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About 1 out of every 10 women in the United States suffer from endometriosis | Endometriosis Awareness Month

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
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About 1 out of every 10 women in the United States suffer from endometriosis. "Awareness is key in helping a woman recognize their risk factors for as well as symptoms of endometriosis," says Dr. Jeff Fahy with Premier Women's Health.
Who is at risk for endometriosis?
The risk factors for endometriosis include a family history of endometriosis, defects in the uterus or fallopian tubes, cervix and/or vagina and early age of starting one’s menstrual period. Cycle length shorter than 27 days and menstrual flow greater than seven days and delayed childbearing are also risks.
 
What are the common symptoms of endometriosis?
The classic symptoms associated with endometriosis are heavy menstrual periods (menorrhagia) and extremely painful periods (dysmenorrhea). Eventually endometriosis can become severe enough to chronic cause pelvic pain, low back pain, rectal pain, and pain with sexual activity (dyspareunia).

What impact can endometriosis have on me?
The very presence of endometriosis, regardless of how severe, has been shown to impact fertility.  The presence of endometriosis seems to alter proper immune functioning and changes the hormonal environment, leading to problems with conception. The fallopian tubes may or may not be blocked due to scarring associated with endometriosis. As endometriosis worsens in severity, the fallopian tube‘s often become blocked.
 
Is endometriosis treatable?
Many women of reproductive age experience symptoms associated with endometriosis without knowing that they have endometriosis.  Endometriosis is treatable, especially in the early stages. In addition to screening for cervical abnormalities with the use of pap smears, regular annual gynecology examinations allow physicians to screen and treat patients who have symptoms of endometriosis helping patients with quality of life and often assisting with problems conceiving.
 
LADIES, schedule your annual exam with your gynecologist today!
Dr. Jeff Fahy serves Baldwin County with locations in Bay Minette and Daphne. Schedule an appointment by calling 251-937-2380.

American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day | 2021

Monday, March 22, 2021
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Today is American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day. A day that focuses on the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of understanding your risk!
 
Jennifer Pope, DNP, CRNP, FNP-C, is a nurse practitioner serving Baldwin County at Central Baldwin Physicians. She shares with us, "It is important for patients to take an active role in the management of their diabetes. Patients can dramatically improve treatment outcomes by gaining an understanding of the disease and working with their providers to optimize treatment goals. There are multiple types of diabetes, but the two most common are type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Diabetes is a complex disease that requires appropriate coordination of care between patients and providers. This requires multidisciplinary care that can include primary care, endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, podiatrists, and registered dieticians. Recent technological advances in diabetes management have provided patients with easier ways to monitor their blood glucose levels, deliver insulin, and transfer trend data to their provider. Since diabetes can lead to significant health complications, patients must be proactive in learning more about diabetes and actively engage in the management of their disease."
 
Could you have diabetes and not know it? One in four Americans with diabetes has it and doesn’t know it. Take the American Diabetes Association Diabetes Risk Test below to see if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/risk-fact...
 
To schedule an appointment with Central Baldwin Physicians, call 251-947-2000.

Do you have difficulties swallowing? | Infirmary Therapy Services

Monday, March 22, 2021
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Have you ever been eating and swallow something the wrong way? Have you thought about what that meant? 
Swallowing something wrong could mean that the food could be sticking in your throat. Or it could mean that the substance has gone into the lung. As we age, swallowing difficulties, also known as Dysphagia, can become more common. 
Signs of dysphagia can include

  • Choking on food or drink
  • Coughing during or after swallowing
  • Excessive drooling
  • A weak voice
  • Food sticking in your throat
  • Difficulty chewing or moving food to the back of your mouth.

If you have one or more of these difficulties, consult your physician about seeing a speech therapist with Infirmary Therapy Services. Infirmary Therapy Services speech therapy program can help by evaluating a patient's swallowing mechanics and develop a customized treatment plan.
Thomas Fitness Center | 251-279-1640
North Baldwin Fitness Center | 251-937-2823
ProHealth Fitness Center | 251-435-2016

COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunities - Week of 3/22/21

Thursday, March 18, 2021

For the week of March 22, Infirmary Health is offering multiple COVID-19 vaccination events in Fairhope and Mobile. Together these clinics will provide more than 3,800 first-doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to eligible participants. Those who are currently eligible include those in groups 1a, 1b and 1c, as outlined by the Alabama Public Health.

Monday, March 22

  • Thomas Fitness Center | Fairhope, Alabama
  • BY APPOINTMENT ONLY*
  • Request an appointment --->  vaccine.infirmaryhealth.org

Tuesday - Thursday, March 23 – 25

  • ProHealth Fitness Center | Mobile, Alabama
  • BY APPOINTMENT ONLY*
  • Request an appointment ---> vaccine.infirmaryhealth.org

After completing an online request form, you will need to login to or activate a MyIHChart account.  If you do not create a MyIHChart account, you will not receive a notification to set up an appointment. An account can be created by visiting our website: https://www.myihchart.org/MyChart/signup.

Once your request has been approved by our scheduling team, you will receive a text or email with a prompt to access your MyIHChart account and select an appointment time.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines or talk with your doctor.

Mobile Infirmary, Thomas Hospital now offer innovative breast cancer screening

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
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Mobile, Ala. – Infirmary Health announces that the Breast Centers at Mobile Infirmary and Thomas Hospital continue to stay on the forefront of breast care by now offering the Invenia™ ABUS 2.0 (Automated Breast Ultrasound System), approved by the Federal Drug Administration for breast cancer screening as an adjunct to mammography for women with dense breast tissue.
 
“Our goal is to save as many lives from breast cancer as possible,” said Dr. Bryan Jordan, diagnostic radiologist and sub specialist in breast imaging/interventions. “To do that, we utilize every available cutting-edge technology (mammography, ultrasound, MRI) to identify breast cancers at its earliest stage so that it is easily treated if not cured. ABUS is another exam in combination with routine mammography that helps our breast care team do just that.”
 
The challenges radiologists experience when reading mammograms is that dense tissue can hide some cancers. ABUS provides another survey of the breast tissue through 3D ultrasound. Approximately 40 percent of women have dense tissue. When used along with mammography, it can improve breast cancer detection by 37.5 percent over mammography alone.
 
The Invenia ABUS 2.0 Whole Breast Ultrasound is FDA-approved for breast cancer screening in the United States as an adjunct to mammography for women with dense breast tissue. A patient’s breast density is noted in a mammogram report sent to their referring physician. 
 
To find out if Invenia ABUS 2.0 breast cancer screening would benefit you, call the Breast Center at Mobile Infirmary at 251-435-5060 or the Breast Center at Thomas Hospital at 251-279-1633.
 
For further information about Invenia ABUS 2.0, visit www.gehealthcare.com/inveniaabus.

Congratulations to Dr. Chad McRee, Dr. Kareem Bedeir and the Cath Lab team at Mobile Infirmary on utilizing an Impella Ventricular Support System

Friday, March 12, 2021
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Congratulations to Dr. Chad McRee, Dr. Kareem Bedeir and the Cath Lab team at Mobile Infirmary on utilizing an Impella Ventricular Support System--the first procedure of its kind from Tallahasse to Gulfport!

The patient was a high-risk intervention with a 70% Left Main Coronary Artery Stenosis. The use of an Impella CP Support System (ventricular assist device) was chosen for protection during the procedure, as the location of the lesion was critical, posing a significant risk of complication if the intervention was done without this protective device. What makes this case unusual is the access used for the insertion of the Impella device. Traditionally, this device is inserted via femoral access. In this case, that was not possible due to prohibitive anatomy, so the decision was made to obtain access and insert the Impella Support System via axillary access. To obtain this access, Dr. McCree enlisted the assistance of Dr. Bedeir, cardiovascular surgeon, to assist with the surgical aspect of gaining access. The patient experienced a positive outcome with successful intervention to the area of stenosis to 0%!

Pictured: Dr. Chad McRee; Dr. Kareem Bedeir; Brook Jones, RN; Jennifer Fuller, ARRT; Meghan Ladner, RN; Caroline Houze, RN; Jonathan Bowmen, Abiomed, Inc. Clinical Rep

Save Your Vision Month with Dr. Alan Franklin

Friday, March 12, 2021
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Dr. Alan Franklin is a physician with Diagnostic & Medical Clinic and the Founder and CEO of ForwardVue Pharma. ForwardVue has developed an innovative approach with small molecule technology to develop a more safe, effective and durable treatment option for patients with wet macular degeneration & diabetic macular edema. His team has proposed treatments, which are in the pre-clinical phases, that would reduce the number of injections a patient receives annually for these disease by 75%.
“Save Your Vision month represents a great platform for people to become aware of common blinding diseases such as macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease,” said Alan Franklin, MD, PhD. “ForwardVue Pharma’s vision is to develop a better treatment with fewer injections.”
Most recently, Dr. Franklin was awarded second place in The Winning Pitch challenge which recognizes ophthalmologist innovators to accelerate the development of solutions that address significant unmet needs. Dr. Franklin will be a moderator and speaker at Wet AMD & DME Drug development in April and presenting in London at Ophthalmic Drugs in November.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Franklin, call 251-435-1200.

Invenia ABUS 2.0 Whole Breast Ultrasound now at The Breast Centers at Mobile Infirmary and Thomas Hospital

Friday, March 12, 2021
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Have you been diagnosed with dense breast tissue? Did you know women with dense breast tissue are at a 4-5 times higher risk of developing breast cancer than women without dense tissue?
The Breast Centers at Mobile Infirmary and Thomas Hospital are now pleased to offer a new screening procedure for women with dense breast tissue – the Invenia ABUS 2.0 Whole Breast Ultrasound. As the only FDA-approved ultrasound screening device for women with dense breast tissue, this is a comfortable, relatively short exam without additional radiation.
Call your doctor today for a referral, then schedule your appointment at The Breast Center at Mobile Infirmary (251 435-5660) or The Breast Center at Thomas Hospital (251 990-1042).

North Baldwin Infirmary to provide 1,500 COVID-19 vaccines for Baldwin County drive-through vaccination event

Friday, March 12, 2021
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Bay Minette, Ala. – On Friday, March 19, North Baldwin Infirmary, in partnership with the City of Bay Minette, the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and Coastal Alabama Community College, will provide 1,500 first doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Coastal Alabama Community College campus in Bay Minette.
“We are excited to partner with the City of Bay Minette, Baldwin County EMA, ADPH and Coastal Alabama Community College to provide 3,000 total vaccines in North Baldwin County,” said Ben Hansert, North Baldwin Infirmary President. “North Baldwin Infirmary is proud to have served our community throughout the pandemic and to expand our vaccine offering in our North Baldwin County community.” 
The drive-through vaccination event will take place at Coastal Alabama Community College, located at 1900 US-31 in Bay Minette, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on March 19.

  • Second dose vaccines will be given on Friday, April 9 for those who attend on March 19 for the first dose.
  • With the assistance of nursing and allied health students and instructors at Coastal Alabama Community College, vaccines will be administered to 1,500 participants who qualify within the ADPH guidelines on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Beginning Monday, March 15, participants may call 1-800-381-3722 for more information.

Full guidelines for participants are available by CLICKING HERE.
To date, Infirmary Health has provided more than 40,000 vaccines to the communities in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. This drive-through clinic will the first in the North Baldwin County area. 
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines or talk with your doctor. 
To determine if you qualify for the vaccine, please visit
https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19vaccine/assets/adph-covid19-v....

North Baldwin Infirmary to provide 1,500 COVID-19 vaccines for Baldwin County drive-through vaccination event

Friday, March 12, 2021
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Bay Minette, Ala. – On Friday, March 19, North Baldwin Infirmary, in partnership with the City of Bay Minette, the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and Coastal Alabama Community College, will provide 1,500 first doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Coastal Alabama Community College campus in Bay Minette.
“We are excited to partner with the City of Bay Minette, Baldwin County EMA, ADPH and Coastal Alabama Community College to provide 3,000 total vaccines in North Baldwin County,” said Ben Hansert, North Baldwin Infirmary President. “North Baldwin Infirmary is proud to have served our community throughout the pandemic and to expand our vaccine offering in our North Baldwin County community.” 
The drive-through vaccination event will take place at Coastal Alabama Community College, located at 1900 US-31 in Bay Minette, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. on March 19.

  • Second dose vaccines will be given on Friday, April 9 for those who attend on March 19 for the first dose.
  • With the assistance of nursing and allied health students and instructors at Coastal Alabama Community College, vaccines will be administered to 1,500 participants who qualify within the ADPH guidelines on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Beginning Monday, March 15, participants may call 1-800-381-3722 for more information.

Full guidelines for participants are available by CLICKING HERE.
To date, Infirmary Health has provided more than 40,000 vaccines to the communities in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. This drive-through clinic will the first in the North Baldwin County area. 
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines or talk with your doctor. 
To determine if you qualify for the vaccine, please visit
https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19vaccine/assets/adph-covid19-v....

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