Champions of Hope

The SAMC Foundation's 7th Annual Sandi McCool Champions of Hope at the ACOM campus attracted 9474COH310x153 more than 1,600 participants, survivors, volunteers and supporters for a 5K, a fun run and other programs. The SAMC Foundation raised more than $118,000 to benefit breast cancer patients at our hospital. SAMC hospitalists Muhummad Alsayid, MD; Kristy Johnson, DO; and Vanktaraman Palabindala, MD, followed by Kim Atwell of Marketing (pink jacket), are shown at the start of the 5K road race.

KidFit program receives donation

Kohl's Department Store has donated $33,106 to the SAMC Foundation in support of childhood obesity KohlsKidFitDonationOct2014310x153 and wellness outreach efforts. The check was presented to the Foundation and the SAMC Kid Fit team by members of the Kohl's department store's Associates in Action during the 7th Annual Sandi McCool Champions of Hope.

Pictured, from left, are: Valerie Barnes, SAMC Foundation executive director, Gina Pitchford, KidFit staff, Lakin Tice, KidFit team leader, Rufus Davis, SAMC Foundation chairman, Kohl's Associates in Action team members, Lindsey Daniels, KidFit staff, Meghan Woodham, SAMC Foundation director of special events.

Team pledges clean hands save lives

The SAMC Planning and Development team recently signed pledges to make hand washing an 1598PlanningDevelpmentHandwashingPledge310x153 essential part of their daily routine. While the department is not involved in direct patient care, they touch items daily which may be touched by patients, visitors and fellow employees. Shown presenting their pledge forms to Jan Wynn, RN, director, Orthopedics, are, from left: Donnie Campbell, Bobby Dickerson, Kevin Sheppard, Ashley Knight, Lee Peacock, Mark Jernigan, Doug Phillips, Jim McNemar, Rick McGowan, James Cobb, Blake Kirkland, Rickey McBryar, Jack Scobie, Marcy Hill, Danny Lewis, Bobby Peters, James Baxley, Ben Finch and Bill Jones.