News Releases Archive

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

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Media Contact: 

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.

Do you have difficulties swallowing? | Infirmary Therapy Services

Monday, March 22, 2021
Media Contact: 

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

American Diabetes Association Diabetes Alert Day | 2021

Monday, March 22, 2021
Media Contact: 

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.

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
Media Contact: 

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.

Infirmary Health to provide 1,500 vaccine appointments to Saraland, Satsuma and Chickasaw residents for Wednesday, March 17

Friday, March 12, 2021
Media Contact: 

Saraland, Ala. – On Wednesday, March 17, Infirmary Health, in partnership with the City of Saraland and Saraland City Schools, will provide 1,500 first dose Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to qualifying patients with an appointment. Patients must meet the Alabama Department of Public Health’s (ADPH) eligibility guidelines.
Participants can receive their first dose at Diagnostic & Medical Clinic | Northside, located at 95 Shell Street, on Wednesday, March 17. Second doses will provided on April 7 to those who receive their first dose on this date.

  • Participants must have an appointment:
    • To request an appointment, please visit https://vaccine.infirmaryhealth.org and complete the online request form.
    • 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. 

To date, Infirmary Health has provided more than 40,000 vaccines across Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines or talk with your doctor.
For questions or more information, please call 251-341-2819.

COVID-19 Vaccination Site Guidelines for Participants

  • Who is Eligible
    • First vaccine doses only to qualifying participants with an appointment
    • Must qualify in groups 1a, 1b or be 65 or older as outlined by the ADPH
      • Age 65+
      • Healthcare worker
      • First Responder
      • Working or living in congregate settings
      • Critical Workers (educators, corrections officers, food and agricultural, U.S. Postal Service, manufacturing, grocery store, public transit, judiciary, clergy/ministers, veterinarians)
    • DO NOT come to event or request an appointment if you
      • Have previously received the COVID-19 vaccine
      • Are experiencing flu-like symptoms
      • Are taking a steroid
      • Received another vaccine (flu, shingles, etc.) in the last 14 days
  • What You Will Need
  • Day-of Information
    • No walk-ins will be accepted
    • No parking overnight or lining up early
    • Must wear a mask or face covering at all times
    • Must have valid form of identification
    • Only first doses of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine will be provided

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

Friday, March 12, 2021
Media Contact: 

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
Media Contact: 

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....

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

Friday, March 12, 2021
Media Contact: 

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).

Save Your Vision Month with Dr. Alan Franklin

Friday, March 12, 2021
Media Contact: 

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.

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
Media Contact: 

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

Infirmary Health announces changes to visitor policy

Monday, March 8, 2021
Media Contact: 

In concordance with Governor Ivey’s Safer at Home Order, Infirmary Health has modified its hospital visitor policy. Each patient will be permitted two visitors or two caregivers at one time in patient rooms (exceptions apply). Visitors will be required to adhere to the following guidelines and those who do not meet these guidelines will not be permitted.
All visitors will be required to be masked and have their temperature screened upon entrance.
Visitors should maintain hand hygiene and appropriate social distancing and should remain in the patient’s room. Clergy are allowed visitation upon request. Cafeterias will be available to visitors for to-go service only.
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. – 6 p.m.
• ICU/LTACH: 9 – 11 a.m. & 4 – 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 – Saturday 4 – 6 p.m, Sunday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Rotary Rehabilitation
• Two visitors per patient.
Labor & Delivery
• Two support people per patient.
Nursery
• Mother of patient and one support person.
Pediatrics
• Two parents or guardians at all times.
Outpatient Procedures
• One visitor is allowed for outpatient procedures.
Emergency Departments
• One visitor will be allowed once the patient has been assigned in room.
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, two caregivers (meeting the above requirements) will be allowed at the bedside.
- Caregivers may rotate with other caregivers.
- Caregivers will be required to follow all instructions from clinical staff related to hand washing, PPE, entry/exit, length of time with patient, etc.

Thomas Hospital to provide 1,500 second doses at drive-through COVID-19 vaccination event

Friday, February 19, 2021
Media Contact: 

Fairhope, Ala. – On Saturday, February 27, Thomas Hospital, the City of Fairhope, the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency and the Hope Center at 3Circle Church will provide 1,500 second dose COVID-19 vaccines to those patients who received their first dose on Saturday, February 6, at the Hope Center. First dose vaccines and second dose vaccines will not be provided to patients who did not receive their first dose from the Hope Center at 3Circle Church on February 6.

Participants can receive their second dose at the Hope Center at 3Circle Church, located at 10274 State Highway 104, on February 27 from 9 – 1:30 p.m.
-          Participants with last names A-L should arrive to the clinic from 9 – 11 a.m.
-          Participants with last names M-Z should arrive to the clinic from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
-          Participants must have their vaccination record card when they arrive to the clinic.
o   If you have misplaced your card, you may visit the Thomas Hospital Fitness Center or the Hope Center at 3Circle Church to get a new one. Please bring valid ID if requesting a new card.

To date, Thomas Hospital has provided more than 10,000 vaccines to Baldwin County residents, healthcare workers and first responders. Infirmary Health has provided more than 26,000 vaccines across Mobile and Baldwin counties.

For questions or more information, please call 251-929-1447.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines or talk with your doctor.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION NEEDED, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

Safe & healthy ways to celebrate Mardi Gras

Friday, February 12, 2021
Media Contact: 

Mardi Gras might look a little different this year but here are some safe and healthy ways to let the good times roll!
#1. Visit the Mobile Carnival Museum.
#2. Stroll the aisles at Toomey's Mardi Gras and Party Supplies.
#3. Make your own shoebox float.
#4. See the lights at Mardi Gras Park | City of Mobile
#5. Tour the Eastern Shore with the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce's “Jazzin’s It Up Mardi Gras Decorating Contest”. | https://www.exploreeasternshore.com/mardi-gras
#6. Make Ellenjay's Mardi Gras Monkey Bread Muffins. | https://view.flodesk.com/pages/60219b7e96db3e0915f8b06e?fbclid=IwAR3rf3f...
#7. Enjoy a festive treat, like a Moonpie or King Cake Latte, from Serda's Coffee Co. Mobile.
#8. Let the good times roll and stroll along with the Mobile Porch Parade. | https://www.mobileporchparade.com/

And no matter how you celebrate this year, don’t forget to

  • Wear a mask
  • Socially distance
  • Wash your hands

MEDIA ALERT: Thomas Hospital first in area for innovative procedure

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Media Contact: 

Dr. Robert Brown, a urogynecologist with Alabama UROGYN, recently performed the first vNotes hysterectomy in Alabama at Thomas Hospital. In addition to being the first procedure in Alabama, it is the first in the Gulf Coast region, including Mississippi and the Florida panhandle.
vNOTES (vaginal Natural Orifice Trans Endoscopic Surgery) is a scarless surgery, whereby the physician can perform a hysterectomy, oophorectomy, salpingectomy and other indicated procedures. The patient benefits include faster surgery, shorter length of hospital stay, less post-operation pain, less pain medication and quicker return to normal activities.

vNOTES is made possible through the use of Applied Medical’s Gelpoint v Path.  Fairhope area physicians, Dr. Robert Brown and Dr. Angela McCool-Pearson are trained to perform vNOTES. To schedule a consultation, contact Alabama UROGYN at 251-433-1895 (Option 2) or Southern Women Specialists at 251-990-1985.

Women’s Health Alliance of Mobile is proud to announce the recent affiliation of Dr. Jessica Jones

Monday, February 8, 2021
Media Contact: 

Women’s Health Alliance of Mobile is proud to announce the recent affiliation of Dr. Jessica Jones. Dr. Jones is a compassionate and dedicated physician with more than five years of experience serving women on the Alabama Gulf Coast. She strives to treat her patients like they are family.

Dr. Jones specializes in

  • Obstetrics
  • Adult Gynecology
  • Adolescent Gynecology
  • Gynecological Surgery

Dr. Jones is a graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical School and completed her residency with the LSU Health Sciences Center. She is board certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jones, please call 251-435-7700.
Women’s Health Alliance of Mobile is conveniently located on the campus of Mobile Infirmary in Mobile, AL.
Learn more at https://www.womenshealthalliancemobile.com/

CEO Spotlight | Mark Nix, President and CEO of Infirmary Health

Monday, February 8, 2021
Media Contact: 

Mark Nix, President and CEO of Infirmary Health, embraces the history of the 110-year-old institution while focusing on expanding services across the region and employing the most advanced technologies and innovative services to support the organization's medical professionals.
What do you wish someone had told you when you started your career?
You can’t do everything on your own. Surround yourself with knowledgeable people you can trust. Support and trust your leadership team to make decisions for carrying out the organization’s mission and purpose. It takes a team of dedicated and committed leaders working together for an organization of our size to be successful.
What separates a good CEO from a great one?
The willingness to allow others to freely express themselves without imposing your authority on their thoughts and ideas. When you recognize good leadership talent, respect their contribution to the success of the organization and give them additional responsibilities and the opportunity to grow their leadership skills.
What sets your business apart?
Infirmary Health is Alabama’s largest non-governmental healthcare provider. We receive no govern-mental tax support or state funding.  Infirmary Health is a community-owned organization and is led by a local volunteer and non-compensated Board of Directors with a mission to make the latest medical advancements and highest quality of health care available to all residents of Southwest Alabama.
This CEO Spotlight was recently featured in the February 2021 issue of Mobile Bay Magazine. Purchase your copy at https://mobilebaymag.com/

Thomas Hospital to provide 3,000 COVID-19 vaccines for Baldwin County drive through vaccination event

Monday, February 1, 2021
Media Contact: 

Fairhope, Ala. – On Saturday, February 6, and Saturday, February 27, Thomas Hospital and the City of Fairhope will provide 3,000 of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines in partnership with the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Hope Center at 3 Circle Church.

“We are excited to partner with the City of Fairhope and our local municipalities to provide 3,000 vaccines for this drive through clinic,” said Ormand Thompson, Thomas Hospital President. “Thomas Hospital is proud to have served our community throughout the pandemic and to expand our vaccine offering in our Baldwin County community.”

The drive-through vaccination event will take place at the Hope Center at 3 Circle Church, located at 10274 State Highway 104, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on February 6. Booster vaccines will be given on Saturday, February 27, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Vaccines will be administered to 1,500 to groups 1a, 1b and those 65 and older on a first-come-first-serve basis. Participants may call 251-929-1447 for more information.

To date, Thomas Hospital has provided more than 5,000 vaccines to Baldwin County residents, healthcare workers and first responders. This drive-through clinic will be in addition to the more than 1,100 vaccine doses Infirmary Health is administering on a daily basis in Baldwin and Mobile County.

In lieu of the drive-through event, community members in groups 1a, 1b and those 65 and older can schedule an appointment with one of Infirmary Health’s vaccine clinics in Fairhope, Bay Minette and Mobile. For an appointment to Infirmary Health’s hospital-based vaccine clinics, please call 251-341-2819.

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....

Bringing outpatient physical therapy closer to home

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Media Contact: 

Whether you have suffered an injury, are recovering from an illness or recently had surgery, physical, occupational and speech therapy can be a powerful tool to help you regain your health. To make it easier for patients to access high-quality outpatient therapy services, Infirmary Health plans to expand its outpatient therapy clinics in Mobile and Baldwin counties, beginning in early 2021.
A REPUTATION FOR EXCELLANCE
“Infirmary Health is known for excellence in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. We’re committed to expanding that same high level of care in more outpatient therapy locations,” said Russell Porter, PT, Infirmary Health’s director of outpatient therapy services.
“We’re proud of the comprehensive outpatient therapy program we offer at ProHealth Fitness Center in Mobile, Thomas Fitness Center in Fairhope and North Baldwin Fitness Center in Bay Minette. We understand it can be a challenge for patients in outlying areas to travel to and from these main locations for therapy. So, our focus is on making care more convenient by expanding the number of locations.”
The first Infirmary Health satellite therapy clinic will be located on Hillcrest Road, near Infirmary Health’s Diagnostic and Medical Clinic. Two additional clinics are planned for later in the year. These clinics will offer a full range of outpatient therapy services for adult patients with orthopedic, neuromuscular and neurological disorders.
A SEAMLESS CONTINUM OF CARE
“A primary benefit of the satellite clinics is continuity of care,” Porter said. “Infirmary Health’s electronic medical record allows patients who are treated in both the inpatient and outpatient setting to experience a seamless transition of care,” he said. “The patient’s records are accessible to all their providers at Infirmary Health, no matter the location. Everyone is on the same page.” On a patient’s first visit, their therapist performs an evaluation and learns about their needs and goals. Then, the therapist develops a personalized treatment plan. This may include treatments to improve movement and strength, as well interventions to control swelling and pain. Typically, patients are also given exercises to do at home.
LEARN MORE
For more information about Infirmary Health’s outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services, please visit infirmary.care/physicaltherapy or call ProHealth (251-435-5844), Thomas Fitness Center (251-279-1640) or
North Baldwin Fitness Center (251-937-2823).
Read more in our Winter 2021 issue of BEST Magazine.

World-Class Surgery Where You Live

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Media Contact: 

Two years ago, Diane Evans started experiencing shortness of breath and a fast heartbeat. Her symptoms gradually worsened until the Perkinston, Mississippi, resident, then 78, could no longer manage any activity for longer than 10 minutes at a time. “I did notice I was slowing down, and I didn’t enjoy things as much because I really didn’t feel good,”  she said. “I wasn’t certain what it was, but I still functioned.”
HITTING BOTTOM
Diane had not seen a doctor in 30 years — and had never been in a hospital except to give birth. Nor had she told anyone about her difficulties. A turning point came, however, in September 2019, when she attended a birthday party for her great-granddaughter. Diane struggled to breathe and make it through the celebration. Her daughter and son-in-law then texted friends in medicine, who urged them to get her to the emergency room at Mobile Infirmary. Diane finally agreed to go.
DIAGNOSING THE PROBLEM
After a comprehensive evaluation and testing, doctors determined Diane had severe mitral valve regurgitation. Mitral regurgitation occurs when the leaflets of the mitral valve, one of the four valves in  the heart, do not close properly, allowing blood to  leak backward.
“The severity of the leaking put Ms. Evans in congestive heart failure,” said William Johnson, M.D., a cardiothoracic surgeon at Infirmary Health who consulted with Diane. “And while there are many causes of congestive heart failure, the end result is that the heart simply can’t adequately pump the blood out to the body to sustain all the functioning it needs to, and that blood backs up into the lungs.”
Diane also had a heart rhythm disorder known as atrial fibrillation, in which the heart beats too fast. “Diane’s condition was serious, but, overall, her heart was relatively strong,” Dr. Johnson said, “and she had no other health issues.” He recommended surgery to replace her mitral valve. During this time, he would also perform a sophisticated technique known as the Maze procedure to treat her atrial fibrillation. This involves using heat and/or cold to produce scar tissue in the heart to block the abnormal electrical impulses causing the irregular heartbeat, allowing new electrical pathways to be created.
All open-heart operations are very complex, requiring not only highly skilled cardiovascular surgeons but an entire multidisciplinary team of experienced professionals providing support in
and out of the operating room. Dr. Johnson and his colleagues at Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgical Associates are exceptionally equipped to meet these needs. They offer top-tier treatments for the full spectrum of congestive, degenerative and congenital heart and vascular disease.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED CLOSE TO HOME
“We tell people all the time that you don’t have to go out of town to get world-class surgery or to find surgeons who have been trained at world-class institutions and who have brought these skills to our community,” Dr. Johnson said. “Infirmary Health has done a terrific job of providing all of the ancillary support — all the personnel, equipment and resources — we need to help us be successful at what we do.” Vascular surgeon Michael Do, M.D., said it is uncommon to find so many multidisciplinary surgical specialists working together under one roof.
“If you think about cardiac surgery and then peripheral vascular surgery, classically there’s not a lot of overlap,” he said. “Fortunately, we have such talented surgeons in our group that there is some overlap. There are several procedures, including aortic aneurysm repair, where we oftentimes team up and do combined surgeries because that’s how we’ll achieve the best result. And that reflects the breadth of our experience and expertise.”
KEEPING PACE WITH MEDICAL ADVANCES
Six cardiothoracic surgeons in the group primarily focus on heart surgery, enabling Dr. Daniels to specialize in a vast variety of complications in the chest outside of the heart. “That’s allowed us to really progress this practice to where we’re now able to treat patients with much more challenging thoracic conditions,” he said. “And the reason I’m able to do it is simply because of our team approach, the idea that one of us is going to focus on a particular area so that the whole group is able to function more effectively.”
LIFE CHANGING RESULTS
The care she received at Mobile Infirmary, Diane said, has turned her life around. “It had a very great impact because now I can walk more than 10 steps without stopping to catch my breath,” she said. “I received excellent care at Mobile Infirmary,” she added. “I was there 16 days in two different ICUs and then on the cardiology floor, and I had a whole slew of nurses and caregivers. They were all wonderful. The same for the cardiologists and Dr. Johnson — they were really, really good. I’m very grateful to be 80 and able to do what I’m doing. I feel certain this surgery will give me more years than I could have imagined.”
Read more in our Winter 2021 issue of BEST Magazine.

Pages