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Southeastern Med Offers Mammograms through Komen Funding

Jill McKee and Melissa Corb - Mammography Machine
Pictured with Southeastern Med’s mammography machines are (l to r) Jill McKee RT (R) (M) and Melissa Corbett, RT (R) (M), mammography technologists at Southeastern Med.

This spring, Southeastern Med was awarded $59,721 from the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to fund the medical center's Power Me Pink program. Southeastern Med was one of 20 breast health programs to receive more than $1.4 million in funding from Komen Columbus. The goal of Southeastern Med's project, Power Me Pink, is to increase breast cancer education and awareness in Guernsey, Noble, and Monroe counties and surrounding areas. Ideally, at least 175 women will receive screening between April 1st, 2014 and March 31st, 2015. To date, 23 patients have been screened for breast cancer.

Southeastern Med's Power Me Pink 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 below 250-300 percent of 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. "We are thrilled to be funded by Komen this year and be able to enhance our mammography services," said Bonnie Burns, Cancer Registry Manager at Southeastern Med.

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.

A mammogram is a safe and highly accurate x-ray photograph of the breast. The test is a very effective screening test for breast cancer in women. Mammograms have been used to help diagnose, evaluate, and follow women who have had breast cancer since the 1950s. Although a mammogram cannot prevent breast cancer, it can save lives by finding breast cancer as early as possible. "We are so happy to be able to offer this service (free mammograms) to patients!" stated Melissa Corbett, RT (R) (M), mammography technologist at Southeastern Med. "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. " Jill McKee RT (R) (M); Melissa Corbett, RT (R) (M); Kacee Gregg RT (R ) (M); Pam Huffman RT (R ) (M); and Leisa Arnold MHA RT (R) (M) are the mammography technologists at Southeastern Med.

The $1.4 million raised by Komen was generated through the efforts of our supporters participating in the many special events and fundraisers held annually, including the annual Komen Columbus Race for the Cure®. The funds will help the Power Me Pink program combat breast cancer incidence and mortality. It will also help find solutions for inconsistency in breast cancer across populations and aid cutting-edge programs in finding a cure. Komen Columbus is the only breast cancer organization in Central and Southeastern Ohio committed to providing free services for every step of the breast cancer journey. Southeastern Med is grateful to have received this funding and be able to continue providing quality care to our community.

To learn more about Southeastern Med's Power Me Pink program or to see if you qualify for a free screening, please call 740-435-2500 extension 8621.

Bone Density Screening at Community HealthLink

On Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, Southeastern Med's Wellness Resources Department, will be offering a bone density screening at the Community HealthLink from 8-10 a.m. The Community HealthLink is located on the corner of Clark Street and Edgeworth Avenue in Cambridge.

The screening, which is a safe, painless, and accurate procedure, detects decreases in bone mass. These decreases are an indicator of osteoporosis, a bone weakening disease affecting 1 in 4 women. If detected early, osteoporosis can be treated.

Participants are asked to wear shoes and socks that are easily removed. The screening will require participants to place one of their feet upon the machine that will be used for the procedure, which normally requires 5-10 minutes to complete. Chelsea Master, Community Dietician with Southeastern Med, will be discussing the results for each individual.

This screening is only for women. Those 40 and older who have not had a bone density screening within two years, or have not been diagnosed with either osteoporosis or low bone mass, may participate. The fee is $10 per person and appointments are required. Walk-ins will not be permitted. Participants may make appointments by calling Wellness Resources at 435-2946, beginning Monday, August 27, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

Southeastern Med Installs SafeChx System

With your best interest in mind, Southeastern Med continues to take increasing measures to protect you and your family. Southeastern Med is proud to announce our partnership with CrossChx, a leader in healthcare intelligence solutions that was founded with the support of the state of Ohio. On Wednesday, August 20th, CrossChx installed their SafeChx system at all Southeastern Med registration points, offering patients advanced medical identity theft protection and efficient patient registration while improving health outcomes and reducing the risk of medical errors.

"The implementation of this system greatly improves the quality of care each patient receives. This works to protect your medical identity, ensuring only one medical record," explained Cookie Tedrick, Registration Department associate at Southeastern Med. "This system is simple to use and dramatically increases the safety of your medical identity. At Southeastern Med, all aspects of your safety are our priority."

SafeChx uses biometric technology to scan a patient's right index finger. By scanning the patient's right index finger, SafeChx is able to give each patient a unique code that links them to their medical benefits so no one else can use them. Although voluntary, SafeChx will be offered and encouraged to all patients for use however it is mandatory policy that all registrars at Southeastern Med use SafeChx with all patients over the age of five to protect their medical identity.

Nationwide, medical identity theft is on the rise, and it is estimated that Americans spend $40 billion annually on medical identity theft. On a personal level, it is possible for someone to find or steal your health insurance card and use it to get treatment, all while posing as you. SafeChx prevents that from happening because your medical identity will be instantly verified at check-in, not by a laminated paper health insurance card. While SafeChx is focused on protecting a patient's medical identity it also works to address a variety of other medical issues like eliminating duplicate medical record.

SafeChx will also help improve patient outcomes by ensuring that the right patient receives the right care every time they visit our facilities. It is common to see multiple patients with the same name and it would be possible, although unlikely, to pull the incorrect medical file because of the common name. This potential error cannot happen by using the SafeChx system because each patient will be identified and linked to his or her corresponding medical benefits; ensuring the right person receives the right care.

Southeastern Med prides itself on the excellent services offered to patients and continues to make advancements that increase patient experiences.

Southeastern Med's Medical Explorers Seeking High School Students

High school students interested in learning about careers in the medical field are invited to attend Medical Explorers on Sept. 17 at 6 p.m., at Southeastern Med, 1341 Clark St., in Cambridge.

Medical Explorers provides young adults with 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.

"It's an excellent opportunity for our area youth," said Marti Reed, advisor for Medical Explorers. "Many of our students came to Medical Explorers unsure if they wanted a career in the medical field. After attending the sessions, they were able to make the necessary plans for their future education and career. I have enjoyed helping these young people start down their educational path. I am also very proud of our professionals here at Southeastern Med who are willing to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for their various careers. Medical Explorers allows students to view, behind the scenes, what each department's role is in the Medical Center."

Explorers must be at least 14 years old in grades 9-12 to participate. Monthly meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 22; Nov. 19; and Dec. 17. The cost to of the program is $15. For more information or to request a registration packet, please call Marti Reed at 740-439-8168.

Fourth Annual Poker Run Raised More Than $13,000

The fourth annual Breast Cancer Awareness Poker Run raised $13,649.50 for Southeastern Med’s Power Me Pink program, which helps Cambridge-area patients in their fight against breast cancer. These funds will be used to provide mammograms, transportation to and from treatment, and other services to alleviate some of the burdens they face during their treatment.

Not only did we beat our $10,000 goal, we doubled the amount raised in 2013.

The Breast Cancer Awareness Poker Run is organized by the Armed Forces Motorcycle Club, and participants come from all over the country. More than 170 people joined us for this event, and participation grows every year.

Southeastern Med would like to thank the Armed Forces Motorcycle Club, the Cambridge community, and all the individuals and businesses who donated their time, money and goods to support this worthy cause.

We hope to raise $20,000 at our event in 2015. For more information about the poker run, or to make an individual or corporate donation, please contact Jeff “Badger” Johnson at 740-704-7464 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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