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Centreville Physician Named President of the Medical Association

Centreville Physician Named President of the Medical Association

BIRMINGHAM – Long-time Centreville physician, John S. Meigs Jr., M.D., was named president of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama during the Association’s Annual Meeting and Business Session last week. Dr. Meigs also serves on the board for the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners.

“The Association welcomes Dr. Meigs’ continued service on the Board of Censors as president,” Executive Director Mark Jackson said. “His medical experience, as well as his civic-mindedness and sense of compassion brings a strong perspective to the Board. It is a genuine pleasure to work with such a leader in the medical community.”

Dr. Meigs received his medical degree from the University of South Alabama and completed his internship and residency in family medicine with UAB/Selma Family Practice Residency Program.

He is a Diplomate with the American Board of Family Medicine. He is also a past president and former board chair of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians; a Fellow, former Speaker, a past president and immediate past board chair with the American Academy of Family Physicians, and member of the American Medical Association. With the Medical Association, Dr. Meigs has served as a Delegate, Counselor, Life Counselor, Speaker of the House of Delegates, Board of Censors and on numerous committees. From 2009 to 2018 he served on the State Committee of Public Health and was their Chair his last four years.

In 2014, Dr. Meigs received the high honor of being elected to the Alabama Healthcare Hall of Fame, which recognizes those persons who have made outstanding contributions to or rendered exemplary service for health care in the State of Alabama.

Dedicated to giving back to his community, Dr. Meigs has served as a clinical professor at The University of Alabama College of Community and Health Science and a clinical professor at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine. He is currently a member of the clinical faculty of the Cahaba Family Medicine Residency Program in Centreville. Additionally, he was named 2004 Bibb County Citizen of the Year by the Kiwanis Club. He has also served as President of Distinguished Young Women of Bibb County and is an active member of Brent Baptist Church where he serves as Moderator and as a deacon.

Dr. Meigs has been a member of the Bibb County Medical Society and the Medical Association since 1982.  He has been on the active medical staff of Bibb Medical Center since 1982.  His practice of Family Medicine continues with Bibb Medical Associates in Centreville.

 

Meet the 2019-2020 Board Officers and Board of Censors

  • John S. Meigs, Jr., M.D., President
  • Aruna Thotakura Arora, M.D., President-Elect
  • Jefferson Underwood, III, M.D., Immediate Past President
  • Amanda Williams, M.D., Vice President
  • Alexis T. Mason, M.D., Secretary-Treasurer
  • Julia L. Boothe, M.D., Speaker
  • Thomas James Weida, M.D., Vice-Speaker
  • Mark H. LeQuire, M.D., Board Chairman, At-Large Place No. 1
  • Michael T. Flanagan, M.D., Board Vice Chairman, 2nd District Censor
  • Max Rogers, M.D., 1st District Censor
  • Gary F. Leung, M.D., 3rd District Censor
  • Dick Owens, M.D., 4th District Censor
  • Patrick J. O’Neill, M.D., 5th District Censor
  • Eli L. Brown, M.D., 6th District Censor
  • Jane A. Weida, M.D., FAAFP, 7th District Censor
  • Beverly F. Jordan, M.D., At-Large Place No. 2
  • Hernando D. Carter, M.D., At-Large Place No. 3
  • Gregory Wayne Ayers, M.D., At-Large Place No. 4
  • William Jay Suggs, At-Large Place No. 5

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Underwood Minority Scholarship Award Announced

Underwood Minority Scholarship Award Announced

MONTGOMERY — The Underwood Minority Scholarship Award was officially announced during the Association’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Business Session. Named for long-time Montgomery physician and the Medical Association’s 152nd President Jefferson Underwood III, M.D., the Underwood Minority Scholarship Award is for African-American individuals underrepresented in Alabama’s medical schools and the state’s physician workforce.

Dr. Underwood became the first African-American male to serve as President of the Association in 2018-2019. He previously served the Association as President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer and Vice President. He is also a member of the Montgomery County Medical Society, in which he also served on the Board of Trustees and as President.

  • Applicants must be African American.
  • Students already attending medical and osteopathic school or who have been accepted are eligible.
  • One scholarship will be awarded annually.
  • Fundraising efforts will be the responsibility of the Medical Foundation of Alabama
  • The scholarship presentation will take place at the Medical Association’s Annual Meeting.
  • The Board of Medical Scholarship Awards will make recommendations to the Medical Association for potential recipients.
  • 2020 scholarship applications will become available in Fall 2019.

For more information, contact Mark Jackson at mjackson@alamedical.org.

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Could Employee Engagement be a Cultural Decision?

Could Employee Engagement be a Cultural Decision?

As the Baby Boomers retire and Millennials join the workforce, managers find themselves with a new challenge in engaging the staff. The baby boomers did not mind following strict rules, nor did they require a daily pat on the back. Most employees need more than just a task list. They need to feel valued, informed and engaged. Physician leaders and administrators can engage the staff more effectively if they are modeling a positive culture based on a mission statement, values and communicating goals. Behavior modeling creates a sense of trust and engagement in the staff that improves morale and retention. High turnover in a medical practice is stressful for everyone; the remaining staff must take on more work and re-train staff over, and over again. High staff turnover is costly – the time to interview, onboard staff and train staff reduces productivity, and it is a definite sign there is something wrong at the leadership level.

Most physicians are experiencing “burnout” due to challenges in health care and increasing patient volume. In past years, a group practice was led by a physician who was interested in the business of medicine; the others in the group simply supported the ideals of the lead physician. Physician and administrator relationships are the basis for building a positive culture. The physicians and the administrator should meet often. All physicians should be involved in business decisions and develop leadership styles to enhance a positive culture. New physicians have skills in technical aspects of practice management and can serve as a champion to guide new projects. An administrator skilled in communication and empowerment can engage staff and grow leaders. Practice administrators learn what motivates each employee, and they can influence the entire team by assuring conflict is avoided or resolved. An effective administrator assures the office is running smoothly and leads by example. The administrator is a coach in every sense; he or she impacts the physician leaders, the staff and the patients. An effective administrator seeks opportunities to build morale by celebrating work milestones, birthdays, or even organizing a company picnic.

Engaged employees contribute to the organization’s effectiveness. An engaged employee feels passionate about the job and is loyal to the practice. If an employee is emotionally committed to the practice, he or she is more committed to the goals of the practice. A workplace that encourages idea sharing and personal value will give leaders and employees a sense of purpose and belonging, which leads to empowerment. An engaged employee will be an advocate for the practice, they speak positively about their work and encourage others to be a part of the organization. As we invest in our employees and overall culture, we raise the level of expertise and strength. As the team grows stronger, the projects are successful and seamless because the administrator and the physicians can work at a higher level.

A positive culture shows in every aspect of the practice; the efficiency and cheerfulness of the staff and the overall experience of the patient. I spoke recently during a group staff meeting on patient satisfaction. We discussed body language, a patient can detect when a staff member does not care or is not happy with their job. The patient experience relies upon an engaged staff member. We discussed companies who have an exceptionally positive culture that is ‘’caught” not “taught.” A positive culture starts at the top and trickles down to everyone!

Article contributed by Tammie Lunceford, Healthcare and Dental Consultant, Warren Averett Healthcare Consulting Group. Warren Averett is an official Gold Partner with the Medical Association.

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Caring for Alabama: Celebrating the Fourth Annual Doctors’ Day in Alabama

Caring for Alabama: Celebrating the Fourth Annual Doctors’ Day in Alabama

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – On Wednesday, March 27, Gov. Kay Ivey signed a proclamation declaring March 30, 2019, the Fourth Annual Doctors’ Day in Alabama. Doctors’ Day in Alabama formally recognizes Alabama’s nearly 17,000 licensed physicians serving millions of residents through private practice, in hospitals, in research, and in other health care facilities while performing their roles as military service members, parents, volunteers, and community activists.

Doctors’ Day in Alabama, a project sponsored by the Medical Association of the State of Alabama, the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Hospital Association will be held in conjunction with the 86th Anniversary of National Doctors’ Day to celebrate physicians of all specialties serving in our communities.

“The practice of medicine is a special calling,” said Mark Jackson, executive director of the Medical Association. “Physicians study and train for many years, work long and unpredictable hours, and cope with often conflicting demands of work and family life to serve the needs of their communities. They often lead patients and families through some of life’s most challenging moments,” Jackson said. “While they deserve appreciation every day, we wanted to have one day to show deep gratitude to our physicians for the work they do each day to make the health of our residents and our state better.”

While first contributing to the overall health of their patients through healing, Alabama’s physicians also contribute to the overall health of the state through economic factors. According to a study by the American Medical Association, each Alabama physician supports an average of 11.7 jobs – contributing to 101,770 jobs statewide – for an average of $1.9 million in positive economic input and a total of $16.7 billion in economic impact statewide.

“Alabama’s hospitals are honored to partner with dedicated physicians who provide strong and essential leadership in hospitals to assure patients receive high-quality care,” said Donald E. Williamson, M.D., president of the Alabama Hospital Association. “These men and women are committed to practicing the latest evidence-based care to deliver the best possible outcomes for patients. We are delighted to celebrate them on Doctor’s Day.”

For more information about Doctors’ Day in Alabama, contact Lori M. Quiller, APR, at (334) 538-0235, (334) 954-2580 or lquiller@alamedical.org.

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VCOM-Auburn Provides Care and Supplies to Lee County Tornado Victims

VCOM-Auburn Provides Care and Supplies to Lee County Tornado Victims

BEAUREGARD – Faculty, students and staff at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Auburn campus have been working to provide free medical care and supplies to neighboring Beauregard, Alabama area tornado victims. Following the devastating tornado outbreak on Sunday, March 3, VCOM-Auburn administrators worked quickly with community partners to devise a plan to try to assist storm victims. A supply drive was held, which saw donations of bottled water, sports drinks, personal care items, baby care supplies, non-perishable food, first-aid supplies and more.

“What VCOM is doing for the local community is exactly what we strive to do as future physicians — giving our time and knowledge for those in need,” said Tram-Anh Huynh, a second-year student at VCOM-Auburn. “I am really proud to be part of a community that jumped in without hesitation to help the Lee County tornado victims.”

On Monday morning, a tent was erected at Beauregard Drugs and Dr. Martin Roach’s Beauregard Clinic to provide free-of-charge, non-life-threatening medical care to storm victims and rescue and recovery personnel. A pull-type RV trailer was loaned to the effort, which has offered welcome shelter from the cold wind and a place to store relief supplies for distribution. Physicians and students from VCOM have staffed the tent each day from morning until evening.

On Wednesday, March 6, Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital joined the effort by arriving on scene with a mobile triage unit. This unit, essentially an RV-type vehicle, offers two patient care rooms in a spacious, climate-controlled environment. Medical professionals from Piedmont Columbus Regional have committed to be on site at least through the weekend.

“We are extremely grateful for the cooperation and partnership with Beauregard Drugs, Beauregard Medical Clinic, the Piedmont Columbus Regional mobile unit and Providence Baptist Church,” said J.J. White, D.O., PhD, VCOM-Auburn’s associate dean for simulation and technology, discipline chair for emergency medicine and the College’s disaster response leader for this effort. “We are amazed by the outpouring of support by the entire community and hope to be flexible, adaptable and productive with our relief efforts.”

On Thursday, March 7, the Piedmont Columbus Regional mobile unit, along with the VCOM relief tent and trailer, moved 1.5 miles to Providence Baptist Church at the request of the incident commander. This new location has become the focus of the volunteer efforts for the community. VCOM physicians and students plan to remain at this new location through the weekend.

“Our involvement with relief efforts began the night of the storms treating patients in the emergency department at East Alabama Medical Center,” said VCOM-Auburn fourth-year student Gunnar Magnuson. “Consistently, we have been very encouraged at the overwhelming number of individuals and local health institutions like VCOM-Auburn and its partners looking to help their neighbors in any way they can.”

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In Memoriam: John Higginbotham, M.D.

In Memoriam: John Higginbotham, M.D.

John Higginbotham, M.D., a longtime member of the Medical Association and Madison County Medical Society, passed away earlier this week. Dr. Higginbotham was a retired orthopaedic surgeon and who was instrumental in the formation of the North Alabama Medical Reserve Corps. In 2014 he received the Association’s highest award, the Samuel Buford Word Award, which is given in recognition of service to humanity beyond the usual scope of medical practice and often rendered at some personal sacrifice.

He served as medical director of the Metropolitan Medical Response System and as county disaster liaison for the Madison County Medical Society (MCMS) and was a member of the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Advisory Council on Emergency Preparedness. Despite retirement, Dr. Higginbotham continued to serve on the boards of MCMS and NAMRC.

Dr. Higginbotham was 75 when he died Tuesday. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at Laughlin Service Funeral Home in Huntsville and March 15 at 11 a.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Guntersville.

Surgeon and Christmas Star: Remembering Dr. John Higginbotham

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In Memoriam: Patrick Burrus Jones, M.D.

In Memoriam: Patrick Burrus Jones, M.D.

Patrick Burrus Jones, M.D., of Dothan died peacefully at home on Jan. 15, 2019, with his family at his side. He was 84.

Dr. Jones was born in Dothan on Sept. 11, 1934, the only child Reba Pilcher Jones of Dothan, and Patrick B. Jones of Columbus, GA. He graduated from Dothan High School in 1952 and earned his B.S. from the University of Alabama in 1955, with memberships in Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Nu social fraternity. He graduated first in his class in 1957 from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society.

After interning at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, CO, for the Air Force, he served three years on active duty as an obstetrician in Goldsboro, NC, where he delivered more than a thousand babies. Planning for an academic career, Dr. Jones returned to the University of Alabama Birmingham for training in anatomical pathology. In 1966, he returned to Dothan with his young family to start an independent laboratory with Frank G. Stephens, serving a 75-mile radius in the tri-state area until his retirement in 2006.

In his 40-year career, Dr. Jones served on the Medical Association of the State of Alabama Board of Censors, the State Committee of Public Health, the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners (1984-1994), Chief of Staff for Southeast Alabama Medical Center, President of the Houston County Medical Society, and President of the Alabama Association of Pathologists.

He also served as President of the Historic South Inlet Beach Neighborhood Association and on the Board of Directors for Inlet Beach Water System, Inc., in Walton County, FL. Dr. Jones’ principal hobby was golf, but he also enjoyed travelling. He loved poetry and reading history, biography and religious material. A lifelong evangelical Christian, he helped establish Grace Anglican Mission Church in Dothan, Apostles-by-the-Sea in Rosemary Beach, FL and Christ Anglican Church in Cashiers, NC.

Dr. Jones is survived by his wife of 61 years, Nancy Rodenbough Jones, and their three children, Patrick Burrus Jones III (Darlene), Shannon Jones Russell (Bruce) and Thomas Rodenbough Jones (Theresa) and seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Saturday in the Sunset Funeral Home Chapel, 1700 Barrington Road with the Reverends John Wallace and Clark Cornelius officiating. Visitation begins at 1 p.m. at the funeral home before the 2 p.m. service. Interment will follow at Dothan City Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff of Covenant Care Hospice and Barbara Jean Harper for compassionate care during his terminal illness. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Apostles by-the-Sea, PO Box 611-151, Rosemary Beach, FL 32461 (memo: Hurricane Relief) or to Grace Anglican Church, 113 Gloster Ct., Dothan, AL 36303. Robert Byrd of Sunset Memorial Park Funeral Home (334) 983-6604

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In Memoriam: Emmett “Lee” Taylor Jr., M.D., 1938-2018

In Memoriam: Emmett “Lee” Taylor Jr., M.D., 1938-2018

SPANISH FORT — Emmett Lee Taylor, Jr. (“Lee”), a resident of Spanish Fort, AL, passed away on Dec. 12, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Lee was born in Sheffield, AL, on Dec. 10, 1938. He was a retired U.S. Navy captain, physician, and educator who devoted his professional life to his patients in private practice and later to the training and education of medical students and Navy medical officers. Lee was a lifelong mentor to many aspiring and successful physicians, and he was committed to improving access to primary care, especially in rural communities. He valued hard work, family, service, and duty to God and country, and passed these values on to his beloved children.

Lee graduated from Florence State College (now The University of North Alabama) in 1963 and received his medical degree from the University of Alabama in 1967. He completed 27 years of honorable military service, spanning three branches of the Armed Forces: the U.S. Air Force, Army National Guard (AL), and U.S. Navy Medical Corps, from which he retired as a captain in 1993.

After medical school, Lee started a private practice in the foothills of the Appalachians and later practiced in Richmond, VA. During his distinguished career, Dr. Taylor went on to lead the Department of Family Medicine at Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL, was the Director of Navy Medical Education programs in Washington, D.C., and served as Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. He later served as Associate Dean of the Amarillo campus of Texas Tech School of Medicine and finished his career as the Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.

He has received numerous honors and awards, including two Presidential Meritorious Service Medals and two Navy Commendation Medals. He also received the American Academy of Family Physicians Award of Merit for his contributions to American medicine. Lee was especially proud to be recognized as Teacher of the Year by his 2003 class of family medicine residents at the University of South Alabama.  He was named 2001 University of North Alabama Alumnus of the Year. And in 2008, he was appointed by Governor Bob Riley to the Alabama Family Practice Rural Health Board, serving until his death.

Lee was active in his church and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren at the family’s lake house.  He was a loyal and loving husband to his wife, Dianne. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid golfer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmett Lee and Eleanor McDaniel Taylor, and his infant daughter, Donna Lynn Taylor.  He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dianne White Taylor, of Bay Minette, AL; son David Lee (Kerri) Taylor of Kennesaw, GA; daughter Kaye Taylor (Jerry) Balentine of Florence, AL; son Michael Edison Taylor of Savannah, GA; son Bryan McDaniel (Jessica) Taylor of Prattville, AL; and 13 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren who will always remember him affectionately as “Papa Lee.”

A service in celebration of Lee’s life will be held at 1:00 pm on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at Providence United Methodist Church in Spanish Fort, AL. The family will receive friends prior to the service starting at 12:00 pm. Following the service, military funeral honors will be rendered at a brief service at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to The Salvation Army or Providence United Methodist Church of Spanish Fort. Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home in Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.

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In Memoriam: Brig. Gen. Max McLaughlin, M.D.

In Memoriam: Brig. Gen. Max McLaughlin, M.D.

We are saddened to share the passing of Mobile physician Max V. McLaughlin. Known as Dr. Max to many, he passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Nikki, his children Victor, Anne and Lauren, and his granddaughter Savannah. He leaves a legacy of achievement across Alabama, and his love of this state showed in his dedication to improving the lives of Alabamians from his personal relationships to statewide influence.

Early Life

Dr. Max was born in 1928 to Dr. James D. McLaughlin (1880-1953) and Alma Dovie Whigham McLaughlin (1890-1983) in the tiny town of Blue Springs, Alabama. He was the seventh of eight children, six boys and two girls. Stories of his childhood paint a picture of a funny, clever, and social young man that set the stage for the friends and accomplishments of his adult years. In 1946 he presented a calf he brought by plane to President Harry Truman on the White House lawn in his role as president of the Alabama Future Farmers of America.

Military Career

In 1946 he joined the Army during WWII, becoming a paratrooper in the 11th Airborne, a division known as “The Angels.” He was fond of saying that one’s third jump was the most frightening, as the newness and excitement wore off and the reality of mid-century parachuting technology set in. He was stationed at snowy Camp Haugen for the occupation of Japan and returned to Alabama in 1948 to go to college on the G.I. Bill, hitchhiking from Blue Springs to Tuscaloosa to start his life at the university.

After graduating from college and medical school, he joined the Alabama National Guard. He remained enlisted until age 60, when he retired at the rank of Brigadier General. In 1988, the armory formerly on Museum Drive was renamed to Fort Hardeman/McLaughlin, a fitting tribute to its most vocal advocate. He was known and respected as “The General” to many, with this title softened to the nickname “Gen-Gen” by his granddaughter.

Roll Tide

Dr. Max was fond of saying that he was a Bama fan twice-over, as he was a fan of Bear Bryant when the Bear played for Alabama in the 1930s as well as his more well-known role as Coach in the 1970s. Dr. Max was at Alabama from 1948 to 1952, continuing on to medical school to complete his M.D. in 1956. At Alabama, he joined the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity where he found lifetime friendships with Jack McWhirter and Robert McWhorter. His stories from this time included escapades with his friend Dick Bounds, working on the Rammer Jammer magazine and winning second place in the “World’s Ugliest Man” contest with a costume of raw meat and bones. He loved Alabama football and delighted in their win on the Saturday before he passed.

Medical Career

He started his practice on Dauphin Island Parkway in 1952 when he moved to Mobile. It is difficult to summarize the impact of Dr. Max’s 46-year career as he treated thousands, delivered hundreds of babies, and mentored many other physicians. For example, his own cardiologist had Dr. Max as a family doctor when he was a child and several of the nurses who took care of him used to be patients of his or used to work in his office. He often joked to his own children when they complained of a skinned knee that he “wasn’t on call,” but of course he was. When he retired in 1998 he was still making house calls for his patients, for which he was profiled in the Mobile Press-Register as one of the last doctors to do so. In the summer, he took mission trips to Guatemala to freely treat those in need, armed with only one Spanish phrase: “Dos cervezas, por favor.” His black, old-time medical bag was always present. He cared for his patients as people, and they responded in kind.

Personal Life

Dr. Max passed down independence (and stubbornness) to his children along with the desire to leave the world a better place, albeit with differences in opinion on how to best do so. His son Victor, currently practicing radiology in New York, was born to his first wife Sally, who preceded him in death along with their daughters Holly and Lucy. He was married to his current wife Nikki for forty-four years and lived most of that time in his home on Old Shell Road, curating a magnificent vegetable garden in the front yard and an equally magnificent compost heap in the back. They had two daughters, Anne and Lauren. Anne earned her Ph.D. at Georgia Tech and is a professor in the psychology department at North Carolina State University. Lauren holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology as well as raising Max’s precocious granddaughter, “Savi.” In Dr. Max’s later years, his dog Killer was a constant companion whether it was quail hunting in Baldwin County or riding in the pickup truck to the post office. We hope they are together again.

Medical Legacy

Over ninety-two percent of Alabama’s counties have a shortage of health care providers, particularly primary care physicians. This statistic has worsened as Alabama has grown and as medical students chose specialties other than family medicine. Max McLaughlin was a family doctor his entire career, giving him a dogged passion for improving access to primary care in underserved areas of the state. Over fifteen years ago, he began work with Wil Baker, Ph.D., and the Alabama Medical Education Consortium to help establish the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM), a medical school dedicated to training family practitioners who commit to serving rural areas across Alabama. ACOM graduated its first class in 2017, sending 128 doctors to their residencies in the towns and cities that most needed them. That number is growing every year, resulting in the largest impact of any program in the state dedicated to increasing primary care providers. Dr. Max also remained active locally in the University of South Alabama, serving on their Board of Trustees, was on the ALAPAC Board of Directors, a state medical association committee encouraging physician involvement in legislative affairs, and was a former president of the Alumni Association of the Medical College of Alabama.

In closing, it is impossible to sum up ninety years of life in a few paragraphs. We miss him immeasurably and are grateful for this chance to share some of what made Max McLaughlin so unique.

Celebrating His Life

Memorial Service was held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Old Shell Road on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital Collins Marie Carr NICU Garden in honor of his late granddaughter, Collins. His family would like to thank the nursing staff in the cardiology unit at Springhill Memorial Hospital and the Springhill Rehabilitation and Senior Residence for their kindness and care and for treating Dr. Max with dignity.

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Enterprise Physician Receives Martha Myers Role Model Award

Enterprise Physician Receives Martha Myers Role Model Award

Raised in the rural south Alabama community of Jack, Beverly Flowers Jordan, M.D., FAAFP, is a first-generation college student. Her parents stressed the importance of serving others and worked hard to ensure that their children were able to attend college. Dr. Jordan first expressed her desire to become a physician at the age of 5 and steadfastly worked toward that goal. Her childhood pediatrician, Dr. Joe Herod, was a source of inspiration and encouragement as she pursued her dream. She graduated valedictorian from Zion Chapel High School, her father’s alma mater, while being active in many school and community activities and working on her family farm. Dr. Jordan drew from these roots a firm work ethic, a love of sports and the outdoors, and a joy in caring for others.

Dr. Jordan graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Athletic Training. She was able to enjoy her dream school due to an academic scholarship and her work in the Athletic Department. Her love of medicine played a formative role in her development as a physician. She married her husband, Mickey, and they had their first child, Dustin, while she was in college. She was a member of Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society, the University of Alabama Women’s Honors Program and the A Club.

The University of Alabama team physicians encouraged her to continue her studies and she went on to graduate in 2002 from The University of Alabama School of Medicine through the Rural Medical Scholars Program led by mentor, Dr. John Wheat. While there she was actively involved in the leadership of her class and of the Family Medicine Interest Group, which won the American Academy of Family Physicians Program of Excellence and Family Practice Advocacy Awards. She also served as the Student Board Member of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians. While in medical school her family suffered the tragic loss of her 16-year-old cousin in a car accident. Because of this experience, Dr. Jordan developed a research project and toolkit to aid in training bystanders in basic trauma techniques. Upon graduation, she was honored with the Research Award for the Tuscaloosa campus of UASOM, the Rural Medicine Award, and the coveted William R. Willard Award.

Dr. Jordan completed her residency at the Tuscaloosa Family Practice Residency Program. During this time, she served as the Resident Member of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians and President of the Resident Section. She spent countless volunteer hours on the sidelines of local high schools and The University of Alabama. She was honored to complete her Sports Medicine Fellowship under the instruction of Drs. James Andrews and Larry Lemak at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham. During this time the Jordan’s expanded their family with the addition of a daughter, Alison.

The Jordan family moved back home to Enterprise, AL where Dr. Jordan joined Professional Medical Associates as a physician partner in 2006. She is board certified in Family and Sports Medicine. She accepted Clinical Assistant Professorship status at UASOM in 2007 so she could continue to work with medical students and residents. She is active in local church and community groups and serves as the team physician for Enterprise High School. She served as President of the Medical Staff at Medical Center Enterprise and is currently serving on the Board of Directors.

Due to the influence of mentors, Drs. John Meigs, Jerry Harrison, Steve Furr, Jorge Alsip, and Buddy Smith; Dr. Jordan has continued to serve in leadership roles and participate in organized medicine. In 2009, she was elected President of the Alabama Academy of Family Physicians, and currently serves on their Board of Directors. She was elected Vice Speaker of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama in 2012 and went on to serve as Speaker of the House of Delegates and College of Counselors until 2016. She was elected to the Board of Censors of the Medical Association of the State of Alabama in 2016. She served on Alabama’s delegation to the American Medical Association from 2013-2018. She currently serves on the Alabama Joint Committee for Collaborative Practice, the ProAssurance Claims Underwriting Committee, and the Alabama State Committee of Public Health.

In 2014, she was honored with The University of Alabama School of Medicine Young Alumnus of the Year award and in 2015, she received the University of Alabama Jack Davis Professional Achievement Award. Dr. Jordan enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and counts herself blessed to be able to serve her patients and community

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