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Southeastern Med to Offer Group Lifestyle Balance Class

Healthy Lifestyle SEORMCTo help individuals meet their healthy weight loss and exercise goals, Southeastern Med will offer another session of the Group Lifestyle Balance™ (GLB) program beginning May 2nd. The Group Lifestyle Balance Program is an evidence-supported adaptation of the original NIH/NIDDK-supported Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). In order to better serve the growing needs of the community, we are pleased to now offer a session in Noble County.

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. Each GLB class offered by Southeastern Med is led by a health care professional who is highly trained and educated on proper nutrition and weight loss. The goals for each GLB participant are to achieve and maintain a weight loss of 7 percent, and to safely and gradually increase to 150 minutes per week of moderately intense physical activity similar to a brisk walk.

“We are excited to be able to help more people in our service area regain and/or maintain their overall wellness,” explained Shelly Thompson, MS, RD/LD, director of Wellness Resources at Southeastern Med. She further noted that, “Many people find fad diets 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 new sessions of GLB will be held weekly on Mondays at 4 p.m. starting May 2nd at the Noble County Health Department. Throughout the course, participants will receive a binder with class materials, a Calorie King and Carbohydrate Counter book, and a pedometer, an exerband, as well as pre, mid-point and post blood work.

The group 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.

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 or to register, please call 740-435-2946. Registration is being accepted until April 27th, 2016.

For more information about Southeastern Med or the Wellness Resources Department, visit www.seormc.org.

Southeastern Med Dining with a Doc to Host Presentation on Vascular Disease

Do your legs hurt? You may be suffering from Peripheral vascular disease (PVD). PVD is common and affects as many as 12-18 million Americans over the age of 50. Pain while walking is one of the most common symptoms of peripheral vascular disease. Other symptoms include numbness, cramping or weakness in the legs; aching pain in the leg, feet or toes, even at rest; non-healing sores on the leg or foot; cold legs or feet; and skin color changes of the legs, feet, or toes.

On Thursday, April 28th, Southeastern Med’s Dining with a Doc program will host a presentation on new advances in vascular disease diagnosis and minimally invasive techniques to minimize your symptoms. Jackson Flanigan, MD will be the keynote speaker for this event, held at Southeastern Med’s cafeteria, located at 1341 Clark St., in Cambridge. The Dinner and presentation will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. “My passion is treating patients with vascular disease. PVD is often under diagnosed and the best way we can fight this is to become educated,” explained Dr. Flanigan.

Dr. Flanigan is board certified from the American College of Surgeons and has been affiliated with Southeastern Med since 1991. He is the only surgeon in the area trained in all aspects of minimally invasive surgery (endovascular) from aortic aneurysms all the way to the small arteries in the ankle.

Registration for this event is required by April 22nd. For more information or to register, please call Southeastern Med’s Wellness Resources Department at 740-435-2900.

Modern Vascular Treatments Provided to Local Patients

DrFlanigan MrDoddFirst impressions can be very important, especially when it comes to your health. Southeastern Med and its affiliated physicians pride themselves on always providing our community with excellent care. Willard Dodd, of Cambridge, first met Dr. Jackson Flanigan over 20 years ago. His wife had appendicitis and while other physicians couldn’t discover the problem, Dr. Flanigan diagnosed the appendicitis promptly, saving Candy Dodd’s life. “He told me if he didn’t operate now, I might not make it”, Candy explained. “I liked how to-the-point he was. He was quick to figure out what was wrong with me when no one else could, and then get me into surgery.” His insight into Candy’s situation left a lasting positive impression on the Dodd family.

In 2009, Willard began experiencing mild leg pain while engaging in routine physical activity. However, this discomfort progressively worsened over the years, eventually making it difficult to walk without stopping, even for short distances. “I couldn’t even walk to the back of Walmart without needing a break.” He attributed this to hip problems, but in 2012, his primary care physician suggested he visit a board-certified surgeon that specializes in diagnosing vascular disease and performing minimally invasive techniques. Willard was given a list of surgeons he could visit, but one name stood out. “I remembered Dr. Flanigan and the care he gave my wife. I knew he would take good care of me, too!”

Dr. Flanigan determined that peripheral vein intervention was needed in order to improve Mr. Dodd’s quality of life. Dr. Flanigan has had advanced training at the Cleveland Clinic and has the qualifications to perform numerous complex treatments for patients with peripheral vascular disease (PVD). PVD is common and affects as many as 12-18 million Americans over the age of 50. Pain while walking is one of the most common symptoms of PVD. Other symptoms include numbness, cramping or weakness in the legs; aching pain in the leg, feet or toes even at rest; non-healing sores on the leg or foot; cold legs or feet; and skin color changes of the legs, feet, or toes. Vascular disease is a progressive and slow disorder and patients may need multiple procedures as the disease can present itself in new areas of the arteries. Smoking increases your risk of developing vascular disease by 400%. If the disease state progresses to the worst state of PVD, Dr. Flanigan is qualified to treat even the most complex cases. He can perform a procedure which removes the calcium deposits from the arteries to aid in the repair of blood flow to the legs.

After a thorough exam, in August 2012, Dr. Flanigan recommended that a stent be placed in Williard’s left leg in order to increase blood flow, improve mobility, and decrease pain while walking. Because a new area had began showing other symptoms, which is common in vascular disease, a stent was placed in his right leg in 2014. Both were outpatient and minimally invasive procedures, meaning there were no large incisions and Willard was able to go home that day. In fact, the majority of vascular interventions can be performed using minimal access.

When speaking of Dr. Flanigan, Willard confidently expressed, “I would suggest his services to everyone. He explains everything in detail and in Layman’s terms. That really helped put my mind at ease.”

In 2015, Willard underwent angioplasty, which is a minimally invasive procedure that relieves decreased blood flow. A balloon was inserted in both of Willard’s legs to open the arteries and promote better circulation. Now, Willard is able to engage in daily activities with little to no discomfort. “I am glad I went to see Dr. Flanigan. He did a great job and took care of me really well!”

Willard’s wife added that, “He is an excellent surgeon! And people don’t realize all of the procedures he is qualified to perform. Dr. Flanigan took care of my ruptured appendix and then my husband’s legs, which goes to show how skilled he is!”

Dr. Flanigan is board certified from the American College of Surgeons and has been affiliated with Southeastern Med since 1991. He is the only surgeon in the area trained in all aspects of minimally invasive surgery (endovascular) from aortic aneurysms all the way to the small arteries in the ankle. Southeastern Med surgeons are qualified and experienced in treating a variety of conditions. To request an appointment with a surgeon or to learn more about the medical procedures offered at Southeastern Med, please call Southeastern Med’s medical staffing office at 740-439-8102. A physician’s referral may be needed depending on your insurance provider.

Food Allergies in Children

Food AllergiesSeasonal allergies are inconvenient and annoying, but food allergies can be very dangerous. An estimated 4%-8% of children have an existing food allergy, so it’s important for parents, and children, to know the symptoms of an allergic reaction and understand how to respond.

Most food allergies are reactions to food proteins, most commonly:

  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Soy
  • Shellfish

Common symptoms of an allergic reaction to food include:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Facial swelling
  • Wheezing

Most allergic reactions to food happen within minutes of consumption, but it’s not uncommon for them to take a few hours to develop.

Severe reactions to food allergies can cause anaphylaxis, which can result in a narrowing of the airways and a sudden drop in blood pressure. Anaphylaxis develops fast, and should be treated immediately with an epinephrine shot and a trip to the ER. It can be fatal if not treated quickly.

If you think your child may have a food allergy, consult with his or her pediatrician and visit an allergist. Once your child is diagnosed, your allergist will likely prescribe an epinephrine auto-injector, known as an EpiPen or EpiPen Jr.

If your child does have a food allergy, educate them on how to respond if you are not around. Include a plan for avoiding their allergy triggers and an emergency plan for responding to them.

About 13% of food allergy deaths occur in schools and daycares, so be sure to talk to school administrators and health care providers and advise them of your child’s allergy status. Special permission may be needed for your child to carry allergy medication or an EpiPen at school.

Southeastern Med's Breast Health Program Awarded Funding from Susan G. Komen Columbus

2016 KomenSoutheastern Med was recently awarded $24,742 from Susan G. Komen Columbus to provide breast cancer awareness and screening opportunities to an estimated 75 men and women in Guernsey, Noble, and Monroe counties.

Komen Columbus awarded more than $1.46 million in funding to 21 breast health programs throughout Ohio.

The program funding will specifically go toward Power Me Pink, the goal of which is to increase breast cancer education and awareness in Guernsey, Noble, and Monroe counties and surrounding areas. Ideally, at least 75 men and women will receive a screening between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.

“Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer in Ohio are more likely to die from the disease than almost anywhere else in the United States due to multiple barriers such as access to affordable care and treatment and challenges to navigating the healthcare systems,” said Julie McMahon, director of mission at Komen Columbus. “In the communities we serve, we have identified issues contributing to those problems and focused our support to organizations that bring local solutions to those barriers.”

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 again this year and be able to enhance our mammography services available to the community,” said Sharon Gay, RNC, Southeastern Med’s breast health navigator.

The $1.46 million was raised 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 Southeastern Med combat breast cancer incidence and mortality. It will also help find solutions for disparities 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 funding life-saving programs that offer free or low cost services for every step of the breast cancer journey.

For more information about Southeastern Med’s Komen funding and/or how it could benefit you, please contact Sharon Gay, RNC, Southeastern Med’s breast health navigator at 740-439-8117.

*Pictured are (l to r): Dr. Joseph O’Hanlon, Southeastern Med medical staff member and surgeon at Southeastern Ohio Physicians, Inc. and Sharon Gay, RNC, Southeastern Med’s breast health navigator and oncology nurse. 

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