Thursday, April 2, 2015

Mark Your Calendar: Sickle Cell Regional Conference

The University of South Alabama Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center will host the 14th Annual Sickle Cell Regional Conference on May 2, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The conference, "Practical Issues XIV: The Good, The Bad, The Misunderstood," will be held at USA Medical Center in the second floor conference center.

The conference features nationally and locally recognized experts in medicine, nursing and allied health. The conference reflects the USA comprehensive Sickle Cell Center’s commitment to educating healthcare professionals on current aspects of sickle cell disease treatment, related complications, and psychosocial issues.

The conference registration fee covers conference syllabi, continental breakfast, and a box lunch on Saturday.

To make reservations, call (251) 470-5893 or e-mail For more information about the conference, visit

Enter to win free admittance to the 2016 Annual Sickle Cell Conference by registering early (Deadline April 10, 2015, by 5 p.m.). A drawing will be held May 2, 2015. You must be present the day of the conference to win.

USA Obstetrics and Gynecology Employees Recognized for Customer Service

Shavella Everett, medical assistant in the USA department of obstetrics and gynecology, and Robyn Wiatt, medical assistant in the USA department of obstetrics and gynecology, recently were presented Employee Recognition Awards for outstanding customer service skills.

Shavella Everett

"Shavella has stepped up and taken on added responsibilities in keeping the clinics running smoothly. She always has a smile on her face and never complains. The department is lucky to have such a dedicated employee, not only working for the good of the University, but for the good of our patients as well."

      -Excerpt taken from a patient nomination form

Robyn Wiatt
"If anyone deserves recognition for being a hard and dedicated worker, Robyn does. She has been an asset to our group, and we have appreciated her expertise in all areas of the clinic. Her dedication to USA obstetrics and gynecology has not gone unnoticed."

      -Excerpt taken from a patient nomination form

To learn more about the USA Physicians Group Customer Service Recognition Program and to print a nomination form, click here.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

USA Welcomes Certified Nurse Midwife

Jo Ellen Roberson, M.S.N., CNM, recently joined the University of South Alabama department of obstetrics and gynecology.  Roberson is a certified nurse midwife who will practice at the USA Center for Women’s Health and USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital.

“Jo Ellen compliments our faculty practice,” said Danny Rickert, practice director for the USA department of obstetrics and gynecology.  “Her patients enjoy the midwife delivery experience with the support of our experienced faculty and the resources available at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital.”

Roberson has more than 25 years of experience.  Prior to joining the USA department of obstetrics and gynecology, Roberson served as a nursing supervisor at both Lane County Public Health and at North Mississippi Medical Center. She also served as a program nurse manager at South Carolina department of health and environmental control for seven years.

Roberson received her nursing education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., and completed her master’s of science in nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Birmingham, Ala.

Roberson is now accepting new patients. To make an appointment, call the USA Center for Women’s Health at (251) 415-1496.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

April Med School Cafe - 'Choose Healthy'

The April Med School Café lecture will feature Dr. Alana Schilthuis, assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and an internist with USA Physicians Group.

Her lecture, titled “Choose Healthy,” will take place April 14, 2015, at the USA Faculty Club, located at 6348 Old Shell Road on USA’s main campus. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., and the presentation begins at noon.

During the talk, Dr. Schilthuis will discuss the top five most important things people can do to significantly improve their health and quality of life. Her top five tips are: knowing your ideal weight, identifying your primary care provider, smoking cessation, appropriate preventative screenings based on age and sex, and proper vaccinations.

Dr. Schilthuis earned her medical degree from the USA College of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at USA.

The Med School Café lecture and lunch are provided free of charge, but reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call Kim Partridge at (251) 460-7770 or e-mail

Med School Café is a free community lecture series sponsored by the USA Physicians Group. Each month, faculty from the USA College of Medicine share their expertise on a specific medical condition, providing insight on the latest treatment available.

Schilthuis Med School Cafe Promo from USA Health System on Vimeo.