Medical Services

The outstanding medical, surgical, and emergency services of Southeast Alabama Medical Center are conducted through its clinical Departments, Divisions and Centers. This section will guide you through all of the medical services we provide. Please use the menu on the left to navigate to services that you are interested in. We are constantly growing as a healthcare provider so these pages may change regularly.

Southeast Alabama Medical Center's (SAMC) serves the emergency care needs of the region by offering3848Emergency quality emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

SAMC's Emergency Services Department comprises of 28 patient beds with specialized treatment rooms for minor surgery, eye exams, major trauma and resuscitation, and victims of sexual assault. Through the years, SAMC has been a pacesetter in emergency department staffing and operations, in order to provide the most effective emergency care to patients. Evaluating more than 59,000 patients annually, which averages 150-200 patients daily, SAMC continues to make strides in patient care. We have reduced the emergency department wait time significantly by implementing rapid cycle testing and a throughput initiative.

Our state of the art emergency facilities feature:

  • The region's only Level II Trauma Center
  • Private patient triage areas
  • Comfortable treatment rooms
  • An express unit to treat minor illness and injury
  • Bedside admission
  • The latest monitoring and imaging equipment
  • Board-certified emergency medicine physicians providing 24-hour coverage
  • On-call physician support to ensure the availability of additional specialists as needed
  • Skilled, experienced staff trained in emergency medicine

The majority of SAMC's emergency department patients are treated and discharged; however, if you require hospital admission or a surgical procedure following your visit, be assured you will receive quality, compassionate care at SAMC. For more information about our emergency department, call 334-712-3336 or 1-800-735-4498.

As always, in case of emergency, dial 911.

The Diabetes Treatment Center at Southeast Alabama Medical Center is an accredited program by the American Diabetes Association.9733Diabetes

Our interdisciplinary team, including your physician and our certified diabetes specialists, share a common goal – to help those diagnosed with diabetes lead longer, healthier lives.

Approximately 23.6 million people in the United States, or 8% of the population, have diabetes, according to the ADA. The total prevalence of diabetes increased 13.5% from 2005-2007. Controlling diabetes can help reduce risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease, nervous system disorders, amputation, dental disease and pregnancy complications.

The Diabetes Treatment Center offers an array of services:

  • Acute Inpatient Program
  • Comprehensive Outpatient Program
  • Support Programs

For more information about the Diabetes Treatment Center, call 334-793-8854 or 1-800-223-0843.

Acute Inpatient Program
When you're in the hospital its important to manage your blood sugar levels. Recent studies show that keeping blood sugar levels near normal while in the hospital can help prevent infections and improve overall health outcomes. Our experienced staff understands the special needs of patients with diabetes. They will work with your doctor to help give you the highest quality care for your diabetes during your hospitalization.

Computerized Intravenous Insulin Infusion (CIII) Program
Diabetes Treatment Center at Southeast Alabama Medical Center is the only hospital in the region with this advanced technology.

CIII is used to resolve hyperglycemia and maintain normoglycemia in the hospital settings.

Cardiovascular surgeons depend on the CIII Program to accurately and efficiently calculate complex and rapidly changing insulin requirements during and after Open Heart Surgery.

"Recent clinical research has shown the importance of keeping the blood glucose level in a range very near normal. Patients with previously diagnosed diabetes frequently have marked elevations in their blood glucose after the stress of any surgery, particularly cardiac surgery. Also, many patients who are unaware of having a problem with their blood glucose will have significant elevations in their blood glucose after cardiac surgery. Strict control of the blood glucose in the normal or near normal range is important to allow the wounds to heal properly with much less chance of a complication from a severe post-operative infection of the sternum."

"The CIII Program allows the medical team to use insulin intravenously in a carefully controlled manner to keep the blood glucose in a very tight range post-operatively. The nurses can measure the blood glucose, enter the value into the program, and feel confident that the adjustments recommended will maintain the blood glucose very near the desired range. This is a great timesaver for nurses, allowing them to attend to other pressing issues with the patient instead of having to call the physician frequently for insulin adjustments. The machine maintains the blood glucose in a much tighter range than casual estimates can achieve. This gives the patient the best chance of avoiding the problems associated with those serious sternal wound infection."

John Stone, M.D., Endocrinologist
Dothan Medical Associates

Comprehensive Outpatient Program
The Diabetes Outpatient Program focuses on nutrition and wellness education for people (and Family members) with diabetes. Services are provided by certified diabetes educators, registered nurses, and registered dietitians and include:

  • Outpatient medical treatment under physician's direction
  • Diabetes counseling and education during pregnancy
  • Specialized insulin therapies including insulin pumps
  • Oral medication management
  • Nutrition counseling and meal planning
  • Support groups
  • Diabetes education programs led by certified diabetes educators
  • Individual and family support
  • Diabetes community lectures

Followup sessions
Scheduled during the third and twelfth month of your program, followup sessions are designed to measure progress towards the goals you have set and to give you ongoing support for daily management of diabetes.

Individual Consultations
Individual evaluations by a certified diabetic educator are offered. Insulin training, blood glucose monitoring, nutrition counseling and other diabetic issues are discussed.

Class Schedules
Classes are offered morning, afternoons and evenings for your convenience. People who attend our classes must be referred by their physicians. Our staff will be happy to assist with obtaining the referral.

Many insurance companies recognize that diabetes education can prevent or delay the complications associated with diabetes. Many will reimburse for diabetes self-management education. At the time your class is scheduled, your insurance verification is obtained or a payment plan is created.

Take Control
Today, diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be controlled. Our patients, including those who have had diabetes for years, are discovering new ways to live a better life with diabetes.

For more information about the Diabetes Treatment Center, including assistance coordinating a referral or a class schedule, call 334-793-8854 or 1-800-223-0843.

Support Programs
All Southeast Alabama Medical Center sponsored support groups are provided free of charge. People with diabetes, regardless of all ages, are invited to attend.

Diabetes Support Group - Focuses on informative topics regarding current diabetes care and fellowship. The group meets quarterly. Please contact the Diabetes Treatment Center for more information.
Support Group for Children and Adolescents with Diabetes - Support group for children and adolescents with diabetes and their parents. Please contact the Diabetes Treatment Support Group for more information.

The staff of SAMC's Endoscopy Suites is dedicated to maintaining each patient's privacy,Endoscopy comfort and dignity throughout their procedure. The suites, staffed by a team of nurses specifically trained to assist the physicians (gastroenterologists, internists and surgeons) during the examinations, features the most modern instrumentation available.

During an endoscopy procedure, a physician views and examines internal structures using a flexible viewing tube (endoscope) which allows a three-dimensional color view without making an incision. The endoscope also allows for the removal and biopsy of tissue if needed. Common problems and symptoms that may require an endoscopy procedure include:

  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Heartburn and regurgitation (GERD)
  • Chronic and severe indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Frequent nausea and/or vomiting
  • Severe/unexplained abdominal pain
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Severe/frequent stomach pain
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Colon cancer screening
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

If you would like more information about SAMC's endoscopy suite, as well as information about common digestive problems, symptoms or procedures, call 334-712-3336 or 1-800-735-4998.

In 2010, SAMC opened the region’s only endovascular operating room that allows vascular surgeons, 7596OtherVascularIssues cardiovascular surgeons and interventionalists to work side-by-side in treating patients with heart disease. The endovascular operating room is a marvel of technological innovation and design. It is a fully equipped surgical suite and a state-of-the-art catherization lab designed around the needs of the cardiac surgeon and vascular surgeon and their patients. The concept allows conversion from a catheter-based procedure to an open surgical procedure for uncompromised patient treatment.