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Volunteer Spotlight: Gerard Gallagher

Gerard VolunteerLike many of us, you probably have full, hectic days. Whether retired or working, you know what it’s like to have large to-do lists and commitments. From social clubs to home maintenance and preparing nightly dinners, sometimes you wish there were more hours in the day. But, perhaps that while understandably busy, you’re still looking for something “extra” to add meaning to your life.

Gerard Gallagher of Lore City was employed as a postal carrier for 35 years. While having routine testing done at Southeastern Med, he noticed the importance of volunteerism at the hospital. From greeting him at registration, to helping him to his vehicle, he saw the large contributions that are made by volunteers. Before leaving, he conversed with a volunteer who spoke very highly of the hospital and the internal satisfaction felt from volunteering. Some time passed before Gerard retired from the Post Office, but he never forgot about his observations at the medical center. Immediately upon retirement, Gerard started the process of becoming a volunteer at Southeastern Med. After getting experience in a few different areas of the medical center, Gerard found his niche and has spent over three years in the outpatient and surgery registration areas. Gerard takes pleasure in volunteering so much that you’ll find him at Southeastern Med most weekdays.

While Gerard already has a packed schedule, he makes time to volunteer, too, because of what it adds to his life. More than just something that occupies time; Gerard enjoys reconnecting with people he hasn’t seen in ages and values the friendships he’s gained through volunteering. Serving as a volunteer has also helped keep his mind sharp. “I have plenty to do at home, too,” Gerard explained, “But I like volunteering at the hospital because it keeps me mentally and physically active while helping people. It’s fun, so it doesn’t feel like ‘work’ to me”

Southeastern Med values its volunteers, who are an important part of the Southeastern Med family. Whether you volunteer best in the spotlight or behind the scenes, Southeastern Med would be honored to have you a part of our team. Regardless of your other commitments and availability, we have a perfect spot for you! To volunteer, you must be at least 16 years of age and be tested for TB, rubella, and rubeola as well as get an annual flu vaccination.

To learn more about the benefits of volunteering at Southeastern Med, please contact Rita Nolan, volunteer coordinator, at (740) 439-8147. Thank you for investing in the life of our community!

Health Aging Tips

Staying Active2You’ve probably heard the phrase, “you’re only as young as you feel (or act).”

While perhaps not always taken seriously, it’s actually in your best interest to put this adage to practice. Staying as active as you’re able, both mentally and physically, has been shown to help prolong and improve your life.

September is Healthy Aging Month, and Southeastern Med encourages you to take an active role in maintaining your health. Regardless of your current health status, there are still things you can do every day to age healthily.

Healthy Aging magazine offers the following tips:

  1. Don't act your age. What was your best year so far? 28? 40? Picture yourself at that age and live your life as if you were your favorite age. Some may call this denial, but we say it’s positive thinking and goes a long way toward feeling better about yourself. (Tip: Don’t keep looking in the mirror, just FEEL IT!)

  2. Be positive in your conversations and your actions every day. When you catch yourself complaining, change the conversation to something positive. (Tip: Stop watching the police reports on the local news.)

  3. Cut negativity out. If you have negative-nancy friends who complain all the time and constantly talk about how awful everything is, spend less time with them. Keeping your distance from their negativity will help lift your mood and propel you forward in life. Surround yourself with energetic, happy, positive people of all ages, and you will be happier too. (Tip: Smile often. It’s contagious and wards off naysayers.)

  4. Walk like a vibrant, healthy person. Analyze your gait. Do you walk slowly because you have just become lazy or, perhaps, have a fear of falling? Walking with a purpose, keeping your head up and shoulders back, will boost your confidence.  (Tip: Take longer strides, walk with your heel first, and wear comfortable shoes.)

  5. Stand up straight! Your mother probably harped on you about this for years, but an erect posture can take years off of your appearance (and make you look slimmer). Look at yourself in the mirror. See how much better your neck looks! Proper posture can also boost your confidence and ward off back pain. (Tip: Practice it every day, all day until it is natural.)

  6. How’s your smile? Research shows people who smile more often are happier. Your teeth are just as important to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing people notice, but good oral health is a gateway to your overall well-being. (Tip: Visit the dentist regularly, and look into teeth whitening. Nothing says old more than yellowing teeth!)

  7. Lonely? Do something about it. Right now. Pick up the phone and make a call to volunteer your time, take a class, or invite someone to meet for a meal or a coffee. (Tip: Volunteer at the local public school to stay in touch with younger people and to keep current on trends, take a computer class or a tutorial session at your cell phone store to keep up with technology, and choose a new person every week to join you for social outings.)

  8. Start walking. This is great for your health and an easy way to meet your neighbors. Have a dog? You’ll be amazed how the dog can be a conversation starter. Southeastern Med regularly offers Walk with A Doc at the Cambridge City Park Armory. (Tip: If you don’t have time for a dog, go to your local animal shelter and volunteer. You will be thrilled by the puppy love!)

  9. Take care of yourself. Make this month the time to set up your annual physical and other health screenings. Keeping up with your regular appointments will help alleviate any worries about your health.

  10. Find your inner artist. Have you always wanted to play the piano, violin, or tuba? Have you ever wondered if you could paint a portrait or scenic in oil? What about working with wood? (Tip: Find an adult education class in your area of interest at a local college or museum.)

At Southeastern Med, we’re in this together! The medical center regularly offers free and reduced-cost health related screenings to help you stay active and well.

Join us for Southeastern Med’s Annual Older Adult Health Fair on Friday, October 7th from 9:00am to 11:30am at the Guernsey County Senior Citizen’s Center. This event is geared toward those ages 55 and older and provides area residents the opportunity to access low-cost health screenings, enjoy a variety of exhibits, win door prizes and enjoy themselves with their peers.

Since 1952, Southeastern Med, an independent community hospital, has offered high-quality health care services to our community. We're continually reinvesting to improve our facilities and technology, and we are more than just a community hospital. Southeastern Med is a place you can trust to be your destination for care. 


Medical Explorers Program Teaches High School Students About Careers in Medicine

medical explorersHigh school students interested in learning about careers in the medical field are invited to attend Medical Explorers.

The first meeting will be held September 21, 2016, with registration beginning at 6:00 pm, at Southeastern Med, 1341 Clark St., in Cambridge. The first session will follow at 6:30 pm.

Subsequent monthly meetings will be held at the hospital from 6:30-8:30pm on:

  • October 12, 2016
  • November 9, 2016
  • December 14, 2016

Medical Explorers provides young adults the chance to learn about a variety of medical careers from healthcare professionals, as well as participate in hands-on activities designed to familiarize them with a specific aspect of medicine.

“Medical Explorers gives students an inside look at the medical careers they may be interested in pursuing,” says Mary Rich of Southeastern Med. “They'll also benefit from the advice of seasoned professionals and be able to make the right education plans to follow their career paths. They'll even get some hands-on experience!"

Explorers must be at least 14 years old in grades 9-12 to participate. The cost of the program is $24. In order to participate in the Medical Explorers program, prior registration is required.

For more information or to request a registration packet, please call Mary Rich at 740-435-3148 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Get Packin’: Back to School with Healthy Lunches

healthy lunch
Young minds need healthy food to learn and grow. According to Fuel Up to Play 60, a school-based health and wellness program for kids, children who eat a healthy lunch have a higher nutrient intake throughout the day.

One study showed that a healthy school lunch will give your child the energy they need to focus and learn throughout the afternoon. Children who ate more fruits, vegetables, and protein and fewer calories from fat performed better on literacy tests compared to children with a high-fat, high-salt diet, too.

Providing children with healthy foods at school is also a key step in decreasing childhood obesity rates. Healthy options, such as high-fiber foods, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans and legumes, and low-fat dairy products, will help fill your child up and keep them going. This can prevent unwanted weight gain and chronic health conditions later in life.

Most families have the choice of packing lunch or getting one at school. However, a packed lunch is not necessarily healthier than one you buy at school. But, if you do it right, a packed lunch can be delicious and nutritious, and tailored to your child’s personal likes and dislikes.

So, what is the right kind of fuel to feed your children? What does a healthy lunch look like?

Make sure to include all the food groups when packing your child’s lunch: milk and milk products, vegetables, fruits, grains, and meat and beans.

Main Course
Sandwich on a whole-wheat bread, bagel, or English muffin:

  • turkey, ham, or chicken breast with mustard and low-fat cheese
  • almond butter and strawberry preserves
  • tuna or egg salad made with low-fat mayo
  • Whole-wheat pasta salad with vegetables
  • Vegetable bean chili or soup in a thermos
  • Cheese quesadilla with fresh salsa for dipping

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Orange wedges
  • Applesauce
  • Banana
  • Kiwis
  • Dried craisins or raisins
  • Baby carrots or celery sticks with low-fat ranch dressing
  • Bell pepper or cucumber slices with hummus


  • String cheese
  • Baked chips
  • Cottage cheese
  • Whole-grain cereal
  • Graham crackers
  • Pretzel sticks
  • Yogurt
  • Whole-wheat crackers with cheese


  • Water
  • Fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk
  • 100% fruit juice

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About Ellen Ratliff, RD
Ellen Ratliff, MS, RD, LD is a registered dietitian with Southeastern Med. As part of her role as a community dietitian, she provides nutrition education and medical nutrition therapy to patients and the general population. She is registered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration and licensed by the Ohio Board of Dietetics. Ellen completed her Master’s degree at Northern Illinois University in Nutrition & Dietetics and her Bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University in Dietetics with a specialization in Health Promotion. Ellen’s professional interests include employee wellness and adult weight management. Ellen’s personal interests include reading, bodybuilding, baking gluten-free desserts, and spending time with her family and friends in Michigan.

Southeastern Med Auxiliary Makes Donation For Bedside Tables

Auxiliary Tray TableFor over 60 years, Southeastern Med’s Auxiliary has remained faithful to patients in our community through their commitment to quality patient care. It truly takes a village to ensure that you and your family receive the care you’ve come to expect from your community hospital. The Auxiliary is an important part of the patient experience. Recently, the Auxiliary presented the medical center with a donation of $45, 427 for bed side tables. These funds were generated through the Daffodil Luncheon, 2016 Golf Challenge, and gift shop & vending area proceeds.

Pictured are (front- l to r): Amber, Kenworthy, RN, Surgical Services nurse; and Mary Davis, COTA/L occupational therapy clinical team leader (back row- l to r): Tim Evancho, Assistant Vice President Chief Financial Officer at Southeastern Med; Betty Parry, Southeastern Med Auxiliary President; and Kurtis Spratt, RN, Surgical Services nurse.

Since 1952, Southeastern Med, an independent community hospital has offered high-quality health care services to our community. Continuously reinvesting to improve its facilities and technology we are more than just a community hospital. Southeastern Med is a place you can trust to be your destination for care. 


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