Hearts N Motion recap

SAMC kicked off Heart Health Awareness Month with its signature event, Hearts N Motion, on February 1 at Wiregrass Commons Mall. More than 800 people were exposed the Medical Center’s various services during the event, in its eleventh year.

A total of 170 people volunteered for free cholesterol, blood sugar and thyroid screenings at the event, which also included heart healthy cooking demonstrations, high-impact exercise routines and a panel discussion with cardiothoracic surgeon Elias Quintos, MD and cardiologist Srinivasa Chennareddy, MD.

The event seeks to make the general public aware of the warning signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest and stroke.

Heart Attack
Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and then comes back. It can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Spot it FAST – Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1.

Click here for a link to the American Heart Association’s warning signs.

Here are a few photos from the event (click image to see larger version): Danna Weatherford, 2836HNMBalanceTesting310x153 PT assistant at the Neuromuscular Balance & Rehab Center, performs a balance screening on a participant at Hearts N Motion.




In this photo, Fonda Dyck (second from left) of Laboratory Medicine participates 2803HNMExerciseDemoAudParticipation310x153 in a Zumba demonstration during the Hearts N Motion event.





Levonne Outlaw, RN, (at left) of the Stroke Care Network and Cecilia Land, division director, Rehab Services, 2814HNMLevonneCeciliaStrokeNetwork310x153 educate participants on the risks, signs, and symptoms of stroke.





Students from the Dothan Technology Center’s culinary arts program offered heart healthy 2785HNMCookingDemo310x153 cooking demonstrations.









Members of SAMC’s Young Hearts exercise program demonstrate a low impact aerobic exercise 2870HNMYoungHearts310x153 routine. Young Hearts is a free exercise and wellness class offered to Wiregrass seniors at the Living Well Fitness Center.





Elias Quintos, MD, of Southeastern Cardiovascular Associates, and Srinivasa Chennareddy, MD of Southern Cardiovascular Care, answer 2907HNMQuintosChenna310x153 heart health–related questions from the audience.




 Kaye Crawford, RN of Cardiac Rehabilitation, assists a participant with a body 2824HNMKayBodyFatTest310x153 fat analysis.








SAMC hosts workshop

SAMC hosted an “Aeromedical Services in the Wiregrass Area” workshop January 18 in the 7th Floor 0788MastChopper310x153 Conference Room.  Approximately 35 participants from area law enforcement, EMS and hospitals listened as presenters from Airheart       Regional Air Ambulance Service, Dale County Sheriff Department and Wiregrass MAST (FLATIRON) shared information from each of their services. The workshop included three static helicopter displays near the SAMC helipad. In the photo at right, participants get a closer look at one of the Army's UH-72   Lakota medevac helicopters based at Fort Rucker.

QUEST team establishing palliative care program

Quality of life with a chronic illness or disease. It seems a daunting domain in one of SAMC’s new quality 9628QuestPalliativeCare310x153 initiatives, but team leader Melissa Lewis, RN, MSN, said it’s all about improving the care we provide, even at the end of life.

Lewis said this QUEST domain deals with patients suffering serious illnesses like cancer and heart failure.

“The question is what is preventable and if we can’t prevent death, how can we give quality of life in the time left?”  she said.

Lewis said the mortality initiative has  
three components, two of which are ongoing at SAMC and a third is in the start-up phase.

SAMC has found success with its early sepsis awareness and identification program to address one of the fastest-growing causes of death in the hospital setting. Also, our Certified Chest Pain Center established cardiac protocols and allows anyone to call the Rapid Response Team to the bedside.

“We are focusing primarily on establishing a palliative care program. Palliative care is not hospice. Palliative care establishes goals with the seriously ill patient and their families,” she said. “We talk about where they want to be.”

There is a core palliative care team which includes a board-certified physician, an RN, social worker and chaplain. Additional interdisciplinary team members such as a psychiatrist, can be called in.

The team’s focus is to provide the patient with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of their illness. Palliative care helps patients better understand their conditions and their medical care choices.

In the photo above, members of the palliative care team are from left, Marian Harrison, RN, Case Management, Teresa Kohnhorst, director Quality Resource Management, Melissa Lewis, RN, director Oncology unit, Scott Griffin, director Southeast Cancer Care Network, Tracy Glass, RN, director CCU and Kristy Johnson, DO, hospitalist. Other  team members are Charles Harkness, DO, VP Medical Affairs, Chief Medical Officer; Diane Buntyn, RN, VP, Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer; Kathy Hill, division director, Finance; Tena Knight, RN, clinical nurse specialist, CCU; Lara McCall, RN, director Case Management; Addie McKinzie, director Operations Auditing, Revenue Assurance;  Ann Spradley, RN, clinical nurse specialist, Orthopedics; and Donna Yost, RN, clinical educator, Oncology.