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The Winnetts are named honorary chairpersons of the 23rd annual Wonderland of Trees event

Wonderland of Trees ChairpersonsHoward and Marsha Winnett have been chosen to serve as honorary Chairpersons for the 23rd Annual Wonderland of Trees. Marsha has been an active board member of Southeastern Med since 1991. They have both been tremendously supportive of the Wonderland of Trees for numerous years. Wonderland of Trees will take place on Friday, Nov. 14 at the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center, 7033 Glenn Highway, in Cambridge. Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. The auction items will be on display in the lobby at Southeastern Med beginning Nov. 4 through Nov. 12. The Auxiliary is currently seeking monetary contributions or donations of decorated trees, wreaths, gift baskets or other decorated holiday items. Your contribution or donation will not only ensure the success of this event, but will also help the Southeastern Med Auxiliary enhance patient care at Southeastern Med. For more information about donating an item or to purchase tickets for Wonderland of Trees, please call Rita Nolan, Southeastern Med Auxiliary Coordinator, at 740-439-8151.

Ebola outbreak occurring in Guernsey and Noble Counties is highly unlikely

Local healthcare officials state that the likelihood of an Ebola outbreak occurring in Guernsey and Noble Counties is highly unlikely, although like other infectious diseases, it is important that plans are in place to promote the health and safety of our community. Southeastern Med continues to make numerous precautions to keep you safe, especially concerning the recent Ebola outbreak. "We continue to monitor and educate the staff as the Ebola situation evolves. Administration and physicians are working in collaboration to prepare our staff for recognition and proper treatment of any suspected patients," explained Angie Long, RN, MSN/MBA/HC, Southeastern Med's Vice President of Clinical Services/CNO.

At Southeastern Med, we are doing everything that we can to prepare in the event that an individual presents with symptoms of Ebola. Directive signs have been placed in and around the medical center, including all entry points, which list specific instructions relating to Ebola exposure and symptoms. Southeastern Med is equipped with an Infection Prevention Department and an emergency preparedness committee that continually works to determine and reevaluate procedures and prepare for potential outbreaks.

Personal protective equipment is being provided to ensure the protection of all Southeastern Med associates, patients, and their families. Associates are being trained in the proper procedures for putting on and taking off protective gear. Hospital leadership continues to monitor associate training to guarantee that the necessary procedures of infection prevention are being followed.

After a positive screening, which includes identifying a patient with infectious symptoms, Southeastern Med staff has been instructed to first isolate the patient (using contact and droplet precautions) and then notify the Infection Prevention Department Director, Cathy McIntire, RN, CNOR. McIntire will immediately contact the Ohio Department of Health who will give further instruction on the next steps to be taken. "Here at Southeastern Med, we have been preparing for admission of an Ebola patient since the news first broke. We have involved key people to meet the needs of our community and prepare to give the best care available," noted McIntire.

It is important that individuals remember that the likelihood of Southeastern Med encountering a patient with Ebola is not likely. However, the medical center is taking all precautionary steps to properly care for those with an infection, should it occur. As always, the best way to prevent the spread of infection is to wash your hands; avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; and avoid contact with those showing symptoms of infection.

Southeastern Med is proud of the exceptional care offered to our community, and continues to make your health a top priority.

Vickie Warnock: Breast Cancer Survivor

Vickie Warnock Breast Cancer Survivor
Pictured are (l to r) Vickie Warnock, breast cancer survivor and Dr. Nabiel Alkhouri, oncologist at Southeastern Med’s Cambridge Regional Cancer Center.

Vickie Warnock of Winterset is an active woman who maintains a healthy lifestyle. After work each evening, she is often helping others or at her farm tending to her cattle. When you first meet Vickie, you'll immediately notice her energetic and kind personality. Since she is healthy and has minimal family history (of breast cancer), Vickie was naturally surprised when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer last year.

Vickie's survivorship journey began in December of 2012 when she experienced alarming symptoms in her right breast. She wanted to be proactive and have her concerns reviewed by surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Scott. Dr. Scott immediately ordered a breast biopsy, which was positive for breast cancer. Vickie was then sent to The Ohio State University (OSU) for a second opinion with oncologist, Dr. William Farrar. Dr. Farrar performed additional surgery which confirmed the original diagnosis. Following surgery and the healing process, Vickie met with Dr. Maryam Lustberg at OSU and discussed completing the rest of treatment close to home at Southeastern Med's Cambridge Regional Cancer Center. Dr. Lustberg explained that cancer centers are held to the same guidelines determined by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) when making recommendations for the care of cancer patients. Following these guidelines helps ensure, that regardless of where you choose to receive your treatment, you will be given quality cancer care.

From June through September, Vickie received eighteen weeks of chemotherapy. Then, from October to November, she had 33 radiation treatments. After finishing radiation, Vickie had a final round of chemo. Treatment understandably took its toll and Vickie was grateful for the cancer center staff who worked to make this process as pleasant as possible. She raved on the individualized care she was given, especially by oncologist, Dr. Nabiel Alkhouri. Vickie noted that he and the staff really listened to her input during her treatment and then incorporated as many of her ideas into the treatment plan as possible. For example, Vickie was able to decide which NCCN chemotherapy treatment she would undergo based upon her current health and lifestyle goals.

The staff at Southeastern Med's Cambridge Regional Cancer continued to impress her by their compassion and by all they do for members of our community. "They're truly exceptional people," she noted with assurance in her voice. It was evident to Vickie that she was genuinely cared about on a personal level, more than just being another patient or a number. Due to the smaller size of the cancer center, Vickie said she received individualized attention and concern that you don't always see at larger treatment facilities. All patients are important and the staff at the Cambridge Cancer Center is committed to partnering alongside folks throughout their treatment journey. Cancer treatment can be very tiring, but through it all, Vickie persevered and continued to focus on the positives in life. She explained that in all ways, "God has continued to bless me and I am very lucky".

As a Tennessee native, Vickie especially took comfort in the friendships she built with those she met at the cancer center. She explained that while at treatment, it helped to joke as much as possible to keep herself lighthearted. Vickie and other patients established strong friendships during this overwhelming season of life and that made the tough times easier. She explained that they would often sit together during treatments to serve as a strengthening support system. Cancer at any age or stage can be incredibly nerve-wracking, and oftentimes, patients may not have a friend or relative who can give emotional support. "We all got to know each other really well and were each other's support system," Vickie explained. They became like a family and shared in each other's daily joys and struggles.

Vickie also attributes her success to her willingness to listen to the suggestions of the doctors and nurses. Vickie took their recommendations seriously and implemented them into her daily life as much as possible. If she was advised to rest, she did so and did not push her body to its limits. Vickie's final treatment was on July 29th. The feeling of completing a final cancer treatment brings emotions filled with relief and victory. Vickie's beaming smile when speaking of that final treatment day is indescribable. When reflecting, she stated, "Since I had to have this condition, I was glad they (staff and other patients) could be my family."

The Southeastern Med cancer program has been accredited by the National Commission on Cancer for well over 20 years and is also accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). The Southeastern Med Breast Program exceeds national quality standards in needle biopsy diagnosis, appropriate lymph node biopsy techniques, lumpectomy rates, and assuring that each patient receives appropriate therapy including chemotherapy, radiation and hormone therapy. Statistics show that 95% of local breast cancer patients choose to stay in Cambridge for their therapy. Those patients treated locally benefit from the superb care rendered by the entire Cancer Care Team. Our local breast cancer 5 year survival rate is 93.3% as compared to the national average of 85.5%.These statistics continue to show the high quality cancer care that Southeastern Med and the Cambridge Regional Cancer Center continues to offer.

Southeastern Med may be able to assist you in affording your mammogram through Southeastern Med's Power Me Pink program. This 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.

To learn more about the Power Me Pink program or to schedule a mammogram, please call 740-435-2500.

Remember, early detection can save your life! Here are steps on how to practice self- breast exams.

Southeastern Med Named Gold Partner for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation Advocacy

Lifeline of Ohio Gold Partner
Pictured presenting the Lifeline of Ohio Gold award to Southeastern Med (l to r) are Kent Holloway, CEO of Lifeline of Ohio Organ Procurement, Inc., and Angie Long, RN, MSN/MBA/HC, Vice President of Clinical Services/CNO at Southeastern Med.

Donate Life Ohio, Ohio Hospital Association and the Ohio Department of Health's Second Chance Trust Fund honor Southeastern Med for efforts to register donors and save lives in Guernsey and Noble Counties

More than 170 Ohioans died in 2012 when a lifesaving organ could not be found in time for transplant. On Sept. 27, Southeastern Med was recognized by Donate Life Ohio, the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) and the Ohio Department of Health's Second Chance Trust Fund for taking action to reduce that number during 2013. The hospital was named a Bronze Partner in the Small Hospital category of the 2012-2013 Hospital Champions program, aimed at increasing organ, eye and tissue donor registration. Southeastern Med and 46 other Ohio hospitals were recognized during the 2013 OHA Annual Meeting.

Currently, more than 122,000 people nationwide – more than 3,400 of them from Ohio – await a lifesaving organ transplant," said Lance Himes, Interim Director, Ohio Department of Health. "By registering new donors and sharing this lifesaving message through the Hospital Champions program, Southeastern Med is saving lives and helping to reduce the time critically ill patients must wait for a second chance at life."

Southeastern Med led a successful 2013-2014 Hospital Champions program that included educational materials and events to raise awareness and increase organ donor registration in Ohio. Southeastern Med held a 'Donation Station' at the Older Adult Health Fair, as well as at the hospital to educate its employees, patients and the community about the importance of organ donation and allow those not already a registered donor the opportunity to register. Southeastern Med's Education Department also educates its new associates and patients in its Cardiac Rehabilitation program each month about organ donation. To reach a younger generation, a local recipient spoke to the hospital's Medical Explorer program for high school students about his experience and encourage them to register when they receive their driver's license.

"We are so proud of our hospital champions for committing to promote this important initiative to our communities," said Mike Abrams, OHA President and CEO. "We saw tremendous engagement from all our hospital partners who went above and beyond to support this cause."

Lifeline of Ohio liaisons at Southeastern Med are Rev. James Story Jr., M.Div., MSE, Director of Pastoral Care, and Denise Phillips, MSN RNBC, education instructor. Both coordinated their efforts with Kathy Warhola, BSN RN, Lifeline of Ohio's regional representative, to obtain this medal. For more information, please contact Story at 740-439-8190 or Phillips at 740-435-2710.

How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam

breast-exam-blue-1225Breast self-exams are the best way for women to familiarize themselves with their breasts and spot any changes that may be cause for concern.

Changes to look for include:

  • lumps or areas of hard tissue in the breast or near the underarm lymph nodes
  • darkening of the skin
  • unusual swelling or distortions
  • nipple discharge unassociated with pregnancy or lactation
  • nipple inversion
  • painful or tender areas
  • skin changes such as a rash or scaliness

Here's how you can perform a breast self-exam at home.

Pick a day, such as the first Tuesday of the month, to perform your breast self-exam. Mark it on your calendar or create an appointment in your smart phone to remind yourself to do this every month.

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Step 1: Stand topless in front of a mirror and look at your breasts.
Look for any changes in size, shape or color. Is there any swelling or darkening of the skin?

Step 2: Still standing topless in front of a mirror, raise your arms above your head.
Look for the same changes as noted in Step 1. Squeeze the nipples slightly. Are there any watery, milky or bloody fluids present?

breast-exam-blue-4Step 3: Stand and raise one arm above your head.
You may find this step easier to perform in the shower.

With the opposite hand, palpate the breast on the side of your raised arm. Use the pads of your fingers and keep them flat against the skin. Press against the breast using light, medium, then heavy pressure in a small circular motion, feeling for any lumps or bumps. Be sure to check the whole breast from top to bottom and side to side.

Repeat with the opposite hand and opposite breast.

breast-exam-blue-3Step 4: Lie flat on your back.
Raise one arm above your head and repeat the technique noted in Step 3. You may find it easiest to work in a circular pattern or in an up-and-down pattern to check the whole breast. Check each part of the breast using light pressure, then medium pressure, and finally heavy pressure.

You should also palpate the underarm and the upper chest areas to check for lumps or hard nodules.

If you've never performed a breast self-exam, talk to your physician about what you should expect to feel, and what any abnormalities may feel like.

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