A CLASSIC CELEBRATION 30 YEARS OF FUN AND PHILANTHROPY
IN THIS ISSUE News & Advancements ....................................................................................... 4 Rock-A-Bye-Baby.....................................................................................................6 Mr. Breakfast.............................................................................................................7 Beating the odds..................................................................................................... 8
UPCOMING CLASSES AND EVENTS Huntsville Hospital Farmers Market Every Thursday 7:30 a.m. – Noon Madison Hospital Farmers Market Every other Wednesday May 30 – July 25 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Huntsville Classic................................................................................................. 10
Blowing up colon cancer....................................................................................14
New Medicare Cards sent to Alabama recipients
Anesthesia team always ready.......................................................................15 Service with a smile..............................................................................................16
2 Huntsville Hospital Foundation’s Claws for a Cause
Employee of the year......................................................................................... 18
16 Caring House Grief Camp
Dove loves Megan................................................................................................19 Senior Horizons Happenings......................................................................... 20
26 Senior Horizon’s Tasty Tuesday Luncheon
Foundation: Out and about in our community.......................................24
Party in the Park.............................................................................................24 Huntsville Havoc Melissa George Night............................................25 Donor Spotlight: Andi Hill.........................................................................26
We welcome OB-GYN Dr. Whitney Dunham to Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children. Her new Huntsville office is at 401 Lowell. AUGUST
On the Cover: Huntsville Hospital Foundation Classic Chairmen of the past and present.
3 Huntsville Hospital Foundation’s Miracle Bash 4 Huntsville Hospital Foundation’s Swim for Melissa For a complete list of blood drives, health screenings, support groups and other community events, visit huntsvillehospital.org/events
Front: Scott Moore and Beth Richardson, 30th Annual Classic chairmen, with Bill Holbrook, the first chairman of the Classic Middle: Phil Bentley, Lisa Caprio, Dick Holloway, Barney Heyward, Jim Link, Dr. Alex Johnson, John Blue, Frank Caprio, Dr. Carl Gessler, Dr. John Greco and Sheila Brown Back: Ron Poteat, Dave Hargrove, Charlie Vaughn, Lee Hoekenschnieder, Nick Lioce, Dr. Howard Miller, Frederick Lanier and David Nast
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Your Community Hospital It sounds like a broken record, but the Huntsville community is experiencing growth like few other times in our history. A recent report from the HuntsvilleMadison County Chamber of Commerce showed that the population of our city has increased by 32 percent since 2000, as compared to a 9 percent increase for the rest of the state. During the same period, employment has grown by 25 percent locally and just 4 percent for the remainder of Alabama. As we have shared, Huntsville Hospital Health System has seen similar growth over the last decade.
David Spillers, CEO
With this trend expected to continue for many years to come, Huntsville Hospital recently took a big step in preparing for the future by officially requesting that the State of Alabama approve our application to build a new bed tower on the main campus. The proposed new bed tower will contain 72 private beds, resulting from the conversion of existing semi-private rooms (many of which are rarely used) to private rooms. The tower will connect to the main hospital via a pedestrian bridge over Gallatin Street. Increasing the availability of private rooms should bring immediate relief to patients who are waiting in the Emergency Department for admission to the hospital and it will also give us more flexibility in placing other patients in a room. In addition to the patient rooms we will also increase our operating room capacity by 24 in the new building.
Our Mission Provide high quality care and services that will improve the health of those we serve. Our Vision To be one of the best health systems in America and consistently strive to provide clinical and service excellence. Our Values Integrity, Excellence, Innovation, Accountability, Compassion and Safety
Another major step in our preparation for the future is the installation of our new electronic medical record (EMR) system at the hospital. The new EMR will help us improve the care and service that we provide now and for many years to come. The new computer system requires the training of thousands of our employees later this year. It is a mammoth effort, but we believe that it is worth it in our care for you today and in the future. As part of our effort to protect your identity in our computer system, weâ€™re implementing palm scanning which provides a unique personal identifier for you. When completed, this initiative will help us simplify your registration while further protecting you from potential identity fraud. It also helps us consolidate the various medical records which you may have established at Huntsville Hospital, Heart Center, Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children and Madison Hospital . When you register in one of these facilities, you should be asked if we can scan your palm. There is no charge and it doesnâ€™t take but a couple of minutes to complete the process and update your information. We will also offer palm scanning services at community events throughout the year. Thank you again for your support of Huntsville Hospital Health System. We are committed to doing our very best in providing safe, quality and compassionate care throughout our facilities. As our community and region continue to grow, our commitment to you will not change.
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Right, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, left, visited Huntsville Hospital in February to present a $1 million check to assist Huntsville Hospital and Calhoun Community College in building a new state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab at Calhoun Community College’s Huntsville campus. Pictured with Gov. Ivey are, from left to right, Huntsville Hospital Chief Operating Officer Jeff Samz, Calhoun President Dr. James Klauber, and Huntsville Hospital Health System CEO David Spillers.
Here’s a sample of the new Medicare Card. Because of the threat of identity theft, a massive mail out of new cards with the new numbers will begin hitting Alabama Medicare participant mailboxes in June. Please remember: – You WILL NOT be asked to confirm your Social Security number over the phone. – There is NO CHARGE for new Medicare numbers or cards. To learn more, visit cms.gov. To report a possible scam, call 1-800-633-4227.
About 2,500 first-graders attended Let’s Pretend Hospital 2018 on the UAHuntsville campus. A joint effort of Huntsville Hospital and the UAHuntsville College of Nursing, the week-long event teaches children what to expect during a hospital visit to help minimize their fear and anxiety.
Above right, Huntsville Hospital Trauma Services is offering Bleeding Control kits. Each kit costs $50 and includes a tourniquet, trauma scissors, trauma dressing, compression gauze, sterile gloves, permanent marker and instructions. To purchase, call (256) 682-1887 or visit prioritymedicaltraining.com/bleeding-control.html. Madison Hospital opened a new eight-bed Intensive Care Unit and added five new rooms for medical-surgical patients, launched its own cardiac telemetry monitoring program and has plans to open a Fast Track emergency treatment area.
Huntsville Hospital Health System was the exclusive hospital sponsor of this yearâ€™s Babypalooza baby and maternity expo at the Von Braun Center. Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children, Madison Hospital, Athens-Limestone Hospital and Decatur Morgan Hospital all had booths to provide information and answer questions about maternity services.
Huntsville Hospital Health System employees and physicians led the way in the American Heart Associationâ€™s 2018 Huntsville Heart and Stroke Walk. Madison Hospital Employee of the Year, Pat McAfee, pictured with Kelly Hatley and Mary Lynne Wright. Pat has volunteered 4 years at the Surgery Waiting Desk.
Above left, Huntsville Hospital Auxilian, Gisela Paceley, pictured with David Spillers, received an award for 40 years of volunteer service; she works in the Gift Shop at Main. Above middle, Red Cross volunteer, Ruth Peterson, pictured with David Spillers, received an award for 40 years of volunteer service; she has served all 40 years at the Main Information Desk. Bottom right, Ila Mitchum, pictured with Pat Legg, Jeff Samz and Candy Burnett, has served at the Main Information Desk for 31 years. Source | Spring 2018
AAP recommends that babies under a year old be put to sleep on their back
ROCK-A-BYE-BABY Baby is crying, it’s the middle of the night and mom is exhausted. She decides to bring baby to bed with her. Unfortunately she falls into a deep sleep and accidentally rolls over onto the child. It happens more than you might think. More than 2,100 infants died in sleeprelated accidents nationwide in 2015, including 109 babies in Alabama. Many of those were due to suffocation from sleeping with a parent or from crib accessories like blankets and stuffed animals. Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children is working to reverse those statistics by sending nurses into the community to teach evidence-based safe infant sleep practices. Using a grant from the Alabama Department of Public Health, the hospital is hosting a series of free safe-sleep workshops this spring. The workshops are led by MotherBaby Clinical Education Specialist Jeanette Atkinson, BSN, RN, and Quality and Patient Safety Coordinator Renee Key, RN. “We really want to educate anyone who might be watching a baby,” Atkinson said. 6 huntsvillehospital.org
“This is a serious problem in Alabama, and we all need to step up to protect our babies.” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the safest sleeping environment for an infant is a crib with nothing in it but a firm mattress and fitted sheet. Blankets, stuffed animals, toys, pillows and padded bumpers look pretty in a crib, but they can block a baby’s airways and cause suffocation. AAP also recommends that babies under a year old be put to sleep on their back in appropriate sleepwear such as a onepiece sleep sack or wearable blanket. That goes for both nighttime sleep and naptime. Since the AAP changed its guidelines to recommend back sleeping in 1992, there has been a dramatic decline in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) – from more than 4,000 deaths nationwide in 1994 to 1,568 in 2015. However, there’s been an increase in sleep-related deaths from other causes, including suffocation, strangulation, entrapment and asphyxia. The medical community has come up with a newer term – Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID) – for
any death of an infant that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly. It could be from an unknown cause, like SIDS, or from a known cause like suffocation. Atkinson said many SUID cases could be prevented if the community has the correct information about infant sleep. That includes never sleeping in the same bed with a baby. “Parents think that it will never happen to them, but it only takes a second to accidentally roll over onto your baby,” Atkinson said. Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children is also teaching three safe-sleep workshops this spring for residents of Owen’s House, the women and children’s shelter at the Downtown Rescue Mission. Atkinson and Key cover all the dos and don’ts, answer questions and use a baby doll to demonstrate the right way and the wrong way to put an infant down to sleep. The hospital is also giving the shelter 15 new Pack ‘n Play cribs so mothers won’t have to sleep in the same bed with their babies. Donations from Women & Children staff paid for seven of the cribs –the rest were purchased with grant funds and private donations from a local group.
MR. BREAKFAST Riley Kirby figures he’s scrambled more than a million eggs and flipped at least that many pancakes during his 55 years as a Huntsville Hospital cook. Currently the hospital’s longest-serving employee, Kirby has been making breakfast in the main cafeteria since March 7, 1963. For perspective, John F. Kennedy was president when Kirby cooked his first patient meal, and music fans were getting their first glimpse of a hot new rock band, The Beatles. “I still enjoy coming to work and taking care of patients,” said Kirby, who is 78 but looks much younger. “It’s all about the patients; it’s not about me. I love to make my patients food that tastes good and looks good.” Every weekday, Kirby arrives at the hospital by 3:30 a.m. to check food
Lead breakfast cook Riley Kirby is currently Huntsville Hospital’s longest-serving employee. He’s been feeding hospital patients for 55 years.
temperatures and get the stoves going for the breakfast service. And what a service it is. By 7:30 a.m., he’s scrambled a few cases of eggs, made about 450 orders of French toast, cooked several hundred pancakes on a hot griddle, and dished out 50 perfectly-shaped omelets with a variety of fillings. By 8 a.m., breakfast is winding down and Kirby quietly moves to another part of the massive kitchen to start breading chicken for lunch. As lead breakfast cook, Kirby has a part in almost every breakfast eaten by patients in their rooms and by employees and visitors in the main cafeteria dining room – more than 5,000 meals each week.
Multiply that by 55 years, and it’s a safe bet that his cooking has graced at least 10 million breakfast plates. Kirby is such a beloved figure that Huntsville Hospital Food Services Director Cedric Junearick created a scholarship fund in his honor. The Riley Kirby Scholarship Fund helps further the education of Food Services employees and their family members. “He sets the example for work ethic, dependability, consistency and integrity,” said Junearick. Kirby’s wife, Ruth, has been after him to retire. And he plans to get around to it eventually – but not just yet. “Work keeps me going,” he said. “I enjoy being around people.” Source | Spring 2018
BEATING THE ODDS After the wreck, no one was sure if Meghan Cash, RN, would ever be able to work again. But in a movie-script twist, Cash walked into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children on Easter Sunday to resume her nursing career – and her life. “Everyone is amazed that she’s come this far, this fast,” said Cash’s mother, Lorelei Cash. To understand just how far, you have to rewind to Sept. 4, 2017 – Labor Day. Cash, her mother and younger brother were stopped at a red light in Huntsville when their Mercury sedan was rear-ended by another driver. Cash was in the back seat and took the brunt of the impact. She survived, but just barely. The wreck snapped the femur in her right leg and fractured three vertebrae in her back. More concerning to her doctors, Cash’s head was shaken so violently that her brain repeatedly struck the inside of her skull. She was rushed to Huntsville Hospital in a coma and wouldn’t wake up for 10 days. 8 huntsvillehospital.org
Meghan Cash went from Pediatric ICU nurse to ICU patient, spending seven months recovering from a traumatic brain injury.
“Meghan’s injuries were similar to an infant with shaken baby syndrome,” said trauma surgeon Rony Najjar, MD, who helped care for Cash in the Emergency Department. “That type of traumatic brain injury disrupts and tears the blood vessels and neurons in the brain. “Some people never come out of a vegetative state after that,” said Dr. Najjar. Trauma surgeon Farin W. Smith, MD, worked with Dr. Najjar to treat Cash following the wreck, while orthopedic surgeon R. Allan Maples, MD, repaired her broken femur. While Cash was unconscious, her nursing friends from the Pediatric ICU took turns sitting with her overnight in the hospital. They also brought food and restaurant gift cards so her family wouldn’t have to worry about cooking. Finally, the bleeding in her brain subsided and Cash woke up. “I have no recollection of my time in Huntsville Hospital,” she said, “but I know I received excellent care.” Coming out of the coma was just the beginning of Cash’s long road back to nursing. Two weeks after the wreck, she was transferred to the Shepherd Center, a rehabilitation hospital
in Atlanta that helps patients recover from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. When she first got to the Shepherd Center, she could see someone holding a ball and not recall the correct word. For five to six hours a day, Cash worked with an army of physical, occupational and speech therapists to get better. The 32-year-old UAB nursing graduate had to start over in a sense, re-learning how to walk, talk, write, drive and use a keyboard. “All the easy things you take for granted were hard after the brain injury,” she said. Cash was discharged from the Shepherd Center just in time for Thanksgiving and returned to Huntsville to continue her recovery. She pushed herself hard in outpatient physical therapy. And she did crossword puzzles – lots of them – to exercise her mind. “Some of the axons in my brain had become disconnected,” Cash said, “and it took time for my body to rebuild new pathways. Crosswords helped by challenging me to find the words that I knew but had trouble recalling.” By Christmas, Cash was able to walk on her surgicallyrepaired right leg without a cane. And she had progressed to taking nursing quizzes in a pediatric critical care handbook.
On the morning of April 1, Cash arrived at Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children for her first nursing shift in nearly seven months. She was a little nervous but mostly excited. “It went as well I could have hoped,” she said. “Everybody was so welcoming, and they’re helping me ease back in. My entire work family has just been amazing through all of this.” For her first few weeks back, Cash is going through an extended orientation and shadowing other Pediatric ICU nurses. She hopes to be working full time again by Sept. 4, 2018 – the one-year anniversary of the wreck. “I know Meghan is going to do great because of her perseverance and drive to succeed,” said Pediatric ICU Director Danielle Armstrong, RN. “We’re all just so happy and blessed to have her back.” Dr. Najjar, the trauma surgeon, said he is amazed by Cash’s recovery and thrilled that she is back nursing again. “Stories like this really recharge the batteries of everyone on the hospital’s trauma team. It’s just remarkable,” he said. While the wreck stole several months from Cash, it also gave her something. She said she can now better relate to her critically ill patients and their families. “It changes your perspective when you’re flipped from being a caregiver to being a patient,” Cash said. “I know how well I was treated by my nurses, and that’s how I want to treat others.”
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The Doobie Brothers, 2014. The Classic Dinner has evolved from dinner and dancing in the VBC North Hall to an Arena event complete with dinner on the floor, followed by a concert for close to 5,000 guests.
HUNTSVILLE CLASSIC: 30 YEARS OF FUN AND PHILANTHROPY
From Arthur Ashe and SEC head football coaches to The Beach Boys, Jay Leno and Jason Isbell, the Huntsville Classic has evolved into a truly classic event for Huntsville Hospital friends and supporters. This May the Classic, hosted by Huntsville Hospital Foundation, celebrated 30 years as one of Madison Countyâ€™s premier fundraising events, and brought the community together for two days of golf, music and fun.
The 1st annual Huntsville Classic was a great success, with 87 sponsors and $62,000 raised for Huntsville Hospital.
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The Foundation hosted a week-long pre-Classic Million Dollar Hole-in-One Contest with 12,000 golfers participating at 3 locations.
A tennis tournament was added to the Classic lineup, and featured tennis legend Arthur Ashe.
“Over three decades we can add up the financial support which has been raised from the Huntsville Classic. But we cannot measure the impact this incredible generosity has had on our ability to serve our patients. How many thousands of people have been touched by the equipment and services which have benefited from Classic proceeds? We may never be able to calculate that number, but there is no doubt that the Huntsville Classic has helped save lives and improve the health of people in our community. That’s what we are all about and we appreciate the community helping us in this mission.” – David Spillers, CEO, Huntsville Hospital Health System But, it’s always been about more than that. Through their support of the Classic, every sponsor, golfer, concertgoer and dinner guest has made a lasting impact on patients at Huntsville Hospital. “Since its inception in 1989, the Huntsville Classic has continued to grow due to the interest and generosity of people in our community,” said Phil Bentley, Huntsville Hospital Health Care Authority Board chairman, and chairman of the 1998 Classic. “This overwhelming community support has made it possible for Huntsville Hospital to be a leader in providing quality health care and services for our community. We are extremely grateful.” The Classic began as the brainchild of Huntsville Hospital Foundation’s then-president Shirley Hale Stucky. With a minimum sponsorship of $1,000 for dinner and a round of golf, the Classic got the attention of area businesses. Rumor has it that at an organizational breakfast to recruit sponsors for the event, Classic committee members locked the doors and wouldn’t let anyone leave until they had signed up for the tournament! The cost, scale and benefits of the event were unprecedented, but that audacious strategy worked. Thirty years later, the event continues to push boundaries. One year the Classic Dinner was held at Dunnavants Mall, the current site of the hospital’s Medical Mall. Over time, the event outgrew each of its Von Braun Center venues – the North Hall, Concert Hall and later, the South Hall. In 2008, the Classic committee made a huge leap by moving the Dinner and Concert, featuring country star Sara Evans, to the VBC Arena. The move proved to be transformational, and the event now attracts close to 5,000 guests each year. The first Classic Golf Tournament was held at the Municipal Golf Course. Today, the tournament fills both courses at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove. Twice. The four-person scramble tournament starts with two teams on every hole of the two courses, which equates to 72 teams participating each year. The Classic has experienced significant growth and success due in large part to the creativity of its volunteer chairmen. The 2018 event co-chairman Beth Richardson said, “Each year you can expect something different at the Classic. The co-chairs are creative in putting a different twist or theme to the Classic that keeps everyone guessing and excited about what’s to come.” For example, celebrities added excitement to the event in the early years. Bill Holbrook, chairman of the first Classic in 1989, fondly remembers several standouts: actors Wayne Rogers from “M*A*S*H,” Dann Florek from “LA Law,” and Larry, Darryl – and their other brother Darryl – from “Newhart.” And, with a nod to Huntsville’s reputation as a leader in science and technology, astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Robert Springer also joined the fun. Celebrities from the sports world also added spark to the Classic back then. Football favorites included Ozzie Newsome, Randy Campbell, Scott Hunter, Al Del Greco, and Ben Thomas (who continues to play in the golf tournament today); 1980 Olympics U.S. hockey team captain Mike Eruzione; and golf standouts David Graham, Hal Sutton, Elbert Jemison, Jr., and Charley Boswell. But perhaps the biggest draw in the early Classic years was the participation of SEC football coaches (see timeline below). In 1997, six head coaches played in the tournament.
The Classic Golf Tournament was held at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Hampton Cove for the first time.
6 SEC head football coaches were celebrity guests including Alabama Coach Mike Dubose, Auburn Coach Terry Bowden and Tennessee Coach Phil Fulmer.
The Classic Committee introduced a popular new feature, the Car Dealers Par 3 Shoot-Out. Chris Barnes was the lucky winner and took home a new car to keep.
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Bill Salter and Nick Lioce, Sr. were early supporters of the Classic.
“Being an avid golfer, the funny part is that I dreamed of a different green jacket that I might wear one day in Augusta, Georgia … Seriously, I am honored to join the past chairmen and glad to serve this event in one small way. It is an event I look forward to every year and I will wear the jacket proudly for years to come.” – Scott Moore, Co-chairman of the 30th annual Classic and CFO/COO of Hexagon
At the 1995 Classic Dinner are 1989 chairman Bill Holbrook and his wife Joyce, longtime supporters of the Classic.
In 1992, a tennis tournament was added to the Classic lineup, and for 10 years attracted internationally known athletes like Arthur Ashe, Chris Evert, Rod Laver, Tracy Austin and Johan Kriek. According to Richardson, “Due to the diversity in the entertainment, the beneficiaries of the proceeds and multiple channels for people to learn, donate, and have a great time, the Classic has been able to stay vibrant for 30 years.” “The Classic was already a classic when I was asked to chair the event,” said Bob Ludwig, chairman of the 15th annual Classic in 2003, and retired Huntsville Times publisher. “It had an established following, it had already met the test of time—more than a decade at that point—and it was bigger than any other golf event in the area.” But as time went on, the Foundation staff and Classic committees saw opportunities to add to the event’s popularity, and also appeal to a larger audience. “We wanted to figure out ways to let non-golfers feel the pleasure of supporting the region’s premier health care facility,” Ludwig said. That’s how the Classic concert – now one of Huntsville’s most popular events – came to be. The first “name band” was introduced in 2004 when Peter Noone and the Herman’s Hermits performed for 1,000 Classic guests in the Von Braun Center North Hall. Since then, the Foundation has secured well-known acts including KC & the Sunshine Band, Chicago, Foreigner, The Doobie Brothers, Commodores, and Earth, Wind & Fire. And in 2015, comedian Jay Leno performed for an Arena full of fans. Significant funds have been raised as a result. The 30th annual event, which featured Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit on May 10, pushed the Classic proceeds total to the $6.6 million mark. The event has funded lifesaving equipment and important
A year of firsts: Peter Noone and the Herman’s Hermits — the first name band to perform at the Classic Dinner. Sandra Steele was the first woman to serve as Classic chairman.
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Classic Dinner moved to the VBC Arena and country star Sara Evans performed for 4,000 guests – the largest Classic audience to date.
A women’s golf tournament was held on Hampton Cove’s Par 3 course in conjunction with the larger tournament on the Highlands and River Courses.
PAST HUNTSVILLE CLASSIC CHAIRMEN 1989 Bill Holbrook 1990 Lee Hoekenschnieder 1991 Buck Brock 1992 Bill Dean 1993 Dr. Carl Gessler 1994 Jeff Sikes 1995 Buzzy Byrom 1996 John Blue 1997 Dr. Earl Robertson 1998 Phil Bentley 1999 Gary Pledger
2017 Classic co-chairmen Frederick Lanier and Nick Lioce, Jr. (front right) thanked Classic supporters after being presented with their green Classic jackets. Past Classic chairmen donned sunglasses for the Temptations/Four Tops concert later in the evening!
2000 Dick Holloway 2001 Clay Vandiver 2002 Bill Stender 2003 Bob Ludwig
programs for Huntsville Hospital and Madison Hospital. A few examples include Healthy Huntsville/Madison County (1996-2002), the Mobile Medical Unit (2011), and the SPEAK suicide prevention program (2017). Proceeds from the 2018 Classic are providing a second Kids Care pediatric transport ambulance, equipped with lifesaving technology, to support the hospital’s pediatric and neonatal critical care transport program
2004 Sandra Steele 2005 Jim Link 2006 George Jones 2007 John Wessel 2008 Lisa and Frank Caprio
With the Classic’s tremendous growth, enhancements and funds raised over the years, two things have never changed. First: Founding Sponsor Hexagon/Intergraph’s support of the Classic since its inception. Hexagon generously supported the 30th annual event with an anniversary sponsorship gift of $30,000 – an appreciated and fitting tribute to the company’s investment in our community’s health care.
2009 Halsey Wise 2010 Dr. John Greco & Dr. Howard Miller 2011 Sheila Brown & John Holly
“Sponsoring this event is one small thing we can do to give back to the community that has been so supportive of Intergraph and now Hexagon through the years,” said 2018 Classic Co-chairman and Hexagon CFO/COO Scott Moore.
2012 Paul Finley & Julie Finley
The second constant over the past 30 years: the Foundation’s commitment to raise significant funds to enhance health care and benefit the patients of Huntsville Hospital. “Huntsville has certainly grown as a city over the past 30 years, as has Huntsville Hospital,” said Candy Burnett, Huntsville Hospital Foundation president. “We are pleased to present an event that has grown in popularity and impact, and we are honored that our generous sponsors and friends continue to support the Classic and Huntsville Hospital year after year. We will continue to grow this amazing event for our community, and we will continue to support the Foundation’s mission to inspire philanthropists to invest in Huntsville Hospital so that we can improve the health of our patients for many years to come.”
2 weeks after the devastating April tornadoes Classic headliners, The Beach Boys and special guest John Stamos, visited damaged areas and held an impromptu concert for tornado victims prior to the event. Classic proceeds provided a mobile medical unit which is utilized for community outreach, health screenings – and disaster relief.
2013 David Nast & Charlie Vaughn 2014 Robert Mayes & Ron Poteat 2015 Dave Hargrove & Barney Heyward 2016 Dr. Amit Arora & Dr. Alex Johnson 2017 Frederick Lanier & Nick Lioce 2018 Scott Moore & Beth Richardson
Jay Leno was the first comedian to perform at the Classic Dinner, and made a generous donation to the event.
The 30th Annual Huntsville Classic, featuring Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, provided a Kids Care transport ambulance and lifesaving technology needed for the unit.
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Colleen the Rollin’ Colon is a giant, inflatable colon designed to help teach people about colon cancer and the importance of colorectal screenings.
BLOWING UP COLON CANCER Colleen the Rollin’ Colon – Huntsville Hospital’s giant, inflatable, walkthrough colon – is proving to be a great conversation starter. As people giggle and point at Colleen’s oversized malignant polyps and cancer cells, there’s an opportunity for nurses to talk to them about the importance of colorectal screenings. “Colleen helps facilitate the conversation about the importance of screening and early detection.” said Heather Whorton, RN, nurse manager for Huntsville Hospital’s HealthWorks and Corporate Wellness programs. The American Cancer Society says adults with an average risk of developing colorectal cancer should have a colonoscopy every 10 years 14 huntsvillehospital.org
starting at age 50. People with a family history of colorectal disease or polyps, and those with an inflammatory bowel problem such as Crohn’s disease, may need to start colorectal cancer screening sooner. Colorectal cancer is the secondleading cause of cancer deaths, behind only lung cancer. More than 50,000 Americans are expected to die from colon cancer this year, including nearly 1,000 people in Alabama. The hospital’s Cancer Committee is working to raise awareness about colon cancer prevention, and Colleen – bright pink and standing 12 feet tall – is definitely the most visible part of the campaign. Huntsville Hospital Foundation provided the funding for Colleen.
She made her public debut in early April at the Double Helix Dash race – the first of many planned appearances across the community this year. The hospital supports “80% by 2018,” a nationwide initiative to have 80 percent of adults over 50 screened for colorectal cancer by the end of the year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 67.3 percent of adults are currently up to date on their screenings. “We definitely have room for improving colon cancer screening rates,” said Karen Adams, RN, BSN, director of the hospital’s Cancer Program, Cancer Registry and Center for Lung Health.
The 40 physicians listed below are members of Huntsville Hospital’s Department of Anesthesiology. This includes physicians who specialize in general anesthesiology, cardiac anesthesiology, pediatric anesthesiology and pain management anesthesiology. Eugene V. Acupan, MD Nathan W. Arp, MD Gregory Wayne Bouska, MD Randall Busch, MD Allen S. Campbell, MD Jeffrey B. Cazier, MD S.R. Chenumolu, MD R. Jamie Clark, MD Ronald L. Collins, MD Jeffrey M. Constantine, MD Michael A. Cosgrove, MD Mark E. Crowe, MD Michael S. DeGraaff, MD Charles T. Estopinal, MD Roddie R. Gantt, MD Tony R. Graham, MD Amy B. Halliburton, MD Chad Elliott Harbin, DO Casey L. Hitt, MD Michael W. Hoger, DO Thomas J. Kraus, DO Alayne Charity Lasher, MD Hector O. Laurel, MD James T. McGriff, MD Eric S. McQuiston, MD Greg V. Merijanian, MD Troy Elijah Mott, MD Michael L. Mueller, MD Eric Murray, MD Jess Thomas Power III, MD Jeffory J. Prylinski, DO Denford Keith Rathel, MD Barbara J. Richman, MD John R. Roberts, MD H. Mason Robertson Jr., MD Morris L. Scherlis, MD Daniel E. Skinner III, MD John Stuart Slaven, MD Casey Clark Smith, MD David E. Tyler, MD
ANESTHESIA TEAM ALWAYS READY This year approximately 60,000 patients will have a surgical procedure at one of Huntsville Health System’s three hospital campuses in Madison County. Key to the OR teams is the dedicated anesthesiologists who administer, monitor and help patients recover from the effects of anesthesia. The anesthesiologists provide around-the-clock coverage for every procedure – from brain surgery to colonoscopies. “There are hundreds of people who play a part in carrying out the anesthesia care plan,” said anesthesiologist Greg Merijanian, MD. “We’re a big family, and we’re totally dependent on each other.” A physician who chooses to specialize in anesthesiology completes a four-year residency program and often an additional fellowship year of subspecialty training in pain management, cardiac anesthesiology, pediatric anesthesiology, neuroanesthesiology, obstetric anesthesiology or critical care medicine. Inside the operating room, other team members include: – Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs), who work in concert with anesthesiologists; – Anesthesia assistants, who help set up equipment in the operating room; – Circulators, who make sure all the needed equipment and surgical tools are in place for the surgeon; – Surgical technologists, who maintain the sterile field and assist the surgeon during the procedure; and – Surgical support techs, who transport patients safely to and from the operating room. Source | Spring 2018
Spine surgery fixed Crystal Ditto’s chronic back pain. She’s back serving up burritos and smiles at her family restaurant.
SERVICE WITH A SMILE Crystal Ditto’s back problems started about 10 years ago during pregnancy. The pain would come and go, radiating from her lower back down to her feet. After Ditto hurt her back while mowing the lawn in spring 2015, things got much worse. Suddenly, the active mother of four and restaurant owner from Arab was confined to bed, barely able to move. “I couldn’t walk – couldn’t do anything,” she said. “I’d never wish that kind of pain on anybody.” Ditto’s family physician referred her to the Spine & Neuro Center at Huntsville Hospital. Tests showed Ditto had a herniated disc in her lumber (lower) spine, which was pressing on the sciatic nerve. Neurosurgeon Cheng W. Tao, MD, surgically repaired the bulging disc, 16 huntsvillehospital.org
and Ditto felt great – until she slipped on a hotel pool deck last summer and re-injured her back. She returned to Dr. Tao for a second minimallyinvasive microdiscetomy surgery in November 2017. Within days, the pain disappeared and Ditto felt good as new. “I went from wondering how I would survive another day with back pain to being full steam ahead with living,” said Ditto, 35. “It was almost like I woke up and could do cartwheels. I’m just so grateful to Dr. Tao and the Spine & Neuro Center.” Dr. Tao said he’s thrilled to hear that Ditto is pain-free and enjoying life again. “Getting patients back to their normal lifestyle is the outcome I strive for in every surgical case,” he said.
Ditto is back serving up burritos and smiles at her family restaurant, Sierra’s Mexicanisimo in Arab. In April, she and her husband took a bucketlist vacation to China – a trip that would have been out of the question before surgery. “I feel like I have my life back now,” said Ditto.
Get to know Crystal and watch her tell her story in her own words at myreason.org. You can also watch other patients tell their stories and hear their reason for choosing Huntsville Hospital.
that stands up A strong back is essential to doing all the things you enjoy. Being active again can come from a balanced treatment approach designed by our rehab specialists, physicians and nurses. With a custom treatment plan you are one step closer to getting back to your life.
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“Starla is one of the most compassionate and caring nurses I’ve ever worked with. She goes the extra mile to ensure her patients are well taken care of and are getting the best care possible.” “She is always doing what is best for her patients and co-workers, even if it requires more work on her part. Her selfless attitude inspires each of us on a daily basis.” “Starla is one of those rare employees who has never said no when asked to work extra, always has a smile on her face, and will handle any crisis situation with insight, skill and understanding.”
Surgical/Trauma ICU nurse Starla Pike is the Employee of the Year.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit (STICU) charge nurse Starla Pike is Huntsville Hospital’s Employee of the Year. “I’m extremely honored,” Pike said. “I’m proud of the work that I do, the unit that I work on, and the people who I work with.” Pike joined Huntsville Hospital after graduating from Calhoun Community College’s nursing program in 2003. She has spent her entire career in STICU, which cares for patients recovering from severe car wrecks and other trauma, general surgery and vascular surgery. Pike can relate to the trauma patients and their loved ones on a personal level. In 2005, her younger sister, Sharon, was killed in a car accident. “Her death helped me become a better nurse and a better comfort system for our families,” Pike said. “I can really understand what they’re going through, and I like the feeling of helping them through a difficult time.”
Megan Roberts and her service dog, Dove, share a quiet moment in the hospital.
DOVE LOVES MEGAN Megan Roberts is not only the youngest patient in Huntsville Hospital’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program – she’s one of the most inspiring. Whether she’s walking on a treadmill to get stronger or talking to Center for Lung Health physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists, the 21-yearold Huntsville woman always has an infectious smile and a can-do attitude.
88th person under 20 to ever have that operation,” she said.
of her many health problems, she was forced to withdraw from school at UAH.
With solid food no longer an option, Roberts gets all of her nutrition through an IV line.
Through the hospital’s Pulmonary Rehab program, Roberts has been working hard to improve her physical stamina and lung capacity.
Her positive approach to Pulmonary Rehab is remarkable when you consider her difficult medical journey.
Because her pancreas is gone, Roberts’ body also cannot produce insulin. She is on an insulin pump and has a service dog named Dove who alerts her when her blood sugar levels get out of whack. Dove, a gift from Make-AWish Foundation, is Roberts’ constant companion and joins her for most Pulmonary Rehab appointments.
Before she was old enough to drive, Roberts was diagnosed with hereditary chronic pancreatitis with small ductile disease and GI tract paralysis – a painful condition that caused digestive problems and frequent bouts of nausea.
Just when things started to look up, Roberts had another setback. In July 2017, she needed emergency openheart surgery to remove dangerous blood clots that had formed in both pulmonary arteries.
That led to major surgery in January 2013 to remove Roberts’ pancreas, spleen, gall bladder, appendix and part of her small intestines. “I was just the
Doctors were able to restore blood flow to her right lung but not the left, so she gets winded easily climbing stairs or playing with Dove. Because
“Megan is a remarkable young lady who has exceeded our expectations for Pulmonary Rehab,” said Luther Corley, MD, a Huntsville Hospital Lung Center pulmonologist. Roberts is feeling better lately and has enrolled in a veterinary assistant program at Calhoun Community College. She has also become a passionate advocate for Make-a-Wish, which grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses. Roberts raises money for the organization by selling $1 silicone bracelets that say “Dove Loves Wishes.”
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Above left, Robbie and Bill Hallisey, and right, Carla Johnson and Linda Raqusa take advantage of the free balance class offered at the Wellness Centers. The class features exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activity for daily living skills.
Paul Mammana and Marilyn Ford with the cast at Red Bay Dinner & Show.
Sew Healing volunteers show off their handiwork during the 100,000 pillows celebration. Thank you to the Foundation and Huntsville Hospital Auxiliary for funding for this program!
Tom and Blanche Irby at Red Bay Dinner & Show.
Springtime in Kentucky group members tour the Ark in Williamstown, KY. Source | Spring 2018
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Crawfish Boil and Cornhole Tournament benefiting the Neurological ICU
June 2, 4-8 p.m. S.R. Butler Green at Campus 805 Source | Spring 2018
OUT AND ABOUT
in OUR COMMUNITY Huntsville Hospital Foundation hosted Party in the Park to benefit Madison Hospital on March 2. The event raised more than $69,000 for an additional joint replacement operating table for Madison Hospital’s Surgery Department. Thank you to guests and sponsors for supporting this fun event!
Top left, Sheryl Thomason, Madison Hospital Women’s Council president and Party in the Park event chairman, and her husband Pat attend Party in the Park to raise funds for Madison Hospital. Top right, Madison Hospital employees enjoy the party with Madison Hospital President Mary Lynne Wright (seated). Bottom left, Joe Campbell; Betty Hawk; Boots and Mary Lynne Wright; and The Honorable Tommy Overcash and his wife Debbie. Bottom center, Rodney and Beth Richardson, Huntsville Hospital Health Care Authority Board member and Madison Hospital Board member; Lia and Ray White; and Stacey and Mike Goodman, Health Care Authority Board member and Madison Hospital Board chairman. Bottom right, Larry and Foundation Trustee Kim Lewis enjoy the casual atmosphere of Party in the Park, which featured food trucks, live music and “moonshine” lemonade.
A special thank you to our 2018 Party in the Park Patron Sponsors:
HUNTSVILLE HAVOC MELISSA GEORGE NIGHT
The 2018 Melissa George Havoc Night was one of the most successful to date, raising more than $61,000 for the Foundation’s Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund. Donations and jersey auction proceeds provided 14 Nära open cribs for Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children’s Regional Neonatal ICU. The Huntsville Havoc has raised almost $600,000 for the fund over the past 12 years.
The puck is dropped by NICU “graduate” Adrian Baldridge and his family.
The Havoc presents NICU Director Cheryl Case (far left) and nurses with fleece blankets handmade by the players for babies in the unit. The Havoc honored the nurses at the game.
NICU “graduate” and Havoc fan Brenna Gardner poses with Havoc defenseman Derek Perl following the live jersey auction.
Chris, Lily Baker, Amy, and Ann Catherine George celebrate the 12th annual Melissa George Night in loving memory of their daughter and sister Melissa.
Ashley Balch, Huntsville Havoc president “Melissa’s Fund has become much more than just a game or a charity to us. It is part of who we are and reminds us how lucky we are to be a part of this community. When we held our inaugural Melissa George Night in 2007, we never imagined it would turn into an event where thousands of people would come together to help save lives. When our staff and players tour the NICU each season, we see how it has grown and all the new equipment that is in place. We get to meet families and see fragile infants who are fighting to live and are being helped because of donations from people like the Havoc fans. It really hits home about how amazing the staff is, and we are grateful for our fans who give from the heart. They should feel very proud of the contributions they make and the role they play in giving these children a chance at life.” Source | Spring 2018
FOUNDATION DONOR SPOTLIGHT ANDI HILL AND FAMILY
Patient Micheal enjoys testing out the new Lilypad IV pole seats in the Pediatric Unit at HH for Women & Children. High schoolers from Austin, Texas, made the Lilypads and donated them while in Huntsville for the FIRST Robotics Competition Rocket City Regional.
Foundation Trustee Bree Wilbourn, her husband Rick and her daughter Brinley enjoy breakfast at Metro Diner’s soft opening. The event raised more than $2,400 for the Foundation.
Pediatric patients at Madison Hospital can now be transported in this new IV pole wagon, thanks to the James Clemens High School Varsity Dance Team! Pictured with the dance team are Melissa Taylor, Director of Clinical Operations; Cindy Cooper, RN, Emergency Department Nurse Manager; Roger Leggett with Chad’s Bracket, which produced the wagon; and Ryan Murray, RN, Director for Emergency Department, Imaging and Cardiopulmonary. 26 huntsvillehospital.org
Andi Hill is the mother of three children—Jessica, Julianne and Jared—who were all born profoundly deaf and who, thanks to medical technology, utilize cochlear implants to hear, listen, and speak. Andi and her husband Steve have been generous donors and friends of Huntsville Hospital Foundation for many years. Andi was instrumental in the 2010 development of Huntsville Hospital’s Pediatric Audiology Department—a comprehensive center that addresses the needs of North Alabama infants and children with suspected hearing loss. When Andi and Steve suspected hearing loss with their oldest daughter Jessica, there were no pediatric audiologists in Huntsville. After traveling all the way to Pennsylvania for an accurate diagnosis, they became passionate about paving the way for other families in our area to have access to top specialists and resources closer to home. Since 2010, Andi and Steve have helped ensure the continued existence, growth and development of the Pediatric Audiology Department at Huntsville Hospital through their own personal contributions, and by advocating on behalf of the Foundation and encouraging others to support the program. May is Better Hearing and Speech Month—the perfect opportunity to bring awareness to Andi’s story of strength and advocacy.
“95% of parents who are confronted with early childhood hearing loss have no prior exposure to hearing loss. Although this is a frightening process, the earlier you have a diagnosis, the better.” – Andi Hill Q: How would a parent’s experience today be different than yours thanks to the Huntsville Hospital Pediatric Audiology Department? A: There were no audiologists in Huntsville with a pediatric specialty at the time; so unfortunately, our oldest daughter was misdiagnosed as having more hearing than she actually did. We lost precious time in her early developmental years—ones which are critical to the development of listening, language and speech skills—because the hearing aids we had purchased were not right for the realities of her hearing loss. Today’s parents have the advantages of mandatory Newborn Hearing Screenings, which were voluntarily implemented at Huntsville Hospital in 2000, and became part of the mandatory Newborn Screening Panel for the state of Alabama in 2008. I’m thrilled to say our community was one of the first in the state to offer Newborn Hearing Screening, and I’m grateful Huntsville Hospital chose to be so progressive upon recognizing the needs and benefits this screening offers. Q: Why are you passionate about giving to the Pediatric Audiology Department? A: We made 500 round trips to and from the comprehensive pediatric audiology and speech therapy center in Birmingham with our first two children. We made many sacrifices so they could receive the appropriate audiology and Auditory-Verbal Therapy services that we believed gave them the best opportunities to develop their potential. For us, that meant each child using technological hearing solutions to listen, speak and thrive. Our family still feels very blessed we could make the choices we did, and we wanted others to have similar
opportunities. It was a deeply held dream of mine to see a comprehensive center in Huntsville that could serve the needs of infants and children who are deaf or hard of hearing. From our own journey, I knew that the resources necessary for families to help their children needed to be more accessible geographically. Recognizing the needs families had here fueled my passion for working to improve the lives of area infants and children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Huntsville Hospital’s Pediatric Audiology Department, with the testing, therapy and treatment options it offers, is about far more than essential medical services. It’s about offering hope, empowering parents in the face of adversity and encouraging each child to reach his or her potential. Q: Why is it important that Huntsville residents have access to this technology and treatment? A: Because time is of the essence! There are so many important developmental milestones infants achieve in the first three years of life, and many they achieve in the first year. Having access to the testing, technology and treatments Huntsville Hospital Pediatric Audiology Department offers means that services are available here, at one of Alabama’s major birthing centers, to effectively manage and treat pediatric hearing loss. Parents do not have to make long trips to access the critical services their child desperately needs … That reduces the stress and logistical difficulties of an already very difficult circumstance. Q: What else should parents and the community know about early childhood hearing loss? A: It is so important to capitalize on all the advantages offered by Newborn Hearing Screening and pediatric
diagnostic audiology. Our younger two children’s journeys were much shorter and less complicated because they got such an early start. Because their hearing losses were accurately diagnosed in the first two weeks of life by appropriately qualified pediatric audiologists, they were hearing with hearing aids in the first month of life and had cochlear implants at the earliest possible ages. Cochlear implants offered Jared and Julianne the capacity to hear very well and optimally benefit from Auditory Verbal Therapy and all we were doing at home. Because of that, their journey from silence to sound to spoken language communication was much shorter than it was for their older sister. While the circumstance our family has faced with no history of deafness but all three children being born with severeprofound sensorineural hearing loss is extremely rare, our story highlights the positive outcomes possible for children with hearing loss today. All three kids have been very successful using technological hearing solutions to listen, speak and thrive in the mainstream. Jessica graduated with honors from high school and college, and is in the second year of her studies to complete her doctorate in Physical Therapy; Jared graduated from high school with honors and is in college in North Carolina; and Julianne is at or near the top of her high school class while maintaining a busy sports, student leadership, and extracurricular activity schedule. There is hope for the future and the journey is smoother (and shorter) the earlier you start! To learn more about the services offered at Huntsville Hospital Pediatric Speech Therapy and Audiology, call (256) 265-7952. Source | Spring 2018
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