Friday, May 12, 2017

Alabama Hospitals/Health Systems Contacted

(Updated 2/18/2020)

I continue to read personal testimonies from members of our corn allergy support groups documenting that medical personnel continue to administer dextrose IV fluids to corn-allergic patients in direct violation of the contraindication warning on the package insert.  It is also apparent that too many medical professionals do not understand the critical difference between dextrose and corn-derived dextrose, citric acid and corn-derived citric acid, ascorbic acid and corn-derived ascorbic acid, etc.  Anything derived from corn can prove fatal to the anaphylactic corn-allergic patient.  The most heartbreaking testimonies are from parents of corn-allergic infants, many of whom have been diagnosed with "failure to thrive" due to the lack of corn-free infant formulas.  Hospitals have NO alternative safe sources of corn-free nutrition to feed to these struggling babies, and their pediatricians/dietitians cannot offer any assistance to parents of corn-allergic infants. 

In summary, the corn allergy population can consume very few processed foods; and no commercially-processed non-organic meat, poultry, seafood, produce, or fruit due to government-authorized corn-derived acid washes.  Many corn-allergic patients must have their medications compounded to exclude corn; and since tap water may contain corn due to corn-derived purification chemicals, many are forced to purchase other sources of corn-free water.  In addition, it is difficult trying to find a water filtration system that is not manufactured with corn-derived components.

Therefore, the primary message I am sharing with these hospitals/health systems is that it will now be their responsibility to provide corn-free foods, fluids, and medications (compounded to exclude corn-derived ingredients) on behalf of corn-allergic patients.  Otherwise, it could be interpreted that hospitals are discriminating against the corn allergy community.

After one of the state hospital associations informed me that it was not their responsibility to contact their member hospitals with our corn allergy awareness message/documentation, and instructed me to contact every hospital within the United States; I have been contacting hospitals/health systems in each state on behalf of the corn-allergic patients.

ALABAMA HOSPITALS/HEALTH SYSTEMS:
AltaPointe Health System, Mobile, @AltaPointeHS
American Medical Association, @AmerMedicalAssn
American Red Cross, @RedCross
AMG Integrated Healthcare Management (multi-state), online contact form
Andalusia Health/LifePoint Health, Andalusia, online contact form
Ascension, USA, @Ascensionorg
Athens-Limestone Hospital, Athens, Email: davidp@alhnet.org
Atmore Community Hospital, Atmore (see Baptist Health)
Baptist Health (throughout Alabama), @BaptistHealthAL
Baptist Health System/Brookwood Medical Center, Birmingham, @BBHealthAL
Baptist Medical Center East, Montgomery (see Baptist Health)
Baptist Medical Center South, Montgomery (see Baptist Health)
Bibb Medical Center, Centreville, @BibbMedical
Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, Birmingham (see Baptist Health)
Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital, Demopolis, FB message
Bullock County Hospital, Union Springs (left message w/Dir. of Pharmacy, 334-738-2140)
Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital, Birmingham (see UAB Health System)
Cancer Research Institute, USA, @CancerResearch
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS), Montgomery, @VeteransHealth
Cherokee Medical Center/Community Health Systems, Centre, online contact form
Children's Hospital Association, USA, @hospitals4kids
Children's Hospital of Alabama, Russell Campus, @ChildrensAL
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, USA, @cmnnj
Choctaw General Hospital, Butler (see Rush Health Systems)
Citizens Baptist Medical Center, Talladega (see Baptist Health)
Clay County Hospital, Ashland (spoke w/pharmacist, 256-354-2131)
Community Health Systems (CHS), Email: Corporate_Communications@chs.net
Community Hospital, Tallassee (see Baptist Health)
Cooper Green Mercy Health Services, Birmingham, online contact form
Coosa Valley Medical Center, Sylacauga, online contact form
Crenshaw Community Hospital, Luverne (left message w/Dir. of Pharmacy, 334-335-3374)
Crestwood Medical Center, Huntsville, online contact form
Cullman Regional Medical Center, Cullman, @CullmanRegional
D. W. McMillan Memorial Hospital, Brewton, FB message
Dale Medical Center, Ozark (spoke w/Dir. of Pharmacy, 334-774-2601)
DCH Health System, Tuscaloosa, @dchsystem
Decatur Morgan Hospital, Decatur, @DecMorgHosp
DeKalb Regional Medical Center, Fort Payne, online contact form
East Alabama Medical Center, Opelika, @EAMC_Careers
Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital, Florence (left message w/Risk Mgmt., Safety, & Compliance, 256-768-9191)
Elmore Community Hospital, Wetumpka (see Ivy Creek Healthcare)
Evergreen Medical Center/Gilliard Health Services, Inc., Evergreen, @Evergreen_Med
Fayette Medical Center, Fayette (see DCH Health System)
Flowers Hospital, Dothan, online contact form
Gadsden Regional Medical Center, Gadsden, online contact form
Georgiana Medical Center, Georgiana (see Ivy Creek Healthcare) 
Gilliard Health Services, Inc., Montgomery, online contact form
Grandview Medical Center, Birmingham, @GrandviewMC
Greene County Health System, Eutaw, FB message   
Grove Hill Memorial Hospital, Grove Hill, @grovehillcare
Hale County Hospital, Greensboro (left message w/Dir. of Pharmacy, 334-624-3024)
Health Care Systems (HCS), Montgomery, online contact form
HealthSouth (multi-state), @healthsouth
HealthSouth Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital, Birmingham, online contact form
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden, Gadsden, online contact form
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Dothan, online contact form
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Huntsville, online contact form
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Montgomery, online contact form
Helen Keller Hospital, Sheffield, Email: christa.martin@helenkeller.com
Highlands Medical Center, Scottsboro, FB message + online contact form
Hill Hospital of Sumter County, York, online contact form
Hughston Clinic (multi-state), @HughstonOrtho
Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, @HSVHospital
Infirmary Health, Mobile/Baldwin Counties, @InfirmaryHealth
Ivy Creek Healthcare (multi-locations), online contact form
Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital, Phenix City (see Hughston Clinic)
Jackson Hospital, Montgomery, @JacksonHospital
Jackson Medical Center, Jackson, online contact form
Jacksonville Medical Center, Jacksonville (see Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center)
L. V. Stabler Memorial Hospital, Greenville, online contact form
Lake Martin Community Hospital, Dadeville (see Ivy Creek Healthcare)
Lakeland Community Hospital, Haleyville (left message w/Risk Mgmt. Dept., 205-486-5213)
Lanier Health Services, Valley (see East Alabama Medical Center)
Lawrence Medical Center, Moulton, FB message
LifePoint Health (multi-states), @LifePointHealth
Madison Hospital, Madison, @MadisonHospital
Marshall Medical Centers, Marshall County, @mm_centers
Medical Center Barbour, Eufaula (see Southeast Alabama Medical Center)
Medical Center Blount, Oneonta (see St. Vincent's Health System)
Medical Center Enterprise, online contact form
Medical West Hospital, Bessemer, @medwesthospital + FB message
Mizell Memorial Hospital, Opp, FB message
Monroe County Hospital, Monroeville, FB message
North Alabama Specialty Hospital/AMG Integrated Healthcare Management, Athens, online contact form
Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center, Anniston, @rmccares
Northport Medical Center, Northport (see DCH Health System)
Northwest Medical Center, Winfield  (left message w/Risk Mgmt. Dept., 205-487-7000)
Parkway Medical Center, Decatur (see Decatur Morgan Hospital)
Pickens County Medical Center, Carrollton, online contact form
Prattville Baptist Hospital, Prattville (see Baptist Health)
Prime Healthcare Services (multi-state), @PrimeHealthServ
Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Birmingham (see Baptist Health)
Providence Hospital, Mobile, @ProvidenceHospital
RCCH HealthCare Partners (13 states), online contact form
Red Bay Hospital, Red Bay (see Helen Keller Hospital)
Riverview Regional Medical Center, Gadsden, FB message
Rush Health Systems, MS/AL (spoke w/Risk Mgmt. Dept., 601-483-0011)
Russell Medical Center, Alexander City, online contact form
Russellville Hospital, Russellville (left message w/Dir. of Nursing, 256-332-1611)
Select Medical (multi-states), @SelectM
Select Specialty Hospital, Birmingham (see Select Medical)
Shelby Baptist Medical Center, Alabaster (see Baptist Health)
Shoals Hospital, Muscle Shoals, @ShoalsHospital
Shriners Hospitals for Children, USA, Canada, Mexico, @shrinershosp
South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, online contact form
Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Dothan, @SAMCMedia
SpectraCare Health Systems, Alabama, @SpectraCare
Springhill Medical Center, Mobile, @SpringhillMC
St. Clair Regional Hospital, Pell City (see St. Vincent's Health System)
St. Vincent's Health System, Birmingham, @STVHealth
Stringfellow Memorial Hospital, Anniston, online contact form
Tenet Health (16 states), @tenethealth
Thomas Hospital, Daphne (see Infirmary Health)
Trinity Health (21 states), @TrinityHealthMI
Troy Regional Medical Center, Troy, @TroyRegional
UAB Health System, @UABNews
Universal Health Services, Inc. (multi-state), @UHS_Inc
University of Alabama Hospital, Birmingham, @uabmedicine
University of Alabama Medical Center, Tuscaloosa, @UAMedCenter
University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile, @USAMedCenter
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, @DeptVetAffairs
VA Medical Center, Birmingham, @VABIRMINGHAM
Vaughan Regional Medical Center, Selma, FB message
Walker Baptist Medical Center, Jasper (see Baptist Health)
Washington County Hospital, Chatom, FB message
Wedowee Hospital, Wedowee, Email: info@wedoweehospital.org
Wiregrass Medical Center, Geneva, FB message

Published Corn Allergy Studies/Statistics  (“. . . Maize major allergen . . .”)

Baxter Labs specifically warns about administering dextrose IV fluids to corn-allergic patients.
 "Solutions containing dextrose should be used with caution, if at all, in patients with known allergy to corn or corn products." - Page 3

"Probable anaphylactic reaction to corn-derived dextrose solution."

BCPharmacists, "Warning: corn-related allergens . . ."

DEXTROSE (CORN SUGAR): FDA FEDERAL REGULATION, GRAS - 184.1857

“Corn Products and Derivatives List,” Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), 6/6/17

Corn Allergy Statistics (Monthly)
Corn Allergy Advocacy/Resources
@CornAllergy911

Source
:
Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH)

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