Faster Strep-A testing

SAMC recently purchased and installed an Illumipro-10 testing unit in the lab at Southeastern Pediatrics' SAMC campus office.6562SEPedsLabEquipment310x153 The Illumipro-10 uses DNA markers to detect the Strep-A bacteria. In conjunction with a rapid Strep test, the Illumipro-10 will enable confirmation of Strep-A within an hour, as opposed to traditional strep cultures which take 12 - 24 hours.

"It's a timesaver that gives us a lot of confidence in our diagnosis," said Ted Williams, MD, pediatrician, Southeastern Pediatrics. "Even if the rapid Strep test is negative we can do this test, and if there's any Strep-A DNA in the sample, it's going to create a positive test and we can initiate treatment for that patient."

In the photo, Faith Bolton, medical lab technologist, receives at strep swab from Dr. Williams that will be evaluated using the Illumipro-10.

Join us for our Pink Party

Life is busy and a lot of people depend on you. Getting your annual mammogram brings you, and those who love you, peace of mind.article pinkparty 1 Schedule your mammogram today during our after-hours Pink Party.

The Pink Party will be held Thursday, October 8 from 4-7 p.m. at the Comprehensive Breast Center, located on the third floor of the Women's Center. There will be refreshments, door prizes and bra fittings at the Women's Center Boutique.

Registration is required. Call 334-712-3241 to register!

Foundation announces 2015 COH chair

The SAMC Foundation announced the 8th annual Sandi McCool Champions of Hope Event Chair and Spokesperson, Patty Harris at a news conference on Monday.4492COHChairAnnouncement310x153 Each year a breast cancer survivor is selected as the honorary chair of the Sandi McCool Champions of Hope event. Previous chairwomen include Sandi McCool (inaugural chair and event inspiration), Kelli Cundith, Kelli Hall, Franzie Bondy, Melinda McClendon and most recently Sandy Brooks.

Harris, a 6-year survivor, credits her successful journey to her mother, Doris McLamb, and early detection. In 1974, a 22-year old Harris found out her mother had been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. At 47 years old, Doris lost her battle with breast cancer and from that point on Harris knew she had to be proactive. At age 50, after years of mammograms, Harris believed she had dodged the breast cancer bullet. It was not until 6 years later that Harris received a phone call from Hugh Holloway, MD, that revealed Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) in her mammogram. Harris learned she had the earliest form of breast cancer.

After some research, Harris chose to proceed with a lumpectomy and 6 weeks of radiation treatments with radiation oncologist Steve Stokes, MD, at Southeast Cancer Center. Throughout her treatment journey, she credited the quick actions of her Dothan medical team for giving her the opportunity to catch the disease early.

"My message for Champions of Hope is early detection," Harris said. "My journey was scary but it could've been a lot scarier without early detection."

Join Patty Harris on Saturday, October 17 on the ACOM campus as she represents not only herself but her mother and other survivors and pre-vivors during this year's Sandi McCool Champions of Hope.