Thursday, September 22, 2016

USA Welcomes Dr. John Hunter

Dr. John Hunter recently was appointed assistant professor of surgery at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and will serve as a surgeon with USA Physicians Group.

Prior to joining USA, Dr. Hunter served as assistant professor of acute care and trauma surgery at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), and as a general surgeon at the VA Hospital in Birmingham, Ala.

Dr. Hunter earned his medical degree from UAB, where he also completed his residency training in general surgery. He then completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at UAB and a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the University of Texas Houston Colon and Rectal Clinic.

Dr. Hunter is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery.

To make an appointment with Dr. Hunter, call (251) 445-8282.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Free Football Tickets, Tailgate for USA Health Employees

USA Health is providing complimentary tickets for every USA Health employee and a guest to attend the USA Jaguars vs. Troy University football game on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Each employee is eligible for two tickets. Each employee and a guest also can attend a free tailgating barbecue dinner catered by Sonny's BBQ before the game. Food will be served from 4:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Please register for tickets by clicking here anytime between now and Oct. 12. You must pre-register for tickets by Oct. 12.

We've designed a special USA Health Game Day T-shirt for the event, and we hope you will join us in wearing one at the game. These long-sleeve shirts cost $10 and will be sold at USA Medical Center on Oct. 4, USA Children's & Women's Hospital on Oct. 5, Springhill Avenue Campus on Oct. 6 and the Medical Sciences Building on Oct. 7.

Get details about tickets, tailgating, T-shirts and parking here. View photos from last year's event below.

USA Health System Game Day 2015 from USA Health on Vimeo.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

USA Sickle Cell Center Hosts Grand Opening of Learning Resource and Development Center

The University of South Alabama Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center held a grand opening for its Learning Resource and Development Center on Sept. 12, 2016.

At the event, pediatric patients had the opportunity to learn about the new center and its resources, as well as meet medical staff, including new adult nurse practitioner Jessica King.

The Learning Development and Resource Center (LRDC) is part of the Sickle Cell Center’s Pediatric to Adult Care Transition Program (PACT), which bridges the gap between pediatric and adult health care for patients with sickle cell disease. PACT currently serves 47 clients. Dr. Johnson Haynes, director of USA’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, said that patients in the program are “prepared when they transition from the pediatric world of nurturing to what the world expects them to be, independent and effective in their own right.”

“There has always been a very strong group of pediatric professionals, but there has been a shortage, not just locally, but nationally, in terms of doctors and allied health professionals who have been willing to care for sickle cell patients.” said Dr. Haynes, who is professor of internal medicine at the USA College of Medicine. He wants clients in transition from pediatric to adult care to understand the complexities of adult health care and the insurance industry so that they have the best tools to create confidence as adult patients.

The LRDC will give PACT clients tools to empower them to succeed not just in their health, but also in the work force. “We will facilitate resources for their academic development and expose them to things such as college prep or vocational services that may provide support in their career paths,” Dr. Haynes said. “For many, it will be a matter of providing them something that we take for granted, and that’s access to computers to do schoolwork, apply to colleges, or submit job applications. We want to be a resource and facilitate individuals with sickle cell disease to become whole adults in terms of being prepared to deal with their adult lives.”

The resources available from PACT and the LRDC complement services provided by the community-based sickle cell organization, the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America- Mobile Chapter.

Dr. Haynes is grateful for community support. “I’d just like to say thanks to the community, because the LRDC would not exist without their emotional and financial support.”

For more information about PACT, contact coordinator Tshemika Perryman at 251-470-5893. Click here to learn more about USA’s Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center.

View more photos from the grand opening here.

Reminder: USA Health to Host Welcome Reception for New Physicians

Row 1, from left: Dr. Phillip Henderson, Dr. Scott Patterson, Dr. Moh'd Khushman, Dr. Christopher Jones, Dr. Osama Abdul-Rahim. Row 2, from left: Dr. Preston Daugherty, Dr. Stephen Bowden, Dr. Hani Sabahi, Dr. Marirose Trimmier, Dr. Steve Cordina. Row 3, from left: Dr. Stephen Snypes, Dr. Weisi Yan, Dr. Curtis Turner, Dr. Charles Hartin Jr., Dr. Kane Schaphorst. Row 4, from left: Dr. Markus Lammle, Dr. Kevin Bradley, Dr. James West, Dr. Tracy Roth, Dr. Brian Gelpi. Row 5, from left: Dr. Clayton Smith, Dr. Kevin Everett, Dr. Elizabeth Park, Dr. John B. Howell, Dr. John Hunter.
The University of South Alabama is hosting a welcome reception for 24 new physicians who recently joined USA Health.

The event is open to the University community and will take place on Sept. 28, 2016, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital Cafeteria at 1700 Center Street in Mobile. Light refreshments will be served.

The following physicians will be recognized: 

Dr. Osama Abdul-Rahim
Interventional Radiology

Dr. Stephen Bowden
Emergency Medicine

Dr. Kevin Bradley

Dr. Steve Cordina
Interventional Neurology

Dr. Preston Daugherty
Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Kevin Everett

Dr. Brian Gelpi

Dr. Charles Hartin Jr.
Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Phillip Henderson
Gastroenterology, Hepatology

Dr. John Hunter

Dr. Christopher Jones
Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Moh’d Khushman
Medical Oncology

Dr. Markus Lammle

Dr. Elizabeth Park

Dr. Scott Patterson
Burn/Trauma/Critical Care Surgery

Dr. Tracy Roth
Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Hani Sabahi

Dr. Kane Schaphorst
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Stephen Snypes

Dr. Clayton Smith
Radiation Oncology

Dr. Marirose Trimmier
Family Medicine

Dr. Curtis Turner

Dr. James West
Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Weisi Yan
Radiation Oncology

To make an appointment with any USA Physician, call (251) 434-3711.