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.

Heart Attack Awareness Drill

SAMC held a Community Drill for Early Heart Attack Awareness on Thursday, Oct. 24 during halftime of 0865HeartAttackSimulation310x153 the Houston Academy vs. Providence football game. Approximately 3,000 fans looked on as SAMC employees Michael and Tressie Miller (foreground) demonstrate the symptoms of a heart attack. Emergency medical workers from Pilcher's Ambulance rush to provide assistance during the simulated heart attack. Attendees of the game received a flier which outlined important statistics and information regarding heart attacks and cardiovascular disease. At the end of the game, fans were offered a miniature football with heart attack warning signs printed on it.