Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) is a 222-bed 501(C)(3) not-for-profit hospital in Portsmouth, Ohio, providing emergency and surgical care, as well as a wide range of other health-care services; SOMC has been in the community since 1954. It is the mission of SOMC to truly make a difference in the lives of patients, employees, and the surrounding community.
The operation of SOMC follows guidelines of The Joint Commission, the nation's predominant standards-setting body in health care, and SOMC has received top honors from that organization for meeting standards. SOMC currently employs 2,200 full time employees and part time employees, has a medical staff of more than 140 physicians and specialists, and is supported by approximately 800 regular volunteers.
SOMC, a rural hospital and one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work in America, is striving to provide the highest quality of care to make healthcare a remarkable experience for everyone served. It is the mission of SOMC to truly make a difference in the lives of patients, employees, and the surrounding community. The goals of SOMC encompass the mission and the organization’s five strategic values, which include achieving and sustaining exceptional results in safety, quality of care, service, relationships, and financial performance.
SOMC was ranked first on Ohio’s Top Employers list in 2010 and has been on the list for five consecutive years. SOMC was also named one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Places to Work in America. SOMC is the first hospital in the region to achieve the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest honor, the Magnet recognition status. This honor, given to only 6% of hospitals nationwide, recognizes national excellence in nursing. Receiving the national gold standard for safety and health, SOMC has been awarded the Voluntary Protection Program Star Designation. Voluntary Protection Program is a cooperative program of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). By earning Voluntary Protection Program Star status, SOMC is in the top 1 percent of hospitals nationwide in safety excellence.
Southern Ohio Medical Center FAQ
Q: What is the lineup for Paint IT Pink Activities coming up this week?
Friday October 16th is Paint IT Pink Day. This is the day that we ask everyone in the community to wear pink, paint pink, and simply be pink. Pink ties, pink shirts, pink tutus, pink hair. We don’t care. Just don your pink and show your support. That evening is a wine tasting at the Party Connection with live entertainment from a local artist, Casey Smith. Saturday October 17th is the official Paint IT Pink 5k beginning at the SOMC Portsmouth LIFE Center. There is a one mile walk course if the 5k if too much. In addition to the 5k there will be a multitude of cheerleaders and community groups cheering on participants. Survivors are recognized at the end of the event with special gifts. Later the same evening a pink celebrity softball game is occurring at Shawnee State University. Sunday October 18th will finish up the events. Waverly YMCA along with Pike County Healthy Lifestytes will be hosting the first Paint IT Pink Pike County 5k.
Q: How do all these events and community support make you feel?
The audience probably does not know that I am a breast cancer survivor. The community support for cancer care is overwhelming, so positive, and such a joy to be a part of.
Q: How do the funds from the events assist local cancer patients?
The funds from the Paint IT Pink shirt sales benefit all cancer patients regardless of the site of diagnosis. The funds assists with gas, wigs, medication co-pay, and many other incidentals.
Q: Has all of the awareness activities made a difference in the community?
Yes! However, we still fail to screen for breast cancer at the same or better rate than the state of Ohio and the nation. So, despite all the awareness and education about getting screened barriers still exist such as transportation, fear, and general knowledge about the importance of getting an annual screen.
Q: What are your final thoughts or message that you would like to express to those listening?
Cancer affects 3 of 4 families and 2 of 5 people in the United States. Get involved and help us make a difference today to change the future!