Address: 1805 27th Street Portsmouth, OH 45662 View Map
Phone: (606) 356-5000

About Us

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: Are New Year's resolutions effective for most individuals?
For the most part, no. The majority of individuals do not develop a structured plan to ensure that the resolution is achievable and we don't understand the steps we should take to implement change.

Q: What are some steps to implementing resolutinos that wil effectively result in change?
Whether the change that you are trying to implement is related to money, exercising, proper nutrition, or other wise the first key to success is to write down your goal, be specific about the details and formulate actions to help ensure success. After writing down your goal tell someone else about your plan. Not only does this help to hold yourself accountable but you also are likely to obtain ideas from the individual about how you might accomplish your goal that you would not have thought of. In fact, research has shown that people that share goals were 33% more successful at achieving than those who do not. Keep in mind that your goal should be simple and escalate over time. For example, you might want to begin exercising in 2015. You know that according to recommendations that you should exercise approximately 150 minutes a week or 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes. Try scheduling to exercise once a week for a few weeks. After incorporating this into your routine then add a second day. Practice this routine for several weeks and then add the third day. We know that it takes about 21 times to break and old habit or introduce a new habit. We also know that we should not try to introduce drastic change. The most effective change model is slow, methodical, and planned.

Q: Still, how do we commit to the change?
We have good intentions but stuff gets in the way. I encourage people to search for ways to have fun while accomplishing the goal. When you commit to exercise find something that will help make achieving your goal fun. Some hints: 1. Look for a gym that welcomes you not only by staff and instructors but through the population of members. Reach out and establish friendships or connections with those that have like minded goals and ideas. Avoid the peer pressure to skip the gym or eat the extra meal by choosing not to hang around with those whose goals are very different from yours. This principle applies to money management and smoking cessation as well. 2. Exercise self control. Have your ever heard of the marshmallow test and the principle that individuals given 3 marshmallows to eat over ta day? The individuals who can resist the temptation to eat all three marshmallows at once have mastered practicing self control. These individuals are more likely to be successful in many ave3nues of life including professional success, health and wellness choices, and even relationships.

Q: Should your resolution be an all or none resolution?
No. Avoid resolutions that is either a pass or fail grade.