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What should I do if I am at high risk for breast cancer?

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
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Q: What should I do if I am at high risk for breast cancer?
A: Women may be at high risk for breast cancer if they have close family members who have had breast cancer or other specific cancers, if they have had a breast biopsy showing atypical hyperplasia or LCIS, have extremely dense breasts on mammograms, or were treated with chest radiation at a young age. If you think you may be at high risk, consider seeing your physician for a formal breast cancer risk assessment. If your estimated lifetime risk is over 20%, this is considered high risk, and you may benefit from our High-Risk Breast Clinic. This clinic offers genetic counseling and testing, risk-tailored screenings that include more frequent breast exams, and enhanced breast imaging with 3D mammography and breast MRI. You will also learn techniques for performing self-breast exams and about risk-reducing strategies, such as diet, exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol intake and limiting menopausal hormone replacement therapy. If appropriate, your physician may discuss risk-reducing medications (also called chemoprevention) or surgery, including a prophylactic mastectomy.
Caroline McGugin, M.D.
Breast Surgeon with Infirmary Surgical Specialists

Infirmary Medical Clinics announces the addition of Nathaniel “Teddy” Winstead, M.D., FACP, FACG, AGAF

Monday, October 5, 2020
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Mobile, Ala. – Nathaniel “Teddy” Winstead, M.D., FACP, FACG, AGAF, joins Gulf Coast Gastroenterology from Houma Digestive Health Specialists in Houma, LA. Gulf Coast Gastroenterology, established in 2016, provides the Fairhope community with quality, specialized gastroenterological care. Dr. Winstead is now accepting new patients by referral.
 
Dr. Winstead earned his medical degree from the Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. He completed his residency at Tulane University Health Sciences Center where he served as Chief Resident and Clinical Instructor of Medicine. Additionally, he was a gastroenterology and hepatology fellow at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Following the completion of his fellowship, he served as the director of gastroenterology research and the medical director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center for the Ochsner Health System for five years before establishing his practice in Houma, LA. In addition to extensive clinical trial research, Dr. Winstead has also been named a fellow with the American Gastroenterological Association, American College of Gastroenterology and the American College of Physicians.
 
Call 251-990-0360 to schedule an appointment.
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Infirmary Medical Clinics (IMC) serve the entire Gulf Coast region with more than 50 medical clinics covering more than 48 specialties. IMC continues to expand its network of quality physicians and medical clinics to further bolster Infirmary Health’s position as the FIRST CHOICE for healthcare.

Visitor Policy - Effective Friday, October 2 at 8 a.m.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

In concordance with Governor Ivey’s Safer at Home Order, Infirmary Health has modified its hospital visitor policy effective Friday, October 2, at 8 a.m. Each patient will be permitted one designated visitor per day (exceptions apply). Visitors will be required to adhere to the following guidelines. Visitors who do not meet these guidelines will not be permitted.

  • All visitors will be required to be masked (wearing own mask from home, subject to the requirements set forth in this policy, will be allowed), temperature screened and asked approved CDC questions before allowing entrance.
  • All visitors should maintain hand hygiene and appropriate social distancing.
  • Same visitor per patient per day, 18 years or older
  • All visitors should remain in the patient’s room. All cafeterias, waiting areas, gift shops and other common areas remain closed to visitors.

Visitor Hours at Mobile Infirmary, Infirmary Long Term Acute Care Hospital, Thomas Hospital, North Baldwin Infirmary and Oakwood Center for Living are as follows:
• Non-ICU: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
• ICU/LTACH: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
• Senior Behavioral Health Visitation will be permitted by appointment only
• For COVID-19 positive patients, no visitors unless it is an end of life situation or special circumstances as approved by Hospital Leadership
• No overnight visitation is allowed unless approved by Hospital leadership.

Visitor hours at J.L. Bedsole/Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital and Colony Rehabilitation Hospital
• Monday – Friday | 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Rotary Rehabilitation
• One visitor per patient. Must meet above criteria.
Labor & Delivery
• One support person per patient. Must meet the above criteria.
Nursery
• Mother of patient and one support person. Both must meet above criteria.
Pediatrics
• 1 parent or guardian at all times. Must meet above criteria.
Outpatient Surgery
• No visitors are allowed for outpatient procedures unless approved by hospital administration.
Emergency Departments
• One visitor will be allowed once the patient has been assigned in room. Must meet the above criteria.
Surgical Procedures
• One caregiver (meeting the above requirements) may accompany the patient to assist with entry into the hospital and registration.
End-of-Life Guidance/ Inpatient Hospice
• For non-COVID-19 patients in which death is reasonably anticipated within 24-48 hours, one caregiver (meeting the above requirements) will be allowed at the bedside
- Caregivers may rotate with other caregivers
• For PUI/COVID-19 patients, only one caregiver will be allowed at the bedside, pursuant to approval from the attending physician due to limited PPE.
- Caregivers will be required to follow all instructions from clinical staff related to hand washing, PPE, entry/exit, length of time with patient, etc.

LABCORP AND INFIRMARY HEALTH FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE LABORATORY SERVICES ACROSS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
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LabCorp Contacts:
Media: Donald Von Hagen — 336-436-8263
Media@LabCorp.com
Investors: Clarissa Willett — 336-436-5076
Investor@LabCorp.com 

LABCORP AND INFIRMARY HEALTH FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE LABORATORY SERVICES ACROSS HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
Multi-year deal will enhance lab services for patients and providers throughout eastern Gulf Coast region 
BURLINGTON, N.C., Sept. 29, 2020 — LabCorp (NYSE: LH), a leading global life sciences company that is focused on advancing health and guiding patient care decisions, and Infirmary Health, the largest non-governmental health care system in Alabama, today announced that they have entered into a multi-year collaboration to provide laboratory services to patients and providers throughout the eastern Gulf Coast region. LabCorp, which has a long-standing presence in Alabama through laboratory facilities in Birmingham, will provide lab management, phlebotomy and logistics services, and reference testing to Infirmary Health.
“LabCorp is excited to work with Infirmary Health to enhance and expand the laboratory experience for patients and providers across southern Alabama,” said Chris Bosler, senior vice president of LabCorp Diagnostics’ Southeast Division. “We look forward to partnering with Infirmary Health to provide high-quality laboratory services to improve patient care.”

LabCorp’s initial focus is to improve lab testing turnaround time and accelerate access to innovative diagnostics for Infirmary Health’s acute care facilities. In addition to providing diagnostic testing services, LabCorp will also help Infirmary Health increase its capacity for COVID-19 testing to support patients throughout Alabama. 
Infirmary Health recently underwent a complete laboratory transformation so it could fully utilize LabCorp services. The process, which was complicated by the global pandemic, required unprecedented coordination to maintain safety and quality. Within weeks, LabCorp and Infirmary Health were able to bring new laboratory instruments online, increase lab staffing, and train employees on new laboratory platforms, to support the shared goal of bringing world-class diagnostics to Infirmary Health patients across the region. Together, LabCorp and Infirmary Health are realizing their shared goals of improving health outcomes and the overall quality of care for the communities they serve.
 
“Infirmary Health is committed to providing accessible, quality healthcare throughout our communities,” said Mark Nix, President & CEO Infirmary Health. “As a highly regarded laboratory with strong roots in Alabama, LabCorp’s expertise will help bring an enhanced laboratory experience to Infirmary Health, including testing for COVID-19 that is vitally needed by the providers and patients we serve.”

About Infirmary Health
Infirmary Health serves an 11-county area of south Alabama and north Escambia County, Florida, with more than 700 active physicians on the medical staff and more than 6,000 employees. Infirmary Health is composed of four acute care hospitals, three post-acute facilities, a physician clinic network with more than 60 locations, six diagnostic imaging centers, two full service breast centers and two freestanding emergency departments, along with other affiliated entities.
To learn more about Infirmary Health, visit www.infirmaryhealth.org.

About LabCorp
LabCorp (NYSE: LH), an S&P 500 company, is a leading global life sciences company that is deeply integrated in guiding patient care, providing comprehensive clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services. With a mission to improve health and improve lives, LabCorp delivers world-class diagnostics solutions, brings innovative medicines to patients faster, and uses technology to improve the delivery of care. LabCorp reported revenue of more than $11.5 billion in 2019. 
To learn more about LabCorp, visit www.LabCorp.com, and to learn more about LabCorp’s drug development business, Covance, visit www.Covance.com.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements with respect to scientific collaborations, customer contracts and relationships, the anticipated benefits of such collaboration and relationships, and the expected impact that the various collaborations and customer relationships may have on the Company’s financial results. Each of the forward-looking statements is subject to change based on various important factors, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, including without limitation, the Company’s ability to establish and maintain strategic partnerships and other scientific collaborations, competitive actions in the marketplace, and other unforeseen changes and general uncertainties in the marketplace, changes in government regulations, including healthcare reform, customer purchasing decisions, including changes in payer regulations or policies, adverse actions of governmental and other third-party payers, patient safety issues, changes in testing guidelines or recommendations. These factors, in some cases, have affected and in the future (together with other factors) could affect the Company’s ability to implement the Company’s business strategy and actual results could differ materially from those suggested by these forward-looking statements. As a result, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any of our forward-looking statements. The Company has no obligation to provide any updates to these forward-looking statements even if its expectations change. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Further information on potential factors, risks and uncertainties that could affect operating and financial results is included in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Forms 10-Q, including in each case under the heading RISK FACTORS, and in the Company’s other filings with the SEC.

Infirmary Medical Clinics announces the opening of Thomas Hospital Internal Medicine Clinic in Fairhope, AL

Monday, September 28, 2020

Mobile, Ala.— Infirmary Medical Clinics is proud to announce the opening of Thomas Hospital Internal Medicine Clinic in Fairhope, AL. Beginning September 28, patients can be seen Monday – Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of adults with chronic medical conditions such as COPD, diabetes, heart disease and endocrine issues. The doctors will also guide patients in health promotion and disease prevention. For appointments, please call 251-279-1245.

Thomas Hospital Internal Medicine Clinic is an integral part of the internal medicine residency program established by Thomas Hospital. Last spring, Thomas Hospital was approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as an accredited site for an internal medicine residency program. In addition to formal training and educational opportunities, the inaugural class of residents will make rounds with experienced physicians at both Thomas Hospital and North Baldwin Infirmary and will work alongside physicians in the hospitals’ emergency departments and Thomas Hospital Emergency - Malbis. These resident physicians will see patients and provide care in the clinic under the direction of supervising physicians.

Infirmary Medical Clinics (IMC) serve the entire Gulf Coast region with more than 50 medical clinics covering more than 48 specialties. IMC continues to expand its network of quality physicians and medical clinics to further bolster Infirmary Health’s position as the FIRST CHOICE for healthcare.

How important are yearly checkups with your physician?

Thursday, September 10, 2020
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Q: How important are yearly checkups with your physician?
 
A: Very! Your wellness visit is set aside for you and your doctor or primary care provider (PCP) to discuss measures that may be put in place to improve your health and decrease your chances of developing health problems. You and your doctor/PCP will review various factors that may pose a risk to your health. This will include a review of your family, personal and social histories. Using this information, your doctor/PCP has the opportunity to provide you with the tools and resources available to decrease your risk of developing diseases. Some diseases may be prevented by vaccines, changing your lifestyle or using tests to detect diseases or precursors of disease before you have any symptoms.
 
To prepare for your checkup, make a record of aspects of your health history that you are likely to forget. (For example, do you recall the date of your last mammogram and where it was done?) If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to schedule your annual wellness appointment.
 
Donessa Fraser, M.D.
Family Medicine Physician at
Diagnostic & Medical Clinic | Northside Clinic
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Fraser by calling 251-675-4733 or visiting online at diagnosticandmedical.com

What are key indicators for potential neurological disorders?

Thursday, September 10, 2020
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Q: What are key indicators for potential neurological disorders?
 
A: Neurologic disorders are diseases of the brain, spine and nerves that can affect any part of the body. Any progressive headache, focal weakness or numbness, loss of vision, loss of ability to walk or balance could signal a neurologic problem. Common neurological disorders include:
• Acute spinal cord injury
• Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
• Bell’s palsy
• Brain tumors
• Head injury
• Hydrocephalus
• Herniated disk
• Multiple sclerosis
• Myasthenia gravis
• Seizures
• Stroke
 
Dr. Amber Gordon
Neurosurgeon
Infirmary Nuerosurgery
 
Learn more at https://www.infirmaryhealth.org/affiliates/infirmary-neurosurgery OR call 251-435-6850 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gordon.

What are hospitalists? | BEST Magazine - August 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020
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Infirmary Health hospitalists are an integrated team, providing patients with comprehensive care while inside the hospital. Infirmary Health’s electronic medical record allows the hospitalists to see all of the medical history of patients who see other Infirmary Health physicians in a clinic setting, whether it be a specialist or primary care doctor.
 
What are hospitalists?
Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Infirmary Health’s hospitalists operate as a large group practice to provide inpatient services to children and/or adults. Most are trained in general internal medicine. Once patients are admitted, the hospitalist takes on responsibility for their care for the entirety of the patients’ stay.'Although you may not be familiar with the term hospitalist, the field has more than 50,000 physicians. That is substantially larger than any subspecialty of internal medicine and about the same size as pediatrics. Approximately 75 percent of U.S. hospitals now have hospitalists. The hospitalist role is based on the concept that the more experience a physician has with in-hospital care, the better the quality of care. Research has proven this to be true. Evidence shows that hospitalists may help reduce costs and enhance patient satisfaction. And they do not have to juggle a busy office schedule with hospital rounds. The hospital is, in effect, their office. This often results in shorter hospital stays because hospitalists are on hand full-time to perform medical procedures, design treatment plans and other duties. 

Working with your personal physician
In addition to the benefits they provide in the hospital setting, hospitalists can also improve the productivity in physicians’ offices. Office-based physicians who work with hospitalists do not have to make frequent trips to the hospital, so they can instead concentrate more fully on their office appointments and calls. Patients who may be a little uncomfortable at the prospect of seeing a different doctor while they are in the hospital can rest assured: Their personal physician will not be kept out of the loop. Hospitalists inform patients’ personal physicians of all major decisions made in the hospital and send them complete discharge summaries. While the idea of hospitalists may be new to you, keep an open mind. These trained physicians are a fantastic resource and will dedicate their time to reducing the confusion of your hospital stay and guiding you through treatment.
Wendell Erdman, M.D., is the medical director of the Infirmary Health Hospitalists program and has served as a leader throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you to Dr. Erdman and all the caregivers who continue to go above and beyond for our patients.

Infirmary Cancer Care announces the addition of Olivia Claire Ball, M.D.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
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Mobile, Ala. – Olivia Claire Ball, M.D., joins Infirmary Cancer Care (ICC) from CHI Saint Joseph Health in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Ball is now accepting patients through referral for radiation oncology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Washington and Lee University in Richmond, Virginia. She completed her medical doctorate and radiation oncology residency with the University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as an internship with Baptist Health System in Birmingham, Alabama.
 
ICC provides a comprehensive program and streamlined access to care for patients. Their multidisciplinary team of experts collaborate on each patient's case during our renowned weekly tumor conferences; access is also provided to personal cancer navigators, who guide patients every step of the way. ICC has been recognized by the Commission on Cancer for our commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality and multidisciplinary patient care.
 
Dr. Ball is available to see patients in Mobile and Fairhope. Please schedule referrals and consults by calling 251-435-2273.

Infirmary Cancer Care announces the addition of Kannan Thanikachalam, M.D.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
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Mobile, Ala. – Kannan Thanikachalam, M.D., joins Infirmary Cancer Care (ICC) and Diagnostic and Medical Clinic (DMC) following the completion of a fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. Dr. Thanikachalam is now available to see patients in Mobile, Saraland, Fairhope and Bay Minette.

Dr. Thanikachalam holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from Stanley Medical College in Chennai, India. He completed his internship and residency with the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School in Montgomery, Ala., where he served as Chief Resident. Throughout his residency and fellowship, Dr. Thanikachalam engaged in clinical research and scholarly presentation related to his specialty and specifically in the area of gastrointestinal and genitourinary oncology. Topics included the role of nutrition in colon cancer and the impact of COVID-19 among cancer patients in Michigan. He has been involved in a clinical trial for patients with pancreatic cancer.

ICC provides a comprehensive program and streamlined access to care for patients. Their multidisciplinary team of experts collaborate on each patient's case during our renowned weekly tumor conferences; access is also provided to personal cancer navigators, who guide patients every step of the way. ICC has been recognized by the Commission on Cancer for our commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality and multidisciplinary patient care.

For more than 70 years, DMC has provided trusted, quality care to the Gulf Coast communities. As the largest private multi-specialty clinic in Alabama it is home to more than 80 physicians treating a broad range of specialties. Please schedule referrals and consults by calling 251-435-2273.

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