Palliative care lecture at ACOM

SAMC hospitalist Kristy Johnson, DO, recently talked to ACOM students about palliative care and DrKristieJohnsonACOMLecture310x153 participated in a panel discussion on hospice and palliative care with representatives from the Alacare Hospice team. Pictured are: (from left) Melissa Dean, Alacare Hospice; Kristy Johnson, DO, SAMC hospitalist; William Kelley, DO, associate dean of Clinical Sciences, ACOM; Wendy Tatom,  Alacare;  Gerald Osborn, professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine and Ethics, ACOM; Brooke Shoupe, Alacare; and Doni Pitcher, Alacare.

Orthopedic Nurses Honored

The SAMC Foundation recently pinned RNs Ann Spradley, Felisha Davis and Kathy Hester, HealingHands310x153 Healing Hands recipients on the orthopedic unit.

Healing Hands is a special tribute opportunity within the Medical Center Foundation’s Grateful Patient program. It gives patients and their families and friends a unique way to say thank you for the exemplary care they received by honoring someone who made an impression during their hospital experience.

A gift of any amount may become a Healing Hands tribute gift in honor of a doctor, nurse, other caregiver or support team member who had a special impact. Without specifying the amount, the Foundation recognizes the Healing Hands recipient with a certificate and custom designed lapel pin.

Launched in 2006, the SAMC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is dedicated to developing a strong base of philanthropic support to help SAMC and its affiliates provide quality healthcare and promote wellness. The Foundation seeks and receives charitable gifts to enhance services, build new facilities, provide medical education and on-going training for healthcare professionals, fund cutting-edge equipment and technology, and quickly bring unique and  specialized services to the region.

In the photo, Jan Wynn, RN, Orthopedic Unit director, left, and Diane Buntin, RN, vice president of Patient Care Services, second from right, offers congratulations to three orthopedic nurses who received Healing Hands awards. They are, from left, Kathy Hester, BSN, RN-BC, clinical coordinator; Ann Spradley, MSN, RN, GNP, OCNS-C, clinical nurse specialist; and Felisha Davis, MSN, RN, ONC, clinical coordinator. At right is Meagan Hart-Dorsey, donor relations specialist, SAMC Foundation.

Technology centers serve physicians

New physician technology centers are being added in patient care areas, as part of the 4418ParagonConstruction310x153 move to Paragon. The new information system will involve more physician electronic record-keeping, so SAMC created unique spaces for physician privacy. Each center will have six work stations with regular telephones, dictation phones and printers for orders and other needs. In the photo, James Baxley, left, and Mark Sprouse of In-House Construction prepare a wall for painting in the Cardiology floor’s physician’s work station room. All centers should be open by March 30.