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.

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, May 3, 2011 - Looking for something to keep your child active and away from the television this summer?  If your child will be entering the third, fourth or fifth grade and is at an unhealthy weight, consider registering him or her for Southeastern Med’s Camp Go!

Camp Go! will be held June 13 to June 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and June 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cambridge YMCA Family Center, 1301 Clairmont Ave., in Cambridge. Camp Go! provides a safe and supportive environment for children to explore exercise through sports, games, swimming, arts, crafts and much more. They also learn about healthy eating and making the right food choices to live a healthy life style.

Camp Go! is a combined effort of Southeastern Med, the Cambridge Area YMCA, and the Guernsey County Health Department along with significant monetary contributions from Southeastern Med’s Auxiliary, William (Buck) and Nancy Meighen, Medical Associates, and Dr. Pat and Karen Goggin.

The cost to attend Camp Go! is $35 per child. Campers will be provided with lunch and snacks each day, transportation and admittance to all events, a Camp Go! t-shirt and lots of surprises along the way.

Space is limited to 24 campers, so don’t delay. The registration deadline is June 3. To learn more about Camp Go! or to receive a registration packet, please call 740-439-8977.

Anti-Tobacco Competition WinnersCAMBRIDGE, Ohio, April 27, 2011 - Everyday more than 6,000 children experiment with a tobacco product, and 50 percent of them become regular tobacco users.

Southeastern Med honored eight fifth grade students in Guernsey and Noble counties, whose drawings were entered into the Ohio Tar Wars poster contest, with a pizza party and a $25 gift card. The winners pictured left to right are: Trinity Milliken from St. Benedicts School; Destiny Berry from Brooke Elementary; Faith Dimmerling from Shenandoah Elementary; Gabrielle Huggins, Cambridge South Elementary; Parker Yontz from Byesville Elementary; Amiya Mourer from Cambridge Central Elementary; Chloe Elliott from Cambridge North Elementary; and Paige Ferguson from Caldwell Elementary. The American Academy of Family Physicians selected Chloe Elliott’s poster as its first place winner for Ohio, Paige Ferguson won third place and Destiny Berry received fourth place.

Tar Wars is a national initiative of the American Academy of Family Physicians designed to curtail the fast growing rate of childhood smokers by educating students, mobilizing the efforts of healthcare providers and encouraging community involvement. Tar Wars is co-sponsored locally by the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians Foundation and Southeastern Med.

Butler Justice enjoys a morning workout while Pulmonary Rehabilitation staff members at Southeastern Med (l to r) Kim Orr, RRT, and Michelle Carter, EP, stop to monitor his progress.
Pictured above – Butler Justice enjoys a morning workout while Pulmonary Rehabilitation staff members at Southeastern Med (l to r) Kim Orr, RRT, and Michelle Carter, EP, stop to monitor his progress.

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, March 7, 2011 – The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Southeastern Med aspires to improve the health and functional status of patients who live with chronic respiratory disorders. In recognition of National Pulmonary Rehabilitation Week March 13-19, Southeastern Med’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation staff encourages those with a chronic lung disease to crossover from inactivity to activity, and become an active participant in life again.

Butler Justice, of Senecaville Lake, began pulmonary rehabilitation at Southeastern Med in February of 2009 with the goal to feel better and become more active. While hospitalized after heart surgery in September of 2008, Butler was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which refers to chronic bronchitis and emphysema, a pair of commonly co-existing diseases of the lungs in which the airways become narrowed.

“I was constantly out of breath and could barely do 5 minutes on any exercise machine when I first started rehab,” Butler said. “But now, I am able to do between 50-60 minutes on any machine.”

Southeastern Med’s Athletic Trainers
Southeastern Med’s Athletic Trainers pictured (l to r) Joshua Knott, MA, ATC, CSCS; Amy Zalenski, MAE, ATC, LAT; Angie Nelson, ATC, LAT; and Michael Marston, ATC, LAT

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, March 4, 2011 – It may be funny when a cartoon character gets bonked on the head, but it’s not so funny when it happens in real life. Feeling confused or dazed for a little while, having poor concentration or being knocked out after getting hit in the head are all symptoms of a very serious head injury called a concussion.

In recognition of March as National Athletic Training Month, Southeastern Med’s Athletic Trainers warn parents, coaches and teen athletes about the seriousness of sports-related head injuries.

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. Athletes who sustain concussions usually recover without lasting health problems by following certain precautions and taking a breather from sports. But a child with an undiagnosed concussion can be at risk for brain damage, disability and even death.

“Concussions can be complex injuries to assess and treat because symptoms do not always emerge right away and sometimes can persist for weeks or months,” said Amy Zalenski, MAE, ATC, LAT, CES, Certified Athletic Trainer at Southeastern Med’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services. “Even without a loss of consciousness, it’s important for the athlete to be under close watch for symptoms of a concussion.”