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Football Sports Clinic Offered for Local Student Athletes

For the second year in a row, Dr. Robert Huff is offering injury evaluation and treatment services to athletes every Saturday morning during the fall season from August 30th through November 1st. Dr. Huff, a sports medicine specialist, will be on site to assess and treat sports injuries.

The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. for athletes to be seen on a first come, first served basis with no appointment necessary.

All insurance information and co-pays are needed upon arrival, including private/primary insurance or the school insurance claim forms.

This clinic gives athletes a faster, less expensive option when injuries occur and it also helps to avoid typically long wait times at emergency rooms. So remember, if your athlete suffers an injury, now you have an alternative to the emergency room. Dr. Huff's Saturday morning Sports Injury Clinic is ready and waiting. Southeastern Med's Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Facility is located at 10095 Brick Church Rd, Cambridge.

For more information on Dr. Huff's Sports Injury Clinic, please call 740-435-4022.

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM) and Southeastern Med encourages families to prevent childhood obesity by incorporating regular physical activity and healthy eating into their daily routine.

COAM recognizes the serious threat obesity poses to the health of America's children and decreasing its prevalence in the United States. Childhood obesity rates have more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States ages 2 to 19 are obese or overweight. This statistic that health and medical experts consider an epidemic puts nearly one third of America's children at early risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even stroke – conditions usually associated with adulthood. Other increased risks include bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, psychological problems, and bullying.

"These severe consequences highlight the importance of encouraging children and teens to participate in physical activity and to engage in healthy eating habits," said Chelsea Masters, RD, LD, Community Dietitian at Southeastern Med. "Childhood obesity is entirely preventable. At Southeastern Med, we want families to understand the lifetime benefits of eating right and getting physically active and those behaviors begin in the home. If healthy habits are established at home, parents can set our children on the road to a lifetime of good habits."

The following tips will not only help families live healthier together but help prevent childhood obesity"

  • Eat balanced meals and snacks – include lean protein and dairy, whole grains, and plenty of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis.
  • Use grocery shopping trips as an opportunity to teach your child about food and nutrition.
  • Get creative in the kitchen by cutting food into fun and easy shapes with cookie cutters.
  • Make family mealtime a priority – turn off the television and talk about fun and happy things to make eating meals a stress-free time.
  • Encourage physical activity – walk, run, and play with your child instead of sitting on the sidelines, and limit screen time (television, computer games) to no more than 2 hours a day.

If you have concerns regarding your child's weight, speak with his/her pediatrician. With a physician's referral, parents can also meet with a registered dietitian at Southeastern Med to discuss their child's eating habits and strategies to move their family towards healthier eating. For more information, contact Southeastern Med's Wellness Resources Department at 740-435-2946.

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.

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