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Infirmary Health Modified Visitor Policy, effective Friday, March 13

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
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Infirmary Health Modified Visitor Policy, effective Friday, March 13

To further protect the health of our patients, staff and the community and to prevent the potential spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Infirmary Health is modifying its visitor policy, effective Friday, March 13, at 5 a.m. until further notice. Measures include reducing the number of public entry points and reducing the number of visitors per patient.  The following facilities are included in these modifications:
o Mobile Infirmary
o North Baldwin Infirmary
o Thomas Hospital
o Infirmary LTAC Hospital
o Rotary  Rehabilitation Hospital
o Colony Rehabilitation Hospital
Modified Visitor Policy
• Any visitor should refrain from entering any Infirmary Health facility who has flu-like symptoms or who has traveled outside the U.S. or to any area within the U.S. where COVID-19 is known to be active.
• Visitors presenting at Infirmary Health facilities are directed to enter via the Main Entrances located in the front of the facilities
• Visitors will be limited to two (2) per inpatient at a time.  If the patient is in isolation, only one (1) visitor at a time is allowed, and that visitor will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) provided by the facility.
• Visitation hours are unchanged and remain 5 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. daily. ICU visitation hours may vary.
  
As always, all members of our workforce – as well as patients and visitors – are encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available) and thoroughly disinfect surfaces to help protect against the spread of germs and viruses.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we strive to maintain a safe setting for patient care. Infirmary Health reserves the right to modify or change any of the policies listed at any time.

Infirmary Health Modified Vendor Policy, effective Friday, March 13

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Infirmary Health Modified Vendor Policy, effective Friday, March 13

To further protect the health of our patients, staff and the community and to prevent the potential spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Infirmary Health is modifying its vendor policy, effective Friday, March 13, at 5 a.m. until further notice.  Segregating vendor entry points from public entry points may create some inconvenience, however your cooperation is appreciated. 
  Modified Vendor Policy

• Any vendor or contractor should refrain from entering any Infirmary Health facility who has flu-like symptoms or who has traveled outside the U.S. or to any area within the U.S. where COVID-19 is known to be active.
• Vendors and contractors presenting at the following Infirmary Health facilities will be directed to the following entry points:
o Mobile Infirmary – Receiving Dock Entrance
o North Baldwin Infirmary – Main Entrance
o Thomas Hospital – Main Entrance
o Infirmary LTAC Hospital – Receiving Dock Entrance (same as Mobile Infirmary)
o Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital – Receiving Dock Entrance (same as Mobile Infirmary)
o Colony Rehabilitation Hospital – Main Entrance (same as Thomas Hospital)
  
As always, all those whose work takes them into the healthcare environment are encouraged to frequently wash their hands with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available) and to thoroughly disinfect surfaces to help protect against the spread of germs and viruses.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we strive to maintain a safe setting for patient care.  Infirmary Health reserves the right to modify or change any of the policies listed at any time.

Infirmary Health Statement re: COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Friday, March 6, 2020
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Mobile, Ala. — Infirmary Health is working in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay abreast of the latest developments with COVID-19 (coronavirus). We will continue to work with our public health officials to provide a safe and healthy environment for all staff and patients within our facilities. We receive daily updates from the CDC and ADPH and can make adjustments to our Infectious Influx Plan as necessary.
Our health system has taken every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients and our staff.  We have developed processes to properly screen and isolate individuals who present to our hospitals and who meet the CDC criteria for the virus. To contain the spread of the virus, all patients are screened through the Admission and Emergency Departments.  Patients suspected of COVID-19 will be provided with a facemask and isolated.  Healthcare workers will wear personal protective equipment while caring for patients under investigation. Staff will also be monitored to ensure everyone’s safety.
While immediate risk is believed to be low, there are steps individuals in the community can take to limit the spread of germs.  CDC recommends getting a flu vaccination, performing good hand hygiene and adhering to respiratory etiquette, which means coughing or sneezing into the elbow area or using a Kleenex to cover your nose and mouth to help diminish the spread of disease. We urge the members of our community to avoid coming to the hospital to visit patients if they’re sick. However, if they experience symptoms that correspond with the CDC criteria for coronavirus, they should call their health provider immediately or go to the emergency room if symptoms worsen.
If you have traveled outside of the US to a country with known COVID-19 outbreaks or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms, travel and your exposure to a COVID-19 patient.
For more information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html.

Update | Infirmary Health Statement re: COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Friday, March 6, 2020

At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state of Alabama. Infirmary Health is working in conjunction with the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to stay abreast of the latest developments with COVID-19 (coronavirus). We will continue to work with our public health officials to provide a safe and healthy environment for all staff and patients within our facilities. We receive daily updates from the CDC and ADPH and can make adjustments to our Infectious Influx Plan as necessary.

Our health system has taken every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients and our staff.  We have developed processes to properly screen and isolate individuals who present to our hospitals and who meet the CDC criteria for the virus. To contain the spread of the virus, all patients are screened through the Admission and Emergency Departments.  Patients suspected of COVID-19 will be provided with a facemask and isolated.  Healthcare workers will wear personal protective equipment while caring for patients under investigation. Staff will also be monitored to ensure everyone’s safety.

While immediate risk is believed to be low, there are steps individuals in the community can take to limit the spread of germs.  CDC recommends
-          Getting a flu vaccination
-          Performing good hand hygiene
-          Adhere to respiratory etiquette, which means coughing or sneezing into the elbow area or using a Kleenex to cover your nose and mouth to help diminish the spread of disease
-          Avoid coming to the hospital to visit patients if they’re sick
-          If you experience symptoms that correspond with the CDC criteria for coronavirus, please call your health provider immediately

If you have traveled outside of the US to a country with known COVID-19 outbreaks or have been exposed to someone sick with COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms, travel and your exposure to a COVID-19 patient.

For more information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html.

Mobile Infirmary Emergency Saraland - NOW OPEN

Friday, February 14, 2020
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Saraland

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Mobile Infirmary Emergency Saraland Now Open

Mobile, Ala. — Infirmary Health’s new freestanding emergency department in Saraland, Ala. is open for patients as of 1 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020. 

Mobile Infirmary Emergency Saraland is a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week facility. It will provide the same full service care as a traditional emergency department and fills the gap for emergency care in the Saraland area. The 22,000 square foot facility has 11 exam rooms, two trauma bays, as well as an in-house laboratory and imaging department complete with MRI, CT, X-ray and ultrasound equipment.

“Infirmary Health is committed to being the FIRST CHOICE for healthcare in the region,” said Mark Nix President and CEO of Infirmary Health. “We are excited to open our second freestanding emergency department, which will provide life-saving care to the residents of Saraland and its surrounding communities.” 

The new building adjoins the existing Infirmary Medical Plaza located at 95 Shell St., on the northwest side of the intersection of I-65 and Hwy. 158, which houses Diagnostic & Medical Clinic Northside and Industrial Medical Clinic Northside. Mobile Infirmary Emergency Saraland is Infirmary Health’s second freestanding emergency department in the region; the other is Thomas Hospital Emergency Malbis located at Hwy. 90 and Hwy 181 in Daphne.

Mobile Infirmary Emergency Saraland to hold open house Monday, January 27, 2020

Thursday, January 23, 2020
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Mobile, Ala. — On Monday, January 27, from 4-5:30 p.m., Infirmary Health will host an open house ceremony for its new freestanding emergency department in Saraland, Ala., which will open to patients in early February.
 
Mobile Infirmary Emergency Saraland is a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week facility. It will provide the same full service care as a traditional emergency department and fills the gap for emergency care in the Saraland area. The 22,000 square foot facility has 12 exam rooms, two trauma bays, as well as an in-house laboratory and imaging department complete with MRI, CT, X-ray and ultrasound equipment.
 
“Infirmary Health is committed to being the FIRST CHOICE for healthcare in the region,” said Mark Nix President and CEO of Infirmary Health. “We are excited to open our second freestanding emergency department, which will provide life-saving care to the residents of Saraland and its surrounding communities.”
 
The new building adjoins the existing Infirmary Medical Plaza located at 95 Shell St., on the northwest side of the intersection of I-65 and Hwy. 158, which houses Diagnostic & Medical Clinic Northside and Industrial Medical Clinic Northside. Mobile Infirmary Emergency Saraland is Infirmary Health’s second freestanding emergency department in the region; the other is Thomas Hospital Emergency Malbis located at Hwy. 90 and Hwy 181 in Daphne.
 
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About Infirmary Health
Infirmary Health is composed of three hospitals, two post-acute care facilities, more than 60 medical clinics and other affiliates. Infirmary Health serves all counties along the Gulf Coast and offers the most advanced technology, comprehensive treatment and highest quality care to remain the first choice for healthcare in the region.

Mobile Infirmary Welcomes New President

Friday, July 26, 2019
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Hannah Swanson
Marketing Communications Coordinator
Hannah.swanson@infirmaryhealth.org
251-435-3902

Infirmary Health is honored to announce Susan Boudreau, FACHE as the new president of Mobile Infirmary, effective July 1, 2019. In 2015, Boudreau rejoined Infirmary Health as the vice president of oncology and was later appointed as the chief operating officer of Mobile Infirmary. Boudreau has a relentless dedication for her community of patients, employees and physicians. Her passion for Infirmary Health and its surrounding communities will allow for a seamless transition into her role as president of Mobile Infirmary. 

Joe Stough, EVP, Chief Operating Officer of Infirmary Health, remarked, “We are thrilled to have Susan continue to grow within our organization. Her passion for patients, physicians and employees is apparent, and her relentless drive to provide the best, safest care will continue to move Mobile Infirmary and Infirmary Health in a positive direction.” 

Boudreau is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on various community boards. She earned her bachelor's degree in science Medical Technology from the University of Alabama and her master's degree in science in Health Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During her time at Mobile Infirmary, she implemented a successful hospital-wide Total Quality Management initiative, enacted the utilization of teleradiology and assisted in the planning and design of a major expansion/relocation of the Emergency Department. Boudreau also led the development of Infirmary Health’s Cancer Care program, including bringing on a new mobile cancer screening vehicle. Now, as of July 1, 2019, she begins a new role as the president of Mobile Infirmary. 

Mobile Infirmary is the largest non-governmental hospital in Alabama with 669 licensed beds, more than 2,100 employees and 109 years of experience and operation. It is home to the only robotic assisted bariatric epicenter in the state and the region’s most accredited cardiovascular program and hybrid OR/Cath lab. '

Infirmary Health is composed of three hospitals, two post-acute care facilities, more than 60 medical clinics and other affiliates. Infirmary Health serves all counties along the Gulf Coast and offers the most advanced technology, comprehensive treatment and highest quality care to remain the first choice for healthcare in the region.  

Susan Boudreau

Infirmary Cancer Care becomes first in region to help patients retain their hair during chemotherapy

Thursday, November 8, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jami Carter - #435-3910
Jami.Carter@infirmaryhealth.org

Infirmary Cancer Care becomes first in region to help patients retain their hair during chemotherapy
Mobile, Ala. (Nov. 8) - Infirmary Cancer Care recently became the first cancer treatment center in the region to offer the PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System which helps patients retain their hair during chemotherapy treatments.
“Hair loss associated with chemotherapy is one of the most common effects associated with cancer for patients. It can be a constant reminder of their treatment and a personal identifier of being ill,” said Stefanie Willis-Turner, clinical director at Infirmary Cancer Care. “Infirmary Cancer Care, with the support of the Infirmary Foundation, is committed to providing the best care for our patients and we are excited to be able to offer the PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System to our community.” 
The PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System has been identified to reduce the likelihood of chemotherapy-induced alopecia (CIA) in cancer patients with solid tumors such as: ovarian, breast, colorectal, bowel and prostate cancer. Scalp cooling provides a proven alternative to hair loss, resulting in a high level of retention or even complete hair preservation, improving patients’ experience during treatment.
The PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System (also known as the ‘cold cap’) alleviates the damage caused to the hair follicles by chemotherapy. It works by reducing the temperature of the scalp by a few degrees immediately before, during and after the administration of chemotherapy.  Liquid coolant passes through the cap extracting heat from the patient’s scalp, ensuring the scalp remains at an even, constant temperature to minimize hair loss.
The PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System was developed by the Paxman family. The concept behind the technology came when mother of four, Sue Paxman, experienced first-hand the trauma of chemotherapy-induced hair loss. The company has since been on a personal journey to ensure Sue’s legacy lives on by helping people around the globe minimize chemotherapy-induced hair loss and contribute to their quality of life. 
The PAXMAN Scalp Cooling System may be covered by some insurance companies. Also, patients may qualify for financial assistance. Call #435-CARE (2273) for more information. 

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Thomas Hospital receives the 2018 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care

Monday, August 6, 2018
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Janette Torre |Women’s Choice Award®   
Sr. Director                              
T: (954) 922-0846      
JTorres@womenschoiceaward.com      
 
Martha Davidson
Infirmary Health Marketing
T: 251-510-1054    
martha.davidson@infirmaryhealth.org                                

Thomas Hospital Receives 2018 Women’s Choice Award®
for America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care

Recognizing comprehensive care to treat heart disease, the nation’s leading cause of death for women
August 6, 2018 – Thomas Hospital has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare.  The award signifies that Thomas Hospital is in the top 9% of 4,812 U.S. hospitals offering heart care services. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of American women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year—approximately one woman every minute. 

What’s often thought of as a “man’s disease” strikes more women than men, and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined. “With such strong prevalence of heart disease, every woman should know where to find the very best heart care before she ever has an incident,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of The Women’s Choice Award.  “We help women by conducting evidence-based research and recognizing the hospitals that could one day save their lives.”

The methodology used to select Thomas Hospital as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care is unique in that it evaluates:
• The number of cardiac/vascular services offered. Recognized hospitals must offer at least six of the following services: Cardiac Catheter Lab, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Cardiac Surgery, Carotid Stenting, Coronary Interventions, Electrophysiology, Vascular Interventions, Vascular Surgery and Coronary Intensive Care (CCU).
• 30-Day mortality and readmission rates for heart attack and failure
• Patient recommendation ratings on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey
• Primary research about women’s healthcare preferences
For more information about the America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care, please visit the Women's Choice website.

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ABOUT THE WOMEN’S CHOICE AWARD®
The Women’s Choice Award® is a trusted referral source, empowering women to make smart healthcare choices by identifying the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that consider female patient satisfaction and clinical excellence. The Women’s Choice Award was recently honored by the INC 5000 List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies in 2017 for a third consecutive year. Visit http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/ to learn more.

Fairhope man can now stand tall after sitting in wheelchair for four years

Monday, July 23, 2018
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Fairhope resident, Henry Mullen III, received a new Half-Power Superstand Standing Wheelchair at Thomas Hospital on Friday, July 20. Mullin is paralyzed due to a 2015 motor vehicle accident. By undertaking a program of repeated passive standing in the Half-Power Superstand Standing Wheelchair, Mullen will eliminate skin breakdown, strengthen long bones, eliminate urinary tract infections, stretch muscles, hamstrings, tendons and heel cords and improve his respiratory capacity.
 
Having the ability to stand up also affords Mullen more employment opportunities.  "I will not let my disability define me," Mullen says. "I want to work, pay taxes, and stay productive and live life to its fullest.  I do not want to depend on somebody else taking care of me."
 
Mullen worked closely with Thomas Hospital social workers and rehabilitation staff to secure medical documentation for the Half-Power Superstand Standing Wheelchair. Then, Mullen worked with Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services in Mobile to help get his Superstand funded."A lot of folks helped me throughout," Mullen says.  "In particular, big thanks to Kimberly Burnett at Thomas Hospital and Kayla Freeman at Alabama Department of Rehab Services --- those two ladies literally helped me get my life back." Fairhope resident and Superstand representative, Patrick Peterson (a paralyzed veteran and Superstand Standing Wheelchair user himself), helped introduce the Superstand to Mullin and worked closely with everyone to ensure a successful outcome.
 
 
The Half-Power Superstand Standing Wheelchair is custom-manufactured by The Standing Company in Saginaw, Michigan.  Not only does The Standing Company offer a made-in-America standing wheelchair, The Standing Company is certified by The Veterans Administration as a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB).
 
Henry Mullen is an inspiration to all wheelchair users. Mullen, thanks to Alabama Department of Rehab Services and Thomas Hospital, has taken the initiative to make his life better and healthier.  People with disabilities need to see and hear “positive news” about local folks like Henry Mullen.
 
STANDING COMPANY CONTACT: Raymond Maczik, VP, 989-274-9528
THOMAS HOSPITAL CONTACT: MARTHA DAVIDSON, MARKETING, 251-510-1054
 ARTHUR JOHNSON, CASE MANAGEMENT, 251-279-1709
 ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF REHAB SERVICES:  Kayla Freeman, Counselor; 251-479-8611
 STANDING COMPANY GULFCOAST REP:  Patrick Peterson; 251-689-0457

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