Tree of Angels 2015Photo Caption: Pictured are (l to r): Carol Huhn, RN; T’wana Wheatley, RN; and Wendi Miller, RN nurses at Southeastern Med’s Childbirth Center and Tree of Angels coordinators.

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. 6 at 5:00 pm 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. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. A short program and candlelight service will follow the dinner. Parents are encouraged to bring a poem, story, pictures or CD of music that hold special memories to share.

Parents will then decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments to remember each child. Parents are asked to bring their own ornament. Parents will also have the opportunity to donate a new hat, scarf, or gloves in memory of their child to the Guernsey County Secret Santa program. Those interested in donating will need to bring their own items.

Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by Nov. 30 by calling Wendi Miller, RN, at 740-439-8868.

Diabetes affects nearly 29 million Americans and an estimated 86 million people are at risk for developing the disease. According to the 2012 statistics from the Center for Disease Control, diabetes affects 13.7 percent of the Guernsey County population.

On Monday, November 2nd, Southeastern Med will host a presentation called “Recipes for Success” highlighting stress management, meal planning and diabetes care. The presentation will be geared toward those with pre-diabetes, diabetes, and their family members. Cindy Fisher, BSN, RN, CDE, diabetes educator; Chris Veselenak, RN, CDE, diabetes educator; Sneha Patadia, MS, RD/ LD, community dietitian; Kelli Haney, BS, EP, exercise physiologist; and Shelly Thompson, MS, RD/LD, director of Wellness, 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.

“Stress can have a negative impact on blood glucose control. Having the tools to deal with life’s demands can lighten the burden and improve your numbers,” noted Fisher.

Registration for “Recipes for Success” is required by Oct. 26. Dinner will be served and seating is limited. For more information or to register, please call Southeastern Med’s Wellness Resources Department at 740-435-2900.

2015 Donation Sara SteadyThe Southeastern Med Auxiliary and the Guernsey Health Foundation would like to thank the community for their continued support of patient care, especially through yearly events such as the annual Golf Challenge. It is because of your steadfast support that we are able to fund much-needed equipment at Southeastern Med. The Auxiliary and Foundation’s most recent pledge of $50,000, generated from the 2015 Golf Challenge and Daffodil Luncheon, is going toward the medical center’s new patient handling equipment. The patient handling equipment is used in all clinical areas of the medical center to assist in the movement of patients. Many patients, who are at risk for falls, are too ill to get out of or into bed and have trouble moving will benefit from this equipment. The primary purpose is to provide a safer stay for our patients. Since its implementation, patients have made positive comments about feeling safe and comfortable when staff used the equipment to help them get to the restroom, out of cars and movement up in bed. It has also benefitted staff as, to date, there have been no patient handling injuries experienced by Southeastern Med associates. This demonstrates the importance and benefit that this equipment provides. Pictured presenting the check (L to R) for $50,000 are Lori Caim, RN; Ray Chorey, president and CEO of Southeastern Med; Betty Parry, Southeastern Med Auxiliary president; and Wendi Miller, RN.

The Auxiliary is currently planning the holiday season with its 24 Annual Wonderland of Trees on Friday, Nov. 20 at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Highway, in Cambridge.

For more information about donating an item or to purchase tickets for Wonderland of Trees, please call Rita Nolan, Southeastern Med Auxiliary Coordinator, at 740-439-8151.

Mary Beam 2015When I was looking for a subject for the Christmas Tile, my friends, Paul and Cindy Hixson, volunteered to help. They walked down Wheeling Avenue and couldn't believe we hadn't used the Independent Order of Odd Fellows building as a subject. I, too, was surprised. They took photos and met with Ryan Pavlov to gain more information for the tile. Ryan borrowed photos from Anna Marie Pavlov of the building when it was new and hadn't been changed. They were all a big help since I'm now away at my studio in Tennessee.

When I began the drawing on the original building, I was so amazed by the thought that went into the creating of the architecture. What a beautiful building! Such diverse materials were used. Brick, blocks, and stone were used in special sculptural additions to obtain visual results. Such beautiful and regal artistic elements were made in its creation. This is a lovely historical addition to our city and should be treasured and preserved. I hope that you like the tile that presents the original design.

This wonderful building was built in l896 and opened l897 with quite a celebration in Cambridge, There was the whole works-- a baby show, parade, music, contests, marches, speeches and much more. A large crowd attended from area cities and some came from far and wide. The lodge served many functions for Cambridge. They helped charitable organizations, and other worthy causes.

We need to keep this memory alive by supporting its preservation. The Pavlov family has done much to keep it standing. And we hope they'll continue. What a loss it would be to our city. Thanks to Paul, Cindy, Ryan and Anna Marie for their help with this tile. This could be my last one since it is the 42nd one I've created for the hospital. Please let me know if you have any ideas for additional tiles.

All proceeds from Southeastern Med’s Wing 12 fundraiser will go towards the $50,000 balance of the patient handling equipment. This equipment has been a tremendous benefit for not only Southeastern Med patients, but also for the associates.

Mary Beam tiles are currently being sold at Southeastern Med’s Gift Shop for $15.

Cardiac and Pulmonary RehabSoutheastern Med is proud to announce the recertification of its cardiac rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Southeastern Med was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms,) recover faster and improve their quality of life. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling, and support for patients and their families.

The Southeastern Med rehabilitation program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other professional societies. Each program is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee and Certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.

“This certification brings to light how our program provides evidence-based practices with measurable outcomes that focus on the patient. The staff have worked very hard to bring our rehabilitation program to this level,” explained Angie Long, RN,MSN/MBA/HC,NEA-BC, Vice President of Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Southeastern Med.

AACVPR-certified programs are recognized as leaders in the field of cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation because they offer the most advanced practices available. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.

“Our Cardiac rehab professionals are an awesome group of people, who are kind, caring and compassionate in addition to very knowledgeable. They are a joy to work for!” stated Dominic Crock director of Rehabilitation Services at Southeastern Med.

For more information about Southeastern Med’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, speak with your physician or call the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Department at 740-439-8528 or 740-439-8297.

Medical Explorers ImageHigh school students interested in learning about careers in the medical field are invited to attend Medical Explorers, at Southeastern Med, 1341 Clark St., in Cambridge. The first meeting will be held September 24, with registration beginning at 6:00 pm. The first session will follow at 6:30 pm.

Medical Explorers is a Boy Scout program which 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 is a worthwhile program for students interested in pursuing a career in the medical field,” states Marti Reed, advisor for the post at Southeastern Med. “It gives them a chance to see into the everyday world of nurses, doctors, technicians, physicians’ assistants and surgeons, as well as ancillary and support staff members. What better way to see the possibilities available to them in many departments. Hands-on activities planned for this year include; applying a cast to fellow explorers; participating in a code blue situation and learning CPR; using patient lift equipment; trying their skills with surgery equipment and securing an airway for surgery patients!”

Explorers must be at least 14 years old in grades 9-12 to participate. Monthly meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 24; Oct. 22; and Nov. 17. The cost of the program is $24. For more information or to request a registration packet, please call Marti Reed at 740-439-8168. In order to participate in the Medical Explorers program, prior registration is required.

U.S. Reps. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Michael Burgess, MD, (R-Texas), visited Southeastern Med on September 2, 2015 to tour our facility, view a demonstration of our hospital’s analytical tools—which include the Ohio Hospital Association’s (OHA) and Batelle’s new WayFinder QI Performance Analytics Tool—and lead a roundtable discussion with our physicians and administrators, including our CEO, Ray Chorey.

The new OHA analytical tools we demonstrated for Johnson and Burgess use a variety of statistical models and techniques to organize, display, and analyze our hospital’s quality indicators. These tools compare our performance to the benchmarks of other hospitals of our size in similar communities. They also track regional clinical performance, look at our quality indicators in detail, and provide access to actionable data that help us provide quality healthcare to the residents of Cambridge and southeastern Ohio.

Johnson sits on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Burgess, who is an OB\GYN, is the current head of the GOP Doctors Caucus, which is composed of 18 medical providers in Congress who use their medical expertise to effectively shape health care policy.

Sandra Schubert, M.D, will be relocating her practice to 1230A Clark St., in Cambridge. Dr. Schubert will begin seeing patients at her new office on Monday, September 14th. She specializes in pediatrics and internal medicine.

The office number will remain the same, 740-439-7772. Dr. Schubert and her staff are available to help you with any questions or concerns during this transition period.

Click here to read the 2014 Community Health Needs Asessement from Southeastern Med.

During National Hospital Week, Southeastern Med is proud to announce that VHA Inc., a national healthcare network, has recognized Southeastern Med for its ongoing commitment to providing the community with excellent healthcare by exceeding national standards for operational excellence. Southeastern Med is committed to the wellbeing of our community by continually demonstrating high standards of performance, excellence, achievement and knowledge.

The 2014 VHA Leadership Central PEAK Award for Excellence honors organizations that have achieved and sustained excellence in clinical performance. Southeastern Med was recently honored at the VHA’s Regional CEO/Executive Leader meeting on April 9th in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ray Chorey, president and CEO of Southeastern Med, and Angie Long, RN, MSN/MBA/HC, NEA-BC, vice president of clinical services and chief nursing officer at Southeastern Med, were present to accept this prestigious honor.

As part of the Partnership for Patients as a participant in VHA’s Hospital Engagement Network, Southeastern Med met the initiative goals by reducing hospital readmissions by 20% and reducing hospital-acquired harm by 40% over a two-year period. The medical center demonstrated this ability by anticipating and sustaining results for the first four quarters.

VHA serves more than 5,000 health care organizations nationwide, representing over a quarter of the America’s hospitals. VHA, Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance, and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes.