Elementary school makes donation

The SAMC Foundation would like to thank the LinC group and Hidden Lake Elementary SGA for their generous gift of $346. The LinC group raised money through t-shirt FoundationHiddenLakeElem310x192sales while the SGA won an award at the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens Scarecrow Contest and donated their winnings to the Foundation. The contributions will be used in support of Sandi McCool Champions of Hope.

Lab assistants pass phlebotomy certification exam

Nine SAMC lab assistants recently passed a national certification exam. Angela Burks, Paris Lester, Nakeshia Harrell, Nic Boatwright, Danielle Standridge, Amber Stevenson 0234LabPeople310x192 (ASCP), Kayla Speights (NHA), Denise Knight (ASPT) and Lasha McNealy (ASPT) sat for the timed, 200-question exam which was administered by Carla Wilson, supervisor, Pre-analytical Lab, who is a certified proctor. 

“Although we don’t currently require our lab assitants to carry certification, by gaining it they possess the knowledge to perform blood collections properly without causing harm to the patient,” Wilson said. 

The exam contained questions that dealt with phlebotomy, quality, safety, infection control, HIPPAA, and law and ethics related to phlebotomy. Each group member received a passing grade of at least 70% and is now a certified phlebotomist, recognized by the American Certification Agency for Healthcare Professionals. Wilson says she hopes all SAMC lab assistants will eventually become certified and that the test will be given to any SAMC lab assistant that wishes to do so.

In the photo, certified lab assistants Lawanda Brooks (center) and Lakweshia Descalzi congratulate (from left) Denise Knight, Amber Stevenson and (far right) Kayla Speights on their recent completion of the phlebotomy certification exam.

ED Observation unit celebrates milestone

SAMC’s ED Observation (EDO) unit is celebrating three years of service to SAMC this November. Opened in November 2012, the EDO was created 9825EDObsUnit310x192to assist with patient throughput at SAMC.

“Use of the EDO allows for inpatient beds to be available when needed for inpatient admissions, rather than using inpatient beds for patients that don’t require a true inpatient admission,” said Treela Wilson, RN, clinical coordinator, EDO. 

In the photo, from left, Ravi Nallamothu, MD, medical director, consults with Michelle Palmer, RN, EDO and fellow hospitalist Raman Palabindala, MD while Wilson (15088) moves a patient into one of the observation rooms. In the background, ACOM clinical clerkship student Ankita Mahajan assists the physicians by reviewing a patient’s medical care orders.