At every stage in life, it’s important to take charge of your health and wellness. This is especially true for those who previously or currently smoke cigarettes. Knowing your current risk factors and health status is crucial in maintaining good health and curbing future problems. On Thursday, April 30th, 2015, Southeastern Med will be offering a CT lung cancer screening from 5:30-8:30pm. CT screenings are quick, painless, and are a good test for the detection of lung cancer. Individual results will be interpreted by a board certified radiologist and will be given at the time of the screening.
Dr. Eyad Mahayri, MD, FCCP, pulmonologist and Chief of Staff and director of Critical Care Unit, Pulmonary Services, and Sleep Lab at Southeastern Med; and Dr. Scott Harron, radiologist with Radiology Associates of Southeastern Ohio, will be graciously donating their time to meet with every patient to discuss and explain the results of their individual CT scan. “CT scans are very effective in detecting cancer, namely during the earliest stages when it is most easily treatable. This screening is incredibly beneficial for those who’ve had a long history of smoking,” noted Dr. Mahayri.
Don Dieffenbaugher, participant in the March screening, had previously been a smoker for 42 years. Don chose to attend the CT screening due to the prompting of his wife and is glad he decided to come. When speaking of his recent experience at the screening, Don said, “Absolutely perfect! The staff was very friendly and the process didn’t take very long. Dr. Mahayri was very informative in explaining my results and it was a good experience. I’m glad I came and I learned some useful information. I have absolutely nothing but good things to say!” Ronald Goodpaster is a local resident who also attended the CT lung screening. Ron was a longtime smoker, quit for 11 years and then briefly picked up the habit again before permanently quitting. He read about the screening in the local newspaper and knew it would be a good opportunity to get his health checked out. “I had a good experience at the screening and was in and out in no time. The staff really detailed through the entire process, especially with explanations, and I was pleased with everything. Personally, I think this’ a very beneficial screening for both current and previous smokers.”
In order to participate in the screening you must be a current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the past 15 years (age 55-74 years), have a history of smoking at least a pack a day for 30 years, or have no history of lung cancer and must be symptom free.
The screening costs $95 and appointments may be made by calling (740)439-8930.
Each year during National Volunteer Week, Southeastern Med hosts a volunteer appreciation banquet celebrating the volunteers who devote their time and talents to the medical center. In 2014, volunteers provided more than 24,000 hours of service. On April 14th at its annual volunteer recognition dinner, the medical center honored Sandy Thatcher who achieved 3,000 hours of service, by adding her to the Volunteer Honor Roll. Pictured left to right are: Rita Nolan, volunteer coordinator; Ruth Rose, Pauline Lilienthal recipient; Angie Long, RN, MSN/MBA/HC, NEA-BC, Vice President of Nursing Services/ Chief Nursing Officer at Southeastern Med; Sandy Thatcher, Honor Roll recipient; Steve Brooks, Vice President of Human Resources at Southeastern Med; and Jean Morgan, Pauline Lilienthal award recipient. Absent from the photo were Alta Abicht and Rose Ann Davis, Pauline Lilienthal award winners.
Ahhhh! Spring is finally on the horizon. The cold and dreary days we experienced this winter are now filled with sunshine, gardening, picnics, and bike rides. Along with the staples of the season, you’ll probably want to engage in much more physical activity than you did during the bitter winter. Cold weather can get people in a rut when it comes to diet and exercise, and spring is a perfect time to renew your commitment to healthy living—and stick with it! Consider joining Southeastern Med’s Group Lifestyle Balance (GLB) class and make permanent lifestyle changes. GLB is a diabetes prevention and education program created to provide a fun and supportive way to learn how to eat healthy and increase physical activity for a lifetime.
In 2013, Beth Mitchell, of Newcomerstown, saw a newspaper article about Southeastern Med’s (GLB) class and decided it was time to make a change. Beth wanted to lose weight and felt that the accountability of a small group would help her achieve and maintain her goals. As someone with high cholesterol and a family history of diabetes, she wanted to stay proactive in preventing health problems. During the course of the (year-long) class, Beth learned about proper nutrition as well as how to healthily monitor her eating. She found that incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and lean meats into her diet gave her the added energy she needed.
Beth also chose to exercise at Southeastern Med’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab facility. As someone with asthma, she qualified to exercise at the medically-based fitness center through a physician referral. 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.
The facility has been especially helpful to Beth during the winter months, when the frigid temperatures can cause asthma to flair. The program includes information on exercise and breathing retaining, 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. Beth enjoys exercising at Southeastern Med because of the small, friendly atmosphere, and medical safety provided by staff.
To date, Beth has shed an astounding 48 pounds and is well on her way to achieving her desired weight. “I feel so much better now and can see huge changes in my energy level and motivation. Eating healthily and exercising makes a huge difference! The accountability of GLB and Cardiac Rehab has helped me stick with a plan,” Beth explained. Due to her success through GLB, Beth has registered for another GLB course this spring to help continue her commitment.
“Most weight loss plans are fads that offer short-term solutions to a long-term problem, “said Sneha Patadia, MS, RD, LD, Registered Dietitian at Southeastern Med and a GLB program leader. “Many people find these plans impossible to stay on for a lengthy period of time. Group Lifestyle Balance offers a positive change in lifestyle, where permanent weight loss and maintenance is a result of enjoyable exercise and diet. By balancing food intake and exercise, you can achieve your ideal weight.” In order to make a long term change, you should make gradual yet realistic changes that you can maintain for the rest of your life. This includes setting reasonable goals and establishing a plan that fits into your lifestyle.
The GLB class schedule includes 22 sessions during a 12 month period of time. The initial 12 sessions are held weekly with the remaining sessions gradually fading from weekly, to bi-weekly, to finally monthly.
The new GLB class will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. for 12 weeks starting April 29th at Southeastern Med’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Services Facility. Participants will receive a binder with class materials, a Calorie King and Carbohydrate Counter, a pedometer, an exerband, as well as pre, mid-point and post blood work.
To be eligible for the program, participants must have one the following conditions:
High blood pressure;
Pre-diabetes or history of gestational diabetes;
High cholesterol or triglycerides; or
Overweight with a body mass index (BMI) above or equal to 25.
The fee for the class is $40. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. GLB is an education and support program, and all physical activity goals will be completed outside of class.
For more information about the class, please call 740-435-2900.
For more than a decade, Southeastern Med has partnered with the Byesville Rotary to conduct health screenings in their community. Our 14th Annual Byesville Health Screening event is scheduled for April 24th, 2015.
Southeastern Med’s Director of Wellness Shelly Thompson appeared on Talk of the Town to discuss heart health and our wellness programs, including diabetes education, weight management and health screenings.