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!

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM) and Southeastern Med encourages families to prevent childhood obesity by incorporating regular physical activity and healthy eating into their daily routine.

COAM recognizes the serious threat obesity poses to the health of America's children and decreasing its prevalence in the United States. Childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight. This statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic puts nearly one third of America's children at early risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood. Other increased risks include bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, psychological problems, and bullying.

"These severe consequences highlight the importance of encouraging children and teens to participate in physical activity and to engage in healthy eating habits," said Chelsea Masters, RD, LD, Community Dietitian at Southeastern Med. "Childhood obesity is entirely preventable. At Southeastern Med, we want families to understand the lifetime benefits of eating right and getting physically active and those behaviors begin in the home. If healthy habits are established at home, parents can set our children on the road to a lifetime of good habits."

The following tips will not only help families live healthier together but help prevent childhood obesity"

  • Eat balanced meals and snacks – include lean protein and dairy, whole grains, and plenty of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.
  • Use grocery shopping trips as an opportunity to teach your child about food and nutrition.
  • Get creative in the kitchen by cutting food into fun and easy shapes with cookie cutters.
  • Make family mealtime a priority – turn off the television and talk about fun and happy things to make eating meals a stress-free time.
  • Encourage physical activity – walk, run, and play with your child instead of sitting on the sidelines, and limit screen time (television, computer games) to no more than 2 hours a day.

If you have concerns regarding your child's weight, speak with his/her pediatrician. With a physician's referral, parents can also meet with a registered dietitian at Southeastern Med to discuss their child's eating habits and strategies to move their family towards healthier eating. For more information, contact Southeastern Med's Wellness Resources Department at 740-435-2946.

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.