St. Vincent's St. Clair opens Vein Center
by Elsie Hodnett
Feb 05, 2014 | 1398 views |  0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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St. Vincent’s Health System President and CEO John O’Neil, center, speaks at the grand opening of the new St. Vincent’s St. Clair Vein Center.
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St. Vincent’s Health System President and CEO John O’Neil, center, speaks at the grand opening of the new St. Vincent’s St. Clair Vein Center.
PELL CITY – St. Vincent’s St. Clair Vein Center opened in its new suite in the Physicians Plaza Wednesday.

“This is another exciting day for St. Vincent’s St. Clair,” said John O’Neil, president and CEO of St. Vincent’s Health System. “When we opened the facility two years ago, we said we would look at services the community needed and continue to grow.”

Evan Ray, FACHE, president of Rural Hospitals for St. Vincent’s Health System, said the Vein Center complements the other services added since the hospital opened, including the Advanced Wound Center and Sleep Disorders Center.

“This offers another service as we continue working toward our goal of delivering high quality, compassionate and safe care to this area,” said Kidada Hawkins, vice president and COO of Rural Hospitals. “Everything we have done during the past two years is with the community.”

Hawkins said, to his knowledge, there is not another care facility for venous disease in the area. The Vein Center is an outpatient program with board certified physicians who perform minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of varicose veins.

“Varicose veins afflict between 25 and 40 million Americans — two-thirds of them women — with uncomfortable and unsightly veins,” said Dr. Duane Randleman, medical director for the new Vein Center. “When valves fail to function properly, blood leaks through, causing a backwards flow in the legs. The blood overfills and distends the superficial veins under the skin, resulting in symptomatic varicose veins—a condition known as chronic venous insufficiency. Left untreated, chronic venous insufficiency can cause more advanced disease including leg ulcers, which can be very difficult to treat.”

Staff physicians include Dr. Alvaro Aldana, board certified in cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology, and Dr. Dale Elliott, board certified in cardiovascular diseases.

During a preliminary screening, a board certified physician can assess risk factors for venous disease and determine if a patient is a potential candidate for the minimally-invasive procedure. There is a free vein screening from 2-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Vein Center.

“Our mission here at the new Vein Center is to improve the quality of life for our patients,” Ray said. “The physicians and staff work with patients to inform them about vascular venous disease and screen potential patients to determine if they are candidates for the minimally-invasive procedure. We are proud to be able to offer this program, giving our community another opportunity to receive quality healthcare services close to home.”

O’Neil said St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital is part of a tremendous public/private partnership.

“Small rural hospitals across the U.S. are not doing ribbon cuttings — they are closing,” he said. “We are expanding and keeping to our mission. We are celebrating our 115th Anniversary and are the oldest hospital in Birmingham. We started rooted in the healing ministry of Jesus, and continue that today.”

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