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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

ellen ratliff

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. 

Skin Cancer Awareness

Skin Cancer Awreness SEORMCSummertime means warmer weather and enjoying the great outdoors. It also means long days in the sun and lengthy exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. These long hours in the sun can lead to damaged skin cells and skin cancer.

Signs and symptoms
Even if you wear sunscreen and protective clothing, it is still possible to develop skin cancer. That’s why dermatologists recommend conducting a monthly head-to-toe self-examination of your skin.

You should look for the following items when examining your skin:

  • A growth that increases in size and appears pearly, translucent, tan, brown, black, or multicolored
  • Moles, beauty marks, or birthmarks that change color, size, texture or appear after you are 21
  • Sores that are constantly itchy, crusty, burn or peel
  • Sores that do not heal within three weeks

Make note of any suspicious spots you detect during your monthly skin self-exams and contact your primary care doctor or dermatologist for further evaluation.

Importance of early detection
Skin cancer affects more than 3 million people each year. It is also the easiest form of cancer to cure when detected and treated early. That is why it is important to routinely check your skin for any abnormalities. A self-examination should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and could prove to be life-saving.

Yearly skin examinations by your dermatologist are also essential. Dermatologists can identify any areas of concern in the earliest stages and order any necessary biopsies.

Contact your dermatologist to make an appointment for your annual skin exam if you haven’t already had one this year. If you don’t have a dermatologist, your primary care physician can give you a referral.

Going Green: Treating BPH with GreenLight Laser Therapy

greenlight laser treatment of the prostateHarvey Moskowitz says that GreenLight laser therapy is the reason he can enjoy his life again.

For five years, Mr. Moskowitz endured the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – or an enlarged prostate. Faced with conventional, invasive surgery as the only treatment option, he decided to live with BPH.

One of the most common diseases for aging men, BPH affects half of men between age 51 and 60, and 90% of men age 80 and over. This non-cancerous condition of the prostate gland disrupts the lives of 27 million men over the age of 50 each year.

Symptoms of BPH include:

  • Frequent urination
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Sudden urge to urinate
  • The need to push or strain when urinating
  • Blood in urine
  • Weak urine flow

An untreated enlarged prostate often leads to more serious conditions, like kidney stones, frequent bladder infections, and, in severe cases, permanent kidney damage.

Like many men with BPH, Mr. Moskowitz finally decided that the side effects and hassle of daily pills didn’t work in his life anymore. Mr. Moskowitz turned to Dr. David Robbins, a seasoned urologist who often recommends and administers GreenLight Laser Therapy to his patients with an enlarged prostate.

Dr. Robbins explains that GreenLight Laser Therapy, a minimally-invasive outpatient procedure, is a simpler solution for treating BPH. The therapy provides immediate relief of lower urinary track symptoms, and it boasts fewer serious adverse events, faster recovery, less bleeding, and lower hospital costs than conventional surgical treatments.

During the GreenLight procedure, a laser fiber is passed through a cystoscope and advanced into the urethra to the location of the prostate. There, the doctor directs the special laser at the prostate and heats up the tissue. The urologist systematically vaporizes the enlarged prostate tissue until the obstruction is removed. This allows the prostate channel to open so the urine can flow with ease.

“The difference between laser therapy and traditional methods is that as the laser vaporizes troubled areas, it opens up the tissue and also seals the blood vessels so there is minimal bleeding,” explains Dr. Robbins. This enables the operating physician to better visualize the area and more accurately and carefully construct the channel to restore urine flow.

Post-treatment, patients experience a rapid relief of symptoms and improvement of urine flow immediately after the procedure. In fact, Mr. Moskowitz returned to work the day after his GreenLight laser therapy. It’s no surprise that 94% of patients are satisfied with this alternative treatment option and would recommend it to others. “It’s a wonderful procedure,” claims Mr. Moskowitz. “I was able to urinate at a normal level again, pain-free. I got my life back.”

Over 700,000 patients have received GreenLight laser therapy worldwide to date. This proven, cost-effective solution doesn’t require daily ongoing medication for men diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. Ask your doctor about GreenLight laser therapy for BPH today.


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