CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Sept. 25, 2013 – Hearing that there was a potential abnormality on a mammogram can strike fear in any woman. Although it’s terrifying to get this news, experts at Southeastern Med say you shouldn’t panic.

While the brain right away jumps to the possibility of cancer, most abnormalities do not mean cancer. Breast growths like cysts, fibroadenomas, and fibrocystic breast tissue are all benign (not cancer). Many women also get suspicious findings after their first mammogram. But, that’s often because the radiologist, a physician who is specially trained to read mammograms, does not have a previous mammogram films for comparison.

“Most abnormalities on a mammogram are not breast cancer,” said Jill McKee, R.T., R.M. a mammography technologist at Southeastern Med. “On a screening mammogram, abnormalities usually require additional testing. And while yes, in some cases, a mammogram can indicate a cancerous tumor, in most cases the abnormality is a benign finding.”

According to the American Cancer Society, about 10 percent of women who have a mammogram will be called back for more tests. But only 8 to 10 percent of those women will need a biopsy and 80 percent of those biopsies turn out be benign. In 2012, only 5 percent of patients at Southeastern Med who were called back with an abnormality were found to be cancerous.

Those with an abnormality after their screening mammogram will receive a phone call from their ordering physician, as well as a letter from Southeastern Med, to inform them that further evaluation is needed, which might include a diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound or needle biopsy.

A diagnostic mammogram is used to check for breast abnormalities or other signs or symptoms of disease. It is also used to evaluate changes in the breast found during a screening mammogram.

“Diagnostic mammograms differ from screening mammograms in that the potential abnormality or symptom is the focus of the test,” McKee said. “Depending on the abnormality, different tests might be done. In some women, only additional mammographic images are needed. In other women, additional mammographic images and an ultrasound are needed.”

A breast ultrasound may be ordered to show additional features of the abnormal area and determine if the abnormality is solid. If the inside of the lump contains fluid, it is called a cyst. A lump that is solid or that has fluid with floating particles may need further testing, and a biopsy is usually recommended. Again, patients will receive a phone call from their ordering physician, as well as a letter from Southeastern Med, with recommendations for the next step.

If further testing is recommended, the next step is a biopsy. During a biopsy, the physician will remove some of the abnormal tissue and/or fluid for analysis. If the findings are benign, patients return to their regular schedule of screening with clinical breast exams and mammograms.

“The best opportunity for a positive outcome is early detection,” McKee said. “Breast cancer is often curable if detected at an early stage. It is helpful for women to be familiar with how their breasts feel. Any new areas of concern should be reported to their health care provider.”

In some cases, the results of a mammogram, along with other tests, can indicate breast cancer. And while this news is terrifying, there are many effective treatments for cancer available and a variety of helpful resources at Southeastern Med to give insight on how to face the challenges ahead.

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Photo caption: The Southeastern Med Auxiliary recently donated $40,000 to purchase four new hospital beds for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The Southeastern Med Auxiliary is dedicated to enhancing patient care through community fundraisers. This donation was raised through the Guernsey Health Foundation and Southeastern Med’s Auxiliary annual golf challenge in May, as well as other fundraisers held throughout the year. The remaining balance for the beds will be donated after the Wonderland of Trees auction in November. Pictured presenting the check (L to R) are Jocelyne Davis, president of the Auxiliary; Angie Long, Chief Nursing Office at Southeastern Med; and Kelli Koch, Communications Specialist at Southeastern Med.

Calvin Ringer and his sister, Kaylee, present their contribution to the pediatric unit at Southeastern Med.
Calvin Ringer and his sister, Kaylee, present their contribution to the pediatric unit at Southeastern Med. Pictured sitting is Destiny Dennison, 7, of Cambridge, a pediatric patient at the hospital. Standing are Ray Chorey, President and CEO of Southeastern Med; Kaylee Ringer; and Calvin Ringer. This is the seventh consecutive year Calvin and Kaylee have donated money for this specific purpose.

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Dec. 27, 2012 – For the seventh consecutive year, Calvin Ringer, a 12-year-old from Kimbolton, has donated his hard earned money to Southeastern Med’s Pediatric Unit.

With the help from his parents, Matt and Cathy, and sister, Kaylee, Calvin proudly donated $1,200. In addition to his donation, Colgate-Palmolive Co., in Cambridge, where Calvin’s dad works, will match the donation.

Calvin began making and selling Christmas ornaments in 2006 to donate the proceeds to Southeastern Med’s Pediatric Unit. In 2009, he began selling hanging flower baskets during Mother’s Day weekend at Medi-Wise Pharmacy in Newcomerstown.

Since 2006, Calvin has donated more than $5,200 to Southeastern Med’s Pediatric Unit. Colgate-Palmolive Co. generously began matching his contributions in 2009.

If you, your family, organization or business would like to make a contribution or match Calvin’s hard-earned donation to benefit Southeastern Med’s patients, please call Debbie Stillion at 740-439-8106. Donations of any monetary amount are accepted year round, and donors can request their contribution be spent on a specific department or service.

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Dec. 19, 2012 – 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.

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, July 19, 2012 - Southeastern Med is excited to announce Ramakrishna Kasindula, M.B.B.S, M.D., Pediatrician, as the newest member of its medical staff. Dr. Kasindula will join Southeastern Ohio Pediatrics with established pediatrician Muhammad Noor, M.D.

“The staff, physicians and administration at Southeastern Med look forward to the arrival of Dr. Kasindula,” said Ray Chorey, president and CEO of Southeastern Med. “The need for additional pediatricians was noted in our ongoing physician development plan. He will be an excellent addition to the community and to the outstanding physicians who currently take care of our children.”

Dr. Kasindula earned his Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) from Guntur Medical College in Andhra Pradesh, India. He recently completed his residency in pediatrics at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY.
While he is devoted to treating common pediatric conditions, Dr. Kasindula specializes in preventative pediatrics including vaccinations, anticipatory guidance, child safety and counseling for parents, as well as asthma, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), seasonal allergies and eczema.

Dr. Kasindula will begin seeing patients on Aug. 1. Southeastern Ohio Pediatrics is located across the street from the medical center at 1420 Clark St., in Cambridge. Dr. Kasindula welcomes new patients and physician referrals. To schedule an appointment, please call 740-435-4020.

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, May 31, 2011- During the National Cancer Registrars Association’s (NCRA) 37th Annual Education Conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, May 15-18, Elekta honored Becky Wheeler, Certified Cancer Registrar at Southeastern Med, as the 2011 Registrar of the Year. The award recognizes registrars who make valuable contributions to the success of their registry, as well as extend those contributions to benefit the broader medical facility and community.

“Becky is most deserving of this award,” said E. Edwin Conaway, Jr., MD, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Southeastern Med. “She is passionate about the Cancer Registry and the contribution that the Registry plays in both cancer treatment and prevention. Southeastern Med has been blessed with her leadership in its Cancer program.”

Recognized for 25 years of service, Wheeler received the award for the passion she brings to the profession, from compiling data that provides valuable information for monitoring and improving cancer treatments to conducting research and targeting prevention and screening programs. Board President of the Guernsey County American Cancer Society, Becky is involved in the Tar Wars program, where she has visited almost every fifth-grade class in Guernsey and Noble counties to educate students on the dangers of smoking. In addition, Becky spearheaded an awareness program, Think Pink, to increase the number of women receiving breast cancer screenings.

Michael McKayCAMBRIDGE, Ohio, July 5, 2011 – Southeastern Med is proud to announce the nomination of Michael McKay RN, BSN, CNOR, CMLSO, for this year’s Albert E. Dyckes Health Care Worker of the Year Award, presented by the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA). McKay joined nominees from 76 hospitals from across the state at a recognition dinner on June 15 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.

“I want to extend congratulations to Mike on behalf of Southeastern Med’s Board of Directors, management, and Mike’s co-workers,” said Ray Chorey, President and CEO of Southeastern Med. “Mike has joined an elite group of healthcare providers in Ohio who are acknowledged for their commitment to their profession, their communities, and their hospitals. We are so fortunate to have him as part of our healthcare team.”

Southeastern Med nominated McKay for his 30 years of dedication and service to the medical center. McKay began his career at Southeastern Med in January of 1978. He graduated in 1977 from OU Zanesville with an associate degree in Nursing. He later earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio University in 1994. He also was the first nurse at Southeastern Med to become a certified for perioperative nurse (CNOR), as well as a certified medical laser safety officer (CMLSO).

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Women’s Auxiliary, with assistance from the Men’s Auxiliary Post 3760, recently donated $1,000 to Southeastern Med’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Women’s Auxiliary recently donated $1,000 to Southeastern Med’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit. Shown presenting the check to the unit are front row: Don Huston, vice president of Marketing, Planning and Development at Southeastern Med, Audra Garrett, Women’s Auxiliary member; Helen Laughman, president of the Women’s Auxiliary; Howard Meyer, Men’s Auxiliary member; Michelle Carter, EP; and Kim Orr, RRT. Back Row: Richard Garrett, commander of VFW Post 3760 and Bob Calaway, pulmonary rehabilitation patient at Southeastern Med. The Auxiliary, with assistance from the Men’s Auxiliary Post 3760, raised money for the donation through raffles, a Valentine’s dance and many other fundraisers. The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Unit plans to use the money to buy new exercise equipment.

Southeastern Med has been granted a three-year, full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease.  The standards include proficiency in the areas of center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education, and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.

“The Breast Center Accreditation is a wonderful accomplishment made possible due to a committed effort by all members of the breast care team at Southeastern Med,” said Michael Sarap, M.D., surgeon with Southeastern Ohio Physicians, Inc. and Southeastern Med medical staff member. “The award takes into account available diagnostic modalities, including mammography, ultrasound, MRI and radiologic breast biopsy techniques, therapeutic treatments, which include surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, and breast support services, including support groups, breast navigators, education, genetics testing and many other services. The accreditation affirms that state-of-the-art care and support services have been provided and will continue to be provided to all area women with breast cancer and benign breast disease. While there are some specialty services, like breast reconstruction, that must be coordinated with other institutions, local women should be comforted and reassured that the breast care they receive by the professionals at Southeastern Med is of the highest quality.”

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, April 20, 2011 – Southeastern Med was recently awarded more than $53,000 from the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fund the medical center’s Power Me Pink program. Southeastern Med was one of 31 breast health programs to receive more than $1.5 million in funding from Komen Columbus.

“Every dollar raised helps save lives in Ohio. Sadly, Ohio still has the fourth highest mortality rate from breast cancer, but we are doing our best to lower that statistic,” said Katie Carter, executive director of Komen Columbus. “Each year we are able to fund more breast health programs with more dollars to make a bigger impact for women in our 30-county service area. This year the majority of our dollars are going to ensure that thousands of underserved and under-insured Ohioans will get screened for breast cancer. Other focuses for our dollars are education and outreach programs and breast cancer treatment and survivor support programs.”

Southeastern Med’s Power Me Pink project provides women who are uninsured and underinsured with breast health education, clinical breast exams, mammograms and additional testing if necessary. The program serves women 35 years and older who earn between 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.