Cardiology expands EP services

SAMC, in partnership with physicians from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), now offers expanded Electrophysiology (EP) cardiology procedures. EP is a branch of cardiology that deals 1421CathLabEPPhysicians310x192with the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm disorders. EP procedures are performed in the Cath Lab and can include a pacemaker, implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), cardiac ablation or surgery.

These procedures are performed using the new Carto 3D mapping system and St. Jude EP workmate software. The new mapping system allows the physician to create 3D images of the patient’s atrial and ventricular chambers. This enables the physician to have more accuracy to pinpoint the exact area causing the arrhythmia.

Pictured left to right are: Kim Gorland, RN; Maryanne Bravo, RT; Tom McElderry, MD; Michael Pinson, MD and Will Maddox, MD. They are performing a supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) study for a rapid heart rate on January 4.

Helipad construction begins

Construction of a new helipad is underway next to the SAMC warehouse. The larger, stronger helipad is needed to accommodate the Army’s new HH-60 medevac chopper and will also provide a better space for Wiregrass Life 1796HelipadSite310x192Flight to land when transporting patients to SAMC. The new helipad is approximately 100 yards west of the existing helipad. Work is expected to be completed in March.

SAMC hosts youth leadership students

On January 13 more than 40 high school juniors visited the SAMC campus as part of their healthcare day with Youth Leadership Dothan, a Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce program that orients emerging youth leaders to 1623YouthLeadershipDothan310x192the dynamics of local government and community affairs. The students heard presentations from SAMC professionals including neurosurgeon Bruce Woodham, MD; information systems director Eric Daffron and surgical services director Chris Holland, RN. The visit included tours of the laboratory, pharmacy and emergency departments, plus a visit to the helipad where students witnessed a helicopter takeoff and visited with the pilot and crew. In the photo, students watch as Chris Holland demonstrates vein cauterization techniques using a banana as an analogue for human tissue.