2015 Heart Health Activities

Heart Health Activities – 2015

January 30
News Conference & Red Balloon Release
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Location: Heart & Vascular Center Atrium

Feb. 1 - 28
$99 Heart & Vascular screenings offered to the public.
Call Crystal Bowen at 334 - 793 - 8700 to make appointments.

Feb. 1 – 28
All babies born in February will wear red newborn caps instead of the traditional pink or blue.
New mom packets will include literature on how to stop heart disease before it starts.

February 2
Red Alert Day - All employees will be encouraged to wear red to kick off Heart Health Awareness Month

February 2
Lunch with the Doctor Program Speaker: Dr. Nidal Yunis, Cardiologist
Topic: Risk Factors for Heart Disease Location: Depot off Main – 110 Museum Ave, Dothan
Time: NOON Cost: $5.00

February 4
Charlie Platt Show - Darius Aliabadi, MD (cardiologist) and Steven Johnson, MD (cardiovascular surgeon) will talk about treatment options for heart disease
February 11
2nd Cup of Coffee – Hollie Crutchfield, DNP, CRNP, FNP
Topic: Heart Disease; Time: 10:15a.m. SAMC Terrace Cafeteria

February 12
Lunch with the Doctor Program Speaker : Dr. Nidal Yunis, Cardiologist
Topic: Risk Factors for Heart Disease Location: Power South Energy Cooperative Board Room
2027 East Three Notch Street in Andalusia , AL Time: Noon

February 12
Sweet Tea Society Refilled
Speaker: Guy Middleton, MD Obstetrics/Gynecology Dothan OBGYN
Location: Depot Off Main - 110 Museum Ave. Time: 5:30 p.m.
Topic: Family CravingsCoffee mugs will be given to all attendees

February 24
Heart Healthy Celebration Dinner for Caring Heart Support Group members
Clarion Inn Banquet room in Dothan
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Staff from Cardiac Rehab will assist
Coffee mugs will be given to all attendees.

February 28
Heart & Soul Gala – Dothan Country Club



Philanthropic women meet

More than 60 women attended the first Power of the Purse event, hosted by the Philanthropic Women's Society of SAMC on Jan. 21. Designer handbags were auctioned off as part of the group's member-guest luncheon.

The Philanthropic Women's Society of SAMC is a group of community minded women who use the power of collective philanthropy to make an impact in healthcare. The group is in its fourth year and is open to all women who are interested in improving healthcare in our community.

The group has helped fund stroke telemedicine carts, programs at Neuromuscular Rehab & Balance Center, and most recently helped fund the new Palliative Care Program at SAMC.

The Philanthropic Women's Society plans to make the Power of the Purse an annual event. For more information about membership, contact the SAMC Foundation at (334) 673-4150 or samcfoundation.org.

New record set in surgery

Members of the cardiovascular surgical team participate in an open heart surgery on Tuesday. 4120CVORTeamAtWork310x153 From left, Amanda Phillips, RN; Barbara Boatwright, RN; Nathan McCord, RNFA; John Streitman, MD, and Chris Gauldin, PA.

On Tuesday, Dec. 16, there were a record setting 86 surgical cases.

The record day is a clear indicator of a yearlong trend of increased surgeries at SAMC. The record was almost broken three days later with 85 cases.

Ronnie Dean, vice president of operations, praised the surgery team, saying everyone pulled together to make these high-volume days manageable.

"Everyone involved from Registration to Bed Placement, Patient Care Services, Support Services and our entire Periop/Anesthesia team is to be commended for outstanding teamwork in providing a safe and excellent service to a very large volume of patients," Dean said. "I've heard praise from the surgeons operating on these days and also heard from a patient who boasted that he was one of almost 90 cases performed Tuesday."

In fiscal year 2014 the Medical Center performed 14,193 cases, versus 13,171 in fiscal year 2013, an increase of 1,022 surgeries. That's an improvement of 644 cases in urology, 513 additional general surgeries; 345 neurosurgical cases; and 44 open heart surgeries.

To meet the growing demand, Surgical Services will open two operating rooms in 2015. The rooms were added, but not completed in 2010 when SAMC added an endovascular surgical suite. The new suites are scheduled to go into use by June 1.