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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.

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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.

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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.