Police/SAMC security officer commended

SAMC security officer Bryan Parks, who also works with the Hartford BrianParks310x153 Police department, recently responded to a report of an elderly, handicapped Hartford man that had driven his electric wheelchair into a pond. Parks quickly removed his boots, duty belt and vest and jumped into the pond to rescue the man before he drowned. The above photo of Parks was taken as the pond incident came to a close. SAMC thanks officer Parks for going the extra mile to save this man's life. We are proud to have you on our team.

SAMC Foundation employee campaign results announced

The 2015 employee campaign resulted in a 7 percent financial increase FoundationEmployeeContribution310x153 from last year according to SAMC Foundation officials. The total amount raised to date for the 2015 campaign is $175,444. Since last week’s celebration more than $2000 has been added to the total.

In 2014 the average gift was $168 per employee partner; the 2015 average gift is $179 per employee partner.  The number of partners for the 2015 campaign is 975, which is 95 percent of the goal.
“We are humbled by the continued outpouring of generosity and support from SAMC employees,” said Valerie Barnes, executive director, SAMC Foundation.

“As a result of the employees’ partnership with the Foundation over the last eight years, patients, family members and the community have been able to benefit from new life-saving technology, various program expansions and wellness education. Together we are making a difference in the lives of those in need,” she added.
Barnes says employee campaign contributions since 2007, including results from the 2015 campaign, have reached a total of $850,514. Special thanks to the Foundation Employee Advisory Board and to the 68 departmental team managers who stepped up to the plate and helped run down the field with this year’s campaign.

First place in both participation and money raised - Team Amazing Aqua; winning departments are: Med Net, Medical Group Billing, Outsource Physician Billing, Home Medical Billing, Accounting, Insurance, Revenue Assurance, Quality Management, Decision Support, Patient Accounts, Patient Financial Services and Internal Audit.

Team Amazing Aqua managers are: Sherry Allums, Karen Brinck, Joann Cherry, Constance Evans, Beth Gilley, Mary Kohan, Laura Martin and Dawn Nance. Team Amazing Aqua had 77 percent participation and raised $20,300.

2nd place/most participation - Team Electric Blue; winning department: Environmental Services; team managers are: Sharon Black, Kesha Ross. Team Electric Blue had 67 percent participation.

2nd place/most money raised - Team Rocket Red; Winning Departments: Employee Health & Wellness, Human Resources, Public Relations, Printing, Marketing, Southeast Cancer Screening Program, Administration, Retail Division Management, Gift Shop, Boutique, Training & Development, Medical Staff Services, Graduate Medical Education, Operational Effectiveness, and Volunteer Services. Team managers are: Laurie Skipper, Amy Barnett, Gloria Biddings, Malinda Dodson, Michelle Summerlin, Molly Thorvilson, Jamie Weeks and Jessica Haire. Team Rocket Red raised $17,421.

In the photo, SAMC Foundation Employee Advisory Board members hold a banner with the totals from the 2015 employee campaign. During the Big Game Party campaign celebration on May 28 preliminary numbers showed 975 employee partners and $173,319 in contributions. For updated numbers see the full article on page two.

From left: Gina Burdeshaw, special projects coordinator, SAMC Foundation, Jackie Williams, departmental secretary, Radiology; Jan Wynn, RN, director, Two-East/Orthopedics; Joyce Riley, RN, clinical nurse specialist, Family Birth Center; Sharon Bidwell, departmental secretary, Rehabilitation Services; Debbie Ingram, unit secretary, Behavioral Health Services; Laurie Skipper, wellness promotions coordinator, Employee Health & Wellness; Lisa Riley, HR generalist, Human Resources; Heather Alford, operations manager, Radiology Support Services.

Men’s Health Fair is Aug. 8

SAMC’s annual Men’s Health Fair is Saturday, August 8, from 8 - 11 a.m. at the Dothan Civic Center.

The SAMC Men’s Health Fair, in its 24th year, offers the following non fasting blood tests: testosterone, cholesterol, PSA, thyroid and blood glucose. Other health screenings will include vision screening, stroke assessment, COPD, height and weight, blood pressure, body fat analysis and lung cancer screening.

Screenings are provided by representatives from SAMC, the Houston County Health Department and US-Too Prostate Cancer Support Group. Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank.