Sweet Tea Society


Sweet Tea Society

More than 60 people attended the most recent Sweet Tea event at Highland Oaks Golf Club with cardiologist Nelson Gwinn III, MD. Dr. Gwinn spoke about things that make the heart flutter, besides love.

Geriatric Fracture Program uses interdisciplinary team

Since SAMC initiated its Geriatric Fracture Program in cooperation with the Southern Bone & Joint

orthopedic physicians, approximately 50 patients have used the program, which is the only one of its kind in the region.

Created in 2012, this specialized program streamlines care for elderly patients who have suffered a fracture from a recent fall.

The program uses a multi-disciplined team approach with orthopedic surgeons, internal medicine physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, registered nurses and case managers working together to ensure the best outcomes.

One of three specially trained geriatric fracture nurses is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help implement orders for the special needs of the geriatric patient. This highly organized approach can shorten hospital stays, maximize patient outcomes and ensure higher patient satisfaction.

SAMC is ranked No. 1 in the region plus ranked in the top 10 percent in the state and the nation for Patient Safety in Major Orthopedic Surgery by CareChex, a medical quality rating system.

ACOM Faculty Member Seeing Patients

Gregory Thompson, DO, is now seeing patients for Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) two days a week at the NeuroSpine Center.

Dr. Thompson is the chairman of Osteopathic Principles and Practice at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM).

OMT is a system of evaluation and treatment designed to help patients receive a greater range of motion of the joints; improve blood flow and nerve function; reduce or eliminate musculoskeletal pain and generally restore normal function to the body.

OMT involves the use of manual pressure to effect a change in joint position or tissue tension. It can be used to complement the treatment of all forms of disease, especially musculoskeletal disorders such as low back pain; neck pain; sports injuries; repetitive stress injuries; and headaches.