There's One in Every Family
There truly is “One in every family.” If you think about your own family for just a minute we all have those “special” people. In our family, just like yours, we definitely have them, and they are who make us what we are. We come from all different walks of life and backgrounds, but we have at least one thing in common — we are all part of the Helen Keller family. So whether you are the “know it all,” “the neat freak,” “the cool head in a crisis,” or even “the sleepy head,” you are family. And at Helen Keller Hospital, we make it our business to be very good at taking care of your family.
The one that always has your back.
Cassandra Seal, RN • Breast Health Specialist
Cassandra is here to hold your hand. As the Breast Health Specialist at Helen Keller Hospital, Cassandra assists patients as they navigate through the health care system. “I’ve experienced firsthand how frightening and confusing an unwanted cancer diagnosis can be,” said Cassandra. “My mission is to help patients overcome barriers to treatment, address the financial implications of cancer, communicate with providers, and connect patients with community support and resources.” Cassandra makes it her personal mission to walk with newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and their families as they move from an unwanted diagnosis through treatment and recovery. She is there every step of the way helping patients overcome barriers to treatment, address the financial implications of cancer, communicate with providers, and connect patients with community support and resources.
For more information about Cassandra or the Helen Keller Hospital Progressive Breast Center, call (256) 386-5870.
The cool head in any crisis
Jeffrey Anderson, MD • Emergency Services
At Helen Keller Hospital, we understand that when a health emergency arises, you need quality medical services right away. We strive to offer shorter emergency room wait times and attentive, comprehensive care for patients. We have assembled a great group of experience, board-certified physicians that are dedicated to emergency care. Our physicians are all local and loyal to the community.
The ones who pull the all nighters
Steven Snyder, MD & Lisa Christian, MD • Keller's OBGYN Doctors
Dr. Steven Snyder was in medical school when his wife was pregnant with their first child. He went with her to her appointments and enjoyed so much watching this child grow that he knew what he wanted to do with his life- become an OBGYN. He said, "Pulling the all-nighters fit with his routine anyway, because he stayed up studying… sometimes through the night."
Helen Keller had the smaller home town feel he was looking for, but offered all the best in up to date equipment. It allowed him to perform the advanced procedures he had worked hard to learn, such as minimally invasive surgery and high risk obstetrics.
Dr. Snyder especially likes the fact that he can get to know his patients in a personal way. They are never just a number. They are friends and family.
Dr. Lisa Christian has been an OBGYN for over 17 years. While in medical school she remembered her professor asking them, "What type of patient do you want and what is important enough for you to lose sleep over at 2:00 in the morning" Dr. Christian said she decided then, that if she was going to pull an all-nighter, it would be to deliver a baby.
She was from out west and she and her husband decided to move back closer to his home town of Tuscaloosa, AL for more opportunities to fish and have land and of course enjoy some great football. She said after watching Muscle Shoals - the Movie, it sealed the deal.
The kids at heart
Wayne Melvin, MD • Keller’s Pediatricians
Dr. Wayne Melvin first opened the doors of Tennessee Valley Pediatrics in 2003, and it’s been non-stop ever since. Dr. Melvin was not planning on going into pediatrics, but had a wonderful professor in medical school that made a huge impact on him. He made him see the importance of good pediatricians and what a difference they can make in a young life, and he has never looked back.
The physicians on staff at Tennessee Valley Pediatrics have a combined experience of over 50 years. They enjoy working with each other and the amazing nursing staff at Helen Keller.
The one with skeletons in the closet
Carrie Wood, RT • Keller Imaging
A member of our women’s imaging team, Carrie takes care of our mammography patients at our state-of-the-art Keller Imaging Center. With a full line of imaging technologies, Keller Imaging can take a look at all of your skeletons.
The mother hen
Peg Pennington, RN • Keller Nursing
Peg and the rest of our nursing staff do more than simply administer medication and start IVs. Our patients become part of our family. Our nurses protect and care for our patients in every way possible. This is why we are proud that Peg is our “Mother Hen” and one of our family.