U.S. Reps. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio) and Michael Burgess, MD, (R-Texas), visited Southeastern Med on September 2, 2015 to tour our facility, view a demonstration of our hospital’s analytical tools—which include the Ohio Hospital Association’s (OHA) and Batelle’s new WayFinder QI Performance Analytics Tool—and lead a roundtable discussion with our physicians and administrators, including our CEO, Ray Chorey.
The new OHA analytical tools we demonstrated for Johnson and Burgess use a variety of statistical models and techniques to organize, display, and analyze our hospital’s quality indicators. These tools compare our performance to the benchmarks of other hospitals of our size in similar communities. They also track regional clinical performance, look at our quality indicators in detail, and provide access to actionable data that help us provide quality healthcare to the residents of Cambridge and southeastern Ohio.
Johnson sits on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Burgess, who is an OB\GYN, is the current head of the GOP Doctors Caucus, which is composed of 18 medical providers in Congress who use their medical expertise to effectively shape health care policy.
Sandra Schubert, M.D, will be relocating her practice to 1230A Clark St., in Cambridge. Dr. Schubert will begin seeing patients at her new office on Monday, September 14th. She specializes in pediatrics and internal medicine.
The office number will remain the same, 740-439-7772. Dr. Schubert and her staff are available to help you with any questions or concerns during this transition period.
All school personnel working with children who have diabetes are invited to attend a free program at Southeastern Med called, “Diabetes in the School.” The program will be held on Thursday, September 17th, from 4:00-6:00 pm in the Morrison, Amos and Deddish rooms.
With the passage of House Bill 264, all school personnel must be trained on the care of the child with diabetes. Included in these requirements, all school personnel must be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) and how to treat and/or get help.
Designated staff who need additional training on drawing up and giving insulin injections or need to learn how to do blood sugar monitoring can also be trained at this event.
For more information/questions, please contact Cindy Fisher, RN, CDE at 740-435-2940 or Chris Veselenak, RN, CDE at 740- 435-2888. Please register for this event by Monday, September 14th by calling 740-435-2900.
Did you know that there’s a screening test for lung cancer?
You may be familiar with a chest X-ray or a sputum cytology (mucous test), but they can be inconclusive when it comes to detecting or diagnosing lung cancer. A low-dose spiral computed tomography (CT) scan takes a full 360-degree image of the lungs to detect the presence of cancer cells and tumors.
The National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health reported a 20% reduction in deaths from lung cancer among current or formers heavy smokers who received low-dose CT scans versus those screened by a chest X-ray.
Low-dose CT is the only screening test for lung cancer recommended by the Centers for Disease Control.
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends an annual low-dose CT lung cancer screening for people between the ages of 55 and 80 and have a history of heavy smoking, whether you’re a current smoker or you’ve quit within the last 15 years. A heavy smoking habit is identified as a 30-pack year, which means you’ve smoked a pack a day for the last 30 years, or you’ve smoked two packs a day for 15 years.
The test, which costs $95, is quick and easy, and your results will be interpreted by board-certified radiologist, Scott Harron, at the time of your screening and reviewed with you by Dr. Eyad Mahayri, M.D., F.C.C.P. Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine Specialist. To make an appointment for a lung cancer screening, call 740-439-8930.
About Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the third most common form of cancer in both men and women, and it is the leading cause of cancer death nationwide. The NIH estimates that more than 221,000 new cases will be diagnosed and more than 158,000 will die from the disease in 2015.
Smoking is, hands-down, the biggest risk factor for developing lung cancer. The CDC says that people who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non-smokers.
Other risk factors include: