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Infirmary Health Offers Free Screenings for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Monday, September 19, 2016

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 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2015 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 to the first 100 men on Friday, September 23 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in Mobile, Baldwin and Escambia counties. Screenings require a simple blood draw, and results are provided by Quest Diagnostics are mailed to participants home addresses.  
 
PSA Screening Locations:
 
Fox 10 News Station
1501 Satchel Paige Drive
Mobile, Alabama 36606
 
Thomas Fitness Center
750 Morphy Avenue
Fairhope, Alabama 36532
 
North Baldwin Fitness Center
1815 Hand Avenue
Bay Minette, Alabama 36507
 
Statistics show that one in seven 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.
 
To find a physician or to learn more about the upcoming prostate cancer screenings, visit infirmaryhealth.org. 
 

Morrison Healthcare Names Mobile Infirmary’s Food and Nutrition Department and Café Regional Account of the Year

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Atlanta, GA (September 7, 2016) – Morrison Healthcare, a leading contract food and nutrition services provider to hospitals and health systems across the United States, has named Mobile Infirmary  in Mobile, Ala., a Regional Account of the Year. The Mobile Infirmary account team is one of 13 Morrison accounts being recognized as part of parent company Compass Group North America’s annual Be-A-Star recognition program.

“Be-A-Star is a great way to recognize our account teams for delivering exceptional patient care and hospitality, while achieving positive results and providing better outcomes,” said Morrison Healthcare CEO Tim Pierce.  “The program is an important part of our Morrison Healthcare culture and the Mobile Infirmary team has demonstrated that they own their business, while going above and beyond to serve our patients and their families, caregivers and guests.”

“We are very excited about our Food Service team being named one of Morrison’s Be-a-Star Account,” said Alan Holley, Infirmary Health Vice President of Materiel Management and Support. “The team works very hard each day to make sure we are taking care of patients, visitors and our hospital staff. Whether it is food preparation, cafeteria service, patient delivery or our dietitians, everyone is focused on customer satisfaction.  They do a great job; we are proud of them and proud of our affiliation with Morrison Healthcare.”

As part of the Be-A-star program, Morrison account teams across the country worked to achieve 3-Star status.  To do so, each account had to complete a series of requirements associated with the company’s key business and community service initiatives.  Components involved all food service team members at the account and included challenges such as implementing a patient and guest satisfaction plan, celebrating diversity and partnering locally with the Ronald McDonald House to support a community service activity. 

About Be-A-Star

Be-A-Star was created in 1997 as a Compass Group North America sector specific business initiative program that recognizes associates and teams for achieving business excellence. It is a roadmap for the consistent implementation of key business initiatives. The mission of the Be-A-Star Program is to provide a consistent platform for each sector to communicate and accomplish the business objectives set forth during a fiscal year. It also recognizes associates and teams that deliver business excellence as a result of accomplishing these objectives. The vision of Compass Group’s Be-A-Star Program is to be the primary recognition tool, implemented throughout all sectors, for all associates that exceed business excellence by providing great results every day.

About Morrison Healthcare

Morrison Healthcare is a leading national food and nutrition services company that is exclusively dedicated to serving more than 600 hospitals and healthcare systems. Morrison Healthcare believes in the power of food and creates personalized dining experiences for patients and in its cafés to advance the healing and healthful missions of its clients.  Morrison serves some of the nation’s largest health systems and leverages its culinary, nutritional, and operational expertise to provide consistency and transform the healthcare experience in each of its hospitals. Morrison is a member of Practice Greenhealth’s Healthier Hospitals Initiative, and the company’s alignment with Partnership for a Healthier America's Hospital Healthy Food Initiative positively impacts up to 41 million patients and 500 million hospital meals annually. Morrison Healthcare is one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places and Becker’s Hospital Review 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare, and has been named one of Training Magazine’s Top 125 organizations for the past six years. The company is a division of Compass Group and has more than 1,200 registered dietitians, 300 executive chefs, and 17,000 professional food service team members. www.morrisonhealthcare.com.

 

 

 

Infirmary Medical Clinics earn recognition from UnitedHealthcare

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Mobile, Ala. – The following Infirmary Medical Clinics: Diagnostic & Medical Clinic, Family Medical of Mobile, Eastern Shore Adult and Family Medicine and North Baldwin Internal Medicine were recently recognized with the UnitedHealthcare PATH Excellence in Patient Service Award for its commitment to improving health outcomes for people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage plans.

These Infirmary Medical Clinics are among more than 1,900 care providers nation-wide recognized with UnitedHealthcare PATH Excellence in Patient Service Awards for hitting key quality measures in treatment of Medicare Advantage members. The clinic earned the award by achieving performance metrics in the UnitedHealthcare PATH Program and successfully addressing care opportunities when treating UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage members.

“Our physician office teams work very hard to provide quality care to all of our patients, with the goal of helping them achieve optimal health. It is gratifying to be recognized for our efforts,” said Barre Sanders, Executive Vice President of Infirmary Medical Clinics. “We appreciate UnitedHealthcare’s support and look forward to continuing to work together to help improve their Medicare Advantage members’ health and well-being.”

UnitedHealthcare created the PATH program to help people enrolled in its Medicare Advantage plans be as healthy as possible by encouraging greater use of preventive health care services and proactive monitoring of chronic conditions. The program annually rewards physicians who meet certain performance-based criteria, including achieving or exceeding targets established by the

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for specific Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) measures. Health plans and CMS use HEDIS as a tool to measure performance on important dimensions of health care and service. Examples of the quality measures used to evaluate care providers’ performance in the PATH program include:

  • the percentages of eligible UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage members who received a breast cancer screening or colorectal cancer screening;

  • the percentage of members with diabetes who received an eye exam; and,

  • the percentage of members who received advice from their doctor to maintain or enhance their level of physical activity.

 

“We are grateful for these medical clinics efforts to ensure our Medicare Advantage members receive the preventive health care services they need,” said Efrem Castillo, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement. “These awards are one of the ways we are supporting the transition to a value-based health care system that rewards physicians for the quality of care they deliver to the people we serve.”

By achieving the PATH program’s performance metrics, these clinics also proactively addressed care opportunities for UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage members. A care opportunity exists when an individual hasn’t received a health care service or medication recommended based on his or her age or health status. In 2015, care providers nationwide participating in the PATH program addressed nearly 1.8 million care opportunities for UnitedHealthcare’s Medicare Advantage members.

 

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Fairhope Single Tax Corporation donates more than $1 million to Thomas Hospital birth center campaign

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

 

Fairhope, Ala.—Thomas Hospital’s Life…It’s Worth Giving birth center campaign received its largest donation in the amount of $1,004,000 from the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation.

 

“Baldwin County is tied for the eighth fastest growing county in the United States, and we want to be well prepared for the growing number of births,” says Ormand Thompson, President of Thomas Hospital. “In addition, families deserve a comfortable place to deliver their babies. An expanded Birth Center will ensure Thomas Hospital continues this level of care.”

The new Birth Center will help increase the size to approximately 29,000-square-feet, expanding the capacity by more than 40 percent. This larger space is critical when looking at the population projections for Baldwin County. Between 2014 and 2018, the number of people between ages 20 and 39 will grow by 10.5 percent. A strong Birth Center ensures Thomas Hospital can continue providing exceptional care close to home. “The residents of our community depend on Thomas Hospital and need the Birth Center to grow as the population increases. Fairhope Single Tax wants to support our community by helping Thomas Hospital grow,” says Lee Turner, President of the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation.

 

Thomas Hospital provides approximately 1,000 jobs, with an average daily payroll of $100,000 – money that is spent locally in shops, restaurants and other businesses in Baldwin County.  A vibrant hospital attracts the best physicians. Thomas Hospital is vital to the health and economic well-being of Baldwin County, as quality healthcare is near the top of the list of why people choose to live and work here

For more information on Thomas Hospital or the Life…It’s Worth Giving campaign, visit https://www.infirmaryhealth.org/hospitals/thomas-hospital.

 

Pictured from left to right: Ormand Thompson, Thomas Hospital President, Fred Watkins, Fairhope Single Tax Corporation Director, Michael Upchurch , Fairhope Single Tax Corporation Treasurer, Kathy Baugh, Thomas Hospital Foundation Executive Director, Lee Turner, Fairhope Single Tax Corporation President, Mike Arnold, Fairhope Single Tax Corporation Secretary, and Mark Nix Infirmary Health President and CEO.

 

Fairhope Single Tax Corporation donates more than $1 million to Thomas Hospital birth center campaign

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Fairhope, Ala.—Thomas Hospital’s Life…It’s Worth Giving birth center campaign received its largest donation in the amount of $1,004,000 from the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation.

“Baldwin County is tied for the eighth fastest growing county in the United States, and we want to be well prepared for the growing number of births,” says Ormand Thompson, President of Thomas Hospital. “In addition, families deserve a comfortable place to deliver their babies. An expanded Birth Center will ensure Thomas Hospital continues this level of care.”

The new Birth Center will help increase the size to approximately 29,000-square-feet, expanding the capacity by more than 40 percent. This larger space is critical when looking at the population projections for Baldwin County. Between 2014 and 2018, the number of people between ages 20 and 39 will grow by 10.5 percent. A strong Birth Center ensures Thomas Hospital can continue providing exceptional care close to home. “The residents of our community depend on Thomas Hospital and need the Birth Center to grow as the population increases. Fairhope Single Tax wants to support our community by helping Thomas Hospital grow,” says Lee Turner, President of the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation.

Thomas Hospital provides approximately 1,000 jobs, with an average daily payroll of $100,000 – money that is spent locally in shops, restaurants and other businesses in Baldwin County.  A vibrant hospital attracts the best physicians. Thomas Hospital is vital to the health and economic well-being of Baldwin County, as quality healthcare is near the top of the list of why people choose to live and work here

For more information on Thomas Hospital or the Life…It’s Worth Giving campaign, visit https://www.infirmaryhealth.org/hospitals/thomas-hospital.

 

Pictured from left to right: Ormand Thompson, Thomas Hospital President, Fred Watkins, Fairhope Single Tax Corporation Director, Michael Upchurch , Fairhope Single Tax Corporation Treasurer, Kathy Baugh, Thomas Hospital Foundation Executive Director, Lee Turner, Fairhope Single Tax Corporation President, Mike Arnold, Fairhope Single Tax Corporation Secretary, and Mark Nix Infirmary Health President and CEO.

 

Thomas Hospital Auxiliary awards $12,000 in scholarships

Monday, August 8, 2016

Fairhope, Ala.--The Thomas Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to announce that $12,000 in health career scholarships have been awarded to six Baldwin County residents. These students were chosen based on their academic excellence, extra-curricular activities and dedication to their goals. Since 1999, the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary has awarded 73 scholarships valued at more than $153,000.

• Olivia Atkins is pursuing a master's degree from Troy University to become a certified registered nurse practitioner.

• Margaret Council is pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama.

• Catharine Hardyman is pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Mobile.

• Abigail Hitson is pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Mobile.

• Shavia Safford is pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing from the the University of South Alabama.

• Abby Sealy is pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama.

The scholarships are funded by the Auxiliary’s annual holiday Tree of Lights fundraiser, and the sale of used books, which are donated to and sold in the Thomas Hospital Gift Shop and Thomas Medical Center Snack Shop. Donations of used books in good condition are greatly appreciated and accepted at both locations.

Students who are residents of Baldwin County and have been accepted into a healthcare program at an accredited college or university may apply for this scholarship. Applications are available in February and due in May.

Scholarship recipients (front row, center, left to right) Abigail Hitson, Olivia Akins, (back row, center, left to right) Margaret Council, Abby Sealy, Catherine Hardyman and Shavia Safford are pictured with (far left, left to right) Auxiliary Health Career Scholarship Committee Co-Chairperson Bob Holmes, Auxiliary President Ana Maria Harrison, and (far right) Auxiliary Health Career Scholarship Committee Chairperson Rusty Downey.

Infirmary Health medical clinic opens in Robertsdale

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Robertsdale, Ala. — Infirmary Medical Clinics is growing with a new primary care clinic opening in central Baldwin County. The new medical practice, Central Baldwin Physicians, is located at 18317 U.S. Hwy 90 in Robertsdale, Ala., and is staffed by Lynn H. Porter, M.D., family practice, and T. Phillip Bell, M.D., internal medicine.

“We are pleased to provide residents in the central Baldwin area with the primary care services they need to stay healthy,” said Barre Sanders, Executive Vice President of Infirmary Medical Clinics. “This new clinic underscores the commitment of Infirmary Health to provide quality care to the communities we serve and to be the first choice for healthcare in our region.

The doctors who work at Central Baldwin Physicians are trained to provide comprehensive, compassionate care for all ages, from newborns to seniors. Services include sick visits, preventive healthcare, chronic disease management, diagnostic screening and more. Office visits are available by appointment Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To make an appointment, call 251-947-2000.

Local Infirmary Health executive earns top healthcare management credential

Friday, July 15, 2016

CHICAGO – Joe T. Stough, III, FACHE, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, of Infirmary Health, located in Mobile, AL recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

“The healthcare management field plays a vital role in providing high-quality care to the people in our communities, which makes having a standard of excellence promoted by a professional organization critically important,” says Deborah J. Bowen, FACHE, CAE, president and chief executive officer of ACHE. “By becoming an ACHE Fellow and earning the distinction of board certification from ACHE, healthcare leaders demonstrate a commitment to excellence in serving their patients and the community.”

Stough dedicates his time building and managing a strong team of experienced healthcare professionals that lead the day-to-day operations for Mobile Infirmary, Thomas Hospital and North Baldwin Infirmary. Additionally, he is responsible for cultivating a culture of high reliability and patient safety while implementing new integration strategies for Infirmary Health. His expertise lies in physician relations, clinical and non-clinical hospital operations, process improvement, construction project management and financial management.

Stough is now privileged to use the FACHE® credential, which signifies board certification in healthcare management and ACHE Fellow status. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 9,100 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must fulfill multiple requirements, including passing a comprehensive examination, meeting academic and experiential criteria, earning continuing education credits and demonstrating professional/community involvement. Fellows are also committed to ongoing professional development and undergo recertification every three years.

To learn more about Infirmary Heath’s leadership team visit www.infirmaryhealth.org/about/executive-leadership. For more information regarding the FACHE credential, please contact the ACHE Division of Member Services at (312) 424-9400, by emailing contact@ache.org, or visit ache.org/FACHE.

 

 

 

Thomas Hospital Foundation Cath Lab Donation

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fairhope, Ala.—The Thomas Hospital Foundation recently awarded Thomas Hospital with a $149,203 grant to purchase a new GE Cardio Lab Electrophysiology monitoring system. The system will be utilized in the hospital's electrophysiology lab to measure, monitor, record, pace and integrate 3D mapping of the inside of our patients’ hearts to safely perform ablation procedures.

Thomas Hospital cardiac patients, who have A-Fib, Atrial Flutter, SVT and other abnormal heart rhythms, will benefit greatly with an improved quality of life after ablation of the arrhythmia is performed. This system enables a cardiac electrophysiologist, a physician who specializes in treating the electrical activities of the heart, to safely and accurately perform these procedures. Annually, more than 140 patients will be treated and benefit from this therapeutic equipment.  

Pictured left to right: Robert Robichaux. M.D., the only cardiac electrophysiologist in Baldwin County who is performing these procedures, demonstrates the functionality of the newly purchased equipment to Thomas Hospital Foundation board member, Robin Coleman.

 

 

Thomas Hospital Auxiliary welcomes junior volunteers

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Fairhope, Ala. – Thomas Hospital welcomes 60 students from Bayshore Christian School, Bayside Academy, Bridge Christian Academy, Central Christian School, Daphne High School, Emanuel Academy, Fairhope High School, Foley High School, McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, Robertsdale High School, and Spanish Fort High School, participating in the Thomas Hospital Auxiliary’s Junior Volunteer program this summer.

They are volunteering in the Cardiovascular Unit, Cath Lab, Clinical Education, Fitness Center, Physical Therapy, Plant Operations, Respiratory Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Women’s and Children’s departments at Thomas Hospital. They will also volunteer in seven Auxiliary service areas – emergency department waiting area, endoscopy escort, gift shop, information desk, Medical Office Center information desk, and transportation at Thomas Hospital, and the surgery waiting area and information desk at Thomas Medical Center in Daphne.        

“This is a great opportunity for our area students to get involved in health careers early in their lives,” Melita Willkie, manager of volunteer services at Thomas Hospital said. “We look forward to offering them a wonderful place to volunteer and the opportunity to provide a valuable service to their community.”

The Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Junior Volunteer program is offered to high school students between the ages 14 to 18 who maintain at least a B average and have an interest in volunteering at the hospital during the summer.  The goals of the program, are to give service to the hospital, increase community understanding and interest in the hospital and further interest in health careers.

Pictured with Thomas Hospital Auxiliary Junior Volunteer chairpersons Dottie South and Jerry Friedlander (far left), are Junior Volunteers (in alphabetical order) Nathan Adkins, Carolina Amezaga, Yolanda Amezaga, Jacob Astralaga, Kaitlyn Baker, Allie Bjorkner, Julia Coccaro, Anna Criswell, Gabby Dennis, Jadyn Domning, Lizzy Dvorak, Aubrey Engeriser, Ashlan Evans, Azaria Faiupu, Parker-Grace Farrow, Sallie Fell, Amy Goleman, Mackenzie Howell, Mallory Howell, Madeline Joffrion, Bonnie Johnson, Elliott Johnson, Madison Johnson, Lindsay Keating, Abigail Ketchem, Brooke Kirkham, Abby Kis, Ania Krutul, Kate Laraway, Mary-Grace Lott, Jordan Mitchell, Allie Nobles, Mikayla Nunez, Sarah O'Connor, Ana Sofia Olivar, Kajal Patel, Allie Relfe, Emma Richbourg, Greer Robinson, Mikey Saraceno, Alanna Wiest, and Jackie Williams. Not pictured are Camille Baker, Eliza Colbert, Ethan Colbert, Genevieve Corte, Lindsey Daniel, Maddi Estes, Mary Carlyn Fidler, Christy Graves, Emma Hunter, Hadley Hutchinson, William Illiano, Elisa Koolman, Ashley Rella, Lauren Shaw, Grayson Vickery, Avery Vosen, Chloe Walker, and Caroline Young.

 

 

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