CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Dec. 19, 2012 – Effective immediately, Southeastern Med will restrict visitors in an effort to prevent the spread of influenza from its patients and the children in the community.

Anyone under the age of 18 is not permitted in the hospital unless the person is there for treatment. Visitors are limited to a patient’s immediate family and support personnel with a maximum of two visitors per patient. Anyone who has a respiratory illness or a fever is also not permitted into the hospital unless the person is there for treatment.

“We appreciate the community’s cooperation as we implement visitor restrictions to prevent the spread of the flu,” said Cathy McIntire, RN, CNOR, director of Infection Prevention at Southeastern Med. “We apologize for the inconvenience that the visitor restrictions may cause to family members and friends, but this measure is a necessary precaution to protect patients.”

Aside from visitor restrictions, Southeastern Med is also encouraging all visitors to wash their hands or use the hand sanitizer, located at all facility entrances, elevators and patient rooms, before and after a visit. Masks are also available for visitor protection upon request and at hospital entrances.

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, July 19, 2012 - Southeastern Med is excited to announce Ramakrishna Kasindula, M.B.B.S, M.D., Pediatrician, as the newest member of its medical staff. Dr. Kasindula will join Southeastern Ohio Pediatrics with established pediatrician Muhammad Noor, M.D.

“The staff, physicians and administration at Southeastern Med look forward to the arrival of Dr. Kasindula,” said Ray Chorey, president and CEO of Southeastern Med. “The need for additional pediatricians was noted in our ongoing physician development plan. He will be an excellent addition to the community and to the outstanding physicians who currently take care of our children.”

Dr. Kasindula earned his Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) from Guntur Medical College in Andhra Pradesh, India. He recently completed his residency in pediatrics at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY.
While he is devoted to treating common pediatric conditions, Dr. Kasindula specializes in preventative pediatrics including vaccinations, anticipatory guidance, child safety and counseling for parents, as well as asthma, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), seasonal allergies and eczema.

Dr. Kasindula will begin seeing patients on Aug. 1. Southeastern Ohio Pediatrics is located across the street from the medical center at 1420 Clark St., in Cambridge. Dr. Kasindula welcomes new patients and physician referrals. To schedule an appointment, please call 740-435-4020.

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, May 31, 2011- During the National Cancer Registrars Association’s (NCRA) 37th Annual Education Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, May 15-18, Elekta honored Becky Wheeler, Certified Cancer Registrar at Southeastern Med, as the 2011 Registrar of the Year. The award recognizes registrars who make valuable contributions to the success of their registry, as well as extend those contributions to benefit the broader medical facility and community.

“Becky is most deserving of this award,” said E. Edwin Conaway, Jr., MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Southeastern Med. “She is passionate about the Cancer Registry and the contribution that the Registry plays in both cancer treatment and prevention. Southeastern Med has been blessed with her leadership in its Cancer program.”

Recognized for 25 years of service, Wheeler received the award for the passion she brings to the profession, from compiling data that provides valuable information for monitoring and improving cancer treatments to conducting research and targeting prevention and screening programs. Board President of the Guernsey County American Cancer Society, Becky is involved in the Tar Wars program, where she has visited almost every fifth-grade class in Guernsey and Noble counties to educate students on the dangers of smoking. In addition, Becky spearheaded an awareness program, Think Pink, to increase the number of women receiving breast cancer screenings.

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, 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.

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.”

Phyllis Knight Bachtel with her son, Ben.
During her breast cancer treatments in 2009, Phyllis Knight Bachtel wrote and illustrated a book to help her 5-year-old son, Ben, cope and understand how cancer was affecting his mommy. Pictured above is Phyllis with her son, Ben, during her treatments in 2009.

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Feb. 11, 2011 – Cancer treatments are a scary experience, especially for a mother witnessing the traumatic effects her cancer has on her young children. Phyllis Knight Bachtel, a patient care tech at Southeastern Med and breast cancer survivor, knows that feeling firsthand.  During her breast cancer treatments in 2009, she wrote and illustrated a book to help her son, Ben, cope and understand how cancer was affecting his mommy.

The nonfiction children’s book, Mommy’s Hair, was written from Phyllis son’s perspective. He was 5 when Phyllis was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 44. The idea for the book came about when Phyllis couldn’t find a suitable children’s book that could help explain to kids what happens when a parent is battling cancer. “Right then the seed was planted to write this book,” Phyllis said. “Together, I knew our story would help not only Ben, but other families going through similar situations.”

After months of treatment summoned all of her physical strength and hair, it didn’t take her long to realize there was no keeping anything from her young son. “After each surgery, he saw the bandages and soon understood the seriousness of it all,” she said, “but the reality of didn’t hit until he saw my bald head. Suddenly, this experience wasn’t just about me – it was about the whole family. I knew my husband, Kevin, and oldest son, Corey, who was 25 at the time, could deal with the morality issues. I just couldn’t wrap myself around the thought of leaving a 5-year-old boy without his mommy. This book became not only therapy for him, but also for me.”