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USA Surgery Hosts Greater Gulf Coast Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Symposium

The University of South Alabama Department of Surgery hosted the 6th annual Greater Gulf Coast Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Symposium on April 9-10, 2015, at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Ala. The event had approximately 150 attendees. This year’s symposium included updates on trauma, emergency surgery and critical care issues.  The 8th annual William A. L. Mitchell Endowed Lectureship in Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care was held in conjunction with the seminar. This year’s lecture featured internationally recognized trauma surgeon Dr. Thomas Scalea. Dr. Scalea is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the Baltimore area, including the University of Maryland Medical Center and Veterans affairs Maryland Health Care System-Baltimore Division. View more photos from the event here.

March 25, 2015

USA Pediatric Healthy Life Center Providing Educational Programs to Primary Care Practices

The University of South Alabama Pediatric Healthy Life Center is providing educational programs to primary care practices throughout the region. The traveling group consists of a physician, nurse, clinical diabetes educator, and an assistant. Currently, 13 practices have registered for the program. Dr. Daniel Preud’Homme, director of the Pediatric Healthy Life Center and professor of pediatrics at USA, said the group will provide one hour of approved CME activity, titled “Partners for Healthy Weight in Children,” at each visit. The activity, which includes a free lunch, is provided in a team-based learning format and is intended for all health professionals. See more...

March 10, 2015

Dr. Sarah Sayner Awarded NIH Grant

Dr. Sarah Sayner, assistant professor of physiology and cell biology at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently was awarded a five-year $1.5 million research grant from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Sayner’s research project focuses on understanding why endothelial cells that line the blood vessels of the pulmonary circulation act abnormally during acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), an important cause of respiratory failure. See more...

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Dr. Di Palma Recognized with ACG Master Award

Dr. Jack A. Di Palma, director of the University of South Alabama Digestive Health Center and professor of internal medicine at the USA College of Medicine, was awarded a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). Dr. Di Palma has been an active member in the American College of Gastroenterology for nearly two decades. He began his role as an ACG trustee in 1996, and continued to move up through various leadership roles by serving as a member of the ACG executive committee from 2001 to 2007. From 2005 to 2006 Dr. Di Palma served as ACG president. Most recently, in 2013, Dr. Di Palma was an honoree of the Samuel S. Weiss Award. The Weiss award is given to those who have provided outstanding service to the college. See more...

February 9, 2015

USA Surgery to Host Greater Gulf Coast Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Symposium

The University of South Alabama Department of Surgery will host the 6th Annual Greater Gulf Coast Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Symposium on April 9-10, 2015, at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, AL. The symposium will feature a different format from previous years. There will be three 15-minute lectures and a discussion panel. There will be a total of nine sessions. The lectures will include updates on trauma, emergency surgery and critical care issues. There will also be a section for nurses.

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USA Medical Center Earns Top Honor for Treatment of Stroke Patients

For the second consecutive year, the University of South Alabama Medical Center has achieved the Gold Plus Target Stroke Honor Roll for its treatment of stroke patients.The honor is awarded by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, recognizing the Medical Center’s continuing improvement in stroke care and achievement of key goals that help minimize or eliminate long-term effects in patients who have had a stroke. “We have an excellent collaborative team spirit at USA, and despite stroke being a very complex disease, by working together we have shown that we can overcome limitations and establish our center as a place to go to for stroke sufferers,” says Dr. Steve Cordina, director of stroke, neurocritical care and endovascular neurosurgery at the Medical Center. See more...

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Business Insider Names Mobile to List of Hottest American Cities for 2015!!

November 19, 2014 - Including Mobile, AL, in their list of 15 cites to watch, the magazine states, "We've found the 15 hottest US cities for 2015, all of which will be booming next year thanks to new jobs, growing industries, burgeoning art and food scenes, and affordable real estate."

Read the article here.

USA Center for Strategic Health Innovation Awarded Two Grants

The University of South Alabama Center for Strategic Health Innovation was awarded two grants totaling $1,194,997, from the Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Training (ARRTC) and Alabama Incident Management System (AIMS), as a continuation of a 10-year relationship with the Alabama Department of Public Health. Housed in the College of Medicine at USA, the Center for Strategic Health Innovation (CSHI) is a nationally recognized leader in the delivery of advanced healthcare emergency preparedness teaching and training, as well as innovative healthcare technology applications and the development and deployment of healthcare technology platforms.

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October 14, 2014

USAMC Prepares for Possible Ebola Patients

Nurses, doctors and other employees at the University of South Alabama Medical Center on Tuesday were gearing up and getting prepared for the possibility of treating an Ebola patient. "There's a lot of anxiety and concern -- and really fear -- for healthcare workers," said Teresa Aikens, nurse manager of infection control and employee health at USAMC. "This is an unknown for us in the United States." In response USAMC is mandating additional training to educate everyone in the hospital on Ebola. The virus will be prominently featured during the hospital's upcoming, and mandatory, safety fair, Aikens said. See more...

October 6, 2014

Dr. McQuiston Invited Panelist at the AMA Graduate Medical Education Summit

Dr. Samuel McQuiston, Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, was one of three physicians, invited by the AMA to participate as a panelist during the AMA Graduate Medical Education Summit 2014, an invitation only event with 27 participants. The panel discussed the implementation of the Introduction to the Practice of Medicine (IPM), an online AMA curriculum, as a tool in educating physicians in core competencies in medical practice, including patient safety, quality and performance improvement, ethics, professionalism, medicolegal and regulatory aspects of healthcare as well as fulfilling accreditation requirements. 

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USA Physicians Group Welcomes 12 New Physicians

The University of South Alabama Physicians Group welcomes new physicians who have joined the practice during the past year. A welcoming reception was held September 23, 2014, at the USA Children's & Women's Hospital Dining Room and Courtyard. These physicians joined more than 220 physicians in the USA Physicians Group. Images from the reception can be viewed here. The following physicians were recognized:

Dr. Haley H. Ballard, Hospitalist, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Dr. Brett W. Baskovich, Molecular Pathology, Assistant Professor of Pathology
Dr. Lynn A. Batten, Pediatric Cardiology, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Ramachandra Bhat, Neonatology, Assistant Professor of Neonatology
Dr. Nordie Anne Bilbao, Pediatric Endocrinology, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Brian E. Brocato, Maternal/Fetal Medicine, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Brooks D. Cash, Gastroenterology, Professor of Internal Medicine
Dr. Joel E. Lightner, Mammography, Assistant Professor of Radiology
Dr. Derek Samuels, Interventional Radiology, Assistant Professor of Radiology
Dr. Alana J. Schilthuis, General Internal Medicine, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Dr. William W. Scott, Adult and Pediatric Neurosurgery, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
Dr. Rachel T. Seaman, Hospitalist, Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine

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USA Resident Selected as Vice Chair of AMA Resident and Fellow Section

Dr. Emile Kleyn, a second-year resident physician at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently was selected as vice chair of the American Medical Association’s Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) for Region 4 -- North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.

Every year during the national meeting, a vote is held for the regional governing positions. “I was voted in during the 2014 meeting held in Chicago,” Dr. Kleyn said. “It was a huge honor to be selected, and I’m very excited to serve a group of energetic, bright young people.”

The responsibilities of both the chair and vice chair include informing state leaders of current and future RFS events and facilitating communication between the local, regional and national RFS leaders, as well as see more...

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Medical School Graduates Begin Residency Training

On July 1, recent medical school graduates from across the country began their residency training at the University of South Alabama hospitals. With a long history of training physicians, the USA Health System provides training in 18 fully ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs to more than 240 physicians.

“The medical and administrative staff of the USA Health System and College of Medicine are committed to providing excellence in educational programs, culminating in the trainees’ ability to practice independently within the context of the health care delivery system,” said Dr. Samuel McQuiston, assistant dean for Graduate Medical Education at USA.

Residents and fellows in USA’s training programs are integrated into the USA Health System with the majority of their training centered at USA Medical Center, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital and USA Mitchell Cancer Institute and see more...


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July 9, 2014 

New Lobby, Courtyard Underway at USA Children's & Women's Hospital

The University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital is in the process of completing a new lobby and courtyard.

The art-filled courtyard will offer a relaxing place for patients and families to meet in fresh air, and the lobby will house a new gift shop and information desk. Photos of the renovations are shown here

June 26, 2014

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Dr. Jon Simmons, assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently received two grants for his research – one from the American Heart Association and one from the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. The American Heart Association Mentored Clinical & Population Research Award totaled $154,000. 

According to Dr. Simmons, more than 50 percent of trauma patients that receive massive blood transfusions develop severe lung inflammation that does not resolve and often leads to death or permanent disability. “This becomes highly significant because the injuries that lead to the blood loss are often repaired,” Dr. Simmons said. “The only significant long-term injury is often the debilitating lung dysfunction that occurs after the blood transfusions.”

A recent study performed by Dr. Simmons at USA determined that blood transfusion products contain varying quantities of mitochondrial DNA fragments, which are see more...

June 19, 2014

Surgery Resident Receives Scholarship to Attend American College of Surgeons Conference

Dr. Caleb Butts, a surgery resident at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, recently received a scholarship to attend the American College of Surgeons 2014 Leadership Conference and Advocacy Summit. The four-day symposium included several activities and kicked off with a discussion about surgeons as leaders within the operating room, hospital, city, state, and country. The following two days were dedicated to developing advocacy skills for the field of surgery when working with legislators and lobbyists to promote the interests of patients, hospitals, and see more...

June 17, 2014

Dr. Franks Selected as President of MASA

University of South Alabama Vice President for Health Sciences Dr. Ronald Franks was recently installed as the Medical Association of the State of Alabama’s president at the 2014 MASA Annual Session, which was held in Destin, Fla. Dr. Franks previously served as MASA president-elect.

Dr. Franks, a board certified psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry, joined USA in July 2007 as vice president for health sciences, a new division of the University consisting of the College of Allied Health Professions, the College of Medicine and the College of Nursing. In addition, the physician practice plan reports to Dr. Franks.

Two other individuals affiliated with the USA College of Medicine were elected to leadership positions in MASA. Clint Moore, D.O., was elected resident fellows section representative, and Julie Tan was elected medical student section representative. See more...

April 9, 2014 

Abraham A. Mitchell Cancer Research Fund Award Winners Announced

The University of South Alabama has announced more than $300,000 in awards from the Abraham A. Mitchell Cancer Research Fund, which was created to advance cancer-related research across disciplines and departments.  The awards mark the first installment of grants from the fund, made possible by Mobile philanthropist and longtime USA supporter Abraham “Abe” Mitchell. Six projects were chosen by peer review. Individually, the projects seek to:

  • Improve endoscopic imaging and colonoscopy outcomes.
  • Evolve the study of biochemistry by creating the ability to view cellular function in living animals.
  • Develop a sunscreen that both protects the skin from harmful rays and heals damaged cells.
  • Block the spread of melanoma to lymph nodes by restricting a certain protein in the body.                             
  • Pursue the development of new antitumor drugs for breast cancer.
  • Determine whether psychosocial interventions, including meditation and yoga, have an effect on cancer and psychosocial functioning.

Each award is for one year; recipients may be considered for an additional year of funding depending on a project’s progress. See more...

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Dr. Trimm Receives ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award

Dr. R. Franklin Trimm, professor of pediatrics at the University of South Alabama, was recently selected as one of a small group of medical educators from across the United States to receive the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award. 

Dr. Trimm will be presented the award at the Annual Education Conference of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in National Harbor, Md., in February 2014. This award, given by ACGME, honors residency program directors who find innovative ways to teach residents and to provide quality health care while remaining connected to the initial impulse to care for others in this environment. 

“I am humbled and honored to be a recipient of this award, which represents the values that have made being involved in graduate medical education a very rewarding journey,” said Dr. Trimm, who has directed the pediatric residency training program at USA for the past 20 years. See more...

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USA Medical Center Named Top Performer

The University of South Alabama Medical Center has been named Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The Medical Center is one of 33 hospitals recognized in Alabama, and the only one in Mobile. 

The Medical Center was recognized for its achievement on the following measure sets: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. The ratings are based on data reported to The Joint Commission during the 2012 calendar year. 

“We understand that what matters most to patients at the USA Medical Center is patient-centered care that is safe and effective. That’s why we have made a commitment to accreditation and to positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes. The Medical Center is proud to receive the distinction of being a Joint Commission Top Performer on Key Quality Measures,” said Medical Center Administrator Beth Anderson.


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