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!

2016 daffodil luncheon2Wing 12 members of the Southeastern Med Auxiliary are ready for the 48th annual Daffodil Luncheon and Style Show.

The event will be held Saturday, April 23 at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center. Doors open at 11:30am with vendors, quilt tickets, Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle available. Lunch will be served at 12:30 with the Style Show to begin shortly afterward. Door prizes are presented to attendees throughout the event with winners of Chinese auction, 50/50 and quilt presented at the end of style show.

Tickets are $25 each. Contact Rita Nolan, Auxiliary/Volunteer Coordinator at Southeastern Med at 740-439-8151 or Connie McVey, ticket chairperson for Wing 12, at 740-630-8973.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the purchase of bedside tables for all patient rooms at Southeastern Med. Pictured with the Daffodil quilt and a bedside table are Wing 12 members. Back row: Stacy Parrott, Courtney McConnell, Nancy McConnell, Maxine Sala and Angie Devore. Middle row: Coleen Tiffner, Sylvia Bates, Deanna Dupler-Repino, Kathy Chaffin, and Connie McVey. Front row: Tina Todd, McKenzie Todd, and Betty Parry.

podiatryRegular exercise is one of the ways you can help keep your body healthy. Southeastern Med will host its next Walk with a Doc walking program on March 31st at 5 pm. Participants should meet at the Cambridge City Park Pavilion.

Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with Dr. Davis, a local podiatrist, who will speak briefly to the group about preventing foot problems. He will also provide support to the walkers and answer questions during the walk. Dr. Davis is affiliated with both Superior Med and Southeastern Med. Complementary fresh fruit and water will be offered to all participants at the end of the walk.

Walk with a Doc is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages, and reverse the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle in order to improve the health and well-being of the country.

Southeastern Med encourages anyone in the community to join the walk. Walkers of all paces and distance goals are welcome to attend. If you have any questions or want to pre-register for the March 31st walk, please call 740-435-2946.

Lifeline 2016Southeastern Med is among a select group of hospitals and transplant centers nationwide recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reaching gold, silver, or bronze levels of achievement by conducting activities that promoted enrollment in state organ donor registries. The hospitals are part of the national Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) Hospital Campaign, sponsored by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Southeastern Med’s awareness and registry campaigns educated staff, patients, visitors, and community members on the critical need for organ, eye, and tissue donors and thereby increased the number of potential donors on the state’s donor registry. The hospital earned points for each activity implemented during Phase IV of the campaign, between August 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, and was gold recognition by HRSA.

Of the 1,658 hospitals and transplant centers enrolled in the campaign, 736 were awarded recognition during this phase of the campaign. These numbers … are “a tribute to the work that so many have dedicated to this effort. Most important, since launching in 2011, the campaign has added more than 350,000 donor enrollments to state registries around the country, far surpassing the original goal of 300,000.”

“ I would personally like to express my appreciation to everyone at Lifeline of Ohio, but especially Kathy Warhola, our representative, to all members of senior management at Southeastern Med, as well as all the associates and their family members and friends who help support and participate in our events. My heartfelt appreciation goes most importantly to those individuals who chose to support the GIFT OF LIFE and register to become an organ, tissue and eye donor. This award is an accomplishment of everyone’s efforts in helping to alleviate the need for over 123,000 individuals in the United States still on the waiting list. If you have not registered, please consider doing so. The life you save may be someone close to you,” explains Denise Phillips, MSN RNBC, education instructor and Lifeline of Ohio liaison at Southeastern Med.

Lifeline of Ohio liaisons at Southeastern Med are Rev. James Story Jr., M.Div., MSE, Director of Pastoral Care, and Denise Phillips, MSN RNBC, education instructor. Both coordinated their efforts with Kathy Warhola, BSN RN, Lifeline of Ohio's regional representative, to obtain this medal. For more information, please contact Phillips at 740-435-2710 or Story at 740-439-8190.

“ Southeastern Med recognizes that while the need for organ and tissue donation continues to grow that the opportunity for donation continues to be rare. The administration and our clinical team, under the leadership of Denise Phillips, are committed to meeting this need. We understand that someday our efforts may save a family member of friend in our community,” noted Ray Chorey, President and CEO at Southeastern Med.

final donationSoutheastern Med Auxiliary recently completed its 2015-16 pledge to purchase patient-handling equipment at Southeastern Med totaling $200,000. The proceeds were raised from fundraisers held throughout 2015 including Southeastern Med’s Wonderland of Trees. In addition to community support, this money was raised from proceeds generated from Southeastern Med’s Gift Shop. In 2015 alone, the Gift Shop contributed its profits totaling $45,000.

The Southeastern Med Auxiliary is dedicated to enhancing patient care through community fundraisers. Each year, Southeastern Med’s Auxiliary works with the medical staff to decide upon a major piece of medical equipment needed by the medical center. Successful fundraising in previous years have allowed the Auxiliary to purchase other major equipment for Southeastern Med. “We are grateful for the Auxiliary and their continued efforts to benefit patients and staff at Southeastern Med. The patient-handling equipment is a blessing and is making such a difference at the medical center,” noted Mae Bellanca, RN, MSN, director of Critical Care Services at Southeastern Med.

Southeastern Med Auxiliary encourages men and women of all ages in our community to become a member of the Auxiliary, participating in individual fundraising projects throughout the year. Southeastern Med is grateful for its Auxiliary as well as community members who are so committed to benefiting patient care at the medical center.

If you are interested in working for a good cause or in learning more about what the Auxiliary does, please call Rita Nolan, auxiliary and volunteer services coordinator, at 439-8151.

Southeastern Med is pleased to announce that Patrick D. Goggin, MD, FACP, physician at Medical Associates and Southeastern Med medical staff member was recently named Chief of Staff. As Chief of Staff at Southeastern Med, his additional responsibilities include collaboration with Southeastern Med’s CEO and Vice President of Medical Affairs; appointing members of various committees; maintaining responsibilities of medical staff educational activities; and serving as the spokesman for the Medical Staff in its external professional and public relations etc. “We are very pleased to have Dr. Goggin assume this role at the medical center,” noted Dr. Ed Conaway, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Southeastern Med. “I am confident that Pat who is not only a skilled and knowledgeable physician, but also a proven leader, will excel in his new position as chief of staff.”

Goggin is a lifelong Cambridge resident and is married to Karen (Grimm) Goggin. Patrick and Karen have four children ages 8-15 and are members of St. Benedict Church, Christ our Light Parish. Dr. Goggin is a doctor of Internal Medicine and joined Medical Associates of Cambridge in 2002. He graduated from Cambridge High School, earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and then went to Medical School at the University of Cincinnati, where he also completed his residency at the University Hospital.

Dr. Goggin is a Board Certified Member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. He volunteers as the Medical Director for Open Arms Pregnancy Center. His primary medical interest is using medical information technology and population health to advance primary care. Dr. Goggin explained that, “As a doctor working at Southeastern Med for years now, I have been impressed with the dedication of Southeastern Med’s administration, nurses and support staff. It is truly unique how well all of our medical staff and our hospital administration work as a team to improve care. I am excited to help this team continue to improve the health of our patients and the health of our community.”

Dr Schuberts StorySandra Schubert, M.D., of Superior Med in Cambridge believes the electronic transmission of health information helps her keep right on top of her patients’ care when and where they need it. That’s because the information comes to her when and where she needs it.

Even when a patient ends up in the hospital without her knowledge.

Keeping up with your patient’s care
Dr. Schubert had an elderly patient living at home who incurred a major fracture, went to the ER, was transferred to Ohio State, had major surgery and other underlying conditions surfaced. The patient ended up at a nursing facility.

Before the CliniSync Health Information Exchange (HIE), Dr. Schubert says she may have found out about that patient through a family member she was treating or might not have known what happened to her patient until three months later, even six months later.

Instead, she received an electronic Continuity of Care Document (CCD) – often referred to as a summary of care or discharge summary – from Ohio State where she could read what happened, look at the operative notes, the labs, the discharge planning.

“I know what to expect now. I know what’s going on with my patient. I can follow along with the patient’s care,” she says. There’s an information list there and she still needs to find the information she needs and look at it. “But it has made things better, especially if you have patients you want to keep up on.”

Becoming a healthcare community
Dr. Schubert says Superior Med has 18 providers who provide multi-specialty medical services, comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. They cover Guernsey and Noble Counties and partners with Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center.

“My practice is internal medicine and pediatrics – from the cradle to the grave – my oldest patient is 102,” Dr. Schubert says, explaining that she has been practicing in Cambridge for 18 years.

Superior Med receives results, reports and summaries of care from Genesis Healthcare based in Portsmouth, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus and Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center in Cambridge.

Eric Bradison, a systems analyst and patient portal administrator at Southeastern Med, says working with physicians and providers in the community is a focus of the hospital system’s work.

“Since joining the Southeastern Med team in 2013 one of my goals has been to assist our physicians and providers by helping them understand and learn the capabilities available to them through healthcare IT as well as how it can benefit their individual practices, Bradison says.

Even though she’s a guinea pig, Dr. Schubert has been an incredible asset to the initiative.

While working with her and her office staff through the implementation of Clinisync, our HIE, Dr. Schubert has played a vital role by being our first office to fully implement the functionality Clinisync provides,” Bradison says. “She has taken the time to get to know the benefits of the application and how it can work for her medical practice.”

As more hospitals go live on the CliniSync HIE, Superior Med will receive more health information. The multi-specialty group also is receiving messages through Direct, secure messaging from pharmacies when patients are immunized for the flu or pneumonia.

Getting the right information at your fingertips
“The nicest thing is that when a patient goes to the hospital, whether ER, inpatient or outpatient, the labs they have done there go directly into their patient chart, and I’m able to pull them up with a few clicks of a button,” explains Dr. Schubert.

She’s also able to filter out the labs she doesn’t find useful and zone in on those she does. “So, I’m not gunging up my chart with a lot of information. It’s faster and more complete.”

The electronic results also allow her to trend and graph a patient’s progress over time. For instance, she can track the A1C levels of a diabetic patient over time or the TSH levels for those with a thyroid problem to compare earlier results.

Experiencing safety, quality and speed
“The CCDs just show up and can be parsed out and made into a separate discharges summary or medicine list, which you can update. You can pick and choose what you want to do. If you receive a pneumonia or flu report from the hospital, it will automatically update the immunization. We have the same ability with procedures,” she explains.

Does electronic communications affect clinical decision-making? Dr. Schubert answer yes. “With the labs coming in like that, it lightens up my staff load and saves man hours. There’s less risk of error with same or similar names. They’re not entering the labs by hand, which means less chance for error. So on that end, there’s safety and quality. I think it makes everything safer.”

The other side is that she really wants those labs at her fingertips. “I don’t know about other physicians, but I like having labs and ER information quickly – really fast. It’s there for me. If a patient calls up the next day, I know what they’re talking about,” she explains.

Moving towards ideal HIT
In an ideal electronic world, Dr. Schubert would like the ability for her practice to send information to the hospital and others. “I know a hospital is run differently, and there are many different departments, but I’d rather electronically send information instead of faxing it.”

The CliniSync HIE now has the ability for hospitals and providers to “contribute” data to a patient’s community health record – a longitudinal health record that allows a consenting patient’s treating physicians from hospitals and practices to view information on that patient all in one place.

Bradison believes health information exchange will continue to grow as IT influences the entire healthcare industry.

“In today’s healthcare world, IT is playing a role that soon will be vital to all healthcare organizations. Working with clinicians like Dr. Schubert makes a seemingly complex task almost appear easy. She has paved the way to making health IT (HIT) a reality for the Southeastern Med multi-physician group Superior Med,” Bradison says.

Dottie Howe, M.A., M.Ed., is the Communications Director at CliniSync and a former print journalist.

Dee Brown Gift ShopAs we begin another new and exciting year, you may be thinking of ways to better yourself and your life. Volunteering is a rewarding activity that boosts both physical and emotional health. The dedicated individuals who give of their time and talents to benefit our patients, and ultimately the community, play such a vital role here at Southeastern Med. We know your time is important and appreciate everyone who contributes this gift to help maintain a friendly and comfortable atmosphere at our community hospital. Whether it's greeting a visitor, assisting an associate or other countless duties, volunteers provide that added something special that patients, visitors and staff appreciate and value.

Southeastern Med is blessed with 110 active volunteers, currently ranging from 16 to 96 years old, who use their skills and talents as an essential part of the Southeastern Med team. Dee Brown, a volunteer in Southeastern Med’s Gift Shop, has volunteered for 3 years and contributed 1,540 hours to the organization. When speaking of her experiences at Southeastern Med Dee noted, “I have a great time volunteering in the gift shop. I get to work with and wait on a lot of nice people. I feel good helping in the gift shop since all money received goes to the hospital to purchase equipment for our 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 benefit others. Within reason, individuals can select where they would like to work in the medical center. Volunteers work in several different areas of the medical center and have numerous responsibilities, such as:

  • Information desk volunteers discharge patients; support the nursing staff by running errands; deliver lab specimens to the lab; deliver mail, flowers, and snacks; and direct visitors.

Gift Shop volunteers assist customers with purchases; run the cash register; restock merchandise when needed; and perform other daily duties associated with the gift shop.

  • Volunteers in the Emergency Department sign patients in who arrive for treatment, run errands for the ED staff and registration clerks, and direct patients to rooms, x-ray, and Fast Track.
  • Volunteers in outpatient registration sign patients in on the computer for any outpatient testing they are having performed.
  • Volunteers in the surgery waiting area sign patients in having surgery that day, provide the family members with a beeper, and keep family informed of the status of the surgery.

Volunteers are also needed at Southeastern Med’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation facility to help assist therapists with tasks related to outpatient physical and occupational therapy.

Whether you work best in the spotlight or behind the scenes, Southeastern Med would be honored to have you as a volunteer. Volunteers at the hospital come from a variety of backgrounds and abilities – all that’s required is a desire to help others. To volunteer, you must be at least 16 years of age and willing to submit information needed to conduct a background check. Individuals must be tested for TB, rubella, and rubeola as well as have an annual flu vaccination. To learn more about the benefits of volunteering at Southeastern Med, please contact Rita Nolan, Southeastern Med’s volunteer coordinator at (740)439-8147. Together, we can make a world of difference!