Health, Laughter and Fellowship…With a Twist!

Southeast Alabama Medical Center is excited to kick off our MEH - Headshot web fourth year of the "Sweet Tea Society (STS)." We've refilled the sweet tea pitcher this year with a refreshing lineup of fun and fellowship brewed exclusively for women.

Being a mother, daughter, wife and businesswoman can be very demanding and comes with many responsibilities. The STS gives you a much deserved break to catch your breath and relax with healthy knowledge and lighthearted fun.

Join us for the first quarterly event with nationally known humorist Maryellen Hooper. Her storytelling about being a woman, wife and mother will be your cup of tea.

An evening of storytelling about her own life
Tuesday, September 29/6:30 p.m./Dothan Opera House

Tickets can be purchased for $15 at the Dothan Civic Center, by calling 334-615-3175 or online at ww.dothan.org/performing_arts (Additional fees apply when ordering online).

Guest emcee: Amy D., co-host of the area's No. 1 rated morning show heard weekdays from 5:30 to 9 on WOOF-FM 99.7.

About Maryellen Hooper:
A veteran in the world of stand-up, Maryellen Hooper has made numerous national television appearances. She was a past winner of the "Female Comedian of the Year" presented at the American Comedy Awards.

A physical story-teller, Maryellen's act is an ever-evolving story about her life as a woman, wife and mother. Never crude or offensive, her accounts of life's little annoyances leave audiences exhausted from laughter. From home repairs on her family's "Fixer Upper" to colicky babies, no story is too sacred to share with her audiences. Her latest stand-up special is "Stinky Flowers," based on her stories about Wifedom and Mommyhood from her hugely popular blog of the same name, Stinky Flowers.

Upcoming complimentary "Sweet Tea Society" programs at the Depot off Main, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (next to the Wiregrass Museum of Art)
Thursday, November 5 – Surviving Menopause and Still Feeling Attractive – Praful G. Patel, MD (OBGYN)
Thursday, February 18 – Staying in Step with the Right Footwear – David W. Alford, MD (Orthopedics/Foot/Ankle)

Blue Cross funds ACOM scholarships

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama announced at ACOM on 1346BCBSScholarship310x153 July 28 a $3 million scholarship for third and fourth–year students at the school. The scholarships will be made available over a three year period beginning in 2017.

Terry Kellogg, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, hopes the scholarships will encourage recipients to provide primary medical care in underserved areas of Alabama. "Every Alabamian deserves access to high quality primary care," Kellogg said.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley joined Kellogg at ACOM for the announcement.

"We are appreciative to Blue Cross and Blue Shield for joining ACOM in our effort to meet the healthcare needs of Alabamians in rural areas. This generous investment in scholarships will help ensure the future medical needs of this state are met," said Ronald S. Owen, SAMC CEO and ACOM President.

Left to right: Terry D. Kellogg, president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama; Gov. Robert Bentley; Ronald S. Owen, president, ACOM; Craig Lenz, DO, dean, ACOM; Jeff Ingrum, senior vice president of Health Care Networks; Dow Briggs, MD, chief business officer

Pharmacy begins bedside prescription services

A new program recently began on SAMC's 7-East/Cardiovascular nursing floor in which a pharmacist will offer prescription services to specific discharged patients. The pharmacist reviews and instructs patients about their discharged medications, providing them with filled prescriptions at the bedside before discharge.

"The purpose is to reduce readmissions and improve the clarity of medication instructions when a patient is discharged," said Jessica Smith, RPh, Bedside-Rx program. "Higher risk patients, including those with prescriptions for anticoagulants, inhalers and diabetic medications will be the primary focus."

Bedside-Rx recently expanded its coverage to selected patients on 4-East/Cardiovascular and expects to begin serving patients on 6-East/Neurosurgery/Neurology soon. Bedside-Rx service is available Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The office is on the 7-East/Cardiovascular nursing unit.