On Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, Southeastern Med's Wellness Resources Department, will be offering a bone density screening at the Community HealthLink from 8-10 a.m. The Community HealthLink is located on the corner of Clark Street and Edgeworth Avenue in Cambridge.

The screening, which is a safe, painless, and accurate procedure, detects decreases in bone mass. These decreases are an indicator of osteoporosis, a bone weakening disease affecting 1 in 4 women. If detected early, osteoporosis can be treated.

Participants are asked to wear shoes and socks that are easily removed. The screening will require participants to place one of their feet upon the machine that will be used for the procedure, which normally requires 5-10 minutes to complete. Chelsea Master, Community Dietician with Southeastern Med, will be discussing the results for each individual.

This screening is only for women. Those 40 and older who have not had a bone density screening within two years, or have not been diagnosed with either osteoporosis or low bone mass, may participate. The fee is $10 per person and appointments are required. Walk-ins will not be permitted. Participants may make appointments by calling Wellness Resources at 435-2946, beginning Monday, August 27, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

High school students interested in learning about careers in the medical field are invited to attend Medical Explorers on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m., at Southeastern Med, 1341 Clark St., in Cambridge.

Medical Explorers provides young adults with the chance to learn about a variety of medical careers from healthcare professionals, as well as participate in hands-on activities designed to familiarize them with a specific aspect of medicine.

"It's an excellent opportunity for our area youth," said Marti Reed, advisor for Medical Explorers. "Many of our students came to Medical Explorers unsure if they wanted a career in the medical field. After attending the sessions, they were able to make the necessary plans for their future education and career. I have enjoyed helping these young people start down their educational path. I am also very proud of our professionals here at Southeastern Med who are willing to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for their various careers. Medical Explorers allows students to view, behind the scenes, what each department's role is in the Medical Center."

Explorers must be at least 14 years old in grades 9-12 to participate. Monthly meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 22; Nov. 19; and Dec. 17. The cost to of the program is $15. For more information or to request a registration packet, please call Marti Reed at 740-439-8168.

The fourth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Poker Run raised $13,649.50 for Southeastern Med’s Power Me Pink program, which helps Cambridge-area patients in their fight against breast cancer. These funds will be used to provide mammograms, transportation to and from treatment, and other services to alleviate some of the burdens they face during their treatment.

Not only did we beat our $10,000 goal, we doubled the amount raised in 2013.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Poker Run is organized by the Armed Forces Motorcycle Club, and participants come from all over the country. More than 170 people joined us for this event, and participation grows every year.

Southeastern Med would like to thank the Armed Forces Motorcycle Club, the Cambridge community, and all the individuals and businesses who donated their time, money and goods to support this worthy cause.

We hope to raise $20,000 at our event in 2015. For more information about the poker run, or to make an individual or corporate donation, please contact Jeff “Badger” Johnson at 740-704-7464 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, the Southeastern Med Auxiliary will be hosting a community health screening event to help raise funds to provide equipment to enhance patient comfort and improve the facilities available at Southeastern Med.

Southeastern Med Auxiliary is dedicated to enhancing patient care through community fundraisers. This year the Auxiliary members chose to further enhance their community efforts by providing a fundraiser that will also directly benefit those underinsured and uninsured of the community, ages 18 and older.

The event begins at 7 a.m. and will conclude at 9 a.m. The event consists of a Health Profile Screening for $50. This screening includes a complete blood count, comprehensive metabolic panel, lipid profile, and hemoglobin A1C. Participants may choose to also have a TSH (thyroid) and / or a PSA (prostate) screening performed for $15 each. The Health Profile screening package requires a 10 to 12 hour fast. Those participating can still take any morning medications as usual with small sips of water only.

Registration for this health event begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday August 20, by calling 740-435-2900. No walk-ins are permitted. The event will be held at the Community Health Link at 1205 Clark Street, Cambridge, OH. The Community Health Link is located on the corner of Clark Street and Edgeworth Avenue.

Drs. Vishnu and Sudha Saksena of New Concord feel satisfaction from living a healthy lifestyle. They strive to keep themselves physically and mentally healthy through exercise and sensible eating habits. Since this spring, the former Muskingum University college professors have been exercising at Southeastern Med’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab facility and are impressed by the holistic approach that it offers. Education, exercise in a medically-based setting, and socialization are components of the program that are combined to best serve you and help you reach your unique goals.

For the past ten years, the Saksena’s regularly exercised at a privately-owned recreational facility. This was something they chose to do on their own, rather than because of a physician recommendation. Vishnu had a heart stent put in ten years ago and is also a diabetic. He initially started exercising as a way to counteract his health problems and keep his body agile. This March, Sudha underwent angioplasty in Columbus. Angioplasty is a procedure used to open narrow or blocked coronary (heart) arteries. This restores blood flow to the heart muscle. As part of her recovery, Sudha’s physician, based out of Columbus, suggested that she exercise at Southeastern Med’s Cardiac and Rehabilitation Facility through the twelve week program. Her physician had heard wonderful comments about the facility and knew the convenience that a local facility could provide in this medically- based setting. The Saksena’s decided that this would be an activity that they could enjoy together. Mr. and Mrs. Saksena were previously unaware that Southeastern Med offered this exercise program and were amazed that this comprehensive program is available in our small community.

Mr. and Mrs. Saksena make an effort to exercise at least three days a week at Southeastern Med’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab facility. They both noted that, even when feeling tired, exercise provides them with an added boost of energy and refreshment. “I like to garden in the mornings, and afterward I am naturally tired. Then I come to exercise and I am rejuvenated again. Exercise always gives me more energy,” noted Sudha. When you are fatigued, exercise may be the last thing on your mind, but choosing to exercise anyway may give you extra energy.

“The staff is fantastic!’ exclaimed Vishnu. “ When you have a combination of compassion and welfare of the patient, plus professionalism, it’s a winning combination! We have not seen this in a long time.” The staff working in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab is dedicated to the health of their clients and your safety is their first priority. Mrs. Saksena assures that, “Every single person we have met here—A+. You don’t have to ask--they’re looking for ways to help you. You aren’t aware that someone’s watching you, but they are always looking out for you!”

The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program serves those who are recovering from a serious cardiac disease or are living with a chronic respiratory disorder. The program is designed to meet the unique needs of each individual through medically-based recommendations. Typically, those experiencing cardiac and pulmonary problems begin the program through a physician referral.

Individuals experiencing various conditions take part in a twelve week program involving exercise and breathing retraining, emotional support, and health education. Participants come to the facility three days per week and are able to use quality fitness equipment under medical supervision. Weekly, participants are given a brief education course in addition to exercising. Experts in various fields provide information on subjects ranging from nutrition to understanding appropriate medication usage. A special exercise course is also led on a weekly basis and includes instruction and practice with various types of strength training. The program is usually covered by most insurance programs.

Whether you’ve had a condition for years, were recently diagnosed with a cardiac or pulmonary disease, or want to prevent disease, a specialized program is available for you. Upon physician approval, the program begins with a thorough evaluation by the medical center’s skilled rehabilitation team to develop a personalized treatment plan. “There are many benefits associated with exercise! This program is especially crucial for those with cardiac and pulmonary conditions,” stated Michelle Carter, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Coordinator at Southeastern Med.

Since March, Medicare now accepts chronic heart failure as a condition warranting treatment, noted Carter. Chronic heart failure is one of the most common diagnosis’ for re-admission, showing the importance of rehabilitation care for this condition. This expansion in coverage is exciting news that will greatly benefit our area.

For more information about Southeastern Med’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, speak with your physician or call the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at 740-439-8528 or 740-439-8297.

Congratulations to Southeastern Med's team member, Nacy Neff!

Nacy is our Health Care Worker of the year and a the Ohio Hosptial Association's Albert E. Dyckes award finalist. Check out the Ohio Hospital Association's video of the recognition awards ceremony and see Nacy accepting her award.

Nacy Neff - SEORMC

We're so proud to have you on our team, Nacy!