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Infirmary Health Offers Free Screenings for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, September 13, 2013

Mobile, Ala. –Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer found in American men, and is the second leading cause of cancer death in men, after lung cancer. Early detection is the most effective action a person can take, as it aids in the identification of cancer earlier and enables proactive, more effective medical treatment. Yet, many men do not undergo regular screenings resulting in an estimated 220,900 new cases of prostate cancer in the U.S. this year according to the American Cancer Society (ACS.)
In recognition of September as National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, Infirmary Health and Fox 10 News are partnering together to provide free prostate cancer screenings (PSA), educational information about prostate cancer and the latest advances in treatment options, including the da Vinci Surgical Robot System to the first 100 men on Friday, September 20 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in both Mobile and Baldwin County. Screenings require a simple blood draw, and results are provided by the labs at North Baldwin Infirmary, Thomas Hospital and Diagnostic & Medical Clinic.
PSA Screening Locations
Fox 10 News Station
1501 Satchel Paige Drive
Mobile, Alabama 36606
Thomas Hospital
Thomas Fitness Center, Seminar Room
750 Morphy Avenue
Fairhope, Alabama 36532
North Baldwin Infirmary
North Baldwin Fitness Center, Conference Room
1815 Hand Avenue
Bay Minette, Alabama 36507
“This annual screening has become an important part of Infirmary Health’s community outreach program,” said LaBarron McClendon, vice president of Community and Governmental Affairs of Infirmary Health. “As a healthcare provider, our job is to encourage men to become proactive with their health and to take advantage of potentially life-saving screenings.”
Statistics show that one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. A male is 33 percent more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer than a woman is with breast cancer. The good news is that while prostate cancer is common, it is also highly treatable when caught early. The ACS recommends that men should have an annual prostate exam beginning at age 50 unless they fall into a higher risk group, such as African-American men, who should begin testing at age 45, or men with a family history of prostate cancer, who should begin receiving annual exams at age 40. Warning signs for serious prostate problems may include weak or interrupted flow of urine, the need to urinate frequently, blood in the urine and chronic pain in the lower back, pelvis and upper thighs.
In addition to the screening, Infirmary Health is encouraging the community to utilize a Prostate Cancer Awareness Ribbon for email signatures and other social media outlets as a reminder for men age 50 (and high risk) and above to schedule an annual health physical to be screened.
To find a physician or to learn more about the upcoming prostate cancer screenings, visit 

Spring is in the air at this year’s North Baldwin Infirmary Gala

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Bay Minette, AL - Get prepared for a night filled with live music, dancing, dinner and silent and live auctions during the North Baldwin Infirmary’s 18th Annual Spring Gala. Held at the John Rhodes Civic Center in Bay Minette on the evening of April 6, the band Swingaroux from New Orleans will bring fresh modern sound that only a band from The Big Easy can deliver. All proceeds raised benefit completion of a radiology room in the North Baldwin Infirmary emergency department.

Zemlick The Florist will transform the night into a pastel colored spring soiree. In memory and honor of loved ones, arrangements are sold in advance to benefit the North Baldwin Infirmary Foundation. There will be 75 large arrangements and 50 small arrangements that include hybrid delphinium, plenum hydrangea, Thailand orchids, French tulips, garden roses, freesia, lilac as well as blooming branches.

For more information on purchasing tickets to this year’s Gala, please contact Dorothy White, with North Baldwin Infirmary Foundation, at 251-580-1740.

Katherine Wills, decorating committee member (left) and Ida Ross Hicks, North Baldwin.  Infirmary Gala chairman (right), take a visit to Zemlick The Florist to admire the selection of flowers for the North Baldwin Infirmary Gala. An assortment of hydrangeas, Thailand orchids, freesia, lilac and other spring flowers and blooming branches are just a few of the flowers that will bring color to the evening.

Local Fairhope legend anticipates 35th Annual Spring Fever Chase

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Fairhope, Ala. - Daphne Dvorak is a legend in downtown Fairhope. At 88-years-old, Dvorak will complete her 32nd Spring Fever Chase on March 16. The 10K and 2-mile fun run/walk winds through beautiful downtown Fairhope overlooking Mobile Bay.

In 1982, Dvorak participated in a race that her company was sponsoring----Spring Fever Chase. From then on, her love for running and walking emerged. “Finishing the race is my favorite part. I’ve never wanted to compete with anyone,” said Dvorak. “I enjoy walking and hearing the crowd cheering me on -- especially the young ones that know my name. It makes me feel pretty special.”

On Feb. 18, Presidents’ Day, Dvorak walked the route in preparation for the big day. She is completing the Spring Fever Chase 10K again this year --- proudly walking the route.

“If I can’t walk there, I don’t go,” she said. Through the years, she has established good nutrition and physical activities that have helped her stay healthy by avoiding smoking, alcohol, soda, sweets and walking every day. Dvorak meets friends everywhere she goes, and everywhere she goes, she walks. Her daily routine includes walking to McDonald’s for a senior citizen discount cup of coffee, checking her mail at the post office, walking to work, shopping at local merchants and visiting friends.

In 1982 Dvorak completed her first Spring Fever Chase. Since then, she has participated in more than 500 10Ks and 10 marathons. This year is no exception. Look for Dvorak Saturday March 16, during the 35th Annual Spring Fever Chase, at the corner of Bayview and Fairhope Ave.

The 10K begins at 8 a. m. and the 2 mile walk/run starts at 9:30 a. m. Race applications are available at Wells Fargo in Daphne and Fairhope and are also available at the Thomas Fitness Center in Fairhope, North Baldwin Fitness Center in Bay Minette and ProHealth at Mobile Infirmary. Participants can pre-register online without a processing fee, or download and print applications at For more information, call 251-279-1684.

Photo release caption: Daphne Dvorak. Photography by Martha Davidson.

Students discover the art of Robotics at Mobile Infirmary

Monday, May 6, 2013

Mobile, Ala. –Recently, seventh grade students from Clark-Shaw School of Math, Science and Technology previewed Mobile Infirmary’s Surgical Robotics program. Eight months after their Advanced Robotics and Engineering teacher, Glen Mutchnick, experienced robotics surgery firsthand. This past summer, Mutchnick was diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of lymph cells.

“My surgeon, Dr. Larkin Daniels, recommended that surgery be performed at Mobile Infirmary and he recommended the assistance of the da Vinci robot,” said Mutchnick. The da Vinci robotic surgery system enables surgeons to perform the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

After a successful surgery, Mutchnick is undergoing chemo while still remaining to teach.

“I promised my students and myself that I would organize a field trip to Mobile Infirmary for them to see the robot firsthand,” said Mutchnick. “Through the hands-on experience students were inspired to go further in their studies in the engineering and/or the medical field. Mobile Infirmary demonstrated professionalism, dedication to education and patient care, and engagement with the community. It was a meaningful experience to return to see the robot and appreciate it as one who has experienced the procedure myself.”

Surgeon Michael Finan, M.D., explained the da Vinci robotic process to students, the types of surgery it is used for and the training needed in order to perform surgeries. Students were allowed to practice using the robot by performing a variety of motions, such as picking up an object and starting a suture.

For more information on Mobile Infirmary’s comprehensive Robotics program, visit

Mobile Infirmary Robotics
As the first hospital in the region to acquire the da Vinci® Surgical System, Mobile Infirmary is now the most comprehensive robotic program along the Gulf Coast - most recently, adding mitral valve and single-site surgeries. All surgeries are performed with a team of highly skilled and trained medical professionals.

The da Vinci System is a state-of-the-art robotic surgical platform with 3D, high-definition vision and miniaturized, wristed instruments designed to help doctors take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.

da Vinci is one of the most precise and least invasive surgical treatments available. Studies have shown that robotic surgery is safe and effective. And its benefits can be many. Smaller incisions may mean less pain, less blood loss and a quicker recovery. 

Students discover the art of da Vinci Robotics at Mobile Infirmary

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Mobile, Ala. –On Friday, April 12, seventh grade students from Clark-Shaw School of Math, Science and Technology will preview Mobile Infirmary’s Surgical Robotics program. They will be touring at 8:15 a. m., along with demonstrations and a hands on experience with the robot.

Clark-Shaw’s Advanced Robotics and Engineering teacher, Glen Mutchnick, had a successful surgery this past summer after being diagnosed with lymphoma cancer. “My surgeon, Dr. Larkin Daniels, recommended that surgery be performed at Mobile Infirmary and he recommended the assistance of the da Vinci robot.” Six months later, after a successful surgery, he is undergoing chemo while still remaining to teach. “I promised my students and myself that I would organize a field trip to Mobile Infirmary for them to see the robot firsthand.” Mutchnick also said that it would be a wonderful and meaningful experience to return to see the robot and appreciate it as one who has been a patient himself.

Surgeon Michael Finan, M. D., will be explaining the da Vinci robotic process, types of surgery it is used for and the training needed in order to perform the surgeries. Students will be allowed to practice by performing a variety of motions, such as picking up an object and starting a suture.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Marketing Communications at 251-435-7519.

Infirmary Urgent Care Grand Opening

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Bay Minette, Ala. - Infirmary Health celebrates the grand opening of the new Infirmary Urgent Care on May 10 from 4 – 6 p.m. at 108 McMeans Avenue in Bay Minette. Festivities kick off with an official ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a welcome reception.

From minor mishaps around the home to worrisome fevers and sore throats, almost every family has pressing medical needs at times. Though they may not be emergencies, they need attention now—and more than just a bandage from the medicine cabinet.

Infirmary Health is making medical care even more convenient for you and your family. Infirmary Urgent Care will be open seven days a week. No appointment necessary.

Services include:

  • Accidents and falls
  • Sprains and broken bones
  • Back problems
  • Fever, cough and sore throat
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Cuts that might need stitches
  • Vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration
  • Mild to moderate asthma
  • Earaches
  • Rashes and other allergic reactions

For more information on Infirmary Health Urgent Care, call 251-937-7100.

Infirmary Health and the City of Mobile offer Wellness Screenings in Honor of Black History Month

Monday, February 27, 2012

Mobile, Ala. - Infirmary Health and the City of Mobile Mayor’s Office of Strategic Initiatives partnered to host a wellness screening in honor of Black History Month on Tuesday, February 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the Mezzanine area of the Mobile Government Plaza building. Following the city council meeting, Mayor Sam Jones, councilman C.J. Smalls and councilman John Williams, along with other community leaders, participated in the health screenings to show their support. Together Infirmary Health and the City of Mobile raised awareness in health issues like diabetes, obesity and heart disease in honor of Black History Month.

The fair was free and open to the public and included health screenings, patient education and give-a-ways. Infirmary Health offered the following:

  • blood pressure screenings
  • cholesterol screenings
  • diabetes screenings
  • body fat calculations
  • body mass index (BMI) calculations
  • ask the Wellness Coach (Q & A on getting healthy)
  • patient education materials on various health issues

Body fat calculations, BMI calculations, blood pressure screenings and cholesterol screenings were provided by Infirmary Health’s wellness department. Diabetes screenings were provided by Diagnostic & Medical Clinic. Infirmary Health’s wellness coaches along with various other departments were present to answer any questions the community had concerning health and wellness issues.

For more information, call the Infirmary Health marketing communication department at 435-3500.