At Southern Ohio Medical Center, 91 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 523 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.19. It was published on Sep 12, 2016. 8307 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
This is a physically safe place to work.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.

What They Do

We asked Southern Ohio Medical Center to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are a state-of-the-art, 233-bed, rural community hospital, located in Portsmouth, Ohio, providing a full continuum of health care services to the communities we serve with multiple physician satellite offices located throughout the smaller communities in our service area.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Health Care
US Headquarters: Portsmouth, Ohio US Sites: 22
Major Locations: Portsmouth, Ohio; Wheelersburg, Ohio; Waverly, Ohio; West Union, Ohio; Lucasville, Ohio US Employees: 2,419
US Revenues: $934.0 million Worldwide Revenues: $934.0 million
Corporate Structure: Non-Profit Founded: 1907

Emergency Department Goes Red for Heart

Perks and Programs

We asked Southern Ohio Medical Center to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Opportunities for Advancement: SOMC employs over 2650 people and has over 480 different positions within the organization. We are located at the southern tip of Ohio in Appalachia, which is an economically depressed area. Since it is difficult to attract key talent into this area, a key strategy at SOMC is to “grow our own.” Advancement within the facility is welcomed and supported by internal and external educational opportunities. The majority of SOMC leaders were hired from the ranks of SOMC.
  • Wellness Programs: SOMC realizes that in order to improve the health of its patients, it must also focus on the health of its workforce. The organization provides a free wellness program to all team members and spouses. Several wellness related activities are held throughout the year and participants can earn an annual bonus up to $300 for reaching certain health related targets and a free fitness center membership.
  • Bonus and Pay Program: SOMC’s annual bonus program is designed to reward employees for their contribution to organizational success. Bonuses are issued annually in October and all employees are eligible to participate. Bonus amount are based on the percentage of strtegic indicators met and are a percentage of base pay. SOMC pays an 8% shift differential, weekend differential, certification bonuses, on-call pay, and offers a $1 differential per hour for beside nurses who have achieved advanced nursing degrees.
  • Payroll Deduction: SOMC employees love to use payroll deduction and the organization makes it available for a wide variety of uses. Employees can payroll deduct vehicle and house payments, uniforms, special sales held throughout the year, t-shirts sales, fitness center membership, hospital bills, prescription drugs, deductions to local charities, and much more. SOMC holds a “script” sale twice a year where employees can buy gift cards from local and national vendors up to $700 which can be payroll deducted over 10 pays with no interest.
  • Tuition Assistance: SOMC believes in “growing our own” as a means to recruit talent for many positions. Tuition Assistance is provided to employees seeking medically related degrees (RN, BSN, RT, MT, MLT, etc.) up to $5,250 per year or $10,500 per degree. Master’s degrees are supported on a case-by-case basis, and the SOMC Scholar’s program provides assistance for children and spouses of current employees. .
  • Leadership Development Opportunities: SOMC offers many options for those wishing to enhance their leadership skills or study to become a leader in the future. Our educational experiences support the SOMC culture and often feature real case scenarios where teams review case studies and even role play how they would provide guidance in a Coaching situation. Teams include Leadership Rounds, Coaching Group, Next-Gen Leaders,CORE Leadership classes, and Leadership Jump Start for new leaders.


$60,073 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Registered Nurse $105,190 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Nurse Manager
100% 403(b) match of employee's contribution, up to 2% of an employee's salary85% Company-paid health coverage for employees (Full-time)
85% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (Full-time) 80% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
16 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $7,753 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 403(b)
  • Long-term care insurance to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Banking
Maternity Employees Celebrating at Awards Banquet


19 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 16 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
3 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 3 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (2% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (40% use it)
  • Telecommute option (1% use it)
  • Phased retirement planning (3% use it)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave30 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
29 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave
5 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take$3,500 Adoption benefit
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Elder care resources


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center (only at headquarters)

Community Involvement & Philanthropy

$14,414,409 Philanthropic donations in last year


  • 12 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

SOMC Supports River Days Parade


Social Services Departmental Retreat

How to Get Hired

We asked Southern Ohio Medical Center for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

We look for candidates that demonstrate phenomenal customer service skills, are customer and patient centered, compassionate, friendly, self-motivated, and interested in giving exceptional care and a desire to make a difference. Candidates must meet the minimum requirements for the position such as appropriate credentials, skills and competency but a candidate’s fit with our culture is a must! Our recruiters look for a caring heart, positive attitude, a problem solver, those who embrace change, critical thinkers and someone who tried to better themselves and their team.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

To impress our recruiters, applicants need to know what SOMC is all about.  SOMC is unlike many healthcare providers in the area, we have all the attributes of a “big city” hospital with a small town culture.  Recruiters like to hear candidates tell us why they think SOMC is special.  We also like to hear why an applicant may be a good fit here.  We want to hear how candidates can make a difference at SOMC.  We also want to see accurate, complete applications, a solid work history, and applicants that are very interested in the position they are applying for - not just in getting “a job”!

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We are especially seeking applicants for RN and BSN positions.  Nursing is in high demand right now, and many healthcare providers are recruiting heavily.  We are also looking for certified Athletic Trainers, and Clinical Dietitians.   

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Visit the SOMC website at to apply on-line and learn more about SOMC and our culture!

hiring Outlook

760 Job openings forecast for coming year 0% Job Growth
28 Average applicants per opening 25,666 Applications received
694 Positions filled in past year 14% New hires by employee referrals
146 New positions created 269 Jobs filled by current employees
Yes Recruits on college campuses 98 New graduates hired
9% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees 15% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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