Pich named regional EMS medical director

Fredrick A. Pich III, DO, has been named the medical director for the Southeast Alabama Emergency 2704PichFred310x153 Medical Services (SEAEMS) Council. Dr. Pich is an emergency room physician at SAMC.

The SEAEMS Council is one of six regional emergency medical services (EMS) groups statewide which works with local emergency medical services, hospitals and first responders. The SEAEMS service area includes 18 counties in Southeast Alabama and more than 60 patient transport agencies.

As medical director, Dr. Pich serves on the board of directors and ensures that all aspects of the council's activities are medically based and appropriate. He also represents the regional group on the State Emergency Medical Control Committee and serves as co-chair of the Regional Trauma/Stroke Advisory Council. Dr. Pich also works with local physicians in developing the regional EMS system and provides continuing educational opportunities for EMS agencies.

Dr. Pich is a Dothan native who also serves as EMS medical director for the Dothan Fire Department, Dothan Ambulance Service, Headland Fire and Rescue and Abbeville Rescue.

Angel Tree gift distribution

Juhi Shah, president of SAMC's TeenAge Volunteers, helps load gifts for the SAMC sponsored Christmas families. 3664ChristmasDonations310x153 SAMC collected gifts for approximately 35 individuals through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program. Several departments selected a needy child or family and purchased Christmas gifts for them. Way to go team, for being so generous this holiday season and all year long!

Holiday security tips

Houston County Chief Deputy Jeff Carlisle gave a talk on home security to the 2nd Cup of Coffee 3217SecondCupOfCoffeeHomeSecurity310x153 Senior Discovery group in SAMC's Terrace Cafeteria. Carlisle gave participants a home security checklist which included such items as:

  • Lock all exterior doors at night and every time you leave the house.
  • Have doors with wide-angle peep holes at heights all family members can use.
  • Have dead-bolt locks on all exterior doors.
  • Keep a spare key with a trusted neighbor instead of under a doormat or plant.
  • Keep all windows locked.
  • Install a dowel or pin to secure sliding glass doors to prevent them from being shoved aside or lifted off the track.
  • Keep shrubs and bushes trimmed outside.
  • Keep outdoor lights on in the evening.
  • Stop mail and newspaper deliveries when away from home.
  • Lock all outdoor sheds and gates.
  • Secure bicycles with padlocks.
  • Store firearms unloaded and locked in storage boxes with trigger guard locks.
  • Inscribe electronic valuables with an identifying number approved by local police.
  • Have an up-to-date home inventory with photos.