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COVER 10 Dothan Periodontics & Implants

Joining forces with American Diabetes Association and Southeastern Diabetes Education Services

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26 “The spirit of a man will sustain

him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?” Proverbs 18:14


Protecting Your Children In Cyberspace

An Overview of Internet Crimes Against Children


26 Take Courage

When physical illnesses arise in your life how should you respond?

34 The Wiregrass Museum of Art CENTER SPREAD 30 Dothan Periodontics & Implants

“Isn’t tooth loss a normal part of aging?”


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Contents The city of Hartford welcomes Hartford Family Medicine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . It’s a painful life for some in the kidney stone belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Common hospice myths. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marie conquers severe aplastic anemia with the help of Children’s Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . Caring for you where your roots are planted... . ENT Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Medical Center Enterprise opens new Enterprise Express Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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SAMC earns Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for six straight years . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 True to heart; Back to the basics. . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Healthy Kids Sometimes: Less is More!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Three Keys To A Child’s Heart. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Gum Health for Kids and Teens.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Faith & Family Words: The Good, The Bad, And The Idle . . . . . .28 Sins We Have Come to Tolerate: Selfishness..29 Community Focus SkyCruise Balloon Flights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 The 22nd annual Spirit Of Service Day. . . . . . . . 35 Fun & Games Sudoku Puzzle. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Word Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Funny Jokes: How to Start A Fight. . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Emergency Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Wellness Resource Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

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Magazine & Wellness Resource Guide

ealthy Horizons is a community wellness magazine that is distributed free throughout the Southeast U. S. The goal of the magazine is to provide health education to the community and promote healthy living. Articles in the magazine are provided by healthcare professionals who are committed to: (a) disease prevention, (b) early detection of disease, (c) prompt treatment of illness, and (d) promotion of quality of life. The magazine began as a wellness resource guide for aging Americans. This key aspect of the magazine has proven to be a great resource for our consumers. Input from our local advertisers and consumers reinforce our belief that health education provides our readers with insight and knowledge to assist in making informed decisions regarding his/her healthcare. In the past six years our market area has grown significantly and feedback from our consumers has been positive. In an effort to meet the desires of the market area we have expanded the magazine to include a “Healthy Kids” section and a “Community” section. Again, response regarding the inclusion of this content has been constructive. As many of you are aware, acute and chronic health problems are very prevalent in our society. However, many of these health problems are preventable. Individuals lack the knowledge that is necessary to make informed decisions regarding their health. It is imperative that each individual, regardless of age, race or gender, engage in opportunities that will enhance their well being on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level. This holistic approach to health will enable individuals to make educated decisions that are appropriate to maintain their current health status or to seek prompt treatment when disease or illness occurs. Healthy Horizons strives to provide information in the community that is relevant and will hopefully improve the health status of aging Americans. The goal is that Healthy Horizons will serve as a valuable community resource tool and promote quality of life. God bless you as you strive for “Healthy Horizons”.

Recover at home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Medical Center Enterprise brings quality care to the Wiregrass Community. . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Delivering data and precision when there’s no room for error. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Amputation is not the end of life as you know it.. 40 Choices in Home Health and Hospice. . . . . . . . . 44



Billy Helms, PhD Betsy Gulledge, PhD, MSN, RN Christie Shelton, PhD, MSN, RN Phyllis Waits, RN, Ed.D Kimberly Helms, D.H.Ed., MSN, RN

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It’s a Painful Life for some in the Kidney Stone Belt Kidney stones have plagued man for millennia. They have been found in Egyptian remains estimated to be over 7000 years old. They have affected famous Americans including Benjamin Franklin and Lyndon B Johnson. Kidney stones affect nearly 1 in 8 men and 1 in 20 women by age 70. Once an individual develops one stone there is a greater than 50% chance of developing a second stone within their lifetime. The southern United States is referred to as the “kidney stone belt” due to the increased risk of developing stones in this region related to dietary factors and increased risk of dehydration. Kidney stones occur when substances such as calcium, oxalate, cystine, or uric acid form crystals in the urine and become anchored in the urinary tract. These crystals can slowly grow developing into stones. Typically these stones eventually move through the urinary tract (kidney, ureter, bladder, and urethra) and are passed in the urine. Larger stones are more likely to cause irritation, become stuck while being passed, or block the flow of urine resulting in symptoms. Pain is the most common symptom of kidney stones. This can range from mild discomfort to intense waves of severe pain prompting some to refer to the kidney stone as the “stone of cursing.” Kidney stones can cause blood in the urine and some individuals actually notice passing gravel or small stones in their urine. Other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, painful urination, and an urgent need to urinate although some with kidney stones have no symptoms at all. Kidney Stones are typically diagnosed based upon symptoms, physical exam, and in particular imaging studies. A specific type of CT scan called a noncontrast helical CT is typically recommended if a kidney stone is suspected although an ultrasound

is the procedure of choice for pregnant women. The treatment of kidney stones depends upon size, location, severity of pain, and a patients ability to keep down fluid and pain medications. Typically, if the stone is likely to pass, pain is tolerable, and the patient is able to eat and drink then the stone can be treated at home. However, if IV pain medications or IV fluids are needed then treatment in the hospital is typically necessary. Home treatment typically includes either prescription pain medications or over the counter pain medication. Straining your urine so the stone can be recovered and later analyzed can be helpful in planning future preventative measures. Larger stones which fail to pass typically require a procedure to break the stone up or to remove it. These procedure can be performed by a urologist. They include shock wave lithotripsy where high energy shock waves are directed toward the stone. These waves pass through skin and body tissue releasing energy on the stone resulting in the stone breaking up into smaller more easily passed fragments. More complex or larger stones may require percutaneous nephrolithotomy. In this procedure, small instruments are passed through the skin into the kidney to remove the stone. Ureteroscopy is a technique employing a thin scope attached to a camera and other instuments. The scope is passed through the bladder and up the ureter toward the kidney. This allows the urologist to see the the stone and to break it up or remove it using instuments. Factors which typically influence kidney stone formation include dehydration, inadequate urinary drainage, diets with excessive amounts of oxalate, calcium or vitamin abnormalities, metabolic diseases, use of certain medications, and urinary tract infections. Kidney stone analysis as well as urine and blood tests can determine if you have specific problems that increase the risk of kidney stones. Based upon the results of these tests performed by your doctor, specific dietary modifications or medications may be recommended. Additionally increasing fluid intake is recommended. This helps to lower the concentration of substances in the urine that promote kidney stone formation.

Water is generally the best fluid to drink for this purpose and a drinking a sufficient quantity so that you produce a minimum of ½ gallon of urine per day is recommended by many experts. For more information you can visit the following web sites:

5 Locations To Serve You Wiregrass Kidney Center (Near SAMC) 1450 Ross Clark Circle Dothan, AL 36301 Dothan Dialysis (Across from Flowers) 216 Graceland Dr Dothan, AL 36305 Ozark Dialysis 214 Hospital Dr Ozark, AL 36360 Eufaula Dialysis 220 South Orange Eufaula, AL 36027 Enterprise Dialysis 6002 Boll Weevil Circle Enterprise, AL 36330 Community Wellness Guide


Cover Story Is your mouth the gateway of your body?

Dothan Periodontics & Implants Dr. Miller and Dr. Pitman tell all of their patients to brush after every meal, Floss daily, see your dental professional regularly. These instructions make sense coming from your dentist to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy. But now not only dentists, but also many physicians understand the importance of maintaining oral health in an effort to keep the rest of the body healthy. Several research studies have suggested a potential association between gum disease and other health issues, especially diabetes. As more and more research reinforces the connection between periodontal and systemic health, scientists are beginning to shift their focus to understanding why these connections exist. One theory points to chronic inflammation as the culprit. Alabama ranks as the number one state with the highest people with diabetes and the sixth worst state in the nation for diabetics deaths. Research clearly suggests that diabetes affect the condition of the gum tissue and bone around our teeth. People with Diabetes are 3-4 more times likely to develop Periodontal Disease. These patients tend to have more severe bone loss and aggressive disease which can ultimately lead to tooth loss. Since Periodontal Disease is a leading complication of diabetes, it is important for people to know there treatment options. If detected early, a periodontist or other dental professional can provide treatment that can stop the gum disease and bring the gums back to a state of health, preventing additional bone or tooth loss.

Due to these startling facts, Dothan Periodontics is joining forces with the American Diabetes Association and Southeastern Diabetes Education Services (SEDS) to teach children and families how to live with diabetes and how it affects your oral health. This year SEDES will be hosting camp Sugar Falls for the 7th year in a row. Southeastern Diabestes Education Services

has been providing children with diabetes fun educational programs since it was founded in 1949 by Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Eichold. A wide assortment of recreational activities fills every day. More importantly, intensive diabetes management techniques are taught during daily diabetes education classes. This year Drs. Pittman and Miller as well as their hygienist will develop an oral health program for these kids in order for them to understand the effects on oral health, especially if they have poor diabetic

What Camp Means To Me

By; Allex Barber I was diagnosed with diabetes in September 2003 when I was 7 years old and I have been going to camp ever since. I have been going to Camp Seale Harris for 8 years now and Camp Sugar Falls for 3 years. I absolutely love camp. It is one of the only places I go where I don’t have to worry about making everyone slow down what they are doing to check my sugar or anything because everyone else has to also. No matter what I always learn something new at camp every year. I gave my first shot to myself at camp and I did my first pump site change by myself at camp. The staff and other campers encourage each other to be independent and take care of ourselves. One of my favorite parts of camp is being able to make friends that also have diabetes and being able to see them every year and catch up with them. I’m the only diabetic in my school so it’s really nice to be able to go to camp and not being the only one with diabetes. Camp is one of my most favorite places ever. So I guess what camp means to me is; not being the only one with diabetes and having fun while learning how to take better care of myself.

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control. We will promote high oral health standards with education activities to help the kids for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Dr. Pittman states, “We are passionate about this program, because if we can educate patients now about the negative affects of diabetes and your oral health, these kids could have a better chance of keeping their teeth and avoiding periodontal disease in the future.” We hope this endeavor leads to more education opportunities around the state.

Dr. Pittman

Relay For Life - Run/Walk

Left: Healthy Horizons Booth - Center: Kids at the event walking to raise money - Right: Turnout crowd for the event


Making a Difference

May Day Festival Talladega, AL • Top: Talladega Hall Of Fame where the event was held Bottom Left: Teresa at Healthy Horizons booth Bottom Right: Costume contest participates

Baptist Health Care Foundation Prattville Baptist Hospital Golf Classic Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill Golf Course Prattville, AL Right: Tommy McKinnon and David with the Healthy Horizons sponsor sign Left: David and Mark teeing off for Charity

Children’s Hospital Teddy Bear Giveaway Birmingham, AL • David, Teresa and Mark holding the bears given away to patients

University of Alabama Staff & Faculty Health Fair University of Alabama Campus • Tuscaloosa, AL Left: Teresa and Big Al Right: Front of Coleman Coliseum where the event was held

Children’s Hospital Wagon Donation Birmingham, AL • Left: Donated Wagon Right: David, Mark, Garland Stansell and staff with donated wagon

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Common Hospice Myths Submitted by Covenant Hospice

Hospice is often misunderstood. Sometimes it’s even misunderstood by experts. It is obvious that if even the medical community does not fully understand some facts about hospice, then the public certainly might not know the facts.  Several points come to mind.  Perhaps we could call these “hospice myths.” You know, a myth is a story or belief that may not be true. Well, some hospice myths really need to be put to rest. Myth: Hospice is a place. Most patients and families believe when they hear about hospice care they think they have to go somewhere to receive that care.  In fact, not myth, some hospice organizations do have a hospice house, which is a place or a unit where patients with incurable disease can go to receive care. But that’s not the norm. The norm is that hospice is a service, not a place, and hospice will come to the patient, their home, their nursing home, their assisted living. We even have a patient who is homeless and lets us know where to meet him to provide the care he requires.  

Myth: The hospice myth that patients will die immediately when hospice care begins.

This is commonly held as a fact but indeed it is a myth, not based on truth at all. Medicare provides the guidance here.  Patients who doctors believe can live up to six months have the opportunity to enroll in hospice and take advantage of hospice care for many weeks, even many months.  Now it is true that some patients come to hospice very, very late in their disease and they may live only a short time.  Often we hear from these patients and their families “if only we had known about hospice earlier we would have signed up.”  

Myth: Hospice patients have to give up their own doctor.

This is absolutely a myth. Hospice invites family doctors, personal doctors, to continue care of their patients when that

patient is enrolled in hospice. Some of the better hospice organizations do have doctors that can make patient visits. But they never interfere with the private doctor and patient relationship.  

Myth: Hospice is only for cancer patients.

Well, this is not exactly a myth. In the very beginning of hospice most patients were cancer patients. But, over time patients with other diseases—diabetes, heart disease, stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s realized that there was a great benefit from hospice care.  Now days there are more non-cancer patients enrolled in hospice than there are cancer patients.  

Myth: Hospice is too expensive for most families.

This is a myth. Hospice is a Medicare benefit.  That means that Congress has passed laws that say that people who are on Social Security or are receiving Medicare can have hospice care. It is a 100% benefit; anything related to the terminal diagnosis is paid for by Medicare. Many private insurance plans also have a hospice benefit, and for folks younger than Medicare age they may want to check their health insurance plan to see if there is a hospice benefit.  

Dr. Melanie Nicholls, Covenant Hospice Dothan Medical Director Covenant Hospice, a not-for-profit organization, is widely recognized as one of the most comprehensive hospices in the nation.  We provide a very special kind of caring for persons with life-limiting illnesses, their families and loved ones.  Covenant Hospice is proud to be accredited by the Joint Commission, which is widely regarded as the highest level of standards for healthcare providers.  We provide our patients the opportunity to remain in their own homes or in a homelike setting, and we maintain a strong emphasis on quality of life.  Covenant’s promise is to provide excellence in compassionate care for all people, to broaden and fulfill life’s journey.   For more information, please contact our Dothan office at 794-7847, or visit us at 104 Rock Bridge Road or  

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Myth: All hospice organizations are the same.

Phone: 334-794-7847

Although all hospice programs are

Address: 104 Rock Bridge Road Dothan, Alabama 36303

governed by the same Medicare rules and regulations, hospices are anything but the same.

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Joseph C. Clements, M.D. Mark W. Fisher, M.D. Jonathan G. Vukovich, M.D. John C. Peacock, Jr., M.D.

Robert W. Schuyler, M.D. Alan C. McCool, M.D. J. Jason Phillips, M.D. Bryant F. Williams, III, M.D.

- Our Healthcare Services Include • Adult and Pediatric Urology • ESL for Kidney Stone Treament • Female and Male Urinary Incontinence • Laparoscopic Kidney Surgery • Male Infertility and Vasectomey Reversals • Medical or Surgical Treatment for Impotence • Prostate Ultrasound • daVinci Robotic Prostate Surgery • Vasectomies

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Dr. Clements: Dr. Clements was born in Montgomery Alabama and received his undergraduate degree from Harding University in Searcy Arkansas in 1970. He received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock Arkansas in 1974. He completed his general surgery residency (1975-1976) at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia Pennsylvania and his urology residency (1976-1979) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. Dr. Clements served for ten years in the United States Navy. Dr. Clements joined Urological Associates of Dothan, PA in October 1983.

Dr. Fischer: Dr. Fischer was born in Minot North Dakota. He graduated With Distinction with a degree in Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 1975. He earned a masters degree in medicine from the University of North Dakota in 1977. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham Alabama in 1979. He completed his general surgery internship and urology residency training (1979-1984) at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Rochester Minnesota. Prior to his graduation from college he enlisted into the United States Army because of his belief that everyone should serve our country. Dr. Fischer is a veteran of the Vietnam War and received the Purple Heart in 1970. Dr. Fischer joined Urological Associates of Dothan, PA in July 1984.

Dr. Vukovich: Dr. Vukovich was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin and received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University Evanston Illinois in 1981. He received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School in Madison Wisconsin in 1985. He completed his urology residency (1990-1994) at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth Virginia. He was a Captain in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy Reserve. He was a U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon from July 1986 until March 1988 in San Diego California. Once Dr. Vukovich finished his residency in urology he served as a Staff Urologist at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Pensacola Florida (19941996). After leaving Active Duty in 1996, Dr. Vukovich remained affiliated with the Reserves. He retired from the Navy in October 2009. Dr. Vukovich joined Urological Associates of Dothan, PA in August 1996

Dr. Peacock: Dr. Peacock was born and raised in Blountstown Florida. He received his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville Florida in 1996. He completed his urology residency (19962001) at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock Arkansas. Dr. Peacock is trained in the daVinci Robotic System to perform robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Peacock joined Urological Associates of Dothan, PA in July 2001. Dr. Peacock is certified by the American Board of Urology. Dr. Peacock specializes in male infertility and also performs microscopic vasectomy reversals (vasovasostomy).

Dr. Schuyler: Dr. Schuyler was born in Minneapolis Minnesota and received his undergraduate degree from Berry College in Rome Georgia in 1987. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta Georgia in 1993. He completed his urology residency training (1999-2000) at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Portsmouth Virginia. Dr. Schuyler was in the Navy for eleven years and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has been stationed in Portsmouth Virginia, Guam, and Jacksonville Florida. Dr. Schuyler is trained in the daVinci Robotic System to perform robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Schuyler joined Urological Associates of Dothan, PA in August 2004.

Dr. McCool: Dr. McCool was born in Gadsden Alabama and is a Cum Laude graduate in Biology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham Alabama in 1996. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham Alabama in 2000. He completed his general surgery and urology residency training (2001-2006) at the Indiana School of Medicine in Indianapolis Indiana. Dr. McCool is trained in the daVinci Robotic System to perform robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery. Because of the training he received during his residency, he was instrumental in bringing the first daVinci Robotic System to Dothan Alabama and has performed more robotic assisted surgeries than any other doctor in Dothan. Dr. McCool joined Urological Associates of Dothan, PA in July 2006.

Dr. Phillips: Dr. Phillips was raised in Birmingham Alabama and is a Summa Cum Laude graduate in biomedical sciences from Auburn University in Auburn Alabama in 1998. He graduated Alpha Omega Alpha with his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham Alabama in 2002. He completed his urology residency training (2002-2007) at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem North Carolina. Dr. Phillips is trained in the daVinci Robotic System to perform robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Phillips joined Urological Associates of Dothan, PA in August 2007.

Dr. Williams: Williams was born and raised in Ozark Alabama. He graduated from Carroll High School in 1995. Dr. Williams graduated Magna Cum Laude from BirminghamSouthern College and completed medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham Alabama. He completed his general surgery internship and his urology residency at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville Florida. Dr. Williams is trained in the daVinci Robotic System to perform robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Williams joined Urological Associates of Dothan on July 20, 2009.

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“An Overview of Internet Crimes Against Children” or “Why Worry about Youth Online” The Internet provides youth and adults with access to a wealth of information and educational resources along with the opportunity for collaboration with others around the world. Unfortunately, it also offers inappropriate content and the opportunities for interaction with persons with intent to cause harm. We believe that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages; however, it is critical that we work together to provide a safe environment and teach children ways to protect themselves while on the Internet or employing a wide-variety of electronic devices. Through properlydesigned educational programs, informative dialogue regarding best practices for internet safety fosters an

opportunity to facilitate a safe computing environment. Frameworks for training adults and children coupled with the presentation of relevant, timely materials regarding current trends in electronic communications crafts a highly effective atmosphere for protecting our children. Recent statistics suggest that nearly 2 billion people use the Internet daily. Approximately 12 percent of all internet sites contain pornography, 25% of all search engines requests are for pornography-related materials. In 2010, one in seven youth, ages 10 to 17 received an unsolicited sexual solicitation online. Due to the unparalleled growth of the internet and rapid development of new communications tools, the ability to

control internet content is a distant memory. In 2008, the Troy University IT department launched a community service program with the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. The Cyberkids Internet Safety initiative has met tremendous success. Since the first presentation in 2008, the group has traveled over 36,000 miles and over 90,000 youth and adults have participated in the event. Troy IT staff has spoken at a wide-variety of school, civic and community events. In addition to tailored Cyberkids presentations, the group offers events on identity theft and maintains a public information website,

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Cyberspace Written By: W. Greg Price Chief Technology and Security Officer of Troy University. Director of the Troy University Computer Forensics Institute.

Why do we worry about youth online? Inexperienced or uneducated internet users can fall victim to a wealth of dangerous online encounters. Is your 16-year old online friend truly the child who lives just a few miles away? Are you donating money to a worthy, legitimate effort? Is your computer quietly participating in a complex, global network of malicious computer activity? Has your child employed internet-based communications to harass or bully another child?

The sheer size and nearly exponential growth of users and content produce abundant opportunity for deception. Your 16-year old online friend may be a paroled sex offender living three-hundred miles away; the passionate plea for charitable contributions may be a regional criminal operation; nefarious applications may observe your local computer content; your child may be guilty of launching an online assault of an unsuspecting classmate. Through an innovative presentation, Troy University discusses significant internet content concerns. Chiefly, social networking sites, cyberbullying, sexting and the use of digital photography are addressed. Misunderstood internet concepts such as online anonymity, social network security and legal accountability baffle the most experienced of internet

users; a thorough review of the true nature of these topics is explored. Troy University’s IT department capitalizes on personal compassion for the online safety of youth and the experience of its information security experts to craft a presentation that draws from years of real-life experiences. Troy University houses a state-of-the-art computer forensics institute and lab. The facility serves as a regional training and investigative unit for computerbased crime. Years of field experience has afforded Troy’s presenters a unique perspective into the malicious activities that can result through inappropriate use of technology. Visit Troy University’s web presence for additional information, presentation scheduling and educational resources,

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Sometimes: Less is More! Written by Elizabeth Gulledge, PhD, MSN, RN

What is Childhood Obesity? According to the Department of Health and Human Services (2009) childhood obesity is a serious public health concern. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) considers an additional 15% of children are at risk for becoming overweight. Current measurements of overweight in children consist of body mass index (BMI) at the 85th – 94th percentile and BMI above the 95th percentile designated as obese (CDC, 2009). These staggering statistics suggest a national crisis in children of all age ranges. The Consequences of Childhood Obesity The Institute of Medicine (IOM) advocates that more than 9 million U.S. children, over the age of 6, are overweight. The increase in overweight and obesity in children has also added to the increase in health problems in children. Diseases such as asthma, hypertension, diabetes, orthopedic concerns, and sleep apnea are now a concern (Ludwig, 2007). Being an overweight child or adolescent also adds to the increased risk of developing coronary artery disease. Because of the increase in childhood obesity, children in the United States have a predicted life span less than those of their parents (American Heart Association [AHA], 2009). The health concerns of a lifetime of being overweight or obese are serious; however, there are also socioeconomic, social, and legal consequences associated with a health crisis this serious. Such consequences include: poor school performance, decrease in productivity, social stigma, and the financial burden of increasing health care costs (Morrill & Chinn, 2004). Factors contributing to this rise in childhood obesity include changes in school curriculum and the decrease of physical education classes, parental influences related to poor diet and a lack of exercise, and the increase in technology, i.e., computer and video games.

Helpful Tips for Parents • • • •

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Encourage healthy eating habits Remove tempting , high caloric foods in the home Participate in healthy activities and exercise with your children Talk about healthy eating

What Are the Factors Influencing the Development of Childhood Obesity?

Genetics Particular genetic disorders or illnesses may produce a predisposition to obesity Behaviors Excessive caloric intake Limited physical activity Sedentary behaviors The Environment Influence of the home environment related to food intake and exercise Influence in day cares. Many children spend up to 40 hours per week in a daycare setting. Within the school system. Some schools are developing innovative programs geared toward nutrition. Within the community. This includes the access and availability of healthy foods.

American Heart Association. (2009). Cardiovascular disease cost. Retrieved on January 13, 2011, at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2009). About BMI for children and teens. Retrieved January 13, 2011 from Department of Health and Human Services. Childhood Obesity. Retrieved January 13, 2011, from Institute of Medicine. (2006). Progress in preventing childhood obesity: How do we measure up? Washington, DC: National Academies Press. Ludwig, D. (2007). Childhood obesity-the shape of things to come? The New England Journal of Medicine, 357(23), 2325-2327. Morrill, A., & Chinn, C. (2004). The obesity epidemic in the United States. Journal of Public Health Policy, 25(3/4), 353-366.


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Three Keys to a Child’s Heart

Gum Health for Kids and Teens

By Pastor David Weir

As parents of the Millenial Generation we all feel a tremendous amount of pressure to raise healthy, happy, kids. We want our kids to live good lives. We want them to eat healthy foods, do well in school, be successful in sports, and have good friends. But do these popular areas of focus really produce healthy kids? How should we prioritize these factors of development in our children? I believe the Bible has the answer. The Bible says in Proverbs chapter four and verse twenty-three, that we need to pay attention to our hearts because that’s where the issues of life come from. If we want to live healthy lives, we have to know how to detect the condition of our hearts. If this is true, then it is more important for me to know the hearts of my children than just to fix all their problems. I mean, what if just fixing their problems only magnifies what was at the heart of the issue?

I have found three important keys that have helped me become more aware of the condition of my heart, and the hearts of people I am responsible for:


Really take time to listen to what is being said. Jesus said, “Out of the mouth, the heart speaks”. Bitterness and unforgiveness will always be evident in our words. Let’s help our children hear themselves, and develop a healthy habit of forgiveness. The healthiest, happiest people in the world forgive quickly and ask for forgiveness without making excuses.

2 Evaluate attitudes with the Word of God. Jeremiah 17:9 states that the heart

is deceitful. We cannot just let our kids follow their hearts, we have to evaluate feelings based on the only Truth, the Bible. I read Proverbs everyday and look for attitudes in my life that are unscriptural. This practice keeps me level emotionally, despite the ups and downs of life. We can help our kids do this. They can be incredibly honest with themselves, they just need to know what God says, and not feel condemned.


Make a commitment to memorize Scripture. David said in Psalm 119, “Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You”. The more of God’s Word that our sons and daughters hide in their hearts, the healthier their souls will be. There is a direct correlation between the amount of God’s Word in our hearts and the health of our emotions.

from Dothan Periodontics & Implants

We would like to take the opportunity to be an advocate in your child’s oral health as they grow up and make their way through their teen years. There are a couple major points to consider when is comes to kids and teens • • • • • •

Beware of frequent snacking Brush effectively twice a day Floss once a day Have sealants applied Seek regular dental check-ups Fluoride treatments

Certain things can make teens more likely to develop gum disease. Some may inherit this tendency from their parents. If you have braces, fending off plaque can be tougher. Plus, some medical conditions (including diabetes and Down syndrome) and certain medicines increase the risk of gum disease. Kids and teens have extremely busy schedules these days, which allows them to become run down, this along with an unhealthy diet, getting too little sleep, and too much stress can leave them more vulnerable to infection anywhere in the body, including your gums.

We really need to listen to the hearts of our children. God gives them their own desires and their own gifts. In Malachi the prophet says God will turn the hearts of the fathers towards the children and the hearts of the children towards the fathers, so they will really listen to each other. I believe this prophecy is for us, if we desire it. I believe the other things we desire for our kids, all the things that define a successful life, will easily fall into place, when we develop healthy hearts.

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Marie Conquers Severe Aplastic Anemia with the Help of Children’s Hospital At a time when most children were focused on learning their ABCs, Marie McCormick was fighting for her life. She was just 5 years old when she started feeling ill. She was tired, and she bruised easily. Her parents, Anna and Heath, took her to the pediatrician several times, but nothing appeared seriously wrong. That changed one morning in August of 2007. “Marie woke up coughing and struggling to breathe, so we took her to the emergency department of our local hospital,” Anna remembers. “They did bloodwork and found that she had an alarmingly low blood platelet count. They told us to take her to Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham.” After a month of testing, doctors gave the McCormicks the diagnosis: Marie was suffering from Severe Aplastic Anemia. Aplastic anemia occurs when the bone marrow produces too few of all types of blood cells (red cells, white cells and platelets). A reduced number of red blood cells causes the hemoglobin (a type of protein in the red blood cells that carries oxygen to the tissues of the body) to drop; a reduced number of white blood cells causes the patient to be susceptible to infection; and a reduced number of platelets can cause the blood not to clot as easily. Aplastic anemia is a serious illness, and treatment may include one or more of the following: blood transfusion; preventative antibiotic therapy; meticulous handwashing; special care to food preparation; medications to stimulate the bone marrow to produce cells; immunosuppressive therapy; and hormones. “Marie endured almost eight months of blood transfusions, steroids and other medications, and that was hard on her and the whole family – including our son, Daniel,” says Anna. “Then Marie’s doctors told us her best chance for long-term

survival was a stem cell. “Up until that point, I think the reality that she was seriously ill had just not sunk in. We had been thinking, ‘Just give her some medicine and let’s go home.’ But now we had to face up to the decision that Marie could die without a bone marrow transplant. Of course, we decided to move forward.” Fortunately, a near-perfect non-related donor was quickly identified. “Marie went back to Children’s on May 22, 2008, and received her transplant,” Anna explains. “She was hospitalized for 30 days, and basically was treated like a cancer patient – chemotherapy, radiation, the whole nine yards. She lost her hair and was very ill, but Marie is a trooper. Today, she is definitely a stronger little girl than before her illness. Whatever you throw at her, she can handle!” In addition to the life-saving stem cell transplant technology, Anna says she was impressed by the compassion of the Children’s Hospital doctors and other caregivers. “The doctors really took their time with Marie and treated her like a little princess,” she says. “Even when she had reactions to her medications, they made sure they had something to counteract it. “And they listen. When there was something that bothered Marie, they really made an effort to change the treatment or delivery of

medicines when they could. They don’t like it when a child is sad – they want their patients to be happy.” Anna says Marie was cheered by the activities provided at Children’s while she was hospitalized. “One lady would come to one of the playrooms with her harp and play soothing music for the children, and they really seemed to enjoy that.” When Marie needed physical therapy to help strengthen her bones after chemo and radiation, her therapists knew just the way to encourage her to exercise properly. “They had a little room filled with very nice toys and, at the end of a hard week of therapy, Marie could choose a toy as her reward. She was so happy with her 12 Dancing Princesses Barbie!” Today, the illness, treatments and physical therapy are all behind Marie. “Now she is just a typically functioning 9-year-old who works hard at school,” Anna says.

“The care Marie received at Children’s saved our little girl’s life.”

To learn more about Marie, visit

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Caring for you where your roots are planted….. Glenn is a 67 year old grandfather who has begun to have a hard time getting around and doing the things that he loved. He loves to go fishing with his grandsons and play golf several times weekly. He started having hip pain and elected to see a local orthopedic physician. Glenn had to have a hip replacement due to severe osteoarthritis and hip pain. After his surgery, Glenn wanted to go home for his aftercare to include nursing to check his incision and physical therapy for mobility and gait training.

What is home health care?

Imagine a nurse or therapist bringing you skilled care at home while teaching you how to live more independently so you can stay in your home. That’s what Dale Medical Center Home Health is all about. Our services can help you rehabilitate from medical events like stroke or surgery. We can also help you manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, COPD or arthritis. Simply put, Dale Medical Center Home Health has over 75 years of nursing home health experience and 25 years of certified home health aide experience to ensure that your are receiving quality care.

“We are here to help you recover, remain at home, and live your life to its fullest.” Plan of Care

Dale Medical Center Home Health professionals perform an admission assessment and then develop an individualized plan of care for your specific needs. They regularly review your plan of care and promptly inform your physician of any changes in your condition that may call for alterations in the plan of care, with you and your caregivers also being educated about the plan of care. The nurse will contact you to schedule the first visit, usually within 24 to 48 hours after you are released from the hospital or your physician contacts our office with your need for assistance. The frequency of home health visits will depend on your doctor’s orders and your health status. Our staff is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, to meet your needs.

“We thank you for your support and care during the time that my mother was in Ozark. Your attention and care, physical therapy and the visiting nurse were exemplary”

How can home health benefit me or my loved one? • Quicker recovery time in the home setting • Convenience of regularly scheduled visits without leaving home • Privacy of care in the home rather than an office or exam room • Comfort of being in a familiar and safe place • Cost-effective when compared with long-term hospitalization or nursing home stay Are home health visits covered under Medicare? Yes, if the following conditions are met: • The patient’s physician has requested home health care and established a plan of care • The agency is Medicare certified • The patient cannot leave home without assistance • The patient requires nursing care, physical therapy or speech therapy that is reasonable and necessary throughout the patient’s episode of care What services do we provide? • Skilled nursing • Physical therapy • Speech therapy • Medical social worker • Certified home health aides • Dietician consultation

Glenn recovered from his surgery without complications. He had the nurses come to his home and assess his incision and pain until his wounds were healed and pain controlled. The physical therapist came to his home several times weekly assisting him with mobility and gait training. Glenn is grateful that he elected to have Dale Medical Center Home Health to care for him after his surgery and during his recovery. Contact us to learn more about how Dale Medical Center Home Health can help you or your loved one. *Dale * Houston * Barbour * Geneva * Coffee * Pike * Henry 334-774-0750 • Dale Medical Center Home Health is Joint Commission Accredited. Simply put, we must exceed national standards set by the Joint Commission, and we are committed to providing high quality and safe care to our patients.

Dale Medical Center Home Health has been designated Homecare ELITE and awarded a position in the top 500 homecare agencies in the US in 2010.


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Dale Medical Center Home Health is a participating home health care agency of Home Health Quality Improvement Team and strives on providing quality care to patients.

OTOLARYNGOLOGISTS: Timothy H Gannon, MD Steven D Harris, MD F Kent Nunnally, MD, FACS Warren Rollins, MD Joe Frank Smith, MD, FACS, FARS ALLERGY-IMMUNOLOGIST: Paul C Motta, DO, FAAAAI PHYSICAL THERAPIST: Christopher Wash, RPT AUDIOLOGIST: Julie Ann Rikard, AuD, CCC-A Gracie Herndon, AuD, CCC-A


tolaryngology (pronounced oh/toe/lair/in/goll/oh/jee) is the oldest medical specialty in the United States. Otolaryngologists are physicians trained in the medical and surgical management and treatment of patients with diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat (ENT), and related structures of the head and neck. They are commonly referred to as ENT physicians. Their special skills include diagnosing and managing diseases of the sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity, and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. Otolaryngologists diagnose, treat, and manage specialty-specific disorders as well as many primary care problems in both children and adults. Our professional medical staff consists of six otolaryngology head and neck surgeons, one allergy-immunologist, three

audiologists, and one physical therapist We have two convenient locations in Dothan, Alabama to better serve our patients’ needs!


• Allergy and asthma • Hearing evaluations / Hearing aid sales and service • Customized rehabilitation program for dizzy patients • Nasal endoscopy with sinus cultures • Direct laryngoscopy with biopsy of suspicious voicebox lesions • Removal of ear wax • Fine needle biopsies of neck masses • Laryngeal video stroboscopy (for people with voice problems)

SURGICAL SERVICES: Including but not limited to: • • • • • •

Myringotomy and Tubes Tonsilectomy/Adenoidectomy Computer-assisted and laser functional endoscopic sinus surgery Nasal septal surgery Submucous resection and laser reduction of the nasal turbinates Surgery of the thyroid gland

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Salivary gland surgery (parotid and submandibular gland) Tympanoplasty-repair of eardrum hole Mastoidectomy (for chronic, draining ears) Vocal cord microsurgery Cancer of the head and neck surgery Laser surgery Snoring and sleep apnea surgery

helpful info Phone: 334-671-2855 Website:

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Recover at Home with Home Health Care from CareSouth You Have a Choice

Many years ago, recovery from major surgery, illness or serious injury meant facing an extended stay in a hospital or rehabilitation facility. Today, patients have another option – home health care. Home health care, usually less expensive than hospitalization, allows patients to recover in the privacy and convenience of their own homes, where most people are more comfortable. Studies have shown that most patients recover more quickly in the familiar surroundings of home. CareSouth Homecare Professionals provide home health care services, including skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, certified home health aide and medical social worker services. Our goals for our patients are to help them remain at home, to improve function, to allow them to live with greater independence, and to help them reach their highest level of wellbeing possible. A CareSouth Patient’s Perspective – Mr. S Mr. ‘S’ was concerned about the prospect of going home from the hospital alone. As a senior adult recovering from major hip surgery, he was given a choice to either check into another division of the hospital for rehabilitation for a week or return home and enlist the services of a home health care agency. He chose home health care with CareSouth Homecare Professionals. “They came in for two weeks. A physical therapist and a registered nurse helped with prescriptions, gave me exercises, answered questions . . . The real beauty of CareSouth was when I had questions when no one was here. I would call their office and they would literally go overboard to make sure my question was answered or my need was satisfied.” CareSouth is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC). For more information, please call CareSouth Homecare Professionals in Dothan, Alabama at 334-793-5758 or toll free at 1-800-289-8334 or visit us online at

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Faith & Family

By: Pastor Mike Foreman First Baptist Church Level Plains, AL

Take Courage When physical illnesses arise in your life how should you respond? A few years ago in one of the churches that I pastored, one of our members was struck with a severe stroke. This poor saint of God’s life was instantaneously changed in a matter of a few minutes. She was unable to walk, move one side of her body, and perhaps most frustrating, unable to speak. Can you imagine having all your facilities and not being able to communicate with them? Over the next few weeks, as she was recovering she was faced with another serious illness; however, this time it wasn’t physical but psychological – we call it depression. One day as I was visiting with her, she confessed that she wasn’t doing well physically or emotionally. Her recovery was impeded because she didn’t feel like doing anything, she just felt like giving up. I was uncertain what to say to her; after all I’m certainly not a doctor and I didn’t want to contradict the professionals. After much prayer and searching the Scriptures I told her to listen to some praise music every time she began to feel despair. After a few weeks it was obvious that she was getting better. What made the difference? Before I tell you the outcome let me explain something to you. I don’t believe praise music is a cure all prescription for what ails you. In this instance, listening to praise music was a means-to-an-end. I simply wanted to refocus her attention. Why? Here’s the truth that I discovered from the Bible, when you have a determination to get better it helps bring healing. Proverbs 18:14 says; “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, 26

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but who can bear a broken spirit?” (NKJV) The word “spirit” is the word for determination and in modern jargon we would say that it means to have a “will to live or a desire to go on living.” When physical illnesses attack we need to set our minds on getting better and pressing forward, not allowing the illness to take us under. The word “sustain” is another word for endure. When we are sick, and determined to get better, it helps us to endure the struggle and pains of our illness. The word “broken” is a word that means grieved or wearied. When your spirit is broken and you lose hope, your healing process is hindered. Finally, the word “bear” has the idea of carry a weight or heavy load. When our spirit is broken we cannot bear up under the heavy load of sickness and it overcomes us. Now I am not saying that we need to speak a “positive confession” over ourselves as some preach in this modern day on television and radio. But I am saying that having a positive attitude is an aide to the healing process and having a defeated attitude is a hindrance to our healing process. I will explain more later. So how then should we respond and what was it that helped the church member I referred to earlier heal and get better? I believe, with all that is in me, that it was ultimately faith in God that did its work in the heart to change her attitude. The heart that is broken has nothing within itself to change its circumstances. We must look without to find any real hope if we are to overcome. Here’s a wonderful truth; God desires to love you and walk with you in your times of struggle. He desires to give you strength in the midst of your weakness. But

“The spirit of a man will sustain

him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?” Proverbs 18:14

it doesn’t happen automatically. Why did I suggest that a physically and psychologically sick person listen to praise music? I knew that if I could get her to focus her attention off of herself and on God she would find hope and healing in Him. See, the positive attitude is one that realizes its dependence upon God and finds true joy and peace in Him regardless of what the circumstances of life may bring. Although God promises to love and walk with you through life’s tough times, it does require a commitment on your part. According to the Bible

we all have a much greater illness than a stroke, heart attack, or even cancer. The Bible calls it sin (Romans 3:23; 6:23) and sin is destructive and divisive. In order to offer healing to those of us in sin, God sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross as payment for that sin and raised Him up again on the third day to prove His love. If we want this sin removed we must ask God to forgive us of it- then surrender our lives to Him by believing that what Jesus Christ His Son did, He did for us. Only after this will we be able to take courage in the hope that was without.

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Faith & Family The words that we speak absolutely set the tone for the outcomes of our life. Jesus said in Mark 4 that the words we speak are seeds. When we speak words, they immediately disappear into a realm that most of us understand as the supernatural or the spiritual realm. These words immediately become seeds and are sown into the harvest system of God. The book of Proverbs declares that life and death are in the power of the tongue. James writes in his epistle that if you can figure out how to control your tongue then you can be a perfect man. These are very bold statements about the power of this small member of our body. When we speak words in the natural realm, there is an immediate response in the spiritual. We have angels that are waiting on us to declare words so that they can carry our seed to and from the spiritual soil (YHVH). This is why we have to be so particular about what comes out of our mouth. Jesus was not trying to burden us with rules when He gave us the guidelines during the Sermon on the Mount. He was trying to make us aware of the fact that if we listened to what He was saying, then we would experience life and life more abundantly. In Matthew 12, Jesus tells us that it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks. It is extremely vital that we have our hearts filled with good things so that we are constantly declaring good things.


The Good, The Bad, And

The Idle Jesus went on to say in Matthew 12 that we would not only be judged for the good and bad words, but we would also be judged for the idle words. The word idle in the Greek is the word argos. It means unemployed, lazy, and useless. This is why it is so crucial that we realize the power that is in our words. We are made in the image and likeness of God. The way God created things in Genesis 1 was by speaking things. By being in His image and likeness we also have the authority to create by our words. The reason a lot of bad things happen to righteous people is because righteous people have not understood the power of their words. “Tickle me to death” “I feel like my head is about to bust wide open” I almost laughed my head off ”. Although these are all unemployed, lazy, and useless words we have to realize that the spiritual world is still reacting because the image of God is speaking. Righteous people are no longer perishing because of the harvest of sin. The cause of death now is the same cause that was spoken in the book of Hosea in chapter 4. “My people are destroyed for knowledge.” lack of knowledge.” Written by Cody Shelton

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Selfishness Sins We Have Come to Tolerate:

Article written by Richard O’ Connor, Minister, BS Secondary Education and Masters Degree in Ministry

Have you noticed how our world, society and even our churches have come to accept certain bad behaviors as the “norm”? We look at certain sins and since everyone seems to be “doing it” – we simply go along and treat them as accepted behaviors. I think that God would tell us that such thinking will lead us down a very dangerous path. Many of these “tolerated” sins of which we and others are guilty are more serious than we might like to think. Now we need to realize that God will forgive us of these sins – but He also will help us to walk more closely to Him and overcome these sins. In this first article we will be talking about the sin of selfishness – and if you think this one’s NOT for you – you just proved that it is! Many Bible characters such as Cain, Ahab, David, James & John and the elder brother of Luke 15 point to the fact that selfishness can affect us all and lead us down a treacherous life path. So how do we, as Christians, overcome a selfish attitude? The Bible, in Philippians 2:1-11, charts a proven course for us to follow in order to leave a life of selfishness. Please take a minute to read that passage right now. Having read the text, let’s examine three ways we can overcome selfishness and truly become what God wants us to be.

1. Deny Self

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves (Phil. 2:34). Ever watch a group of kids around a box of toys? They don’t want what’s in the box nor do they want what they have in their hand…they want what the other kid has (even if they haven’t played

with it for a year). Why? Because they are selfish. They haven’t been trained or haven’t yet learned the lesson of sharing. It’s understandable when the children are 3 but when they are 33 or 43 or 63 or 83, not so much. Denying self is a prerequisite to becoming a disciple of Jesus: “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).But just stating the verses doesn’t make it happen – just hearing a sermon or sitting in a Bible class doesn’t change my selfish ways. It starts with a change of mind or heart …we call that repentance. Remember the boy in Matthew 21? His father made a request of him, “Son, go, work today in my vineyard. The boy answered and said, ‘I won’t’, but afterward repented and went” (Matthew 21:28-29). He decided the mature thing was to look to the interest of others. Sometimes we are so consumed with how the world treats “me”, how my family treats “me”, how the church treats “me”, etc. that we lose sight of the fact that God has called us not to focus solely on self but on the welfare of others as well.

2. Be a Servant

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant…” (Phil. 2:5-7). Jesus came to earth not for fame or fortune or position and honor. “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…” (Matt.20:28). While everyone around Him wanted positions of honor (even His own disciples), Jesus sought to serve.

Isn’t that why he washed the disciples’ feet in John 13? He was teaching them that the greatest in the kingdom doesn’t wait to be served but denies self and accepts the role of a servant.

3. Be Willing to Sacrifice

“And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!” (Phil. 2:8). Jesus’ mindset was “I’m not coming to be God – “I’m coming to do the will of God.” The mindset of most people is “let me get all I can”. Jesus thought like this: “Let me give all I can.” And that’s what He did. Have you read an account of the beating, mocking and crucifixion of our Lord Jesus lately? The spitting, the mocking, the crown, the laughter, the whipping, the nails, they all point to sacrifice. He deserved none of it, but He willingly sacrificed his life for ours to fulfill God’s plan. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Now doesn’t all that make our selfishness even more pitiful? We make comments like, “I want what I want.” “I’ll do what I want to do.” “I want a family that waits on me.” “A workplace that always takes my ideas.” “A church that serves me.” And yet, if Jesus had taken our selfish attitude He would have stayed in heaven, we would still be lost in our sins and all we would have to look forward to is a miserable existence here and an eternity of torment.

As Christians, we must trust in God to work daily on our selfish attitudes for it is only then that God and others will begin to see Christ in us. Community Wellness Guide


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As a periodontist treating a wide range of patients I am often asked “Isn’t tooth loss a normal part of aging?” In years past, I could have answered this question as simply yes, but today I see many patients who have all of their teeth well into their ninth decade of life! Many improvements have occurred in dentistry over the past thirty or so years. These include community water fluoridation, which dramatically reduces childhood tooth decay; greatly improved awareness of the need for excellent daily dental hygiene, great improvements in dental materials; improved root canals; and vastly improved treatments for periodontitis (pyorrhea). Still tooth loss occurs due to decay, untreated periodontal dis e as es, to ot h

f rac tures, and other unfortunate events. Many people lose some or all of their teeth in past years and get by with bridges, removable partial dentures (plates), or dentures. Tooth loss affects people in various ways. Many have a significant loss of self esteem and become withdrawn. Others lose their ability to eat a well balances diet because their false teeth make them unable to chew hearty foods. Other just complain that their partial and dentures make their mouth uncomfortable and are difficult to clean. Fortunately one of the advances in dentistry is the procedure called dental implantology. Dental implants are artificial roots that are “implanted” into the jaw bone allowing anchorage of individual teeth all the way up to the permanent full sets of teeth. The remarkable device was first reported in its modern form in the early 1960s. The predictability of dental implants is nothing short of astounding with most experienced dentists reporting success rates of over 95 percent. Implants really took off in North America in the late 1980s when twenty year follow ups were reported from the original work done in Scandinavia. Since then we have seen many improvements both in the material sciences of the implants themselves as well as the techniques for building teeth on them. This Evolution of Excellence has dramatically reduced the aggravations patients had with early dental implants. Treatment times, once very long, have been dramatically shortened, surgical procedures have much reduced stressed and discomfort, and the final prosthesis (teeth) are more natural, long lasting, and largely trouble free. When I first started placing implants in Dothan 23 years ago, we had few options for single

missing teeth, now we can often extract a failing tooth, place the implants the same day, and often times place a permanent temporary the same day. Gone are the days of wearing an uncomfortable temporary partial while implants mature for the majority of our patients. Back when I started if teeth were removed, we waited six months to a year before placing implants then waited three to six more months for them to mature then made their teeth. Even then the aggravation would continue with the teeth often becoming loose. Today implant surgery typically takes less than an hour, is done in the office, with either numbing alone or numbing with a twilight sleep experience. Patients leave with teeth (especially front teeth) and are usually back at work the next day. Implants typically mature in six to eight weeks and at that time the permanent

teeth can be fabricated. Yesterday, we had to place implants where there was bone, and if there wasn’t enough bone, we couldn’t do the procedure. This resulted in poor placement of implants making tooth fabrication difficult a good esthetics nearly impossible. Today, if there is not bone where the implant should be placed, we encourage bone to grow there. This change allows us to place implants in ideal locations making the tooth building process much easier and more predictable. This leads to beautiful teeth that function perfectly with no “loosening” or breakage. One of the incredible changes in dental implantology is the evolution of the full jaw implant prosthesis. What was once a difficult and aggravating procedure has become a routine. We often place as few implants in a jaw and place a permanent full set of teeth the same day!


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Community Focus

The Wiregrass

Museum of Art

In 1913, the Municipal Light and Water Plant began generating power for the citizens of Dothan. Three coalfired generators (4,500 kilowatts combined) and a million-gallon ground water storage tank fed the needs of a rapidly growing population. Today, the old Power House generates a new kind of power – a creative energy inspiring new generations with exhibitions of fine art, art workshops, intimate concerts, art film screenings and more. The historic site is home to the Wiregrass Museum of Art, which maintains one of the finest collections of Southeastern Contemporary Art. The structure’s hand-hewn wood trusses, turn-of-the century brickwork and soaring ceilings provide an inspiring backdrop to the Museum’s paintings, photographs, sculptures and video installations. Children can explore an innovative hands-on gallery featuring a colorful graffiti wall and kinetic video screen. The Power House is also a great place to begin a walking tour of the city’s colorful outdoor murals, which depict the history and heritage of the Wiregrass Region.


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Schedule of Exhibitions and Events

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The Wiregrass Museum of Art at the Power House is a model of collaboration between public and private entities. In the late 80’s, private citizens and public officials identified the need for an art museum within the city of Dothan. For some, the Museum was the answer to a dearth of cultural options, for others, it offered a tool that could boost the local economy and restore a blighted downtown to better health. For h u n d r e d s of area school children, the Museum became their first, and often their only, exposure to the visual arts. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 – 5 and late on Thursdays ‘til. 9 p.m. Admission to the galleries is always free. Most Thursday evenings you’ll discover a different program including film screenings, singer/songwriters concerts, art workshops or new exhibitions. It’s also a fun place to meet friends for a glass of wine before dinner at a downtown restaurant. It’s a leisurely environment that takes the edge off a day of work. The latest art books and magazines are laying around for perusal. Music is playing. Works of art surround you, challenging you mentally and inspiring you visually. It’s a new kind of energy, and it’s emanating from the city’s 100-year-old Power House.

ON VIEW Wiregrass Museum of Art presents ongoing and temporary exhibitions of Contemporary Art. All exhibitions organized by WMA unless otherwise noted. Admission is free! 20.20, Ongoing in 2011 | Entrance Gallery Twenty works representing the Museum’s permanent collection are on exhibit in recognition of the Museum’s 20th anniversary. See watercolors by Charles Russell, wood sculpture by Alabama Artist Dale Lewis, paintings by Dothan’s Dale Kennington and much more. Youth Art Month, Mar 1 - Apr 2, Coleman, Main Galleries The artistic efforts of area students are celebrated in this exhibition. Sponsors: Friend Bank, Dr. John Flowers, Jr. Miniworks, June 3 – Oct, Atrium Gallery See how artists have created art no larger than the size of a dollar bill. On loan from Jacksonville State University Dept of Art. Toys.Art.Us, Mar 29 - July 30 | Dove Galleries Southeastern Contemporary Artists take a playful approach to creating the “art toys” in this exhibition. ON SCREEN Screenings of thought provoking films paired with a dinner and commentary from film aficionados. Dinner included; cash bar. $25/person; $20/member. Visit online for film ratings and details. Thursday, July 21| 6:30p, “The Royal Tenenbaums” Thursday, Nov 17 | 6:30p, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” ON STAGE Performances by regional and local musicians, many playing original work. Cash bar. Thursday, June 16, 6:30 - 8p, Singer/Songwriter Night: TBA. $15/person; $10/member. Thursday, August 18, 6:30 - 8p, Singer/Songwriter Night: TBA. $15/person; $10/member. Saturday, August 27, 6 – midnight, Yard Party for Art. Outdoor concert and fundraiser. $20/person; $15 advance. Thursday, October 20, 6:30 - 8p, Singer/Songwriter Night: “Gal Holiday and the Honky-tonk Revue”. $15/person; $10/member. ONGOING Sip-n-Make, art workshops for adults. Enjoy learning the basics of art while reproducing a work of art from the permanent collection. Cash bar. $18/person; $15/ member. Thursdays, Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5. Arty Pants for toddlers and their parents and grandparents; supplies included. Fridays at 10:30; Mar 4, 11, 18, 25; May 6, 13, 20, 27. Public Discussions, Thursdays at 6 p.m. April 14 (see details below), June 9, July 14, Aug 11, Sep 8. Free. Family Art-Making Workshops. Monthly, first Saturdays at 10:30am and fourth Thursdays at 5pm; all ages welcome; supplies included. Free. Art Classes and Studio Visits. Wednesday mornings, 10 noon. Call or visit online for schedule. Murals of the Wiregrass. Colorful outdoor murals depict the heritage of the Wiregrass Region. WMA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to caring for a collection of Contemporary Art and to providing art education for the citizens of the Wiregrass Region. Murals of the Wiregrass is a program of WMA. Funding is received through the City of Dothan, the Houston County Commission, Alabama State Council on the Arts, memberships and contributions. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. The Power House may be rented for private events. Call the special events manager today at 334-794-3871.

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SkyCruise Balloon Flights It’s Friday evening and the weekend is finally here. I ‘m excited about what tomorrow will bring. I am going up in a hot air balloon and tonight seems just like Christmas Eve. You know, all the excitement of tomorrow is building and I’m anxious with anticipation. I check the weather again (for the 12th time). It looks good. The flight is a go. This will be my 681st flight. I know because I’m the pilot and I keep a log book of each and every flight and tomorrow’s flight will be just as much fun as the first one I took 19 years ago. One final call to tomorrow’s passengers to let them know that everything looks good and we will meet at 6:00 AM at the Wiregrass Balloonport in Headland, AL. Saturday morning arrives and just as predicted, the weather is beautiful. The sun will rise in 20 minutes and so will our hot air balloon. I meet my chase crew and after a 10 minute briefing on the upcoming flight, the passengers arrive. After everyone meets each other , we have a mandatory safety briefing and outline what to expect today. Now comes the fun. We unload the balloon from the truck and start the inflation. The balloon is laid out on the ground and filled with cold air to separate the fabric and allow the hot air in without burning anything. Once cold inflated the burner is ignited and the flame (40 feet long) fills the balloon with hot air and it starts to rise to its upright position. Now we are ready to fly. Passengers are loaded, briefed and then liftoff. What a wonderful feeling as we ascend into the sky above the Headland Airport and drift in the direction the wind takes us. The passengers are WOWED. This is a new experience for them and everyone is all smiles, including me. We spend the next hour in Wonderland as we talk about the experience and different things that we see. There is the water tower

in downtown Headland, the baseball fields, the highway with cars stopping and taking pictures. We fly over several subdivisions as the residents come out and greet us with a “HELLO”. We fly high over the livestock and poultry houses so as to not disturb them. We see deer running through the woods and many different birds. There is even a local airplane pilot flying around and we take some wonderful pictures. As we near the end of the flight, we find a beautiful grass pasture in our path for us to make our landing. The descent is nice and easy and we make a gentle stand up landing. The Chase Crew is there waiting for us to land and the residents of the nearest home come out and greet us and help pack up. As is tradition with every hot air balloon flight, we celebrate with a Champagne Ceremony, Mimosas and local food catered by 2 Farmers Daughters. As we indulge in the local cuisine we share stories about the flight and how much fun we had. The passengers each leave with a SkyCruise Balloon Flights Champagne Glass and memories that will last for years. Although I have been flying balloons for many years, I remember something special about each flight and every passenger. I wonder what they say as they are leaving. Oh well, another beautiful flight is done and I need to get ready for the afternoon flight. Lets do it again.

The Balloonist’s Prayer is how we end our flight: The Winds have welcomed you with softness, The sun has blessed you with warm hands You have flown so high and so well That God has joined you in your laughter And set you gently back Into the loving arms of Mother Earth. Pete Crews Chief Pilot/Owner SkyCruise Balloon Flights LLC

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The 22nd Annual Spirit of Service Day was held Saturday, April 9, 2011. Houston County’s Spirit of Service Day first began in 1990 after then Houston County Commission Chairman Robert Crowder learned about the activity while visiting Montgomery County, Maryland. Upon his return to Houston County, he formed a Spirit of Service Core Committee and the first event was held September 22, 1990. The day was initially coordinated by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Since 1996, the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce has coordinated the activities. Through the Spirit of Service Task Force, the event planning and coordination is a year-long effort. This year’s Spirit of Service Task Force is being chaired by Mayor Mike Schmitz, City of Dothan. The Task Force represents individuals from government, business and civic groups throughout Houston County. “Spirit of Service is a day designed to give everyone in Houston County the opportunity to volunteer,” said Linda Kelley, Chamber’s director of community development and Spirit of Service coordinator. In the “spirit of service,” there is something that every business, school, civic organization or special interest group can accomplish for the betterment of Houston County. Project may include anything from large beautification efforts to meeting the needs of an individual or family. Among the projects needing volunteers are Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity has three project: Paint Program for low income seniors, new construction house and the wheelchair ramp. Other projects needing volunteers are the Wiregrass Area Food Bank, the Downtown Group, Landmark Park and the Salvation Army.

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Delivering data and precision when there’s no room for error

The healthcare field is going through an enormous technological shift. Electronic Health Records (EHR), the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN) initiative, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) legislation demand better communication and protection of critical patient data. And you are expected to invest in technology even as you face pressures to reduce costs. Scenario A middle aged woman, suffering from severe chest and back pain is rushed to an emergency room in rural Alabama. Doctors suspect she has suffered an abdominal aortic aneurysm but want to consult first with a vascular surgeon at the University Heart Center. Within minutes, the University Heart Specialist reviews the woman’s angiogram, examines her by video conference and recommends that an endovascular procedure take place immediately. The operation is a success, thanks in no small part to the ability to gain access to an expert hundreds of miles away. While this scenario is fictional, reallife situations like this frequently occur throughout the world as health care providers continue to rely on more advanced communication technologies for diagnosis and treatment of patients, regardless of their location. Better Networks for Better Treatments Tr a d i t i o n a l telecommunications technologies, such as T-1 circuits offered by incumbent telephone companies, are proving to be inadequate to support the high-bandwidth requirements for digitized on-screen diagnoses and other health services, including electronic health records (EHR) management. These copperbased networks lack the efficiencies and scalability of high-speed, high- bandwidth, wholly-owned fiber-rich networks that can better transmit and store these digital records by using robust Ethernet-based network services. Your lifeline to a secure healthcare network Your Time Warner Cable Business Class Account Representative can help you implement a data network solution to easily transfer and manage patient records, so physicians and administrators can concentrate on improved patient care. Our


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secure, highly redundant network is your lifeline to: Electronic Health Records: Our unique network infrastructure and regional ring topology provide unprecedented network bandwidth and the flexibility to scale as needed for EHR and NHIN. Privacy Protection: Leverage our network infrastructure and managed security solutions, so you can securely transmit patient information through a network and address healthcare regulations. Pricing Flexibility: Since our network is independent and wholly owned, we can provide the bandwidth you need with a simple, cost-effective data solution. The Drive to Electronic Health Records In an effort to improve the nation’s healthcare system through technological innovation, the government expects widespread adoption of EHRs by 2014. In 2005 alone, use of EHR in officebased practices increased 24%. (*Source: Information Management Journal, Jul/Aug 2006 by Swartz, Nikki). Your Technology Lifeline Your local Time Warner Cable Business Class Account Representative will help you tailor the best solution for your unique needs. And regardless of which you choose we have the infrastructure and local people in place to implement it quickly and without disruption. Call 866.689.3678 today and get a lifeline to the advanced communications that keep records safe and accurate, and patients better cared for or visit

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Amputation is not the end of life as you know it What to expect when being Will I be able to use my prosthesis fitted for a prosthesis the same way I used my natural Becoming an amputee is a life limb? changing event. In addition to dealing with natural grieving issues there is also now the task of learning what to expect. The following are a few questions and answers to help transition you into your life as an amputee.

Who Can Provide Prosthetic Information?

If you’ve had an amputation, or are about to have an amputation, you most likely have a lot of questions about prosthetics. Board Certified Prosthetists are skilled professionals that measure, design, fabricate, fit and care for your prosthesis. They are trained to provide answers to frequently asked questions. When possible, I encourage you to seek the advice of this resource prior to surgery and definitely as soon as possible after amputation.

Why do people amputation surgery?


Amputation surgery removes a limb that’s seriously threatening your life, but is performed only when other treatments aren’t working or possible. Most amputations are performed because blood supply to the leg is blocked from a condition called peripheral vascular disease (PVD). Risk factors influencing PVD development include: • Diabetes • Smoking • High cholesterol • Hypertension • Family history • Obesity

In many ways, yes! Although a prosthesis will never completely replace your natural limb, it can allow you to do many things you were able to do prior to amputation. Patients with amputations below the knee do well and have the least difficulty returning to former lifestyles. Patients with amputations above the knee proceed more slowly but can return to former lifestyles. Patients with upper extremity amputations success varies, depending on personal desires and specific needs.

What are the first steps to getting a prosthesis?

Follow your rehab team’s recommendations to prepare your limb for prosthetic use. You need to manage swelling, maintain proper positioning, improve flexibility and strength with prescribed exercises, and prepare your limb for pressure tolerance. You’ll receive instructions from your physical or occupational therapist soon after your surgery. After receiving the appropriate prescription from your physician, you will be measured and a mold of your residual limb is taken to make a prosthetic socket. The prosthesis is designed and proper components are selected. You will be fit with your prosthesis and instructed on how to use and care for the prosthesis.

How long after amputation can I be fitted with a prosthesis? Once you are discharged from the hospital, and with careful monitoring and

care of the wound, fitting can begin after the sutures are removed and compression is properly applied. Most amputees are ready for a prosthesis prescription 4-8 weeks after amputation, but it may be longer depending on your medical condition. Be sure to follow instructions from your doctor, physical therapist, occupational therapist and Prosthetist to ensure the process flows as quickly as possible

How soon will I be walking?

Using up to date technology and techniques, including total surface bearing systems, you will be walking immediately after fit and alignment have been established. For a new amputee walking for the first time is a very new and different experience. We advocate a slow and steady introduction into walking. We want the patient to gradually increase the amount of wear time so they can get accustomed to wearing a prosthesis. This allows the patient to become very aware of when changes to the residual happen. After a couple of weeks of the introduction wearing schedule the new amputee should be capable of wearing the prosthesis for many hours at a time.

What if the prosthesis doesn’t fit correctly? You will need several visits for adjustments and training. These adjustments can help ease pressure areas, improve alignment, solve problems that are encountered, and aid in regaining skills. A prosthesis should not be uncomfortable, too loose or tight, or causing any skin issues such as blisters. Ask questions and speak honestly about your needs.

Communicating with My Prosthetists!

It is also extremely important to understand that you, the patient, must voice your concerns and questions when working with your Prosthetist. An open line of communication must be established so both the patient and the practitioner understands what is expected. Quite simply put, there are no dumb questions. Make sure you understand your options by asking questions and learn to become your own best advocate. Your Prosthetist should work with you to both educate you as well as fit you. If you feel that is not happening you have the right to go anywhere you would like to obtain your prosthetic care. This is going to be a lifelong relationship so it is important that your Prosthetist meets your needs in both quality of care as well as knowing they truly have your well being in mind. Dothan Brace Shop will be with you every step of the way. We strive for patient satisfaction and pride ourselves on the amount of attention and care all of our patients receive. You, your comfort and your success are our top priorities.

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Choices in Home Health and Hospice Article submitted by Alacare


hances are good that at some time in your life, you or someone you love is going to need home health or hospice care. Selecting the correct agency and type of care is an important decision, but by doing a little research you can find quality care that’s professional, reliable, and compassionate. Choosing a Home Health Agency Look at the agency’s history. An agency should gladly supply references from other patients or referring physicians. Quality comparative measures that healthcare providers can use to evaluate their level of compliance against state and national standards are available from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). You can check out any home care agency’s patient outcomes by going to and clicking on “Home Health Compare” or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE. Ask questions about the people working for the agency. All employees should have the proper certification and licensure for the duties they perform, and the agency should perform background checks to ensure that all employees are qualified. Healthcare is an everchanging business, so a home health agency should require its workers to undergo continuing education. Be sure the provider you choose is certified by Medicare. Medicare will fully cover home health and hospice services for qualified patients. Not every problem for home health patients can wait for the next regularly scheduled visit. There should be someone available to answer questions


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24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and there should be care providers on call to make urgent visits if necessary. The Hospice Option Sometimes hospice is the right choice. When a doctor has indicated that someone probably has less than six months to live and the patient’s goal is comfort rather than cure, then hospice care may be the best option. Why Choose Alacare Hospice? The journey to the end of life is complex. Alacare Hospice can help make that road less frightening. Choosing hospice does not mean giving up hope. In fact, it provides hope for a peaceful, meaningful endof-life experience. How can Alacare Hospice make a difference? • Hospice focuses on the whole family. Helping loved ones deal with grief issues is a vital part of hospice. • Hospice allows patients to spend the end of life in the comfort of their own homes. • Hospice relieves pain and other symptoms, providing patients with the opportunity to live as fully as possible for as long as possible. Alacare Hospice has a compassionate team of healthcare experts to provide the many services required by patients with a terminal diagnosis: • Home Care Aides assist with the patient’s personal hygiene and other activities of daily living. • Medical Social Workers are experts in helping the patient and family locate and manage community resources for financial, social and emotional needs. • Chaplains can provide spiritual support for patients and their families, regardless of denomination or belief system. • Speech Therapists and Physical Therapists are available when appropriate to assist patients in maintaining quality of life.

“Selecting the correct agency and type of care is an important decision, but by doing a little research you can find quality care that’s professional, reliable, and compassionate.” • Volunteers provide companionship for patients, provide short respite breaks for caregivers and assist with providing emotional support to families for up to a year after the patient’s death. When is Alacare Hospice the right choice? The journey to the end of life is complex. Alacare Hospice can help make that road less frightening. Choosing hospice does not mean giving up hope. In fact, it provides hope for a peaceful, meaningful endof-life experience. When a doctor has indicated that someone probably has less than six months to live and the patient’s goal is comfort rather than cure, then hospice care may be the best option.

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SAMC earns Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for six straight years Southeast Alabama Medical Center is the only hospital in the state to receive the HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award™ for 2011.

to assess what’s going on and make sure the patient doesn’t get in trouble.”

In terms of patient safety, the Medical Center was ranked among the top 5 percent of all hospitals in the nation. This marks the sixth consecutive year SAMC has been recognized with the Patient Safety Excellence Award. SAMC is the only hospital in the state to receive this recognition of six years in a row.

“It really starts with the medical staff and nursing staff, everybody at the bedside being focused on safety and quality outcomes for patients that come to the medical center,” Harkness said. “But it goes all the way down the line. Everyone has a role in patient safety either directly or indirectly.”

“It’s a really big honor,” said Dr. Charles Harkness, vice president of medical affairs for SAMC. “We’ve seen this pop up each year, and I just think it’s a tremendous reflection on the work our medical staff and hospital have been doing for a long time.”

Chief Executive Ronald S. Owen reiterates that every Medical Center employee can share in the hospital’s history of excellence in patient safety.

The hospitals earning the excellence award from HealthGrades, a leading independent healthcare ratings organization, have a low rate of hospital-caused infections and negligence. In naming the safest hospitals, HealthGrades looks at nearly 40 million hospitalization records from about 5,000 hospitals. They are analyzed based on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s indicators of potentially preventable patient safety events. “Patient healthcare indicators have been around for a long time and have helped point hospitals to areas where you can see risk. One example is that we’ve had a rapid response team in place for several years, a team that gets called before the patient is in a code status,” said Dr. Harkness. “If a nurse at bedside says there’s something going on they’re not comfortable with, this team is available and comes to bedside rapidly 46

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Dr. Harkness said SAMC staff works throughout the year to maintain a safe environment.

“We have two kinds of employees,” Owen said. “Those who take care of patients and those who take care of the people who take care of patients. We all have a supporting role.” The Medical Center also received the HealthGrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™; the Pulmonary Care Excellence Award™; and the Gastrointestinal Surgery Excellence Award. In addition, the Medical Center was rated number one in the state in critical care and GI services, and among the top 10 percent in the nation for coronary interventional procedures, overall pulmonary services and gastrointestinal surgery. HealthGrades recognized SAMC with nine 5-star ratings in coronary interventional procedures; treatment of stroke; overall pulmonary services; treatment of pneumonia; carotid surgery; GI surgery; treatment of GI bleed; cholecystectomy, and sepsis.


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Funny! How To Start A Fight.....

Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat to the van, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day. I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed.. I cuddled up to my wife’s back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, “The weather out there is terrible.” My loving wife of 5 years replied, “And, can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?” And that’s how the fight started... One year, I decided to buy my mother-inMy wife was hinting about what she I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift. wanted for our upcoming anniverfor some reason, took my order first. “I’ll The next year, I didn’t buy her a gift. sary. She said, “I want something have the rump steak, rare, please.” He When she asked me why, I replied, shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in said, “Aren’t you worried about the mad “Well, you still haven’t used the gift I about 3 seconds.” cow?” “Nah, she can order for herself.” bought you last year!” I bought her a bathroom scale. And that’s when the fight started..... And that’s how the fight started..... And then the fight started......

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Healthy Horizons: Making a Difference

Healthy Horizons is very fortunate to be engaged in community events and Health Fair shows throughout the Southeast. Involvement in various activities enables the team at Healthy Horizons to provide health education to vulnerable populations in the community. These opportunities allow valuable interaction between health educators and the public. Healthy Horizons has formed collaborative relationships with sponsors in the area who share our vision of improving the health status of consumers, patients and families. Charitable donations from our sponsors and continued support from local advertisers enable our team to participate in community events such as fishing events and benefit golf tournaments. We appreciate your continued patronage to our sponsors and advertisers.

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TRUE TO HEART; BACK TO BASICS Pilcher’s Ambulance service is sticking to the fundamentals: Excellence, Service, and Family; and have been for the past 47 years. Let’s get back to where we came from “America”. “The Land of the Free” where we could as Americans start a business and be successful. Pilcher’s Ambulance service is sticking to the fundamentals: Excellence, Service, and Family; and have been for the past 47 years. Excellence is the achievement that we are very proud of at Pilcher’s Ambulance Service since 1965. The late Joe H. Pilcher began a service providing care and transportation to the community. Today, Joe H. Pilcher II summarizes his unique business in the following way: “Dedicated Paramedics and EMTs providing quality emergency and nonemergency patient care while serving a higher purpose.

We are a family-and peopleoriented business. Our goal is to serve each person with respect and kindness. Pilcher’s continues to strive to reach each individual

that might need our services. Our family serving your family 365 days a year, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. “SO THAT MORE MAY LIVE!” We respond to all calls from a life-threatening emergency to a non-emergency request such as doctor’s offices,

out patient clinics, nursing home facilities, dialysis clinics, and hospital-to-hospital transfers. We also provide Paramedic staffed ambulances to football games, special events, and respond to natural disasters in communities. Pilcher’s has added a new way of transportation to the community a Wheelchair Transport Service. We have recognized the changes that are being made to our economy and seeking this opportunity to serve the Dothan/Houston County area. Today, Pilcher’s remains the oldest licensed ambulance service in the state of Alabama. A 2nd generation business locally owned and operated. “Nothing is sure in life except CHANGE, and with each change comes new OPPORTUNITY.”

Pilcher’s has added a new way of transportation to the community a Wheelchair Transport Service. Staff Paramedics and EMTs, AED equipped, oxygen upon request, tranports to doctors appointments, dialysis treatments, outpatient procedures, rehab therapy, and Cancer treatments.

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Emergency Directory EMERGENCY (FIRE AND RESCUE) 911

Important Numbers Alabama Bureau of Investigations 334-353-1100 Alabama Forestry Commission 1-800-392-5697 Alabama One Call 1-800-292-8525 Alabama Wildfire and Freshwater Fisheries 334-358-0035 Game and Fish Enforcement 334-222-5415 334-347-9467 Bureau of Alcohol 1-800-659-6242 Emergency Management 334-241-2022 CSX Transportation Police Department 1-800-232-0144 Drug Helpline 1-800-662-4357 Poison Control 1-800-222-1222 1-800-292-6678

Henry County Sheriff’s Department 585-3131 (Non-emergency) 585-5571 Houston County Sheriff 677-4807 (Emergency Service Only) 677-4808 (TTY Customers) 983-3591 or 983-1944 (Midland City) 299-3777 (Newton) 889-2222 (Newville) 334-983-3517 (Pinckard) 677-4807 (Rehobeth) 585-3131 (Screamer) 886-3333 (Slocomb) 677-4807 (Wickburg) Alabama State Troopers Emergency 983-4587 Federal Bureau of Investigation 334-792-7130 (Dothan) 251-438-3674 (Mobile) Domestic Violence Shelter Programs 334-793-2232 or 1-800-650-6522 National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 National Response Center 1-800-424-8802

Secret Service 334-223-7601 (Montgomery) 205-731-1144 (Birmingham) Sheriffs Office 585-2221 ( Abbeville) 696-4444 (Columbia) 677-4807 or 677-4808 (Cowarts) 615-3000 (Dothan) 693-2222 or 693-3383 (Headland)

Suicide Hot Line 1-800-784-2433

Elder Abuse 1-800-458-7214

Utilities Alabama Power Company 1-800-245-2244 Wiregrass Electric Cooperative 1-800-239-4602 Southeast Alabama Gas 334-794-0567 CenturyTel 1-800-201-4099

Hospitals Dale Medical Center 334-774-2601 Flowers Hospitals 334-793-5000 Medical Center of Enterprise 334-347-0584 Southeast Alabama Medical Center 334-793-8111 Noland Hospital Dothan (334) 699-4300

Ambulance Services

Severe Weather 794-7184 SpectraCare 794-0300 (emergency) 794-0731 (non-emergency)

Prescription Drug Assistance 1-800-762-4636

U.S. Marshall 1-334-223-7401 Emergency Management Agency 794-9720

585-3338 (Abbeville) 696-4444 (Columbia) 677-4807 (Cowarts) 794-4444 or 334-671-2273 (Dothan) 585-2222 (Haleburg) 693-2222 (Headland) 983-1944 (Midland City) 299-3777 (Pickard) Pilchers Ambulance Service 334-794-4444 Community Wellness Guide


% Wellness Resource Directory ADULT DAY CARE Houston County Adult Center 334-794-7688 Home Helpers Senior Care 334-673-3921


Westbrook Assisted Living, LLC 334-684-1072 Wynnwood Assisted Living Inc I Wynnwood Assisted Living Inc II 334-347-1555


Consortium for Advancements Inc 334-445-0001

Time Warner Cable (816) 303-1852

Greater Beulah Baptist Church— Adult Education 334-792-1571


Wallace Community College 334-984-2130

AMBULANCE SERVICE & TRANSPORTATION Coffee County EMS 334-897-8009 Pilcher’s Ambulance Service 334-794-4444

ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES Azalea Court 334-693-0358 Dogwood Manor 334-585-1114 Gran’s Assisted Living 334-671-9486 Greenwood Place ALF, LLC 334-684-0549

21st Century Oncology 334-793-2312 Dothan Hematology and Oncology 334-792-9500 Southeast Cancer Center 800-268-1253

DENTAL CARE Dothan Periodontics and Implants 334-793-7232

DIALYSIS SERVICES Davita Inc. 888-328-4828 334-685-3255

EAR, NOSE & THROAT ENT Care 334-671-2855 Southern Hearing Associates 334-393-6837


Hartford Retirement Village, Inc. 334-588-2306

Brock and Stout 334-671-5555

Providence Home 334-774-0364

Davis and Neal 334-671-3990

River Oaks West 334-687-6089

Gary A Hudgins 334-794-8773

Savannah Terrace # 1 & # 2 334-427-3013

Ludlum and Gil, LLC 334-677-3929

Somerset – East and West 334-671-1176

Nancy S Pitman Attorney at Law, LLC 334-678-5333

Taylor Mills 334-897-2820 The Gardens of Eufaula 334-687-0430 The Terrace at Grove Park 334-792-7349 The Woodmoore 334-493-2821 Twin Magnolia 334-585-1072 Wesley Manor 334-792-0921


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HEART CENTERS Cardiology Associates 334-793-9564 Southeast Cardiology 334-712-1929 Southeast Cardiovascular Associates 334-794-2825 Southeast Alabama Medical Center 334-793-8111

HOME HEALTH SERVICES Alacare Home Health and Hospice 334-673-2126 Amedysis Home Health of Ozark 334-774-0370 Care South 334-793-5758 Center Home Health Care 334-308-2813 Home Instead Senior Care 334-699-6815 Mid South Home Health Dothan 334-793-6854 Mid South Home Health Enterprise 334-347-0234 Nursetemps Inc 334- 671-8086 Southeast Alabama Home Care 800-351-6477

HOMEMAKER SERVICES Heavenly Hands Home Care 334-299-3101 Homecare 101 334-796-2297 Home Sweet Home Care 334-699-3999 Wiregrass Care Givers LLC 334-793-6225

HOSPICE Alacare Home Health and Hospice 334-673-2126 Covenant Hospice 334-794-7847 Dale Medical Center Hospice 334-774-1766 Day Spring Hospice 334-347-2999 Wiregrass Hospice 334-347-3353

HOSPITALS Children’s Health System 205-939-9100 Dale Medical Center 334-774-2601 Dothan Surgery Center 334-793-3442 Enterprise Medical Center 334-347-3046 Flowers Hospital 334-793-5000


HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital 334-712-6333

Westside Pharmacy 334-699-6337

Lifetime Health Services 334-684-3655

Wiregrass Community Pharmacy 334)-793-7070—Dothan 334-899-3100—Ashford

Southeast Alabama Medical Center 334-793-8111 Wiregrass Medical Center 334-684-3655

HOSPITALIZATION, MEDICAL & SURGICAL PLANS All Kids Children’s Insurance 334-774-5146 334-678-2800 Blue Cross 334-712-9056 HUMANA 205-356-1251

NURSING HOMES with ALZHEIMERS CARE Andalusia Manor 334-222-4544 Crowne Health Care of Eufaula 334-687-6627 Enterprise Health and Rehabilitation 334-347-9541 Florala Health & Rehabilitation 334-858-8585


Henry County Health and Rehabilitation Facility 334-585-2241

2 Girls and a Spa 334-803-3132

Lifetime Health Services 334-684-3655

Heritage Day Spa 334-774-1819

Oakview Manor Health Care Center 334-774-2631

Planet Beach 334-671-7352 Plush Medical Spa 334-702-6869

MEALS ON WHEELS/ NUTRITION CENTERS Madrid Nutrition Program 334-677-3435 SARCOA (South Alabama Regional Council on Aging) 334-793-6843 800-239-3507 Senior Citizens Nutrition Center 334-899-5716

Opp Health Rehabilitation 334-493-4558 Ozark Health & Rehabilitation 334-774-2561 Wesley Manor 334-792-0921 Wiregrass Nursing Home 334-684-3655

ONCOLOGY SERVICES 21ST Century Oncology 800-239-2212




Doctor’s Center Pharmacy 334-793-1316 LINCARE 334-699-2630 Scott-Cook Pharmacy 334-712-2000

Doctor’s Center Pharmacy 334-793-1316

PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE SeniorRx 1075 S Brannon Stand Road Dothan, Alabama 36305 334-793-6843 800-239-3507 Serving: Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston Counties

Alabama Head and Spinal Injury Foundation 334-983-9774 Children’s Rehab and Therapy 334-677-6360 Children’s Rehabilitation Service 334-699-6600 Enterprise Health and Rehabilitation 334-347-9541 Extendicare Health and Rehab Center 334-793-1177 Physical Therapy Specialists of Dothan 334-673-2422 Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Southern Bone and Joint Specialists 334-793-2663

Circle Pharmacy 334-792-2717

Circle Pharmacy 334-792-2717


Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank 334-794-9775

AABON Home Health Care Supply, Inc of Ozark 334-774-7535

Bowen Pharmacy 334-794-4211 334-712-6791 Fax #

Dothan Brace Shop 334-792-4330

OTOLARYNGOLOGY ENT Care 334-793-4788

334-699-8600 Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center (WRC) 334-792-0022

SENIOR CENTERS & SERVICES Senior Centers that provide Hot Meals:

Abbeville Senior Center 334-585-5900


Andalusia Senior Center 334-222-4608

Children’s Health System 205-939-6660

Ashford Senior Center 334-899-5716

SARHA 334-393-KIDS (5437)

Baptist Village Senior Center 334-793-3930

Southeastern Pediatrics 334-794-8656

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% Wellness Resource Directory Clayton Senior Centers 334-775-3494 Clio Senior Center 334-397-2586 Coffee Springs Senior Center 334-684-9876 Columbia Senior Center 334-696-4529 Cottonwood Senior Center 334-691-3491 Daleville Senior Center 334-598-9197 Damascus Senior Center 334-894-5211 Dorothy Quick Senior Center 334-793-3090 Elba Senior Center 334-897-3019 Enterprise Senior Center 334)-347-3513 Eufaula Senior Center 334-687-8367 Florala Senior Center 334-858-3310 Geneva Senior Center 334-684-3626 Haleburg Senior Center 334-696-2248 Hartford Senior Center 334-588-3115 Headland Senior Center 334-693-5070 Ino Senior Center 334-565-9196

Pine Level Senior Center 334-897-2621

Lifestar Response of Alabama, Inc 334-774-0849

Rose Hill Senior Center 334-615-3740

Pilchers Ambulance 334-792-4118

Samson Senior Center 334-898-2163


Slocomb Senior Center 334-886-3115

Urological Associates of Dothan, PA 334-794-4159

Taylor Senior Center 334-677-5536


Webb Senior Center 334-702-8449

American Red Cross 334-792-9852

Zion Chapel Senior Center 334-897-1500

Angel House 866-318-6225

Homebound Meal Delivery and Hungry to Help Program 334-793-6843 800-239-3507

Dale Medical Center Community Hospice 334-774-2601

SLEEP DISORDER CENTERS Psychiatry & Sleep Disorder Medicine 334-793-9564

Habitat for Humanity Corporate Volunteer Program 334-792-8453 SARCOA 334-793-6843 800-239-3507

The Sleep Center 334-702-3143

Southern Care Volunteer Opportunities 334-673-2250

Sleep Therapeutics 888-839-0546


Southeast Alabama Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center 334-793-8132

AABON Home Health Care Supply Inc. 334-774-7535

Southern Sleep Clinic 334-673-0304—Dothan 334-445-1421—Ozark

American HomePatient 334-793-2978


Dothan Brace Shop 334-792-4330

Kinston Senior Center 334-565-3349

Alcoholics Anonymous 334-792-3422

Mike’s Southside Pharmacy & Medical Equipment 334-794-3174

Madrid Senior Center 334-677-3435

Counseling Resources 334-671-1280

The Scooter Store 334-984-0169

Midland City Senior Center 334-983-4121

Just The Facts 334-671-7774

Mt.Pleasant Senior Center 334)-393-7874

Pathway, Inc. 334-445-1285


New Brockton Senior Center 334-894-2028

Restore Therapy Services 334-774-2538

New Hope Senior Center 334-735-5433

Southeast Intervention Group, Inc. 334-699-3173

Dale Medical Center 334-774-2601

Newton Senior Center 334-229-3861

Southern Psychological & Counseling Services 334-794-5467

Flowers Hospital 334-793-5000

Newville Senior Center 334-889-2250 Opp Senior Center 334-493-7121 Ozark Senior Center 334-445-6900


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Wiregrass Hope Group 334-793-5433

TRANSPORTATION Dothan Ambulance Service 334-794-4444

Pilchers Ambulance service 334-794-4444


Southeast Alabama Medical Center 334-794-0591 Wound Care Center 334-699-6863

Reference: Retrieved February 14, 2011 from Retrieved January 30, 2008 from: 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.


National Helpful Numbers Directory

Aging American Health Assistance Foundation (800) 437-2423 Eldercare Locator (800) 677-1116 National Institute on Aging Information Center (800) 222-2225 (800) 222-4225

Allergy/ Asthma Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (800) 929-4040

Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s Association (800) 272-3900 Alzheimer ’s Disease Education and Referral Center (800) 438-4380

Fire Prevention

Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation (800) 366-2223

National Fire Protection Association (800) 344-3555

Kidney Cancer Association (800) 850-9132


National Bone Marrow Transplant Link (800) 546-5268 National Cancer Information Center (800) 422-6237 National Marrow Donor Program (800) 627-7692 Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (800) 462-9273 Us Too! International  (800) 808-7866 Y-ME National 1-800-221-2141

YMCA of the USA (800) 872-9622

American Juvenile Arthritis Organization (800) 283-7800

Diabetes/Digestive Disorders American Association of Diabetes Educators (800) 338-3633

Arthritis Foundation (800) 283-7800

American Diabetes Association (800) 342-2383

Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc. (800) 886-5963

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, Inc. (800) 932-2423

American Brain Tumor Association (800) 886-2282 Brain Tumor Society (800) 770-8287 Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation (800) 228-4673 National Brain Tumor Foundation (800) 934-2873

Cancer American Cancer Society, National Cancer Information Center (800) 227-2345 American Institute for Cancer Research (800) 843-8114 Cancer Hope Network (877) 467-3638

American Running Association (800) 776-2732

Weight Control Information Network (877) 946-4627


Brain Tumors

American Council on Exercise (800) 825-3636

TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Club (800) 932-8677

Breast Cancer Organization (800) 221-2141 English (800) 986-9505 Spanish

National Institute of Arthritis (877) 226-4267

Aerobics and Fitness Foundation of America (800) 446-2322 For Professionals (800) 968-7263 Consumer Hotline

Headache/Head Injury

Division of Diabetes Translation (877) 232-3422 Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International Hotline (800) 223-1138

American Council for Headache Education (800) 255-2243 Brain Injury Association, Inc. (800) 444-6443 National Headache Foundation (888) 643-5552

Hearing/Speech American Society for Deaf Children (800) 942-2732 American Speech-LanguageHearing Association (800) 638-8255

Drug Abuse

DB-Link (800) 438-9376

Drug Free Workplace Helpline (800) 967-5752

Dial A Hearing Screening Test (800) 222-3277

Drug Help (800) 488-3784

The Ear Foundation at Baptist Hospital (800) 545-4327

Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse (800) 666-3332

Hear Now (800) 648-4327

Housing and Urban Development Drug Clearinghouse (800) 955-2232 Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE) (800) 279-6361

John Tracy Clinic (800) 522-4582 International Hearing Society (800) 521-5247 National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (800) 255-0411 x 275

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National Institute on Deafness and Other Disorders (800) 241-1044

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (800) 727-8462

Vestibular Disordered Association (800) 837-8428

Asthma Information Line (800) 822-2762

Heart Disease

National Jewish Medical and Research Center (800) 222-5864 (Lung Line) (800) 552-5864 (Lung Facts)

College of American Pathologists (800) 323-4040

Parkinson’s Disease

Federal Emergency Management Agency (800) 879-6076

American Heart Association (800) 242-8721 Heart Information Service (800) 292-2221 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Health Center (800) 575-9355

Homelessness National Resource Center on Homelessness and Mental Illness (800) 444-7415 Hospital/Hospice Care Children’s Hospice International (800) 242-4453 Hill-Burton Free Medical Care Program (800) 638-0742 National Association of Hospital Hospitality Houses, Inc. (800) 542-9730 National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (800) 658-8898 Shriners Hospital for Children Referral Line (800) 237-5055

Immunizations National Immunization Information Hotline (800) 232-2522

Impotence Impotence Information Center (800) 328-3881

Liver Disease American Liver Foundation (800) 223-0179 Hepatitis Foundation International (800) 891-0707 Lung Disease/Asthma/Allergy American Lung Association (800) 586-4872


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American Parkinson’s Disease Association (800) 223-2732 National Parkinson Foundation, Inc. (800) 327-4545 Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (800) 457-6676

Professionals Americans with Disabilities Act Information Center (800) 949-4232

Alliance for Aging Research (800) 639-2421 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (800) 822-2762 American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (800) 213-7193

Association of Operating Room Nurses (800) 755-2676 CDC National Prevention Information Network (800) 458-5231

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (800) 377-3978

Federal Information Center, GSA (800) 688-9889 Glaucoma Research Foundation (800) 826-6693 Immune Deficiency Foundation (800) 296-4433 International Childbirth Education Association (800) 624-4934 International Chiropractors Association (800) 423-4690 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (800) 955-4572 Lighthouse International (800) 829-0500 Medical Institute for Sexual Health (800) 892-9484

American Association of Critical Care Nurses (800) 899-2226

National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (888) 232-3228

American Council for the Blind (800) 424-8666

National Child Care Information Center, ACF (800) 616-2242

American Counseling Association (800) 347-6647 American Nurses Association (800) 274-4262 American Occupational Therapy Association (800) 729-2682 Arthritis National Research Foundation (800) 588-2873 Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (800) 477-8892 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (800) 635-1196

National Clearinghouse of Rehabilitation Training Materials (800) 223-5219 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Service (800) 356-4674 National Jewish Medical and Research Center (800) 222-5864 National Pediculosis Association (800) 446-4672 National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (800) 537-2238

National Technical Information Service (800) 553-6847

Smoking, Tobacco and Health Information Line (800) 232-1311

Prevent Child Abuse America (800) 556-2722


Research to Prevent Blindness (800) 621-0026

Radiation National Association of Radiation Survivors (800) 798-5102

Rehabilitation Abledata (800) 227-0216 National Institute for Rehabilitation Engineering (800) 736-2216 Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors (800) 888-2876 United Ostomy Association (800) 826-0826

Safety Danny Foundation (800) 833-2669 National Highway Traffic Safety Hotline (800) 424-9393 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Service (800) 356-4674 National Program for Playground Safety (800) 554-7529 National Safety Council (800) 621-7615 Office of Boating Safety, U.S. Coast Guard InfoLine (800) 368-5647 Safe Sitter (800) 255-4089 U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission Hotline (800) 638-2772

Smoking Smoking Quit Line of the National Cancer Institute (877) 448-7848

Foundation Fighting Blindness (800) 683-5555 Glaucoma Research Foundation (800) 826-6693 Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. (800) 548-4337

American Heart Association Stroke Connection (800) 478-7653 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (800) 352-9424 National Stroke Association (800) 787-6537

Guide Dogs for the Blind (800) 295-4050 Lighthouse International (800) 829-0500 Louisiana Center for the Blind (800) 234-4166

Substance Abuse

National Alliance of the Blind Students (800) 424-8666

National Inhalant Prevention Coalition (800) 269-4237 SAMHSA’s National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (800) 729-6686

Surgery/Plastic Surgery American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (800) 332-3223 American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc. (800) 441-2737

National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (800) 255-0411 x275 Prevent Blindness Center for Sight (800) 331-2020 Seniors Eye Care Program (800) 222-3937

Violence National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233

American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc. (800) 475-2784

Suicide Prevention National Hopeline Network (800) 784-2433

Women Endometriosis Association (800) 992-3636 National Osteoporosis Foundation (800) 223-9994

The Trevor Helpline (800) 850-8078

National Women’s Health Information Center (800) 994-9662


PMS Access (800) 222-4767

American Trauma Society (800) 556-7890

Women’s Health America Group (800) 558-7046

Vision American Council of the Blind (800) 424-8666 Better Vision Institute/Vision Council of America (800) 424-8422

Women’s Sports Foundation (800) 227-3988 Reference: Print Source: 2010 Toll-Free Numbers for Health information, National Health Information Center, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.

Blind Children’s Center (800) 222-3566 Braille Institute (800) 272-4553

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W to Oakview Manor

Oakview Manor Health Care Center is a 138 bed skilled nursing facility located on Mixon School Road in Ozark, Alabama that offers short term rehab as well as long term care. The facility is licensed by the Alabama State Board of Health, and all beds are certified for Medicare, Medicaid and Private Pay.

Dietary Department

`Oakview Manor’s Dietary Department has the pleasure of preparing well balanced nourishing meals for our residents. Meals are prepared daily and snacks are offered between meals. The Dietary Department is well equipped to meet the various specialized diets that the doctor may order for our residents.


Therapy Department

Social Services

An effective Social Service Department is of great importance to maintain the well being of each resident at Oakview Manor. This department strives to ensure all residents are informed of their rights and responsibilities and are provided in formation on advanced directives and assistance with personal shopping. We also provide individual counseling if needed.

The Activity Department ensures that each resident has the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. Programs are planned to encourage participation in a group with activities geared to the interest of the individual resident. The Activity Department ensures that each resident has the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. Programs are planned to encourage participation in a group with activities geared to the interest of the individual resident. Activities are designed to meet the spiritual, emotional, recreational, and social needs of each resident. Residents also have the opportunity to pursue their own interests with supplies provided by the Activity Department. For those residents unable to attend group programs, activities are provided in room by volunteers or staff.

Skilled Nursing Care

We have a staff of highly trained RNs, LPNs, and CNAs that perform all aspects of resident care. Our nursing staff receives continuous training to insure they are kept abreast of the latest care techniques in a long term facility. The facility is staffed by licensed nursing personnel and certified nursing assistants twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

Oakview Manor Health Care Center 929 Mixon School Road Ozark, Alabama 36360

To keep residents at their best Oakview Manor’s Therapy Department offers physical, occupational and speech therapy services designed to assist our residents to achieve and maintain their highest level of function and quality of life. We provide individualized programs designed to strengthen both their physical and internal capabilities. Speech therapy helps a person improve their ability to communicate. This includes both speech, which is how sounds are made, and language which involves understanding and choosing the correct words to use. Speech therapy also works with swallowing difficulties and diet modifications. Physical therapy works with residents on increasing strength, balance and endurance to promote safety. Physical therapy uses a wide array of treatment approaches to provide and increase the resident’s quality of life with exercise, mobility and ambulation. The goal of occupational therapy is to assist the patient in achieving the maximum level of independent function using a variety of therapeutic tools and activities in meeting their quality of life.

Alzheimers Unit

We are especially proud of our specialized 23 bed unit for Alzheimers and Dementia residents. The unit is secured for their safety and is staffed by trained Nurses and Nurse Aides. Additionally, the unit provides activities tailored to meet the needs of those with dementia. An outdoor area affords the residents the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and activities while being safe and secure.

Phone: 334-774-2631 Fax: 334-774-4252

“The care I received from the Alacare staff was a true blessing to me and my family. Thank you for giving me not only outstanding medical care, but also for providing comfort and dignity.” – Maria M.


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