Pediatric Unit for the Children

Filed under: SOMC — tkm October 4, 2009 @ 19:0 pm

A Town Hall Meeting was held on Sunday, October 4th, 2009 @ 2:00 pm at All Saints Episcopal Church on 4th Street. The meeting allowed the pediatric doctors, spokesperson Dr. Hudson, and the Administration of SOMC, spokesperson Randy Arnett, to address a crowd of approximately 100 concerned citizens dealing with the closure of a dedicated inpatient care unit for pediatrics.

Below are links to Dr. Hudson’s and Randy Arnett’s opening statements:

CLICK:  Dr. Greg Hudson, MD

CLICK:  Randy Arnett

A petition is being passed around the community – Please sign!!


Contact me if you need to find a Petition to sign.


SOMC – Pediatric Care

Filed under: SOMC — tkm September 28, 2009 @ 15:0 pm

As of Monday, September 28, 2009, SOMC will not have inpatient admissions for pediatric care. A pediatric patient can be observed and treated at SOMC for up to 23 hours maximum. At that point the treating physician(s) must arrange for the patient to be transferred to another hospital or to a specialized hospital that has a pediatric division.

I would take a child of mine to SOMC only for triage and stabilization, then I would have them transported to a medical facility I trusted. But, many in our community do not have the option because of their jobs and their family responsibilities.

After I read the attached pdf letter below I got the impression the SOMC Board of Trustees and Randal M. Arnett made their decision more out of spite rather than considering what was best for the children and our community.

CLICK:  9-25-09 SOMC Letter

The Working Poor

Filed under: SOMC,Uncategorized — tkm January 29, 2008 @ 16:0 pm

Just recently both the Columbus Dispatch and the Portsmouth Daily Times ran articles related to poverty stricken counties in Ohio. Both articles pointed out that Scioto County has the second highest percentage of people living in poverty in Ohio. The percentage in 2005 was 25.3%, up from 18.9% in 2004.

The Columbus Dispatch observed that, “In lightly populated counties across Ohio, the closure of a single employer can have a dramatic impact on the number of people living in poverty.” But what the Dispatch failed to point out is that large single employers don’t have to close to increase the numbers of people living in poverty. A big expanding employer like SOMC contributes to poverty by paying the low hourly wages it does.

Southern Ohio Medical Center (SOMC) is proud of being one of the largest employers in our area. But SOMC has fulltime employees who live below the poverty level. At SOMC some support staff employees, such as clerks, housekeepers, etc., qualify for state and federal assistance because they fall below the poverty level.

In early fall of 2007 I had a chance meeting with Dr. Khoury, who is a surgeon at SOMC and is also on the SOMC Board of Directors. I raised my concerns to him about SOMC’s pay practices, since he is on the SOMC Board of Directors. I told him about the less than adequate wages associated with many of the staff positions at SOMC, as compared with other hospitals in a 100 mile radius. He told me SOMC had no problems staffing these positions at the current wage rate and felt SOMC was doing all it needed to do. This was not the answer I expected from somebody who represents what is supposed to be one of the top 10 employers of our area.

It makes it clear to me how SOMC, though it is expanding and has many employees, contributes to the poverty in Scioto County. Instead of lifting employees out of poverty, stimulating our economy and lowering hardships in our community, SOMC helps keep us a statistic for the second highest percentage of people living in poverty in Ohio. Arnett is one of the highest paid hospital chiefs in the state, and some of his employees, down at the lower levels, are among the lowest paid in the state. SOMC is certainly where you would want to work if you were an Arnett or a Khoury, but not where you would want to work at the lower levels, which is why there is a large employee turnover at SOMC and why there is a 25.3% poverty rate in Scioto County.

For information about an ongoing investigation into Nonprofit Hospitals:

CLICK: Investigation on Ohio Nonprofit Hospitals