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Goggin Named Chief of Staff at Southeastern Med

Southeastern Med is pleased to announce that Patrick D. Goggin, MD, FACP, physician at Medical Associates and Southeastern Med medical staff member was recently named Chief of Staff. As Chief of Staff at Southeastern Med, his additional responsibilities include collaboration with Southeastern Med’s CEO and Vice President of Medical Affairs; appointing members of various committees; maintaining responsibilities of medical staff educational activities; and serving as the spokesman for the Medical Staff in its external professional and public relations etc. “We are very pleased to have Dr. Goggin assume this role at the medical center,” noted Dr. Ed Conaway, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Southeastern Med. “I am confident that Pat who is not only a skilled and knowledgeable physician, but also a proven leader, will excel in his new position as chief of staff.”

Goggin is a lifelong Cambridge resident and is married to Karen (Grimm) Goggin. Patrick and Karen have four children ages 8-15 and are members of St. Benedict Church, Christ our Light Parish. Dr. Goggin is a doctor of Internal Medicine and joined Medical Associates of Cambridge in 2002. He graduated from Cambridge High School, earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and then went to Medical School at the University of Cincinnati, where he also completed his residency at the University Hospital.

Dr. Goggin is a Board Certified Member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and a Fellow in the American College of Physicians. He volunteers as the Medical Director for Open Arms Pregnancy Center. His primary medical interest is using medical information technology and population health to advance primary care. Dr. Goggin explained that, “As a doctor working at Southeastern Med for years now, I have been impressed with the dedication of Southeastern Med’s administration, nurses and support staff. It is truly unique how well all of our medical staff and our hospital administration work as a team to improve care. I am excited to help this team continue to improve the health of our patients and the health of our community.”

Southeastern Med to Offer Free Heart Health Screenings Feb. 27

Cardiac Heart SEORMCIn recognition of February as American Heart Month, join Southeastern Med in the fight against heart disease on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 7 a.m. – noon, as the medical center offers free heart health screenings.

The screening will include a blood draw testing blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides, and an electrocardiogram (EKG) test. A registered nurse or registered dietitian will meet with each participant to discuss possible risk factors, suggest lifestyle changes, and recommend follow-up appointments with the individual’s primary physician if necessary. Fasting, which includes coffee and cigarettes, 10 to 12 hours prior to the testing is required.

Shelly Thompson, MS,RD/LD, Southeastern Med Wellness director explained, “Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 600,000 Americans die of heart disease each year. It is also the leading cause of death in Guernsey County. The term “heart disease” refers to several types of heart conditions. The most common type is coronary artery disease, which can cause heart attack. Other kinds of heart disease may involve the valves in the heart, or the heart may not pump well and cause heart failure. Some people are born with heart disease.”

To participate in Southeastern Med’s upcoming event, you must be between the ages of 35 and 64, did not participate in the Southeastern Med heart event in the past two years, have not been told by your doctor that you have had a heart attack or heart disease, have not had surgery in the past, and have not recently participated in a cardiac rehabilitation program. These restrictions are in place because we are offering this event to help in the prevention of heart disease by reaching those who may be unaware of their current health.

Appointments are required and can be made beginning Feb. 1st at 9 a.m. by calling 740-435-2900.

Southeastern Med Implements MyHealth Patient Portal

SEORMC Pateint Port TeamIt’s a new day at Southeastern Med and we remain committed to meet the ever-changing healthcare needs of our community. Technology continues to be an aspect of care that is a vital part of the patient experience. In June of 2014, Southeastern Med launched the MyHealth Patient Portal, a program which actively engages patients in their care by giving them access to valuable health information online. This online tool allows you the ability to manage a wide range of health data from wherever you are and at your convenience. You can access your account from anywhere using the internet, including your computer, smart phone, or tablet. In addition to handling their own care, parents and those with authorized consent will appreciate the ability to access the records of those individuals for whom they manage care. Since its launch, over 2,500 individuals from multiple counties have enrolled in the portal.

The MyHealth Patient Portal gives you instant and secure access to the personal health information your care team entered into your record. All of the information in the Portal comes from Southeastern Med’s Electronic Health Record. This ensures that you have access to the most up-to-date information. The information available through the Portal includes: allergies, discharge instructions, pre-registration, medical reports (such as ultrasounds, mammograms, and radiology) medication lists, upcoming appointments at the hospital, health conditions, lab results and visit histories. The portal is very easy to navigate, even with minimal computer experience. The portal also allows for easy printing and downloading of information, such as discharge instructions, if you would like to reference them later. Your health summary and other information can be downloaded to any computer through password protection. This means that even once health information is downloaded onto your computer, you must use a password to access it. You may also safely and securely email information within your portal account to approved physicians through Southeastern Med direct messaging.

Southeastern Med associates, under the direction of Eric Bradison, systems analyst, have been reaching out to our community through health fairs and other opportunities. During these events, individuals are provided with information about the Portal, given brief tutorials, and registration assistance. Signing up for the MyHealth Patient Portal is simple and can be completed within a few minutes. You are able to create a unique password to access your account, and your password will not change unless you chose to do so.

Southeastern Med associates from various departments are part of a patient experience team. These individuals provide education to patients and families about the MyHealth Patient Portal and are available to assist with portal registration before being discharged from the hospital. There are many resources available at the medical center to help you easily sign-up and view your Portal account. “The portal is an excellent resource for patients in our community as they take a more active role in managing their healthcare,” noted Bradison. “We are pleased to be at the forefront of this new technology.”

Just like technology, the portal will continue to evolve in order to meet the needs of our community. In 2016, plans are in place to offer billing within the portal; appointment, email, and text messaging reminders; and a mobile app for smart phone users. It’s a new day here at Southeastern Med and it is our continued goal to provide you with the best healthcare experience.

If you would like to sign up for Southeastern Med’s Patient Portal, please visit www.seormc.org and click on “MyHealth Portal” for further instructions. If you already have a portal account and have questions or would like further information, please contact us at 740-435-2100.

Building a connected healthcare community: One practice at a time

Dr Schuberts StorySandra Schubert, M.D., of Superior Med in Cambridge believes the electronic transmission of health information helps her keep right on top of her patients’ care when and where they need it. That’s because the information comes to her when and where she needs it.

Even when a patient ends up in the hospital without her knowledge.

Keeping up with your patient’s care
Dr. Schubert had an elderly patient living at home who incurred a major fracture, went to the ER, was transferred to Ohio State, had major surgery and other underlying conditions surfaced. The patient ended up at a nursing facility.

Before the CliniSync Health Information Exchange (HIE), Dr. Schubert says she may have found out about that patient through a family member she was treating or might not have known what happened to her patient until three months later, even six months later.

Instead, she received an electronic Continuity of Care Document (CCD) – often referred to as a summary of care or discharge summary – from Ohio State where she could read what happened, look at the operative notes, the labs, the discharge planning.

“I know what to expect now. I know what’s going on with my patient. I can follow along with the patient’s care,” she says. There’s an information list there and she still needs to find the information she needs and look at it. “But it has made things better, especially if you have patients you want to keep up on.”

Becoming a healthcare community
Dr. Schubert says Superior Med has 18 providers who provide multi-specialty medical services, comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. They cover Guernsey and Noble Counties and partners with Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center.

“My practice is internal medicine and pediatrics – from the cradle to the grave – my oldest patient is 102,” Dr. Schubert says, explaining that she has been practicing in Cambridge for 18 years.

Superior Med receives results, reports and summaries of care from Genesis Healthcare based in Portsmouth, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus and Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center in Cambridge.

Eric Bradison, a systems analyst and patient portal administrator at Southeastern Med, says working with physicians and providers in the community is a focus of the hospital system’s work.

“Since joining the Southeastern Med team in 2013 one of my goals has been to assist our physicians and providers by helping them understand and learn the capabilities available to them through healthcare IT as well as how it can benefit their individual practices, Bradison says.

Even though she’s a guinea pig, Dr. Schubert has been an incredible asset to the initiative.

While working with her and her office staff through the implementation of Clinisync, our HIE, Dr. Schubert has played a vital role by being our first office to fully implement the functionality Clinisync provides,” Bradison says. “She has taken the time to get to know the benefits of the application and how it can work for her medical practice.”

As more hospitals go live on the CliniSync HIE, Superior Med will receive more health information. The multi-specialty group also is receiving messages through Direct, secure messaging from pharmacies when patients are immunized for the flu or pneumonia.

Getting the right information at your fingertips
“The nicest thing is that when a patient goes to the hospital, whether ER, inpatient or outpatient, the labs they have done there go directly into their patient chart, and I’m able to pull them up with a few clicks of a button,” explains Dr. Schubert.

She’s also able to filter out the labs she doesn’t find useful and zone in on those she does. “So, I’m not gunging up my chart with a lot of information. It’s faster and more complete.”

The electronic results also allow her to trend and graph a patient’s progress over time. For instance, she can track the A1C levels of a diabetic patient over time or the TSH levels for those with a thyroid problem to compare earlier results.

Experiencing safety, quality and speed
“The CCDs just show up and can be parsed out and made into a separate discharges summary or medicine list, which you can update. You can pick and choose what you want to do. If you receive a pneumonia or flu report from the hospital, it will automatically update the immunization. We have the same ability with procedures,” she explains.

Does electronic communications affect clinical decision-making? Dr. Schubert answer yes. “With the labs coming in like that, it lightens up my staff load and saves man hours. There’s less risk of error with same or similar names. They’re not entering the labs by hand, which means less chance for error. So on that end, there’s safety and quality. I think it makes everything safer.”

The other side is that she really wants those labs at her fingertips. “I don’t know about other physicians, but I like having labs and ER information quickly – really fast. It’s there for me. If a patient calls up the next day, I know what they’re talking about,” she explains.

Moving towards ideal HIT
In an ideal electronic world, Dr. Schubert would like the ability for her practice to send information to the hospital and others. “I know a hospital is run differently, and there are many different departments, but I’d rather electronically send information instead of faxing it.”

The CliniSync HIE now has the ability for hospitals and providers to “contribute” data to a patient’s community health record – a longitudinal health record that allows a consenting patient’s treating physicians from hospitals and practices to view information on that patient all in one place.

Bradison believes health information exchange will continue to grow as IT influences the entire healthcare industry.

“In today’s healthcare world, IT is playing a role that soon will be vital to all healthcare organizations. Working with clinicians like Dr. Schubert makes a seemingly complex task almost appear easy. She has paved the way to making health IT (HIT) a reality for the Southeastern Med multi-physician group Superior Med,” Bradison says.

Dottie Howe, M.A., M.Ed., is the Communications Director at CliniSync and a former print journalist.

Volunteering Adds Meaning to Your Life

Dee Brown Gift ShopAs we begin another new and exciting year, you may be thinking of ways to better yourself and your life. Volunteering is a rewarding activity that boosts both physical and emotional health. The dedicated individuals who give of their time and talents to benefit our patients, and ultimately the community, play such a vital role here at Southeastern Med. We know your time is important and appreciate everyone who contributes this gift to help maintain a friendly and comfortable atmosphere at our community hospital. Whether it's greeting a visitor, assisting an associate or other countless duties, volunteers provide that added something special that patients, visitors and staff appreciate and value.

Southeastern Med is blessed with 110 active volunteers, currently ranging from 16 to 96 years old, who use their skills and talents as an essential part of the Southeastern Med team. Dee Brown, a volunteer in Southeastern Med’s Gift Shop, has volunteered for 3 years and contributed 1,540 hours to the organization. When speaking of her experiences at Southeastern Med Dee noted, “I have a great time volunteering in the gift shop. I get to work with and wait on a lot of nice people. I feel good helping in the gift shop since all money received goes to the hospital to purchase equipment for our patients.”

Our volunteers play an integral role in our success and we are proud that so many community members are giving of their time to benefit others. Within reason, individuals can select where they would like to work in the medical center. Volunteers work in several different areas of the medical center and have numerous responsibilities, such as:

  • Information desk volunteers discharge patients; support the nursing staff by running errands; deliver lab specimens to the lab; deliver mail, flowers, and snacks; and direct visitors.

Gift Shop volunteers assist customers with purchases; run the cash register; restock merchandise when needed; and perform other daily duties associated with the gift shop.

  • Volunteers in the Emergency Department sign patients in who arrive for treatment, run errands for the ED staff and registration clerks, and direct patients to rooms, x-ray, and Fast Track.
  • Volunteers in outpatient registration sign patients in on the computer for any outpatient testing they are having performed.
  • Volunteers in the surgery waiting area sign patients in having surgery that day, provide the family members with a beeper, and keep family informed of the status of the surgery.

Volunteers are also needed at Southeastern Med’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation facility to help assist therapists with tasks related to outpatient physical and occupational therapy.

Whether you work best in the spotlight or behind the scenes, Southeastern Med would be honored to have you as a volunteer. Volunteers at the hospital come from a variety of backgrounds and abilities – all that’s required is a desire to help others. To volunteer, you must be at least 16 years of age and willing to submit information needed to conduct a background check. Individuals must be tested for TB, rubella, and rubeola as well as have an annual flu vaccination. To learn more about the benefits of volunteering at Southeastern Med, please contact Rita Nolan, Southeastern Med’s volunteer coordinator at (740)439-8147. Together, we can make a world of difference!

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