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Poker Run

poker runIt interrupts in our lives when we’re least suspecting. It takes us and our families to our limits and pushes us to keep fighting. Cancer evokes strong emotion in all of us. Whether it is sadness, hope, fear, or a combination of feelings, cancer has touched everyone’s lives. These are your friends, your neighbors, your family members and your co-workers. When cancer affects us – often without warning – it tends to strengthen the hope and support we share. Each year, our community has continued to provide a ray of sunshine in the lives of breast cancer patients.

In 2004, Jeff “Badger” Johnson, felt the heartbreaking effects of cancer through his mother’s diagnosis. He saw the temporary pain and discomfort she experienced because of cancer and wanted to be a blessing to other individuals and their families going through this survivorship process.

Badger is a proud member of the Armed Forces Motorcycle Club, a non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable veterans organization, whose goal is to promote the social welfare of our community. Typically, the group engages in activities that specifically provide veteran assistance. However, they felt that breast cancer was also a very worthy cause, and in 2010 this became integrated into the Armed Forces MC’s fundraising efforts.

In 2010, The Armed Forces of America Motorcycle Club hosted their first poker run that would benefit Southeastern Med’s Power Me Pink program. A poker run is an organized event where individuals, usually on motorcycles, drive a route and stop at various checkpoints. At each checkpoint participants draw a playing card and the goal is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run. For this local event, a motorcycle is not necessary, but participants must use a street-legal vehicle.

Power Me Pink uses funds from this event to provide our community with services to alleviate some of the burden associated with cancer such as free mammograms, education, biopsies, clinical exams, and ultrasounds.

The event has continued to expand, and bikers have traveled from across the country to participate and support the breast cancer run. The Breast Cancer Awareness Poker Run is an exciting event and a great opportunity to come together to support a good cause. Each year, Johnson’s parents travel all the way from Rice Lake, Wisconsin to participate.

The 2016 poker run will take place on Saturday, July 30th, with registration beginning at 10:30 am at Park Circle Café in Cambridge. The ride begins at noon and concludes at 5pm at the Airport Tavern in Lore City. The cost to participate is $15/ person and includes the poker run, dinner, a door prize ticket and wonderful entertainment. There will also be a raffle drawing consisting of a muzzleloader with scope, gas barbeque grill, a custom made Battle Horse knife, and two $100 Harley Davidson gift certificates.

All of the proceeds from the 6th Annual Breast Cancer Poker Run will be used to directly support Southeastern Med’s Power Me Pink program. In the past 5 years, the event has raised a combined total of $40,395.50 to directly benefit breast cancer patients in our community. This year’s goal is to raise $20,000 to assist patients in their fight against breast cancer.

For more information concerning the run, to purchase a raffle ticket, or if you or your business would like to donate toward this wonderful cause, 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. .

Remember, no one fights alone. You don’t have to be a motorcyclist in order to participate.

Local Executive Earns Top Healthcare Management Credential

ANGIE LONGRay Chorey, President and CEO at Southeastern Med, is pleased to announce that Angela Long, FACHE, RN, MSN/MBA/HC, NEA-BC, Vice- President of Clinical Services/ Chief Nursing Officer, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

“We are fortunate to have Angela as part of the leadership team at Southeastern Med,” said Ray Chorey, President and CEO at Southeastern Med. “She embodies the skill, compassion and professionalism needed to benefit patients and encourage associates. Her accomplishment displays her dedication and commitment to quality patient care.” 

By becoming an ACHE Fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, Angela has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in serving her patients and the community. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 9,100 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional and community involvement. Fellows are also committed to on-going professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

Angela began her career at Southeastern Med in 1998 working as a registered nurse on 3S. Since then, she has assumed various roles throughout the medical center, including serving as the Chief Nursing Officer and Vice-President of Clinical Services since 2008.

For more information regarding the FACHE credential, please contact the ACHE Division of Member Services at (312) 424-9400.

FAQs Regarding Southeastern Med-OhioHealth Affiliation

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Below are some questions which are being asked after the announcement yesterday of Southeastern Med's intent to enter into an agreement with OhioHealth to grow our clinical services lines.

Why was the hospital sold?

The hospital was NOT sold. The current leadership team does not change. The Board does not change. There are no jobs in jeopardy.

Why did the Board and leadership take this action?

To be successful in the future, Southeastern Med, like most community hospitals across the country, must work in true partnership with other hospitals, physicians, and post care providers to ensure we can serve the needs of our communities. The days of working independently and remaining competitive no longer exist.

As the healthcare industry continues to undergo changes, marked by an increasing number of affiliations and mergers, we know it will be difficult to continue to meet the growing needs and expectations of our community, our physicians and our associates if we try to continue to go it alone.

Since 2010 the Board, Senior Leadership and Physician leaders have focused on service line growth, controlling costs, as well as providing high-quality care and patient satisfaction. We have been successful in achieving these goals which has made Southeastern Med a viable community hospital. Our achievements have placed us in a strong position to move forward in the search for a potential affiliation with a larger healthcare organization, a goal that was addressed in Southeastern Med’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. The time was right for the organization to explore what a strategic partnership might look like for Southeastern Med, our employed and independent physicians, and our community.

Are decisions still made locally?

Yes. The hospital remains independent, governed by the Board and managed by the current leadership team.

What service lines do you hope to grow?

The Board, physician leaders and senior leadership have identified the following areas to grow our service lines – Cardiology/Vascular, Orthopedics, Cancer and Neurology. There are many services that our community is leaving for that we feel can be offered here, close to home.

What is in this for OhioHealth?

Southeastern Med will be an access point to OhioHealth for local patients whose needs exceed our local capabilities.

What happens to the relationship that the hospital has with Ohio State?

Southeastern Med has valued the relationship that has been in place with Ohio State since early 2000. At this time we are unaware what steps Ohio State will take regarding the local services they provide.

Southeastern Med to Affiliate with OhioHealth

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To be successful in the future, Southeastern Med, like most community hospitals across the country, must work in true partnership with other hospitals, physicians, and post care providers to ensure we can serve the needs of our communities. The days of working independently and remaining competitive no longer exist.

During the past six decades, Southeastern Med has maintained its long-standing commitment to providing high-quality, cost-effective, comprehensive, affordable, patient-centered healthcare in a caring and safe environment while addressing community needs. The Board, Senior Leadership and Physician’s Advisory Council, acknowledging that Southeastern Med is Guernsey County’s largest employer and sole source for providing acute healthcare services, recognizes that it is our responsibility to look forward – now – so that we can continue to advance, ensuring the future of the hospital.

As the healthcare industry continues to undergo changes, marked by an increasing number of affiliations and mergers, we know it will be difficult to continue to meet the growing needs and expectations of our community, our physicians and our associates if we try to continue to go it alone.

Since 2010 the Board, Senior Leadership and Physician leaders have focused on service line growth, controlling costs, as well as providing high-quality care and patient satisfaction. We have been successful in achieving these goals which has made Southeastern Med a viable community hospital. Our achievements have placed us in a strong position to move forward in the search for a potential affiliation with a larger healthcare organization, a goal that was addressed in Southeastern Med’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. The time was right for the organization to explore what a strategic partnership might look like for Southeastern Med, our employed and independent physicians, and our community.

Because we have been so successful during the past few years, we are in a position to be selective with what organization we want to align. We would look for an affiliation that would allow us to retain our independence while solidifying our goal to enhance our service lines while continuing to provide high-quality, affordable care to our community.

On December 8, 2015, Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center issued a Request for Proposal for support in growing specific service lines. The Request for Proposal outlines objectives we seek to achieve with one partner on while retaining our independent status. Responses were received from some of the most innovative healthcare systems in the country. After an exhaustive process including onsite presentations and visits the Board, acting on the recommendation of the Strategic Planning Council and Physician Advisory Council, approved moving forth with negotiations to enter into a Master Affiliation Agreement with OhioHealth.

It is important to note that Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center is not for sale and OhioHealth has not bought the hospital. Southeastern Med will continue to be under the governance of the current hospital Board, whose trustees represent a cross section of our community.

Transparency with our staff and the community has always been a trait valued and practiced by the Board and Senior Leadership. It remains a primary goal as we moved through this process. While much of the negotiations we will undertake must be kept confidential to protect each respective organization, we will continue to have meaningful conversations with our associates, physicians, volunteers and community members.

Student Donates Blankets to Southeastern Med’s Childbirth Center

Darianne CBC DonationDarianne Snyder, Cambridge High School senior, recently completed her own 4-H community service project called “My Hands to Larger Service."

She realized that there is a need for babies who may go home from the hospital with very little, and has been working hard making blankets for them.

Darianne donated 45 handmade blankets to Southeastern Med's Childbirth Center.

Darianne has been a part of 4-H since she was 5 years old and is a member of Wild Things 4-H Club.

Pictured with Darianne are (l) Dr. Paul Wright, OB/GYN at OB/GYN Specialists of SE Ohio and Southeastern Med medical staff member and Ray Chorey, President and CEO at Southeastern Med. Southeastern Med is appreciative to

Many thanks to Darianne for the generous and heartfelt gift!

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