Drs. Vishnu and Sudha Saksena of New Concord feel satisfaction from living a healthy lifestyle. They strive to keep themselves physically and mentally healthy through exercise and sensible eating habits. Since this spring, the former Muskingum University college professors have been exercising at Southeastern Med’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab facility and are impressed by the holistic approach that it offers. Education, exercise in a medically-based setting, and socialization are components of the program that are combined to best serve you and help you reach your unique goals.

For the past ten years, the Saksena’s regularly exercised at a privately-owned recreational facility. This was something they chose to do on their own, rather than because of a physician recommendation. Vishnu had a heart stent put in ten years ago and is also a diabetic. He initially started exercising as a way to counteract his health problems and keep his body agile. This March, Sudha underwent angioplasty in Columbus. Angioplasty is a procedure used to open narrow or blocked coronary (heart) arteries. This restores blood flow to the heart muscle. As part of her recovery, Sudha’s physician, based out of Columbus, suggested that she exercise at Southeastern Med’s Cardiac and Rehabilitation Facility through the twelve week program. Her physician had heard wonderful comments about the facility and knew the convenience that a local facility could provide in this medically- based setting. The Saksena’s decided that this would be an activity that they could enjoy together. Mr. and Mrs. Saksena were previously unaware that Southeastern Med offered this exercise program and were amazed that this comprehensive program is available in our small community.

Mr. and Mrs. Saksena make an effort to exercise at least three days a week at Southeastern Med’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab facility. They both noted that, even when feeling tired, exercise provides them with an added boost of energy and refreshment. “I like to garden in the mornings, and afterward I am naturally tired. Then I come to exercise and I am rejuvenated again. Exercise always gives me more energy,” noted Sudha. When you are fatigued, exercise may be the last thing on your mind, but choosing to exercise anyway may give you extra energy.

“The staff is fantastic!’ exclaimed Vishnu. “ When you have a combination of compassion and welfare of the patient, plus professionalism, it’s a winning combination! We have not seen this in a long time.” The staff working in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab is dedicated to the health of their clients and your safety is their first priority. Mrs. Saksena assures that, “Every single person we have met here—A+. You don’t have to ask--they’re looking for ways to help you. You aren’t aware that someone’s watching you, but they are always looking out for you!”

The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program serves those who are recovering from a serious cardiac disease or are living with a chronic respiratory disorder. The program is designed to meet the unique needs of each individual through medically-based recommendations. Typically, those experiencing cardiac and pulmonary problems begin the program through a physician referral.

Individuals experiencing various conditions take part in a twelve week program involving exercise and breathing retraining, emotional support, and health education. Participants come to the facility three days per week and are able to use quality fitness equipment under medical supervision. Weekly, participants are given a brief education course in addition to exercising. Experts in various fields provide information on subjects ranging from nutrition to understanding appropriate medication usage. A special exercise course is also led on a weekly basis and includes instruction and practice with various types of strength training. The program is usually covered by most insurance programs.

Whether you’ve had a condition for years, were recently diagnosed with a cardiac or pulmonary disease, or want to prevent disease, a specialized program is available for you. Upon physician approval, the program begins with a thorough evaluation by the medical center’s skilled rehabilitation team to develop a personalized treatment plan. “There are many benefits associated with exercise! This program is especially crucial for those with cardiac and pulmonary conditions,” stated Michelle Carter, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Coordinator at Southeastern Med.

Since March, Medicare now accepts chronic heart failure as a condition warranting treatment, noted Carter. Chronic heart failure is one of the most common diagnosis’ for re-admission, showing the importance of rehabilitation care for this condition. This expansion in coverage is exciting news that will greatly benefit our area.

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.

CCRN Certification2During a hospital visit, nothing is more reassuring than the compassion and superior care provided by healthcare staff.

Diligence to exceptional patient care and dedication to continuing professional education makes the nurses at Southeastern Med excellent in providing high-quality, comprehensive, patient-centered healthcare to our local community.

Christine Forshey, Angie Gibson, Rita Mellott, and Beth Wick, nurses at Southeastern Med, recently received national recognition for reaching a significant milestone in the nursing profession. Since 1993, they have consistently maintained the CCRN certification. The certification is a credential granted through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Certification Corporation.

A critical care nurse an expert in nursing care of acutely and/or critically ill patients. The recognized nurses from Southeastern Med are included in a group of 1,489 CCRNs being honored this year by the corporation and the AACN for 20 years of continuous certification.

“CCRN is one of the hardest certifications to obtain in the nursing profession. It takes great experience, advanced knowledge and perseverance. This is a testament to the loyalty and hard work that these ladies exemplify,” said Michael Campbell, Director of Critical Care Services at Southeastern Med.

Southeastern Med has launched a new website to serve as a health information resource for the Cambridge community and recruit new medical talent to our region.

The new website offers improved navigation, a complete listing of medical services, health screening information and more. Visitors can also find a local doctor by using the helpful Find a Physician feature, or pay their hospital bills online through the convenient online bill pay portal.

Physicians and medical personnel wishing to practice in this region can use the site to access current career opportunities.

The new website also makes it easy for visitors to sign up for the SEORMC's monthly health newsletter, connect on social media, check in at events, and more.

Visit the new SoutheasternMed.org today.

Could you develop colon cancer? How can you reduce your risk of developing colon cancer? What are the newest treatment options for colon cancer?

Learn the answers to these questions and more when you join us for Dine with a Doc on March 5, 2014 at 5 p.m. at Southeastern Med.

Dr. Sarap, a colon health specialist at Southeastern Med, will give an enlightening presentation about colon cancer, including recommendations for screenings, preventative care and healthy living.

The event is free, and light refreshments will be served.

Register by calling 435-2900.

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The Southeastern Med Auxiliary recently donated $24,000 to complete its pledge of $84,000 toward the purchase of a GeneXpert ® currently being used in the hospital’s Laboratory Department. This progressive system reduces turn-around-times for vital lab tests from days to hours, enabling doctors to make quicker, more informed treatment decisions. The Southeastern Med Auxiliary is dedicated to enhancing patient care through community fundraisers. This donation of $24,000 was raised through the Southeastern Med Auxiliary’s 21st Annual Wonderland of Trees event in November. Pictured with the GeneXpert ® (L to R) are Debra Banna, director of Laboratory Services at Southeastern Med; Marti Reed, Wonderland of Trees Chairperson; Bonnie Perkins, Wonderland of Trees Chairperson; and Suellen Johnson, president of the Auxiliary.

PHOTO CAPTION: Calvin Ringer and his sister, Kaylee, present their contribution to the Pediatric Unit at Southeastern Med. Pictured are Cindy Miller, a patient care technician; Alexis McMath, RN; Kaylee Ringer; and Calvin Ringer. This is the eighth consecutive year Calvin and Kaylee have donated money for this specific purpose.  

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Dec. 23, 2012 – For the eighth consecutive year, Calvin Ringer, a 13-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 $1,100. 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. This year, Calvin and Kaylee sold 150 baskets.

Since 2006, Calvin has donated more than $6,300 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. 23, 2013 – Ohio will be represented on a national stage at the 2014 Rose Parade as local organ, eye and tissue donors will be honored on the Donate Life float. At the invitation of the American Hospital Association, Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), Ray Chorey, President and CEO of Southeastern Med, in partnership with Lifeline of Ohio, signed a special Donate Life message that will be attached to a vial that will be placed in the Donate Life Dedication Garden on the float. The Dedication Garden offers donor families, transplant recipients and candidates, hospitals, transplant centers and organizations nationwide the opportunity to dedicate roses placed on the float and helps further illuminate the parade route by shining a light on donation.

“The clinical team at Southeastern Med is committed to enabling the sharing of the many gifts that come to those in need from our participation in Ohio Donate for Life program,” Chorey said. “It is a privilege and honor to represent the hospital and our commitment in a personal message that is a part of the Donate Life Float in this year's Rose Parade.”

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CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Nov. 26, 2013 – The Southeastern Med Auxiliary recently donated $26,000 toward its pledge of $80,810 to purchase four new hospital beds for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Southeastern Med.

The Southeastern Med Auxiliary is dedicated to enhancing patient care through community fundraisers. This donation of $26,000 was raised through the Southeastern Med Auxiliary’s 22nd Annual Wonderland of Trees event on November 15. Pictured above sitting (L to R) are Dr. Stephen Stansbury, a Gold Sponsor of the event in memory of his wife, Susan; Jocelyne Davis, president of the Auxiliary; Ann Marie Maddox, OSU Cambridge Heart, a Gold Sponsor of the event. Standing (l to r) are: Debbie Gingerich, Wonderland of Tree Chairperson; Michael Campbell, director of the ICU; and Marti Reed, Wonderland of Tree Chairperson.

Board members, Senior management and physicians at Southeastern Med had the opportunity to meet one-on-one with Congressman Bill Johnson to discuss changes in healthcare brought by the Affordable Care Act. Pictured l to r are: Dale H. Hileman, Southeastern Med Board Member; Ray Chorey, President and CEO of Southeastern Med; Sandra Schubert, M.D., medical director at Superior Med; Eyad Mahayri, M.D., chief of staff at Southeastern Med; Congressman Bill Johnson; E. Edwin Conaway Jr., M.D., vice president of Medical Affairs at Southeastern Med; Angie Long, Chief Nursing Office at Southeastern Med; and Don Huelskamp, vice president of finance and CFO at Southeastern Med.

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.