Michael McKayCAMBRIDGE, Ohio, July 5, 2011 – Southeastern Med is proud to announce the nomination of Michael McKay RN, BSN, CNOR, CMLSO, for this year’s Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award, presented by the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA). McKay joined nominees from 76 hospitals from across the state at a recognition dinner on June 15 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.

“I want to extend congratulations to Mike on behalf of Southeastern Med’s Board of Directors, management, and Mike’s co-workers,” said Ray Chorey, President and CEO of Southeastern Med. “Mike has joined an elite group of healthcare providers in Ohio who are acknowledged for their commitment to their profession, their communities, and their hospitals. We are so fortunate to have him as part of our healthcare team.”

Southeastern Med nominated McKay for his 30 years of dedication and service to the medical center. McKay began his career at Southeastern Med in January of 1978. He graduated in 1977 from OU Zanesville with an associate degree in Nursing. He later earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio University in 1994. He also was the first nurse at Southeastern Med to become a certified for perioperative nurse (CNOR), as well as a certified medical laser safety officer (CMLSO).

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Women’s Auxiliary, with assistance from the Men’s Auxiliary Post 3760, recently donated $1,000 to Southeastern Med’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Women’s Auxiliary recently donated $1,000 to Southeastern Med’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit. Shown presenting the check to the unit are front row: Don Huston, vice president of Marketing, Planning and Development at Southeastern Med, Audra Garrett, Women’s Auxiliary member; Helen Laughman, president of the Women’s Auxiliary; Howard Meyer, Men’s Auxiliary member; Michelle Carter, EP; and Kim Orr, RRT. Back Row: Richard Garrett, commander of VFW Post 3760 and Bob Calaway, pulmonary rehabilitation patient at Southeastern Med. The Auxiliary, with assistance from the Men’s Auxiliary Post 3760, raised money for the donation through raffles, a Valentine’s dance and many other fundraisers. The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit plans to use the money to buy new exercise equipment.

Southeastern Med has been granted a three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease.  The standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

“The Breast Center Accreditation is a wonderful accomplishment made possible due to a committed effort by all members of the breast care team at Southeastern Med,” said Michael Sarap, M.D., surgeon with Southeastern Ohio Physicians, Inc. and Southeastern Med medical staff member. “The award takes into account available diagnostic modalities, including mammography, ultrasound, MRI and radiologic breast biopsy techniques, therapeutic treatments, which include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, and breast support services, including support groups, breast navigators, education, genetics testing and many other services. The accreditation affirms that state-of-the-art care and support services have been provided and will continue to be provided to all area women with breast cancer and benign breast disease. While there are some specialty services, like breast reconstruction, that must be coordinated with other institutions, local women should be comforted and reassured that the breast care they receive by the professionals at Southeastern Med is of the highest quality.”

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, May 18, 2011 – Nagging pain in the hip and knee forces more than 500,000 people to undergo joint replacement surgery each year. And for years, doctors asked younger patients to live with the pain to avoid revision surgery a decade down the road. Those days are officially over.

Corey A. Jackson, DO, orthopedic surgeon at Southeastern Med, now offers a solution called Verilast Technology. It’s a metal alloy – oxinium – that has the feel of a ceramic and is supported by new FDA approved evidence. This smoother surface allows less scratching and less wear. It can last 30 years, while the old chrome cersion lasted just 15. And simulations show, after three decades the alloy has 81 percent less wear than three years of the chrome.

Join Dr. Jackson and Sara Saft, MS, PA-C as they take you step-by-step through the new 30 year hip and knee replacement, as well as the direct anterior approach to hip replacement surgery on May 25, from 6-7 p.m. at Southeastern Med, located at 1341 Clark St., in Cambridge.

Light refreshments will be served. Registration to the presentation is required by May 24. To register for the presentation, please call 740-439-8187.

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, May 18, 2011 – Southeastern Med will host a community health screening on June 3 from 7-9 a.m. for individuals ages 18 and older at the New Concord Village Hall in New Concord.

The screening consists of a 26-panel lab screening for $45. Participants may choose to also have a TSH (thyroid) and PSA (prostate) screening performed for $10 each. The 26-panel screening requires a 10 to 12 hour fast with only water permitted. Those participating can still take any morning medications as usual.

As registration for this health screening is required, walk-ins will not be accepted. Registration will begin May 23 at 9 a.m. For more information or to register, call 740-435-2900.

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, April 20, 2011 – Southeastern Med was recently awarded more than $53,000 from the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fund the medical center’s Power Me Pink program. Southeastern Med was one of 31 breast health programs to receive more than $1.5 million in funding from Komen Columbus.

“Every dollar raised helps save lives in Ohio. Sadly, Ohio still has the fourth highest mortality rate from breast cancer, but we are doing our best to lower that statistic,” said Katie Carter, executive director of Komen Columbus. “Each year we are able to fund more breast health programs with more dollars to make a bigger impact for women in our 30-county service area. This year the majority of our dollars are going to ensure that thousands of underserved and under-insured Ohioans will get screened for breast cancer. Other focuses for our dollars are education and outreach programs and breast cancer treatment and survivor support programs.”

Southeastern Med’s Power Me Pink project provides women who are uninsured and underinsured with breast health education, clinical breast exams, mammograms and additional testing if necessary. The program serves women 35 years and older who earn between 250-300 percent of the poverty level with breast health education and mammograms. The project also reaches women younger than 35 years of age who have a family history of breast cancer.