BRIANA WEBSTER The Daily Mountain Eagle Published June 29, 2006 11:08 PM CDT
Adams already getting familiar with new patients, surroundings
Dr. Carol Adams may be new to Jasper but to her, it's starting to feel like home.
Adams is the newest addition to the surgical team at Walker Baptist Medical Center. For the past month, Adams and her husband, Vince, have been in the process of moving to the area. The small, hometown atmosphere is nothing new to Adams.
She grew up on a peanut farm in the community of Pinckard, which is located approximately 15 minutes north of Dothan. Her father, Fred Daniels, was a peanut farmer, and her mother, Emily Daniels, was a homemaker. Adams has an older brother, Garret Daniels, and sister, Denise Williams.
After attending high school at Dale County High, she migrated north and attended Troy State University, where she received a bachelor's of science degree in chemistry and biology. From there, she worked at UAB Hospital for a year before attending medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
"I had the bright idea it was time to find new places and new things, so I went out to Shreveport, La., to LSU, for a year for an internship in surgery and decided I wanted to come back to Bama, because I really missed it. I liked the Baptist program down in Birmingham, so I came back there," Adams said. "It's amazing when you know what's home, you know? I like the hometown feel. Everybody knows everybody.
"I hate feeling like a number, and that's what I got to feeling like in larger cities."
Adams office will be located at Walker Baptist Medical Center. She will be able to offer numerous surgical procedures, such as breast biopsies, stapled hemorrhoidectomies and laparoscopic colon resection, one of the latest advancements in laparoscopy.
"I want to really focus on breast disease in this community. I like to do a lot of colorectal stuff, microscopic procedures, such as the newest thing we're doing is laparoscopic colon resection for colon cancer," Adams said. "Back about five years ago, they started doing it for benign diseases, but now we've actually innovated it where it's a good procedure for somebody with cancer. It'll get you out of the hospital quicker and with less pain and less trauma to the patient."
She will be performing the surgeries at Walker Baptist in the new outpatient portion of the hospital. Her patients will be seen first at her office, where she will consult them and go over tests and lab work.
"She's going to be a tremendous addition to our surgical team, and she will bring a lot to this community," said hospital physicians relations spokeswoman Suzanne Pugh.
Adams and Vince are newlyweds, having been married for only 10 months. He is currently a law student at the Birmingham School of Law and plans to start his practice next year. The couple currently does not have any children, but they do own an Australian Shepherd named Aussie.
"That's our only kid right now," Adams said with a laugh.
At 33, Adams is excited to be working and living in Jasper. She said the area had all the "ingredients" mixed in well together to make it an attractive and appealing place for her to move.
"It was a small town, yet it had a good facility, good hospital and very genuine people working here when I interviewed. And, the other thing that kind of set it off for me was the (Smith) lake," Adams said. "I've always kind of had a dream of living near or on a lake, one way or another. I love to water ski and that sort of thing, because, you know, life's not all work.
"We like to hike, white water raft and stuff like that. We're very outdoors people," she continued. "We like to get together with family and grill out. That's one of our favorite things to do."
As a young female doctor in the medical field, Adams does not find it difficult to compete or work with male counterparts in today's society.
"Training was kind of challenging, but I find that my patients appreciate the fact that they're more comfortable with me. I think even the gentlemen and the females are both more comfortable speaking with a female about their health problems a lot of times," Adams said. "In that respect, it's kind of fun. I've always had a great rapport with other colleagues and hospital staff. We develop a kind of bond."
But what Adams likes most about her job and her new life in Jasper are the people.
"So far, the people have been great -- very helpful, very inviting and very welcoming. One of the goals Joel Tate (president of Walker Baptist) and I talked about is how to keep the community in Jasper," Adams said. "We'll take good care of you. I think we can do that. I really do."
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