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Cambridge, OH — Two new procedures have recently been performed at Southeastern Med. The UroLift System is new treatment for symptoms of an enlarged prostate (BPH). Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation is a treatment for varicose veins.

Dr. Cliff Maximo has recently performed a number of UroLift treatments for men with BPH. This minimally invasive procedure lifts or holds the enlarged prostate tissue out of the way so it no longer blocks the urethra. There is no cutting, heating or removal of prostate tissue, and clinical data has shown that the UroLift treatment is effective in relieving lower urinary tract symptoms due to BPH without compromising sexual function.

The UroLift System is a new alternative for patients looking for something other than drug therapy or more invasive surgery, and Dr. Maximo is one of the few doctors in the region that has experience with this new system. Over the years, Dr. Maximo and Southeast Med have been known for being on the forefront of new urological procedures, not only for BPH but for kidney stone treatment as well.

Another physician bringing new surgical procedures to Southeastern Med is Dr. Jackson Flanigan, the first physician in the area to perform successful endovenous radiofrequency ablation procedures for the treatment of varicose veins.

Varicose veins – enlarged, gnarled veins that develop mostly in the feet and legs – can be caused by pregnancy, hormonal changes, genetic disorders, obesity, sleep disorders, high blood pressure levels, and lifestyle-associated factors such as prolonged standing and increased stress levels.

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The Southeastern Med Auxiliary ‘Wonderland of Trees’ will once again be bringing the joy and magic of the holiday season to the hospital hallways for patients, families and employees to enjoy.

Co-Chairmen for the 26th annual event are Dr. Michael Sarap and Dr. Patrick Goggin. This year the Wonderland of Trees will be held on Friday, November 17th beginning at 6:00 pm at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center. Tickets are $30 per person or full tables may be purchased by calling 740-439-8151.

Candy-colored garland, shimmery tinsel and ornaments of all shapes, sizes and varieties will be on display garnishing the Southeastern Med lobby beginning November 7th thru November 15th. The public are invited to come in and vote on the displays for their ‘People’s Choice’ winner.

Auxiliary members attribute the success of the event to the local businesses that put so much effort into producing a showpiece Christmas tree. All proceeds from this year’s event will go toward the Auxiliary’s $250,000 pledge toward the Southeastern Med Cancer Center Capital Campaign.

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Cambridge, Ohio – While undergoing cancer treatment at Southeastern Med, lifelong Byesville resident Jeff Milton was diagnosed with an abdominal aortic aneurysm – an enlarged, weakened area in the lower part of the aorta. This condition is referred to as a “silent killer” because there are often no symptoms until it’s too late, and a rupture of this major artery can cause fatal bleeding.

Jeff hadn’t experienced any symptoms, but his aneurysm was large enough to concern his oncologist, Dr. Alkhouri, who referred Jeff to local vascular surgeon Dr. Jackson Flanigan for treatment. Dr. Flanigan is the only local surgeon trained to perform endovascular aneurysm repair, in addition to most minimally invasive vascular procedures for peripheral artery disease (PAD). 

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Southeastern Med Celebrates Physical Therapy Month, Promotes #ChoosePT Campaign

Cambridge, Ohio – Physical therapy can play an important role in improving functional strength, mobility, pain management, and overall quality of life for people of all ages and functional levels. Southeastern Med invites you to join us in celebrating National Physical Therapy Month during the month of October.

National Physical Therapy Month is recognized by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) as an annual opportunity to recognize the power of physical therapy to transform lives. The APTA is a professional organization that represents physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students of physical therapy.

Dr. E KumlerSoutheastern Med’s newest pediatrician, Dr. Ellen Kumler, comes to the hospital with more than 15 years of experience working with children.

Prior to arriving in Cambridge, Dr. Kumler spent 20 years living in various parts of the world, including Kentucky, Washington, D.C., and Japan. She was most recently the Public Health Clinician and Medical Director at the Mason County Health Department in Maysville, Kentucky.

Earlier in her career she was a flight surgeon in the U.S. Navy before becoming a pediatrician.

“I really missed being a clinical pediatrician,” said Dr. Kumler. “Being a pediatrician is a great opportunity to build a partnership with each family and optimize the health of each child.”

Southeastern Med has welcomed a new orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Vanessa Falk, M.D.

Dr. Falk comes to Southeastern Med after graduating from Northeastern Ohio Medical University and completing her residency at Summa Health System in Akron. She will join the practice of Dr. Joseph Davis.

“Dr. Falk is a great addition to our staff and will have a big impact right away,” said Dr. Davis. “The timing couldn’t be better, especially with high school sports starting up. This will ensure that both students and adults in the Cambridge area will receive the orthopedic surgery care they need quickly, so they can get back to living their life to the fullest.”

During her residency and schooling, Dr. Falk focused on multiple areas of orthopedic care. Those main areas of focus included providing services and performing procedures in the areas dealing with:

- Joints
- Fracture Care
- Carpal Tunnel Release
- Sports Medicine
- Pediatrics

Dr. Falk’s office is located at 316 Clark Street in Cambridge.

To schedule an appointment, please call 740-435-2340.

capThe Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center Laboratory. This accreditation follows a recent on-site inspection of the lab facilities and evaluation of its methodology.

“Laboratory services are a fundamental part of the medical care and treatment process,” said Dr. Robert Chess, the laboratory’s Medical Director.

Director of Laboratory Services Debra Conrad added, “The tests we perform help guide clinical decision making. This accreditation means that the patients and care providers in our community can be confident in the quality of our practices and the veracity of the results.”

leapfrogCambridge, Ohio – The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Southeastern Med was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.

Southeastern Med CEO, Ray Chorey remarked, “As part of our Mission to provide high quality care to our patients, their safety while in our Medical Center and our affiliated services is our first priority. We expect no harm to come to our patients while they are under our care. This award is national recognition that the efforts of our staff, physicians and Board to continuously improve our processes to make them as safe, effective and patient-centered has been successful.”

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

HG Outstanding Patient Experience Award Image 2017Cambridge, OH – Southeastern Med recently received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades.

This award is given to the top 15% of hospitals nationwide, based on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) patient survey, which evaluates a hospital’s performance across 10 measurements related to communication, cleanliness and noise levels, and medication and post-discharge care instructions.

While the award recognizes the top 15%, Southeastern Med actually performed among the top 5% of hospitals in the United States, according to patient survey feedback.

Southeastern Med is the only hospital in Southeastern Ohio to earn the award this year and one of only 450 (out of 5,000) hospitals recognized nationwide.