Graham talks holiday depression at 2nd Cup of Coffee

Leona Graham, MD, psychiatry, of SAMC affiliate AltaCare, recently spoke at 2nd Cup of Coffee on the topic of holiday depression. 0018Graham2ndCup310x192Graham noted that depression is common during the holiday season and there are many ways of dealing with the issue, ranging from simply taking a break to seeing your therapist.

2nd Cup of Coffee is held the second Wednesday of each month in the Terrace Cafeteria from 9:30 -11 a.m.

SAMC begins pediatric hospitalist service

Beginning December 1, SAMC along with Sheridan Healthcare has implemented a pediatric hospitalist program. Part of a rapidly emerging medical specialty that uses0412PedHospitalist310x192 knowledge of hospital routines and policies, these physicians will provide individualized care to pediatric inpatients and emergency patients. They provide care for newborns through adolescents, including stabilizing and/or resuscitating emergent patients when necessary.

Because of their sole focus on providing medical care to hospitalized children, pediatric hospitalists have a great deal of experience in meeting the unique aspects of patients’ needs during their stay.

SAMC’s pediatric hospitalists will offer a consistent level of care, reacting quickly to patients’ needs as they arise during their stay in the hospital.

SAMC also welcomes Ronald Flaster, MD, FAAP, pediatric hospitalist. Dr. Flaster will serve as medical director of the Pediatric Hospitalist program. The pediatric hospitalist program assures that children will receive quality care in the region’s largest and most advanced referral center.

The pediatric hospitalist program complements SAMC’s NICU, the only one of its kind in the region, which opened in October. Until that time, most newborns needing specialized care born at SAMC and surrounding hospitals were transferred to other facilities outside the region, resulting in a hardship for parents and family. Since opening, SAMC’s NICU has treated 23 babies, with two transfers out to other facilities. Earlier this week we received a transfer into the NICU from Enterprise. The earliest admission was for a baby that was born at 30 weeks.

Pictured is Omolara Aderinboye, MD, pediatric hospitalist, taking care of a patient.

Dr. Davis joins SAMC Medical Staff

Sharon Davis, MD, FACS, has joined the SAMC Medical Staff and practices general surgery with Southeast Surgical Associates. 9499DavisSharonLabCoat310x192She earned her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her residency in general surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida and is certified by the American Board of Surgery. She is accepting new patients at her office located at 112 Haven Drive, Suite 1.