Helipad construction begins

Construction of a new helipad is underway next to the SAMC warehouse. The larger, stronger helipad is needed to accommodate the Army’s new HH-60 medevac chopper and will also provide a better space for Wiregrass Life 1796HelipadSite310x192Flight to land when transporting patients to SAMC. The new helipad is approximately 100 yards west of the existing helipad. Work is expected to be completed in March.

SAMC hosts youth leadership students

On January 13 more than 40 high school juniors visited the SAMC campus as part of their healthcare day with Youth Leadership Dothan, a Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce program that orients emerging youth leaders to 1623YouthLeadershipDothan310x192the dynamics of local government and community affairs. The students heard presentations from SAMC professionals including neurosurgeon Bruce Woodham, MD; information systems director Eric Daffron and surgical services director Chris Holland, RN. The visit included tours of the laboratory, pharmacy and emergency departments, plus a visit to the helipad where students witnessed a helicopter takeoff and visited with the pilot and crew. In the photo, students watch as Chris Holland demonstrates vein cauterization techniques using a banana as an analogue for human tissue.

Renowned physician discusses diabetes issues

On January 8, the Diabetes Treatment Center, the SAMC Foundation and SAMC Medical Staff Services hosted a Continuing Medical Education program led by renowned endocrinologist Guillermo E. Umpierrez, MD.1546DrUmpierrezVisit310x192

Umpierrez discussed the latest treatment options in the hospital management of hyperglycemia and diabetes in critical and noncritical care settings. He holds several positions with the Emory University School of Medicine and its hospital system in and around the Atlanta area.

More than 45 SAMC physicians, ACOM students and nurse coordinators attended the event.