da Vinci open house

Matt Cummings, RN, Allyson McLaney, RN, and Amanda Rainey, RN, all of Surgery, inspect SAMC's da Vinci Xi surgical robot during 4844daVinciOpenHouse310x153an open house last week. The purpose of the open house was to display the new technology so that members of the public, media, and SAMC staff would be able to get a closeup look at the newest member of SAMC's surgical team. Installation and testing are currently underway; the first surgical case with the da Vinci Xi is expected to be in early September.

On August 17 the SAMC Foundation announced approval of a $193,000 grant to help with the acquisition of the da Vinci Xi surgical robot and its initial surgical tool set. "The Foundation Board of Trustees, on behalf of its donors, is proud to support the expansion of SAMC's surgical robotics program and the additional surgical options it will provide to our patients," said Valerie Barnes, executive director, SAMC Foundation.

Nurse receives Advanced Practice license

Kysha Howard, RN, 7-East/Cardiovascular, has obtained her Advanced Practice Nurse license as a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) through the Alabama Board of Nursing (ABN). 5140KyshaHoward310x153SAMC uses CNSs to improve patient outcomes and nursing care. CNSs are clinical experts in a specialized area of nursing practice and in the deliverance of evidence based nursing interventions. In order to become a CNS, the ABN requires a Registered Nurse to complete a CNS Masters degree, followed by a national certification exam before becoming licensed. Kysha has been an employee of SAMC for 13 years and currently serves as CNS for 7 East.

WOOF-FM to air breast cancer stories

If you're a breast cancer survivor, a family member of a survivor, know someone struggling with the fight, or someone who's just been diagnosed, WOOF - FM would like to hear your story. The radio station will be airing their Pink Minute stories throughout September and needs audio clips from survivors and/or their family and friends. Call Amy D. at WOOF - FM at 334-792-1149. Please leave your name, number and a time you can be reached. It's easy and you will not regret sharing your story. It needs to be told!