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On the Horizon Robotic Surgery Experience Makes the Difference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Center for Robotic Surgery at Baptist Medical Center East. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 The Fitness Factor What hinders you from reaching optimal health? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 An Ounce of Prevention Helping Women Stay Healthy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Insight into Mental Health Stress Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Healthcare Close to Home Physican Profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Center Spread UAB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Kids Korner Vision Is Key To Infant Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 The Buddy Walk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 The Heart of the Matter Know the Signs of a Heart Attack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30 Time is Tissue: Every Minute Counts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Faith & Family Sensibility Deficiency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Sins We Have Come to Tolerate: Greed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Fun & Games Word Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Sudoku . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Our Community Montgomery’s W.A. Gayle Planetarium is the major nexus for sharing . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Your Prescription for Good Health May Include Time with A Pet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Ray Scott excited about the future . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Directories Emergency Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Resource Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 2

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A Community Comes Together to Avert a Health Care Crisis

Submitted by: Cherie N. Preg


he challenge of how to care for individuals with limited or no insurance who seek care through an overtaxed emergency department is one faced by communities across our nation. Business leaders; concerned citizens; hospital administrators; and Health Services Inc., a Central Alabama corporation and federally qualified health center (FQHC); have answered the challenge in a unique way. After over four years of consulting, planning, and hard work, the River Region Health Center will open its doors in January of 2012. Designed to provide healthcare services to more than 25,000 patients annually, the 50,000 square foot facility will become a permanent medical home for those seeking primary healthcare services, including: adult and geriatric medicine, pediatrics, adolescent care, OB/GYN, dental services, podiatry, psychiatry, and social services. On site ancillary services such as a pharmacy, laboratory, x-ray, and case management services provide a comprehensive approach for one-stop care. In addition, hours are extended through 10:00 p.m. for those who would otherwise seek primary care at the emergency department. How did the River Region Health Center become a reality? In April of 2007, a group of business leaders and concerned citizens came together to discuss the lack of access


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to primary healthcare in the River Region. If left unchecked, they feared, area business growth could be harmed, area hospital emergency departments could suffer, and the general quality of life for all residents could deteriorate. This group included Judge William Gordon, chair of the River Region Healthcare Coordinating Council; Lynn Beshear, director of Envision 2020, a community planning think-tank; Don Henderson, president and CEO of Jackson Hospital; Russ Tyner, president and CEO of Baptist Health; and community leaders and elected officials. Having presided over a successful community health center earlier in his career, Don Henderson knew that partnerships between community health centers and emergency departments were vital in providing healthcare to all persons without regard to ability to pay, thus helping maintain healthy emergency departments. It was soon determined that Health Services Inc. was best positioned to expand and fill this critical role.

According to Bernell Mapp, CEO of Health Services Inc., “The timing could not have been better. We were already engaged in plans to build a new facility to accommodate growing demand for services and create an appropriate setting for providing quality care.” If funds were secured, Jackson Hospital agreed to provide three acres of land on Jackson Hospital’s campus for the new facility, the city and county of Montgomery would provide $1.5 million and $1 million respectively, and Envision 2020 would coordinate leadership dialogue and purchase consulting services. With this overwhelming support, Health Services Inc. competed for federal stimulus funds available for the construction of new facilities for community health centers. “As a result, Health Services Inc. received a federal grant award of $11.2 million to construct the new River Region Health Center, which will make a real difference in improving access to primary care services for everyone,” said Mr. Mapp. Montgomery was one of 88 communities across the nation awarded a federal grant to construct a major health center facility, and Montgomery’s award is believed to be the ninth highest grant award in the nation. The challenge of caring for individuals with limited or no insurance remains just that- a challenge. And yet, the citizens of the River Region of Alabama are beginning to see what can happen when a community comes together to provide for its citizens- a better quality of life for everyone.

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Bernell Mapp,

Champion for Compassionate Health Care Bernell Mapp, CEO of Health Services Inc., grew up in Bermuda. He attended Pine Forge Academy, a Seventh Day Adventist boarding school in Pennsylvania, and then went on to Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL. Majoring in biology, he was urged to study dentistry but soon discovered that his skill lay more in administration. Upon graduation in 1968 he was hired by Emory University as a case manager supervisor. In 1972 he relocated to Alabama, was hired by a family planning group, and traveled throughout the state, learning more of the health care needs of Alabamians. When this contract expired, he couldn’t find a position in the health care field. “It got to the point where I applied at a service station to pump gas. The owner said I was overqualified and he couldn’t hire me. I had reached the bottom of the barrel.” Soon, however, he was offered a job stocking shelves at a drugstore. He quickly rose to managing the business. Today, he is one of the most respected executives in Alabama and has been with HSI for over 20 years. Gilbert Darrington, an executive at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, describes Mr. Mapp as, “..a top-notch individual who is a champion for health care to help the poor. His wealth of knowledge has helped us provide services to many in the River Region.” Since coming to HSI, Mr. Mapp has seen the operating budget of HSI grow from $3 million annually to $17 million annually. He oversees an organization of 250 employees and has spearheaded the realization of the River Region Health Center, due to open in January, and the construction of new facilities for Hayneville Family Medical Center and Eclectic Family Medical Center in 2011 alone. With approximately 34,000 patients (96,843 visits) treated annually at HSI’s 11 facilities in 6 counties, Mr. Mapp is quick to point out that, “This is not free care; it is based on one’s ability to pay.” As a federally qualified health center, HSI’s budget is based on federal funding as well as patient-generated funds. Montgomery City Council and Montgomery County Commission also provide funding and space to operate. Married and the father of three grown children, Mr. Mapp was diagnosed with prostate cancer six years ago and faced heart surgery at the same time. He survived both and is now 66 years old and looking forward to more opportunities to serve others. “I’ve been through a lot since coming to America, and I feel I have more to offer when it comes to helping people.”

HEALTH SERVICES INC. (HSI) OPERATES IN SIX COUNTIES IN CENTRAL ALABAMA. THE FACILITIES ARE: Montgomery Primary Health Center 3060 Mobile Highway Montgomery, AL 36108-4027 Phone: 334-293-6670 Ramer Family Health Center 5492 State Highway 94 East Ramer, AL 36069-5008 Phone: 334-562-3229 Chisholm Family Health Center 100 East Vandiver Montgomery, AL 36110-1818 Phone: 334-832-4338 Tyler Family Medical Center 8578 U.S. Highway 80 West Tyler, AL 36785-5422 Phone: 334-872-1966 Crossroads Healthy Lifestyle & Wellness Center 1154 South Decatur Street Montgomery, AL 36104 Phone: 334-263-5125 Autaugaville Family Health Center 203 North Taylor Street Autaugaville, AL 36003-2663 Phone: 334-365-4524 Clanton Family Health Center 107 Medical Center Drive Clanton, AL 35045-2331 Phone: 205-755-3980 Eclectic Family Health Center 30 Main Street Eclectic, AL 36024-6201 Phone: 334-541-2116 Hayneville Family Health Center 511 East Tuskeena Hayneville, AL 36040-2033 Phone: 334-548-2516 Southside Family Health Center 2611 Woodley Park Drive Montgomery, AL 36116 Phone: 334-288-0009 River Region Health Center 1845 Cherry Street Montgomery, AL 36106 Phone: 334-420-5001

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Russ Tyner, CEO Baptist Health System Proud to See Community Come Together By Sherry Kughn uss Tyner is the chief executive officer of Baptist Health, a system of hospitals and medical centers that serves the Montgomery area. He has assisted with the vision of establishing the River Region Health Center since its beginning five years ago. It will be located in Montgomery.

R “I am impressed with the collaboration in this community that has made River Region a reality,” said Tyner. “There are not many segments in our community that did not have a hand in it.” Tyner listed more than leaders in the field of only medicine that have contributed toward the realization of River Region, but also politicians, business people, visionaries, leaders among charitable organizations and concerned citizens of Montgomery. The most prominent entity was Health Services Inc., which was created in 1968 to provide primary health care services to indigent persons in Montgomery County. “In today’s environment, there are friendships between hospitals and community health centers,” said Tyner. “We have come to understand how important it is to have relationships that allow for patients to access health care in the appropriate venues, that is, to look for health care in the right spot.” Tyner said the benefit in that type of environment is that community health centers can address the wellness needs of the community rather than simply address acute disease issues. The River Region Health Center project totals $15 million in costs, funds not only from the federal government but also from the city of Montgomery and the Montgomery County Commission. The ample facililty will offer primary care plus


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Health Services Incorporated’s new facility is one of 11 Federally Qualified Health Care (FQHC) Centers in Alabama, located at six different locations. Its opening in January will signify the most advanced and progressive center of its kind – a center that is geared toward helping the uninsured and the under-insured. “I am i Tyner said he is very proud to have been a part of its planning. mpres sed the collabo with often keeps insured in other services designed to help patients ratio th patients away from tha is commu n manage their care through prevention and nity t has ma education. The definition of primary care them. However, Reg ion a de River for the patients is broad. The facility will River Region said r Tyner eality,” . include psychiatry, dentistry, podiatry, ob/ is a model for the future. gyn care, pediatrics and internal medicine. Representatives from others cities In addition, case managers, social services, a pharmacy, an X-ray lab, interpreters and and states have come to Montgomery to eligibility assistants will serve patients. see and to learn more about River Region facility. “It is in the forefront, in a lovely Tyner said in a time of uncertainty in the building that is more attractive and easily current health care of most Americans, it accessible to all population,” he said. is important to remember that the goals of medical facilities haven’t changed. Comprised of three hospitals, Tyner’s Baptist Health continues to provide compassionate care as efficiently and effectively as possible. “We all have to come together to recognize that health issues are not only community issues but quality of life and economic development issues. This type of attitude will take us to the next level of care in a community and manage the health of this community.” The architectural drawing of River Region shows it of modern design, a covered drop-off front entrance for patients, and an attractive design of horizontal metal bars and glass. (Those wishing to view the drawing may visit aspx?pid=1284). “The FQHC manifestation in various places has normally been in poor sections of towns,” said Tyner, which he said

Tyner realizes that River Region nor any health care center can meet every need of every patient. However, the goal is to be always increasing the capacity of the facilities that can handle large numbers of patients and to be increasing the number of physicians, employees, and other care providers. “We hope we can make a sustainable difference in meeting the community’s medical needs.” River Region and other similar health care centers will help Baptist Health and other hospitals in that patients will not have to rely on private hospital’s emergency rooms for basic health care. Tyner said the federal government have supported FQHCs in every modern presidential administration. He is proud that River Region can carry out the legacy of improving the health care for entire communities, especially those in the Montgomery area. He hopes to see the same take place throughout the nation.

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Don Henderson, CEO Jackson Hospital

says River Region Exceeds Expectations By Sherry Kughn


on Henderson, president and chief executive officer of Jackson Hospital of Montgomery, said River Region Health Care Center will provide basic health care for what is estimated to be 26,000 patients a year. He said he is delighted to see River Region become a reality. “The whole issue concerns finding a medical home for the under-insured residents of the area,” said Henderson. Henderson had come to Jackson Hospital for only a short period of time before leaders in the medical field and other community leaders began talking about the possibility of starting a health care center that addressed the needs of helping the under-insured or those with no insurance.

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the loss of money from the hospitals. Beshear’s team decided the solution seemed to be to create a Federally Qualified Health Care (FQHC). She learned that Henderson had overseen a similar project in another state. It seems providential that Henderson, after he had come to Montgomery’s Jackson Hospital, had led his hospital board in an effort to buy dilapidated buildings near Jackson Hospital and the land they sat on. In addition, Henderson sought out a man named Bernall Mapp, the CEO of Health Services Inc, a federally funded program to provide health care for those who can not afford it. Mapp oversaw other FQHCs, and he had begun a program called Bold Moves, which sought to replace the aging Lister Hill Center that was located near Jackson Hospital.

Before Henderson came to Jackson Hospital and before Russ Tyner came to Baptist Health, the two hospitals were According to Beshear, just as e community leaders talked about losing $32.5 million a year v i t a i c ppre due to the un-insured and “I am a ose who the possibility of creating a new f th o on health care center, Henderson the underinsured using the to all helped id e v a emergency rooms and hospitals h and his board decided to donate sa oject,” for not only emergency care this pr n. the land for it -- a million-dollar rso but also for basic clinic care, Hende gift to the River Region project. according to Lynn Beshear, the Henderson worked with Envision 2020 executive director for Envision 2020. The and others to bring about the River Region demands of thousands of area residents Health Care Center. They all sought for basic medical care was overwhelming funding from the federal government, and the city’s emergency’s departments, Montgomery city and county leaders also because uninsured patients felt they had contributed to the project. Once the grant no alternatives to this setting. Over time, came through in October of 2009, the the burdens of this uncompensated care project moved quickly. was threatening the financial stability of “It all came together,” said Beshear. “The the local hospitals. same team that had helped get the money Beshear’s Envision 2020 consists of a went into implementation mode.” working commission of citizens from Even the economic downturn seemed a variety of social services fields that to help the project because dozens focuses on improving key elements in the of contractors scrambled for the job. Alabama River region of Montgomery. Eventually, the River Region project was City and county officials asked the team to given to an Alabama company, Argo, of address the problem of how to help staunch Birmingham, the lowest bidders.

At the ground-breaking ceremony for River Region, Henderson said he expects to see a surge in demand in care. River Region will facilitate handling the demand. It is a two-story facility, which has 50,000 square feet of space. It will employ a staff of 27. In addition, there will be 131 construction and clinical jobs created from the Center. These types of statistics have attracted the attention of business leaders, said Beshear, and the support of business leaders in the medical fields, such as Henderson and Tyner, has been invaluable in convincing others that medical facilities, such as River Region, can enhance the business climate of a city. Henderson is not sure if health care reform bill, that is set to go into effect in January of 2014, will be implemented. If the reform takes place, River Region should be prepared to handle the demand for service. Even if the reform does not take place, Henderson said River Regional Health Care Center should do fine. It will charge patients on a sliding scale of what they can afford to pay. “I am appreciative to all of those who have helped on this project,” said Henderson. “It’s a wonderful clinic and should serve the needs of the underinsured residents for years to come.”

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Designed With Resource Stewardship in Mind Submitted by: Cherie N. Preg


ccording to Don Brown, principal and owner of Brown Chambless Architects and architect of the River Region Health Center, all government-funded buildings must be LEED certified and the River Region Health Center is pursuing LEED Gold certification. The LEED green building rating system is designed to promote design and construction practices that increase profitability while reducing the negative environmental impacts of buildings and improving occupant health and wellbeing. In designing the River Region Health Center Mr. Brown practiced what he calls “resource stewardship.” He claims, “The strategies to reduce the consumption of energy in a building are wellknown. Not long ago it was fairly expensive to include these in a building, there was a cost to it. That is much less the case today. You are dealing in the low one percentage of increase in cost to these issues. If I can include an energy management control system that will allow my heating and air conditioning to be controlled more carefully, it will pay-back in near term. The limited amount of additional expense that we went to include these strategies in this building will easily pay-back in five or six years in terms of the operation of the building.” Apart from the monetary benefits, the building’s environment was designed with health benefits as well. “The story to tell is that life can be better. One can be healthier if you surround yourself with the quality of materials, water and air, that can support wellness. You just have to make an educated choice and good choices can create a good environment that is healthier.” Since the building’s layout is composed of medical specialty “pods,” patients will have little difficulty determining where to go. The natural light which bathes the interior along with patient friendly materials, finishes, and shapes all contribute to patient ease and comfort. When asked about being chosen as the architectural firm to design the River Region Health Center, Mr. Brown commented, “It is always a pleasure to work with people that you admire and perform work that you think has value and this is one of those projects. We know that if we create an environment that is friendlier and healthier the people learn more, they stay healthier, it has a pay-back.”

A few of the “green” strategies used include: • Materials were selected that used the fewest resources to create.

• Building systems were selected with highly efficient operations while satisfying the needs of the users of the building. • The site utilities are being handled in a way that follows a prescriptive formula to reduce impact on the surrounding area. • The building envelope is very thermally efficient, requiring the least amount of energy to operate.

The RRHC is supported by funds made available under the Facility Investment Program, supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) and announced under HRSA-10-029. AARA funding is 11.2 million or 74.6%. The non-federal share is $3.8 million or 25.4%.


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• The glass used is highly efficient and restricts heat rays into the building yet permits light to come in, lowering utility costs. •

Light fixtures will be highly efficient and use diffusers that provide indirect light. All will be controlled with automatic timers and connections to shut off the lights when no one is in that part of the building.

• The large overhang on the front is like an old southern porch in that it reduces heat absorption, yet still admits light and provides a visual connection with Jackson Hospital.

• A Variable Refrigerant Volume System will be used to heat and cool the building. In use in Europe for decades with success, it allows each room its own thermostat, allowing pods not in use to be “off” while occupied areas are heated or cooled.

• The exterior materials, especially the roof, mitigate the “heat island” effect, or reflect heat rather than absorb it.

• An Energy Management Control System will allow monitoring and controlling of energy usage from off-site computers. Will pay-back in 5-7 years.

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Robotic Surgery

Experience Makes the Difference

Submitted by Jackson Hospital

through very small incisions.


n medical matters, bigger isn’t always b e t t e r. From pills to needles to scars, we’ll take the smallest we can get. That’s also true of surgical incisions. And the very smallest of which are likely to come when a doctor uses the da Vinci® S HD™ surgical system—among the latest in roboticassisted minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is a technique that allows a skilled surgeon to operate through a series of tiny openings, instead of one larger cut. Smaller cuts come with potential benefits for the patient, such as less discomfort and a quicker recovery. But with all technology, it is only as good as the people who use it. Since launching its robotics program in 2008, Jackson Hospital has become the River Region’s robotic surgery leader. Made possible by generous donations to the Jackson Hospital Foundation, this $1.7 million robotic system introduced a new generation of advanced medical technology to the area, With 10 surgeons and a surgical team in place for more than three years, use of the system has quickly grown performing more than 500 gynecologic, urologic and general surgery procedures. An extension of the surgeon’s hands, the da Vinci S HD places a surgeon’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic system allowing surgeons to perform the most complex and delicate procedures

The robot is made up of two main parts: a cart and a console. The cart stands next to the patient. It features up to four robotic arms. Three can be fitted with a wide array of surgical instruments, and the fourth is equipped with a sophisticated 3-D camera. A few feet away, the surgeon operates while seated comfortably at a console viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The surgeon’s fingers grasp the master controls below the display, with hands and wrists naturally positioned relative to his or her eyes. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient. Every action is directly controlled by the surgeon. The robotic arms cannot be programmed to move on their own. Although it’s not suitable for every procedure, the da Vinci system allows surgeons to perform complex operations through incisions the size of a dime. Benefits for the patient may include: •

Significantly less pain

Less blood loss

Less scarring

Shorter recovery time

A faster return to normal daily activities

And in many cases, better clinical outcomes

“Robotic surgery has revolutionized our ability to perform major urologic procedures in a minimally invasive way,” says Brian Richardson, MD, a urologic

Robots Help Make Surgery Safer Among the benefits of the da Vinci Surgical System is one that ranks high on everyone’s list: safety. Here are some ways robotic surgery can help make operations safer: •

Less physician fatigue. Instead of standing over a patient for hours, a doctor operates while seated at a nearby console.

Fewer unintended movements by the surgeon’s wrists and fingers. These movements are filtered by robotic controls. Makers of the da Vinci system say its movements can be more precise than those of the human hand.

A clearer look for the physician. The doctor views the procedure through a high-tech optical system that allows images to be magnified as needed.

Multiple system checks during procedures. The system performs millions of self-checks during each surgery. If a problem is detected—or if there’s a power failure—the system shuts down in a way that lets the surgeon remain in control.

surgeon with the Jackson Clinic. “The robotic surgical system provides the surgeon with better vision than the human eye, better precision than the human hand, and a platform to translate those advantages into better patient outcomes.”

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On the Horizon Center for Robotic Surgery at Baptist Medical Center East


n late 2011, Baptist Health achieved the next level in minimally invasive surgery. The Center for Robotic Surgery at Baptist Medical Center East launched with the successful completion of three robotassisted gynecological surgeries. According to Peter Selman, Baptist East CEO, starting the robotics program in the gynecology specialty makes sense because Baptist East is the recognized leader in Women’s Services in the River Region.

Advantages of robot-assisted surgery include small incisions, less blood loss, less post-operative pain, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery to normal activities. Dr.. Gregory Waller, an OB/GYN at OBGYN Associates of Montgomery, P.C., who has performed more than 100 robotassisted surgeries, has seen the immediate improvement in his patient’s post-operative experience and recovery time. Most women return to normal activities, including returning to work, in as little as two weeks after robot-assisted hysterectomies. Traditional open hysterectomies usually require a six-week recovery time.

Adding the da Vinci robot for minimally invasive surgery is an important advancement for gynecological procedures. Gail Hughes, director of Surgical Services at Baptist East, says “A lot of women have been able Dr.. Waller also says he really enjoys using to have minimally invasive gynecologic the da Vinci robot to perform surgery. He surgery with the advent of laparoscopic- adds, “We want the community to know assisted surgeries. However, there was still robot-assisted surgery is an option.” a large population of women that did not Successful implementation of a robotics meet the criteria for laparoscopic-assisted program takes a team approach. After surgery. They had to have the traditional completing on-line training modules, the open abdominal incision. The da Vinci robot Robotics Coordinator, Terry Wilson, RN, allows a greater number of women needing led her team of Shannon Sparrow, RN; gynecologic surgery to have the minimally Baptist Robotic 1/2pg Ad:Layout 1 11/17/11 2:02McQueen, PM Page scrub 1 Brenda tech; and Jane invasive approach.”

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Sotiangco, scrub tech in many hours of simulated surgery with the da Vinci robot in preparation for the first cases. They partnered with anesthesia professionals Bill Frith and Dana Rizzo to practice all the processes for robot-assisted surgery. Dr.. Waller also attended the practice sessions and coached the team in perfecting the processes. Over time, the Center for Robotic Surgery at Baptist East will add additional specialties including urology and general surgery with still more specialties joining the robot-assisted procedures like ear, nose and throat, pediatrics and orthopedics.

Q UICKE R R ECOVE RY A FTE R M AJOR S URGE RY … B ECAUS E E VE RY M OM E NT C OUNTS . If you’re facing the prospect of major gynecological surgery, take a deep breath and relax. The Center for Robotic Surgery at Baptist Medical Center East offers the most advanced DaVinci® technology and highly skilled surgeons in minimally invasive procedures. In most cases, that means a significantly smaller incision, less pain, shorter hospital stay, and quicker recovery. So you can get back to the life you love, faster and easier. Just one more example of how Baptist Health is leading the way in Central Alabama healthcare.

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The Fitness Factor

What hinders you from reaching optimal health?

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Now-a-days individuals try to achieve optimal results by yoyo dieting

while being physically inactive; in fact, individuals may go all day without eating or performing some type of physical activity, which will also hinder their process in achieving optimal health. To really achieve great results those individuals must realize what hinders them from achieving their goals. In order to do that, they must find what their limiting factors are and remove them. What are limiting factors? Limiting factors are anything that hinders an individual from achieving optimal results. The most common limiting factor is being physically inactive. When an individual does not exercise consistently he/she will develop creeping obesity. This disorder occurs when an individual is taking in more food as energy and not expending it through exercise. To prevent this disorder from occurring, that individual must exercise at least thirty minutes to an hour a day to eliminate a sedentary lifestyle; in fact, if an individual daily activity consists of nothing more than sitting at the house or job all day, he/she has a sedentary

lifestyle. In order for that individual to improve their health, he/she must have an active lifestyle and make a commitment to eliminate those limiting factors that are hindering them from reaching optimal health. When there is low to no physical activity being performed numerous disorders or symptoms occur. The most common disorders and symptoms are the following: Depression, diabetes, anger, binge eating, low self-esteem, loneliness and trouble expressing emotions just to name a few. Individuals with those symptoms or disorders are at serious risk of creating a bigger problem depending on the severity and duration of their limiting factors. They can eliminate this just by becoming moderately active. Depending on the individual, exercise does not have to be strenuous to reach optimal health and cardiovascular benefits. If an individual burns one thousand calories a week by exercising it will increase their cognitive functions (problem solving skills, mood, and thinking) performance, decrease stress levels, decrease obesity, and most of all increase health. Remember, greater health benefits can only be achieved by increasing physical activity. If individuals choose not to perform any type of moderate activity then disorder will establish and be present within the body. Try to perform at least thirty minutes to an hour of physical activity to reach optimal health. Individuals who are overweight with little lean muscle tissue and too much fat usually have contraindications (problems) that cause problems for them to perform certain exercises. Due to those contraindications, individuals use that as an excuse to isolate themselves from the public or performing moderate exercise to increase strength and lose weight. As discussed above, moving more will help

increase lean muscle tissue, endurance, and prevent disease from occurring; in fact, a prerequisite of them graduating to weight loss is exercise! Individuals who live a sedentary lifestyle must perform moderate activity for the duration of four to five hours a week to lose weight and gain more lean muscle tissue. Whether an individual wants to lose fat, gain muscle or even compete at the highest level, they must perform specific exercises to reach their goals. Increasing physical activity will help increase mode, recovery, endurance and performance. Increasing exercise duration weekly will get an individual the body they never thought they could have. How can you reach your goal? The first step is to ask questions, see what motivates and triggers what will push you towards reaching that goal. The second step is to lead by example and getting yourself in shape. Third step is to display your commitment to live longer by increasing physical activity and being disciplined. Fourth step is to take responsibility, if there is no success in your training, do not blame others for it. Fifth step consists of challenging the process by coming up with unique ways of training yourself to reach that goal. The final step is sharing your vision by inspiring others to reach their goals. Understanding and knowing yourself is very vital in reaching optimal health. In conclusion, becoming more active equals living a longer and healthier life. An individual can achieve this by either taking more steps a day or joining a gym. When an individual increases their physical activity level and practices eliminating their limiting factors they will minimize the risk of disorders such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease; furthermore, those individuals will live a healthier and longer life than those who are not physically active.

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An Ounce of Prevention

Helping Women Stay HealtHy Submitted by Christie Shelton, RN, MSN, PhD

Having regular check-ups and health screenings are important to good health! Health screenings are tests performed by health care professionals that check for diseases or conditions. By screening regularly, doctors may identify diseases early which may make the disease easier to treat. Many individuals are not aware of the various screening guidelines by different organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, etc. Sometimes, the information seems so overwhelming that it is difficult to make sense of exactly what one should do. In an effort to better educate individuals, an easy-to-read table has been developed listing the various screenings and the usual age at which they should occur for women. Information on health screenings for men will be provided in the next issue of Healthy Horizons. Test Cholesterol Test

What is the test for? Checks for high cholesterol

Blood Pressure Diabetes Test

Screening checks for high blood pressure Checks for high blood sugar

Colorectal Screening

Colorectal cancer

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Pap Smear

Cervical Cancer

Bone mineral density test

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How often/Age Every 5 years starting at age 20; if abnormal, follow up with healthcare provider for frequency At least once a year and every office visit Get screened for diabetes if your blood pressure is higher than 135/80 or if you take medication for high blood pressure or start at age 45 and have screenings every 3 years Have this test, starting at age 50. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, you may need to be screened earlier. Check with your healthcare provider. Should begin at age 20 and be repeated every three years until age 40; continue annually if you are over the age of 40 Beginning at age 40, have a mammogram at least every 1 to 2 years Regular pelvic exams with PAP tests every one to three years for women who are sexually active to age 65 or older if history of cervical cancer All women 40 yrs old or older who have sustained a fracture & all women beyond 65 yrs of age Annual gynecologic exam unless experiencing symptoms

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Did you know? Excessive noise is the number one reason for hearing loss.


Only of general practitioners screen for hearing loss.

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65% of people with hearing loss are below retirement age.

Only 1 out of 5 people who could benefit from a hearing aid actually wears one.



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you. If you are unable to be paid by your insurance carrier for an out of network service, you should contact the office of the Insurance Commissioner in your state. They may be able to help you resolve such a dispute. Recent surveys are showing that an increasing number of physicians may begin to drop from Medicare participation and an alarming number may close their doors for good. Specialty physicians are increasingly asked to provide primary care for some patients when a Primary care doctor has retired and other physicians are refusing new patients.

How Do I See the Best Doctors?

Article by Dr. R.G. Love

Confusing new healthcare regulations and changes in insurance industry behavior have created difficult problems for many people throughout the country. Some patients decide to change their insurance coverage plans for some new proposed special advantage. Others receive new notices that their carrier has changed their coverage plan. These widespread changes are not always fully advantageous improvements for medical care. Many people are finding that their preferred doctors, responding to dramatic changes and non payment for services, are dropping out of some insurance plan panels and closing their practices to new patients and patients with certain insurance coverage. Other doctors are moving to a cash only operation. More doctors are likely to follow this path in the coming months. Some are closing their practices and their patients then seek care elsewhere. For such clients to see the “best doctors” they may have to agree to see them “out of network” and pay for physician services out of pocket .

When scheduling an appointment, you may be advised that your insurance coverage is not accepted. Many offices will schedule an appointment for you and permit you to be seen and pay for the visit in cash or with your credit card. Most insurance plans have an advisory on payment for “out of network” providers. The payment may be a percentage of the billing or some other fee calculation. You should ask to be given a form to file your insurance claim for the visit and send it to your insurance plan office with a cover letter asking to be paid for your covered expense. Some offices may offer to file for

If you find you are having trouble getting in to see the “best” doctor because of closed doors or insurance confusion, you may want to make a phone call to the County Medical Society in your area or perhaps the State Medical Association and ask if they can help direct you to a number of physicians of your choice in your area or region. In 2012, The Center for Medicare and Medicaid services has programmed a 27 percent decrease for physician services fees. Congress has ignored this problem this year and has ignored new legislation such as the ‘Free To Agree’ Medicare Revision bill. While you may be speaking to your Representative in Congress about reelection this year, you may want to inquire about how you can see them for medical care. The doctors’ offices will be understaffed with no available time for you while they try to make do with the new discount fees.



Hearing Centers Dr. Rick Love is a Board Certified Otolaryngology surgeon from Montgomery, Alabama. He has served for years as President and Governor of the Alabama Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. In 2005 Dr. Love received the honor of a lifetime when he was chosen from his peers in the nation at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Foundation as the recipient of the AAO-HNS Board of Governors “Practitioner of Excellence Award”.

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Insight into Mental Health

Stress Management by Kathleen Miller BSN, RN, MA

Effective stress management is possible when we create for ourselves a balanced life. This means time for work, relationships, and fun. Stress is a part of everyone’s life. The bills aren’t going to stop coming, there will never be enough hours in the day for all your errands, career and family responsibilities.

So, how do we create a balanced life and why is it necessary?

Negative stress over a prolonged period of time disrupts the normal body functions. The impact of negative stress can increase the blood pressure, accelerate the aging process and make us susceptible to many diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Negative stress can lead to depression, anxiety, impaired memory, concentration and focus deficits.

To manage stress effectively it is necessary to control your negative thoughts.

Some of the therapies that are effective are designed to challenge negative thoughts that lead to distortions in thinking. To combat negative stressors we must learn to channel our energies into being a solution driven individual. The ability to become a problem solver can make us more resilient against the stressors we face in the twenty-first century. Remember how you think can have a profound effect on your emotional and physical well-being. Eliminate words such as always, never, should, and must. Selfdefeating thoughts lead to self-defeating behaviors and create an environment that is an energy drainer. Stress management is a learned behavior and developing these tools can improve the quality of your life.

Some helpful tips which an individual might find helpful include: 1. Learning what you can do about a situation that is distressing rather than ruminating over what is going wrong. Ruminating over the negative aspects of a situation causes physical and emotional exhaustion. 2. Becoming aware of your sources of negative stress by examining your habits, attitudes, and how you cope when stressed out. For example when stressed out do you smoke too much, overeat, become addicted to alcohol or drugs.? These are some negative coping strategies. You must learn to develop more adaptive ways to deal with stress such as playing with a pet, exercising, eating healthy, spending time in nature, listening to music. 3. Knowing your limits- taking on more than you can manage is a sure way to create negative stress in your life. Learn to say no. You must develop healthier boundaries. 4. Avoiding people who stress you out by limiting the time you spend with them and setting limits on behaviors that are not acceptable this means developing assertive skills. 5. Taking control of your environment by structuring your home to reduce stress. Turn the television off if the news is distressing. Watch more comedy and reduce noise. Light scented candles and create a color scheme that is calming and visually appealing. Declutter the home and use time management by setting a schedule that is realistic and attainable. 6. Expressing your feelings instead of bottling them up–internalizing your negative feelings leads to resentment and anger and, if unchecked, can lead to depression. Find a mental health therapist or speak to a trusted friend or your pastor about issues that are distressing you. 7. Willingness to compromise-being too rigid and inflexible can create negative stress. Adjust your attitude- many things in life are out of our control. Learn to accept the things you can’t change 8. Learning to forgive-people are human and we are living in an imperfect world. Surround your self with friends that are loving, and compassionate, and nurturing–Joy givers not Joy takers. 9. Following up with your primary care doctor or your mental health provider for treatment and use preventive thinking.

Crossbridge Behavioral Health Crossbridge Behavioral Health is Baptist Health’s behavioral and emotional health facility. The state-of-the-art facility opened in June 2010 and is licensed for 60 beds. Crossbridge is an affiliate of Baptist Medical Center South and is located near the hospital on Narrow Lane Road. Crossbridge utilizes a skilled and dedicated team of physicians, nurses, professional therapists and paraprofessional staff to meet the needs of its patients through both inpatient and outpatient care. The Crossbridge staff understands that just as the body often needs care from a physician, the mind does at times require a similar level of care. Every year, Crossbridge helps countless individuals who struggle with depression or other

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forms of emotional disturbances get back on their feet and back into their lives. It is their goal to provide a safe and healthy atmosphere for our patients as they work with them on the path to healing.

The geriatric program provides a complete range of traditional and innovative treatments, including medication, music therapy, intensive inpatient group therapy and outpatient support groups.

Some of the illnesses Crossbridge treats are: depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and cognitive impairment, including dementia, with related behavioral and psychological symptoms or disturbances.

Wherever your needs may fall, Crossbridge is there to help. Crossbridge accepts patients 19 and older. Patients 55 and older will generally be admitted to the geriatric unit.

Crossbridge also offers a geriatric program which is devoted to helping patients with emotional stressors and physical disabilities that are a part of the aging journey. Lynne Parker, CEO of Crossbridge, said, “We are so pleased that we have been able to add this geriatric service at Crossbridge Behavioral Health. We have received many positive comments on the staff and facility from patients and families. Comments heard most often are about feeling safe and comforted in their time of need.”

The length of a patient’s treatment varies depending on each individual’s needs. Each patient at Crossbridge is cared for by an interdisciplinary team of physicians, psychiatrists, medical specialists, nurses, social workers, therapists, psychiatric recreational therapists and chaplains. The Crossbridge staff has been recognized by multiple organizations and individuals for its outstanding service and dedication to providing quality mental healthcare. For more information about Crossbridge, please call (334) 286-3112.

At the Baptist Breast Health Center, your diagnosis and healing begins with our leading team of dedicated physicians, each specializing in breast health. Combined with a caring staff, the Baptist Breast Health Center is the only facility in central Alabama to offer a triple reading of mammograms, which includes two physician interpretations and computer aided detection. This unique process delivers more accurate results for your peace of mind. Additionally, the center offers the newest, state-of-the-art digital imaging technology, providingincreased detection rates and features specifically designed for your comfort. Our sympathetic, knowledgeable staff will ensure that you receive the personal care required by your particular circumstances. Call 273-4490 today for your personal appointment.

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Medical education: University of Alabama School of Medicine Residency: University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center Fellowship: Women’s health fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Board certified in internal medicine Montgomery Primary Medicine Associates (334) 286-2390

• Medical education: University of South Alabama • Residency: University of Alabama-Birmingham and the Montgomery Family Residency Program • Board certified in family medicine • Has practiced medicine for more than 25 years and has been instrumental in the instruction of other fine physicians through the Montgomery Family Medicine Residency Program • Family Care Associates • (334) 244-4322

• Medical education: St. George’s School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies • Undergraduate degree from Lee University in Cleveland, TN where she receive presidential scholarship • Member of American Academy of Family Physicians • Board eligible in family medicine • Family Care Associates • (334) 244-4322

• Medical education: St. Matthew’s University, School of Medicine, BWI • Master’s degree in exercise physiology from The University of Alabama at Birmingham • Member of American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Sports Medicine • Board eligible in family medicine • Family Care Associates • (334) 244-4322

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Medical education: Universidad del Norte in Colombia Residency: Montgomery Family Medicine Residency Program Board certified in family medicine Master’s degree of sciences in public health from the University of Colorado Special interest in women’s health Fluent in Spanish Montgomery Primary Medicine Associates (334) 286-2390

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• Assessment, medication management, and individual therapy for various mental health problems. • For additional care, alternative inpatient hospitalization, Partial Hospitalization Program. • Team consists of a Psychiatrist, Nurses, Licensed Professional Counselors, and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. • We accept most insurance plans. • Please call; 1-334 409-9242 for additional information

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Experts that care for you just like family At the Jackson Clinic, our primary and specialty care providers offer you all the routine medical care you need. With features like same-day appointments, electronic medical records, extended hours urgent care, and a convenient location, you’re in good hands. Plus as part of the Jackson Hospital family, they’re backed by all the resources of one of the region’s healthcare leaders. For more information or to schedule an appointment with a Jackson Clinic provider, please call 334-293-8888.

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Sometimes, especially if you’re diabetic, there are wounds that simply won’t heal. When that happens, advanced HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY at our Wound & Hyberbaric Medicine Center can speed up the body’s mending process. It’s cutting-edge technology, and it’s only at Jackson Hospital. To learn more, contact us today. AND START HEALING TOMORROW.


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Don’t Let an Open Wound Get the Best of You Submitted by Jackson Hospital Our skin isn’t resilient to every cut, scrape or puncture. Sometimes wounds can be pesky and hard to heal. It’s important to seek medical attention when wounds show sure signs that they are not healing. This may include pain, swelling, heat or blistering.

Treatment Options There are many methods for the treatment of chronic wounds. Compression pump therapy and gradient stockings to reduce fluid buildup are among the most important long-term treatments. Physical therapy such as deep neuromuscular stimulation, ultrasound, and whirlpool therapy are also often recommended for cleaning the wound and removing dead tissue.


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“It’s important to seek medical attention when wounds show sure signs that they are not healing. This may include pain, swelling, heat or blistering.” Aggressive wound treatment including the removal of nonviable tissue through topical medication, bedside treatment or even surgical excision, can be most beneficial in stimulating improvement in a chronic wound.

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One of the unique therapies available to patients at the Jackson Hospital Wound Care Center is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. The only center in Central Alabama to offer this option, oxygen therapy can be used to manage problem wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems, and other conditions. During hyperbaric oxygen therapy a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while relaxing in a pressurized chamber. This delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the blood stream and the wound bed, which rapidly accelerates the healing process. Dr.. Randy Cook, medical director of the Jackson Hospital Wound Care Center confirmed the life-changing nature of advanced wound healing therapies, which is exciting news for wound patients. “We are able to offer something not previously available. Being able to save a patient’s limb is unquestionably the most rewarding thing that we experience with hyperbaric oxygen and we see it a lot.” For more information about hard to heal wounds, contact the Jackson Hospital Wound Care Center at (334) 293-8138.

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❶ Green leafy vegetables contain fiber, folate, carotenoids, lutein, zeanthin, saponins, and flavonoids. They help protect against most cancers. ❶ Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower contain indole-carbinol and isothyocyanates. These increase the production of enzymes that break down caner causing chemical in your body. ❶ Tomatoes contain lycopene which is a strong anti-oxidant. Lycopene helps prevent prostate cancer but also has effects on breast, lung and endometrial cancers. ❶ Green tea contains polyphenols (EGCG) and catechins. It is a potent inhibitor of bladder, colon, stomach, pancreas, esophagus, mouth and lung cancers. EGCG has been found to turn on cancer fighting genes. ❶ Spices such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne pepper have been found to inhibit the growth of bladder, prostate, lung and especially colon cancers.

❶ Whole grains contain fiber, vitamins, minerals, and hundreds of phytochemicals such as anti-oxidants, phenols, lignans, phytoestrogens and saponins, They are an excellent anti-cancer food. ❶ Flaxseed contains lignans, omega-3 fatty acids and alpha-linoleic acid. The phytoestrogens protect against breast and prostate cancer while other nutrients inhibit colon, skin and lung cancers. Of course there are many other caner fighting foods, but these are eleven of the best. Our body will protect us if we give it good nutrition. So head on over to your local grocery store and get some fresh fruits and vegetables, it’s what your body wants. Cancer Care Centers of Montgomery have a caring and highly trained staff of nurses and board certified physicians to care for cancer patients. We are specialized in meeting your needs and will treat you with care and compassion.

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Jyoti Samant, M.D. Infectious Diseases

Lori White, MD Internal Medicine

Calling the Shots The concept of vaccination has been around since the 18th century. With vaccines, we try to artificially induce immunity in a person without exposure to natural infection. Some common questions regarding vaccination: “Can I get a vaccine if I have fever?” You should let your physician know if you are not feeling well or if you are running a fever, but for the most part, if the infection is mild, vaccination is safe and well tolerated. “If I missed the last dose of my vaccination series, should I start over?” This is another common problem that should be discussed with your physician, but most of the time interruption of the recommended schedule does not require starting the series over. HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS (HPV) VACCINATION: Recommended for females 9 to 26 years of age. HERPES ZOSTER VACCINATION: A single dose of zoster vaccine is recommended for adults aged 60 years and older regardless of whether they report a previous episode of herpes zoster. According to the Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) from January of 2011, the CDC recommends routine vaccination to prevent 17 vaccine-preventable diseases that occur in infants, children, adolescents, or adults. A complete list of the vaccines can be found at http://www. Here are some of the most commonly used in adults: INFLUENZA VACCINATION: Annual vaccination against influenza is recommended for all persons 6 months of age or older, including all adults. TETANUS, DIPHTHERIA, AND ACELLULAR PERTUSSIS (TD/TDAP) VACCINATION: Td boosters are indicated every 10 years. A Tdap booster can replace one of the Td boosters and should be given once. The Tdap should be given as soon as feasible to close contacts of infants younger than 12 months (i.e. grandparents or child-care providers). VARICELLA VACCINATION: All adults without evidence of immunity to varicella should receive 2 doses of this vaccine if not previously vaccinated or a second dose if they have received only 1 dose, unless they have a medical contraindication (discuss contraindications with your doctor).

MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA (MMR) VACCINATION: Current adults who were born before 1957 are considered immune to measles and mumps because of the prevalence of natural disease during their childhood; adults born after 1957 should have been immunized with 2 doses during childhood. If there is no documentation of childhood immunization, or antibody AGE RANGE


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titers are inadequate, MMR should be administered. PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINE: Indicated for all patients 65 years or older. Some patients younger than 65 years of age with medical conditions including but not limited to diabetes, heart and lung disease should also be vaccinated. In general, people associate vaccines with childhood or adolescence, but it is important to remember that adults also have a vaccination schedule according to age and medical condition. Additionally, it is very important that you discuss this and other preventive health issues with your doctor, and follow the recommendations. Doing this consistently- in addition to proper diet, exercise, and rest - will insure your best chance at good health.

Influenza annually Td every 10 years (Tdap once in adult life) MMR and varicella (unless evidence of immunity) Pneumococcal, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and meningococcal vaccine for those at risk Repeat meningococcal vaccine every 5 years for those at risk HPV vaccine for individuals aged 9-26 Influenza annually Td every 10 years (Tdap once in adult life) Varicella (unless evidence of immunity) Pneumococcal, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and meningococcal vaccine for those at risk Repeat meningococcal vaccine every 5 years for those at risk Zoster vaccine for all persons > 60 Influenza annually Td every 10 years Pneumococcal vaccine once Hepatitis A, hepatitis B and meningococcal vaccine for those at risk Zoster vaccine (age 60 and older)

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100 years of caring for children

Christopher is a Child of Children’s Christopher Davis is a 19-year-old freshman at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, where he’s studying communications and playing intramural football. He also is a Child of Children’s and has been since Children’s of Alabama specialists diagnosed him with cystic fibrosis (CF) when he was just 31/2 months old. CF is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. Fifty years ago, few children with CF lived to attend even elementary school, but today people with CF can expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond. With the help of his local pediatrician and Children’s doctors and caregivers, Christopher is thriving. He gives Children’s credit for both his good health and his career choice. “I started appearing on Children’s Miracle Network telethons and radiothons when I was 2 years old, so I feel I have a head start on being an ESPN sports journalist, “ he says. “I already feel very comfortable behind the camera. Thanks, Children’s!” •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

Last year, Children’s Hospital of Alabama recorded 20,414 inpatient discharges & outpatient visits for children from South Central Alabama. Now we’re GROWING to serve the needs of Alabama’s children, with the opening of our expansion facility set for 2012.



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the care he received at Children’s. “They basically gave me a life,” he says. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

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hristopher Davis is a 19-year-old was first diagnosed. “I remember asking, • • • • • •at • • Huntingdon • • • • • • • • • • • •College • • • • • • • in • • • • • • Is • • •he • • •going • • • • • •to • • •die?” • • • • • •says • • • • •Connie • • • • • • •Davis, •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• freshman Montgomery, where he’s studying Christopher’s mother. “The nurse calmly Read more aboutintramural Mr. Brownreplied, & other communications and playing ‘Yes.’patients We were at told we might football. He also is a Child of Children’s have our son in our lives for as long as 17 years – but now his life expectancy has and has been risen to 40 years.” since Children’s of Alabama For most of his life, Christopher has specialists averaged about three hospital stays diagnosed him annually, lasting anywhere from a week with cystic to two weeks plus countless hospital fibrosis (CF) visits with seven different specialists. when he was In recent years, though, he has been just 3 1/2 months exceptionally healthy and has required old. fewer hospitalizations. CF is an What started as a tragedy for the Davis inherited chronic disease that affects the family is now viewed as an opportunity. lungs and digestive system. A defective “We have met the most amazing children, gene causes the body to produce unusually and the hospital staff and caregivers thick, sticky mucus that can lead to lifehave become like a second family to us,” threatening lung infections and problems Connie says. with absorbing food. Fifty years ago, few children with CF lived to attend The Davis family began assisting with elementary school. Today, while there is Children’s Miracle Network fundraising still no cure for the disorder, many people efforts in support of the hospital while with CF are living into their 30s, 40s and Christopher was still a toddler. “We beyond thanks to advances in research and started doing telethons with WSFA 12 medical treatments. in Montgomery and later participated in Mix 103 radiothons,” says Connie. “I will But that was not the case when Christopher never forget trying to prepare Christopher Christopher echoes his mother’s for an interview when he was 4 years old. sentiments. “It’s been a journey, but the He told me confidently: ‘Don’t worry, people at Children’s just keep on giving Mom, I’ve got this!’” and giving and keeping me and thousands


She also remembers her reaction when her local pediatrician told her they needed to send her infant son for testing at Children’s of Alabama. “’That’s where they send really sick kids,’ I thought,” she recalls. “And that was true. But I soon came to realize that Children’s is also where they make really sick kids better. Without Children’s, we wouldn’t have Christopher with us today. They’ve given us the chance to raise an amazing young man.”

of other kids going strong,” he says. In addition to his good health, Christopher credits Children’s for helping him choose a career. “I love sports, and I want to become an ESPN sports journalist,” he says. “I started appearing on Children’s Miracle Network telethons and radiothons when I was 2 years old, and I think that has given me a head start toward becoming a commentator. I already feel very comfortable behind the camera. So, thanks Children’s!”

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Kids Korner VISION IS KEY TO INFANT DEVELOPMENT Submitted by: Brian Mahalak, OD


cheduling a baby for regular doctor visits is a big part of his or her first year of life. But did you know a visit to an eye doctor is also in order? Parents need to be knowledgeable about how to evaluate their infant’s visual development because it’s estimated that one in 10 infants is at risk from undiagnosed eye or vision problems.

Due to the overwhelming number of children with eye and vision problems across the United States, optometrists are providing no-cost, comprehensive eye and vision assessments for infants between six to 12 months of age through InfantSEE®. InfantSEE® is an ongoing public health program developed by Optometry Cares® - The AOA Foundation and Vistakon, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and

was designed to provide professional eye care for infants nationwide at no-cost, regardless of family income or number of eligible children. Since babies are not born with clear vision at all distances, they need to learn to see over a period of time. Knowing whether a baby’s vision is maturing on schedule can be confusing, so parents should be aware of some basic signs of normal development:

• During the first four months, an infant should begin to follow moving objects with their eyes and start reaching for things.

Although most babies don’t have vision and eye health problems, it’s important to identify risk factors early so that any eye or vision issues can be addressed before they negatively affect a child’s overall development and quality of life. Since infants cannot speak, optometrists perform several non-invasive tests that evaluate visual acuity, refraction, motility, alignment, binocularity and overall eye health. Again, detecting and correcting a vision issue as early as possible is the best way to make sure that a child has healthy eyes and appropriate visual development.

• Between months eight and 12, babies are using both eyes together to judge distance and to grasp objects with greater precision.

To find a participating InfantSEE® doctor, visit the program’s website at www.infantsee. org.

Many eye and vision conditions don’t have symptoms that can be easily identified by a parent or in a pediatrician’s well baby check-up, so a comprehensive

Dr.. Brian Mahalak is an InfantSEE® provider and serves as the Center Director for VisionAmerica of Montgomery, an ocular disease and surgical referral center.

• For the first six to eight weeks, babies’ eyes don’t always track together – and that’s normal. The American Optometric Association (AOA) advises that parents should only be concerned if the eyes never track together.

Do Ear Tubes Help? This question is very common for Moms and Dads of younger children suffering from recurring ear infections and ear pain. The quick answer is YES! When needed they can be very helpful. Tympanostomy tubes are small tubes shaped like tiny spools or tiny pipes with flanges, usually inserted by an ear nose and throat surgeon. Many types of tubes exist. Some fall out of the ear after a short while and others may stay for months or years until removed. Ear tubes help by relieving pressure or vacuum in the middle ear, behind the ear drum. This permits the ear to keep air in the middle ear space, and can help improve hearing that was blocked by the fluid. Tubes also may reduce the number of new infections, eliminate sleepless, pain-filled nights for children and for parents, and


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eye assessment by an optometrist is imperative to check for conditions such as strabismus (crossed-eyes), risk factors for amblyopia (lazy eye) and retinoblastoma (eye cancer).

Article by R.G. Love, M.D.

may reduce the number of antibiotics for infection and even doctor visits as well. Many older ENT doctors know that chronic ear disease without early treatment can cause a lifetime of problems with hearing problems and with recurring ear infections. Chronic ear infection fluid in the middle ear can weaken the strength of the eardrum and contribute to scarring and eardrum dimpling and even little sacs of skin known as a Cholesteatoma. Ear tubes can interrupt these processes and help to avoid or limit some of this serious damage. In years past, some Family doctors were experienced at placing ear tubes, and some Pediatricians performed this procedure as well. Most believe it is best left in the hands of the Ear Nose and Throat surgeon who is very familiar with many complex types of ear disease and ear surgery. So for the Mom

“Ear tubes he lp by relievin g pressure or vacuum in the middle ea r, behind the ear drum . This permit s the ear to keep air in the middle ea r space, and can he lp improve hearing that was bl ocked by th e fluid." or Dad who may be thinking about tubes for their child, the doctor to see is the ENT. Dr. R G Love M.D. RGL Rev. 12/7/2011 Dr.. Rick Love, a Board Certified Otolaryngologist or ENT surgeon who practices in Montgomery, Alabama, was named by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Board of Governors as the national recipient of the 2005-2006 Practitioner of Excellence Award.

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The Buddy Walk

Submitted by: Hope Smith

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that occurs in approximately one in every 733 live births. It affects people of all ages, races and economic levels and is the most frequently occurring chromosomal abnormality. It occurs when there are three, rather than two, number 21 chromosomes present in every cell of the body. Instead of the usual 46 chromosomes, a person with Down syndrome has 47. It is this additional genetic material that alters the course of development and causes the characteristics associated with Down syndrome. Down syndrome affects over 400,000 people in the United States alone. Recent advances in our understanding of Down syndrome have resulted in dramatic improvements in the life span and potential of those who are affected. When I found out I was pregnant there was no reason in the world that I should worry about any “abnormalities”. At 23 years old, I was anxiously awaiting my healthy baby boy. Unfortunately, things were not going to go as I had planned. After Jesse’s birth there was so many uncertainties. I knew absolutely nothing about Down syndrome or the severe health issues my baby was now facing. To say the least, I was scared. There was no support group in Montgomery and the hospital staff was not able to offer any information other than my child had Down syndrome. It wasn’t until we were transferred to the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham that a support group was introduced to me. (PADS) They gave us books to read for more information on Down syndrome. Unfortunately, these books only scared me more. They were books on basically everything that could be wrong with your baby due to this chromosomal abnormality. When Jesse turned three and his major medical issues were behind him I decided to form a group in Montgomery for parents just like me and in 2004 The Montgomery Area Down Syndrome Outreach Group (MADSOG) was founded! MADSOG is an affiliate of the National Down

Syndrome Society (NDSS). The group consists of parents, family members and friends of individuals with Down syndrome. The group was kicked off with Montgomery’s very first Buddy Walk for Down syndrome awareness in October of 2004. The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society in 1995 to bring together friends, family and co-workers to promote awareness and inclusion for people with Down syndrome and to raise money for research and education programs. It was my hope and prayer that we could raise enough money to provide local hospitals with uplifting information about Down syndrome for parents of babies born with Down syndrome. We succeeded! $20,800 was raised and over 300 walkers were in attendance our very first year! The Buddy Walk has expanded from 17 walks in 1995 to more than 300 in 2011 with nearly 285,000 individuals participating. More than 11.2 million dollars was raised nation-wide through the Buddy Walk last year. Since 2004, our walk has grown from 300 participants to almost 1,000! The Buddy Walk is our only fundraiser of the year and is proudly sponsored by Knology. Because of the continued community support MADSOG has been able to donate over $2,500 in books to local libraries and schools, provide educational speakers during our monthly meetings, provide gift baskets to local hospitals for parents of babies born with Down syndrome, host educational workshops for teachers and parents and provide annual donations to the Adult Down Syndrome Clinic at UAB as well at Reese’s Rainbow, a program that promotes international adoption of children with Down syndrome.

Our monthly meetings are held the first Friday night of each month at the Vaughn Park Church of Christ Fellowship Hall from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Montgomery. Childcare is provided for children age 0 to 12 and our adult and teen members with Down Syndrome and their siblings (13+) are invited to join their peers in the movie room during this time for fun and fellowship. For more information regarding our upcoming meetings please visit our website at www. Jesse is 11 years old now and the absolute light of my life. I have met so many wonderful families through the support group that I may never have come in contact with if not for him. He never meets a stranger and genuinely loves everybody. I am truly blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group of people and to be ‘Jesse’s Mom’.

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The Heart of the Matter Submitted by Jackson Hospital

Know the Signs of a Heart Attack There are more than 100 hospitals in Alabama, but Jackson Hospital is one of only seven that offer certified chest pain centers1. In 2011, Jackson received full accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), an international organization dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide. To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Jackson Hospital engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To the community served by Jackson Hospital, this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at: • Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment • Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved

Know these heart attack warning signs2, and respond to them immediately by calling 911:

• Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

• Chest discomfort. This signature heart attack symptom affects the center of the chest and lasts for more than a few minutes—or goes away and comes back. Discomfort can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or actual pain.

If there’s any chance you—or anyone around you—is having a heart attack, a wait-and-see approach is never a good choice. Here are two reasons why:

• Discomfort elsewhere in the body. The back, neck, jaw, or one or both arms may be involved. • Shortness of breath. This may accompany chest discomfort or come before it.

The first hour after symptoms start is the most dangerous time of a heart attack. This is when your heart might suddenly stop beating. Your very survival may depend on the availability of medical help. Doctors today have clot-busting drugs and artery-opening procedures that can stop or reverse a heart attack. These treatments can limit damage to the heart. But to be most effective, they must be given shortly after symptoms appear. Even so, most people in the midst of a heart attack delay getting emergency help.

• Sweating, nausea or light-headedness. Women in particular are prone to these sensations.

Some let precious minutes slip by because they falsely blame their symptoms on something else. Still others are afraid of feeling foolish if they go to the hospital and learn they’re not having a heart attack. 1

The Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC), December 2011


American Heart Association; National Institutes of Health

Every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event. So it’s reassuring to know that, the River Region’s first accredited Chest Pain Center is just a heartbeat away. Our cardiac cath labs, advanced open heart surgical suites, cardiovascular intensive care units and ER all meet the highest standards of patient care. So no matter what your heart is set on in life, you can rest assured that our hearts are set on you.


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The Heart of the Matter

Time is Tissue: Every Minute Counts The American Heart Association (AHA) highlights the importance of women seeking healthcare as soon as possible to avoid becoming a statistic. According to the AHA (2011) more women die from cardiovascular disease than cancer. However, the majority of cardiac events encountered by women are preventable. That is why it is imperative to learn all that you can about the importance of diet, exercise and smoking cessation (AHA, 2011). A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is compromised or is interrupted. This can occur for various reasons. The outcome is the same regardless of the reason. When the heart does not get enough oxygenated blood, the tissue begins to die. So when it comes to the heart remember……TIME IS TISSUE! Call 911 if you suspect you are having a heart attack.

THERE ARE SOME CARDINAL SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK. THESE SYMPTOMS INCLUDE: • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of your chest. It lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back. • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.

• Other signs such as breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. • As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, don’t wait more than five minutes before calling for help. Call 9-1-1...Get to a hospital right away…Remember TIME IS TISSUE. Reference: American Heart Association (2011). Go Red for Women. Retrieved from about_heart_disease_and_stroke.aspx

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Now you can get UP on VARICOSE VEINS!

Varicose veins and spider veins are not only unsightly, they often lead to more serious problems. At the Jackson Clinic Vascular Surgery we offer some of the latest innovations in treatment for smooth and shapely legs — without painful vein removal!

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Endovascular Surgery - Healing From the Inside Out Submitted by Jackson Hospital


recovery that’s as speedy and painfree as possible—this is a key goal of endovascular surgery, a minimally invasive treatment for blood vessel problems, which are often serious. There are many types of vascular disease that can be treated with endovascular surgery, including Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), aneurysms and varicose veins.

“If you develop crampy pain in your calves when you walk or develop foot wounds that are difficult to heal, you may suffer from PAD or inadequate blood supply to your legs due to blockages in the arteries,” says Vladimir Zahardnik, MD, a vascular surgeon with the Jackson Clinic. “This can be treated now with angioplasty, and stenting or arthrectomy which excise the built-up plaque. This is all done through a groin stick slightly bigger than an IV catheter.”

Endovascular surgery is also used to repair aneurysms—weak spots in blood vessels that bulge and could burst and cause deadly bleeding. Often the surgery treats aneurysms that form in the aorta, the body’s largest artery. A surgeon makes small incisions in the groin so that a tiny tube called a stent graft can be guided through blood vessels to the aneurysm. The stent graft is then expanded and anchored in place inside the aorta. It reinforces the weakened section of the vessel, helping to keep the artery from bursting. In contrast, conventional aneurysm surgery requires a major incision. Doctors cut into either the chest or the abdomen, depending on where the aneurysm is located. Next, they remove the fragile section of the aorta and replace it with synthetic material.

Varicose veins are another common type of vascular disease, and physicians use endovenous ablation for treatment. During this procedure, radiofrequency or laser energy is used to cauterize the lining within the vein, damaging it and causing it to collapse, shrink, and eventually disappear. This technique typically takes less than 30 minutes to perform, and is done on an outpatient basis. In the past, varicose veins were typically treated by painful stripping procedures in which the damaged vein section was cut and then removed from the leg. If you have symptoms that may indicate a problem with your blood vessels, talk to your physician about it and about minimally invasive treatment options through endovascular surgery.

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Sensibility Deficiency A Submitted by: Billy R. Helms, PhD

partial definition of “Sensibility” from The American Heritage Dictionary is “The ability to feel or perceive; Mental or emotional responsiveness toward something; the quality of being affected by changes in environment.” While doing our daily walk in the mall it occurred to me that over the past several decades we have become “sensibility deficient.” Each mall circuit brings us by a store that seems to specialize in “sexiness” of women. Today I noticed that the display window is pushing “seduction.” Obviously that is something that should be of concern to every moral person. But it doesn’t seem to be. Even as blatant as it is it seems to have no shock value. Obviously I’m an old man who has observed many, many changes. I was just a young b o y w h e n “Gone with the Wind” came to the theater. Only in later years as it was shown and reshown in the theater, then multiple times on television, that I became more and more aware of that one four letter word from R h e t t Butler to Scarlet O’Hara B u t l e r. T h a t


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word shocked multitudes. Such language certainly should have been banned!

Men and boys used to use profanity and vulgarity but never in the presence of girls or women. That would have offended the sensibilities of the fair gender. Sadly that is no longer the case. Recently, during a mall walk, three young teen girls were walking in front of us. The vulgar and coarse words were frequent and clear. When such filth is witnessed in almost all of the entertainment media, news media, print media, we calmly listen without any sense of shock or offence. We’ve lost our sensibilities in this area, haven’t we? We can, and should, do better. But there are many areas of life that display this same insensitiveness. Foul language simply must be addressed as being improper and totally devoid of any value. General George Washington made it clear that he abhorred the use of any such language among his officers and men. Even so it became common then and still is today. In my early years it was impressed on me that profanity and vulgarity were “the strong expression of a weak mind.” We can, and should, do better. In the sphere of modest dress it seems that we are pretty much devoid sensibility. Years ago the advent of “hot pants” as dress for women (particular young women and girls) shocked many of us. That expression had a somewhat different meaning earlier in my life! But that was just the beginning of the flagrant display of female flesh. Today clothing too low at the top, too high at the bottom, too tight, etc. is common.

This age of indiscriminate physical intimacy from early teen and sometime pre-teen years has opened the floodgates for revealing clothing. It seems that girls and women are unaware of the effect that such dress has on boys and men. Or, have we gone so far afield from decency that the awareness is clear and the purpose is to attract the male of the species? It would be especially beneficial if we had a revival

of morality in our thinking and actions! Women need to be cognizant of the fact that they are attractive simply because they are female! That is enough! Mothers need to embrace a much higher standard for themselves and their daughters. Short skirts and dresses should be avoided like the plague. And, yes, I am fully aware of the thinking of society in this but society isn’t the right source to determine our moral values. We can, and should, do better. Another area where we could use a revival of sensitivity is in the matter of good physical health. We need to be more sensitive to what contributes to good health. Obviously an adjustment in life style is needed. This includes our eating habits, exercise habits, and careful adherence of medical advice. Even the briefest view of ourselves, family, friends, co-workers, associates, etc. will convince us that we are a terribly overweight society. In this I confess a bit of hypocrisy in myself. Even so the reality is that overweight IS curable. We need to have our sensibilities sharpened in this area, don’t we? In my years of counseling and clinical hypnotherapy with folks wanting to lose weight the truth of the statement, “it’s not what you eat so much as what is eating you” is very true. Some of us eat for security, pleasure, happiness, grief, comfort, and on and on the list can go. All the diets in the world are ineffective unless you get to the core of the problem of overeating. We can, and should, do better. May we humbly recommend your consideration of embracing a higher and better standard to develop our sensibilities . . . our response to the circumstances around us. If I may be so bold may I suggest that we turn to the eternal truth . . . the Bible, the Word of God to help us become more and more aware of what is good and right for us by His direction. We are sensibility deficient. We can, and should, do better.

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Sins We Have Come to Tolerate: Greed Submitted by: Richard O’Connor There is a 2002 movie entitled, “Time on a game show – but devastating in life. Changers.” The plot involves a Christian 1 Timothy 6:9-10 “People who want to professor who lived around 1890 but get rich fall into temptation and a trap with the help of a time machine, was and into many foolish and harmful desires transported to present day America. that plunge men into ruin and destruction. When he arrived he was shocked to see For the love of money is a root of all kinds how ungodly our society had become in of evil. Some people eager for money, a little over a hundred years. However, have wandered from the faith and pierced what REALLY set him back was how themselves with many griefs.” Jesus said much Christians had changed. As he in Luke 12:15, “Watch out! Be on your visited in the churches of our day he found guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s Christians embracing sinful behaviors and life does not consist of abundance of his lifestyles that the Christians in his time possessions.” period found abhorrent. Now we may not Yet greed isn’t just a money thing. We be able to travel through time but we can can be sinfully greedy about anything. look back at the history of our culture and We can be greedy for popularity - or for see that the plot of this film is a better spouse-or for a better true. Christians have indeed “…a man’s life does not body. The list goes on and on, become more tolerant of sin. consist in the abundance which is why Jesus warned, Over the years more and more “Be on your guard against of his possessions.” of us have embraced the sinful ALL KINDS of greed” (Luke Luke 12:15 12:15). One reason God warns acts of our culture. More and more of us have chosen to us to avoid greed is because ignore the message of God to He knows that wanting is an NOT, “...conform to the pattern of this endless search for joy that fades. This is world...” (Romans 12:2). This is just what why Epicures said, “If you want to make a we have been examining in this series of man happy, add not to his possessions, but articles entitled, “Sins We Have Come take away from his desires.” to Tolerate”. In this article we will study One of the greatest evils of greed are about Greed. those “companion” sins that follow Greed by definition is “an excessive desire it. Greed entangles us and leads us to to possess wealth or goods.” “Greed, also commit other sins. And the Bible records known as avarice or covetousness, is, several examples of this greed-induced like lust and gluttony, a sin of excess.” downward spiral. For example, 1 Kings Our culture relates so well to greed that 21 tells that King Ahab wanted the land in the late ‘90’s we had a game show on that adjoined his property but it belonged American television by the name of… to his neighbor, Naboth. Ahab offered to you guessed it…GREED. You can easily buy it for a reasonable price but Naboth see in game shows like that or others such did not want to sell because the land had as Deal or No Deal, that most people are been in the family for a long time. Ahab greedy. They come with nothing and so was depressed over the matter until his they will press on and give up what they wicked wife, Jezebel assured him that she already have for more and more…the vast would take care of everything. She had majority leaving with nothing. That’s sad

the neighbor falsely accused of blasphemy and treason and put to death. And then King Ahab was able to confiscate the land. So, the king’s GREED gave birth to lying, murder, and theft. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “I’d never do something like that.” But the truth is GREED is the door that leads all of us to those sins which cause great personal harm and hurt. Finally, greed also has a way of blinding us to what is truly important in life. This is what Jesus was warning us about in Luke 12:15 when He said, “…a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” How many families, friendships and business partnerships have been broken because of greed? Many families have been destroyed because mama or daddy didn’t leave some special family heirloom to the “right” person. Friendships have been severed because one cheats another out of money. Be sure that greed never deflates the “pricetag” you put on the truly important things of life! You see, if we are not careful, greed can make us care more about cars, houses, popularity, big pay checks and earthly success than what is truly important like those special-unrepeatable moments of life (children’s birth, graduation from kindergarten, t-ball, family vacations, birthdays, baptisms, etc.) The reason God is so stern about the sin of greed is that He knows greed can make us want so much that we forget to truly enjoy life! The solution to greed is the same as the solution to most every sin: Trust God! Paul tells us in Philippians 4:19 that “God will meet all our needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Trust Him to do just that and no longer tolerate greed in your life.

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Story from a Kansas State Highway Patrol officer: I made a traffic stop on an elderly lady the other day for speeding on U.S. 166 Eastbound at Mile Marker 73 just East of Sedan , KS. I asked for her driver's license, registration, and proof of insurance. The lady took out the required information and handed it to me. In with the cards I was somewhat surprised (due to her advanced age) to see she had a conceal carry permit. I looked at her and ask if she had a weapon in her possession at this time. She responded that she indeed had a .45 automatic in her glove box. Something---body language, or the way she said it---made me want to ask if she had any other firearms. She did admit to also having a 9 mm Glock in her center console. Now I had to ask one more time if that was all. She responded once again that she did have just one more, a .38 special in her purse. I then asked her what was she so afraid of. She looked me right in the eye and said, "Not a thing!" Information received from an email, author unknown.


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STC: Senior Texting Code STC

Since more and more Seniors are texting and tweeting, there appears to be a need for a STC (Senior Texting codes) ATD: At the Doctor's BTW: Bring the Wheelchair BYOT: Bring your own teeth CBM: Covered by medicare CUATSC: See you at the Senior Center FWB: Friend wit Beta Blockers FWIW: Forgot where I was FYI: Found your insulin GGPBL: Gotta go, pacemaker battery low! GHA: Got heartburn again IMHO: Is my hearing-aid on?

LMDO: Laughing my dentures out LOL: Living on Lipitor LWO: Lawrence Welk's on OMMR: On my massage recliner ROFL... CGU: Rolling on the oor laughing... and can't get up TTYL: Talk to you louder WAITT: Who am I talking to? WTP: Where's the prunes? WWNO: Walker wheels need oil

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Montgomery’s W.A. Gayle Planetarium is the major nexus for sharing The state of Alabama has a rich legacy in its contribution to space exploration. Montgomery’s W.A. Gayle Planetarium is the major nexus for sharing that legacy with central and south Alabama. In that role the W. A. Gayle Planetarium has served over one million customers since opening in 1968, presenting educational programs specifically designed for school grades to meet science curriculum objectives throughout the state of Alabama. The W.A. Gayle Planetarium is owned by the city of Montgomery, and falls under the purview of Montgomery’s Leisure Services department. An on-going agreement was established between the city of Montgomery and Troy University in 1972 for the University to solely operate and manage the planetarium for the city. While providing a high-quality education has been the cornerstone mission of Troy University for more than 120 years, TROY has always been actively involved in the more than 60 TROY communities it serves. Troy recognizes that education is meant to serve more than just oneself. As a leader in higher education, Troy leads by example. It recognizes that it exists only because of the community it serves, and thus views its “service to the community” moreover as a community “opportunity;” by giving back to the culture and people that surround its campuses. Troy has accomplished this through its creative and cooperative agreement with the city of Montgomery to operate and manage the W. A. Gayle Planetarium for the past 39 years. The mission of the W.A. Gayle Planetarium is to provide outstanding customer service and support to the K-20 grades throughout the state of Alabama in their


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quest for knowledge of astronomy. The planetarium conducts education related astronomy programs designed to illustrate how core academic subjects such as math and science are used in space exploration and astronomy related occupations. Many teachers do not receive adequate training in this particular field, nor do they have time to keep up with the latest discoveries and developments. The Planetarium is the right place for this focus because it offers education not only for kids and families, but also for educators. The planetarium is also a community and tourism attraction. For decades the planetarium has provided astronomical enlightenment; offering people knowledge and understanding and a sense of place

Submitted by Rick Evans, Director W.A. Gayle Planetarium

in a universe far bigger than themselves. The Planetarium creates environments that encompass the audience, bringing them into the experience in a way that classroom, book, television or computer screen cannot. The planetarium is open seven days a week, and only closed on major holidays.

Reading therapy dog, Haus, listens patiently to his reading partner at Maxwell Elementary.

Our Community Your Prescription for Good Health May Include Time with A Pet Submitted by: Montgomery Humane Society’s Education Coordinator, Mary Hughes

We always knew that pets brought love and joy and companionship into our lives. But modern research is verifying what we always felt…pets can be good for your health. Just five minutes of petting an animal starts the release of “feel good” hormones. Researchers have found that regularly stroking an animal lowered blood levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Other studies have shown that spending time with a pet also relieves pain and reduces anxiety. Studies conducted in institutional environments demonstrated significant pet therapy results. Assisted living residents who interacted with visiting pets showed improvements in their social interaction, psychological function, life satisfaction, mental function and level of depression. The simple act of stroking a pet can lower blood pressure and increase the incidence of laughter.

Even simply watching birds and fish produce similar results in their calming effect. Pets provide companionship and are a prescription for better health. The Humane Society arranges for qualified pets to visit assisted living and nursing facilities. The Montgomery Humane Society is also pleased to offer a program called “Read to the Paw”. Therapy dogs, with their volunteer come into the classrooms and listen to students read without judgment, criticism, or laughter. Designed after similar programs around the country, Read to the Paw therapy dogs allow the students to read at their own pace and are less intimidating than their peers. Struggling readers make great strides in reading and communication skills as well as building self-esteem. Children with special needs can benefit greatly from visits with therapy dogs. Often a child

with autism will connect with an animal in a way that they are not able to with a human. Children love animals and using them to teach empathy, kindness and respect is a perfect fit for any character education program. The Montgomery Humane Society now visits eight different elementary schools with the Read to the Paw program. For more information about either of these programs, please call the shelter at 409-0622.

Shelter graduate “Harvey” visits with past Humane Society President Connie Hughes at Cara Vita Retirement Community.

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Ray Scott excited about the future Submitted by Sherry Kughn Most 77-year-olds like to look back at their lives, but the founder of Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.), Ray Scott, speaks about the future with as much excitement as a kid who just landed a fish. “I love Alabama,” he says during a recent telephone interview from his home in Pintlala, south of Montgomery. “I have just come from a meeting involving the Alabama Black Belt Adventures project.” Scott was referring to a tourism program to spotlight the Black Belt region of Alabama, which is home to outstanding hunting, fishing and shooting sports. “My father’s and mother’s people moved to the Black Belt in the 1920s because of this crazy soil,” he says. “People are only now re-recognizing the richness of this area.” Of course, Scott, who lives on a premier bass-fishing lake in Pintlala, just south of Montgomery, knows what bass anglers and deer hunters can accomplish. He has built two successful industries around these two sports. His first vision became a sportfishing empire call B.A.S.S., which conducts tournaments, publishes magazines including BASSMASTER Magazine, and produces television shows such as “The BASSMASTERS.” Scott sold the business in 1986 but has stayed involved ever since. The excitement in Scott’s voice continues when he speaks of the second business he founded, the Whitetail Institute of North America, Inc. The company, which is on the same property as his Pintlala ranch, formulates and promotes nutrition products for deer and is now owned by himself and two of his three sons. “I came up with a specially formulated clover seed formula for deer hunters to plant,” he said. “Now we have about twenty employees and twenty-five exclusive products.” The Whitetail Institute (www. sells products throughout the nation. It all started when Scott and noted Auburn agronomist Dr.. Wiley Johnson developed a special forage planting he called Imperial Whitetail Clover. It attracted deer and also helped them. Hunters and those in the deermanagement industry soon reported that deer fed on the clover grew bigger and were healthier. Bucks grew larger racks. Scott’s brain never shuts off when it comes to new ideas. For example, the idea for B.A.S.S. came about during a fishing trip to Mississippi in 1967 that was rained out. Soaking wet, he and a friend went to a Ramada Inn to dry out and rest. “All I could find on television was basketball,” he says. “At that moment, I had a vision – a complete, clear vision – that


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bass fishing could be a competitive sport on a national scale with fair and well-run tournaments. I stood up on the bed in my freshly dried underwear and knew exactly what I was going to do.” Scott did more than create a tournament trail. His background in sales, business acumen, and enthusiasm created an entire multi-billion dollar industry. Then, he took B.A.S.S. even further to protect the fishing resource so precious to so many anglers. He started a movement to stop companies from illegally dumping toxins in waterways. “I sued two hundred and fourteen companies during the late 1960s and early 1970s because they were polluting rivers in Alabama,” says Scott. “I am especially proud that the fishermen supported us.” Scott was concerned for more than Alabama waterways, he says. “I also sued folks in Houston [Texas] and sued the TVA [Tennessee Valley Authority]. They were putting herbicides in the water, and that was interrupting the food chain.” Scott also worked with then-governor of Texas, George W. Bush, to save a popular Texas lake from herbicides. Bush and his father, President H.W. Bush, are both avid anglers and friends of Scott. They have fished a number of times on his lake in Pintlala. Scott is also credited for popularizing the catch-and-release program for bass he called “Don’t Kill your Catch.” Thanks to his efforts, the movement became mainstream. Another movement that Scott supported was that of boat safety. In 1994, he worked

to pass the Boating Safety Reform Act in Alabama. Deaths rates fell to half. In 2002, the National Safe Boating Council inducted him into the Boating Safety Hall of Fame. For his conservations and safety and philanthropic achievements, as well as his entrepreneurial successes, Scott received the prestigious Horatio Alger Award in 2003. No topic gets Scott more excited than talking about family. He is a father of four and grandfather to eight with his youngest, John David, born February 21 to “Little” Wilson Scott and his wife, Noel. The two sons who run the Whitetail Institute are Steve and “Big” Wilson. Scott’s daughter Jennifer Epperson has four of his grandchildren, and Scott is married to his wife of 25 years, Susan, once the creative director for B.A.S.S. “I’m the luckiest man in the world,” he says, referring to his family, his success, and his good health. His philosophy of practicing sensible health habits keeps him in shape, and he believes a lot of one’s attitude toward health takes place “between the ears.” For readers who want to know more about Scott’s accomplishments, two books best tell his story--Prospecting and Selling: From a Fishing Hole to a Pot of Gold by Ray Scott, was published in 1981, and Bass Boss by Robert H. Boyle, a biography of Scott’s life, published in 1999. He also produced a video series, “Great Small Waters,” on how to create world-class fishing ponds and lakes. Finally, for those who want to enjoy a fishing trip of a lifetime, he has opened his home and his lakes to a limited number of paying anglers as a supporter of the Alabama Black Belt Adventures (www. “We call it Ray Scott’s Trophy Bass Retreat,” he says. “But around here, we describe it as bed, breakfast and bass.” Call 800-518-7222 to order.

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Dixie Electric Company 334-262-2946

Montgomery Surgical Center 334-284-9600


Prattville Baptist Hospital 334-365-0651

Alabama One Call 1-800-659-6242

Acme Propane Gas 334-288-4441

Bureau of Alcohol 1-800-659-6242

Allgas Inc of Montgomery 334-265-0576

CSX Transportation Police Department 1-800-232-0144

After Hours Emergencies 1-800-660-8683

Montgomery Police (Non-emergency) 334-241-2700

Emergency Service 334-832-4477

Crime Stoppers 334-262-4000


Drug Helpline 1-800-662-4357

Bellsouth 1-888-757-6500 (Residential) 1-866-620-6000 (Business)

Elmore County Emergency Management Agency 334-567-1155 Prescription Drug Assistance 1-800-762-4636 Poison Control 1-800-462-0800 1-800-292-6678 Police Department 334-241-2708 (Montgomery) 334-285-3700 (Coosada) 334-227-4331 (Fort Deposit) 334-361-3671 (Prattville) 334-567-5321 (Wetumpka) Sheriff’s Office 334-832-4980 (Montgomery) 334-365-3211 (Autauga) 334-567-5227 (Elmore) State Troopers 334-270-1122

WATER Elmore Water Authority 334-285-6109 Montgomery Water Works Board 334-206-1600 Pintala Water and FPA 334-288-5054 Montgomery Water Works 334-206-1600

hoSPITALS Baptist Medical Center East 334-277-8330 Baptist Medical Center South 334-288-2100

UAB Healthcare Center of Montgomery 334-284-5211

AMBULANCE SERVICES Care Ambulance Services 334-262-2550 Haynes Ambulance 334-265-1208

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Children’s of Alabama 205-939-9100

Elder Abuse Hotline 1-800-458-7214

Griel Hospital 334-262-0363

Family Sunshine Center 334-206-2100

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Montgomery 334-284-7700


Southeastern Psychiatric Management 334-409-9263


Hill Crest Behavioral Health Services 1-800-292-8553

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Jackson Hospital 334-293-8000

Alabama Power Company 1-800-245-2244

Long Term Hospital at Jackson 334-240-0532

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Resource Directory ADULT DAY CARE Alzheimer’s and Dementia Day Care 334-272-8622 Eastside Adult Day Care Center 334-261-1975

Caravita Village 334-284-0370

Back to Health Chiropractic 334-271-0353

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Bell Family Chiropractic PC 334-514-4977 Brock Chiropractic 334-288-1170

Parkview Adult Day Care Health Services 334-262-4111

Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System 334-272-4670


Country Cottage Assisted Living 334-260-8373

Chiropractic Center 334-262-4877

Gardens of Wetumpka Assisted Living 334-514-4839

East Montgomery Chiropractic Center 334-272-7746

Country Cottage 334-260-8373

Health Star Chiropractic 334-356-1111

Elmcroft of Halcyon 334-396-1111

Central Alabama Laubach Literacy Council 334-264-1239

Henderson Chiropractic Clinic 334-872-4470

Golden Living Center – Montgomery – Skilled Nursing Facility 334-263-1643

Hollowell Chiropractic Clinic 334-393-4425

GED Program, Nehemiah Center 334-369-3774

Hickory Hill 334-361-5111

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AMBULANCE SERVICES Care Ambulance Services 334-262-2550 Haynes Ambulance 334-265-1208

AMBULANCE SERVICES-AIR A ACLS Advanced Air Ambulance 1-800-633-3590

ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES Angels for the Elderly –Specialty Care 334-270-8050 334-279-6111 Autumn Place 334-285-1996 Belmont 334-273-0110

Oak Grove Inn 334-215-8881 South Haven Health & Rehabilitation 334-288-0122 Waterford Place – Specialty Care 334-288-2444 Wesley Gardens Retirement Community 334-272-7917

CANCER CARE CENTERS Cancer Care Center of Montgomery 334-281-7710 334-273-8877 Cancer Care Center of Prattville 334-358-7791 Montgomery Cancer Center 337-872-2336

ChIRoPRACToRS Alabama Back Pain Clinic 334-265-4800 Alabama Chiropractic Association 334-262-2228 Alabama Family Chiropractic Clinic 334-834-6282 Alabama Injury & Pain Clinic 334-281-7246 Alabama Orthopedic Specialist PA 334-274-9000


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Kirby Chiropractic 334-277-2225 Montgomery Neck & Back Center PA 334-272-3030 Sadler Chiropractic 334-819-7222 Shiver Chiropractic Clinic 334-393-9355 Zink Chiropractic & Wellness Center 334-270-3333

CLINICAL PSYChoLoGY Grandview Behavioral Health 334-409-9242 UAB Health Center 334-284-5211

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EAR NoSE AND ThRoAT All Ears Hearing Center 334-281-6327 Central Alabama Ear Nose and Throat Associates 334-284-1870 ENT Associates of Alabama PA 334-284-5470 Montgomery Otolaryngology 334-834-7221

ELDER LAW Clenney & Palmer LLC 334-262-0400

Resource Directory Davis & Neal Attorneys at Law 334-244-2097

Baptist Home Health 334-395-5100

Esco & Benson, LLC 334-832-4529

Central Alabama Nursing & Freedom Home Care 334-262-8156

Pitts & Zanaty 334-244-0181

Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System 334-272-4670 Children’s of Alabama 205-939-9100 Griel Hospital 334-262-0363

Reneau & Thornton 334-567-8488

Choice Source Therapeutics Montgomery 334-215-8484

Shinbaum, McLeod, & Campbell 334-269-4440

Elmore County Health Department 334-567-1171

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Montgomery 334-284-7700


Freedom Home Care 334-262-8156

Hill Crest Behavioral Health Services 1-800-292-8553

Home Instead Senior Care 334-215-9577

Jackson Hospital 334-293-8000

Hospice of Montgomery 334-279-6677

Long Term Hospital at Jackson 334-240-0532

Innerfit Inc. 334-262-6878

Montgomery Surgical Center 334-284-9600

River Region Health Center 334-420-5001

Intrepid USA Healthcare Services 334-270-7913

Prattville Baptist Hospital 334-365-0651

UAB Health Center 334-284-5211

Ivy Creek Home Health 334-567-7710

Southeastern Psychiatric Management 334-409-9263


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Respite Care Foundation 334-264-3002

All Kids 334-206-5568

UAB Health Center Montgomery 334-284-5211

hEALTh CENTERS East Montgomery Family Practice 334-271-5700 Grandview Behavioral Health 334-409-9242

Cardiology Associates of Montgomery 334-264-9191 Montgomery Cardiovascular Associates 334-280-1500 River Region Cardiology 334-387-0948 Southeastern Cardiology Consultants 334-613-0807

hoME hEALTh SERVICES Abundant Life Home & Healthcare LLC 334-396-6826

hoSPICE Alacare Home Health & Hospice 334-272-3538 – Montgomery 334-361-3472 – Prattville


Amedisys Hospice of Montgomery 334-395-7789

UAB Health Center Montgomery 334-284-5211

Baptist Hospice 334-395-5000 Hospice of Montgomery 334-279-6677

Abba Home Care Service 334-284-4878

Southeast Hospice Network 334-260-2916

Alabama At Home 334-213-1188


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UAB Healthcare Center of Montgomery 334-284-5211

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hoSPITALS Baptist Medical Center East 334-277-8330 Baptist Medical Center South 334-288-2100

INTERNAL MEDICINE UAB Health Center Montgomery 334-284-5211

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MEALS oN WhEELS/ NUTRITIoN CENTERS General Nutrition Centers 334-271-5671--Eastdale 334-269-4462—Montgomery 334-213-2462--Sturbridge 334-265-1133--Maxwell AFB 334-872-4696—Selma Mall Montgomery Area Council on Aging 334-263-0532 Nellie Burge Community Center 334-264-4108

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES Ariel Home Medical 334-612-2100

Prehab Diabetes Services 334-270-1630 Secure Health 334-270-1342 Turenne PharMed Co 334-244-0200

PEDIATRICS All About Kids 334-277-5431 Montgomery Pediatrics Associates 334-260-9129


Professional Pediatrics 334-271-5959

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Partners In Pediatrics 334-272-1799


Pediatrics Healthcare 334-273-9700

Rehab First & Capitol Hill Healthcare Center 334- 834-2920 Cedar Crest Nursing Home 334- 281-6826 Hillview Terrace Nursing Home 334- 272-0171 John Knox Manor II Nursing Home 334- 281-6336 Prattville Health and Rehabilitation LLC 334- 365-2241

Physicians to Children 334-277-6624

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South Haven Health and Rehabilitation 334- 288-0122

Custom Medical Solutions 334-273-9993 334-271-3818

Sunbridge at Merrywood Lodge 334-567-8484

City Drug 334-263-6144

Medical Place Inc. 334-262-4283

Woodley Manor Health & Rehabilitation 334- 288-2780

Richardson’s Pharmacy 334-262-5775

Baptist Tower Pharmacy 334-286-3200


Springview Drugs 334-285-6705

Precision CPAP 334-285-6120 (Prattville) 334-396-4110 (Montgomery)

Advanced Orthopedic Surgical Specialists PC 334-262-0523

Target Stores Pharmacy 334-356-6440

Precision Medical Solutions LLP 334-260-3767

East Montgomery Orthopedic 334-260-2288

Midstate Medical Services Inc. 334-263-6034

East Alabama Orthopedics & Sports Medicine 334-396-8410 Jackson Hospital Orthopedic & Joint Center 334-293-8020 Montgomery Spine Center 334-396-1886


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Baptist Health 334-273-4444

Alabama Pathology 334-263-6228

PRESCRIPTIoN ASSISTANCE Partnership for Prescription Assistance 1-800-762-4636

Resource Directory REhABILITATIoN CENTERS Baptist Medical Center East Comprehensive Therapy Center 334-244-8345 Capilouto Center For The Deaf 334-244-8090 Cedar Crest Nursing Home 334-281-6826 Excel Rehabilitation LLC 334-532-0220 Golden Living Center Montgomery Nursing & Rehabilitation Center 334-262-1430

MACOA 334-263-0532

MACOA 334-263-0532

Ombudsman Program Central Alabama Aging Consortium 334-240-4666

Re Transportation 334-271-2244

Parkview Adult Day Health Services 334-262-4111 St. Jude Social Services 334-269-1983 South Central Alabama Development Commission 334-244-6903

St. Margaret’s Services 334-262-0784 Transit Management Montgomery 334-240-4021 Volunteer & Information Center 334-264-4636



MACOA- Senior Services 334-263-0532

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Montgomery 334-284-7700

Baptist Medical Center South Sleep Disorders 334-286-3252

Montgomery Area YMCA’s 334-262-6411--Southeast 334-365-8852--Prattville

Hillview Terrace Nursing Home 334-272-0171

Central Alabama Sleep Center 334-514-5515

Jackson Hospital-Physical Therapy 334-293-8158

Jackson Sleep Disorder Center 334-264-0222


Montgomery East Physical Therapy PC 334-244-5892


Rehab First and Capital Hill Healthcare Center 334-834-2920 Rehab Associates 334-244-4098 334-272-8255 Renascence Inc. 334-832-1402 South Haven Health & Rehabilitation 334-288-0122 Sunbridge at Merrywood Lodge 334-567-8484 Tallassee Health & Rehabilitation LLC 334-283-3975 Woodley Manor Nursing Home 334-288-2780

SAFETY EQUIPMENT Alabama Safety Bath/Dream Bath of Alabama 334-312-1825

SENIoR CENTERS & SERVICES Crump Community Center 334-240-4547 Home Instead Senior Care 334-215-9577

Alabama Family Ties 334-240-8437 Family Guidance Center 334-270-4100

Central Alabama Mobility, Inc. 334-514-6590 Midstate Medical Services Inc. 334-263-6034 Phase III Mobility (Handicapped and Wheelchair Vans) 334-281-2160

Frazer United Methodist Church Counseling Clinic and Grief Support 334-272-8622

Sylacauga Handicapped Inc. 1-888-249-3717

Mental Health America in Montgomery, Inc. 334-262-5500


The Scooter Store 334-984-0169

Montgomery Metro Treatment Center 334-288-5363

Jackson Hospital Wound Care Center 334-293-8000

Montgomery Therapeutic Recreation Center 334-240-4595

References: Retrieved December 2, 2011 from The Real Yellow Pages, Montgomery, May 2011.

Muscular Dystrophy Association of Birmingham 1-800-525-6793

Disclaimer: Healthy Horizons provides this resource directory free of charge. Healthy Horizons strives to assure that the information contained in this directory is accurate and up to date. However, the user is advised that Healthy Horizons does not endorse the organizations listed in this directory, nor does exclusion in this directory signify disapproval. The consumer is strongly encouraged to seek information from the organization and assess if this organization meets your particular needs.

SAFY (for Victims of Abuse, Neglect and Family Crisis) 334-270-3181

TRANPoRTATIoN Capital Area Transit 334-262-7321 Dubose Express & Co. 334-467-1005 Haynes Ambulance of Alabama 334-265-1208

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