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Cholesterol & Heart Disease

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If you have high cholesterol, you’re also at higher risk for heart disease. But the good news is, it’s a risk you can control. You can lower your “bad” LDL cholesterol and raise your “good” HDL cholesterol. You just have to make some simple changes.

Ban Trans Fats
They raise your LDL, lower your HDL, and increase your risk of developing heart disease and stroke, but it’s hard to avoid them. They’re found in fried foods, baked goods (cakes, pie crusts, frozen pizza, and cookies), and stick margarines.

That’s why the FDA is taking steps to remove them from the food supply. How can you avoid them in the meantime? When you go shopping, read the labels. But be careful if you see “partially hydrogenated oil” on the package. That’s just a fancy name for trans fat.

Get Moving
Exercising at least 150 minutes a week is enough to raise HDL and improve LDL and triglycerides. If you haven’t been active, start slowly – even 10-minute blocks of activity count! Choose an exercise you enjoy. And buddy up! An exercise partner can help keep you on track.

Scale Back
You don’t have to lose a lot of weight to lower your cholesterol. If you’re overweight, drop just 10 pounds and you’ll cut your LDL by up to 8%. But to really keep off the pounds, you’ll have to do it over time. A reasonable and safe goal for weight loss is 1 to 2 pounds a week.

Fill Up on Fiber
Foods like oatmeal, apples, prunes, and beans are high in soluble fiber, which keeps your body from absorbing cholesterol. Research shows that people who ate 5 to 10 more grams of it each day saw a drop in their LDL. Eating more fiber also makes you feel full, so you won’t crave snacks as much. But beware: Too much fiber at one time can cause abdominal cramps or bloating. Increase your intake slowly.

Go Fish
Try to eat it two to four times a week. Not only are the omega-3 fats in fish heart-healthy, but replacing red meat with fish will lower your cholesterol by reducing your exposure to saturated fats, which are abundant in red meat.

Opt for Olive Oil
Substituting olive oil for butter may reduce LDL cholesterol by as much as 15%, which is similar to the effect of a low dose of medication. The “good” fats in olive oil benefit your heart. Choose extra-virgin olive oil. It’s less processed and contains more antioxidants, which help prevent disease.

Chill Out
Did you know that when you’re stressed, your cholesterol can go through the roof? Relax. Get lost in a good book, meet a friend for coffee, or take to your yoga mat to help keep your cholesterol in check.

Spice It Up
If you don’t already dust your cappuccino with cinnamon or shake pepper on your pasta, listen up: Spices like garlic, cumin, ginger, black pepper, coriander, and cinnamon do more than flavor your food, they can also improve cholesterol levels.

For more information on improving your cholesterol and reducing your risk for heart disease, talk with your doctor or contact the Wellness Department at Southeastern Med at 740-739-8000.


Celebrate Heart Health Month with Southeastern Med!

Heart Health Month

Celebrate American Heart Month with Southeastern Med Saturday, February 25th from 7am to noon at our Listen to Your Heart event!

You’ll learn how to keep your heart beating healthy and strong. Plus, those between the ages of 35-64 will receive FREE lab testing including:

  • Blood sugar
  • Cholesterol
  • Blood pressure
  • EKG

Registration begins February 6th, so call us today at 740-435-2900 to save your spot!

We’re in this together – Southeastern Med wants to help you enjoy all of life’s precious moments. Take control of your heart health this February!


Local Students Name Robot

MobyThe Southeastern Med Auxiliary recently purchased a Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot for the medical center.

The robot uses Full-Spectrum™ ultraviolet (UV) light to quickly destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores. The portable disinfection system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens.

This winter, Central Elementary School students were given the unique opportunity to help name Southeastern Med’s new robot. The names were then voted upon by Southeastern Med’s Environmental Services Department.

Students Kyle Carendish and Moriah Pheil suggested the winning name, “Moby,” and each received a prize from Southeastern Med.

Pictured are ( l to r): Kyle Carendish and Moriah Pheil, Central Elementary School students; Debbie Hare, Environmental Services technician at Southeastern Med; and Cathy McIntire, RN CNOR, director of Infection Prevention at Southeastern Med .

Since 1952, Southeastern Med has offered high-quality health care services to our community.  The organization has continuously reinvested to improve its facilities and technology. Southeastern Med is more than just a community hospital – it’s your local healthcare destination.

The Southeastern Med Birthing Center welcomes the first baby born in 2017.

first baby 2017 sizedSoutheastern Med is proud to announce the arrival of the first baby born in 2017!

Shalene and James Yost welcomed son Jaxson Yost at 5:18 a.m. on January 3rd, 2016. Their healthy baby boy weighed 7 pounds, 8.8 ounces.

To celebrate the first birth of the New Year, the Yost family received a special gift basket, sponsored by Southeastern Med and the Southeastern Med Auxiliary. They also received the traditional gifts we provide to every family as a thank you for making Southeastern Med a part of their birth plan.

Congratulations to the Yost family!

Evancho Promoted to VP, CFO at Southeastern Med

EvanchoTimothy Evancho was named Vice President Chief Financial Officer at Southeastern Med by the Board of Guernsey Health Systems last week.

Evancho, a Cambridge native, has been with Southeastern Med for nearly 30 years.

“I started my career at Southeastern Med in 1988 as a staff accountant,” said Evancho, who has bachelor’s degree in accounting from The Ohio State University. Two years later, he was promoted to Director of Accounting Services, and he became the Director of Fiscal Services/Controller in 2010. For the last four years, Evancho has served as the Assistant Vice President, Chief Financial Officer – a position he says “prepared him well” for the new role he’ll begin in January 2017.

Evancho’s vast experience and 20+ year membership in the Healthcare Financial Management Association contributes to his deep understanding of the financial aspects of the healthcare industry and how important the fiscal health of an organization is to the people it serves.

As the Vice President Chief Financial Officer, Evancho will work closely with the Board of Directors and the hospital’s senior leadership to steward Southeastern Med through the evolving healthcare landscape and keep healthcare costs affordable and transparent for the community. His other duties will include overseeing fiscal activities including accounting, budgets, audits, taxes, preparing regulatory agency and government reports, and implementing and monitoring systems and procedures to ensure and maintain efficient financial control.

 “It’s rewarding to take this next step in my career with such a forward-thinking, fiscally responsible organization,” Evancho continued, adding that he’s “excited to see Southeastern Med continue to grow in the coming years to elevate the already exceptional care and service the hospital provides to the residents of Cambridge and the surrounding communities.”

Southeastern Med’s senior leadership is looking forward to Evancho’s transition, too. Ray Chorey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southeastern Med, said “It has been my privilege to watch Tim’s growth in understanding of the healthcare industry and our local operations. He is a trusted and respected member of the senior leadership team and our community. His dedication, commitment and critical thinking will continue to be an important key to the future success of Guernsey Health Systems and its subsidiaries.”

Evancho has also been very involved with the City Of Cambridge, serving for several years on the Park Commission and Zoning Commission, and as a City Councilman-at-Large since 2012. He currently resides in Cambridge with his lovely wife, Doreen. They have three grown sons, Stephen, Michael, and David. 


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