Women’s Center 3rd Level Cross Walk closing for repairs

The cross walk from the West parking Deck to the Women’s Center will be closed for repair beginning September 21 through the 25.5715WomensCenterWalkway310x153 This will also include the drive way that passes under the cross walk. This closing will impact patient, visitor and employee flow as well as emergency and routine vehicular traffic.

During this time, no traffic will be allowed through the cross walk and no traffic will be allowed under the cross walk. All emergency vehicles will need to access the Emergency Department from the South from Alma Street. All patient and visitor traffic will also need to access the Outpatient Building and Emergency Department from the South from Alma Street. Patients and visitors may enter the Heart and Vascular entrance to access Women’s Center and Heart and Vascular Center services.

Appropriate signage will be in place during this closing. Thank you for your cooperation!

SAMC receives second surgical robot

On Monday, August 17, Surgical Services received its second da Vinci surgical robot, strengthening SAMC's position as the region's first and foremost expert on robotic surgery. B4755UnboxDaVinciXi310x153SAMC was the region's first hospital to offer the da Vinci robotic system. We have done more robotic surgeries than any other hospital in the area. We performed the region's first robotic assisted thorax surgery. For our patients, this means we have the most experienced and highly skilled robotic surgeons and surgery team in the region.

SAMC offers the region's most robotic surgery trained physicians - 17 - including 8 Gynecologists, 5 Urologists, 2 Cardiovascular/Thoracic Surgeons and 2 General Surgeons.

"The need for a second da Vinci arises from our continued surgical growth and advancing robotic techniques beyond prostatectomies and gynecological surgeries to general and thoracic surgeries," said SAMC CEO Ron Owen. "I am very proud we were the first to bring the advanced da Vinci technology to the region. We are the most experienced in robotic surgery, having more trained surgeons and performing more complex robotic procedures than any other hospital in the region."

The da Vinci Xi was displayed in the front lobby of the hospital on Tuesday, August 18 from noon - 4 p.m.

Benefits of robotically assisted surgery include less pain, less scarring and less recovery time.

SAMC introduced robotically assisted surgery to the region in January, 2006 with the da Vinci prostatectomy. Since that date more than 2,500 surgeries ranging from prostatectomy to hysterectomy to hernia repair and thoracotomy have been completed using the da Vinci surgical robot.

24th annual Men’s Health Fair

Jakelia Jackson, certified lab assistant, draws blood for free health 4342MensHealthBloodDraw310x153 screenings at the 24th annual Men's Health Fair at the Dothan Civic Center. A record number of participants took advantage of free health screenings at this year's event. The event drew 885 participants. Of those, 500 had labs drawn, with 27 found to have elevated PSAs. Another 117 had high cholesterol and 92 had elevated glucose; 68 men had low testosterone and 18 had abnormal thyroid levels. Also, 604 pounds of food was collected for donation to the Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank. Three physicians participated from Urological Associates, along with 12 ACOM students and 90 volunteers. Thank you to all who helped make this event possible!