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Cancer Center Painting Donation

Dr. AlKhouri and BuffyPictured are (l to r) Columbia “Buffy” Shepard and Dr. Nabiel AlKhouri, oncologist at Southeastern Med’s Cambridge Regional Cancer Center. Shepard recently donated a painting created by her husband, Mike, a former patient at the Cancer Center. Shepard’s husband was an avid painter in his free time and especially enjoyed painting wildlife. During his treatment at the Cancer Center, he noticed a need for realistic art to be displayed and Buffy thought it would be fitting to donate such a painting. She commented, “I’m pleased to donate this painting in Mike’s honor and in appreciation for all of the kind souls who took care of him during his treatments. Now, Mike can be proud of his work being displayed where so many can enjoy it.”

Dr. Jackson Flanigan, Southeastern Med Get Rave Review

When Jacqueline Tresl Martin’s mammogram and ultrasound revealed a suspicious lump and she needed a lumpectomy, she had a choice to make: Southeastern Med or Genesis.

She has long heard rave reviews about Dr. Jackson Flanigan’s surgical talents, so her choice was made. Southeastern Med in Cambridge.

Among the many wonderful things Martin had to say, she homed in on one important note: “Patients really do get to choose, and doctors really do listen.”

When it comes to your medical care, you do have a choice. We hope you’ll also choose Southeastern Med where your choices are important to us.

Martin detailed her experience in an article for The Daily Jeffersonian recently. You can read the full article here.

14th Annual Health Screening

2015 Byesville RotaryThe 14th Annual Health Screening event sponsored by Southeastern Med and the Byesville Rotary was successful again this year. The event was attended by 96 participants from numerous area towns. Pictured below are Byesville Rotary members and Southeastern Med associates who served our community at the event.

Candi Critser, Nurse Practitioner of Palliative/Support Care Services at Southeastern Med

Candi Critser black jacketSoutheastern Med is pleased to announce the appointment of Candice Critser MSN, APRN, NP-C, as the new nurse practitioner of palliative/support care services.

A native of Freeport, Ohio, Critser graduated from Ohio University Zanesville in 2001. She initially began her nursing career as a patient care technician at Genesis in 1998. A Southeastern Med associate since 2002, Critser has developed her skills while working in the Intensive Care Unit, Home Health, and Endoscopy/Wound Care Unit. In 2014, Critser attained her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from Malone University in Canton, Ohio.

Most recently, Critser spent her time in Southeastern Med’s Wound Care Department. Critser became Wound Care Certified (WCC) in 2009, and after this spent the majority of her time in Wound Care assessing and managing care for 20+ wound care clients per day, assisting in developing and writing wound care in-services, as well as policies and procedures. After becoming a nurse practitioner in 2014, Critser wondered how to continue best utilizing her skills for her patients within Southeastern Med. She became interested in end-of-life care during the beginning of her nursing career and wanted to explore that aspect of nursing in a different capacity. When explaining why she chose to accept this new position, Critser summarizes by saying, “It was my opportunity to get back to one of my first loves of nursing.”

Palliative or supportive care is for patients with chronic, debilitating, and life-threatening illnesses, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life of the patient and the caregivers. Unlike hospice, which requires a prognosis of six months or less life expectancy, palliative care is not limited to those with poor prognosis. It is appropriate for patients of any age and in any stage of the illness. In fact, many studies have proven that earlier involvement of palliative care has increased patient’s quality of life and patient satisfaction. One of the many focuses of palliative care is symptom management. Palliative care experts can recommend, and often prescribe, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments to better manage many symptoms associated with the chronic illness. However, palliative care does not only focus on the physical symptoms the patient may be experiencing, but also explores the psychosocial, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the patient’s life.

With her new position come many new responsibilities. Critser has the challenge of researching literature and reviewing charts on a daily basis to increase her understanding of palliative care programs, the patients involved, and how to improve the patient’s quality of life, and their understanding and management of the illness at hand. Another major responsibility includes seeing and caring for the patients in ways that meet their unique needs. In order to help ensure a comprehensive program, Critser works to identify and adjust both the good and problem areas of the palliative care program.

Despite the challenges her new position presents, Critser is looking forward to accomplishing many goals that she has set for herself and Southeastern Med: “I hope to implement a successful program that is accepted by providers and the community, while most importantly improving the quality of life of chronically ill patients and their families, and all the while keeping care cost effective. I hope to continue to increase our number of referrals. In doing so, I hope to provide education to the patient and caregiver. This will not only include education on the illness, the medications involved, managing the illness and “flare-ups” or exacerbations, but also education on the progression of the illness and advanced care planning, including decisions on end-of-life issues. End of life, or death, is a taboo subject in most of our country. Because we fail to have these very important discussions about death and how we want to die, we often may end up spending our final days on machines and with multiple tubes entering our bodies. My goal is to help people with chronic illness in first, beginning to think about what is important to them, what are their goals, what is quality of life, how and where do they prefer to spend the end of their life. Then secondly, assisting them in making these decisions and wishes known to their families, caregivers, and loved ones. I hope to offer some community education sessions on this topic and eventually offer support groups for individuals with chronic illnesses. I would also like to eventually offer full palliative care services on an outpatient basis.”

Critser has been married for over 13 years to her wonderful husband, 1SG Anthony Critser, U.S. Army. They reside in Freeport and have two daughters, Olivia and Autumn. The Critser family enjoys working together on their fish pond, in the garden, walking, bicycling, and traveling.

For more information about Southeastern Med or the Palliative/Support Care Services program, please visit www.seormc.org.

22nd Annual Golf Challenge

Whitesides 2015The Guernsey Health Foundation and Southeastern Med’s Auxiliary will host the 22nd Annual Golf Challenge at the Cambridge Country Club on May 18th. All proceeds from this year’s golf challenge have been used toward the purchase of patient-handling equipment. The patient-handling equipment is used in all clinical areas of the medical center to assist in the movement of patients. Many patients, who are at risk for falls, are too ill to get out of or into bed and have trouble moving are benefitting from this equipment. The primary purpose is to provide a safer stay for our patients. Each year, Whiteside’s donates an automobile to be given to any golfer who scores a hole-in-one on a designated hole. Pictured with a 2015 Buick Lacrosse are (l to r): Jocelyn Davis, Southeastern Med Auxiliary president; Steven Brooks, vice president of Human Resources at Southeastern Med; Mary Rich, communications/marketing specialist at Southeastern Med; Larry Miller from Peoples Bank, a Grand Sponsor of the golf challenge; Bryan Hardesty from PNC Bank, a Grand Sponsor of the challenge; and Dave Caldwell from Huntington Bank, a Super Sponsor of the golf challenge. Not pictured are representatives from Merrill Lynch and Key Bank, Super Sponsors of the golf challenge. If you are interested in participating in the upcoming golf challenge, please call Rita Nolan, auxiliary coordinator at 439-8151.

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