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Mobile Infirmary Welcomes New President

Friday, July 26, 2019
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Contact: Hannah Swanson
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Infirmary Health is honored to announce Susan Boudreau, FACHE as the new president of Mobile Infirmary, effective July 1, 2019. In 2015, Boudreau rejoined Infirmary Health as the vice president of oncology and was later appointed as the chief operating officer of Mobile Infirmary. Boudreau has a relentless dedication for her community of patients, employees and physicians. Her passion for Infirmary Health and its surrounding communities will allow for a seamless transition into her role as president of Mobile Infirmary. 

Joe Stough, EVP, Chief Operating Officer of Infirmary Health, remarked, “We are thrilled to have Susan continue to grow within our organization. Her passion for patients, physicians and employees is apparent, and her relentless drive to provide the best, safest care will continue to move Mobile Infirmary and Infirmary Health in a positive direction.” 

Boudreau is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on various community boards. She earned her bachelor's degree in science Medical Technology from the University of Alabama and her master's degree in science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During her time at Mobile Infirmary, she implemented a successful hospital-wide Total Quality Management initiative, enacted the utilization of teleradiology and assisted in the planning and design of a major expansion/relocation of the Emergency Department. Boudreau also led the development of Infirmary Health’s Cancer Care program, including bringing on a new mobile cancer screening vehicle. Now, as of July 1, 2019, she begins a new role as the president of Mobile Infirmary. 

Mobile Infirmary is the largest non-governmental hospital in Alabama with 669 licensed beds, more than 2,100 employees and 109 years of experience and operation. It is home to the only robotic assisted bariatric epicenter in the state and the region’s most accredited cardiovascular program and hybrid OR/Cath lab. '

Infirmary Health is composed of three hospitals, two post-acute care facilities, more than 60 medical clinics and other affiliates. Infirmary Health serves all counties along the Gulf Coast and offers the most advanced technology, comprehensive treatment and highest quality care to remain the first choice for healthcare in the region.  

Susan Boudreau

Infirmary Cancer Care becomes first in region to help patients retain their hair during chemotherapy

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Jami Carter - #435-3910

Infirmary Cancer Care becomes first in region to help patients retain their hair during chemotherapy
Mobile, Ala. (Nov. 8) - Infirmary Cancer Care recently became the first cancer treatment center in the region to offer the PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System which helps patients retain their hair during chemotherapy treatments.
“Hair loss associated with chemotherapy is one of the most common effects associated with cancer for patients. It can be a constant reminder of their treatment and a personal identifier of being ill,” said Stefanie Willis-Turner, clinical director at Infirmary Cancer Care. “Infirmary Cancer Care, with the support of the Infirmary Foundation, is committed to providing the best care for our patients and we are excited to be able to offer the PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System to our community.” 
The PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System has been identified to reduce the likelihood of chemotherapy-induced alopecia (CIA) in cancer patients with solid tumors such as: ovarian, breast, colorectal, bowel and prostate cancer. Scalp cooling provides a proven alternative to hair loss, resulting in a high level of retention or even complete hair preservation, improving patients’ experience during treatment.
The PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System (also known as the ‘cold cap’) alleviates the damage caused to the hair follicles by chemotherapy. It works by reducing the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees immediately before, during and after the administration of chemotherapy.  Liquid coolant passes through the cap extracting heat from the patient’s scalp, ensuring the scalp remains at an even, constant temperature to minimize hair loss.
The PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System was developed by the Paxman family. The concept behind the technology came when mother of four, Sue Paxman, experienced first-hand the trauma of chemotherapy-induced hair loss. The company has since been on a personal journey to ensure Sue’s legacy lives on by helping people around the globe minimize chemotherapy-induced hair loss and contribute to their quality of life. 
The PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System may be covered by some insurance companies. Also, patients may qualify for financial assistance. Call #435-CARE (2273) for more information. 


Thomas Hospital receives the 2018 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care

Monday, August 6, 2018
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Janette Torre |Women’s Choice Award®   
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Thomas Hospital Receives 2018 Women’s Choice Award®
for America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care

Recognizing comprehensive care to treat heart disease, the nation’s leading cause of death for women
August 6, 2018 – Thomas Hospital has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare.  The award signifies that Thomas Hospital is in the top 9% of 4,812 U.S. hospitals offering heart care services. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year—approximately one woman every minute. 

What’s often thought of as a “man’s disease” strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. “With such strong prevalence of heart disease, every woman should know where to find the very best heart care before she ever has an incident,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of The Women’s Choice Award.  “We help women by conducting evidence-based research and recognizing the hospitals that could one day save their lives.”

The methodology used to select Thomas Hospital as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care is unique in that it evaluates:
• The number of cardiac/vascular services offered. Recognized hospitals must offer at least six of the following services: Cardiac Catheter Lab, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cardiac Surgery, Carotid Stenting, Coronary Interventions, Electrophysiology, Vascular Interventions, Vascular Surgery and Coronary Intensive Care (CCU).
• 30-Day mortality and readmission rates for heart attack and failure
• Patient recommendation ratings on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey
• Primary research about women’s healthcare preferences
For more information about the America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care, please visit the Women's Choice website.

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The Women’s Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart healthcare choices by identifying the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The Women’s Choice Award was recently honored by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2017 for a third consecutive year. Visit to learn more.

Fairhope man can now stand tall after sitting in wheelchair for four years

Monday, July 23, 2018
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Fairhope resident, Henry Mullen III, received a new Half-Power Superstand Standing Wheelchair at Thomas Hospital on Friday, July 20. Mullin is paralyzed due to a 2015 motor vehicle accident. By undertaking a program of repeated passive standing in the Half-Power Superstand Standing Wheelchair, Mullen will eliminate skin breakdown, strengthen long bones, eliminate urinary tract infections, stretch muscles, hamstrings, tendons and heel cords and improve his respiratory capacity.
Having the ability to stand up also affords Mullen more employment opportunities.  "I will not let my disability define me," Mullen says. "I want to work, pay taxes, and stay productive and live life to its fullest.  I do not want to depend on somebody else taking care of me."
Mullen worked closely with Thomas Hospital social workers and rehabilitation staff to secure medical documentation for the Half-Power Superstand Standing Wheelchair. Then, Mullen worked with Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services in Mobile to help get his Superstand funded."A lot of folks helped me throughout," Mullen says.  "In particular, big thanks to Kimberly Burnett at Thomas Hospital and Kayla Freeman at Alabama Department of Rehab Services --- those two ladies literally helped me get my life back." Fairhope resident and Superstand representative, Patrick Peterson (a paralyzed veteran and Superstand Standing Wheelchair user himself), helped introduce the Superstand to Mullin and worked closely with everyone to ensure a successful outcome.
The Half-Power Superstand Standing Wheelchair is custom-manufactured by The Standing Company in Saginaw, Michigan.  Not only does The Standing Company offer a made-in-America standing wheelchair, The Standing Company is certified by The Veterans Administration as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB).
Henry Mullen is an inspiration to all wheelchair users. Mullen, thanks to Alabama Department of Rehab Services and Thomas Hospital, has taken the initiative to make his life better and healthier.  People with disabilities need to see and hear “positive news” about local folks like Henry Mullen.
STANDING COMPANY CONTACT: Raymond Maczik, VP, 989-274-9528
 ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF REHAB SERVICES:  Kayla Freeman, Counselor; 251-479-8611
 STANDING COMPANY GULFCOAST REP:  Patrick Peterson; 251-689-0457

Thomas Hospital Auxiliary awards health career scholarships to area students

Monday, July 23, 2018

July 23, 2018
Contact: Melita Willkie, Manager of Volunteer Services
(251) 279-5525 or
Thomas Hospital Auxiliary awards health career scholarships to area students

FAIRHOPE, AL -- The Thomas Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to award $8,000 in health career scholarships to six Baldwin County residents. Each student will receive a scholarship valued at $2,000.
Sarah Cushman of Fairhope is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health management from the University of South Alabama, and Alexis Hamilton of Fairhope is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Troy University. Hope Tindle of Fairhope is pursuing a nurse practitioner’s degree in family medicine from Troy University, and Kela Wilson of Bay Minette is pursuing a bachelor in nursing from the University of South Alabama.
These students were chosen based on their academic excellence, extra-curricular activities and dedication to their goals. Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Health Career Scholarship Committee Chair Rusty Downey and Co-Chair Bob Holmes interviewed and selected this year’s recipients. Since 1999, the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary has awarded 82 scholarships valued at more than $170,000.
Students who are residents of Baldwin County and have been accepted into a healthcare program at an accredited college or university may apply for the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Health Career Scholarship. Applications are available in February and due in May.

The scholarships are funded by several fundraisers including the Auxiliary’s holiday silent art auction and sale of used books, which are donated and sold in the Thomas Hospital Gift Shop in Fairhope and Thomas Medical Center Snack Shop in Daphne. Donations of used books in good condition are appreciated and accepted at both locations. An additional donation of $1,500 was received from the Morgan Stanley Foundation through Morgan Stanley employee and Thomas Hospital Auxilian RaeAnn Stabler.
Scholarship recipients (center, left to right) Kela Wilson, Sara Cushman, Alexis Hamilton and Hope Tindle are pictured with (far right) Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Health Career Scholarship Committee Chairperson Rusty Downey, and (far left) Auxiliary President Linda Ricks and Auxiliary Vice President and Holiday Silent Art Auction Fundraiser Chairperson Maria Gywnn. The Auxiliary’s Health Career Scholarship Committee Co-Chairperson Bob Holmes is not pictured.

Thomas Hospital Auxiliary welcomes junior volunteers

Friday, June 8, 2018

May 30, 2018
Contact: Melita Willkie, Manager of Volunteer Services
(251) 279-5525 or

Thomas Hospital Auxiliary welcomes junior volunteers
FAIRHOPE, ALA – Thomas Hospital welcomes the 70 students from Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, American Academy, Baldwin Christian Home Educators Association, Bayshore Christian School, Bayside Academy, Bridge Christian Academy, Broadchurch Academy, Daphne High School, Fairhope High School, Gulf Shores High School, Heartwood Christian Academy, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, Robertsdale High School, Spanish Fort High School, St. Michael Catholic High School, and St. Paul’s Episcopal School who are participating in the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary’s Junior Volunteer program this summer.
They are volunteering in the Cath Lab, Clinical Education, Endoscopy, Fitness Center, Human Resources, Materials Management, Medical Unit, Physical Therapy, Pre-Admit, Post-Surgical Unit, Recovery/PACU, Speech Therapy, Surgery, and Women’s and Children’s Unit at Thomas Hospital, and the Rehab Services Department at Thomas Hospital in Daphne. They are also volunteeromg in several Auxiliary service areas, including the emergency department waiting area, gift shop, and information desk at Thomas Hospital, and the surgery waiting area and information desk at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne.
The Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Junior Volunteer program is offered to high school students between the ages 14 to 17 who maintain at least a B average and have an interest in volunteering at the hospital during the summer. The program runs from June 4 to July 27. The goals of the program, are to give service to the hospital, increase community understanding and interest in the hospital, and further interest in health careers.
  “This is a great opportunity for our area students to get involved in health careers early in their lives,” Melita Willkie, manager of volunteer services at Thomas Hospital, said. “We look forward to offering them a wonderful place to volunteer and the opportunity to provide a valuable service to their community.”

Pictured are Thomas Hospital Junior Volunteers (in alphabetical order) Anna Adcock, Emily Adcock, Alyssa Adkins, Brynne Anderson, Hannah Beall, Gillian Benson, Katie Berry, Claire Blythe, Aven Brasher, Brianna Brown, Molly Brown, Mary Elizabeth Chambliss, Sarah Chambliss, Emily Charest, Kimberly Charest, Trinity Coleman, Preston Endom, Tillery French, Catherine Gamard, Emory Gardner, Michael Garriz, Caitlyn Godwin, Hunter Hardy, Taylor Harrison, Cameron Herzog, Lee Lazzari, Jillian McCarley, Emily McDonald, Maddy McPhillips, Emalyn Middleton, Kaleigh Miller, Connor Nowlin, Margaret O’Connor, Alexis Olan, Justice Palmer, Heli Parekh, Prachi Patel, Valeria Perez, Anna Claire Potier, Edward Puckett, Conner Robitaille, Lily Scott, Nathan Valentine,
Not pictured are Camille Baker, Mary Katherine Carrick, Margaux Duchesne, Gabrielle Eslava, Zoie Givens, Fariha Irfan, Hannah Johnson, Kristen Johnson, Ashley Kearney, Megan Kirby, Carlie Leonard, Elly Patterson, Sydney Patterson, Ashton Redditt, Bella Rodriquez, Talley Scarbrough, Matthew Simmons, Sara Kate Sligh, Lana Marie Smoot, Evan Stephens, Grace Tarver, Emma Thomasson, Samin Uddin, Collin West, Georgia Whiteside, Holly Yazdi and Lillie Yazdi.

Mobile Infirmary celebrates one year of improving patients’ lives through the hospital’s advanced structural heart program

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

On Tuesday, May 8, heart patients and their families, along with hospital executives, employees and physicians, gathered to celebrate the one year anniversary of the structural heart program at Mobile Infirmary— including a trio of innovative new procedures.

Mobile Infirmary’s program launched in April 2017 with Stanley Thornton, M.D., and Kellan Ashley, M.D., with Cardiology Associates, performing the region’s first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). TAVR is a minimally invasive procedure to replace a narrowed aortic valve that fails to open properly (aortic valve stenosis).

The first Watchman procedure soon followed in July 2017, and was performed by Erik Eways, M.D., and Matthew Quin, M.D., of Cardiology Associates. Watchman is the trade name for a left atrial appendage closure device (LAAC) manufactured by Boston Scientific. Traditionally, patients who have AFib are treated with blood thinners to reduce the risk of stroke. However certain patients cannot tolerate the medications or have other life issues which prevent them from taking blood thinners. By employing the Watchman closure device, the appendage is closed off which prevents the blood from entering and clotting.

Dr. Thornton, Dr. Ashley, and Mina Jacob, M.D., with Diagnostic & Medical Clinic, performed the first MitraClip procedures in April 2018. Transcatheter mitral valve repair (TMVR) is a minimally invasive procedure that may be an option for patients with degenerative mitral regurgitation who are too sick for surgery. Unlike surgery, this procedure does not require opening the chest and temporarily stopping the heart. Instead, doctors access your heart through a vein in your leg to repair your mitral valve. MitraClip, manufactured by Abbott Laboratories, is the only TMVR option to treat mitral regurgitation.

Mobile Infirmary is the only hospital in the region offering all three structural heart procedures, which have made life changing differences for patients, most being discharged from the hospital in one to two days.

Registration now open for RIDEYELLOW

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Bay Minette, Ala.— Registration is now open for RIDEYELLOW, the state’s largest bike ride, with courses including a six-mile tribute ride, with a slow pace; a 10-mile flat course that is suited to new riders; a 20-mile rider requested route; a 37-mile moderately hilly course for intermediate riders; and a 62-mile ride for experienced riders.
Set for Saturday, June 16, the Infirmary Health charity bike ride begins at 7 a.m. at Halliday Park in Bay Minette, Alabama. Individuals can choose to participate in only the six-mile tribute ride or continue by pedaling the 10, 20, 37 or 62-mile route at their leisure. Rest stops are available along the way and food, beverages and vendor booths are available when riders return to the park.
RIDEYELLOW was founded in 2007 by Ann White-Spunner and Mary Trufant to raise awareness of cancer and to draft grassroots support for their mission of inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer. Since its inception, RIDEYELLOW has donated more than $496,100 to various cancer charities.
If you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring this year's event, call 251-937-9099. For more information, or to register, visit the event website at

Mobile Infirmary Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Mobile, AL, April 24, 2018 – The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C based organization aiming to improve healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Mobile Infirmary is the only hospital in Mobile to receive this recognition and one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D  or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Mobile Infirmary’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

 About Mobile Infirmary

Infirmary Health’s flagship is Mobile Infirmary, with 669 licensed beds including J.L.Bedsole/Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital. It is among the leading hospitals in the state for surgical volume, houses the most comprehensive cardiovascular program with a hybrid OR/cath lab, the regions only long term acute care hospital and Alzheimer’s center. Mobile Infirmary also boasts a renowned cancer program, Infirmary Cancer Care with surgical, radiation, and medical oncology. For more information on the services offered at Mobile Infirmary, visit

Infirmary Health and UAB Health System announce strategic affiliation

Monday, March 5, 2018

Infirmary Health and UAB Health System announce strategic affiliation
Officials from Infirmary Health, based in Mobile, Alabama, and the UAB Health System, based in Birmingham, announced a new strategic and operational affiliation during a news conference in Mobile today.
“The affiliation links two outstanding health care organizations,” said Will Ferniany, Ph.D., CEO of the UAB Health System. “This clinical partnership will build upon the strengths of both Infirmary Health and the UAB Health System, leading to better health care for the residents of the Mobile Bay region and across Alabama.”
“Today’s announcement of the Infirmary Health/UAB Health System affiliation brings together two of the largest health care providers in the state,” said Mark Nix, president and CEO of Infirmary Health. “This affiliation will extend the clinical expertise and medical research capabilities of UAB to southwest Alabama, where Infirmary Health is the region’s leading health care provider. Together, these two organizations will bring UAB clinical trials and research to patients currently served by Infirmary Health.”
The two health systems have identified a number of areas of potential collaboration, including the growing field of telemedicine to extend medical expertise across the state. Other areas of collaboration under future consideration include neurology, neurosurgery, neonatology, oncology, and ear, eye, nose and throat medical services.
“We are already in conversations to expand the presence of UAB specialty physicians in Infirmary Health facilities to cover underserved medical specialties within our organization and throughout our communities,” Nix said.
As part of the affiliation, UAB and Infirmary Health will work together to create exposure to potential medical residency rotations or additional residency positions for existing programs. More residents training in Alabama translates into increased opportunities to retain these physicians in Alabama. The affiliation will also link UAB and community physicians for increased opportunities for collaboration regarding quality patient care.
“We were committed to identifying a clinical partner in the Mobile Bay region and believe that Infirmary Health will be an outstanding fit for our mission and aims,” Ferniany said. “UAB does certain procedures — in cancer and transplantation, for example — that are not available anywhere else in Alabama. This affiliation will improve access for patients in Mobile to those procedures at UAB when necessary, while continuing to get the bulk of their medical care at home.”
The arrangement provides the opportunity to show benefit in supply chain savings and revenue cycle management, along with recruitment and incentive programs for medical students and residents. 
“The opportunities this affiliation brings to southwest Alabama are significant and almost limitless,” Nix said. “Health care organizations’ pooling resources and working together to improve care and control costs is the future of health care.”
Infirmary Health is a five-hospital system headquartered in Mobile. Representing more than 700 active physicians on the medical staff and 5,600 employees, it includes Mobile Infirmary, Thomas Hospital, North Baldwin Infirmary, and Infirmary LTAC Hospital.
The UAB Health System is a $3.2 billion organization with more than 2,000 medical staff members and 17,750 employees in its hospitals, including UAB Hospital, UAB Hospital-Highlands, UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, and authority relationships at Medical West and Baptist Health Montgomery. UABHS is also committed to improving rural health care and manages Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital in Demopolis, LV Stabler Memorial Hospital in Greenville and John Paul Jones Hospital in Camden. With this announcement, Infirmary Health joins UAB in an affiliation relationship along with Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence, Northeast Regional Medical Center in Anniston and Russell Medical in Alexander City.