I had the blessing of being with Dorothy, a hospice patient, and her family as she took her last breath in this world. It was a mix of a great loss, grief, and sadness and also a light of relief, joy, and hope. Unmistakably, though, there was a great sense that we were not alone, that one much greater than ourselves was present with us in that bedr...
Zach Thompson, Hospice Chaplain
The week before school began a few years ago, my 92-year-old father, who lived with my husband and me, fell and could no longer walk. I called Saad Healthcare and asked to speak to Mrs. Dorothy Dunning. She immediately sent a member of her staff to our house with a wheelchair and set up appointments with a physical therapist. Without the care given...
People always ask me how I can work with Hospice. I find it hard to explain, but I will attempt to explain why I do what I do. I read an article recently that talked about how people remember the moments in their lives. They don't remember days, months, or years, they remember moments. Do you remember the feelings you had when you found out you wer...
Saad Social Worker
To the staff of Saad Healthcare,
My family and I are so grateful and thankful for your support, understanding, compassion, and patience during our mother's illness. We can't imagine what we would have done without your staff.
Everyone at Saad Healthcare has been there for us and has made our mother's transition from the ho...
We really appreciate the wonderful care your staff gave to our father during his last days. Thank you so much for the flowers and the cake. Everyone involved in his care was so kind and compassionate, and my dad really appreciated it. Thank you to your wonderful chaplain whose inspiring words were a great comfort to us at the time of our father's d...
Family of a Hospice patient
I wanted to compliment Teresa, RN, for being kind, caring, and loving and doing an excellent job. Kudos to Teresa!
I told all of my church family how great Saad Healthcare has been and that if they were to get sick they should call Saad!...
Home Health Patient
I attended the Certified Nursing Assistant Program this year, as I wanted to earn more money through a move into the healthcare field. The Saad CNA school took only two weeks to complete and put me in the classroom with instructors who have worked in the industry and know how to explain the material and skills needed to gain certification.
Calling to say Tracey (home health nurse) is so compassionate. She does not make me feel uncomfortable, and she takes her time. Tracey is good at what she does and I want to keep her as my nurse!...
Home Health Patient
In this day and age, all too many people only like to complain.
My wife and I, however, wish to compliment one of your employees, Mr. Kinner Stroud. Dr. Seibert's office, on Friday, January 25, 2013, faxed over to your office a request for a bedside commode, as they were putting wife on lasix. In her present condition, she would be unable ...
Seymour & Natalie Lichtenfeld, Medical Supply Cust
[My physical therapist] worked me out with a few exercises, and not so many I couldnít remember them. I told him of my fears of falling and this was addressed daily. I have never had so much long-term pain, and he gave me a logical answer and approximation of how long this would take. I have anxiety episodes, and he always was good to assure me it ...
Just a note to express my thanks for all you did for me during my recovery. Your were not only my nurse, you were my friend. Thank You! Thank You! Thank you!
Now for the newest, Iím having surgery again this Friday, November 12. Quite by accident, my neurologist found some damage in my neck through an EMG test, and set up an MRI for me...
Iíve been with Saad Healthcare for 2 years and I absolutely love it! Several things set this agency apart from all the others. The Saad family are very committed to providing the best care and support to the patients they serve. Saad Healthcare is the only full-service agency on the Mississippi coast. If a patient should need to call the agency in ...
Jane Cuthrow, R.N.
My mother was a hospice patient, and I want you to know that Janet, who was her nurse for ten months, made my life more bearable during this very trying time. Janet set the bar very high. She was kind, caring, and extremely patient, not only toward my mother, but also toward me. I am so thankful that Janet was assigned to my mother. Janet's persona...
Mr. Phillips is an eighty-two year old gentleman who was referred to Saad Healthcare after he suffered a stroke. The stroke left Mr. Phillips with muscle weakness that limited his ability to walk and get around his home to perform normal activities such as bathing, shaving, and getting dressed. The stroke also kept Mr. Phillips from being able to d...
Chuck Oates, Physical Therapist
Being a hospice chaplain is always a blessing but recently I had the opportunity to be part of something very special. On my first visit with Ann (name changed to protect the patient's privacy) it was obvious her cancer was taking its toll.
She had accepted the doctor's announcement regarding her condition and had begun to get her affairs...
John Landrum, Hospice Chaplain, Mississippi Office
Phlebotomy Training Program
Phlebotomy is the act of drawing or removing blood from the circulatory system through an incision or puncture in order to obtain a sample for analysis and diagnosis, and it is a job that requires a high level of skill. A trained and certified phlebotomist is a vital member of the clinical laboratory team. Phlebotomists are employed throughout†the health care system in hospitals, neighborhood health centers, medical group practices, HMOs, public health facilities, and veterans' hospitals. The field of phlebotomy has greatly expanded in recent years and, along with it, the role of this integral member of the health care team. The phlebotomist has a direct affect on the overall quality of medical care, and good jobs are available in the field. Saad Healthcare's Phlebotomy School trains students to meet the challenges of this rewarding career.
- Three-week course includes both classroom training and hands-on clinical practice.
- Class is taught by experienced Saad Healthcare nursing professionals.
- Upon completion of the class, students take the national certification exam, which is administered at Saad's classroom facility.
- Employment opportunities are widely available for phlebotomy graduates.
- A new class forms every three weeks.
Saad's Phlebotomy training is structured to teach the techniques, skills, and equipment required for safe and effective blood and specimen collection. The student learns how to properly draw blood causing the least amount of pain to a patient. Phlebotomy training also covers the handling and controlling of biohazardous materials such as blood samples and used and unused needles. Students of phlebotomy must also learn proper bedside manner, as a phlebotomist must show an exact mixture of skill and empathy. Specific topics of instruction include:
- The basic functions of a phlebotomist.
- Methods for effective communication.
- Professional ethics and legal and regulatory issues related to blood and specimen collection.
- Safety and infection control and documentation and transportation procedures.
- The basics of anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on the circulatory system.
- Blood collection equipment and supplies.
- Clinical and technical complications that may occur during a procedure.
- Special procedures for pediatric, arterial and IV collections, elderly, homebound, and long-term care patients.
- Body fluid specimens that are analyzed in the clinical laboratory and procedures for collecting and transporting these specimens.
- Testing for drug use, forensic toxicology, workplace testing, and sports medicine.
The certification examination is administered at our facility on the last day of class, and all enrolled students take the test. Results of the exam are available before the students leave.
Here are some useful files related to the program: