2016 Keller AwardEvery year, Southeastern Med awards the James W. Keller, MD Quality Award to recognize an individual, department or team who has demonstrated enthusiasm for improving the quality and safety within the medical center. The medical center is very fortunate to have had a record number of nominations that demonstrate the enduring contributions and improvements that represent the foundation of Southeastern Med. The 2016 winner of the Keller Award was the FMEA team (Failure Mode Effects Analysis). The FMEA team reviews processes to determine what may go wrong and cause patient harm. Once completed, the team looks at

Cancer Center DonationOur community is one full of generosity and a heart for others. When there is a need, many do whatever they can to help. Recently, local community members and business owners donated a portion of their proceeds to our local cancer center.

Southeastern Med is proud to offer a full-service cancer center right here in Cambridge. Local cancer services have been so well received that plans for a significant expansion are well underway. Several groups, organizations, and individual donors realize the importance of local cancer care and have donated toward this important cause. Most recently, local consultants of brand name products came together and organized an event to benefit Southeastern Med’s Cambridge Regional Cancer Center. “Ladies Night Out” included brands such as Lularoe, Rodan & Fields, Premiere Jewelry, Melaleuca, and Thirty One, with a portion of proceeds going toward cancer care. In total, an astounding $1,000 from this event was donated to Southeastern Med’s Cambridge Regional Cancer Center.

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Your community hospital has been voted a 4-star hospital for patient experience based on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new rating system.

We’ve received this great feedback from patients like you for four consecutive quarters now, and we’re one of just 47 hospitals in Ohio to receive this designation!

The survey conducted by CMS is administered to a random sample of adult patients across medical conditions between 48 hours and six weeks after their discharge from the hospital.

medical explorersHigh school students interested in learning about careers in the medical field are invited to attend Medical Explorers.

The first meeting will be held September 21, 2016, with registration beginning at 6:00 pm, at Southeastern Med, 1341 Clark St., in Cambridge. The first session will follow at 6:30 pm.

Subsequent monthly meetings will be held at the hospital from 6:30-8:30pm on:

  • October 12, 2016
  • November 9, 2016
  • December 14, 2016

Medical Explorers provides young adults the chance to learn about a variety of medical careers from healthcare professionals, as well as participate in hands-on activities designed to familiarize them with a specific aspect of medicine.

“Medical Explorers gives students an inside look at the medical careers they may be interested in pursuing,” says Mary Rich of Southeastern Med. “They'll also benefit from the advice of seasoned professionals and be able to make the right education plans to follow their career paths. They'll even get some hands-on experience!"

Explorers must be at least 14 years old in grades 9-12 to participate. The cost of the program is $24. In order to participate in the Medical Explorers program, prior registration is required.

For more information or to request a registration packet, please call Mary Rich at 740-435-2148 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Auxiliary Tray TableFor over 60 years, Southeastern Med’s Auxiliary has remained faithful to patients in our community through their commitment to quality patient care. It truly takes a village to ensure that you and your family receive the care you’ve come to expect from your community hospital. The Auxiliary is an important part of the patient experience. Recently, the Auxiliary presented the medical center with a donation of $45, 427 for bed side tables. These funds were generated through the Daffodil Luncheon, 2016 Golf Challenge, and gift shop & vending area proceeds.

Pictured are (front- l to r): Amber, Kenworthy, RN, Surgical Services nurse; and Mary Davis, COTA/L occupational therapy clinical team leader (back row- l to r): Tim Evancho, Assistant Vice President Chief Financial Officer at Southeastern Med; Betty Parry, Southeastern Med Auxiliary President; and Kurtis Spratt, RN, Surgical Services nurse.

Since 1952, Southeastern Med, an independent community hospital has offered high-quality health care services to our community. Continuously reinvesting to improve its facilities and technology we are more than just a community hospital. Southeastern Med is a place you can trust to be your destination for care. 

ANGIE LONGRay Chorey, President and CEO at Southeastern Med, is pleased to announce that Angela Long, FACHE, RN, MSN/MBA/HC, NEA-BC, Vice- President of Clinical Services/ Chief Nursing Officer, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

“We are fortunate to have Angela as part of the leadership team at Southeastern Med,” said Ray Chorey, President and CEO at Southeastern Med. “She embodies the skill, compassion and professionalism needed to benefit patients and encourage associates. Her accomplishment displays her dedication and commitment to quality patient care.” 

By becoming an ACHE Fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, Angela has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in serving her patients and the community. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 9,100 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional and community involvement. Fellows are also committed to on-going professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Angela began her career at Southeastern Med in 1998 working as a registered nurse on 3S. Since then, she has assumed various roles throughout the medical center, including serving as the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice-President of Clinical Services since 2008.

For more information regarding the FACHE credential, please contact the ACHE Division of Member Services at (312) 424-9400.

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Below are some questions which are being asked after the announcement yesterday of Southeastern Med's intent to enter into an agreement with OhioHealth to grow our clinical services lines.

Why was the hospital sold?

The hospital was NOT sold. The current leadership team does not change. The Board does not change. There are no jobs in jeopardy.

Why did the Board and leadership take this action?

To be successful in the future, Southeastern Med, like most community hospitals across the country, must work in true partnership with other hospitals, physicians, and post care providers to ensure we can serve the needs of our communities. The days of working independently and remaining competitive no longer exist.

As the healthcare industry continues to undergo changes, marked by an increasing number of affiliations and mergers, we know it will be difficult to continue to meet the growing needs and expectations of our community, our physicians and our associates if we try to continue to go it alone.

Since 2010 the Board, Senior Leadership and Physician leaders have focused on service line growth, controlling costs, as well as providing high-quality care and patient satisfaction. We have been successful in achieving these goals which has made Southeastern Med a viable community hospital. Our achievements have placed us in a strong position to move forward in the search for a potential affiliation with a larger healthcare organization, a goal that was addressed in Southeastern Med’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. The time was right for the organization to explore what a strategic partnership might look like for Southeastern Med, our employed and independent physicians, and our community.

Are decisions still made locally?

Yes. The hospital remains independent, governed by the Board and managed by the current leadership team.

What service lines do you hope to grow?

The Board, physician leaders and senior leadership have identified the following areas to grow our service lines – Cardiology/Vascular, Orthopedics, Cancer and Neurology. There are many services that our community is leaving for that we feel can be offered here, close to home.

What is in this for OhioHealth?

Southeastern Med will be an access point to OhioHealth for local patients whose needs exceed our local capabilities.

What happens to the relationship that the hospital has with Ohio State?

Southeastern Med has valued the relationship that has been in place with Ohio State since early 2000. At this time we are unaware what steps Ohio State will take regarding the local services they provide.

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To be successful in the future, Southeastern Med, like most community hospitals across the country, must work in true partnership with other hospitals, physicians, and post care providers to ensure we can serve the needs of our communities. The days of working independently and remaining competitive no longer exist.

During the past six decades, Southeastern Med has maintained its long-standing commitment to providing high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, affordable, patient-centered healthcare in a caring and safe environment while addressing community needs. The Board, Senior Leadership and Physician’s Advisory Council, acknowledging that Southeastern Med is Guernsey County’s largest employer and sole source for providing acute healthcare services, recognizes that it is our responsibility to look forward – now – so that we can continue to advance, ensuring the future of the hospital.

As the healthcare industry continues to undergo changes, marked by an increasing number of affiliations and mergers, we know it will be difficult to continue to meet the growing needs and expectations of our community, our physicians and our associates if we try to continue to go it alone.

Since 2010 the Board, Senior Leadership and Physician leaders have focused on service line growth, controlling costs, as well as providing high-quality care and patient satisfaction. We have been successful in achieving these goals which has made Southeastern Med a viable community hospital. Our achievements have placed us in a strong position to move forward in the search for a potential affiliation with a larger healthcare organization, a goal that was addressed in Southeastern Med’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. The time was right for the organization to explore what a strategic partnership might look like for Southeastern Med, our employed and independent physicians, and our community.

Because we have been so successful during the past few years, we are in a position to be selective with what organization we want to align. We would look for an affiliation that would allow us to retain our independence while solidifying our goal to enhance our service lines while continuing to provide high-quality, affordable care to our community.

On December 8, 2015, Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center issued a Request for Proposal for support in growing specific service lines. The Request for Proposal outlines objectives we seek to achieve with one partner on while retaining our independent status. Responses were received from some of the most innovative healthcare systems in the country. After an exhaustive process including onsite presentations and visits the Board, acting on the recommendation of the Strategic Planning Council and Physician Advisory Council, approved moving forth with negotiations to enter into a Master Affiliation Agreement with OhioHealth.

It is important to note that Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center is not for sale and OhioHealth has not bought the hospital. Southeastern Med will continue to be under the governance of the current hospital Board, whose trustees represent a cross section of our community.

Transparency with our staff and the community has always been a trait valued and practiced by the Board and Senior Leadership. It remains a primary goal as we moved through this process. While much of the negotiations we will undertake must be kept confidential to protect each respective organization, we will continue to have meaningful conversations with our associates, physicians, volunteers and community members.

2016 KomenSoutheastern Med was recently awarded $24,742 from Susan G. Komen Columbus to provide breast cancer awareness and screening opportunities to an estimated 75 men and women in Guernsey, Noble, and Monroe counties.

Komen Columbus awarded more than $1.46 million in funding to 21 breast health programs throughout Ohio.

The program funding will specifically go toward Power Me Pink, the goal of which is to increase breast cancer education and awareness in Guernsey, Noble, and Monroe counties and surrounding areas. Ideally, at least 75 men and women will receive a screening between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.

“Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in Ohio are more likely to die from the disease than almost anywhere else in the United States due to multiple barriers such as access to affordable care and treatment and challenges to navigating the healthcare systems,” said Julie McMahon, director of mission at Komen Columbus. “In the communities we serve, we have identified issues contributing to those problems and focused our support to organizations that bring local solutions to those barriers.”

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 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. “We are thrilled to be funded by Komen again this year and be able to enhance our mammography services available to the community,” said Sharon Gay, RNC, Southeastern Med’s breast health navigator.

The $1.46 million was raised through the efforts of our supporters participating in the many special events and fundraisers held annually, including the annual Komen Columbus Race for the Cure. The funds will help Southeastern Med combat breast cancer incidence and mortality. It will also help find solutions for disparities in breast cancer across populations and aid cutting-edge programs in finding a cure.

Komen Columbus is the only breast cancer organization in central and southeastern Ohio committed to funding life-saving programs that offer free or low cost services for every step of the breast cancer journey.

For more information about Southeastern Med’s Komen funding and/or how it could benefit you, please contact Sharon Gay, RNC, Southeastern Med’s breast health navigator at 740-439-8117.

*Pictured are (l to r): Dr. Joseph O’Hanlon, Southeastern Med medical staff member and surgeon at Southeastern Ohio Physicians, Inc. and Sharon Gay, RNC, Southeastern Med’s breast health navigator and oncology nurse. 

volunteerThe dedicated individuals who give of their time and talents to benefit patients play a vital role at Southeastern Med. The medical center realizes that giving time and touching hearts through volunteerism is invaluable. 

National Volunteer Week is April 10th-16th with “Volunteers: Giving Time, Touching Hearts” being this year’s theme. Southeastern Med is grateful for volunteers, currently ranging from 16 to 96 years old, who use their skills and talents as an essential part of the Southeastern Med team. Presently, there are 110 volunteers who have collectively contributed 23,096 hours of service in 2015. Volunteers help add that special touch to the services we provide for Southeastern Med patients. Our volunteers play an integral role in our success and we are proud that so many community members are giving of their time to others.

Libbie Longfellow, a long-time Cambridge resident, has volunteered at Southeastern Med for the past nine and a half years and invested 5,648 hours in the organization. Libbie shares her skills and love for people at the Emergency Room information desk. She noted that God has generously blessed her throughout her life and she strives to be a living expression of that love to others. When explaining why she volunteers, Libbie expressed, “God wants us to help people. This is just a small thing I can do to make a difference in our community.”

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Southeastern Med honors those who give of their time and talents to serve others. During this week especially, the medical center has planned various ways to celebrate and thank volunteers for their contributions. Whether you volunteer best in the spotlight or behind the scenes, Southeastern Med would be honored to have you a part of our team.

To learn more about the benefits of volunteering at Southeastern Med, please contact Rita Nolan, volunteer coordinator, at (740) 439-8147. You must be at least 16 years of age and be tested for TB, rubella, and rubeola as well as have an annual flu vaccination.
Thank you for making a difference in the life of our community!