SAMC Sweet Tea News

The Sweet Tea Society is SAMC's newly flavored educational and networking program created exclusively for women.

SweetTeaSociety310x153The Sweet Tea Society offers programs and activities for women of all ages who are interested in having fun while staying healthy. As mothers, daughters, wives and businesswomen, we have a lot of responsibilities.The Sweet Tea Society educational series is a refreshing break that offers a healthy bit of knowledge balanced with lighthearted fun.

To register for any of the Sweet Tea Society's fun and educational programs, please contact Gloria Biddings in the SAMC Public Relations office via email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or by phone, (334) 793-8107. We will need your name, address, phone number and email address when you register.

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Bronchial Thermoplasty

NOW OFFERED AT Southeast Alabama Medical Center:

Bronchial Thermoplasty with the Alair® System is the first non-drug procedure approved by the FDA for the treatment of severe persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with standard asthma medications (inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists). The procedure uses a small catheter to deliver controlled energy to the airways of the lung to reduce the amount of excessive airway smooth muscle. This reduction decreases the muscle’s ability to constrict the airways, resulting in a decreased frequency of asthma attacks. In clinical studies, the benefits of bronchial thermoplasty included reduced severe asthma attacks, decreased visits to the ER and hospital for respiratory symptoms, and less time lost from work and school due to asthma.
As with any procedure, there are risks, including a temporary increase and worsening of respiratory-related symptoms immediately after the procedure that could require hospitalization. Please talk to your physician to determine whether bronchial thermoplasty is right for you and/or if you have any questions or would like more information please call 334-712-3336 or 800-735-4998.

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SAMC receives Chest Pain Accreditation

SAMC has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI (Percutaneous Coronary Intervention) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the No.1 cause of death worldwide.

The accreditation means we have achieved the highest level of expertise in dealing with heart attack patients. We have established, through the leadership of Cathy Flinn, Chest Pain coordinator, a standardized process to make sure chest pain patients are quickly diagnosed and treated.

The program is centered on community education, rapid response and treatment of patients with chest pain and heart attack symptoms. In addition to the process, we have also established the only Chest Pain coordinator in the region.

Our goal is to better educate the community about the signs and symptoms of heart attacks. Education will be accomplished through community health fairs, physician drive programs and self-assessment tools on our website. We will also continue to work closely with first responders to ensure they are properly equipped to handle chest pain patients in the field.

Once a potential chest pain patient arrives at SAMC, there is a process in place that includes highly trained physicians and staff from the Emergency Department and Heart and Vascular Center to ensure rapid diagnosis and treatment of patients.