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.

Timothy EvanchoSoutheastern Med is pleased to announce the promotion of Timothy Evancho to Assistant Vice President Chief Financial Officer.

Evancho is a Cambridge, Ohio, native and a proud graduate of Cambridge High School. He attended The Ohio State University where he earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting. Evancho began his career at Southeastern Med in 1988 as a staff accountant. He was promoted to Director of Accounting Services in 1990 and to Director of Fiscal Services/Controller in 2010. He has been a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association for over 20 years.
During his time at Southeastern Med, Evancho's accounting skills and business sense has been beneficial for the medical center. His exceptional knowledge, work ethic and honesty have gained the respect of his peers and Southeastern Med's senior leadership team.

In explaining why he accepted his new role after serving four years as Southeastern Med's senior director of fiscal services, Evancho says, "This position provides me with a tremendous opportunity to expand my financial and leadership influence with an organization that I've been totally committed to for the last 26 years. I am excited to see Southeastern Med continue to grow as we provide exceptional care to our community." With his new position come many new responsibilities. Evancho foresees the challenges of the Affordable Care Act's impact to community hospitals and the transition of providers going to a pay for performance model will increases need to improve quality, while maintaining a low cost of care. Ray Chorey, President and CEO, stated, "The Board and Senior Leadership team are excited to work closely with Tim as healthcare continues its transformation. Personally, I appreciate Tim's forward-looking approach in his new role. The trust and respect he has earned from our staff and physicians will be invaluable as he works closely with the Vice President of Medical Affairs to keep healthcare affordable for our community."
Evancho holds the executive position of overseeing fiscal activities including accounting, budgets, audits, taxes, the preparation of regulatory agency and government reports, and the systems and procedures necessary to insure and maintain efficient financial control. Despite various challenges his new position presents, Evancho is looking forward to accomplishing many goals that he has set for himself and Southeastern Med. He notes that he is looking forward to strengthening the financial and resources management support of Southeastern Med, developing strategies to join new regional/statewide markets for healthcare, and establishing pricing transparency.

Evancho has also been very involved with the City Of Cambridge, serving for several years on both the Park Commission and Zoning Commission. He has also served as a City Councilman at Large for the past three years. He currently resides in Cambridge with his lovely wife, Doreen. They have three grown sons, Stephen, Michael, and David.

Patient Lifting Donation

The Southeastern Med Auxiliary would like to thank the community for their continued support of patient care, especially through yearly events such as the annual Wonderland of Trees. It is because of your steadfast support that we are able to fund much-needed equipment at Southeastern Med. The Auxiliary's most recent pledge of $50,000, generated from the Wonderland of Trees, is going toward the medical center's new patient-lifting equipment. The patient-lifting equipment will be 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. Pictured presenting the check (L to R) are Heather Stack, Wonderland of Trees Chairperson; Kay DiLuciano, Wonderland of Trees Chairperson; Jocelyne Davis, Southeastern Med Auxiliary President; Haley Larrick, RN, BSN, nurse at Southeastern Med; Jennifer Kyser, patient technician at Southeastern Med; and Ray Chorey, President and CEO of Southeastern Med.

Volunteer Christmas Party Donation

Christmas is an exciting time for children, and the volunteers at Southeastern Med helped make the holiday magical for several local children by donating toys to the Guernsey County Secret Santa. Instead of a gift exchange at this year's volunteer Christmas dinner, each volunteer was encouraged to bring a toy to donate to the Secret Santa.

[CAMBRIDGE, OHIO] ––Southeastern Med will host the first of Guernsey and Noble County's "JustWalk™" Walk With a Doc walking program on December 4th at 9am. Walkers will enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating walk with Dr. Barbara Roth and other healthcare professionals, who will provide support to the walkers and answer questions during the walk. Dr. Roth is a retired physican from Remar-Med Inc. At the upcoming walk, complementary blood pressure checks and coffee will be offered to all participants.

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. "This program has had tremendous participation and tremendous success in many other cities around the country," said Shelly Thompson, Southeastern Med's Wellness Resources Director. "I'm very pleased to be a part of this exciting and simple program that shows such improved health results for so many people." We are very thankful for the assitance and coordination with the City of Cambridge Parks and Recreation Department!

Southeastern Med encourages anyone in the community to join the walk. This is a FREE program and please call 740-435-2946 to pre-register for the first walk. Future walks will be announced via the Walk with a Doc website, www.walkwithadoc.org. and Souteastern Med Facebook page

"Walk with a Doc is honored to team up with Southesastern Med. By incorporating Walk with a Doc, Southeastern Med is demonstrating an exceptional level of caring and commitment to their community", said Dr. David Sabgir, founder of Walk with a Doc.

Date: December 4th, 2014 and January 22,2015. Bi-monthly walks will be held after that.

Time: 9 am

Location: 1101 McFarland Drive, City of Cambridge Armory. Weather permiting we will walk outside varying distance if weather is inclement walk will take place inside the Armory.

Why walk? There's no question that increasing exercise, even moderately, reduces the risks or many diseases, including coronary heart disease, breast and colon cancer and Type 2 diabetes. Research has even shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour that you exercise regularly.

According to the American Heart Association, walking as little as 30 minutes a day can provide these health benefits, as well:

  • Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
  • Help maintain a healthy body weight and lower the risk of obesity
  • Enhance mental well-being
  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis

Cambridge joins a growing list of communities nationwide that have created local Walk With a Doc (WWAD) programs. WWAD is a non-profit organization that encourages 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. "Just Walk™" Walk with a Doc has over 100 active programs across the country and around the world.

For more information about Southeastern Med or the Walk With A Doc program, please call Southeastern Med's Wellness Resources Department at 740-435-2946.

Southeastern Med is commitment to the health of our community through providing community education and wellness opportunities to maintain and improve your health.

The Guernsey County Colorectal Task Force was recently named second runner-up in the 2014 Blue Star Challenge by the American Cancer Society’s National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT).

The Blue Star Challenge recognizes organizations that raise awareness of colorectal cancer through their educational, inspirational and creative uses of the Blue Star icon.

Colorectal cancer is a preventable, treatable, beatable cancer. Southeastern Med is committed to eliminating colorectal cancer in our community.

We received a $1,000 charitable award from the NCCRT, which we’ll use to raise awareness about colorectal cancer and encourage the people of Guernsey County to get an annual screening.

Wonderland of Trees ChairpersonsHoward and Marsha Winnett have been chosen to serve as honorary Chairpersons for the 23rd Annual Wonderland of Trees. Marsha has been an active board member of Southeastern Med since 1991. They have both been tremendously supportive of the Wonderland of Trees for numerous years. Wonderland of Trees will take place on Friday, Nov. 14 at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Highway, in Cambridge. Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. The auction items will be on display in the lobby at Southeastern Med beginning Nov. 4 through Nov. 12. The Auxiliary is currently seeking monetary contributions or donations of decorated trees, wreaths, gift baskets or other decorated holiday items. Your contribution or donation will not only ensure the success of this event, but will also help the Southeastern Med Auxiliary enhance patient care at Southeastern Med. 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.

Local healthcare officials state that the likelihood of an Ebola outbreak occurring in Guernsey and Noble Counties is highly unlikely, although like other infectious diseases, it is important that plans are in place to promote the health and safety of our community. Southeastern Med continues to make numerous precautions to keep you safe, especially concerning the recent Ebola outbreak. "We continue to monitor and educate the staff as the Ebola situation evolves. Administration and physicians are working in collaboration to prepare our staff for recognition and proper treatment of any suspected patients," explained Angie Long, RN, MSN/MBA/HC, Southeastern Med's Vice President of Clinical Services/CNO.

At Southeastern Med, we are doing everything that we can to prepare in the event that an individual presents with symptoms of Ebola. Directive signs have been placed in and around the medical center, including all entry points, which list specific instructions relating to Ebola exposure and symptoms. Southeastern Med is equipped with an Infection Prevention Department and an emergency preparedness committee that continually works to determine and reevaluate procedures and prepare for potential outbreaks.

Personal protective equipment is being provided to ensure the protection of all Southeastern Med associates, patients, and their families. Associates are being trained in the proper procedures for putting on and taking off protective gear. Hospital leadership continues to monitor associate training to guarantee that the necessary procedures of infection prevention are being followed.

After a positive screening, which includes identifying a patient with infectious symptoms, Southeastern Med staff has been instructed to first isolate the patient (using contact and droplet precautions) and then notify the Infection Prevention Department Director, Cathy McIntire, RN, CNOR. McIntire will immediately contact the Ohio Department of Health who will give further instruction on the next steps to be taken. "Here at Southeastern Med, we have been preparing for admission of an Ebola patient since the news first broke. We have involved key people to meet the needs of our community and prepare to give the best care available," noted McIntire.

It is important that individuals remember that the likelihood of Southeastern Med encountering a patient with Ebola is not likely. However, the medical center is taking all precautionary steps to properly care for those with an infection, should it occur. As always, the best way to prevent the spread of infection is to wash your hands; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; and avoid contact with those showing symptoms of infection.

Southeastern Med is proud of the exceptional care offered to our community, and continues to make your health a top priority.

Lifeline of Ohio Gold Partner
Pictured presenting the Lifeline of Ohio Gold award to Southeastern Med (l to r) are Kent Holloway, CEO of Lifeline of Ohio Organ Procurement, Inc., and Angie Long, RN, MSN/MBA/HC, Vice President of Clinical Services/CNO at Southeastern Med.

Donate Life Ohio, Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health's Second Chance Trust Fund honor Southeastern Med for efforts to register donors and save lives in Guernsey and Noble Counties

More than 170 Ohioans died in 2012 when a lifesaving organ could not be found in time for transplant. On Sept. 27, Southeastern Med was recognized by Donate Life Ohio, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and the Ohio Department of Health's Second Chance Trust Fund for taking action to reduce that number during 2013. The hospital was named a Bronze Partner in the Small Hospital category of the 2012-2013 Hospital Champions program, aimed at increasing organ, eye and tissue donor registration. Southeastern Med and 46 other Ohio hospitals were recognized during the 2013 OHA Annual Meeting.

Currently, more than 122,000 people nationwide – more than 3,400 of them from Ohio – await a lifesaving organ transplant," said Lance Himes, Interim Director, Ohio Department of Health. "By registering new donors and sharing this lifesaving message through the Hospital Champions program, Southeastern Med is saving lives and helping to reduce the time critically ill patients must wait for a second chance at life."

Southeastern Med led a successful 2013-2014 Hospital Champions program that included educational materials and events to raise awareness and increase organ donor registration in Ohio. Southeastern Med held a 'Donation Station' at the Older Adult Health Fair, as well as at the hospital to educate its employees, patients and the community about the importance of organ donation and allow those not already a registered donor the opportunity to register. Southeastern Med's Education Department also educates its new associates and patients in its Cardiac Rehabilitation program each month about organ donation. To reach a younger generation, a local recipient spoke to the hospital's Medical Explorer program for high school students about his experience and encourage them to register when they receive their driver's license.

"We are so proud of our hospital champions for committing to promote this important initiative to our communities," said Mike Abrams, OHA President and CEO. "We saw tremendous engagement from all our hospital partners who went above and beyond to support this cause."

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 Story at 740-439-8190 or Phillips at 740-435-2710.

Dee Dee Francis & Dr. Sarap
Pictured (l to r) are Dee Dee Francis, breast cancer survivor, and Dr. Micheal Sarap, surgeon at Southeastern Ohio Physicians and Southeastern Med medical staff member.

There are a whirlwind of emotions that accompany a cancer diagnosis. When dealing with cancer, patients may feel lost, overwhelmed, and unsure where to turn.

Dolores "Dee Dee" Francis of North Salem didn't have a history of breast cancer in her family. But, she knew the importance of prevention and made it a priority to get a yearly mammogram. Her most recent mammogram was scheduled for January and around that time she had noticed some minor itching and burning on one of her breasts. However, due to the extreme winter cold, she assumed that this minor discomfort was because of the frigid temperatures.

Her routine mammogram was ordered by her physician, Dr. Pat Goggin, and conducted at the Community Healthlink in Cambridge. The radiologist discovered a small shadow on the images and suggested an ultrasound to further define the spot. The ultrasound pinpointed that Dee Dee had a small lump of stage 1 breast cancer. Thankfully, nothing was found in her lymph nodes and she wouldn't need chemotherapy. Still, Dee Dee was very nervous. A cancer diagnosis at any stage can be incredibly scary. Previously Dee Dee had completed regular self-breast exams and had not noticed any alarming changes. Dr. Goggin explained that the lump in her breast was so small that it couldn't have been felt by self-detection at that time. That's why, in addition to completing regular self breast exams, getting a yearly mammogram is essential. Early detection is very important when it comes to cancer detection and recovery.

When deciding where to receive treatment, Dee Dee turned to her doctor for recommendations. Dr. Goggin praised Southeastern Med's Cambridge Regional Cancer Center and said that he would recommend the cancer center to his own family. This spoke volumes to Dee Dee and she chose to follow Dr. Goggin's suggestion. When selecting a surgeon, Dee Dee had heard many wonderful things about Dr. Michael Sarap. She was still understandably nervous, but knew that Dr. Sarap had the knowledge, experience, and skill to provide her with top-notch care. Dee Dee had an appointment with Dr. Sarap that following week and was impressed by his genuine concern for her wellbeing. "Everyone said that I had the best doctor there was and that gave me reassurance," Dee Dee noted with a smile. Dr. Sarap listened to Dee Dee's concerns and gave her as many options as possible. Dee Dee initially thought that her entire breast would need to be removed, but Dr. Sarap assured her that this was not the case. He was able to remove the lump, and leave the rest of her breast intact.

Dee Dee was grateful for the personal concern that everyone extended. "Kim in radiology held my hand during my biopsy and made sure I stayed warm and covered up. Everyone took such good care of me," she explained.

Dr. Alkouri, oncologist at the cancer center, was the next physician Dee Dee interacted with while on her journey to being cancer free. Following Dee Dee's surgery, he had her biopsy sent away to be certain it wasn't aggressive. She completed 36 radiation treatments at Southeastern Med's Cambridge Regional Cancer Center and was pleased that she chose to complete treatment close to home. When speaking about the associates at the cancer center, Dee Dee raved, "They were just super! From seeing them every day, we (she and her husband) got to know them like friends." That friendship helped calm any anxiety while undergoing treatment and she enjoyed getting to know the staff and talking about common interests.

Dee Dee urges you to, "get your mammogram early and every year. It's a slight inconvenience, but it's just for a few seconds and then you'll know whether or not cancer is a possibility. A simple exam can save your life!" Breast cancer in women results in over 40,000 deaths in each year. Education, knowing your family history, conducting regular self-breast exams, receiving clinical breast exams annually from a health professional, and having regular mammography screenings are the best defense in fighting breast cancer. Although a mammogram cannot prevent breast cancer, it can save lives by finding breast cancer as early as possible.

The Southeastern Med cancer program has been accredited by the National Commission on Cancer for well over 20 years and is also accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). This means that quality data regarding every cancer patient is collected, analyzed and compared to national benchmarks. The Southeastern Med Breast Program exceeds national quality standards in needle biopsy diagnosis, appropriate lymph node biopsy techniques, lumpectomy rates, and assuring that each patient receives appropriate therapy including chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy. Statistics show that 95% of local breast cancer patients choose to stay in Cambridge for their therapy. Those patients treated locally benefit from the superb care rendered by the entire cancer care team. Our local breast cancer 5 year survival rate is 93.3% as compared to the national average of 85.5%.These statistics continue to show the high quality cancer care that Southeastern Med and the Cambridge Regional Cancer Center continues to offer.

Southeastern Med may be able to assist you in affording your mammogram through Southeastern Med's Power Me Pink program. This 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 a percentage below 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.

To learn more about the Power Me Pink program or to schedule a mammogram, please call 740-435-2500.

Remember, early detection can save your life!