Sweet Tea Society event features Dr. Patel

The Sweet Tea Society will host its next event Thursday, Nov. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at The Depot off Main. Join us to hear Praful G. Patel, MD,SweetTeaPatel310x153 OBGYN, speak on menopause.

Menopause is a natural biological process that usually occurs in women during their 40s or 50s. While it ends fertility, you can still stay healthy, vital and sexual. Dr. Patel will discuss physical symptoms, such as hot flashes, sleep deprivation and lower energy levels.

Immediately following Dr. Patel’s presentation, an assortment of iced tea and some healthy cold foods will be served to help keep your temperature down. We will play “Name That Lovesong” with music from the 60s, 70s and 80s. Door prizes will also be given away.

Register for this complimentary program by calling 334-793-8107.

Hall joins SAMC Administrative Team

Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) is pleased to welcome Claudia Hall to its administrative team7670ClaudiaHall310x153 as vice president of Marketing.

Hall comes to SAMC with more than 14 years of marketing experience. She joins the Medical Center team from Southern Regional Health System in metro Atlanta where she served as director of Marketing and Business Development. Southern Regional is a 331 bed acute care hospital that is managed by Emory Healthcare.

Before moving to Southern Regional Health System, Hall served as director of Marketing and Physician Recruitment at River Park Hospital in McMinnville, Tenn. She previously served in the area as director of Marketing at Medical Center Barbour from 2004 to 2007. She has served on numerous healthcare and community boards.

Hall is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts degree, minoring in Marketing. She received a Master of Business Administration from Mercer University in Atlanta.

Hall and her husband, Jason, have a son, Sam. Her husband’s family owns and operates Hall’s Milling Company in Columbia.

SAMC welcomes Wiregrass Life Flight

Wiregrass Life Flight, a partnership with Pilcher's Ambulance Service and Air Medical Resource Group out of Utah, 6485ChopperNewsConference310x153  began operation on September 23. The emergency helicopter service will be housed at SAMC until a permanent site can be constructed. Wiregrass Life Flight will bring emergency patients into Dothan from as far away as 300 miles.

Shannon Pollock, vice president, Business Development, Air Medical Resource Group, poses for a photo in front of the company's AS350 B3e emergency helicopter with representatives from SAMC. SAMC is the region's only Level II Trauma Center and expects to receive the majority of trauma patients airlifted by Wiregrass Life Flight. From left, Pollock, Sharon Bidwell, Joseph McNeal, Cecilia Land, Levonne Outlaw, RN; Jonas Salna, MD; Mark Stewart, Mike Williams, Bruce McNeal.