News Releases

Infirmary Health welcomes Dr. Grant Zarzour, orthopaedic surgeon, with Gulf Orthopaedics

Monday, July 26, 2021
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Dr. Grant Zarzour is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of hip and knee disorders. Dr. Zarzour completed medical school, internship and residency at the University of South Alabama. Following the completion of the joint replacement fellowship at Mississippi Sports Medicine & Adult Reconstruction, he returned to the Mobile area to begin his practice. In addition to being one of the area’s leaders in his specialty, he is a co-founder of the Fuse Project, a local non-profit dedicated to increasing opportunities for children across the Alabama Gulf Coast. It is not surprising that Becker’s Healthcare, Ambulatory Surgery Center Review, identified Dr. Zarzour as one of 10 total joint physicians to know.

 

Dr. Zarzour practices with the talented team at Gulf Orthopaedics, the area’s newest orthopaedic clinic. Together, these experienced and trusted physicians provide the latest, most cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical treatment methods, specializing in trauma, sports medicine, shoulder replacement, hip replacement, knee replacement and foot-ankle treatment. Gulf Orthopaedics’ physicians see patients on Infirmary Health’s campuses in midtown Mobile, on Hillcrest Road and in Saraland. Call 251-435-BONE (2663) to schedule an appointment. Learn more about the physician team and services offered at the ::LINK IN BIO::

Infirmary Health modified visitor policy, EFFECTIVE July 27, 2021

Monday, July 26, 2021
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Due to rising COVID-19 infection rates, Infirmary Health has modified its hospital visitor policy for Mobile Infirmary, Thomas Hospital, North Baldwin Infirmary, Infirmary Long Term Acute Care Hospital, J.L. Bedsole/Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital and Colony Rehabilitation Hospital effective Tuesday, July 27, 2021.

Each inpatient will be permitted two visitors at a time age 14 and older (exceptions apply). Emergency Department patients and outpatients are permitted one visitor at a time age 14 and older. For visitation hours and additional information on Infirmary Health’s visitor policy, please visit infirmaryhealth.org/visitors

All visitors are required to be masked at all times and have their temperature screened upon entrance. Visitors should maintain hand hygiene and appropriate social distancing and should remain in the patient’s room. Hospital cafeterias, waiting areas and other common areas will be closed to all visitors. Visitors who do not meet these guidelines will not be permitted.

In addition, Infirmary Health encourages everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Community members can schedule a Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine appointment at the location nearest them by visiting MyIHChart.org

Infirmary Health reserves the right to modify its visitor policy to be more restrictive in the future if the situation deems necessary in order to protect our patients, physicians and staff.

Mobile Bay OB-GYN Center announces the addition of Margaret “Meg” Gardner, M.D., obstetrician and gynecologist

Friday, July 23, 2021
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Mobile, Ala. – Margaret “Meg” Gardner, M.D., obstetrician and gynecologist, joins Mobile Bay OB-GYN Center following the completion of an obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga.  Dr. Gardner is thrilled to return to her hometown. She is now accepting new patients. Call 251-435-7900 to schedule an appointment.
 
Dr. Gardner earned her medical degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from Sewanne: The University of the South. She is a recipient of The John Gibbons Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Cunningham Memorial Research Award from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Additionally, during her residency at the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, she served as Education Chief helping organize educational and community service opportunities for other residents.
 
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Mobile Bay OB-GYN is an affiliate of Infirmary Medical Clinics (IMC) and has been serving the Mobile area since 1986. IMC serves the entire Gulf Coast region with more than 60 practice locations covering more than 20 specialties. IMC continues to expand its network of quality physicians and medical clinics in an effort to further bolster Infirmary Health’s position as the FIRST CHOICE for healthcare in the region.

Infirmary Medical Clinics announces partnership with the area’s newest orthopaedic clinic, Gulf Orthopaedics

Monday, July 12, 2021
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Mobile, Ala. – Infirmary Medical Clinics is proud to announce a partnership with the area’s newest orthopaedic clinic, Gulf Orthopaedics. The team at Gulf Orthopaedics includes Russell D. Goode, M.D.; Michael Granberry, M.D.; Clayton G. Lane, M.D.; Grant M. Shell, M.D.; Grant Zarzour, M.D. Together, these experienced and trusted physicians provide the latest, most cutting-edge surgical and non-surgical treatment methods, specializing in trauma and sports medicine, shoulder replacement, hip replacement, knee replacement and foot-ankle treatment.
 
"We are excited to announce this strategic partnership with some of the best orthopaedic surgeons along the Gulf Coast," said Mark Nix, President & CEO of Infirmary Health. "Infirmary Health's vision is to be the FIRST CHOICE for healthcare in the Gulf Coast region, and partnerships like this one help us achieve that vision."
 
Gulf Orthopaedics’ physicians will see patients on Infirmary Health’s campuses in midtown Mobile, on Hillcrest and in Saraland. They are now accepting new patients; call 251-435-BONE (2663) to schedule an appointment. Learn more about the physician team and services offered at gulfortho.com
 
Gulf Orthopaedics is an an affiliate of Infirmary Medical Clinics (IMC). IMC serves the entire Gulf Coast region with more than 60 medical clinics covering more than 20 specialities. IMC continues to expand its network of quality physicians and medical clinics in an effort to further bolster Infirmary Health’s position as the FIRST CHOICE for healthcare in the region.

North Baldwin Infirmary nationally recognized with sixth straight ‘A’ for Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Wednesday, June 2, 2021
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North Baldwin Infirmary was awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing North Baldwin Infirmary’s achievements for protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare. This is the sixth consecutive ‘A’ they have earned, following ‘As’ received for Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020 and Fall 2020.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“I am extremely grateful to our hospital leadership team and each of our loyal staff members for making patient safety their top priority each day,” North Baldwin Infirmary President Ben Hansert stated. “It has been a rough year, as ALL of our healthcare heroes battled the effects of the COVID-19 virus and the effects it had on so many of our patients. However, even throughout the pandemic, our staff assured that our patients and their safety was of utmost importance. I sincerely appreciate our entire team.”

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for North Baldwin Infirmary. With the pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate North Baldwin Infirmary for putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunities - Week of 5/17/21

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Upcoming vaccine opportunities include
ProHealth Fitness Center | 166 Mobile Infirmary Blvd (Mobile)
- Pfizer - BioNTech
*Open to community members age 12 +

  • Tuesday, May 18: 7 – 11 a.m. & 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 19: 7 – 12 p.m.
     

Thomas Fitness Center | 212 Hospital Drive (Fairhope)
- Pfizer - BioNTech
*Open to community members age 12+

  • Wednesday, May 19: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

North Baldwin Fitness Center | 2115 Hand Avenue (Bay Minette)
- Pfizer - BioNTech
*Open to community members age 12+

  • Tuesday, May 18: 7 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 – 4 p.m.

Northside Clinic | 95 Shell Street (Saraland)
-  Johnson & Johnson
*Open to community members age 18+

  • Friday, May 21: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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.

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