In the 1980s, Dr. Robert Gilbert was studying to become a pathologist like his father when he decided to follow a different path. He loved science but wanted something more. “I realized I preferred to see patients and take care of them,” he said.
The grant will expand opportunities for the USA College of Medicine students to work with health centers located in underserved areas in southern Alabama.
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Alan Whaley, D.B.A., has been named chief operating officer for USA Health. Working in a dyad relationship with Chief Medical Officer Michael Chang, M.D., Whaley will work with leadership throughout the health system to plan and develop operational budgets and strategic initiatives that support USA Health’s mission, vision and values with well-balanced clinical, academic and research programs.
USA Health University Hospital has earned the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and is recognized on the AHA’s Target: Heart Failure Honor Roll. University Hospital has received the Gold Plus Quality Achievement for two consecutive years and is the first hospital in Alabama to achieve the Heart Failure Gold Plus with Target: Honor Roll Award recognition level.
When Chelsea Burns found out her two-week-old son, Landen, had sickle cell disease, she felt blindsided. “There were a lot of emotions,” she said, recalling the day more than 10 years ago. “The doctor handed me a box of tissue.”
Jeremy Adcock’s life has changed dramatically. In less than a year, he has gone from a self-described couch potato taking multiple medications to a person who exercises three days a week, runs local 5K races and no longer needs diabetic medications. He has lost 86 pounds and has a new lease on life – all thanks to a vertical sleeve gastrectomy performed by Dr. William Richards with USA Health.
USA Health University Hospital has once again earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in hospitals.
Smiles and good cheer abounded this week when the 62nd class of Distinguished Young Women visited USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital to meet young patients.
For the first nine months of his life, Laventrice Ridgeway was a happy and laid-back baby. Then one day, he started crying and would not stop. In search for answers, his grandmother took him to the emergency department where he received a diagnosis that would follow him for the rest of his life – sickle cell disease.
USA Health is the first and only healthcare system on the Gulf Coast with the technology to identify organisms that cause diseases – more commonly known as pathogens – in as little as 40 seconds.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at USA Health Children’s & Women’s Hospital officially opened a small baby unit where infants born at 28 weeks gestation or sooner and who weigh 1000 grams or less (2.2 pounds) receive specialized care.
USA Health and the City of Orange Beach are bringing a new and progressive care concept to the region through a partnership for emergency medicine services.
USA Health University Hospital is expanding its care team with the addition of Dr. Christine Fouty, a board-certified internal medicine physician who will see patients in the region’s only academic healthcare setting.