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Infirmary Medical Clinics announces the affiliation of Christopher Clarke, M.D. with Coastal Medical Group

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
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Fairhope, Ala. – Christopher Clarke, M.D. joins Coastal Medical Group (CMG) following the completion of a fellowship in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine at the University of South Alabama. CMG joined Infirmary Health in 2011 with the foundation of Dr. John McDuff’s more than 35 years of practice in Baldwin County. The clinic has grown to include seven physicians with a diverse specialty offering including family medicine, internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine.
Dr. Clarke is a graduate of Tulane University and the University of Louisville Medical School. While at the University of Louisville, Dr. Clarke received a master’s degree, doctor of medicine and completed his residency. Dr. Clarke and his family are residents of Fairhope, Ala.
Learn more about the services offered by Coastal Medical Group by visiting infirmaryhealth.org/coastal or calling 251-929-3424.
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Infirmary Medical Clinics (IMC) serve the entire Gulf Coast region with more than 50 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 at the FIRST CHOICE for healthcare.

Infirmary Medical Clinics announces expansion of Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgical Associates with Kareem H. Bedeir, M.D., M.S.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
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Mobile, Ala. – Kareem H. Bedeir, M.D., M.S., joins Cardio-Thoracic and Vascular Surgical Associates (CTVSA) following the completion of his fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery with Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass., where he received the John J. Collins, Jr. Cardiothoracic Surgeon Scholars Award. CTVSA has served the Gulf Coast region for more than 40 years with expert, advanced and quality care in the areas of cardiac, thoracic and vascular health including diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitative care. CTVSA joined Infirmary Medical Clinics in Dec. 2019.
Dr. Bedeir earned his medical degree from the University of Alexandria in Egypt. He completed surgical residencies at the University of Alexandria in Egypt as well as Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Md. During his residency at Sinai Hospital, he was awarded the Program Director’s Award for excellence in medical knowledge, as well as the Chief of Surgery Award for excellence in research. He joins Infirmary Health after completing two fellowships at Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School; a surgical critical care fellowship, and a two-year cardiothoracic surgery fellowship. Dr. Bedeir is widely published on cardiothoracic surgery as well authoring two chapters in Springer’s Cardiac Surgery: A Complete Guide, a widely used academic textbook. Dr. Bedeir is double board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Surgical Critical Care, and is board-eligible in cardiothoracic surgery.
Learn more about the services offered by CTVSA by visiting ctvsa.org or calling 251-471-3544.
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Infirmary Medical Clinics (IMC) serve the entire Gulf Coast region with more than 50 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.

MORE Awards Winners - July 2020

Thursday, August 6, 2020

THE MORE AWARDS
Please join us in congratulating the employees and departments who were recognized across our system for the month of July, 2020. The theme was "You inspire me to be a better person!" Winners are employees who are encouragers, upbeat no matter what obstacles arise, display a great attitude and their exude happiness that is contagious.


I AM MORE:


Austin Vivar - 3 West | Mobile Infirmary


Audra Essig - Case Management | Mobile Infirmary


Stephanie Hill - 3 North West | Mobile Infirmary


Savannah Colley - 5 North West | Mobile Infirmary


Antoinette Gulley - 3 South | Thomas Hospital


Trella Boone - Therapy Services | Infirmary Health


Sonia Williams - CCU | North Baldwin Infirmary

WE ARE MORE:

MICU | Mobile Infirmary

Lab | Thomas Hospital


Infection Prevention | North Baldwin Infirmary


These awards, organized by our Customer Service department, recognizes employees for service that goes above and beyond. Nominees are submitted by peers and administration. A committee then selects the winners who have demonstrated a commitment to our goals and values.

Infirmary Cancer Care announces the addition of Addison Willett, M.D., J.D., M.B.A.

Thursday, July 16, 2020
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Infirmary Cancer Care announces the addition of Addison Willett, M.D., J.D., M.B.A.

Mobile, Ala. – Addison Willett, M.D., J.D., M.B.A, joins Infirmary Cancer Care (ICC) following the completion of a residency in Radiation Oncology with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Willett is now accepting patients through referral for radiation oncology. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Haverford College in Pennsylvania, as well a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Richmond. He completed his Medical Doctorate and internship with Louisiana State University Health in Shreveport, La.

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. Willett is available to see patients in Mobile and Fairhope. Please schedule referrals and consults by calling 251-435-2273.

Grand Summer Ball 2020 Cancelled

Monday, June 15, 2020

Grand Summer Ball 2020 Cancelled
 
The Grand Summer Ball is a special event that we look forward to all year. It’s a time where people come together to enjoy music and food and just to share the joy of fellowship. Most importantly, it raises much needed funds for Thomas Hospital.
 
Our world has forever been changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. At Thomas Hospital and Infirmary Health, we remain passionate about protecting and improving your health. This has led us to the very difficult decision of cancelling the 2020 Grand Summer Ball. Our hope is that the future will provide a safe environment for us to celebrate and enjoy this wonderful event.
 
A special thanks to this year’s GSB Co-Chairs Anna Bruckmann and Courtney Malouf. They have worked so hard and will carry their fabulous plans into making the 2021 Grand Summer Ball an evening to remember.
 
You will be hearing from us soon as to how you can continue contributing to the care being provided by the physicians and staff at Thomas Hospital.
 
You are needed more than ever so that we can continue to provide exceptional healthcare for you, your family and friends.
 
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or you are interested in learning more about the Grand Summer Ball and the Thomas Hospital Foundation.
Thank you for your support and the significant impact you make within the lives of our patients.
 
We are all in this together.
 
Kathy Baugh, Executive Director
Thomas Hospital Foundation
 
email: kathy.baugh@infirmaryhealth.org
 
P.S. For more updates on the Grand Summer Ball, please “like” the Thomas Hospital Foundation Facebook page.

Calling all Men! | Men's Health Month

Monday, June 15, 2020
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June is Men’s Health Month with the week before Father’s Day set aside as Men’s Health Week. It is an opportunity for men to take care of themselves. Men die more frequently than women from nine of the top 10 causes of death in the United States. of those most common causes, men die almost 25% of the time from cardiovascular disease and 22% of the time from cancer. The second leading cause of death in all men is cancer at 22%. Men are much less likely to go to the doctor for annual visits than women. Those visits are key to identifying and minimizing risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes and obesity. Take the opportunity this month to consider your health or that of your son, husband or father. Here, we consider hypertension as it is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease. 
   
Hypertension can be silent. Men may not know they are carrying the risk. Men will say they feel fine, and there is no need to see a doctor. Often, men are waiting for a symptom to prompt them to seek care. This can lead to carrying unchecked risk for cardiovascular for years. The effects of hypertension over time can lead to changes in the heart muscle, vessel damage, kidney injury and several other complications. Seeing a physician and addressing hypertension early will help to avoid poor outcomes.
 
Normal blood pressure is 120/80 mmHG. Anything above that, when measured appropriately, is elevated blood pressure with stage 1 hypertension beginning at >130/80 mmHG. Men and women should check their blood pressure periodically on their own or go see their physician. Blood pressure is a variable and only needs to be acted on when measurements are taken properly. To get a valid reading a patient should be sitting, at rest for a few minutes, have a properly fitting blood pressure cuff and not be under the effects of caffeine/stress/pain. Your physician does value measurements taken at home. “White coat” hypertension, blood pressure elevated in the clinic but not at home, is seen in some patients. It is important to see a physician if pressures are found to be >120/80 consistently.
 
We treat hypertension in order to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. That risk can be drastically reduced in many patients. Initial treatment can be to change a diet or to increase exercise. Eating more fruit and vegetables and cutting back on meats, sweets and snacks works for prevention and can help with treatment. Limiting sodium intake and alcohol consumption helps as well. There is no one exercise program that is appropriate for all men, but in general, patients should try to get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week. Medications are also used to good effect. Good communication between men and their physicians should allow for a regimen of diet, exercise or medications that are effective and well tolerated.
 
Men, this is your month. Call today and schedule an appointment for an annual physical. A physical allows your physician to address your risks for a variety of diseases and underlying conditions. Remember, you may have hypertension, hyperlipidemia or diabetes and not know. You can be asymptomatic, or your symptoms can develop so slowly over time that you don’t realize they’re abnormal. Use Men’s Health Month as your prompt. Take care of yourself.
 
Dr. Jason Harrison is a Internal Medicine physician with Diagnostic and Medical Clinic. Diagnostic and Medical Clinic is the state's largest private multi-speciality clinic with more than 80 physicians covering a broad range of specialities. Learn more about Diagnostic and Medical Clinic at diagnosticandmedical.com or call 251-435-1200 to schedule an appointment. 

Diagnostic and Medical Clinic is setting the standard for quality care with Respiratory Evaluation Center

Monday, June 15, 2020
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For more than 70 years, Diagnostic and Medical Clinic (DMC), an affiliate of Infirmary Health, has provided trusted, quality care to the Gulf Coast communities. In order to evolve with today's healthcare landscape, DMC has established a Respiratory Evaluation Center on its Springhill Avenue campus.
The Respiratory Evaluation Center is separate from the main clinic building and is designed to treat patients with any respiratory complaints or symptoms. This includes patients receiving COVID-19 tests, as well as those with respiratory symptoms including but not limited to cough, shortness of breath, sinus congestion, running nose and fever. Patients can make an appointment for the Respiratory Evaluation Center and will be seen by a physician. As the largest private multi-specialty clinic in Alabama, DMC is proud to offer this service to patients.
In-office appointments are also now available with all DMC physicians for new and existing patients. When applicable, Telemedicine appointments are available. All persons who enter the facility, including patients, physicians and staff, will be screened and required to wear a mask prior to entry. If patients do not have a mask, one will be provided. Patients are permitted one caregiver as deemed medically necessary by the staff.
DMC has modified its facilities to keep all patients and medical professionals safe. Front desks have been equipped with plexiglass sneeze guards, and waiting rooms have been reconfigured to allow for social distancing. Our staff continues to follow the CDC's infection prevention protocol and works constantly and consistently to keep the facilities clean and sanitized.
Diagnostic and Medical Clinic is setting the standard for quality care. Call 251-435-1200 to schedule an appointment or visit us online at diagnosticandmedical.com

Kids & Allergies | Infirmary Pediatrics

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
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By Debra E. Gardner, M.D., F.A.A.P
Is your child suffering with itchy, runny nose, watery, itchy eyes, sneezing, itchy throat or ear and/or nasal congestion? What about postnasal drip, cough or sinus headaches?  Well, if they are, they may have allergies. This time of the year is well known to be high in spring allergens, specifically pollen to things such as grasses, weeds and trees.  There are also allergens in the fall (i.e. ragweed and molds), as well as perennial or year-round indoor allergens (i.e. pets, dust and cockroach). Allergies can start at any time and as early as six months of age but usually occur in children over the age of two. To determine if your child has allergies, there are three types of testing that can be performed: skin prick tests, specific blood tests and non-specific blood tests.
Allergens when inhaled by the nose cause the body to recognize the allergen as foreign, which causes the body to produce and release chemicals, histamine and leukotriene to combat the allergen. This histamine and leukotriene release causes the symptoms that we see.  Hence, we try to provide relief from these allergens with short and long acting anti-histamines. Many of these medicines are available over the counter. We encourage you to read the packaging carefully and consult your pediatrician about age limits, appropriate dosages and any reactions. Occasionally, long-term use of one or more of these can lead to a tolerance where the medication does not seem to bring relief of symptoms anymore, prompting a change to a different antihistamine.
These antihistamines do not seem to help much with nasal congestion, which may lead to adding decongestants like phenylephrine or pseudoephedrine (i.e. Sudafed, Mucinex D) to the regime. These are not approved for children under 6 years of age. Nasal sprays can also combat the congestion problem without the risks and side effects of the decongestants. These contain steroids that help with the inflammation. However, proper use of these nasal sprays is required to reap the benefits and avoid the risks. Please consult your pediatrician on the appropriate products, proper use and technique.
If allergies are not treated, they can lead to complications such as ear and sinus infections, enlarged adenoids or tonsils, mouth breathing, snoring, sleep apnea and attention/learning problems. While it can be cumbersome to take pills and spray nostrils every day, complications may occur if children are non-compliant with recommended regimens. 
You can take practical steps to limit your child's exposure to allergens and fight off reactions.

  • Changing clothes, washing hands and face after being outside
  • Wiping off hair after being outside.
  • Eating healthy and exercising
  • Taking daily multivitamins with extra vitamin c.
  • Adding a teaspoon of local honey to your child’s diet.
  • Remove old carpet.
  • Use mattress and pillow covers.
  • Consider a HEPA air purifier for your child’s room or the house.
  • Frequently vacuum and dust.

Your pediatrician is here to help provide relief to your child’s allergies so that they can get back to being a kid! Schedule a check-up today by calling 251-435-KIDS (5437).
Infirmary Pediatrics is open Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Like us on Facebook for the latest updates!

Keep Your Summer Fun | Infirmary Pediatrics

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
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Keep your family's summer fun with these safety tips from James B. Harrell, M.D., pediatrician, at Infirmary Pediatrics in Mobile, Alabama.
Sunburns
Sun exposure injuries are extremely common in the Gulf Coast region. They can range in intensity from a mild reddening of the skin to blistering second degree burns, and at its worst, polymorphous light eruption, also known as “sun poisoning.” Here are best practices for the entire family:
- If you will be outside for an hour or more, apply a broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen.
- Use a 30 SPF or higher sunscreen that protects against both A and B ultraviolet radiation.
- Apply one to two ounces over all sun exposed skin 15-30 minutes prior to the outdoor activity.
- Wear wide-brimmed hats, rash guards and other protective clothing depending on the activity.
- Protect your eyes with UV rated sunglasses.
- Avoid sun exposure during peak sun brightness.
- Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen at least every two hours while outdoors. 
If you or your child do experience a sunburn, treat mild burns by cooling skin with cool, wet compresses, pain medication and cleaning with soap and water. However, if severe blistering occurs, consult your physician.
Insect bites
We see a lot of pesky critters in the spring and summer months such as mosquitos, ants, bees and ticks. They can cause skin injuries and be uncomfortable for your child to handle. One of the best things you can do is find an appropriate insect repellant. But there are many options on the market and finding one can be a daunting task. Studies show that products containing 10-30% DEET or Picaridin are equally effective and have minimal side effects. Products with BioUD, PMD (oil of lemon eucalyptus) are also effective. Products containing IR3535, natural oils or citronella don’t appear to be as effective. Repellant bracelets and electronic devices that produce high-pitched sounds are ineffective.
If you or your child do get a insect bite, first clean the bites with soap and warm water. Take special care to remove stingers from the skin to avoid further infection. Then apply an antibiotic ointment if the bite has an open wound. Keep a topical or oral antihistamine or topical steroid cream on hand in case you or your child do end up with an insect bite. These products can reduce the annoying itching sensation that can be so bothersome for young children and adults. Agitating the skin by scratching can lead to infection.
Heat-related Injuries
Another hazard when playing or working outdoors in the summer months is the risk of becoming overheated in our humid climate. High heat indexes increase your and your child’s risk for dehydration, muscle cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. When planning on extended time outside for your family or child, provide adequate water, take frequent activity breaks and search out shaded rest areas. If your child is on a sports field, keep an eye out for heat-related injury symptoms such as rapid heart rate, hyperventilation, light-headedness and fainting, headache, nausea/vomiting, confusion, sweating profusely or not sweating. These symptoms can be treated quickly with hydration, rest and cooling. If the individual does not respond to those methods, seek medical attention at an urgent care or emergency department.
Water Injuries
We all love to splish-splash in the summertime in the pool, lake or Gulf. No child should ever swim alone. It’s important to observe your child when swimming, boating or jet skiing.  If you have a pool at home, consider safety measures such keeping floatation devices near the pool as well as having an isolating four-sided fence with locking gates to prevent accidents. When out on any watercraft, make sure that all individuals have life jackets appropriate for their size. We encourage all pool and boat owners to become CPR certified so that in case of an accident, life saving measures can be administered immediately. If the beach is more your speed, keep a close eye on the flag warnings of the day. One of the most important safety precautions you can take for your child is to enroll them swimming lessons. Survival swim lessons are also available for your infant, ages six months and older.
Riding injuries
Children and adolescents love to go fast. Kids who are skateboarding or bike riding should always wear helmets and appropriate protective gear such as need and elbow pads. For motorized activity vehicles, such as ATVs and Go-Carts, drivers and passengers should taught how to drive safely as well as required wear protective safety gear. In addition, these recreational vehicles should not be ridden on paved streets or the shoulder of the road. Keep the rides on designated trails and at safe speeds. 
Infirmary Pediatrics wants you to have a safe and healthy summer! Schedule a check-up today by calling 251-435-KIDS (5437).

Convalescent Plasma Program - Rachel's Story

Thursday, June 4, 2020

In early April, Infirmary Health began a convalescent plasma program to treat our most critical COVID-19 patients. Rachel, a nurse at Mobile Infirmary, was one of the patients to receive the plasma treatment. Since receiving the treatment, Rachel has recovered and is back to caring for patients. Read Rachel's story below and learn why this program means so much to her and her family.

The first day I began to feel bad, my only symptom was a fever of 99.0. That increased throughout the night to 101.0 along with body aches and chills. The extreme weakness, fatigue, and nausea hit me with my fever rising to 101.9. The day I was admitted to the hospital, my temperature reached 102.2. In the emergency room, my O2 saturation was noted to be 84%. I realized that the reason I felt so bad getting out of bed was due to severe shortness of breath. I had never been short of breath like this and did not realize that is how it felt.

My first night in the hospital my temperature reached 102.9, and my O2 saturation declined to 81% on 6 liters of oxygen. I was placed on a non-rebreather mask and my O2 saturation reached only around 89-90%. I was moved to another room for closer observation the next day. I was placed on hi-flow oxygen. This was adjusted throughout the night and day. The registered nurse came in and discussed receiving plasma. She reviewed all the benefits that could help with my recovery. I signed the consent and received the plasma that night.

The next day, I began to feel a little better. My nausea began to disappear. My fever never returned. But mainly, I FELT better than I had in weeks. Each day thereafter, I improved. I was able to eat a little. I was able to get out of bed. The hi-flow oxygen was being weaned down. With this continued improvement, I was discharged home a week later.

I believe that receiving the plasma helped save my life. I have never been so sick and was scared I would never see my family again. I will give plasma as well to help save lives. The COVID-19 virus is deadly, and these patients need every bit of help they can receive. Plasma is one of the ways that can help improve symptoms and aid in a speedy recovery.

Rachel M.

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