Upcoming Adena Events
December 10, 2013 | 6:00pm
December 14, 2013 | 7:30am
December 14, 2013 | 9:00am
December 17, 2013 | 6:00pm
January 16, 2014 | 5:30pm
February 8, 2014 | 7:00pm
February 20, 2014 | 5:30pm
March 20, 2014 | 5:30pm
John C. Whittington, DO., R.PH
Adena Health System is offering lung cancer screenings for patients most at risk for the number one killer of all cancer patients. Free screenings are available to those who qualify through Dec. 31, 2013.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, one-in-four of those living in Ross County are smokers. “In our region, lung cancer is very prevalent,” said Dr. Haval Saadlla of Adena Pulmonology, Critical Care and Sleep Associates. “There’s not a week that goes by when we don’t diagnose cases of lung cancer, and some patients are young, less than 50 years old.”
Lung cancer screening is a simple, painless, low dose CT chest scan. With early screening and detection, those in the screening population who are without symptoms, have a lung cancer survival rate of up to 80 percent.
“Lung cancer screening is actually a better screen than mammography, colonoscopy, and prostate exams,” said Dr. Jeffery VanDeusen, medical director for Adena Cancer Center. “It’s the best screen we have, and we want people to understand how important it is to do this screening.”
Patients who benefit most from lung cancer screening are: those between the ages of 55-74; quit smoking fewer than 15 years ago; and have 30 “pack years” of smoking in their recent or distant past. A “pack year” is calculated by taking the number of packs of cigarettes smoked per day and multiplying it by the number of years the person smoked. Therefore, a two-pack a day smoker, who smoked for 15 years is considered a 30-pack year smoker and should be tested.
It’s expected that in the first year, lung cancer will be discovered in about two percent of those screened. “While that may not seem like much in the first year, if you look down the road 15 years, almost one-in-three of those screened will be potentially diagnosed with lung cancer,” added Dr. VanDeusen. “But we will find those lung cancers earlier, while there is still a very high cure rate. So it is very important that those in the targeted population be screened and continue to be tested each year.
People interested in having a lung cancer screening may call (740) 542-LUNG (5864).
Learn more about lung cancer.
Adena Leads the Region by Offering da Vinci Robotic Surgery
100% of proceeds will go to Ross County Relay For Life and the Adena Health Foundation. For tickets or for more information contact:
LaChona Ferguson at 740.708.5186 or Ferson.LaChona@gmail.com or
Honey McNeal at 740.804.1960 or email@example.com
Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the PACCAR Medical Education Center, 446 Hospital Rd., Chillicothe.
VIP Seats $20
General Seating - $10
Hors d’oeuvres 6 - 7 p.m.
Show Time 7 - 9 p.m.
Adena Health Center – Circleville is pleased to add Cardiology and OB/GYN care to the many specialties being offered at its 798 North Court Street location. Other specialties offered at Adena’s Circleville medical office include: family medicine (adult & pediatrics), sports medicine, neurology, nephrology (kidney), urology and vascular surgery. Walk-in lab services and x-ray are also available.
Joining Adena’s Circleville practice are Cardiologists:
Alix Tercius, MD, an Interventional Cardiologist performing heart procedures, including: catheterization, angioplasty, stent placement, pericardiocentesis, artherectomy and more. Dr. Tercius earned a Bachelor’s degree in PreMed and Chemistry from York College (City University of NY), and his Medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in the West Indies. He performed his residency at the University of Connecticut Health Center, and fellowships in Cardiology at UConn’s St. Francis Hospital and Aurora Healthcare in Milwaukee. Dr. Tercius also performed an Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at the OSU Medical Center.
Victoria Zysek, DO, MBA, practices Cardiology with special emphasis on Preventive Cardiology and Women’s Health. A Cleveland, Ohio native, Dr. Zysek recently completed a fellowship in Preventive Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She holds an MBA in Healthcare Administration from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, and earned her Medical degree from The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Zysek performed her residency at The Cleveland Clinic; a Cardiology fellowship at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Illinois; followed by her fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.
Also seeing patients in Circleville are:
Linda Ross, DO, PhD, an OB/GYN providing gynecologic care for women through many stages of life; and caring for mothers throughout their pregnancies and delivering their babies. Dr. Ross was a Biology professor at Ohio University for many years when she decided to go to medical school at Ohio University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she earned her medical degree. Dr. Ross served her residency at O’Bleness Hospital in Athens, OH.
Lesley Manson, CNP, specializes in OB/GYN. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing, and earned a Master of Science in Nursing/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Lesley is a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP-BC).
Adena Health Center-Circleville offers the following convenient office hours:
- Monday, Thursday & Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Tuesday & Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
To make an appointment call (740) 420-3000. For more information about Adena Health Center - Circleville and its services, visit www.adena.org/circleville.
The physicians of Adena Pain Management have been selected among the first in the nation to offer patients a new, MRI-safe spinal cord stimulator technology. Kort Gronbach, MD and Mark Malinowski, MD were selected to implant the SureScan® device in patients over the past several weeks, with patients achieving excellent results. The Adena Pain Management duo are the only surgeons in south central and southeastern Ohio implanting the devices.
“The spinal cord stimulator is like a pacemaker for the spine,” said Dr. Malinowski. Stimulator technology has been used for over 30 years, and is becoming more and more common as an effective treatment for chronic back, leg and arm pain. Dr. Gronbach added, “Spinal stimulation is probably one of the best technologies we can use to get people back to a functional state; where they are controlling their pain without medication and getting back to work.”
The new device by Medtronic is revolutionary because it allows the patient with a spinal cord stimulator to have MRI testing if needed. Previously, patients in need of regular MRIs, such as those with Multiple Sclerosis, were not candidates for spinal cord stimulation due to the danger of the leads overheating and damaging the equipment and the patient’s tissue. The new MRI-compatible technology evenly distributes the heat created when the stimulator comes in contact with the radio waves from the MRI, eliminating past “hot spot” problems.
“I’ve been doing stimulator work for over 10 years, and this is huge,” said Dr. Gronbach. “We were anxious to find out if the technology was as good as they say it is. We found the equipment implants very well, and our patients are doing great with it.”
Spinal stimulators are used to give patients better function and symptom control for a variety of limb pain caused by injury, failed back surgeries and chronic illness, such as diabetes. “In interventional pain management, it really is becoming the standard of care,” said Dr. Malinowski. “Before stimulation we try traditional therapy, injection therapy and then we get to stimulation. However, as the new technology evolves, we are seeing a lot of folks getting stimulators sooner than later depending on their pathology.”
There are many disease states that result in chronic pain, and both physicians encourage patients to seek help when they have constant pain or discomfort. “Many patients feel they have to suffer with their pain, or they feel if they go to a pain clinic they are going to be put on narcotics and become addicted,” said Dr. Gronbach. “Both of these misconceptions are completely false. We have a whole book of treatments we can offer patients with various pain conditions.”
Learn more about the services provided by Adena Pain Management or call at (740) 779-7460 for appointment information.
Adena Caregivers Make Holidays Special
Adena Health System President and CEO Mark Shuter offered the following statement regarding today’s passage of Medicaid Expansion in Ohio.
“Governor Kasich and members of the State Controlling Board are to be commended for their commitment to the more than 275,000 uninsured Ohioans who will become eligible for Medicaid health coverage next year,” said Shuter. “By securing the available federal funds to expand Medicaid in Ohio, health system’s like Adena will not have to take on so much of the cost burden involved with providing health care for uninsured patients.”
Shuter added, “Last year, Adena Health System provided more than $36 million in uncompensated care for our neediest patients. This level of uncompensated care continues to grow. With the changes ahead brought on by the Affordable Care Act, the expansion of Medicaid will allow Adena to continue to provide quality healthcare to those in our region who previously would not have had access to coverage.”
In addition, Adena Health System currently receives $11.5 million a year in disproportionate share payments (DSH). This reimbursement will be phased-out over the next three years as part of the Affordable Care Act. Expansion of Medicaid in Ohio will help to offset this loss over the next three years.