Stroke Care Network

SAMC hosted representatives from hospitals throughout the region for a Stroke Care Network conference on August 27.5206StrokeNetworkConference310x153 The purpose of the conference was to improve stroke care in the Wiregrass area. SAMC hosted the conference in order to identify and discuss opportunities for better communication, use of technology, and streamlining movement of patients between facilities.

The conference featured several of SAMC physicians, an introduction to the Medical Center's new Physician Link patient referral line and a presentation by John Whapham, MD, Interventional Neurologist, from Detroit.

The telemedicine stroke network was formed three years ago and includes Medical Center Barbour, Eufaula, Mizell Memorial Hospital, Opp, Dale Medical Center, Ozark and Troy Regional Medical Center, Troy. In addition to the network facilities, representatives from Miller County Hospital, Colquitt, Ga., Graceville Hospital, Graceville, Fla., and Doctor's Memorial Hospital, Bonifay, Fla., attended the conference.

Faster Strep-A testing

SAMC recently purchased and installed an Illumipro-10 testing unit in the lab at Southeastern Pediatrics' SAMC campus office.6562SEPedsLabEquipment310x153 The Illumipro-10 uses DNA markers to detect the Strep-A bacteria. In conjunction with a rapid Strep test, the Illumipro-10 will enable confirmation of Strep-A within an hour, as opposed to traditional strep cultures which take 12 - 24 hours.

"It's a timesaver that gives us a lot of confidence in our diagnosis," said Ted Williams, MD, pediatrician, Southeastern Pediatrics. "Even if the rapid Strep test is negative we can do this test, and if there's any Strep-A DNA in the sample, it's going to create a positive test and we can initiate treatment for that patient."

In the photo, Faith Bolton, medical lab technologist, receives at strep swab from Dr. Williams that will be evaluated using the Illumipro-10.

Join us for our Pink Party

Life is busy and a lot of people depend on you. Getting your annual mammogram brings you, and those who love you, peace of mind.article pinkparty 1 Schedule your mammogram today during our after-hours Pink Party.

The Pink Party will be held Thursday, October 8 from 4-7 p.m. at the Comprehensive Breast Center, located on the third floor of the Women's Center. There will be refreshments, door prizes and bra fittings at the Women's Center Boutique.

Registration is required. Call 334-712-3241 to register!