach new nurses how to do the job. We create an environment where they can feel supported and understand that they’re not alone,” Salyers said. “This can be a very stressful profession, and it’s important for them to know that there are people they can turn to when things are hard.”

For more information about SOMC, including other awards or recognitions received, visit

SOMC Scrip Sale Puts Nearly $34,000 Back in Local EconomyPosted on 11/04/2020

Every year, Southern Ohio Medical Center holds a “Scrip Sale” event that allows employees to purchase gift cards and have the amount payroll deducted over multiple pays. The event is a fundraiser for the SOMC Friends Center, but also generates a quick burst of commerce for the local economy.

The 2020 event resulted in nearly $34,000 in gift cards for local businesses. That amount includes $7,375 for the Scioto Ribber, $2,500 for Buffalo Wild Wings, $1,900 for AutoStylz as well as gift cards for 36 other local businesses.

“The Scrip Sale is great for employees because it gives them immediate access to hundreds, or even thousands of dollars in gift cards for the price of just dollars-per-pay,” Kelli Richardson, coordinator of the SOMC Friends Center said. “It’s also great for the local economy because it encourages people to dine at local restaurants and shop with local businesses.”

For more information about how SOMC has given back to the community, or how you can support SOMC, visit

Lung Cancer Learning Event set for Nov. 7Posted on 11/02/2020

Southern Ohio Medical Center and Lungevity will be hosting a Lung Cancer Learning Event on Saturday, November 7. The virtual learning session will simplify any confusion regarding who should receive a lung screening test, when and how often. Dr. Jeremiah Martin, a thoracic surgeon at SOMC, will lead the conversation.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to ask questions and have them answered by an expert,” Wendi Waugh, SOMC Director of Cancer Services, said. “We encourage anyone who is interested in learning more about lung cancer, and whether or not they should be screened, to take part in this event.”

Admission is free but registration is required. To participate, register at by November 6 at 5:00 pm. The event will begin at 9am on November 7. Details regarding how to log on will be sent directly to participants after they sign up.

SOMC Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Offering Halloween SpecialPosted on 10/20/2020

Stop in to SOMC Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery for a Halloween Special during the month of October!

The offer includes free “Getting Skin Ready” kit with a purchase of a high potency Retinol or HQ System. You can also receive 10% off your purchase of injections when you spend $300 or more.

Schedule your appointment today by calling 740-356-3562.

Offer is valid through October 31.

Celebrating World Osteoporosis Day by Being Aware of the Risk FactorsPosted on 10/20/2020

October 20 is known as World Osteoporosis Day.

According to The International Osteoporosis Foundation, “Worldwide, one in three women and one in five men aged 50 years and over will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and fragile.”

At SOMC, we are lucky to have the incredible Orthopedic Associates team. One of those team members is Lisa Lemley Gibson, MS, PA-C and fracture liaison.

Gibson is passionate about osteoporosis and spreading the word about risk factors and who should get screened. She even encouraged Tonda Martin, who was the Office Manager of the SOMC Orthopedic Associates at that time, to get screened. Tonda is now the manager of Internal Medicine and South Webster Family Practice.

“I never thought about getting screened,” Tonda said. “I was pretty skeptical.”

Tonda’s mother had suffered a hip-fracture, which was a sign to Lisa that she should take the preventative measure of getting tested. She also met the age where osteoporosis becomes more of a risk, but she leads a pretty active lifestyle, which caused her to be hesitant to this idea.

Lisa also notes that additional risk factors include, being post-menopausal or over 65 (over 70 for men), being petite, having low vitamin D and/or calcium intake, parental risk-factors including hip fracture, immobility or inactive lifestyle, alcohol and tobacco use, using steroids for more than 3 months, or having rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes or thyroid issues.

After quite some time of being encouraged by Lisa, and realizing the parental risk-factor, Tonda eventually agreed to be tested.

She was surprised to learn that she was positive for osteoporosis.

With Lisa’s help, Tonda eventually found the medication that works best for her to slow the effects of osteoporosis.

“I see first-hand what a hip fracture can do,” Tonda said. “Watching my mother go through it, hindered much of her ability, so I would encourage others to get tested to help slow the decline.”

Lisa wants to ensure the community is aware of osteoporosis by knowing these risk factors.

“Osteoporosis awareness and higher levels of screening are needed in our community,” Lisa said. “My goal is to get people thinking about it.”

The testing is simple, requires no preparation and only takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Anyone who meets any of the risk factors mentioned above, can make an appointment with Lisa by calling the SOMC Orthopedic Associates at (740) 356-1709.

SOMC Cruisin’ Pink t-shirts for salePosted on 10/05/2020

The Cruisin’ Pink T-shirt Sale is set to begin at 7:30 a.m. on October 1 at the SOMC Friends Center parking lot. T-shirts and lanterns will be available for purchase at the sale.
T-shirts are $12 each, 3/4 length baseball sleeve are $20 each and lanterns are $5 each. All proceeds from the Cruisin’ Pink T-shirt sale benefit the SOMC Cancer Compassion Fund.
Individual T-shirt and lantern sales will be drive-thru/walk-up only. Locations for t-shirt sales are:

  • SOMC Friends Center
    1202 18th Street, Portsmouth, OH
    October 1st – 9th | Monday – Friday
    7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
    1611 Chillicothe Street, Portsmouth, OH
    October 3rd | Saturday
    Noon – 4 p.m.
  • SOMC LIFE Center – Lucasville
    10617 US-23, Lucasville, OH
    October 3rd | Saturday
    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • SOMC Wheelersburg Family Health Center
    8770 Ohio River Road, Wheelersburg, OH (across the street)

  • October 3rd | Saturday
    10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Credit, debit or checks will be the only forms of payment accepted. All checks should be made payable to the SOMC Compassion Fund. All sales are final. No exchanges or returns will be available.

If you plan on purchasing for a large group of 10 or more, you may request order forms and return orders through [email protected] or fax 740-356-7196.

SOMC’s New Patient Portal Now LivePosted on 09/17/2020

SOMC has a new patient portal!

Through this new system, patients will be able to:
– View and request appointments
– Request prescription renewals
– See your visit history
– Review your results
– Access discharge summaries
– Update personal information
– Securely message your physician
– Pay bills online

The portal is also accessible on both Apple and Android phones! If you are interested in using this Smartphone option, visit the App Store and download the “MHealth” app. From there, search for “Portal Near Me” and then you will be able to select “Southern Ohio Medical Center.”

To view the new patient portal online, visit and click Patient Portal on the homepage. From there, you will be prompted to log in or sign up for your new account.

You can also access the link directly by visiting

Please note, all patients, even those who have an account in the old system, will need to create a new account with our updated portal.

Carefully follow the instructions for creating your new username and password. The updated portal does not allow special characters to be utilized in your username (for example, “[email protected]” would not be approved due to the “@” symbol).

All patients who were enrolled in the previous patient portal will still be able to temporarily access their old results, as these are not currently being transferred over to the new portal as of August 1, 2020. The team is working on a long-term storage option for these results to be transferred over.

To view your results in our former portal, please visit, click “Patient Portal” and then select “Previous Patient Portal.”

If you encounter any issues or have an unsuccessful enrollment, please call 740-356-2727 and leave a message for our Portal Help Team who will be happy to assist you.

We look forward to better serving you with our new system!

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