Foundation funds research center at ACOM

The SAMC Foundation presents a check to ACOM to fund a research expansion. Pictured, 7210ACOMResearchGrantCheck310x153 from left, are: Craig J. Lenz, DO, ACOM dean and senior vice president; Valerie Barnes, executive director, SAMC Foundation; Ronald S. Owen, SAMC CEO and ACOM president; and Alison Creekbaum, chairperson, Foundation Board of Trustees. The $833,256 donation is the single largest gift the organization has given since its inception in 2007. The renovated 2,944-square-foot facility will provide ample space for ACOM faculty to begin research endeavors and continue previous research across 7206ACOMResearchAnnouncement310x153 all medical disciplines. Construction on the facility is slated to begin in early June and is expected to be completed by the end of  August.

Martha Agnew nominated for SAMMY award

Martha Agnew has been a pharmacist at SAMC for more than 18 years, and has made 6493BrannonMartha310x153 a life through giving.

She chose SAMC for her pharmacy student rotation in 1988,  enjoying her experience so much that when an opportunity presented itself seven years later, she joined SAMC where she continues to be a crucial part of the Employee Pharmacy. Martha enjoys and meets the challenges that being a   pharmacist brings; she always has a friendly smile and kind word for all who pass through the pharmacy and is never too busy to stop and answer a customer’s question. The job is often challenging because not only are her customers fellow employees, but many have extensive medical knowledge.

Martha is always willing and ready to help with the training of pharmacy employees. She is a true example of the mission and vision of SAMC even though she has a chronic health problem that would keep most of us at home, yet she is rarely tardy  or sick.

Once a fellow employee outside the pharmacy called to get her prescriptions filled early, explaining that she had a house fire the day before and all her medications and belongings had been destroyed. When the employee arrived to pick up her medicine, she was surprised that all of the expense  had been covered by a donation. Martha had given her own employee card to make the transaction and pay when the prescriptions were totaled. There have been several times she has picked up the expense of medicine when she was aware of a need.

She is generous. Once she saw a man standing on the corner with a sign. Most people ignored the man, but she purchased a gift card which she gave to the man on her way home.

Linda Jones nominated for SAMMY award

Linda has been with SAMC since 1990 and is involved in the Pawsitive Therapy 6506JonesLinda310x153 program. Several years ago, she began  training her miniature Schnauzer, Raina. She took her through numerous obedience classes to prepare her for this program.  Linda practiced each day with her dog. She also had to make sure that her dog was used to being around all types of people and other dogs. Last year Raina passed her certified therapy dog test and joined our Pawsitive Therapy Program.

Linda brings her dog monthly to visit with patients, giving up time on her day off to groom and prepare her dog. She has made visits on several floors and in the Behavioral Health Unit. Linda’s skills as a caregiver make her an excellent therapy dog handler. She is caring and observant of the patient and his/her needs.

There are not many employees who take  the time to do what she has and use their days off to come back to visit patients.