Psychiatrist joins AltaCare

Leona Jean Graham, MD, recently joined the SAMC Medical Staff as medical 1571GrahamLeona310x153 director of AltaCare.

She graduated from the Ross University School of Medicine in the West Indies and did her residency in internal medicine and psychiatry at the Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City. Dr. Graham completed her fellowship in addictions at Kansas University Medical Center.




New patient care model begins

SAMC launched its Care Coordination effort with the placement of eight RN's as coordinators. They are, 1385CareCoordinators310x153 from left, Peggy Givens, Pediatrics; Jerry Temples, Critical Care; Ramona Johnson, Oncology; Kelly Clayton, Cardiology; Jesse Meadows, Urology/Nephrology; Kathy Hester, Orthopedics; Dawn Merritt, Cardiovascular Services; and Adrian Galloway, Neurology/Neurosurgery. Care Coordinators will round on every patient every day and plan their care with the assistance of physicians, case workers, patients, family members, nursing, rehab services and others.

Coordination for patient care will be directed by these Care Coordinators who will facilitate SAMC patients getting the appropriate care at the appropriate time, every time.

SAMC's Care Coordination model involves every hospital department. Daily huddles with care teams and physicians on each floor will continually put patients and their families first in all the Medical Center does. This program involves much more than these eight nurses. Each SAMC employee will directly or indirectly play a role in the success of the Care Coordination program.

An interdisciplinary team spent months planning this new care model for SAMC, which is being adopted as best practice among some of the country's leading hospital systems.

SAMC sponsors NPF Senior Day

Members of the orthopedic services team representing the Geriatric Fracture program pass out information about  services during Senior Day at the National Peanut Festival recently. Pictured, from left, are Ashley Nelson, emergency department tech; Jason Jackson, rehab services tech and Halena Anderson, department secretary.