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North Baldwin Infirmary Receives Prestigious International Award

Friday, November 3, 2017

North Baldwin Infirmary Receives Prestigious International Award
Bay Minette, AL -  (Nov. 3) — North Baldwin Infirmary has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc. is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative ("BFHI"), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. This prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.
Currently there are 454 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. North Baldwin Infirmary is one of only six hospitals in the state of Alabama that have been given this distinction and the only hospital in both Mobile and Baldwin counties with this distinction. The "Baby-Friendly" designation is given after a rigorous on-site survey is completed. The award is maintained by continuing to practice the Ten Steps as demonstrated by quality processes.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for the North Baldwin Infirmary team, and they deserve the highest recognition for their hard work and dedication to this cause," said Ben Hansert, North Baldwin Infirmary president.
Further information about the U.S. Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative may be obtained by visiting

Thomas Hospital Auxiliary presents service pins at annual meeting

Thursday, November 2, 2017

November 2, 2017
Contact: Melita Willkie, Manager of Volunteer Services
279-5525 or
Thomas Hospital Auxiliary presents service pins at annual meeting
            FAIRHOPE, AL -- Thomas Hospital honored its many dedicated volunteers for their hours of service at the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary’s 57th annual meeting.
            More than 100 Thomas Hospital Auxiliary members attended the meeting to hear an update on Thomas Hospital from President Ormand Thompson, receive service pins for their hours of service, install new Auxiliary board members and officers for 2017-2019 and present a $90,000 donation to the Thomas Hospital Foundation.
            Members of the Auxiliary’s new board of directors are President Linda Ricks, Vice President Maria Gwynn, Rusty Downey, Stephenie Gasbarro and Betty Poser. New Auxiliary officers are President Linda Ricks, Vice President Maria Gwynn, Treasurer Tom Davis, Recording Secretary Patricia Cooper and Corresponding Secretary Em Johnson.
            The following Auxilians received service pins for their years of devoted service to Thomas Hospital and Thomas Medical Center: 5-year pins were presented to Susan Boteler, Vivi Brown, Pat A. Cooper, Joanne Hancock, Bambi Jones, Mike Lockwood, Cathy McCulloch, Jeanne Raggio, Sam Reese, Amalia Rodriguez, Wayne Sasser, Frances Turk and Claire Webb; 10-year pins were presented to Florine Brogan, Dianne Comer, Kathy Corelli, Sharon Faust, Stephenie Gasbarro, Janet Hixon, Julie Holden, Lew Humphrey, Colin Kelleher, Nancy Mitchell, David Nash, Grace Nelson, Garnetta Nowlin and Juanita Smith; a 15-year pins were presented to Joanne Evans, Helen Garrett and Alvida Rucando; a 25-year pin was presented to Voncile Lewis; and a 30-year pin was presented to Mary Jean Havranek.

Now Open - Thomas Hospital Emergency in Malbis

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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Now Open
Thomas Hospital Emergency in Malbis
Daphne, Ala.—Thomas Hospital Emergency in Malbis, a freestanding emergency department located at 29487 Hwy. 181 in Daphne (the corner of Hwy. 181 and Hwy. 90), is now open.
The 24-hour, 7-day-a-week emergency department provides the same full service emergency care as a traditional emergency department and fills the gap for emergency care in the Spanish Fort and Daphne area. The 22,000 square foot facility has 12 exam rooms, 2 trauma rooms, an in-house laboratory and inpatient as well as outpatient imaging department, complete with MRI, CT, X-ray and ultrasound equipment.
“We are committed to providing quality healthcare to the communities we serve. Baldwin County is the fastest growing county in the state of Alabama, and with that growth, we must assure residents that life-saving resources are readily available. The freestanding emergency department does just that,” says Ormand Thompson, President of Thomas Hospital.
In addition to providing care to those in need of emergency services, the facility also servesas an outpatient imaging center. Outpatient imaging appointments can be scheduled by calling 251-990-1042.
Thomas Hospital
For more than 50 years, Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Ala., has served Baldwin County and the Eastern Shore. The hospital employs 1,100 staff and more than 200 physicians actively serve the hospital’s community. The 162-bedfacility is ranked as a 4 Star hospital by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), ranked nationally for outstanding patient experience, cardiac care and orthopedics and has a $320 million total annual economic impact on Baldwin County.

Clay Shoot Nets $20,000 for Thomas Hospital Foundation

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
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Clay Shoot Nets $20,000 for 3D Mammography at Thomas Hospital Foundation

One hundred sporting clay enthusiasts recently gathered at Bushy Clays in Perdido, Ala., to test their skills and raise money for the Thomas Hospital Foundation. The fully automated clay courses offered a challenging and fun day for everyone, and the $20,000 raised helps provide 3D mammography for The Breast Center at Thomas Hospital. In 2016, 114 cases of breast cancer were detected at Thomas Hospital. With the help of 3D mammography, 20 - 65 percent more invasive breast cancers are detected, breast cancer can be detected earlier, callbacks are reduced by up to 40%, and there is greater accuracy for women across a variety of ages and breast densities. For more information about how you can help, contact Kathy Baugh at 251-279-1512 or email


2018 Workplace Partnership for Life campaign

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mobile Infirmary, Thomas Hospital, and North Baldwin Infirmary are proud to participate in the 2018 Workplace Partnership for Life campaign sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. You can help us raise awareness about the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation by visiting and registering to be an organ donor today!

Mobile Infirmary receives Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best Breast Centers

Monday, October 30, 2017


For the second year in a row, Mobile Infirmary has been named one of America’s Best Breast Centers by the Women’s Choice Award®, America’s trusted referral source for the best in healthcare. The award signifies that Mobile Infirmary is in the top 7% of 4,789 U.S. hospitals offering breast care services.

“This recognition reflects our commitment to ensuring the highest quality of care for our patients,” said Jennifer Eslinger, Mobile Infirmary President. “We strive to increase awareness about the importance of breast health and this award demonstrates Mobile Infirmary’s strong commitment to women and their unique healthcare needs.”

“Early detection and quality care go hand-in-hand when it comes to breast cancer,” said Delia Passi, founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award and a breast cancer survivor. She knows fromexperience. As a victim of poor imaging, Passi’s breast cancer was missed, causing her to suffer through a surgical biopsy and two lumpectomies, until she finally had a mastectomy in 2003 at the age of 42.

“We created the America’s Best Breast Centers Award to empower women to make smart decisions for their breast care, from their very first screening to treatment if cancer is found,” said Passi. “Based on my own unfortunate experience, I know the importance of choosing an accredited center with top quality care to give women the greatest chance for a positive outcome.”

The list of award winners, including Mobile Infirmary, represents breast centers that have met the highest standards of breast care in the nation as set by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and carry the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) seal from the American College of Radiology.


Infirmary Cancer Care at Thomas Hospital Earns National Accreditation from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fairhope, Alabama (Oct. 16)—The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation to the cancer program at Thomas Hospital. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. 

Because it is a CoC-accredited cancer center, Infirmary Cancer Care at Thomas Hospital takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists. This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care. 

“It is a tremendous honor for our practicing physicians and team to earn this prestigious distinction. Our cancer program allows patients to receive high quality cancer care, close to home, where they can still get the support they need from friends and family,” said Ormand Thompson, President of Thomas Hospital.

The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for Infirmary Cancer Care at Thomas Hospital to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care.  When patients receive care at a CoC accredited facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling, and patient centered services including psycho-social support, patient navigation, and a survivorship care plan that documents the entire spectrum of care each patient receives.

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, Infirmary Cancer Care at Thomas Hospital maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society. This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports.  These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts.  

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2016. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico,  CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed patients with cancer. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at

Infirmary Cancer Care at Thomas Hospital

808 Morphy Avenue

Fairhope, AL 36532

251-435-CARE (2273)



Thomas Hospital Auxiliary presents check to Thomas Hospital Foundation

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


October 10, 2017

Contact: Melita Willkie, Manager of Volunteer Services

279-5525 or



Thomas Hospital Auxiliary presents donation check

to Thomas Hospital Foundation at Auxiliary annual meeting


FAIRHOPE, AL – The Thomas Hospital Auxiliary presented a donation check of $90,000 to the Thomas Hospital Foundation. This donation presentation was made at the Auxiliary’s 57th annual meeting on September 21. This donation will go towards the Auxiliary’s pledge to donate $500,000 to the Foundation for the hospital’s new Birth Center, which opened earlier this year.

“The Auxiliary's generous gift to the Thomas Hospital Foundation is incredibly generous,” said Kathy Baugh, vice president, foundation services, Infirmary Health. “We appreciate the many volunteer hours it took to raise this money. Together we are serving our community. Our Auxilians are a very special group and it is an honor to serve alongside them.”

The Auxiliary raises funds through the Thomas Hospital Gift Shop and Thomas Medical Center Snack Shop, and other fundraisers, such as uniform, jewelry and linen sales, throughout the year. The Auxiliary has donated a total of more than $1.5 million to the hospital through the Thomas Hospital Foundation.

The Thomas Hospital Auxiliary, a member of the Alabama Hospital Association’s Alabama Council of Hospital Auxiliaries (ACHA), has approximately 460 members and is one of the largest hospital auxiliaries in the state. For more information on becoming a volunteer, please call the auxiliary office at 279-1686 or Manager of Volunteer Services Melita Willkie at 279-5525.


Pictured making the presentation of a $90,000 donation from the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary to the Thomas Hospital Foundation are (left to right) Ana Maria Carrera, Thomas Hospital Auxiliary immediate past president; Derek Thomas, governance chair of the Thomas Hospital Foundation Board of Directors; Tina Dearborn, Thomas Hospital Fundraising Chairperson; Linda Ricks, Thomas Hospital Auxiliary president; Barbara Nutini, Thomas Hospital Gift Shop chairperson; Kathy Baugh, vice president of the Thomas Hospital Foundation; and Carolyn Williams, Thomas Medical Center Snack Shop chairperson.

Infirmary Cancer Care to host Survivor Soiree

Friday, September 29, 2017
Celebrate breast cancer survivorship with friends and family. Enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres with the opportunity for loved ones to participate in a free breast cancer risk assessment. Whether you are a cancer survivor or high risk, consult with our experts specializing in cancer nutrition, genetics, and much more.
When: Thursday, October 12 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: The Breast Center at Thomas Hospital
Address: 750 Morphy Ave., Fairhope, AL 36532
When: Thursday, October 19 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Where: The Breast Center at Mobile Infirmary
Address: 1720 Springhill Ave., # 201, Mobile, AL 36604
Family and friends are welcome to join in our celebration.
Reservations are requested. Call 251-435-CARE (2273) today to secure your spot.

Infirmary Health Purchases 17 Acres in Malbis

Thursday, September 14, 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact:  Pam Denham
White-Spunner Realty Represents Landowner in Sale of 17-Acres in Daphne, AL
DAPHNE, AL (August 17, 2017)– Infirmary Health, the largest non-governmental health care system in Alabama based in Mobile, recently purchased 17.8 acres of land with over 800 feet on Hwy 90 in the Malbis community of Daphne, AL near the intersection of Highways 181 and 90. The undeveloped property was re-zoned to a neighborhood business district B2(a) to accommodate future development plans and it was officially annexed into the City of Daphne.  It remains a historical district. 
The sale ($3.85 mil) was facilitated by Sharon Wright and Tracy Womack of White-Spunner Realty. The buyer was represented by BT Roberts of Roberts Brothers CPM, Inc.
Thomas Hospital, an affiliate of Infirmary Health located in Fairhope, is currently constructing a freestanding emergency department in Malbis that is scheduled to open in October 2017. The 17-acre parcel recently purchased by Infirmary Health is located near this freestanding emergency department.
“We are excited to develop a medical complex to serve the Eastern Shore which is growing rapidly,” said Mark Nix, President & CEO of Infirmary Health. “The property’s proximity to the Thomas Hospital Freestanding Emergency Department (FED) is ideal. The FED also houses state-of-the-art imaging equipment for outpatient diagnostic testing making it convenient for residents to receive comprehensive care close to home. The project will be home to various physician practices and is slated to be completed in the summer of 2020.”   (Photo: Mark Nix)
About Infirmary Health
Infirmary Health is the largest non-governmental healthcare system in the state and the second largest non-for-profit healthcare system in Alabama.  It serves an 11-county area of south Alabama and north Escambia County, Fla with 700 active practicing physicians and more than 5,000 employees.  Infirmary Health is the governing organization of five acute care hospitals, two post-acute care facilities, a physician clinic network with more than 30 locations, three diagnostic centers and other affiliates.  
About White-Spunner Realty
White-Spunner Realty (WSR) is a full service real estate brokerage and development firm located in Mobile, Alabama. Since 1954, the WSR team has earned a long-standing reputation for maximizing the benefits of commercial real estate assets for its clients through land development, commercial and residential brokerage, leasing services and property management.  WSR manages more than 1 million square feet of building space, including 58 shopping centers, with a 90 percent or better occupancy rate. In addition, White-Spunner Realty has developed more than 30 prime shopping and retail centers and more than 1,500 acres of residential development. With specialists in industrial, retail, office and residential real estate all under one roof, WSR provides seamless real estate services. For more information, call 251.471.1000 or visit