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Free Beauty Techniques Offered for Female Cancer Patients

Jaci and SharonAs women cope with their diagnosis of cancer, it is important for them to know that there are free services available in our community to help boost their self-confidence. A free “Look Good Feel Better” session will be held on Monday, December 14th from noon to 2 p.m. in the Addison Room at Southeastern Med.

“Look Good Feel Better” is a free program that teaches beauty techniques to female cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment. The American Cancer Society is the primary sponsor of the “Look Good Feel Better” program. In these sessions, Jaci Paynter, a trained, volunteer cosmetologist, teaches women how to cope with skin changes and hair loss using cosmetics and skin care products donated by the cosmetic industry.

The free cosmetic kits provided at these group sessions are available in four different shades to enhance all complexion types. Makeup application covers everything from cleansing to powder. In addition to makeup and nail tips, participants will also learn how to use wigs, scarves, and other accessories to disguise hair loss. “I love being a part of this program and helping women feel better about their appearance,” Paynter explained. “It’s amazing to see how someone’s demeanor can totally change when they gain confidence.”

If you are interested in boosting your self-confidence in a supportive group environment, reservations are required. With upcoming parties and events this holiday season, “Look Good Feel Better” may be just the pick me up your spirit needs. Please call Sharon Gay, RN-C, Southeastern Med’s breast health navigator, at 740-439-8117 to register to attend “Look Good Feel Better”.

Taking Steps toward Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

Diabetes affects more than 29 million children and adults in the United States. It was identified in our hospital's 2013 Community Health Needs assessment as a significant health need in the Guernsey County community.

The state and national average for diabetes is 9%, but 14% of people in Guernsey County are living with the condition. "Risk factors for diabetes include family history, gestational diabetes, being overweight and lack of regular exercise," said Shelly Thompson MS, RD/LD, dietitian, exercise physiologist and director of Wellness Resources at Southeast Med.

In an effort to inform our community about the risks associated with diabetes, Southeastern Med’s Diabetes Education Program and Wellness Resources Department will host a community diabetes health fair on November 18th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm in the Morrison, Amos, and Deddish rooms at Southeastern Med. This health fair is geared toward those at higher risk for developing diabetes, pre-diabetes, diabetes, and their family members. It is intended for individuals who have not had their A1C tested in the previous 3 months and who are at increased risk for developing diabetes.

The program will include information on diabetes prevention and treatment, and Hemoglobin A1C testing and a diabetes risk factor test will be offered for free! Fasting is not required for this testing. Dietitians and diabetes educators will be available to discuss individual results with each participant. Light appetizers and beverages will be served.

Space for the health fair is limited. Please register by Monday, November 16th at noon. For more information or to register, please call Southeastern Med’s Wellness Resources Department at 740-435-2900.

The state and national average for diabetes is 9%, in Guernsey County it is 14%. Risk factors for diabetes include family history, gestational diabetes, being overweight and lack of regular exercise per Shelly Thompson MS, RD/LD, dietitian, exercise physiologist and director of Wellness Resources at Southeast Med.

2015 Tree of Angels Program helps grieving parents cope with holidays

Tree of Angels 2015Photo Caption: Pictured are (l to r): Carol Huhn, RN; T’wana Wheatley, RN; and Wendi Miller, RN nurses at Southeastern Med’s Childbirth Center and Tree of Angels coordinators.

While the holidays are a time of celebration and happy memories, for parents who have lost a child, the stress of the holidays takes on an entirely different meaning.

To help these families cope during this season, Southeastern Med’s Parents’ Grief Support Group will host its annual Tree of Angels program on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 5:00 pm in Southeastern Med’s cafeteria. Parents and family members who have lost a child of any age are invited to attend.

The evening will begin with the families gathering to socialize for a covered-dish dinner. Meat and potatoes will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to share. A short program and candlelight service will follow the dinner. Parents are encouraged to bring a poem, story, pictures or CD of music that hold special memories to share.

Parents will then decorate a Christmas tree with ornaments to remember each child. Parents are asked to bring their own ornament. Parents will also have the opportunity to donate a new hat, scarf, or gloves in memory of their child to the Guernsey County Secret Santa program. Those interested in donating will need to bring their own items.

Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by Nov. 30 by calling Wendi Miller, RN, at 740-439-8868.

Southeastern Med Offers Services at No Cost to the Community

Sharon and BarbFighting cancer is a journey that must be taken one step at a time. Cancer patients may feel so overwhelmed that they don’t know where to turn. It is important for these individuals to know they are not fighting this battle alone.

As a part of Southeastern Med’s Commission on Cancer Approved Cancer Services, Southeastern Med houses an American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center that is free to visit and use. The Cancer Resource Center can be a great help to cancer patients, their families, and their caregivers.

The Cancer Resource Center provides current cancer information and resources, cancer education material, information on local support groups and community resources, and health information. At the Cancer Resource Center, individuals will find trained staff available to answer questions, books, and brochures with up-to-date information provided by the American Cancer Society.

The breast health navigator is also available to provide assistance. Sharon Gay, RNC, Southeastern Med’s breast health navigator, can help with social and emotional issues encountered by cancer patients and their families along the cancer journey. Sharon also helps women facing breast cancer find a wig or hat to wear during hair loss and re-growth. Sharon holds an essential role as contact person for referring physicians, patients, and caregivers. As the breast health navigator, she also provides various resources and helps evaluate clinical and supportive care services offered within Southeastern Med and in the community.

Sharon is a graduate of Ohio University Zanesville and has always found a passion for nursing. In addition to her role as breast health navigator, Sharon also serves as a nurse at Southeastern Med’s Cambridge Regional Cancer Center. Sharon has a true heart for people and their best interests, radiating that concern in the care she provides. “Our community is very blessed to have Sharon as our breast health navigator. Sharon ensures our patients understand what is happening and provides the one on one support needed,” noted Bonnie Burns, MBA-HC, BBA manager of Southeastern Med’s Cancer Registry.

Sharon can help by providing breast cancer patients with literature on coping with cancer, what to expect during chemotherapy and radiation, and dealing with side effects of treatment; by referring a person to support groups, classes, and other programs for information and support; by listening, caring, and helping you in your time of need; by identifying activities that can help ensure a better quality of life; and by helping cancer survivors learn to self-navigate.

“Sharon has been so good about checking up on me through my treatments and helping me find a wig that looks like my natural hair,” explained Barb Stephens, of Barnesville, breast cancer survivor. “Sharon has the perfect personality for her job! You can’t help but love her! She’s been a real help to me.”

It is important to know that as a breast health navigator, Sharon does not provide medical advice, does not limit your options to seek other sources of cancer information or support, does not offer opinions regarding medical treatment or choice of healthcare provider, and does not replace or interfere with the physician/patient relationship.

On Wednesday, October 28th, from 4pm -7pm at the Community Healthlink, Southeastern Med’s Power Me Pink program will be offering free breast cancer screenings and mammograms. Specifically, this screening is geared toward those over the age of 40 with limited resources who are underinsured or uninsured.

Dr. Michael Sarap and Dr. Joseph O’Hanlon, surgeons from Southeastern Ohio Physicians, will be conducting the breast screenings. Melissa Corbett, RT (R) (M), mammography technologist at Southeastern Med, will be conducting any necessary mammograms. Also, Southeastern Med’s resource counselors will also be available to confidentially discuss healthcare insurance, including Medicaid and Healthcare Marketplace. “We are so happy to be able to offer this service (free mammograms) to patients!” stated Melissa Corbett. “The American Cancer Society continues to recommend a clinical breast exam every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over. You should always be proactive when it comes to your health and cancer prevention. You should continue to have regular checkups, even if you feel fine. ”

This free service for our community is funded through a grant from the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Armed Forces of America Motor Cycle Club. Registration is required in order to attend the upcoming screening. To see if you qualify and to register, please call Southeastern Med’s Mammogram Hotline at 740-435-2500.

Remember, early detection can save your life!

Southeastern Med supports International Infection Prevention Week

Infection AwarenessTo spread the message that everyone plays a role in infection prevention, Southeastern Med is proud to support International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which occurs globally October 18-24.

Patients and families play an important role in infection prevention and we are proud to highlight ways in which they can be engaged during International Infection Prevention Week,” says Cathy McIntire, RN, CNOR, director of Infection Prevention at Southeastern Med.

The 2015 International Infection Prevention theme is engaging patients and families in the prevention of infections. Patients and families play a critical role in preventing the spread of infection.

“We want those in our community to feel engaged in infection prevention and will be hosting a special event to get the word out that Infection prevention is everyone’s business,” said McIntire. “The best way that patients, family and visitors can help stop the spread of infections is by cleaning your hands and asking everyone around you to do the same. Hand hygiene is critical in saving lives.”

International Infection Prevention Week raises awareness of the role infection prevention plays to improve patient safety and promotes the belief that everyone plays a role in infection prevention. Southeastern Med invites you to join them in celebrating infection prevention week. On Tuesday, October 20th, from 10:45am – 11:15 am, Southeastern Med associates, businesses, and community members will be gathering on Wheeling Avenue for the “Hands Across Cambridge” event. You are invited to meet at the courthouse and gather on the North Side of Wheeling Avenue, on every block from RiteAid to N. 6th street, where representatives will be standing by to assist you. Each person will clean his/her hands with hand sanitizer and link hands to form an unbroken chain along Wheeling Avenue. You can help stop the spread of infections by cleaning your hands and encouraging others to do the same.

For additional information, please contact Heather Warne, RN, BSN clinical nursing coordinator and infection prevention assistant at Southeastern Med. She can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or by phone at 740-439-8169


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