24th annual Men’s Health Fair

Jakelia Jackson, certified lab assistant, draws blood for free health 4342MensHealthBloodDraw310x153 screenings at the 24th annual Men's Health Fair at the Dothan Civic Center. A record number of participants took advantage of free health screenings at this year's event. The event drew 885 participants. Of those, 500 had labs drawn, with 27 found to have elevated PSAs. Another 117 had high cholesterol and 92 had elevated glucose; 68 men had low testosterone and 18 had abnormal thyroid levels. Also, 604 pounds of food was collected for donation to the Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank. Three physicians participated from Urological Associates, along with 12 ACOM students and 90 volunteers. Thank you to all who helped make this event possible!

Electrophysiology lab upgraded

Cath Lab 3 received a Biosense Webster 3D electrophysiology mapping system this week. This will allow the 5143CathLabInstall310x153 cardiology staff to perform comprehensive electrophysiological evaluations of patients with abnormal cardiac rhythms, including diagnostic procedures and 3D mapping of the heart. "The Biosense Webster system will allow us to perform SVT, VT and A-fib ablations on our patients," said Zane Kelley, RN, cath lab supervisor. "The ability to perform these procedures will allow patients to receive treatment here at SAMC versus being referred to other hospitals such as UAB."

In the photo, Kaitlyn Hoyt, field service engineer, Biosense Webster, explains the control layout of the SMARTABLATE HF generator to Norm Wrobel, radiology engineer, Invasive Cardiology. The SMARTABLATE HF is used during RF ablation therapy of the human heart and is a component of the Biosense Webster 3D electrophysiology mapping system.

da Vinci open house

Matt Cummings, RN, Allyson McLaney, RN, and Amanda Rainey, RN, all of Surgery, inspect SAMC's da Vinci Xi surgical robot during 4844daVinciOpenHouse310x153an open house last week. The purpose of the open house was to display the new technology so that members of the public, media, and SAMC staff would be able to get a closeup look at the newest member of SAMC's surgical team. Installation and testing are currently underway; the first surgical case with the da Vinci Xi is expected to be in early September.

On August 17 the SAMC Foundation announced approval of a $193,000 grant to help with the acquisition of the da Vinci Xi surgical robot and its initial surgical tool set. "The Foundation Board of Trustees, on behalf of its donors, is proud to support the expansion of SAMC's surgical robotics program and the additional surgical options it will provide to our patients," said Valerie Barnes, executive director, SAMC Foundation.