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Local Students Name Robot

MobyThe Southeastern Med Auxiliary recently purchased a Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot for the medical center.

The robot uses Full-Spectrum™ ultraviolet (UV) light to quickly destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores. The portable disinfection system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens.

This winter, Central Elementary School students were given the unique opportunity to help name Southeastern Med’s new robot. The names were then voted upon by Southeastern Med’s Environmental Services Department.

Students Kyle Carendish and Moriah Pheil suggested the winning name, “Moby,” and each received a prize from Southeastern Med.

Pictured are ( l to r): Kyle Carendish and Moriah Pheil, Central Elementary School students; Debbie Hare, Environmental Services technician at Southeastern Med; and Cathy McIntire, RN CNOR, director of Infection Prevention at Southeastern Med .

Since 1952, Southeastern Med has offered high-quality health care services to our community.  The organization has continuously reinvested to improve its facilities and technology. Southeastern Med is more than just a community hospital – it’s your local healthcare destination.

Evancho Promoted to VP, CFO at Southeastern Med

EvanchoTimothy Evancho was named Vice President Chief Financial Officer at Southeastern Med by the Board of Guernsey Health Systems last week.

Evancho, a Cambridge native, has been with Southeastern Med for nearly 30 years.

“I started my career at Southeastern Med in 1988 as a staff accountant,” said Evancho, who has bachelor’s degree in accounting from The Ohio State University. Two years later, he was promoted to Director of Accounting Services, and he became the Director of Fiscal Services/Controller in 2010. For the last four years, Evancho has served as the Assistant Vice President, Chief Financial Officer – a position he says “prepared him well” for the new role he’ll begin in January 2017.

Evancho’s vast experience and 20+ year membership in the Healthcare Financial Management Association contributes to his deep understanding of the financial aspects of the healthcare industry and how important the fiscal health of an organization is to the people it serves.

As the Vice President Chief Financial Officer, Evancho will work closely with the Board of Directors and the hospital’s senior leadership to steward Southeastern Med through the evolving healthcare landscape and keep healthcare costs affordable and transparent for the community. His other duties will include overseeing fiscal activities including accounting, budgets, audits, taxes, preparing regulatory agency and government reports, and implementing and monitoring systems and procedures to ensure and maintain efficient financial control.

 “It’s rewarding to take this next step in my career with such a forward-thinking, fiscally responsible organization,” Evancho continued, adding that he’s “excited to see Southeastern Med continue to grow in the coming years to elevate the already exceptional care and service the hospital provides to the residents of Cambridge and the surrounding communities.”

Southeastern Med’s senior leadership is looking forward to Evancho’s transition, too. Ray Chorey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Southeastern Med, said “It has been my privilege to watch Tim’s growth in understanding of the healthcare industry and our local operations. He is a trusted and respected member of the senior leadership team and our community. His dedication, commitment and critical thinking will continue to be an important key to the future success of Guernsey Health Systems and its subsidiaries.”

Evancho has also been very involved with the City Of Cambridge, serving for several years on the Park Commission and Zoning Commission, and as a City Councilman-at-Large since 2012. He currently resides in Cambridge with his lovely wife, Doreen. They have three grown sons, Stephen, Michael, and David. 

Southeastern Med Auxiliary Purchases Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot

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As hospitals look for new and innovative ways to battle deadly pathogens and kill multi-drug resistant organisms that can cause infections, Southeastern Med has taken a leap into the future with the installation of a Germ-Zapping Robots™ that destroy hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-clean places.

Thanks to the unwavering dedication of the Southeastern Med Auxiliary and the community’s support, one Xenex robot was purchased for Southeastern Med in 2016. The robot uses Full-Spectrum™ pulsed xenon ultraviolet (UV) light to quickly destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores. The portable disinfection system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens.

“We want to do everything within our means to provide a clean environment at our facilities to reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections,” said Ray Chorey, President and CEO at Southeastern Med. “This investment is important and underscores our commitment to patient care and the communities we serve. We are so grateful for the Auxiliary’s continued support of our community.”

The portable Xenex system can disinfect a typical patient or procedure room in five minute cycles without warm-up or cool-down times. It can be used in any department and in any unit at Southeastern Med, including isolation rooms, operating rooms, general patient care rooms, outpatient procedure rooms, emergency rooms, bathrooms, and public spaces.

The Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot has been tested and proven using independent lab verification on the most common, dangerous and difficult-to-treat microorganisms. Most importantly, the Xenex system has been credited by health care facilities across the U.S. for helping them reduce their infection rates significantly. Several hospitals have published their infection rate reduction studies in peer-reviewed journals - showing infection rate reductions in excess of 70%.

Southeastern Med Auxiliary encourages men and women of all ages in our community to become a member of the Auxiliary, participating in various fundraising projects throughout the year. Some projects for 2016 include the Easter dinner basket raffle, Wonderland of Trees, the annual golf outing, and the Daffodil Luncheon. Proceeds from Southeastern Med’s gift shop and vending machines also go toward this hospital-funding purpose.

If you are interested in volunteering for a good cause or would like to learn more about what the Auxiliary does, please call Rita Nolan, Southeastern Med’s Auxiliary coordinator, at (740) 439-8151.

Since 1952, Southeastern Med, an independent community hospital, has offered high-quality health care services to our community and continuously invested in improvements to our facilities and technology. 

25th Annual Wonderland of Trees A Huge Success

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For over 60 years, Southeastern Med’s Auxiliary has remained faithful to patients in our community through their commitment to quality patient care.

It truly takes a village to ensure that you and your family receive the care you’ve come to expect from your community hospital. The Auxiliary is an important part of the patient experience and is proud to make a difference for patients and their families. As hospitals across the nation and around the world look for new and innovative ways to battle deadly pathogens and kill multi-drug resistant organisms that can cause infections, Southeastern Med has taken a leap into the future with the installation of a germ-zapping robot that destroys hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-kill places. Thanks to the unwavering dedication of the Southeastern Med Auxiliary and the community’s support, one Xenex robot was purchased for Southeastern Med in 2016.

The Southeastern Med Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who contributed to the 2016 Wonderland of Trees 25th Anniversary fundraiser. Each year, the Wonderland of Trees committee is overwhelmed with the generosity shown by our community and Southeastern Med family. 

The items contributed for the Chinese, silent, and main WOT event seem to amaze and surpass creativeness each year. In addition to the items donated, the support shown in purchasing tickets, monetary contributions and event participation related to Wonderland of Trees is extraordinary.  

At the 2016 Wonderland of Trees event, the group of exemplary women who began this annual event were honored. These women include: Mrs. Debbie Bennett, Mrs. Veronda Burlingame, Mrs. Karen Colby, Mrs. Sue Cowden, Ms. Jocelyn Davis, Mrs. Cheryl Keller, Mrs. Jo Lucas, Mrs. Tina Nicolozakes, Mrs. Bonnie Perkins, Mrs. Paula Shockley, Mrs. Liz Sperandeo, Ms. Jan Lepage, Mrs. Marcia Winnett, Mrs. Kelly Zimmer, Mrs. Marie Lekorenos, Mrs. Sunny Gibson, Ms. Merc Lester, Mrs. Ginny Gaither and Mrs. Mary Kay Murray. The picture below is a true reflection of those who had the vision, dedication, drive and love for their community to begin an event that would benefit their families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and community.

Wonderland Background:

In 1991, a small group of women with a vision of working together with a common goal and expressing their creative energies began what would become one the largest fundraising events for our community hospital. The first Wonderland of Trees event began as a small craft show held at Theo’s restaurant raising less than $2,000. The following year, the decision was made to change the event to a tree auction and they began with approximately 12 trees being donated, raising a little over $5,000.00. Slowly, additional members joined and the event grew with increased donations and evolved raising over $32,000.00 in 2015.

Since 1991, the Wonderland of Trees event has raised over a half-million dollars. $505,664.24 to be exact, for Southeastern Med and the Auxiliary has been able to contribute funds for items such as safe patient lifting equipment, ICU dialysis machine, sliding glass doors for the main hospital entry, scopes for our Endoscopy department, a sterilizer for the surgery department, emergency department renovations, and countless other items.

Southeastern Med and the current Wonderland of Trees committee members thank these ladies for forming the foundation for those of us who have become your legacy and our inspiration in making this event a successful fundraising effort for the hospital.

Southeastern Med Auxiliary encourages men and women of all ages to become a member of the Auxiliary, participating in various fundraising projects throughout the year. Some projects for 2016 include the Easter dinner basket raffle, Wonderland of Trees, the annual golf outing, and the Daffodil Luncheon. Proceeds from Southeastern Med’s gift shop and vending machines also go toward this hospital-funding purpose.

If you are interested in volunteering or would like to learn more about what the Auxiliary does, please call Rita Nolan, Southeastern Med’s Auxiliary coordinator, at 439-8151.

Since 1952, Southeastern Med, an independent community hospital, has offered high-quality health care services to our community. Continuously reinvesting to improve its facilities and technology we are more than just a community hospital. Southeastern Med is a place you can trust to be your destination for care. For more information about Southeastern Med or its Auxiliary visit www.seormc.org or www.facebook.com

Southeastern Meds Honors 2016 Keller Award Recipient

2016 Keller AwardEvery year, Southeastern Med awards the James W. Keller, MD Quality Award to recognize an individual, department or team who has demonstrated enthusiasm for improving the quality and safety within the medical center. The medical center is very fortunate to have had a record number of nominations that demonstrate the enduring contributions and improvements that represent the foundation of Southeastern Med. The 2016 winner of the Keller Award was the FMEA team (Failure Mode Effects Analysis). The FMEA team reviews processes to determine what may go wrong and cause patient harm. Once completed, the team looks at opportunities for improvement and makes those changes in order to avoid any possible discomfort. During the past several months the FMEA team has met on a weekly basis to analyze, review, and standardize the process of transport, care and disinfection of probes from any department. Throughout this process, several improvements have been made including new scopes for endoscopy, purchase of the Trophon HLD system for ultrasound in Diagnostic Imaging and the Childbirth Center, and new storage cabinet for the Childbirth Center. These changes allow for more advanced, safe, high level disinfectant systems and standardization of processing for improved patient safety.

Since 1952, Southeastern Med, an independent community hospital, has offered high-quality health care services to our community. Continuously reinvesting to improve its facilities and technology we are more than just a community hospital. Southeastern Med is a place you can trust to be your destination for care.

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