Active shooter drill

Recently, employees from SAMC external clinics met with Dillon Ward, training supervisor, SAMC Security Services, to learn about active shooters and the steps to take if an active shooter entered at their facility. 1202ShooterTakedown310x192An active shooter is an individual engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms. Ward informed the class about actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and how to assist responding law enforcement officials. The employees were also taught how to recognize potential workplace violence indicators. After the simulation, participants held a critique and received training in how to effectively disable a shooter.

In the photo,  Chad Hunter (playing the role of a gunman) is immobilized by Tegan Pearson, Julianna Zeh and Danielle Ward as Bo Chapel of Security Services observes.

SAMC opens the region's only expanded NICU

SAMC opened the region’s only expanded Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on Oct. 1. In the photo, Meyer Dworsky, MD, neonatologist, cares for one of the patients on the first day of 7260NICU310x192operation. Until now, most newborns needing specialized care born at SAMC and surrounding hospitals were transferred to other facilities outside the region, resulting in a hardship for parents and family.

SAMC and Sheridan Healthcare have formed a partnership to provide the only Level IIB (NICU) in the region. The Level IIB NICU allows many babies born throughout the region who are premature or seriously ill to either remain at SAMC or be transferred to SAMC for neonatology inpatient care. Since opening, SAMC’s NICU has treated 23 babies, with two transfers out to other facilities. Earlier this week we received a transfer into the NICU from Enterprise. The earliest admission was for a baby that was born at 30 weeks.

SAMC welcomes Dr. Flaster

SAMC welcomes Ronald Flaster, MD, FAAP, pediatric hospitalist. Dr. Flaster will serve as medical director of the Pediatric Hospitalist program at SAMC. The Medical0405FlasterRonald310x192 Center has partnered with Sheridan Healthcare to take care of your pediatric patients. The pediatric hospitalist program assures that your child will receive quality care in the region’s largest and most advanced referral center.

Dr. Flaster joined Sheridan Healthcare in 1995 as director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine Services. He is a board-certified pediatrician with an emphasis in pediatric hospitalist care and emergency medicine. He is also a member of the Nova Southeastern University faculty in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Dr. Flaster completed his pediatric residency and chief residency at St. Lukes’/Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. Prior to joining Sheridan, Dr. Flaster was the assistant director of the Pediatric Hospitalist/ED program in Stamford, Conn. area. He also established a pediatric AIDS clinic at the Connecticut facility.