Please note that on May 21, SAMC will begin work to replace the building signage at the top of the east wing, facing the parking deck. For safety reasons we will temporarily close the discharge entrance near the gift shop to all pedestrian and vehicle traffic.
Vehicles may continue to use the north ramp next to the Human Resources department to access the parking deck; however the area in front of the entrance, including the drive thru canopy, will be fenced off. This area will be closed beginning tomorrow, May 21 and remain closed through Friday May 24th to remove the old signage and prepare the wall for the new signage. The new signage will be installed by mid-June which will require the area to be briefly closed at that time as well.
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Bronchial Thermoplasty with the Alair® System is the first non-drug procedure approved by the FDA for the treatment of severe persistent asthma in patients 18 years and older whose asthma is not well controlled with standard asthma medications (inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta-agonists). The procedure uses a small catheter to deliver controlled energy to the airways of the lung to reduce the amount of excessive airway smooth muscle. This reduction decreases the muscle’s ability to constrict the airways, resulting in a decreased frequency of asthma attacks. In clinical studies, the benefits of bronchial thermoplasty included reduced severe asthma attacks, decreased visits to the ER and hospital for respiratory symptoms, and less time lost from work and school due to asthma.
As with any procedure, there are risks, including a temporary increase and worsening of respiratory-related symptoms immediately after the procedure that could require hospitalization. Please talk to your physician to determine whether bronchial thermoplasty is right for you and/or call SAMC respiratory department for more information.
Five area hospitals announced on May 7 the formation of the Stroke Care Network to provide quality stroke care in rural areas.
Medical Center Barbour in Eufaula, Mizell Memorial Hospital in Opp, Dale Medical Center in Ozark and Wiregrass Medical Center in Geneva have joined with Southeast Alabama Medical Center (SAMC) in Dothan to form the Stroke Care Network.
The timing of the announcement coincides with Stroke Awareness Month. Every four minutes a person in the United States dies from a stroke. Stroke is the most debilitating disease and the third leading cause of death in Alabama.
Through the Stroke Care Network and thanks to funding from the SAMC Foundation, the Telemedicine based network allows for 24/7 stroke care. The Stroke Care Network will ensure patients in our surrounding communities will have access to the most experienced stroke care available.
Each community hospital has a TeleMedicine monitor and 24/7 access to a Neurologist through AccuteCare physicians. When a patient presents at a network community hospital with stroke symptoms, the Neurologist will conduct a real-time video examination of the patient. This will allow the Neurologist to diagnose and prescribe life-saving drugs to the patient in a matter of minutes. A coordinated and faster response time, including transfer to a regional stroke center such as SAMC, can result in less permanent damage caused by the stroke.
Ronald S. Owen, chief executive officer at SAMC, said he commends the community hospitals for their commitment to ensure stroke patients are diagnosed and medicine is prescribed as soon as possible. He said when dealing with a stroke, time loss equals brain loss.
The Stroke Care Network is also committed to educating the public on signs and symptoms of a stroke. Knowing what signs and symptoms to look for can mean a quicker response getting a family member or friend to the hospital. The Stroke Care Network suggests using the F.A.S.T. Prehospital Stroke Scale to determine if someone should be taken to the hospital:
• Facial Droop
Normal: Both sides of face move equally
Abnormal: One side of face does not move at all
• Arm Drift
Normal: Both arms move equally or not at all
Abnormal: One arm drifts compared to the other
Normal: Patient uses correct words with no slurring
Abnormal: Slurred or inappropriate words or mute
• Time to call 911
Presence of one of the above is associated with a high risk of stroke (72 percent), and if all three are present the risk is 85 percent.