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.

D Phillips Kent 2Denise Phillips, MSN, RNBC, nursing education instructor and Lifeline of Ohio co- liaison at Southeastern Med was recently awarded Lifeline of Ohio’s “Liaison of the Year” award. This prestigious honor recognizes Phillips for her dedication and innovation as a hospital liaison in promoting organ, eye and tissue donation. Since joining Southeastern Med in 1979, Denise’s experiences include being a charge nurse in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), staff nurse in the Emergency Department, nursing supervision, education instructor, and clinical adjunct faculty. She also serves on various medical center committees to help meet the needs of our growing community.

For the past 13 years, Phillips has served as a co-liaison for Lifeline of Ohio by facilitating the (organ, eye, and tissue) donation process at Southeastern Med. She coordinates awareness efforts from flag raisings to donation stations. Phillips chose to take on this important role for both personal and professional reasons. From a personal standpoint, Phillips has a bone graft with hardware in her knee from an accident 20 years ago, where she was told by an orthopedic surgeon that she would never work again. Phillips begged him to find something that would potentially help, as she was a single parent of 2 young children. The surgeon said he could try a graft but couldn't guarantee if it would be successful or how long it would work. Through her personal experiences, Phillips gained a deeper understanding and appreciation for the blessing of donation. Today, Phillips is healthy, happy and thankful to play a part in giving others the gift of higher quality life through eye, organ, and tissue donation.

When describing why she chose a nursing career, Phillips explained, “When I was deciding on a profession, all I knew was I wanted to help people. I thought the greatest gift I could give to this world would be to help relieve suffering, heal diseases, and save lives. Having experienced personal tragedies, I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others facing similar dilemmas.” Denise is such an asset to Southeastern Med and to our community as a whole.

Lifeline of Ohio is an independent, non-profit organization that promotes and coordinates the donation of human organs and tissue for transplantation. Lifeline of Ohio provides services to 72 hospitals and the communities they serve through its procurement and tissue coordinators, and other professional staff.

Superior Med , LLC. recently updated its website making it even easier for you to take an active role in your healthcare journey. Through the website, you’re now able to learn more about each physician, register and securely view your medical records through the Superior Access Portal, download necessary forms, and safely make payments. The site is designed to meet the needs of everyone in our community through simple access and easy navigation.

“The portal offers patients flexibility in communicating with their doctors' offices and not being confined to business hours to leave non-urgent questions, update their history and medication lists,” noted Dr. Sandra Schubert, Superior Med’s medical director.

Superior Med is a community based, multi-specialty group practice partnered with Southeastern Med. Staffed with skilled physicians, mid-level providers, nurses and specialists, the Superior Med multi-specialty group brings together a broad range of healthcare professionals under one name, to deliver a full range of health and specialty care services at convenient locations throughout Guernsey and Noble counties.

Superior Med, LLC is comprised of 15 physicians and 6 mid-level providers providing care in the following specialties: Critical Care Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Pulmonary, Sleep Medicine, Urology, and Sports Medicine. The physicians at Superior Med are committed to the highest standards of quality and comprehensive healthcare and are here to provide a foundation for you and your family’s health care.

Whether you wish to register as a patient, view recent test results, or pay a bill, Superior Med, LLC makes it easy for you to manage your healthcare from the convenience of your home.

For more information about Superior Med, LLC please visit www.superiormed.us

Did you know that colon cancer can be cured before it even starts to develop? In fact, if everyone who’s of the recommended age would get a colonoscopy every five years, we could eliminate 85% of colon cancer in this country.

Dr. Michael Sarap joined Talk of the Town to discuss the colon cancer screening program here at Southeastern Med.

The American Hospital Association and Jackson Healthcare recently honored the local Tina Kiser Cancer Concern Coalition (TKC3) and Southeastern Med with the prestigious National Hospital Charitable Services Program of Excellence Award. Ten programs are selected annually recognizing exceptional work in setting new standards for giving back to their communities in maintainable ways. This year, 209 programs submitted applications and community impact statements and 50 programs were chosen as finalists. All finalists were invited to attend a daylong educational seminar in Atlanta about community service programs. The day ended with an awards dinner where Southeastern Med’s cancer registry manager, Bonnie Burns, and coalition chair Dr. Michael Sarap accepted the award, a crystal trophy and a check for $10,000 to help continue the efforts of the coalition. The coalition and Southeastern Med received the award for their decade long efforts to improve colon cancer screening and decrease colon cancer cases in Southeastern Ohio. The group also recently was awarded a third place finish for the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable Blue Star Award for their efforts relating to colon cancer.

Past and present members of the Tina Kiser Cancer Concern Coalition are: Tina Kiser (In Memory); Dr. Sarap; Dr. Leslie; Dr. Paulick; Dr. O’Hanlon; Dr. Flanigan; Dr. Schubert; Dr. Eddy; Dr. Keller; Amy Magorien; Becky Wheeler, CTR; Bonnie Burns; Celeste Mnich; Debbie Leonard; Emily Diaz; Heather Stack; Jared Shepherd; Jennifer Howell; Kelli Koch; Leigh Anne Hehr; Ron Cobb; Sandy Black; Scott Robinson; Sharon Gay; Tami Linscott.

Nearly a decade ago, Southeastern Med and the local coalition began a program to improve education to the public and to primary care providers about the value of colon cancer screening. At that time, Guernsey County had a 60% late stage colon cancer rate, which was the second worst in the state of Ohio. In addition to the educational efforts, local surgeons and the hospital offered free colonoscopy screening exams to patients that were at risk and who could not pay for the procedures. Nearly 500 free colonoscopies have been provided since inception of the plan with the donated services estimated at $250,000. TKC3 also purchased a giant inflatable colon, which has been displayed for education purposes throughout the state of Ohio and even in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

These efforts decreased late stage colon cancer rates to 47% in the first 5 years and 37% in the last 5 years. In 2013 the rate was 23% and in 2014 the rate was an incredibly low 12% with only two late stage cases diagnosed. The Ohio county average for late stage colon cancer is 50%. Even more exciting is the recent decrease in total colon cancer cases. Over the last 11 years, Southeastern Med has diagnosed an average of 32 cases per year. In 2014 only 16 cases were found as a result of a decade of increased screening and colon polyp removal at colonoscopy.

These remarkable results are the result of a decade of incredible teamwork between the primary care community, local surgeons, Southeastern Med and community members who have encouraged friends, family and co-workers to get screened. The local cancer program at Southeastern Med, as a Commission on Cancer (CoC) Accredited facility, is able to provide proven state-of-the-art care for those individuals diagnosed with colon cancer. The local cancer program meets and exceeds all national quality benchmarks related to colon cancer screening and treatment. CoC national data reveals that 96% of local colon cancer patients choose Southeastern Med and the Cancer Team for their surgical, chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

For more information on the Southeastern Med Colon Program and TKC3, or if you know someone who needs colon cancer screening and cannot afford it, contact Bonnie Burns at 435-8156.

On Thursday, February 26th, 2015, Southeastern Med will be offering a CT lung cancer screening from 6pm-9pm. CT screenings are quick, painless, and provide better detection of lung cancer than a chest x-ray. Individual results will be interpreted by a board certified radiologist and will be given at the time of the screening. Dr. Eyad Mahayri, MD, FCCP, pulmonologist and Chief of Staff at Southeastern Med, will also be donating his time to meet with every patient to discuss and explain the results of their individual CT scan.

In order to participate in the screening you must be a current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the past 15 years (age 55-74 years), have a history of smoking at least a pack a day for 30 years, or have no history of lung cancer and must be symptom free.

The screening costs $95 and appointments may be made by calling (740)439-8930.

In recognition of February as American Heart Month, join Southeastern Med in the fight against heart disease on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 7 a.m. – noon, as the medical center offers free heart health screenings for those between the ages of 35 and 64.

The screening will include a blood draw for a lab testing of blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides, and an electrocardiogram (EKG) test. A registered nurse or registered dietitian will meet with each participant to discuss possible risk factors, suggest lifestyle changes, and recommend if follow-up appointments be made with the individual's primary physician. Fasting, which includes coffee and cigarettes, 10 to 12 hours prior to the testing is required.

"Knowing your numbers and what your heart is telling you, including your cholesterol and blood pressure, is an important part of keeping your heart healthy," said Shelly Thompson, director of Wellness Resources and Registered Dietitian at Southeastern Med. "It can help you and your doctor know your risks and mark the progress you're making toward a healthier you."

Those who have participated in a free heart health event at Southeastern Med within the last two years are not eligible.
Appointments are required and can be made beginning Feb. 9th at 9 a.m. by calling 740-435-2900.

Jeff HayesSoutheastern Med is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Hayes as the new Assistant Vice President.

Hayes is a Zanesville, Ohio, native and a graduate of Tri-Valley High School. He earned his associate’s degree in business from Zane State College, bachelor’s degree from Wheeling Jesuit University, and his master’s degree from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. Hayes began his career at Southeastern Med in 1992 when he worked in the medical center’s Registration Department as a registration clerk/ PBX operator. During his career, he has served in various capacities including Billing Clerk and Telecommunications Supervisor. In April of 2004, he was promoted to director of Telecommunications and later that year the role of fire marshal and safety officer was added to his responsibilities. In 2009, he assumed additional duties as corporate compliance officer and privacy officer. In explaining why he accepted his new role after serving seven years as Southeastern Med’s senior director of facilities, Hayes says, “Anytime an opportunity presents itself to work closely with such wonderful physicians and staff, while broadening responsibilities at such a great institution, one has to embrace it. I thank leadership and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”

With his new position comes many new responsibilities. Hayes has the challenge of simultaneously overseeing the success of numerous departments within the medical center. He holds the executive position of overseeing telecommunications, maintenance, plant operations, clinical engineering, environmental and nutrition services, compliance, risk management, wellness resources and emergency preparedness. Ray Chorey, president and CEO of Southeastern Med, noted, “The senior leadership team is eager to continue working with Jeff. We have steadfast confidence in him and his role as compliance officer in an ever-evolving world of healthcare regulation.  Along with his outstanding work maintaining an aging facility, Jeff will be a welcomed addition at our weekly senior leadership meetings.”

Despite many challenges his new position presents, Hayes is looking forward to accomplishing many goals that he has set for himself and Southeastern Med. He explains, “My main goal in this position is to work with our whole medical center team in contributing to the enrichment of the health of the community of which we serve in this ever-changing healthcare environment.  I feel this can be accomplished through providing our customers access to affordable, high quality healthcare in a transparent environment.”

Hayes serves on the Cambridge Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and enjoys staying involved in our community. He currently resides in Norwich and has been married for 24 years to his wife, Leisa. They have one daughter, Cesley, who is a graduate student at Kent State University.

Every year, many people finish up the holiday season with a New Year’s resolution to lose weight. To help individuals meet their healthy weight loss and exercise goals, Southeastern Med will offer a new session of the Group Lifestyle Balance™ (GLB) program beginning on January 13th, 2015.

GLB is adiabetes prevention and education program created to provide a fun and supportive way to learn how to eat healthy and increase physical activity for a lifetime. Each GLB class offered by Southeastern Med is led by a health care professional who completed the GLB training workshop provided by the University of Pittsburgh Diabetes Prevention Support Center. The goals for each GLB participant are to achieve and maintain a weight loss of 7 percent, and to safely and gradually increase to 150 minutes per week of moderately intense physical activity similar to a brisk walk.

“Most weight loss plans are fads that offer short-term solutions to a long-term problem, “said Julie Marsh, RD, LD, Registered Dietitian at Southeastern Med and a GLB Program Leader. “Many people find these plans impossible to stay on for a lengthy period of time. Group Lifestyle Balance offers a positive change in lifestyle, where permanent weight loss and maintenance is a result of enjoyable exercise and diet. By balancing food intake and exercise, you can achieve your ideal weight.”

Most people who stay in the year-long program lose weight and lower their cholesterol and HgbA1c, a test that reflects the average blood sugar level for the past three months.

The new session of GLB will be held weekly on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. starting Jan. 13th, at the Guernsey County Library Crossroads Branch. Throughout the year, participants will receive a binder with class materials, a Calorie King and Carbohydrate Counter book, a pedometer, an exerband, as well as pre, mid-point and post blood work.

The group schedule includes 22 sessions during a 12 month period of time. The initial 12 sessions are held weekly with the remaining sessions gradually fading from weekly, to bi-weekly, to finally monthly.

To be eligible for the program, participants must have one the following conditions:

  • High blood pressure;
  • Pre-diabetes or history of gestational diabetes;
  • High cholesterol or triglycerides; or
  • Overweight with a body mass index (BMI) above or equal to 25.

The fee for the class is $40. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. GLB is an education and support program, and all physical activity goals will be completed outside of class. For more information or to register for the class, please call 740-435-2946.

2015 New Baby

Southeastern Med is proud to announce the arrival of the first baby born in 2015. Trindon Colvin arrived at 1:17 p.m. on Jan. 2nd to parents Ashley and Trace Colvin, of Salesville. Trindon weighed 9 pounds and 3 ounces and measured 22 inches long. For being the first baby of 2015, Trindon and parents will be sent home with a special gift basket, in addition to the gifts each baby and mother receive for delivering at Southeastern Med. Congratulations, Colvin family!