The Core of Paragon

The Paragon Core Team of staff and physicians has been meeting for 13 months to 4142ParagonCoreTeamMeeting310x153 implement changes required for the integrated financial and clinical hospital information system. The 45-member team is instrumental in preparations, building and troubleshooting for this new system. The group continues planning for the Monday, March 31 Go-Live date.

Dr. Quintos performs region's first Robotic Thoracoscopy

On March 4, Elias Quintos, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon, made SAMC surgical 2870QuintosdaVinci310x153 history when he performed the region’s first robotically assisted thoracoscopy. The operation was to remove a lung wedge and explore a patient’s chest cavity for other disease.

“The whole operation from start to finish was like a superb, well performed concert,” Dr. Quintos said. “Our team not only has an innate aptitude for this kind of surgery but also the contagious enthusiasm to make the program succeed.”

Surgery Director Chris Holland, RN, says the new procedure has great implications for patients at SAMC. “It will allow us a better way to surgically treat patients who are diagnosed with lung problems. Using the surgical robot means that a long incision is replaced by a few very small incisions. We also expect recovery times to decrease.”

Holland added that patients will no longer need to drive to Birmingham or Atlanta to receive this kind of treatment.

Gala proceeds help H&V program needs

The SAMC Foundation recently held its annual Heart & Soul Gala benefiting the heart and 0618GalaDancing310x153 vascular services and programs offered by the Medical Center.
Foundation Executive Director Valerie Barnes said this year’s event, held at the Dothan Country Club, was extremely successful.
“This year’s gala collected more than $137,000 to support Heart and Vascular programs and services provided to our regional community by SAMC,” Barnes said. “This would have not been possible without the wonderful support of our community. From each attendee to our area businesses and individuals who    contribute to our auction, we are very thankful. Everyone had a lot of fun and several shared that the Heart & Soul Gala is one of the best formal events of the year and they look forward to attending it.”
The event included 86 items in a live and silent auctions.

“Everything came together because of our 25 very generous sponsors,  more than 260 guests and hard-working event volunteers,” Barnes said.