Gratitude Flows Both Ways at UAB Medicine

Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, grab your tissues and watch four amazing patients express their gratitude for the tremendous care they received at UAB Hospital. These stories both inspire us and encourage us to stay focused on our mission: To improve the health and well-being of society, particularly the citizens of Alabama, by providing innovative health services of exceptional value that are patient- and family-centered, a superior environment for the education of health professionals, and support for research that advances medical science.

More Good News for November 22, 2017

When Donna Lissenbee came to UAB, she was in acute respiratory distress. What followed was an incredible journey with physicians in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. Through experimental treatments like ECMO and plasma exchange, her lung damage has healed, and she's now home with her family in time for the holidays. Read the UAB News story.

The Highlands Geriatrics Clinic won a “People’s Choice” poster award during UAB Medicine’s National Quality Week. The storyboard highlighted their program to end hunger among older adults. The project is ongoing, and many patients have expressed heartfelt thanks for how much it helps them. They were even able to help one special patient on her birthday, making it the “best she’s had in several years.”

When a local dialysis center made the Division of Nephrology aware of families who could use a little extra help this Thanksgiving, faculty and staff pitched in to provide a box of food items, a $25 gift card, and $50 in cash to four area families. The Department is happy to celebrate such giving spirit!

Four physicians from the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology are raising money for the American Cancer Society during "No-Shave November." Mel Wilcox, MD, MSPH (Director) Kondal Kyanam, MD (Assistant Professor) Talha Malik, MD, MSPH (Assistant Professor) and Jim Callaway, MD (Assistant Professor) started clean-shaven and have grown facial hair throughout the month. On Wednesday, November 29, 4:30–7:00 p.m. in UAB Hospital West Pavilion atrium, the team will take part in the “UAB Faculty Shave-Off Celebration,” where the doctor who raised the least amount of money will have his legs shaved! Donate to the cause.

If you’re looking for a great way to make a difference in the community, look no further than Equal Access Birmingham, the medical student-run free clinic at the Church of the Reconciler in downtown Birmingham. Preceptors are in short supply, and the Department encourages faculty to consider volunteering time for one or two clinics over the course of the next year. EAB Clinic is open every Sunday afternoon from 1:30­–5:30 p.m. and Wednesday evenings from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Just sign up via the links for the Sunday or Wednesday of your choice.

Coming Next Week to Medical Grounds. The Department will present, “Who Will Pay for Healthcare? And How?” with guest panelists Will Ferniany, PhD, CEO, UAB Health System; Dow Briggs, MD, Chief Business Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama; Bob Centor, MD (Professor, General Internal Medicine-retired) and Nancy Dunlap, MD, PhD, MBA (Professor Emerita, Pulmonary, Allergy & Critical Care). Department of Medicine Chair Seth Landefeld, MD, will moderate. Wednesday, November 29, noon, Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium.

Mark your calendars for merriment! The Department of Medicine Holiday Party will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, at the National Alumni Society House.