Grand Rounds May

Avery Named Senior Vice President of Golden Living

James Avery, MD has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Golden Living. He will have clinical responsibility across all Golden Living businesses, including Golden Living Centers, Aegis Therapies and AseraCare Hospice and Home Health.
 Avery is a practicing physician who worked for 14 years as an internal medicine and pulmonary specialist in Florida. He is board-certified in Internal and Pulmonary Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians.
 Most recently Avery was Senior Medical Director for Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care where he helped to grow the company into the largest hospice in New York City. Prior to that he was Senior Medical Director of The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, the largest hospice in the world at that time.
Avery serves as Assistant Clinical Professor in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 Lillian Wald Award for Healthcare Leadership in New York City and the Roger C. Bone National Leadership Award.
Avery earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received his Medical Degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa. He served his medical internship and residency at Northwestern University Hospitals in Chicago, and received fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Reception Honors John Farley, MD

 On April 30th, Hospice Compassus, the Birmingham Medical News, St. Vincent's One Nineteen Health and Wellness, and Somerby at St. Vincent's hosted a reception at the Bruno Conference Center for John Farley, MD to recognize Farley for earning a highly specialized board certification in hospice and palliative care.
In January, Farley became one of a few physicians in Alabama to be certified as a Diplomat in Hospice and Palliative Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. According to the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, this certification is considered the gold standard because of its unique physician directed approach for assessing qualifications.
Farley, a fourth generation physician, founded Birmingham Internal Medicine Associates, where he serves as medical director and president. He is the medical director for Hospice Compassus; St. Vincent's One Nineteen; and Grace Health and Rehabilitation. He will also become the medical director for Somerby at St. Vincent's One Nineteen once the senior living community completes construction later this summer.

Camp for Children Who Have Lost a Loved One

Wiregrass Hospice will be offering a camp for children this summer. Camp Brave Heart is designed for children, ages 7-14, who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Children throughout the area are invited to apply to attend. A prior affiliation with Wiregrass Hospice is not a prerequisite.
Experiencing a loss at any age is difficult, but it is especially hard on a child. Camp Brave Heart is run by clinical experts who understand the healing process and who care about the children that are left behind. While the emphasis is on healing, there is playtime as well. The children will participate in arts and crafts, boating, field games, and swimming. Children will also have the opportunity to honor the people they have lost with a special memorial service.
The camp will be held at Camp Woodman of the World located in Blountsville, AL from July 24th-27th, 2009. Volunteer applications to assist with Camp Brave Heart are being accepted. For more information call Jim Elrod or Jeaninne Pope; at 205-682-9441 or go to

Bearden Joins Staff of Princeton Baptist Medical Center

 Greg L. Bearden MD, general surgeon, has joined the medical staff of Princeton Baptist Medical Center. Bearden is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his surgical residency at the Baptist Health System hospitals. He is board certified and his areas of interest include laparoscopic general surgery, endocrine, breast and hernia surgery, and endoscopy and wound care.

Burch Joins Staff of Princeton Baptist Medical Center

Michael Burch, MD, hospitalist, has joined the medical staff of Princeton Baptist Medical Center. Burch is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and completed his residency at UAB. Burch is board certified in Internal Medicine and his professional focus is hospitalist medicine.

Members Of Inaugural Class Of Children's Nursing Hall Of Fame Named

Three women who spent a combined 114 years providing nursing care to the young patients at Children's Hospital have been chosen as members of the inaugural class of the Children's Health System Nursing Hall of Fame. Lois Alexander Caldwell, BSN, RN, of Mountain Brook, Elaine Klein, CRNA, PhD, of Hoover and Rebecca McAnnally, BSN, RN, of Cullman will be inducted during a ceremony to be held Wednesday, May 13 in conjunction with the health system's Annual Nursing Excellence Awards presentation and the observance of National Nurses Week

Brookwood Partners with Talladega Superspeedway

Talladega Superspeedway recently announced Brookwood Medical Center as the official healthcare provider for the fastest, biggest and most competitive motorsport facility in the world.
As part of the multi-year agreement, Brookwood will be providing support for the Talladega medical staff in the form of volunteers, clinical assistants, supplies and personnel. In addition, the hospital will be supporting both major NASCAR race events and ongoing activities throughout the year.

Shelby Baptist Honored With Two National Leadership Awards

Shelby Baptist Medical Center has been awarded two 2009 VHA Leadership Awards for Clinical Excellence based on its outstanding clinical performance in treating heart attacks and for receiving positive ratings from patients. The VHA annually recognizes member organizations that have differentiated themselves by demonstrating extraordinary levels of performance in clinical care, community benefit and supply chain management performance.
According to VHA, Shelby Baptist demonstrated the highest level of sustained improvement for the treatment of heart attack.
Shelby Baptist also achieved a high positive response rating from patients in all six categories of an assessment conducted by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
"Serving the community is our ministry," said David Wilson, Shelby Baptist president and CEO. "Employees throughout our hospital strive each day to reach superior levels of performance while working to expand our faith-based approach of healing and caring for those in need. Receiving these awards is evidence of our efforts and we are truly honored."
The hospital will be recognized at a special awards banquet in May during the 2009 VHA Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX.

Trinity Medical Center Names New Director for CVICU/CVSU units

Cindy Hall has been named Director for the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) and the Cardiovascular Stepdown Unit (CVSU) at Trinity Medical Center. Prior to joining Trinity, she served as a staff and relief charge nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, nurse manager of the Cardiac Intervention Unit and Monitoring Services and Director of the 3 West Cardiology Unit at Brookwood Hospital.
A native of Birmingham, Hall received her associate's degree in nursing from Wallace State Community College, a bachelor's degree in nursing from Jacksonville State University and also obtained her master's degree in nursing from Jacksonville State.
She has received numerous honors and awards including the 2007 Wallace State Community College Outstanding Alumni Award, the 2007 Birmingham Nurse of the Year honor and the 2006 Birmingham Caregiver of the Year honor. Her professional involvement includes membership in the American Nurses Association.

DCH Home Care Social Worker receives 'Making A Difference Award'

DCH Home Care social worker Donna Lowery has been named the recipient of the NBC13HD Making A Difference Award for her efforts to ensure her homebound patients have working smoke detectors.
Tilda Mims from Fire and Life Safety Education with the Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service nominated Lowery for the award presented by WVTM-NBC13 HD television station. "Donna makes a difference when she visits her patients. She takes time to focus on their overall environment to make sure they are as safe as they can be in their own homes," Mims said.
Lowery checks to see if there is a working smoke detector in a patient's home and if it's in the correct location. If a detector is not working or there is no alarm in a home, she notifies the Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Service. "Within a short time, an engine company arrives at that home, and detectors are checked, batteries are refreshed or if needed, new detectors are installed," Mims said.
Lowery has been a social worker with DCH Home Care for five years. Prior to joining DCH Home Care, Lowery was the director of emergency services for the West Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross for more than eight years. She is a member of the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency's Local Emergency Planning Committee.

UAB Professional Schools Again Ranked Among Nation's Best

The UAB AIDS and health administration programs again have been ranked among the nation's Top 10 graduate programs, according to rankings released in U.S. News Media Group's 2010 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools, available online at and featured in the May U.S. News & World Report magazine, on newsstands April 28.
The AIDS program within the School of Medicine is ranked sixth, while the School of Health Professions master's degree program in Health Administration is ranked seventh.
The master's program in the School of Nursing is ranked 26th in the nation. The School of Medicine also ranked 29th in research and 35th in primary care.

Atherotech Inc. Announces New Executive Leadership

Birmingham-based Atherotech has announced the promotion of executives Mike Mullen, Bob Shufflebarger and Scott Rezek.
Chief Financial Officer Mullen will lead Atherotech as President, Shufflebarger, who was the Vice President of Operations, now assumes expanded duties as Chief Operating Officer and Scott Rezek, who was leading marketing, will assume expanded duties as Vice President of Commercial Operations.
Mullen, an experienced finance executive, also brings perspective gained from a unique background combining accounting and laboratory sciences. As CFO, Mullen worked to promote Atherotech's VAP® (Vertical Auto Profile) Cholesterol Test to physicians and expand business-to-business diagnostic lab sales. He was involved in several rounds of financing from institutional investors.
Prior to Atherotech, Shufflebarger managed business development activities for Southern Research Institute. Rezek's new duties will include sales, customer service and business development in addition to marketing the VAP Cholesterol Test and Atherotech.

CON Review Board Approves Princeton Expansion Plans 

Princeton Baptist Medical Center's $72 million expansion and renovation project has been unanimously approved by Alabama's Certificate of Need Review Board. The project includes renovation of 60,000 square feet of existing space – primarily the renovation of the hospital's 16 surgery suites – and the addition of 90,000 square feet including surgical recovery space, improved patient and visitor access, and better way finding.
 "Clearly this is very good news and we are excited about the State Certificate of Need Review Board's unanimous approval of Princeton's expansion plans," said Keith Parrott, Princeton president. "This campus expansion will allow us to continue the high level of care our patients expect and deserve, and we anticipate breaking ground in late 2009."
The project is Princeton's first capital investment at this scale in more than 30 years.

Urology Centers of Alabama Hosts Australian Physicians 

In April, Urology Centers of Alabama hosted two physicians from Australia. Nigel Dunglison, MBBS, FRACS and Jeremy Grummet, MBBS, FRACS spent two days observing Urology Centers physicians in surgery, before making their way to Chicago for the annual American Urological Association National meeting.
"American Medical Systems coordinates a teaching program for Australian urologists to come to centers in the US where reconstructive or prosthetic surgery is being performed," Dunglison said. "We came to this center last year, and felt that it represented a good value for teaching for us. So they've very kindly allowed us to come back this year."
After a twenty-hour flight, the Australian physicians observed several types of prostate surgery the first day, and procedures for erectile dysfunction and incontinence the next day. "It's been really worthwhile," Dunglison said. "I saw technology used that I had never seen before, and it was used very professionally. We owe a lot to the Urology Center doctors for letting us come along, because this interrupts their schedule and work."
Brian Christine, MD, who performed incontinence and erectile dysfunction procedures observed by the Australians, felt that the program benefited everyone. "From my standpoint, it's an educational experience, hopefully, for all involved," Christine said. "If there are some things that I do well, and I can illustrate them, that's great. At the same time, I'm sure there are plenty of things our guests do better than I do. So I think it's going to improve the quality of patient care for everyone. It's a win-win, and I'm glad we have the opportunity to do this together."

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