SAMC Foundation joins #GivingTuesday movement

The SAMC Foundation is joining a nationwide social media movement, #GivingTuesday, GivingTuesday310x153 to inspire people to give to others this holiday season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will take place December 2.

"The Foundation is participating with #GivingTuesday because we wanted to spread awareness about the importance of giving," said Foundation Executive Director Valerie Barnes. "The generosity of our community truly strengthens what the Foundation is able to achieve in supporting our healthcare and wellness mission."

Those interested in joining the #GivingTuesday initiative can visit and click on the #GivingTuesday header to donate. Donors are also encouraged to join in the movement on social media using the hashtag #SAMCFOUNDATION and/or uploading a #unselfie and showing their support of SAMC Foundation. Donors can follow the SAMC Foundation on Facebook ( and Twitter (

CEO signs Rose Bowl pledge

CEO Ronald S. Owen signs a rose vial to be placed on the Donate Life float in the Rose Bowl 2677RonOwenRoseParade310x153 Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year's Day. The Alabama Organ Center collects the CEO signatures from every hospital in the state. Thousands of roses are collected for the Dedication Garden, in memory or in honor of someone who has made or benefitted from an organ donation.

Psychiatrist joins AltaCare

Leona Jean Graham, MD, recently joined the SAMC Medical Staff as medical 1571GrahamLeona310x153 director of AltaCare.

She graduated from the Ross University School of Medicine in the West Indies and did her residency in internal medicine and psychiatry at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City. Dr. Graham completed her fellowship in addictions at Kansas University Medical Center.