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 Brantley, Elba, Enterprise, Evergreen, Florala, Geneva, Georgiana, Greenville, Grove Hill, Luverne, McKenzie, Opp, Samson, and Thomasville. Communities served in northwest Florida include Baker, Century, Crestview, Defuniak Springs, and Jay.
Dr. Rob Garver, is the primary physician for SEC Lung, board certified in Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine and Internal Medicine. Dr. Garver sees every patient, but is assisted by his talented nurse practitioners: Kelly Hammett and Cara Hinckley. 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 25 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.
JANUARY 2020 Update
All of us at SEC Lung wish a new year of health and happiness for all of our present and future patients! The New Year is a great time for resolutions – include one to improve your health. Smokers – you know what you need to do. Those of you on maintenance medications for your breathing or sleep problems, please take them as prescribed.
January marks a time of confusion for prescription refills, as many prescription drug plans change coverage so that the inhaler or other medication you had filled all of 2019 suddenly is uncovered or moved to a different coverage tier resulting in very high out of pocket costs for you. If your copay jumps suddenly, please check with your pharmacist or prescription plan for an affordable alternative and call us to get the new medication ordered – we will do this for you before your next visit!
FLU VACCINATIONS: We have received this year’s flu vaccine. Any established patient of SEC Lung can drop by during normal business hours M-F to receive the vaccine without an appointment.
As we mentioned last month, our affiliated SEC Clinical Research is looking for COPD patients that have frequent flare-ups or exacerbations. Please call 334-504-7014 and ask for Michelle to get more information.
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)