Each year approximately 60,000 preschool children are taken to the hospital after accidently ingesting prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
In many cases, these incidents could have easily been avoided. Simple steps such as locking up your medicine cabinet or disposing of unused or expired medications will greatly reduce the risk of medications falling into the wrong hands or being misused.
Cambridge, Ohio - Staff from Southeastern Med recently attended a conference hosted by the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) in Washington, D.C. from April 5-8.
During the 4-day conference, multiple staff members from Southeastern Med presented information about cancer research. Dr. Michael Sarap spoke about teambuilding and how highly functional teams operate in a successful cancer program. Some of the highlights from his presentation included the role of emotional intelligence in the workplace and the value of creativity and innovation when driving success.
The Ohio Partners for Cancer Control and the American Cancer Society honored Southeastern Med with the Blue Star Recognition for its increased colorectal cancer screening rates. The recognition is given to hospital systems making efforts to perform more colorectal cancer screenings.
The goal of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable – established by the American Cancer Society – is to have 80 percent of adults 50 and older screened for colorectal cancer by 2018.
Cambridge, Ohio - Richard Degenhart describes himself as an “old, country social worker” who “just does his job.” His colleagues, however, paint him as someone with a deep compassion for the fragility of the human spirit and an ardent belief in its resilience. That compassion and belief is, perhaps, what led him to spend the entirety of his career in patient care and advocacy, and definitely what prompted his peers to nominate him for Ohio Hospital Association’s Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award.
Great leaders help those they encounter recognize their full potential and take the actions needed to achieve it. Richard Degenhart is a great leader.
His voice doesn’t boom with authority; his words echo with quiet reflection. He doesn’t issue directives or write the letter of new procedures; he develops the confidence of those around him.
Richard’s unique leadership style revolves around asking questions and listening to the answers, which gives his peers and patients the freedom to explore their own ideas and determine how to implement them effectively – turning them into leaders in their own right.
Of course, like any supportive mentor, Richard is happy to offer insight and provide connections to necessary resources. Under his guidance, Richard’s colleagues have developed their professional skills, his patients have found their voices and taken an active role in their care plans, and our hospital has expanded the services we’re able to provide.
He doesn’t regard his actions as such, but Richard often goes above and beyond the call of duty in service to his patients and his colleagues. As Director of Case Management in the Quality Care Management department, Richard is responsible for discharge planning. He assesses patient needs for outside services and makes arrangements for patients before they leave the hospital, including liaising with insurance carriers and coordinating additional financial resources, so there’s no gap in the continuum of care.
One area where Southeastern Med had a care gap was mental health services. If a patient presented in crisis, we could treat immediate conditions but had no way to evaluate a need for or facilitate referral to outside services. Richard fostered a partnership with Allwell Behavioral Health that allows our patients to receive free mental health assessments. He also assigned a dedicated case worker to the Cancer Center who helps with resource acquisition, referrals and emotional support.
Richard uses his experience in patient care and advocacy to help with personal matters, too. He’s connected colleagues with programs and resources for aging parents struggling with dementia, teenagers battling depression and many other private circumstances.
Richard truly embodies the hospital’s mission of providing high-quality, comprehensive, affordable, patient-centered health care that addresses community needs. As Case Manager Director of the Quality Management Department, his primary focus is always what’s best for the patient. Richards works closely with our physicians, nurses and medical staff to maintain the highest standards of patient care during treatment and after discharge. He speaks for the patients, giving a voice to those who are often voiceless, and provides families with all the information and resources they need to act as advocates on behalf of their loved ones.
Richard also goes out of his way to serve the often neglected and misunderstood populations of those with mental health disorders and substance abuse problems by participating in local community programs focused on expanded specific services in our community.
Currently, he’s a member of CHOICES, a multi-disciplinary community-action coalition fighting systemic drug and alcohol addiction in the region. He also serves on the Mental Health & Recovery Services Board’s Guernsey County Criminal Justice Collaborative, which is developing a mechanism for a specialized court docket for individuals with mental illness and/or addiction disorders who may benefit from intensive court‐monitored behavioral health treatment.
Richard also spent several years as a volunteer for the Red Cross and served as a sworn officer in the Police Auxiliary.
For all these reasons, and innumerable others, Southeastern Med is proud to nominate Richard Degenhart, Case Manager Director of the Quality Care Management Team, for the Ohio Hospital Association, Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award.
Cambridge, Ohio - Few people fear anything more than being diagnosed with cancer. For Cambridge’s own Jeff Milton, that fear became a reality.
While he could have traveled to Zanesville or other surrounding cities for treatment, Jeff knew he would receive high-quality healthcare at Southeastern Med’s Cambridge Regional Cancer Center, and not having to travel would make it easier and less hectic for him to receive treatment.
As Jeff began his cancer treatment, his oncologist, Dr. Alkhouri, discovered that he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm. This condition occurs when the lower region of the aorta becomes enlarged and weakened. It’s often called a “silent killer” because symptoms don’t manifest until it is too late.
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