Brooks to chair Champions of Hope

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Brooks to Chair Champions of Hope

Sandy Brooks was a busy young mother of two small children when life threw her a curve just before Christmas of 2002.

SAMC nurses honored for excellence

SAMC hosted a ceremony for 29 registered nurses last week who received the 5761NursingAward310x153 Alabama State Nurses Association's (ANSA) prestigious Citation of Excellence Award. The award was established to recognize outstanding service and exceptional commitment to the profession of nursing. Tammy Smith, RN (far left), director of the Family Birth Center, is the president of ASNA District 5 which represents 19 counties in southeast Alabama.

Smith said, "To hear the stories behind each one of these recipients and why they were selected truly made me feel honored to work with such wonderful nurses. We are very fortunate to have so many dedicated and inspiring nurses here at SAMC.

Arlene Morris, Ed. D., MSN, RN, CNE, state president of ASNA, traveled from Montgomery to commend the recipients for their awards. Diane Buntyn, RN, vice president, Patient Care Services, currently serves as statewide vice president for ASNA.

They are: Joan Allis, RN, BSN, Same-Day Surgery; Jan Bruner, RN, Cardiovascular Services; Tanya Burris, RN, Orthopedics; Kelly Clayton, RN, Cardiology; Teri Colquett, RN, Oncology; Krystle Doty, RN, BSN, Critical Care; Georgiana Faulk, RN, Oncology; Beth Glover, RN, MSN, CNS, CNL, Family Birth Center; Kathy Hester, RN, BSN, Orthopedics; Heather Hinkle, RN, Urology/Nephrology; Kazuko Holmes, RN, Orthopedics; Kachiri Jackson, RN, BSN, Neurology/Neurosurgery; Andrea Jett, RN, Houston Prenatal Clinic; Marie Johnson, RN, Family Birth Center; Robin Kibler, RN, Urology/Nephrology; Keitha Madrie, RN, IBCLC, Family Birth Center; Chris McCauley, RN, Orthopedics; Ashley Murdock, RN, BSN, Urology/Nephrology; Beverly Kosik, RN, Oncology; My An Pham, RN, BSN, Cardiovascular Services; Tabitha Quillet, RN, Pediatrics; Jennifer Rydberg, RN, Cardiology; Ann Sherman, RN, Critical Care; Carolyn Smith, RN, Orthopedics; Tyler Stanley, RN, Critical Care; Ashley Taylor, RN, Orthopedics; Renece Waller-Wise, RN, MSN, CNS, Family Birth Center; Haley Watkins, RN, Family Birth Center; Tina Wisdom, RN, BSN, Pediatrics.

To nominate a nurse that you believe deserves the award, visit alabamanurses.org and honor a nurse today.

SAMC offering single-site robotic procedures

The SAMC Surgical Services department recently introduced a new robotic procedure 4594daVinciInstruments310x153 for gall bladder patients. Known as single-site robotic cholecystectomy, the procedure uses a small incision rather than a large open incision or multiple small incisions for a traditional robotic surgery.

The single-site robotic surgery is made possible due to the development of more flexible, smaller diameter surgical instruments which can now be placed through a single incision near the patient's navel.

Chris Holland, RN, director of Surgical Services, says there are fewer surgical incisions to heal, high patient satisfaction rates and minimal pain.

The first single-site cholecystectomy was performed by Jeffrey Whitehurst, MD, general surgery, in January. Holland plans to introduce single-site hysterectomies later this month, when Praful Patel, MD, OB/GYN will perform the operation on a patient.