Daffodil LuncheonSoutheastern Med Auxiliary Wing 12 members are preparing for the 47th Annual Daffodil Luncheon to be held on April 25 at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center with doors opening at 11:30 am. Tickets for the event are available for $25. You may purchase your ticket from Wing 12 member, Connie McVey at 432-7148 or Rita Nolan, Auxiliary and Volunteer Coordinator at Southeastern Med at 439-8151. Those attending have the opportunity to win door prizes as well as purchase Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle tickets, and quilt tickets. A delicious luncheon and style show featuring formal and casual wear for this spring and summer will delight every lady. Pictured above with this year's quilt are Wing 12 members (l to r): Angela DeVore, Tina Todd & Amanda Cox. Quilt tickets will be available from any Wing 12 member, the Southeastern Med Gift Shop, and Nothing But Chocolate in downtown Cambridge. For more information, please call Rita at 439-8151.

: Pictured are (l to r) Dr. Eyad Mahayri and Dr. Scott Harron interpreting CT scan results. On Thursday, March 26th, 2015, Southeastern Med will be offering a CT lung cancer screening from 5:30-8:30pm. CT screenings are quick, painless, and provide better detection of lung cancer than a chest x-ray. Individual results will be interpreted by a board certified radiologist and will be given at the time of the screening. Dr. Eyad Mahayri, MD, FCCP, pulmonologist and Chief of Staff at Southeastern Med; and Dr. Scott Harron, radiologist with Radiology Associates of Zanesville, will also be donating their time to meet with every patient to discuss and explain the results of their individual CT scan.

In order to participate in the screening you must be a current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the past 15 years (age 55-74 years), have a history of smoking at least a pack a day for 30 years, or have no history of lung cancer and must be symptom free.

The screening costs $95 and appointments may be made by calling (740)439-8930.

Every year, many people finish up the holiday season with a New Year's resolution to lose weight. To help individuals meet their healthy weight loss and exercise goals, Southeastern Med will offer a Group Lifestyle Balance™ (GLB) program beginning in January.

GLB is a diabetes prevention and education program created to provide a fun and supportive way to learn how to eat healthy and increase physical activity for a lifetime. Each GLB class offered by Southeastern Med is led by a health care professional who completed the GLB training workshop provided by the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Prevention Support Center. The goals for each GLB participant are to achieve and maintain a weight loss of 7 percent, and to safely and gradually increase to 150 minutes per week of moderately intense physical activity similar to a brisk walk.

"Most weight loss plans are fads that offer short-term solutions to a long-term problem, "said Julie Marsh, RD, Registered Dietitian at Southeastern Med and a GLB Program Leader. "Many people find these plans impossible to stay on for a lengthy period of time. Group Lifestyle Balance offers a positive change in lifestyle, where permanent weight loss and maintenance is a result of enjoyable exercise and diet. By balancing food intake and exercise, you can achieve your ideal weight."

"Many health issues are a result of obesity, including diabetes," said Cindy Fisher, BSN, RN, Certified Diabetes Educator at Southeastern Med and a GLB Program Leader. "The research behind this program has proven that exercise and weight loss can decrease the odds of getting diabetes."

The new session of GLB will be held weekly on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. starting Jan. 13 at the Guernsey County Library Crossroads Branch. Throughout the year, participants will receive a binder with class materials, a Calorie King and Carbohydrate Counter book, a pedometer, an exerband, as well as pre, mid-point and post blood work. The blood work includes a lipid panel which evaluates triglycerides and cholesterol components and a HgbA1c, a test that reflects the average blood sugar level for the past three months.

The group schedule includes 22 sessions during a 12 month period of time. The initial 12 sessions are held weekly with the remaining sessions gradually fading from weekly, to bi-weekly, to finally monthly.

To be eligible for the program, participants must have one the following conditions:

  • High blood pressure;
  • Pre-diabetes or history of gestational diabetes;
  • High cholesterol or triglycerides; or
  • Overweight with a body mass index (BMI) above or equal to 25.

The fee for the class is $40. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. GLB is an education and support program, and all physical activity goals will be completed outside of class. For more information about the class, please call 740-435-2946.

While the holidays are a time of celebration and happy memories, for parents who have lost a child, the stress of the holidays takes on an entirely different meaning.

To help these families cope during this season, Southeastern Med's Parents' Grief Support Group will host its annual Tree of Angels program on Sunday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. in Southeastern Med's cafeteria. Parents and family members who have lost a child of any age are invited to attend.

The evening will begin with the families gathering to socialize for a covered-dish dinner. Meat and potatoes will be provided. A candlelight service and tree decoration will follow the dinner. Parents and family members are encouraged to share a poem, story, picture or song that holds a special memory with their child.

Attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share and their own ornament for the tree. Parents may also bring a toy to donate to the Guernsey County Secret Santa program in memory of their child.

Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by Dec. 1 by calling Wendi Miller, RN, at 740-439-8868.

It is the leading cause of kidney disease, blindness, and amputation, yet nearly 25% of people who have it don't even know it. Chances are that you or someone you love has been affected by diabetes in some way. Even if you haven't been affected by diabetes, you need to know that diabetes is the biggest public health crisis of the 21st century, and it continues to grow in epidemic proportions. Nearly 29 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. The death rate for diabetes has continued to grow since 1987, contributing to two top causes of death, heart disease and stroke.

Diabetes means that your blood sugar is too high. Your blood always has some sugar in it because the body uses sugar for energy. It's the fuel that keeps you going, but too much sugar in the blood is not good for your health.

Your body changes most of the food you eat into sugar. Your blood takes the sugar to the cells throughout your body. The sugar needs insulin to get into the body's cells. Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas, an organ near the stomach. The pancreas releases insulin into the blood. Insulin helps the sugar from food get into body cells. If your body does not make enough insulin or the insulin does not work right, the sugar can't get into the cells, so it stays in the blood. This makes your blood sugar level high, causing you to have diabetes.

Pre-diabetes means your blood sugar is higher than normal, but lowers than the diabetes range. It also means you are at risk for getting type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The good news is you can reduce the risk of getting diabetes and even return to normal blood sugar levels with modest weight loss and moderate physical activity.

There are two main types of diabetes that occur in both men and women of all ages and races. Type 1 diabetes is commonly diagnosed in children and young adults, but it's a lifelong condition. If you have this type of diabetes, your body does not make insulin, so you must take insulin every day. Treatment for type 1 diabetes includes the administration of insulin, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes – about 9 out of 10 people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. You can get type 2 diabetes at any age, even during childhood. In type 2 diabetes, your body makes insulin, but the insulin can't do its job, so sugar is not getting into the cells. Treatment includes taking medicine, eating healthy, exercising regularly, and controlling blood pressure and cholesterol. You're at an increased risk for developing pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes if you:

  • Are 45 years of age or older.
  • Are overweight.
  • Have a family history of type 2 diabetes.
  • Are physically active fewer than three times per week.
  • Ever gave birth to a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.
  • Ever had diabetes while pregnant (gestational diabetes).

The exact causes of both types of diabetes are still not known. Type 1 diabetes tends to show up after a person is exposed to a trigger, such as a virus, which can start an attack on the cells in the pancreas that make insulin. There is no one cause for type 2 diabetes, but it seems to run in families, and most people who get type 2 diabetes are overweight.

It's important to note that there is no cure for diabetes at this time. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is doing research in hopes of finding cures for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Many different approaches to curing diabetes are being studied, and researches are making progress.

"According to the Community Health Needs Assessment for Guernsey County, completed in July 2013," states Cindy Fisher, RN, CDE, "nutrition, obesity and physical activity as well as heart disease and stroke are within the top six health conditions to be focused on within our community. Although diabetes was not listed within the top 6, it can be a result of obesity/decreased physical activity and can contribute to heart disease and stroke." Chris Veselenak, RN, CDE adds, "By improving your blood sugar and A1c levels, you can decrease the risk of developing the devastating effects of diabetes such as blindness, kidney disease, heart disease and amputations."

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may benefit from participating in Southeastern Med's Outpatient Diabetes Education Program. The program consists of a comprehensive healthcare team coordinated by Cindy Fisher, RN, CDE (Registered Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator) and Julie Beck, RD, LD (Registered/Licensed Dietitian). After scheduling an appointment, you will meet privately with a registered dietitian or diabetes educator who will provide education about diet, meter usage, and insulin, if necessary. You will attend group education classes and have the option of participating in a supervised exercise program.

The Group Lifestyle Balance Program is also available to those who have pre-diabetes and/or are overweight to prevent the onset of diabetes. To learn more about Southeastern Med's Diabetes Self-Management Program, Group Lifestyle Balance, support groups, or in-house services, call 740-435-2946.

Also check out the American Diabetes Association website for this year's theme: "America Gets Cooking to Stop Diabetes"! Choosing a healthy, active lifestyle is one of the most important things you can do to manage or prevent diabetes. Get tips for cooking nutritious and delicious food, and for being more active, from the American Diabetes Association at http://diabetesforecast.org/adm.

Diabetes affects nearly 29 million Americans and an estimated 86 million people are at risk for developing the disease. According to the 2011 statistics from the Center for Disease Control, diabetes affects 13.3 percent of the Guernsey County population.

On Monday, November 3rd, Southeastern Med's Dining with a Doc program will host a presentation highlighting diabetes, obesity and heart disease. John Caffaratti, MD, Cardiology Consultants will be speaking at Southeastern Med's cafeteria, located at 1341 Clark St., in Cambridge. Dinner will begin at 6 pm followed by the presentation at 6:30 pm.

"In response to our Community Health Needs Assessment, nutrition, obesity, and physical activity (as well as heart disease and stroke) are within the top six health conditions to be focused on in our community. Diabetes can be a result of obesity/decreased physical activity and can contribute to heart disease and stroke", explained Cindy Fisher, RN, CDE at Southeastern Med. " Sometimes just making small changes in your diet and exercise routines can add up to big results in avoiding the devastating complications of diabetes," said Chris Veselenak, RN, CDE at Southeastern Med.

Registration for Dining with a Doc is required by Oct. 27. Seating is limited. For more information or to register, please call Southeastern Med's Wellness Resources Department at 740-435-2900.

Area individuals age 55 and older are invited to attend the 2014 Older Adult Health Fair on Oct. 17th, from 9 -11:30 a.m., at the Guernsey County Senior Citizens' Center, 1022 Carlisle Ave in Cambridge. The health fair provides area residents the opportunity to access low-cost health screenings, enjoy a variety of exhibits, win door prizes and enjoy themselves in a safe and secure environment.

"Since 1995, the Older Adult Health Fair has proven to be an event that individuals, 55 and older who live in Cambridge and the surrounding communities, look forward to every year," said Kathy Fetzer, Coordinator for the Older Adult Health Fair at Southeastern Med. "Several Southeastern Med departments and physicians associated with the medical center provide the most up-to-date medical information and technology that is available, while local businesses and agencies provide valuable information that attendees can readily utilize."

Local businesses and agencies participating in this year's fair include: the Area Agency on Aging, Avada, Beckett House of New Concord, Cambridge Fire Department, Cambridge Heights Apartments, Cambridge Metropolitan Housing, Guernsey County Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group, Guernsey County CASA,Guernsey County Senior Citizens Center, Guernsey County sheriff's office, M.C. Mobility Systems, Meridian at Cambridge, Summit Acres, Western Southern Life, Peterson Rehabilitation Hospital, LOOP, and more.

Departments and physicians associated with Southeastern Med will also be providing exhibits including; Dr. Michael Sarap, surgeon with Southeastern Ohio Physicians, Inc.; Dr. Corey Jackson, orthopedic surgeon at Southeastern Med; Dr. Charles Perry, podiatrist; Wellness Resources, Cancer Registry and the Power Me Pink Mammogram Program; Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab, Endoscopy, Fall Prevention Taskforce, and Southeastern Med Nutrition Services (including Chef Scott with a treat).

Foot health, hearing, blood pressure, vascular, and skin cancer screenings will also be offered free of charge but an appointment is required for the foot health and hearing screenings. Participants are asked to wear shoes and socks that can be easily removed for the foot health screening. Appointments can be made beginning October 1st by calling 740-435-2900.

Southeastern Med's Laboratory Services will provide blood screenings at the event for the following; glucose and lipid profile for $23, thyroid for $23 and prostate for $26. The screenings require 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. Appointments can be made beginning October 1st by calling 740-435-2900.

Flu vaccines will be available at the event provided by the Guernsey County Health Department. Participants must present their Medicare or Medicaid card and be 55 years or older. Those without a Medicare or Medicaid card will be required to pay the vaccine fee. For questions regarding the flu vaccines, please call Angela Gray at the Guernsey County Health Department at 740-439-3577.

The Guernsey County Sheriff's Department will be collecting any expired or unused medications for proper disposal during the fair.

Admission to the health fair is free for seniors 55 years and older. Parking is available at the senior center and at the furthest section of the Elk's parking lot. The senior center's transportation van is available for anyone needing a ride to the fair. To reserve a seat, please call the senior center at 740-432-3838.

Are you having trouble finding health insurance that fits your needs and your budget? Once again members of our community will have the opportunity to purchase private health insurance through the Healthcare Marketplace, a website offering insurance plans available through the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchange. Some states operate their own Marketplace. In other states like Ohio, the Marketplace is run by the federal government. Most people must have health coverage or pay a fee. In 2015 the fee will be $325 per person, or 2% of your income, whichever is higher. Some people may qualify for exemption from this fee. Marketplace Open Enrollment for 2015 coverage begins November 15th, 2014, and runs through February 15, 2015.

The Marketplace is designed to help uninsured people find affordable health coverage with plans that cover essential health benefits, pre-existing conditions, and preventative care.

All of the plans in the Marketplace cover a comprehensive set of benefits; including doctor visits, hospital stays, preventative care, and prescriptions. You cannot be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. With one streamlined application you can find out if you qualify for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, or savings you can use right away to lower your monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Most people who apply will qualify for some kind of savings.

By visiting Healthcare.gov you will be able to compare your health coverage options and see what your premium, deductibles, and out-of-pocket costs will be for choosing a plan. Comparing plans based on price, benefits, quality, and other features is important to help you chose the plan that will best meet your individual healthcare needs.

We recommend that you consider some key factors before choosing a health plan. There are a variety of plans to meet all needs and budgets. Consider your health care needs and how much you are able to spend on premiums each month when choosing a plan. If you expect to have frequent doctor visits or treatments and need regular prescriptions, you may want to select a plan that has higher monthly premiums but will pay more of the cost of your care. This could significantly help lower your out-of-pocket cost for each doctor visit, medical procedure, or prescriptions. It is also important for you to know that the lowest premium plan may not include Southeastern Med and our local physicians as providers. This means that if you need to utilize the services of the hospital or your physician, you may be seeking care "outside of your plan" and it is possible the services will not be paid by insurance. Currently, Southeastern Med participates with Anthem, MMO, and InHealth Marketplace plans in Guernsey County. When making your selection, seek to find out if your local hospitals and doctors have signed a contract to provide care to patients insured by that plan.

There are resources available right now to help you learn about types of health coverage, research your questions, and get ready to choose a health plan that gives you the right balance of costs and coverage.

  • Visit HealthCare.gov and sign up to get text message and email updates.
  • Call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325.
  • "Like" Facebook.com/HealthCareGov
    • "Follow" @HealthCareGov on Twitter

It is Southeastern Med's goal to keep healthcare affordable for members of our community. We have staff that are Certified Application Counselors for the Marketplace and can assist you in understanding your options and completing an application. You are encouraged to contact our financial counselors. Southeastern Med's financial counselors can be reached by calling 740-439-8140 and selecting option 4.

You can access Southeastern Med's financial assistance application and billing, collections, HCAP and charity policies here.

Breast Torso - Dr. Sarap
Pictured is Dr. Michael Sarap, surgeon at Southeastern Ohio Physicians Inc. and Southeastern Med medical staff member, standing beside Southeastern Med's Inflatable Breast Torso.

On Thursday, October 16th, from 4pm -8pm at the Community Healthlink, Southeastern Med's Power Me Pink program will be offering free breast cancer screenings and mammograms to those in our community. Specifically, this screening is geared toward those over the age of 40 with limited resources who are underinsured or uninsured. Southeastern Med's Power Me Pink program provides women and men who are uninsured and underinsured with breast health education, clinical breast exams, mammograms and additional testing if necessary. The program serves men and women 35-64 years old who earn below 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.

Surgeons from Southeast Ohio Physicians (Drs. Sarap, Leslie, Paulick, and O'Hanlon) will be conducting the breast screenings. Melissa Corbett, RT (R) (M), mammography technologist at Southeastern Med, will be conducting any necessary mammograms. Also, Southeastern Med's resource counselors will also be available to confidentially discuss healthcare insurance, including Medicaid and Healthcare Marketplace. Educational information regarding breast cancer and prevention will be provided and the breast torso will be on display. "We are so happy to be able to offer this service (free mammograms) to patients!" stated Melissa Corbett. "The American Cancer Society continues to recommend a clinical breast exam every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over. You should always be proactive when it comes to your health and cancer prevention. You should continue to have regular checkups, even if you feel fine. "

This free service for our community is funded through a grant from the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. An RSVP is required in order to attend the upcoming screening. To see if you qualify and to register, please call Southeastern Med's Mammogram Hotline at 740-435-2500.