Residents of Guernsey and Noble County connect with Southeastern Med during their most cherished or grief-stricken circumstances. In 2013, Southeastern Med treated more than 28,000 in its Emergency Department, admitted over 3,800 patients and birthed 451 babies.

In 2013, the hospital became more than just a place for the sick; it became a center of prevention and wellness by offering a broad range of programs and services to promote health and help meet the unmet healthcare needs of residents in the Cambridge area.

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Southeastern Med, in collaboration with numerous community agencies and leaders, completed a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) to identify the health needs of residents in the community in 2012-2013. The study had two key objectives. One objective was to fulfill state and federal requirements of Southeastern Med to conduct a Comprehensive Health Needs Assessment every three years. The second, and ultimately more important objective, was to generate a study that would provide a foundation for Southeastern Med to prioritize the health needs of the community and develop an action plan to improve the health of the area's residents.

In the fall of 2012, Guernsey County residents, ages 18 years and older were asked to complete either a paper or electronic version of the CHNA survey. During the allotted time period, 560 residents completed the survey. Through this assessment, the following prevalent health needs were identified and will be addressed by Southeastern Med in the 2013-2015 fiscal year:

Access to Health Services

Nutrition, Obesity, and Physical Activity


Heart Disease and Stroke

While the CHNA helped identify the unmet health needs of Guernsey County, Southeastern Med has had an ongoing commitment to serving the health needs in the community for several decades, with significant resources dedicated to the uninsured or those with limited access to healthcare. Since July 2013, the Southeastern Med Community Wellness Team has worked hard to identify and track education, programs and events implemented at the hospital to address the health needs of the community. Below are a few of the offered programs and health screenings held throughout 2013 to promote good health and disease awareness.

Heart Health Screening

A free heart health screening offered in February 2013 at Southeastern Med revealed the importance of taking heart health seriously. Eighty-four people between the ages of 34 and 64 participated in the free screening to help determine their level of risk for heart disease and cardiac issues, and the results were troubling.

The vascular health screening included:

A complete lipid profile, which measures total cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol, triglycerides (fat found in the blood) and glucose (the amount of sugar in the blood);

An electrocardiogram (EKG) test, which is used to assess heart rhythm, diagnose poor blood flow to the heart muscle, diagnose a heart attack and evaluate certain abnormalities of the heart, such as an enlarged heart; and

A blood pressure check.

Among those who participated in the screening, 21 percent had an abnormal EKG reading, 72 percent had high or borderline high blood pressure, 54 percent had abnormal cholesterol levels, 68 percent had high triglycerides levels, and 56 percent had abnormal glucose levels.

Children's Health Fair

In June 2013, the 22nd Annual Children's Health Fair attracted more than 340 children ages 3 to 11 plus their parents to learn about health and safety topics, play games and enjoy a giant inflatable slide.

This annual health fair offers children and their families an evening full of entertainment, and most importantly, health and safety education. Nearly 30 local organizations and businesses, in addition to various departments from Southeastern Med, displayed fun and interactive exhibits to promote safety and health at the fair.

Older Adult Health Fair

In 2013, more than 200 older adults registered in attendance at Southeastern Med's Older Adult Health and Education Fair at the Guernsey County Senior Citizens' Center.

This health fair, held annually since 1995, provides local older residents access to low-cost health screenings, including foot-health and hearing tests, flu vaccines, skin cancer screenings and lab screenings.

Thirty-three exhibitors, consisting of many Southeastern Med departments and area agencies, were on hand to answer questions and discuss the benefits of their services to help older individuals live healthier and safer lives.

Other screenings and events in 2013:

Quarterly blood pressure and diabetes screenings at Riesbeck's Cambridge location;

Bone density screenings offered five times a year;

Free skin cancer screenings;

Community health screenings in Byesville, New Concord and Caldwell; and a

Group Lifestyle Balance, a community weight loss group offered at the Cambridge YMCA.

In 2014, Southeaster Med will address the four prevalent health needs of the community through many initiatives, including various health fairs, screenings and education presentations.

The full community health needs assessment report, including data to support the identified health needs, as well as action plans can be found on the hospital website at

As the health care climate continues to change, Southeast Med's mission stays the same: to provide high quality, comprehensive, affordable, patient-centered health care in a caring and safe environment, while addressing the community needs of the individuals.

This often means going outside the walls and into places where you and your family work and play.

Southeastern Med's investment in the surrounding communities has taken them to schools, workplaces, fundraisers, educational classes, and sporting events. Their providers and hospital associates are with individuals in the community, and here when needed.