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Mobile, Ala. ( April 3 , 2003)

USA Biomedical Library Receives Largest Two Year Grant to Date

The University of South Alabama Charles M. Baugh Biomedical Library recently received a two year grant totaling $133,000 from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) allowing the library to share health-related information in digital form with medical institutions throughout rural Alabama.

"Extending the resources of the Biomedical Library allows us to better assist health care professionals throughout our region and improve health through professional education," said Tom Williams, USA Biomedical Library Director.

The NLM Internet Access to Digital Library Grant will be used to establish the South Alabama Medical Network Digital Library (SAMnet). This program will enable health care professionals to access medical information through Internet-linked computers. SAMnet will be accessible to hospitals and clinics in nine rural south Alabama counties. The high quality medical information includes drug information, clinical practice guidelines, patient education materials, scientific knowledge bases and medical news/drug update information.

A series of digital library web pages was recently created for participating sites, which include: Atmore Community Hospital, Dale Medical Center, D. W. McMillan Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Medical Center, Jackson Medical Center, L.V. Stabler Memorial Hospital, Mizell Memorial Hospital, South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, Wiregrass Medical Center, Saraland Medical Office and Semmes Medical Office.

Paul Taylor, 251-461-1509

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