Welcome to SEC Lung
Our main office is in Andalusia, with additional locations in Brewton and Monroeville – more information can be found in Locations. Alabama communities served by our SEC Lung clinics include Opp, Enterprise, Greenville, Evergreen, Georgiana, Mckenzie, Florala, Luverne, Brantley, Elba, Geneva, Samson, Grove Hill, and Thomasville. Communities served in northwest Florida include Jay, Century, Baker, Crestview, and Defuniak Springs.
Dr. Rob Garver, is the primary physician for SEC Lung, board certified in Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Garver is on the Active Staff of Sacred Heart and Baptist Hospitals in Pensacola where most of his hospital work is performed in a close collaboration with the Pensacola Lung Group. With more than 30 years of experience as a specialist in diseases of the lung ("lung doctor" or "pulmonologist"), Dr. Rob Garver is well-qualified to address your respiratory health needs. For more information about Rob Garver’s qualifications and background, go to Physician Qualifications and Physician Personal Statement.
This month we should expect some drop in temperatures, but an increase in pollen as the fall flowers come into bloom. Those of you with asthma should be certain to use your asthma controlling therapies regularly. Later in the month, flu vaccines will start to become widely available, including our office. We just encountered our first case of influenza – a very early start for what could be another terrible flu season. The flu shots available do not provide full protection, but will reduce the severity of the infection if you are unfortunate enough to contract the flu. GET A FLU SHOT!
Quit Smoking! Smokers interested in quitting should be sure to check out the website: www.quitnowalabama.com for information about resources provided by the state of Alabama for smoking cessation, which includes phone coaching and free nicotine patches. Check it out – you’ve got only your cigarettes to lose!
Chest CT Lung Cancer Screening! Medicare now pays for an annual low dose chest CT scan looking for early stages of lung cancer that has a high chance of cure by surgery. Individuals 55 – 77 years of age, currently smoking or within 15 years of quitting, and with a consumption of at least 30 pack years are eligible. Please call us for more information. If you are not one of our patients, we will be happy to see you to insure eligibility, order the test and see you afterwards for review of the results.
Please go to our sister website: sec-clinical-research.com to learn more about clinical research opportunities in COPD and asthma at both our Andalusia and Dothan clinical research sites!
(Rob Garver MD)