Learning to navigate a breast cancer diagnosis

The SAMC Sweet Tea Society’s first Sip & Learn event for this fiscal year was held 2330SweetTea310x153 at The Depot off Main on November 7. More than 40 participants attended the event. SAMC Radiologist Julia Alexander, MD was the guest speaker; her topic was Breast Cancer is Never a Journey You Should Take By Yourself. She stressed the importance of women getting mammograms, early detection and treatment options for breast cancer, genetic testing and SAMC’s nurse navigation program. In the photo, Debra Stringer of the Southeast Regional Screening Program (SRSP) discusses how the SRSP benefits rural Wiregrass communities. 

SAMC recognized for outstanding stroke care

SAMC's Stroke Care Network was recently named “Partner of Year” at the Alabama Rural 2177StrokeAward310x153 Health and Telehealth Summit.

The award was presented by the Alabama Partnership for Telehealth (APT) during the October summit in Prattville. Jason DeLeon, MD, Emergency Medicine; Cecilia Land, division director SAMC Rehabilitation Services and Levonne Outlaw, SAMC Stroke Network Coordinator accepted the award.

“This is an award that we give out to the partner who we feel has done the most outstanding job when it comes to not only using, but advancing telemedicine,” said Lloyd Sirmons, executive director of APT.  “SAMC has done a great job, not only building their program, but advancing telemedicine in the state of Alabama.”

SAMC’s Stroke Care Network was formed last spring in conjunction with six Wiregrass hospitals to provide quality stroke care in rural areas.

SAMC was the first hospital in Alabama to partner with APT. Through the Stroke Care Network and thanks to funding from the SAMC Foundation, the telemedicine based network allows for 24/7 stroke care. The Stroke Care Network ensures patients in surrounding rural communities have access to the most experienced stroke care available. “SAMC sets the standard in the state when it comes to providing stroke care in rural areas,” said Dr. DeLeon.

At front (L-R) Levonne Outlaw, SAMC Stroke Network coordinator, Cecilia Land, division director SAMC Rehabilitation Services and Jason DeLeon, MD, Emergency Medicine accept the “Partner of Year” award at the Alabama Rural Health and Telehealth Summit. Presenting the award are (l-r): Matthews Gwynn, MD, Acute Care Telemedicine, SAMC TeleNeurology Providers; Lloyd Sirmons, Alabama Partnership for Telehealth; Ron Sparks, Alabama Department of Rural Development and David White, Alabama Governor’s Office.

A R.E.A.L. Donation

SAMC’s Advanced Home Medical Equipment (AHME) division recently made a donation to the Refurbished 8032REALProjectDonation310x153 Equipment Assisting Living (R.E.A.L.) program. R.E.A.L. provides items to those in need. Pictured (L-R) David Peters, AHME Business Manager; Joshua Peters, R.E.A.L; John Lee, R.E.A.L. Manager; and Roger Avery, RRT AHME.