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Infirmary Health purchases Malbis Property

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Infirmary Health purchases Malbis Property

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.”

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Mobile Infirmary donates to local charities in honor of their medical staf

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

 
MOBILE, ALA. –  For National Doctors’ Day, celebrated annually on March 30 to recognize the work and contributions of physicians to society and the community, Mobile Infirmary made donations to Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy and Camp Rap-A-Hope in honor of the hospital’s medical staff.
Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy is a non-profit organization that serves the needs of the community through prescription assistance. They service Mobile, Baldwin and Escambia counties and focus primarily on maintenance medications for chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.  Each year, about 1600 patients rely on Ozanam for their medications.
Camp Rap-A-Hope is an organization that provides year-long programming, as well as a week-long summer camp to children between the ages of 7 and 17 who have cancer or are in remission. Camp Rap-A-Hope's programs are provided free of charge to campers and their families.
“We are thankful for the expert, patient-centered care that our doctors provide to our patients and community every day,” said Jennifer Eslinger, President of Mobile Infirmary.
Mobile Infirmary’s medical staff includes more than 650 physicians.
 

Go Red Gulf Coast

Monday, January 23, 2017

At the forefront of technology: Infirmary Health celebrates 10 years of robotic surgery

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mobile, Ala. – In 2006, Mobile Infirmary was the first hospital in Mobile and the Alabama Gulf Coast region to perform robotic assisted surgery. Celebrating its tenth year of using the technology, Mobile Infirmary, the largest Infirmary Health facility, serves as a support resource and facility for other area hospitals and physicians. Infirmary Health offers more robotic procedures, performs more surgeries and has more practicing physicians with extensive experience and skill than anyone else in the region.
 
“Infirmary Health has been at the forefront of pioneering minimally invasive surgery,” says Ashley Simmons, R.N., manager of surgical services. “Our health system has invested in four da Vinci Surgical System robots, and nearly 5,000 surgeries have been performed with the robotic technology.”
 
Robotic surgery is different from all other types of surgery. With open surgery, physicians make large incisions, but this increases the chance of pain and complications. With traditional laparoscopic surgery, doctors work through tiny incisions with sticklike instruments, but are limited in range of motion and how much they can see.
 
During robotic-assisted surgery, the surgeon sits at a computer console, which displays a 3-D high-definition view of the surgical operation. Working through small incisions, the surgeon controls highly specialized instruments that can move in any direction, far surpassing the agility of the human wrist. Less cutting is involved, so patients have less pain and faster recovery times.
 
“The da Vinci Surgical System is one of the most precise available,” says Paul Scott, M.D., a urologist who performed the first robotic surgery in the area at Mobile Infirmary. “It is designed to help doctors take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.”
 
Infirmary Health has recently invested in two new versions of the da Vinci robot—the Xi and Si—which help surgeons perform a wide variety of surgeries. The da Vinci Xi, which is the latest version of the robot, allows surgeons to operate on the most complex cases. Infirmary Health has also invested in an integrated table motion system that enables the da Vinci Xi to connect to the operating table so that a patient can be dynamically positioned while the surgeon operates.
 
The ability to reposition the operating table allows for optimal exposure and access to the target anatomy. This helps increase efficiency and safely manage patients during robotic-assisted procedures.
 
For a full list of robotic procedures and more information on how this technology may help you, visit infirmaryhealth.org/robotics. 

Scale Back with Infirmary Health to win

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Join Infirmary Health for Scale Back Alabama, a free statewide weight-loss program for adults ages 18 and older. First, form a team of two with the goal of losing 10 pounds each. Second, register at scalebackalabama.com (with a chance to win cash prizes at the state level). Third, plan to weigh-in Jan. 11-18 at one of Infirmary Health's four host sites (see below for site specific weigh-in locations and times.) Each team to weigh-in and weigh-out at ProHealth Fitness Center, Thomas Fitness Center, North Baldwin Fitness Center has a chance to win one of the following:
• Two one year individual Infirmary Fitness Center memberships
• Two Fitbit Activity Trackers
• Two $100 Visa Gift Cards 
 Scale Back is a free program that is open to the public. Click here for more information. 
 
 WEIGH-IN SITES:
 ProHealth Fitness Center, Mobile
 Jan. 11 - 13     6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
 Jan. 14          10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 Jan. 15            1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
 Jan. 16 - 18     6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
 
 North Baldwin Fitness Center, Bay Minette
 Jan. 11 - 13        6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
 Jan. 14             10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
 Jan. 15               1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
 Jan. 16 - 18        6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
 
 Thomas fitness Center, Fairhope
 Jan. 11 - 12      5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
 Jan. 13             5:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
 Jan. 14             6:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
 Jan. 16 - 18      5:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
 

26th ANNUAL MARCH OF DIMES SIGNATURE CHEFS AUCTION

Friday, October 21, 2016

Mobile, AL— One of area’s most popular charity food events, March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction presented by The Admiral Hotel, will return for its 26th year on Thursday, October 20, 2016. The event begins at 6 p.m. at The Admiral Hotel.
 
A who’s who of prominent area chefs will prepare their signature dishes created exclusively for the evening in a five-course seated dinner. During the dinner, the March of Dimes will honor Max Rogers, M.D., of Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates as the Physician of the Year.
 
Dr. Rogers is being honored for his efforts in the March of Dimes 39 weeks campaign at Mobile Infirmary.  The goal of the campaign is to reduce medically unnecessary (elective) inductions and cesarean deliveries scheduled before 39 weeks of pregnancy.

 “The Signature Chefs Auction is a unique opportunity to experience the diverse culinary talent in Mobile while celebrating a great local physician and supporting a great cause,” said Riley Bridges, local director of the March of Dimes. “We are thrilled and honored to have this gifted group of chefs joining us in our mission to help give every baby a fighting chance.”
 
Funds raised by Signature Chefs Auction help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support programs and advocacy efforts for moms and babies. 
 
Today, one in every 8 infants is born premature in the state of Alabama. The March of Dimes is committed to funding research to find the answers to problems that continue to threaten the lives and health of babies. 
 
To kick off the evening, Half Shell Oyster House will be creating two appetizers, then Chef Steve Zucker of Dauphin’s will share his soup and Chef Chris Rainosek of the Noble South will share his salad. The main course will be prepared by Chef Sam Spencer of the Admiral Hotel and dessert will be prepared by Sherrie Pickett of Flour Girls Bakery.
 
Tables of eight for the event are $1,000, and individual tickets for the event are $75 per person.  For more information, visit signaturechefs.org/mobile or contact the March of Dimes office at (251)345-6480. 
 
About the March of Dimes
The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.  For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.  For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
 
 

Thomas Hospital Auxiliary presents donation check to Thomas Hospital Foundation at Auxiliary annual meeting

Monday, October 17, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 4, 2016

Contact: Melita Willkie, Manager of Volunteer Services

279-5525 or melita.willkie@infirmaryhealth.org

 

 

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 $130,000 to the Thomas Hospital Foundation. This donation presentation was made at the Auxiliary’s 56th annual meeting on September 20. Three years ago, the Auxiliary pledged to donate $500,000 to the Foundation for the hospital’s new Women’s Center. With this donation, the Auxiliary has now honored $320,000 of that commitment.

            “The Auxiliary's generous gift to the Thomas Hospital Foundation is the largest ever and will go towards building a new Women’s Center,” 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 Thomas Hospital Gift Shop sales, Thomas Medical Center Snack Shop sales, book fairs, uniform, jewelry and accessory sales, and other fundraisers throughout the year. The auxiliary has donated almost $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 470 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 $130,000 donation from the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary to the Thomas Hospital Foundation are (left to right) Barbara Nutini, Thomas Hospital Gift Shop chairperson; Carolyn Williams, Thomas Medical Center Snack Shop chairperson; Linda Ricks, Thomas Hospital Auxiliary president elect; Tim Simmonds, chairman of the Thomas Hospital Foundation Board of Directors; Ana Maria Carerra, Thomas Hospital Auxiliary president, Kathy Baugh, vice president, foundation services, Infirmary Health; and Kerry O’Connor, vice chairman of the Thomas Hospital Foundation Board of Directors.

J.L. Bedsole/Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Mobile, Ala. — CARF International announced that Infirmary Health’s J.L. Bedsole/Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital has been accredited for a period of three years for its Inpatient rehabilitation programs for adult and adolescent rehabilitation and stroke specialty program. The latest accreditation is the 18th consecutive year that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded the J.L. Bedsole/Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital, the only CARF accredited Inpatient Acute Rehab Hospital in the State of Alabama.

This accreditation decision represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows the organization’s substantial conformance to the CARF standards. An organization receiving a three-year accreditation has undergone a rigorous peer review process and demonstrated its commitment to offering programs and services that are measurable, accountable and of the highest quality.

J.L. Bedsole/Rotary Rehabilitation Hospital is a not-for-profit organization located on the third floor of Mobile Infirmary, that has provided services in the Mobile area since 1931.

CARF is an independent, non-profit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process that centers on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at www.carf.org.

For additional information or to schedule a tour, call 251-435-3417 or visit infirmaryhealth.org.

Mobile Infirmary named Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Tier 1 Hospital

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Mobile, Ala.—Mobile Infirmary officials announced today that it joins the other Infirmary Health hospitals: North Baldwin Infirmary, and Thomas Hospital as being designated as a Tier 1 Hospital by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama categorize Alabama hospitals into three “tiers” based on their performance in the areas of quality, patient safety and financial awareness. 
 
“We are delighted to receive the Tier 1 recognition which enables patients with Blue Cross and Blue Shield medical plans that recognize the tiered system to realize the highest benefit level when they receive care from our hospital,” said Jennifer Eslinger, President of Mobile Infirmary. “We are proud of the care we provide for all of our patients.”
 
Quality awareness reflects the hospital’s commitment to specific programs designed to improve the quality of care rendered. Mobile Infirmary has demonstrated a commitment to quality by implementing quality improvement programs, actively participating in an effort to reduce hospital-acquired infections, by sharing best practices and by engaging in efforts to increase healthcare transparency.
 
Patient safety awareness scored high marks for Mobile Infirmary due to safe practice standards being implemented which include the formation of Rapid Response Teams, establishing Patient Safety Teams, performing above average on national core quality measures, providing continuing education programs to staff on specific safety initiatives and making a commitment to improving patient care. 
 
Financial awareness measures the financial performance of the hospital. Blue Cross members whose plans recognize the tiered system and who utilize Tier 1 Hospitals receive the greatest level of plan benefit, which may reduce co-pays and deductibles by up to 50 percent as compared to a Tier II Hospital.
 
For more information on Tier 1 Hospitals, visit bcbsal.org or to learn more about Mobile Infirmary, visit infirmaryhealth.org.          
 

Infirmary Medical Plaza breaks ground in Saraland

Friday, September 23, 2016

Mobile, Ala.—Infirmary Health broke ground in Saraland, Ala., on Aug. 19 with construction of a new 68,000 sq. ft. medical complex. Infirmary Medical Plaza is scheduled to open in late 2017. The state-of-the-art facility will be located on Shell St., on the northwest side of the intersection of I-65 and Hwy. 158.
 
“This new medical facility will offer Saraland and neighboring communities the care they expect closer to where they live and work.” explained Mark Nix, President and CEO of Infirmary Health. “People want the convenience of having advanced medical care close to home and this initial phase of a new medical campus, conveniently located with easy access to Saraland and northern Mobile County does just that.”
 
Residents in Saraland and surrounding communities will have access to laboratory and imaging services, along with subspecialty care with convenient easy access. There will also be additional space on campus for physician practices.
 
“Saraland is absolutely thrilled to welcome the new Infirmary Medical Campus to our community.  The outstanding medical services that this facility will make available locally will be greatly appreciated by the citizens of Saraland and all North Mobile residents.  We look forward to the continued growth and development of this wonderful complex,” said Mayor Rubenstein.
 
The ground breaking featured short presentations by representatives from the city of Saraland, the Mobile County Commission and Mark Nix, President and CEO of Infirmary Health and the ceremonial turning of the shovel by those closely involved with the project.
 
For more information on Infirmary Health’s hospitals, facilities and services provided, visit infirmaryhealth.org/about.
 

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