I believe there is a country song by that title but I am going to borrow it this month. Are you as surprised as I am at how quickly the days turn into weeks...weeks into months...and before long we will be looking at summer vacation schedules. With the weather the South has experienced this winter, I may go ahead and book my week just to keep my spirits up! Let's just blame it on the old groundhog.
February was a busy month for Troy Regional Medical Center and all of you. The managers started the month off with a Leadership Development Day off campus. Troy University Head Football Coach Neal Brown was the guest speaker who kicked off the day. If you haven't had the opportunity to meet Coach Brown, let me just say you are in for a wonderful experience.
With the tremendous cleats of Coach Larry Blakeney to fill, Troy University seems to have made the right choice in their recruitment of Neal Brown. And speaking of recruitment, if you attended one of the Winter Town Hall Sessions recently, you heard our plan to recruit and retain employees here at TRMC. We really do want all of you to be able to say, "Troy Regional Medical Center is a great place to work." During Coach Brown's talk, he asked that we "Fly the Colors for Troy University." I feel that each time we treat a patient, physician and each other with quality care, dignity and respect that we are flying the colors of TRMC.
And what about the color Red...Go Red for Women and Heart Disease? Thanks to all of you who purchased a t-shirt for the Pike County American Heart Association. It was great to see everyone wearing those shirts on Fridays in February. And the Heart Walk was a tremendous success. TRMC was well represented with the Sleep Lab, Home Health, Radiology, Physician Practices and Physical Therapy departments. Thank you all for taking the time for this great event. I believe over $30,000 was raised for heart disease through the event.
With February behind us, March is here and full of events. Just to mention a few that will be highlighted here at TRMC are Sleep Awareness Month; National Nutrition Month; National Poison Prevention Week and of course Doctor's Day. There will be two Doctor's Day events this year. The first is a breakfast for physicians only on Monday, March 30 to observe the original Doctor's Day. This event will give the physicians an opportunity to visit with each other. But on Thursday, April 2...let the fun begin. TRMC will honor the physicians and their families with an Easter Egg Hunt. The event will be held that afternoon and will be open to TRMC employee's immediate family members. Age categories and times will be announced soon. Mark your calendar for food, fun and fellowship here on the TRMC campus.
During the Town Hall Sessions, I encourage each of you to volunteer for events here at TRMC as well as those in the community. The organizers of these events would really appreciate your help. Please let your manager know if there is something you would like to be a part of. Thank you for continuing to make "TRMC a great place to work!"
Teresa Grimes, CEO
Women's Health Clinic Open on Wednesday Mornings
Troy Regional Medical Center and Troy University are pleased to announce the opening of a Women's Health Clinic on Wednesday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Student Health Center located in Hamil Hall. Dr. Paul Dulaney, Board Certified OB/GYN, will be seeing patients in the Clinic. Dr. Dulaney brings more than 15 years of experience to the Clinic and is currently serving as Chief of Staff for Troy Regional Medical Center. TRMC and Troy University are proud to offer this service to the students at the University. Walk-ins are welcome and appointments are accepted.
Pike County Chaplains Association:
BAGGETT, Kenneth - Baptist - 268-3048 (cell)
DUNN, Wiley D. - 372-1230 (cell) - 566-0811
ELDER, Larry - 260-403-5489 (cell)
FLINN, William E. - Methodist - 566-8784
HAYES, Richard - Baptist - 670-1833
KIDD, Glen - 672-1865
LARKIN, Nathaniel - 372-1839
SHIRLEY, Edward Davis - 313-3176 (cell)
Scale Back Alabama Kicks Off 2015 Contest
CONTACT: Troy Regional Medical Center
Alabama has the 8th highest rate of obesity among adults of any state in the country, which is a better ranking than in previous years, but still not good.
In its 9th year, Scale Back Alabama is targeted to these adults. The statewide weight-loss contest has resulted in more than one million pounds lost since its beginning eight years ago, and it continues to be a great way to start the new year by motivating Alabamians to eat less and move more.
This year's program is improved based on feedback from previous participants and local coordinators. Those 18 and older can now participate in teams of two, rather than teams of four, and they can go online to register themselves starting January 6. Once registered, they must go to an official weigh-in site during the week of Jan. 19 - 25 to do their initial weigh in. Then, each week they will receive health tips from a panel of experts. At the end of the contest, all individuals and teams who lose at least 10 pounds (one pound a week) will be placed in a drawing for cash prizes.
"We're serving as a public weigh-in site this year and will be offering the following times for teams to come by and sign up for the contest and do their initial weigh in (insert times and locations)," said ______. "We know the importance of a healthy diet and exercise and are excited to be a part of this free, statewide effort to get Alabamians healthier."
Scale Back Alabama, now in its ninth year, is designed for adults, but the hope is that these adults will positively influence their family and friends. In fact, this year's program will have more of a family focus and will include health tips for children.
Scale Back Alabama is sponsored by the Alabama Hospital Association and the Alabama Department of Public Health, in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. For more information, visit www.scalebackalabama.com or visit on Facebook.
Under beautiful clear skies near the helipad of Troy Regional Medical Center, hospital employees, Rotarians and guests witnessed the release of 232 tagged balloon! The balloons will be tracked for 10 days with the ticket holder of the balloon located the greatest distance from Troy receiving $1,000.
The crowd enjoyed a short program by Keith Roling Rotary Club president. He noted this was end Polio Week and Rotary Day across the country. He pointed out the importance of Rotary and their support of community activities like this one. Steve Garrott, chairman of the Pike Medical Foundation also thanked those in attendance for their support of this project. Other dignitaries present included Troy Mayor Jason Reeves; Pike County Sheriff Russell Thomas and former probate judge Bill Stone. Several hospital representatives spoke and Karen Herring, event chair, said the proceeds from the event would be used to renovate the emergency department/admission area waiting room.
The WSFA storm tracker van was displayed at the event. At the time of lift off 232 balloons headed up then southward where WSFA meteorologist Eric Snitil said, "At 10,000 feet they would encounter a 50 mph west wind and head east."
WTBF radio and the Troy Messenger were on hand and both will post location results for the next ten days.
Trina Thomson, audiologist, was the featured speaker recently for the Troy Exchange Club. Trina shared information on hearing and care for the ears during her presentation. Trina is the full time audiologist for Wilton, McRae, M.D., ENT at Troy Regional Medical Center. Pictured are Donna McLaney, president of the Troy Exchange Club; Trina Thomason and Frank Thompson, club member. The Troy Exchange Club meets each Thursday at noon in the American Legion Building in downtown Troy.
On Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, Troy Regional Medical Center employees were getting ready for the ALS Challenge issued by the TRMC Emergency Department to the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Nursing Officer. The "O's" decided to create a fundraiser from the Challenge. Rubber ducks were sold for $5 each with a number written on them. The person who purchased the number on the duck that was plucked from the fountain, was the lucky one who poured the water on the participant. And the fun begins...
Teresa Grimes and Larry Hancock hosted the Troy Rotary Meeting for August 26th. They invited Dr. Paul Dulaney, OB/GYN and Chief of Staff at Troy Regional Medical Center. Dr. Dulaney provided the members with an update on the status of TRMC. Dr. Dulaney shared with the Rotarians that the hospital staff is proud of their work and continues to make major improvements including new equipment, updated facilities, electronic patient data and a clinical affiliation with Southeast Alabama Medical Center. He added that Troy Regional Medical Center meets or exceeds the same quality standards as all other hospitals in the state and nation. Pictured from the left are Teresa Grimes, TRMC Chief Executive Officer; Jennifer Dulaney, Dr. Paul Dulaney and Larry Hancock.
Additional information: Dr. Dulaney was born and raised in Dothan. He practiced medicine in Ozark from 2004 until 2011 when he moved his practice to Troy. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Alabama, Birmingham and his medical degree is from the University of South Alabama. Dr. Dulaney completed his internship, residency, and fellowship at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C. Dr. Dulaney and his wife Jennifer have two children, Nicolas and Mary Katherine. Dr. Dulaney enjoys family time, photography, and the beach.
Amy Minor, CNO; Teresa Grimes, CEO and Janet Smith, CFO were lined up on the TRMC Memory Fountain wall like "sitting ducks" waiting for the ice cold buckets of water. The winners of the lucky ducks were April Sneed, Alice Teal and Dell Stokes. Looks like the water felt really good for the winners who had to stand in the fountain to pour the water and the ones who received the ice cold drenching!
Pam Ray, R.N. and TRMC emergency department manager, was honored to accept a Certificate of Recognition from the Pike County Post #70 American Legion and American Legion Women's Auxiliary Unit #70 at the September 11, 2014 Morning of Remembrance for September 11, 2001 ceremony. The Certificate reads: "Pike County Post #70 American Legion and American Legion Women's Auxiliary Unit #70 hereby recognizes Troy Regional Medical Center for your service to the community and your concern for the safety and quality of its citizens. The citizens of Troy thank you for your dedicated service." Troy Regional Medical Center was honored to be a part of the ceremony and to be recognized.
With its tree lined streets, historic homes and churches, and newly renovated town square, Troy is one of the most charming cities in the south. We are the home of Troy University, the second largest university in the state.
We are continuously growing in population and are at the forefront of economic development, yet we remain a small, traditional town with southern pride and hospitality.
In Troy, residents and visitors alike are always greeted with a cheerful smile and helping hand. Our schools, churches, attractions, and neighborhoods are a perfect combination for you and your family.