At Southern Ohio Medical Center, 93 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 809 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.40. It was published on Aug 2, 2017. 13912 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I believe management would lay people off only as a last resort.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.

What They Do

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

SOMC is a state-of-the-art, 233-bed, rural community hospital located in Portsmouth, Ohio providing a full continuum of health care services to our local communities.  SOMC has physician satellite offices located throughout many of the smaller communities in our service area.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Health Care
US Headquarters: Portsmouth, Ohio, 45662 US Sites: 22
Major Locations: Wheelersburg, Ohio, 45694; Waverly, Ohio, 45690; West Union, Ohio, 45693; Lucasville, Ohio, 45648; Vanceburg, Kentucky, 41179 US Employees: 2,586
US Revenues: $934.0 million Worldwide Revenues: $934.0 million
Corporate Structure: Non-Profit Founded: 1907

Wellington the Wellness Hound, SOMC mascot, entertains the crowd at the Portsmouth River Days parade.

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.

  • "Grow Our Own: SOMC employs over 2700 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 often 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 including all the Executives worked in other positions before assuming their current roles.
  • Wellness Programs: SOMC understands in order to improve the health of patients; we must first focus on the health of our workforce. The organization provides a free wellness program to all team members and spouses that encourages life-long fitness. Various wellness challenges are held throughout the year and employees are evaluated annually based upon specific health related results. Participants can earn an annual bonus up to $300 for reaching certain health related targets and earn a free fitness center membership for using the center.
  • 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 strategic value 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 bedside nurses who have achieved advanced nursing degrees, i.e. BSN.
  • Payroll Deduction: One of our most loved benefits is payroll deduction. The organization makes it available for a wide variety of uses. Employees can payroll deduct cafeteria and Café purchases, 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 for 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 strategic initiative to recruit talent for many positions and provides tuition assistance to employees seeking medically related degrees (RN, BSN, 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 as well. The SOMC Scholar’s program also provides similar assistance for children and spouses of current employees. Our programs pay tuition in advance without any cash outlay from the employee, allowing more employees to utilize the program. Employees only have to work four years following completion of their degrees to be paid in full.
  • 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. These experiences are all free and open to any employee wishing to participate.
  • Service Awards Banquet: Annually in May, SOMC provides a celebration in honor of employees with years of service in increments of five years. Employees with 20 or more years of service are invited to a special luncheon where the President asks them to talk about what healthcare was like when they began their careers or to share funny stories. Prior to the evening, honorees receive a gift catalog. The banquet features a catered dinner, themed décor, with music and a slide show featuring honorees. Employees are recognized at the event with many employees participating in a video that walks through the years to reveal the most senior honorees of the night. In March of 2017, a recent retiree was honored for 50 years of service.
  • Employee Emergency Relief Fund: The SOMC Development Foundation has earmarked dollars to assist employees in the event they experience an emergency situation in their personal lives. The fund was created one spring when many employees were affected by flooding in the area and has continued to provide emergency relief to employees since. A committee reviews requests for assistance and distributes funds according to policy guidelines. The fund can provide employees up to $1000 for situations such as flooding, fire damage to the home, death of a spouse, etc. Employees receiving these funds are not required to pay back anything. Several employees donate to the fund through payroll deduction and proceeds from a local fair booth help build the fund.


$62,342 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Registered Nurse $110,481 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Nurse Manager
100% Match of employee’s 401(k)/403b contribution up to 2% of salary85% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for Full time employees)
85% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (for Full time employees) 80% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
16 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $10,500 Average Tuition Reimbursement
$10,500 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement
Welcome to SOMC, these guys offer a smile, and free Valet service to our patients.


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
19 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 16 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (2% use it)
  • Telecommute option (1% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (40% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Onsite Amenities (Full service discounted cafeteria with payroll deduction, On-site pharmacies with payroll deduction, On-site sales from various vendors, On-site fitness center, Three full-scale fitness centers, Free CPR classes, computer classes, and Leadership classes, Weight Watchers at work, Numerous fitness challenges, Massages at the fitness centers, Cycling groups, walking and running groups, Free EAP Services, ATM on-site, Arrangement with local car dealership to pick up cars at work for service, Discounted movie and amusement ticket sales, Free parking, Lactation room.)


60 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 51 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)19 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$3,500 Adoption benefit60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

Community and Environmental Impact

$14,125,297 Philanthropic donations in last year Director of Plant Operations Leads environmental impact team
Third-Party Conducted Environmental impact audit Yes Renewable energy program


  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • 12 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Over 80 SOMC employees passed out bottled water during a hot September parade route.


SOMC employees explain the importance of healthy eating to a child at the Scioto County fair.

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, 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 skills, credentials, and competency but a candidate’s fit with our culture is a must! Out recruiters look for a caring heart, positive attitude, those who embrace change, team-oriented and someone who tries to better themselves and their team.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Our recruiters love it when candidates demonstrate their knowledge of what our organization is all about. SOMC is different than other healthcare facilities in the area and we like those candidates who can articulate the difference and tell us why they will 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?

Applicants for Nursing position are always on our priority list. We are currently looking for Clinical Dietitians, Ultrasound Technicians and Radiology technologists as well.

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

665 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 7% Job Growth
22 Average applicants per opening 19,769 Total job applicants
12% New hires by employee referrals 37% Openings filled by current employees
135 Recent graduates hired 7% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
14% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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