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.
FEBRUARY 2019 Update
As this update is being written, temperatures have plunged throughout most of the country, including Lower Alabama. Fortunately we are not dealing with the subzero temperatures in the northern US. Cold dry air can make airways in the lungs constrict, causing problems for those of you with asthma and COPD. Try to limit time outdoors, and if you do need to spend time in the cold, be sure that your rescue inhaler is handy – you may need it.
For those of you experiencing a flare-up of your asthma or COPD, please let us hear from you. We do not always require a visit before sending in medicines that might help you avoid a visit to the ER or walk-in clinic.
ASTHMA: If you have been prescribed an inhaler and not had a breathing test within the past year – please come see us. If you have poorly controlled asthma – frequent flareups, use of prednisone, ER visits, etc, please come see us. We are asthma specialists and can insure that you have the correct diagnosis and medications.
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)