CEO signs Rose Bowl pledge

CEO Ronald S. Owen signs a rose vial to be placed on the Donate Life float in the Rose Bowl 2677RonOwenRoseParade310x153 Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year's Day. The Alabama Organ Center collects the CEO signatures from every hospital in the state. Thousands of roses are collected for the Dedication Garden, in memory or in honor of someone who has made or benefitted from an organ donation.

Psychiatrist joins AltaCare

Leona Jean Graham, MD, recently joined the SAMC Medical Staff as medical 1571GrahamLeona310x153 director of AltaCare.

She graduated from the Ross University School of Medicine in the West Indies and did her residency in internal medicine and psychiatry at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City. Dr. Graham completed her fellowship in addictions at Kansas University Medical Center.




New patient care model begins

SAMC launched its Care Coordination effort with the placement of eight RN's as coordinators. They are, 1385CareCoordinators310x153 from left, Peggy Givens, Pediatrics; Jerry Temples, Critical Care; Ramona Johnson, Oncology; Kelly Clayton, Cardiology; Jesse Meadows, Urology/Nephrology; Kathy Hester, Orthopedics; Dawn Merritt, Cardiovascular Services; and Adrian Galloway, Neurology/Neurosurgery. Care Coordinators will round on every patient every day and plan their care with the assistance of physicians, case workers, patients, family members, nursing, rehab services and others.

Coordination for patient care will be directed by these Care Coordinators who will facilitate SAMC patients getting the appropriate care at the appropriate time, every time.

SAMC's Care Coordination model involves every hospital department. Daily huddles with care teams and physicians on each floor will continually put patients and their families first in all the Medical Center does. This program involves much more than these eight nurses. Each SAMC employee will directly or indirectly play a role in the success of the Care Coordination program.

An interdisciplinary team spent months planning this new care model for SAMC, which is being adopted as best practice among some of the country's leading hospital systems.