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.

Healing Hands Awards

Nurses on orthopedic unit honored for Healing Hands awards

The SAMC Foundation recently pinned RNs Ann Spradley, Felisha Davis and Kathy Hester, Healing Hands recipients on the orthopedic unit.HealingHandsPhoto small

Healing Hands is a special tribute opportunity within the Medical Center Foundation's Grateful Patient program. It gives patients and their families and friends a unique way to say thank you for the exemplary care they received by honoring someone who made an impression during their hospital experience.

A gift of any amount may become a Healing Hands tribute gift in honor of a doctor, nurse, other caregiver or support team member who had a special impact. Without specifying the amount, the Foundation recognizes the Healing Hands recipient with a certificate and custom designed lapel pin.

Launched in 2006, the SAMC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is dedicated to developing a strong base of philanthropic support to help SAMC and its affiliates provide quality healthcare and promote wellness. The Foundation seeks and receives charitable gifts to enhance services, build new facilities, provide medical education and on-going training for healthcare professionals, fund cutting-edge equipment and technology, and quickly bring unique and specialized services to the region.