Hand receives certification

Molly Hand, RD, LD, CDE, achieved Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) status by successfully completing the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators. This certification 1215MollyHand310x192demonstrates to people with diabetes and employers that Hand possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality of care for diabetes.

Hand has been employed in the Diabetes Treatment Center since July 2012. She is responsible for conducting inpatient and outpatient diabetes education including individual meal planning, group diabetes management classes, gestational diabetes instruction and pre-diabetes classes.

Active shooter drill

Recently, employees from SAMC external clinics met with Dillon Ward, training supervisor, SAMC Security Services, to learn about active shooters and the steps to take if an active shooter entered at their facility. 1202ShooterTakedown310x192An active shooter is an individual engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms. Ward informed the class about actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and how to assist responding law enforcement officials. The employees were also taught how to recognize potential workplace violence indicators. After the simulation, participants held a critique and received training in how to effectively disable a shooter.

In the photo,  Chad Hunter (playing the role of a gunman) is immobilized by Tegan Pearson, Julianna Zeh and Danielle Ward as Bo Chapel of Security Services observes.

SAMC opens the region's only expanded NICU

SAMC opened the region’s only expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on Oct. 1. In the photo, Meyer Dworsky, MD, neonatologist, cares for one of the patients on the first day of 7260NICU310x192operation. Until now, most newborns needing specialized care born at SAMC and surrounding hospitals were transferred to other facilities outside the region, resulting in a hardship for parents and family.

SAMC and Sheridan Healthcare have formed a partnership to provide the only Level IIB (NICU) in the region. The Level IIB NICU allows many babies born throughout the region who are premature or seriously ill to either remain at SAMC or be transferred to SAMC for neonatology inpatient care. Since opening, SAMC’s NICU has treated 23 babies, with two transfers out to other facilities. Earlier this week we received a transfer into the NICU from Enterprise. The earliest admission was for a baby that was born at 30 weeks.