SAMC announces plans for expansion of neonatal service

SAMC has signed a letter of intent with Sheridan Healthcare Inc., to Nell Smith, RN, prepares special care nursery for newborn patient. plan for the provision of Neonatologists that will allow more newborns who need specialized care to stay closer to home.

Currently, most newborns needing specialized care born at SAMC and surrounding hospitals are transferred to other facilities outside the region, resulting in a hardship for parents and family. SAMC and Sheridan Healthcare will work together to provide the only Level IIB Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the region by this fall. The Level IIB NICU will allow 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.

"We are pleased to partner with Sheridan Healthcare to provide specialized care for newborns," said SAMC CEO Ronald S. Owen. "This NICU will offer parents throughout the region expanded services without the stress of having to travel."

Through the proposed partnership, Sheridan Healthcare will provide neonatologists at SAMC. Neonatologists are trained specifically to handle complex and high-risk situations.

"Our 30 years' experience in children's services has allowed Sheridan Healthcare to become an industry-leader in supporting local hospital partners to provide expanded care to at risk newborns," Richard Auerbach, MD, senior vice president of Sheridan's Children's Services Division. "Partnering with SAMC's specially trained neonatal clinical team will help ensure the area's most fragile babies can be cared for here at home."

The proposed NICU will be housed within the SAMC Women's Center.

2nd Cup of Coffee discusses Medicare benefits

Xiomara Rogers, legal assistant from Davis & Associates, presented 3249SecondCup310x153 an overview of Medicare benefits, prescription coverage and fraud to the Second Cup of Coffee meeting recently. Part of our Senior Discovery program, 2nd Cup of Coffee meets the second Wednesday of each month from 9:30 -11 a.m. in the Terrace Cafeteria. Programs include games, fellowship and health related presentations.

Accounting receives rebate check

Regions Bank presented a check for $191,075.59 to the Accounting 00014AccountingCheck310x153 department as part of their 2014 PCard rebate. The rebate is earned based on dollars paid to our vendors by credit cards. This is an alternate payment method to issuing checks to SAMC vendors. From left, Jay Strenger, Regions Bank; Jennifer Luster, Regions Bank; Derek Miller, Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer; Karen Brinck, Accounting; Kim Childree, Accounting; Debra Hurst, Accounting; Lynne Wisener, Regions Bank; Tara McNeal, Accounting; Kathy Hill, Accounting; Lamar Brooks, Regions Bank; and Mark O’Mary, Regions Bank. Regions also presented a bicycle as part of their appreciation. Debra Hurst was the winner of the bicycle.