Written by: Kelli Koch
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Aug. 10, 2012 –Southeastern Med is proud to announce it will expand cancer services by purchasing the Cambridge Regional Cancer Center from the American Oncology Associates, Inc. Southeastern Med obtained complete ownership of the cancer center on August 9.
The hospital is now commencing to complete the necessary licensing and regulatory requirements to begin treating patients locally in September.
“The purchase of the cancer center will allow Southeastern Med to care for area cancer patients hopefully by the middle of September,” said Ray Chorey, President and CEO of Southeastern Med. “Rather than a patient traveling between multiple providers outside of the Cambridge area, cancer services will be centralized to meet the needs of our community.”
“The recent acquisition of the Cambridge Cancer Center will allow us to build a complete community cancer program in Cambridge,” said Michael Sarap, MD, FACS, surgeon with Southeastern Ohio Physicians, Inc. and Southeastern Med medical staff member. “Our cancer and breast care programs have earned and maintained accreditation from the National Commision on Cancer, and now we can move forward to provide even better care for our cancer patients in their own hometown. Everyone involved in cancer care deeply appreciates the efforts and commitment made by the administration and Board of Directors at Southeastern Med towards this endeavor.”
Southeastern Med will contract with medical and radiation oncologists to provide services at the cancer center.
“We are very pleased with the recent purchase of the Cambridge Regional Cancer Center,” said E. Edwin Conaway, Jr., MD, vice president of Medical Affairs at Southeastern Med. “Drs. Vasan and Shah provided a very valuable healthcare service in Cambridge for more than 20 years. With this purchase, Southeastern Med will expand cancer services to include evaluation and treatment of hematologic disorders not previously treated in our community. Our oncologists will work closely with our surgeons and medical staff to accomplish our mission at Southeastern Med. The cancer center will allow us to provide our patients and community with one-stop access to affordable, high-quality, comprehensive cancer care right here in Cambridge.”
Dr. Vasan will contact his current patients to assure continuum of care during the transition.
Written by: Kelli Koch
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Aug. 7, 2012 – Lace up your shoes and head to the start line of the Cambridge Main Street/Classic Ford 5K Run/Walk on Sat., Oct. 6, in conjunction with the Annual Cambridge October Fall Festival.
With the race more than eight weeks away, there is still time to train for the event. Although running can be intimidating, with a little consistency and a lot of determination, even the out-of-shape can train to run a 5k in as little as eight to 10 weeks.
A 5k race is 3.1 miles and is a great place to start for those who want to get in shape and edge into running. The following tips can help get a beginning runner on the right path to the finish line.
Do basic training
Before starting a training program, Kelli Haney, an Exercise Physiologist at Southeastern Med, recommends everyone visit a physician for a physical exam to make sure it is safe to start a running program. After receiving the okay from a physician, plan on an eight- to 10-week training program. Two training guides Haney recommends are Hal Higdon’s 5K Training Guide and the Couch to 5K Program.
“Everyone starts at a different exercise level,” Haney said. “It’s important to start slow and work your way up. My favorite quote is, ‘You want to back your car up slowly out of the garage, not full throttle.”
According to active.com, if you have never tried a running program before, you may want to start with an eight-day walking routine before you start to run. Walk for 20 minutes the first four days, then walk for 30 minutes the next four days. When walking becomes a breeze, add in running intervals. Try a 30-minute circuit of running for two minutes and then walking for four minutes five times in a row. You may want to follow this routine three times a week until you are comfortable.
Each week, add a minute to the running time and subtract a minute from the walking time. Keep it up until you are running the whole 30 minutes, if you are able. Ideally, you should be able to maintain a conversation while you’re running; your breath should never be ragged or frantic.
Keep safety in mind
Training gradually and safely are the keys to long-term success. Also, taking days off from running is just as important as time spent training. “If you find a training guide that you like, remember you can always modify it to fit your exercise level,” Haney said. “You don’t want to start off too hard or you may injure yourself. Incorporate strength training to your program and rest is important.”
While training, it’s extremely important to warm up and cool down. “You should warm up at least 5-10 minutes before a brisk walk or run,” Haney said. “This can be done at a slower paced walk then increase your speed. It’s also important to cool down after exercise to bring your heart rate down slowly, and always stretch after exercise to reduce muscle soreness.”
Set realistic goals to stay motivated
A 5K race is a goal most beginning runners will be able to achieve. Forget about being the fastest runner during your first race. Go at a pace that’s comfortable for you. Just focus on having fun and finishing the race if you can.
Establish a running schedule. Pick the days you plan to run in advance, dedicating at least three to four days a week, with rest days in between. After you’ve drafted your running schedule, stick to it.
And allow yourself to be proud of what you’re doing. “Understand there will be ups and downs, but be proud of the fact that you are getting better and more fit daily,” Haney said. “Your training will pay off. The best feeling is when you cross the finish line and you can say ‘I did it!”
The Cambridge Main Street/ Classic Ford 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8 a.m. on Oct. 6. Registration is $20 if registered by Sept. 21. After this date, the registration fee will be $25. All participants will receive a t-shirt. To register online, please visit http://premierraces.com/viewevent.asp?eventID=553. For more information, please contact Cambridge Main Street by calling 740-439-2238 or via email email@example.com.
All proceeds from the event benefit Cambridge Main Street’s revitalization projects to make downtown Cambridge a more vibrant place to visit, work, live and play.
Written by: Kelli Koch
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, July 19, 2012 - Southeastern Med is excited to announce Ramakrishna Kasindula, M.B.B.S, M.D., Pediatrician, as the newest member of its medical staff. Dr. Kasindula will join Southeastern Ohio Pediatrics with established pediatrician Muhammad Noor, M.D.
“The staff, physicians and administration at Southeastern Med look forward to the arrival of Dr. Kasindula,” said Ray Chorey, president and CEO of Southeastern Med. “The need for additional pediatricians was noted in our ongoing physician development plan. He will be an excellent addition to the community and to the outstanding physicians who currently take care of our children.”
Dr. Kasindula earned his Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgury (M.B.B.S.) from Guntur Medical College in Andhra Pradesh, India. He recently completed his residency in pediatrics at the Brooklyn Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY.
While he is devoted to treating common pediatric conditions, Dr. Kasindula specializes in preventative pediatrics including vaccinations, anticipatory guidance, child safety and counseling for parents, as well as asthma, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), seasonal allergies and eczema.
Dr. Kasindula will begin seeing patients on Aug. 1. Southeastern Ohio Pediatrics is located across the street from the medical center at 1420 Clark St., in Cambridge. Dr. Kasindula welcomes new patients and physician referrals. To schedule an appointment, please call 740-435-4020.
Written By: Kelli Koch
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, March 14, 2012 – Physicians at Southeastern Med will soon put away paper charts and begin using an innovative on-line system to view their patients’ records.
On April 1, Southeastern Med, your community hospital, will celebrate a historic change with the launch of Meditech, a new hospital information system to to electronically streamline patient records electronically streamline patient medical records. to electronically streamline patient recordsThis milestone has been in the works for more than 12 months as clinical, technical and administrative staff members have collaborated to design a tool that will assist in improving the delivery of healthcare across the entire organization.
“The implementation of Meditech has been a great success thanks to the hard work, preparation and commitment of all the hospital staff and departments working together to ensure a smooth transition”, said Ray Chorey, President and CEO of Southeastern Med. “My sincerest thanks to everyone for rising to the challenge in order to transform the way we deliver health care locally.”
With a focus on quality and patient safety, Meditech, designed by Massachusetts-based Medical Information Technology Inc., will unify clinical, administrative and financial information throughout Southeastern Med to provide the most advanced technology available to enhance patient care.
The use of Meditech will allow caregivers to obtain and update a patient’s medical record and medications and immediately access laboratory and X-ray reports, and other test results at the patient’s bedside. Beginning in July, Meditech will also allow Superior Med physicians to schedule ordered tests to be completed at the medical center from their office.
When the system goes live, physicians will be able to share patient information electronically whether from hospital to physician office, hospital to hospital, or region to region. “That’s something we can’t do now,” Chorey said. “Meditech will allow doctors in different locations, such as a primary-care physician and a specialist, to obtain a patient’s medical record in real time to treat the patient. In many cases, this information can alter diagnosis and treatment decisions, as well as decrease the potential duplication of costly services.”
The new software will also improve safety and security of patient information through restricted access to patient files. Every person on a patient’s care team will have a different security profile that will allow them to only access the information they need to perform their duties and keep them from accessing information they do not need. For example, a radiologist can only access imaging information and a dietitian can only access dietary information.
Ultimately, the new system will allow physicians to keep better track of their patients’ health, no matter where they may be. “Before electronic medical records, if a physician was concerned about a patient, they had to call and have a nurse read the chart,” Chorey said. “Now, they will have access to patient information anywhere they have internet access – from their offices to their homes.”
With the federal government’s passing of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, hospitals must now demonstrate they are meaningful users of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outlined these criteria for meaningful use:
- Improve quality, safety, efficiency and reduce health disparities;
- Engage patients and families;
- Improve care coordination;
- Improve population and public health; and
- Ensure adequate privacy and security protections for personal health information.
“Technology plays a pivotal role in today’s healthcare environment, and I am extremely proud of our organization’s commitment to using technology to meet the highest standards in healthcare,” Chorey said. “Our number one priority is to provide our patients the safest, most efficient, high-quality care possible. By investing in and launching Meditech, we are now at the forefront of using electronic medical records to better meet the needs of those we serve.”
Written by: Kelli Koch
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio, Oct. 14, 2011 – Despite being in critical condition, Robert Eltringham was determined to express his never-ending love for his wife, Pat, on their golden wedding anniversary. During a small ceremony in the Intensive Care Unit at Southeastern Med on Oct. 4, he repeated the same vows he promised his beautiful bride 50 years ago.
The couple, who share five children, originally exchanged vows on Oct. 4, 1961 at the Byesville Methodist Church. Robert secretly planned to renew his vows with Pat on their anniversary before he became ill and hospitalized in September with toxic megacolon, a life-threatening complication of inflammatory bowel disease that causes rapid widening of the large intestine.
“When the staff learned of our special anniversary, they went the extra mile to help us plan the event and make our dream a reality,” Pat said. “On that day, Robert wasn’t doing so well, and we didn’t think we were going to be able to hold the ceremony. But he’s a bit stubborn and nothing was going to stand in his way of the ceremony. The staff really went above and beyond to accommodate us and get his doctor’s blessing before the ceremony.”
While surrounded by their children and their spouses, the Eltringham’s looked on while their pastor, Kenny Thomas, from the East Forty Church of Christ, blessed their marriage, and a reception followed for the couple, their children and spouses – Patricia and Jeff Davis of Cumberland; Terry and Donnetta Tracy, of New Concord; Laura and Jim West, of Cumberland; Robbie and Barbara Eltringham of Buffalo; and Jason Eltringham of Buffalo.
“The ICU staff was understandably worried, but we worked together with a team of physical and respiratory therapists to determine Mr. Eltringham’s specific needs to hold the ceremony,” said Rita Mellot, a registered nurse in the ICU at Southeastern Med. “With the support and blessing of both Drs. Sarap and Mahayri, we were able to help the couple plan a very special day. We wish this wonderful family many years of happiness and health.”
A week after the celebration, Robert was finally well enough to be released from the hospital. He is now at home recuperating, and the family is planning a small celebration for when he is fully recovered.
“Right now, we are focusing on celebrating life,” Pat said. “The love and support of our family during such a difficult time helped in his recovery. His improvement is a miracle, and we are truly blessed to have been able to celebrate our 50th anniversary together.”