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Support Groups COPD and Pneumonia Support Group

September 25, 2014 | 5:00pm

Community Events 2014 Head to Toe Expo

November 3, 2014 | 5:30pm

Support Groups Healthy Holiday Nutrition Habits

November 13, 2014 | 5:00pm

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Surgeries Resume at Adena

September 15, 2014

Adena Regional Medical Center (ARMC) operating rooms have returned to normal after a three-day halt to elective and emergent surgeries, where the patient could withstand transport to another facility.

“I want to express my thanks to our patients, physicians, staff and community for their understanding and patience as our teams have been working through this challenge,” said Adena President and CEO Mark Shuter. “This has been a serious challenge for us, but a necessary one. Quality of care and the safety of our patients comes before everything else.”

The shutdown was prompted when staining was found on the surgical towels that sit beneath baskets containing surgical instruments during the sterilization process. Since last Wednesday morning, teams have been working to uncover and resolve the source of the staining. Adena’s quality testing has and continues to show its surgical instruments to be sterile and safe.

This weekend, a mobile medical unit arrived at ARMC to provide support in sterilizing instruments as teams continue to work toward a resolution to the staining concerns. The mobile unit includes three sterilization machines.

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Adena Leads the Region by Offering da Vinci Robotic Surgery


Community News

Volunteers Needed for Gift Adena Shop

August 28, 2014

Adena Health System is looking for volunteers for the Sugarloaf Gift Shop at Adena Medical Center in Chillicothe.

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and willing to volunteer at least four hours a month. Adena is looking for people who are outgoing, dependable and friendly.

The gift shop is open from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and there are three shifts daily. On weekends, the gift shop is open 12 to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with two shifts per day. 

Proceeds from the gift shop are donated back to the Adena Health Foundation for specific projects or services that benefit the patients of Adena Health System.   

If interested in volunteering or learning more about Adena’s volunteer program, please call 740-779-7927 or visit www.adena.org/volunteer.


Adena Physicians & Staff

Dr. Ralph Roach Set to Retire After 32 Years

August 26, 2014

Longtime Adena Oncologist Dr. Ralph Roach will retire later this month. Dr. Roach has treated patients with cancer at Adena for 32 years. His last day of full-time practice will be Friday, Aug. 29.

During his tenure, Dr. Roach has been instrumental in helping Adena’s cancer program grow from several rooms on the hospital’s third-floor, to the free-standing, state-of-the-art Adena Cancer Center.

“The name Ralph Roach is synonymous with expertise, caring and compassion,” said Dr. John Fortney, Adena’s Chief Medical Officer. “For 32 years, he has never stopped learning or researching the most up-to-date cancer treatments; which he then shares with his patients to ensure they have the best possible opportunities when battling the disease. He has truly been an asset in the advancement of Adena’s Oncology program, and to the lives of countless patients and colleagues.”

Dr. Roach chose his retirement date more than a year ago. He selected Aug. 29 because it is his wife, Dr. Jane Roach’s birthday. By retiring, he and Jane are anxious to spend more time with their first grandchild. They are also looking forward to enjoying the outdoors by hiking and biking as often as they can; and continuing their service to the Chillicothe community. The couple regularly works with patients at the Hope Clinic twice a month and they do a great deal of outreach and ministering through their church community or Walnut Street United Methodist Church.

Dr. Roach has been preparing his staff, colleagues and patients for his retirement over the past year. “The program is bigger than me,” he said. “I know that when I’m retired, this cancer program is in excellent hands.” Dr. Jeffrey VanDeusen and a team of oncologists will continue to provide compassionate care for patients in the state-of-the-art Adena Cancer Center. Dr. Roach also plans to fill-in there and with Adena’s Palliative Care program whenever needed.

A public reception to celebrate Dr. Roach and his career is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28 from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Adena Cancer Center, located on the campus of Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe.

Learn more about the Adena Cancer Center.


Adena Physicians & Staff

New Cardiologist to Offer More Options for Patients

August 25, 2014

Adena Health System continues its commitment to provide the best cardiology care in Southern Ohio with the addition of our newest cardiologist. Dr. Michael Bauml specializes in non-invasive cardiology, and comes to Adena with an impressive background of experience and training.

Dr.Bauml grew up in the Chicago suburbs and attended medical school nearby at Loyola University of Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine.

But, he says when he started medical school his first thought wasn’t Cardiology. “Initially in medical school I was interested in hematology/oncology, specifically bone marrow transplantation. Then during my 4th year of medical school, I did a rotation in the cardiac intensive care unit and I just loved it.  I then realized that I wanted to dedicate my career to Cardiology.”

That wasn’t the only big change; he and his wife also became first time parents with the birth of their first son during his fourth year of medical school.

So, with a new baby and new emphasis on heart health, Dr. Bauml was looking for an opportunity to really focus on cardiovascular care. The young family moved to Cleveland where he completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic, and also was elected to stay for an additional year as Chief Resident. 

“Choosing Cardiology was reaffirmed through my residency at the Cleveland Clinic,” says Dr. Bauml. “Their Cardiology program was a main reason for choosing to do my residency there.”

During their time in Cleveland the family grew by one more, welcoming their second son.

Before coming to Adena Dr. Bauml completed a three-year Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Four days after beginning his fellowship, he and his wife welcomed their third son.

Now, with a family of three boys ages 7, 5 and 3, the Baumls wanted to move back to Central Ohio where his wife is originally from.  Dr. Bauml says he has found the perfect fit here at Adena. “I think it is a great opportunity to come to an area where there is a large population of people who truly need high quality cardiology care,” he said.

Because of his training, Adena will be able to offer Cardiovascular CT tests once again, and possibly start offering cardiovascular MRI tests in the future.

“These advanced imaging modalities add to the arsenal of options that cardiologists have in order to more accurately diagnose cardiovascular disease,” added Dr. Bauml. “The more different tools we have in our tool box, the better we can tailor our care to best fit the needs of individual patients.”

In his spare time, Dr. Bauml and his wife are very busy keeping up with three active boys. Their oldest son is now playing golf, and the other boys enjoy tae kwon do, swimming and other activities.

Dr. Bauml enjoys participating in sports including golf, softball, and basketball, and he is a big fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bulls and Bears.   

Learn more about heart and vascular services at Adena.


Adena Physicians & Staff

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Reaches Adena

August 22, 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been sweeping the campus of Adena Regional Medical Center. It began with Adena Neurologists Dr. Michael Jones, Dr. Muhammad Akhtar and Dr. Siyun Li taking the challenge on behalf of their patients with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig Disease. They then challenged Adena Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Brian Cohen, who fulfilled his challenge within the 24-hour challenge window. Dr. Cohen then challenged five Adena leaders to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

On Thursday, President & CEO Mark Shuter; Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Fortney; and VPs Nick Alexander, Eric Cecava and Michael Glanzman accepted the challenge. In front of approximately 100 caregivers at ground level, and many more peering from windows above, the group was doused with large buckets of ice water. The leaders called out some of the female members of Adena’s leadership team; Dr. Anthony Freeman; and CEO Mark Shuter called out other leaders in the community including: Joe Watson, president & CEO of Chillicothe-based Petland, Inc., along with Ohio University Chillicothe’s Dean Martin Tuck, a partner in medical education with Adena. Each has 24 hours to complete the challenge or donate to ALS.

The videos are posted on Adena’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/adenahealthsystem) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/adenamedical) pages, and have been extremely popular. Within the first day, the video featuring Adena’s Neurologists has reached more than 12,300 people. In its first eight hours, Dr. Cohen’s video has been seen by more than 8,500 people, and Adena’s leadership team received more than 3,000 views in its first hour online.

In addition to taking the Ice Bucket Challenge many are also donating to the ALS Association. You can learn more about ALS and the work being done to combat the disease, visit www.alsa.org.