Top company by employee – 29 – Southern Ohio Medical Center – Ohio US
Industry: Health Care – Hospital
Previous rank: 36
2011 revenue ($ millions): $271
What makes it so great?
Employees are proud to work for a medical provider that has won numerous awards for patient care, a fact that’s reflected in its average tenure. Nearly 20% of the staff has worked there for more than 20 years.
|Southern Ohio Medical Center|
|Location||1805 27th Street, Portsmouth, Ohio,United States of America|
|Other links||Hospitals in Ohio|
Southern Ohio Medical Center (or SOMC) is a 222-bed 501(C)(3) not-for-profit hospital in Portsmouth, Ohio, providing emergencyand surgical care, as well as a wide range of other health care services. SOMC 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. In 2013, SOMC ranked 29th on FORTUNE Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For.
Programs and Services
SOMC offers inpatient and outpatient programs and services, delivered through the work of more than 2,200 employees and a staff of more than 140 board-certified or board-eligible physicians and specialists. Services offered at SOMC include:
- Anticoagulation Clinic
- Diabetes Education
- Dietary Services
- Emergency Department Care
- Home Health Services
- Laboratory Services
- Maternity Services
- Medical Education
- Pastoral Care
- Pediatric Services
- Senior Behavioral Medicine Care
- Sleep Diagnostic Services
- Speech and Hearing Services
- Surgical Services
Centers of Care
SOMC Cancer Center
The SOMC Cancer Center is a state-of-the-art cancer center with the latest in cancer-fighting technology and procedures, experienced staff and board-certified doctors.
Services offered at the SOMC Cancer Center include:
- Medical Oncology, which involves treatment of cancer with chemicals, biological products and immunotherapy
- Radiation Oncology, or the careful use of high-energy radiation to treat cancer The goal of radiation therapy is to deliver a precisely measured dose to the cancerous tumor, while protecting normal tissue around the tumor
- Hematology, or the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the blood and blood forming organs
- Genetic Testing, a type of medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins. Most of the time, testing is used to find changes that are associated with inherited disorders
- Clinical Trials, studies that evaluate the effectiveness of new drugs and strategies
In addition to providing cancer care, SOMC also holds annual breast cancer awareness events (referred to as “pink outs” or by the name “Paint It Pink”) to coincide with October’s designation as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The events have received positive community feedback and helped raise money for the SOMC Breast Cancer Compassion Fund. The Breast Cancer Compassion Fund provides money to help support breast cancer patients with expenses such as utilities, medications, transportation and common necessities needed during cancer care.
SOMC has also worked to raise breast cancer awareness by creating a “Pink Glove Dance” YouTube video featuring local residents and hospital employees.
Heart and Vascular
The SOMC Heart Care Unit is a 12-bed unit responsible for the care of adult cardiac patients and patients recovering from open heart surgery. SOMC utilizes a Universal Bed Model, in which the patient’s room essentially changes throughout the open-heart procedure, starting as an intensive care recovery room on arrival from surgery and transitioning to a home-like environment with family space and amenities. Heart and Vascular services provided at SOMC include:
SOMC Hospice is a medically directed supportive service for patients with a life limiting illness and their families. The goal is to provide a continuation of care, which offers patients choices for enhancing the opportunities for completing their lives with dignity, purpose and peace. It places a focus on symptom control and decreasing the suffering experienced by dying patients and their families.
Hospice offers patients and their families a variety of services, including:
- Pain and symptom management
- Home health aide/homemaker services
- Spiritual care
- Medical social services
- Short-term inpatient care
- Bereavement support
SOMC LIFE Center
In its first year, SOMC’s ‘Tri For Your LIFE’ triathlon featured more than 100 competitors.
Wound Healing Center
The SOMC Wound Healing Center treats diabetic ulcers, lower leg ulcers, press ulcers, bone infection, gangrene, skin tears or lacerations, radiation burns, post-operation wounds and infections and failed or compromised skin grafts. Services offered include:
- Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy
- Wound Debridement, a minor surgical procedure enhances the growth of healthy tissues in the wound
- Transcutaneous Oxygen Monitoring, a test that records the level of oxygen available to your wound
- Doppler Evaluation of Pulses, a technique that measures the blood flow available to bring nutrients and medications to the wound
SOMC Urgent Care
SOMC has three urgent care facilities, located in Portsmouth, Wheelersburg and Waverly. At each of the facilities, staff put an emphasis on having patients treated and discharged within 60 minutes of their arrival.
Awards and Recognitions
In 2008, Southern Ohio Medical Center became the first hospital in the tri-state region (Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia) to earn Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. In 2011, less than 7% of hospitals in the United States were able to achieve Magnet Recognition.
SOMC earned Magnet re-designation in 2013. http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/view/full_story/22936268/article-SOMC-receives-highest-nursing-honor
FORTUNE, Modern Healthcare and Press Ganey Awards
In 2013, it came in 29th on the list with FORTUNE noting: “Employees are proud to work for a medical provider that has won numerous awards for patient care, a fact that’s reflected in its average tenure. Nearly 20% of the staff has worked there for more than 20 years.” 
In 2012, Southern Ohio Medical Center was one of only 13 Press Ganey clients in the nation to be chosen as a Distinctive Workplace Award winner. The award was given to organizations that reached, and sustained, the 95th percentile in employee satisfaction – SOMC was at the 99th percentile.
VPP Star Designation, OHA Top 20 Percent
Southern Ohio Medical Center has also received VPP Star Designation, an award distributed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to hospitals that meet high safety standards. By earning VPP star status, SOMC was recognized as being in the top one percent of hospitals in America for safety excellence leadership.
SOMC also received the Ohio Hospital Association’s Top 20 Percent Award for being one of the safest healthcare facilities in the state of Ohio.