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Southeastern Med Offers Breast Cancer Screening Through Komen Funding

Breast Torso - Dr. Sarap
Pictured is Dr. Michael Sarap, surgeon at Southeastern Ohio Physicians Inc. and Southeastern Med medical staff member, standing beside Southeastern Med's Inflatable Breast Torso.

On Thursday, October 16th, from 4pm -8pm at the Community Healthlink, Southeastern Med's Power Me Pink program will be offering free breast cancer screenings and mammograms to those in our community. Specifically, this screening is geared toward those over the age of 40 with limited resources who are underinsured or uninsured. 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 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.

Surgeons from Southeast Ohio Physicians (Drs. Sarap, Leslie, Paulick, and O'Hanlon) will be conducting the breast screenings. Melissa Corbett, RT (R) (M), mammography technologist at Southeastern Med, will be conducting any necessary mammograms. Also, Southeastern Med's resource counselors will also be available to confidentially discuss healthcare insurance, including Medicaid and Healthcare Marketplace. Educational information regarding breast cancer and prevention will be provided and the breast torso will be on display. "We are so happy to be able to offer this service (free mammograms) to patients!" stated Melissa Corbett. "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. "

This free service for our community is funded through a grant from the Columbus Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. An RSVP is required in order to attend the upcoming screening. To see if you qualify and to register, please call Southeastern Med's Mammogram Hotline at 740-435-2500.

2014 Mary Beam’s 41st Tile Featuring Guernsey County Museum

Mary Beam Working on 41st Tile
Mary Beam, working on her 41st tile featuring the Guernsey County Museum.


This year, Southeastern Med's Auxiliary Wing 12 is set to commemorate the 41st tile in the Mary Beam 'Christmas in Cambridge' collection by featuring the design of the Guernsey County Museum.

Guernsey County Museum
The 2014 Mary Beam tile featuring the Guernsey County Museum is available for purchase at the Southeastern Med Gift Shop for $15.

I was very happy to design this tile honoring the museum and the historical society. I was a proud member of the society before my work took me away. This museum and society are a treasure in Cambridge, serving to keep the precious history of the area alive and showing how Cambridge has grown to be the thriving and energetic community it is today. Members volunteer their time and effort so that we don't forget the value of our past.

The museum home was once the dwelling where pastor Rev. William McFarland D.D. lived. Mr. William McCracken the builder of the house in 1825 settled in Cambridge in 1809 and began his residency as a blacksmith, but later made himself into a prominent citizen. The home is now on the register of historic places. He sold the house to Rev. McFarland in 1868. It is typical of the homes in the Greek Revival style of that era with many rooms, comfy porch and dining and kitchen areas. Pastor and his family just had to go around the corner to the First Presbyterian church where he served the church for forty years. Rev. McFarland's daughter conveyed the property to the historical society in 1966. 

I hope you will visit the museum and support the society's efforts to keep our county's precious memories alive.

For more information about the 2014 Christmas in Cambridge tile or to purchase tickets for Wonderland of Trees, please call Rita Nolan, Southeastern Med Auxiliary Coordinator, at 740-439-8151.

The Benefits of Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy: Because Every Woman is Unique

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement
Pictured are Tammy Lawson, WHNP-BC, nurse practitioner at OB/GYN Specialists of Southeast Ohio, Inc. and Judy Moyer, a patient who is pleased by the results she's experienced from bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.


After experiencing puberty, you know about the powerful effects that hormones can have on the body. This is especially true for women who are undergoing the natural changes of life that are associated with menopause and perimenopause. On average, women experience perimenopause around age 46 and menopause around the age of 51. Menopause is when a woman no longer has menstrual periods, signaling the end of the fertility cycle. During this transitional period, numerous symptoms such as a decrease in energy, hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, decreased sex drive, and moodiness (in addition to many other side effects) may disrupt a woman's daily activities. Every woman is unique and it is important that your symptoms are treated according to your individual needs.

During menopause, especially if symptoms are bothersome, many women consult their gynecologist for solutions. In these cases, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy may be suggested. This hormone replacement method uses all of the natural hormones within your body in order to restore balance and alleviate the symptoms associated with menopause. Bio-identical hormone replacement can bring your hormones back into balance, resembling what your body has previously done naturally. This type of hormone replacement therapy is absorbed through the skin. Bio-identical hormones dosages that are personalized individually for each woman may help in restoring hormonal balance.

When following up on treatment, Tammy Lawson and Kimberly Anderson nurse practitioners at OB/GYN Specialists of Southeast Ohio, regularly meet with patients who are undergoing therapy in order to evaluate the hormonal dosage. Patients are scheduled a follow-up visit six weeks into therapy and blood is redrawn every three months to evaluate and ensure that the hormones are working well for the individual. Blood does not usually need to be redrawn as often once the patient has achieved the desired hormone levels. Judy Moyer of Cambridge has been using bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for over 12 years and is amazed by the positive effects she has experienced. "I feel a definite change and all the menopausal symptoms have been alleviated with bio-identical hormones. I have so much more energy now, too!" Moyer noted.

When considering bio-identical hormones, you should consult your gynecologist who will make a recommendation as to which type of therapy would be best for your body. Your gynecologist will review your individual hormone levels and symptoms when making a suggestion. When using bio-identical hormone replacement, your healthcare provider will work very closely with a pharmacist to determine a course of treatment. The pharmacist assists the healthcare provider in interpreting the results of your tests, which show the amount of hormones your body needs.

"This is not a 'one size fits all' approach," explained Lawson, when discussing the benefits of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy. Lawson has been providing patients with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy for over 10 years and is confident in the positive effects that it can provide for women. Currently, Lawson works with compounding pharmacist, Joshua Stanton, of Shrivers Health Mart, when making dosage recommendations. Many insurance companies are now covering the cost of bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, making it more cost effective.

Tammy Lawson and Joshua Stanton will be conducting a presentation on perimenopause, menopause, and bio-identical hormone therapy on Wednesday, September 24th, from 6-8pm at the Community HealthLink. The Community HealthLink is located on the corner of Clark Street and Edgeworth Avenue in Cambridge.

For more information or to reserve your seating for this event, please call Southeastern Med's Wellness Resources Department at 740- 435-2946. An RSVP is requested.

If you would like to schedule an individual appointment at OB/GYN Specialists of Southeast Ohio, Inc. relating to women's health, please call (740) 439-9911.

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.

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