SAMC welcomes Wiregrass Life Flight

Wiregrass Life Flight, a partnership with Pilcher's Ambulance Service and Air Medical Resource Group out of Utah, 6485ChopperNewsConference310x153  began operation on September 23. The emergency helicopter service will be housed at SAMC until a permanent site can be constructed. Wiregrass Life Flight will bring emergency patients into Dothan from as far away as 300 miles.

Shannon Pollock, vice president, Business Development, Air Medical Resource Group, poses for a photo in front of the company's AS350 B3e emergency helicopter with representatives from SAMC. SAMC is the region's only Level II Trauma Center and expects to receive the majority of trauma patients airlifted by Wiregrass Life Flight. From left, Pollock, Sharon Bidwell, Joseph McNeal, Cecilia Land, Levonne Outlaw, RN; Jonas Salna, MD; Mark Stewart, Mike Williams, Bruce McNeal.

Sexual assault nurse examiner training begins

On September 14, interested nurses began training to become Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE).5820SANETraining310x153 A SANE delivers precise care and assistance to sexual assault victims and are more competent at collecting evidence that meets legal standards.

SAMC nurses completed the classroom portion of their training last week. Clinical training is now underway and SAMC's SANE services will go live after completion of all clinical training requirements later this fall. In the photo, Chris Jolliffe, RN, SANE program coordinator at Children's Hospital of Alabama leads a classroom training session. Pictured with her are (at left) Angela Brown, RN, Presurgical Testing and Claudia Tucker, MSN, clinical educator, Five East, along with other attendees.


Stroke Care Network

SAMC hosted representatives from hospitals throughout the region for a Stroke Care Network conference on August 27.5206StrokeNetworkConference310x153 The purpose of the conference was to improve stroke care in the Wiregrass area. SAMC hosted the conference in order to identify and discuss opportunities for better communication, use of technology, and streamlining movement of patients between facilities.

The conference featured several of SAMC physicians, an introduction to the Medical Center's new Physician Link patient referral line and a presentation by John Whapham, MD, Interventional Neurologist, from Detroit.

The telemedicine stroke network was formed three years ago and includes Medical Center Barbour, Eufaula, Mizell Memorial Hospital, Opp, Dale Medical Center, Ozark and Troy Regional Medical Center, Troy. In addition to the network facilities, representatives from Miller County Hospital, Colquitt, Ga., Graceville Hospital, Graceville, Fla., and Doctor's Memorial Hospital, Bonifay, Fla., attended the conference.