The medical experts at Alabama Fertility Specialists love helping people make their dreams of becoming a parent come true. They provide care for patients with infertility and other reproductive problems such as recurrent pregnancy loss, endometriosis and abnormal menstrual cycles.
When Dr. Michael Steinkampf moved to Birmingham from Dallas, Texas, he was happy to find WBHM 90.3 FM on the radio dial. “I had always enjoyed listening to public radio on my trips to and from the hospital during my medical training,” says Dr. Steinkampf, a reproductive endocrinologist originally from Louisiana who has called Alabama home since 1987. Ten years ago, when he was leaving academic medicine to establish Alabama Fertility Specialists, a private medical office in Mountain Brook just over the mountain from UAB that specializes in advanced fertility treatments, Dr. Steinkampf knew that WBHM would be an important means by which to let people know about his new practice. “Many of my patients are referred by other physicians, who also enjoy the mix of national and local news that WBHM provides. I’ve had quite a few doctors and patients thank me for supporting our local NPR station, and that sort of acknowledgment means a lot.”
Dr. Steinkampf and his partner Dr. Beth Malizia generally choose to run their corporate underwriting acknowledgements during Morning Edition. “I listen to WBHM on my commute to work, and I know many of my physician colleagues do too. When they hear our sponsorship, we hope that they will keep us in mind during the day,” says Dr. Malizia.
Dr. Steinkampf says the group's staff members are also fans of WBHM. "NPR has such diversity in programming. There’s something for everyone, and they have encouraged us to continue our support of WBHM,” he says. “Several of our employees particularly enjoy the quiz shows, such as Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! and Says You! You’ll often hear recaps during lunchtime at our office.” Other favorites are Marketplace, World Café, Jazz in the evenings, and Diane Rehm.
At Alabama Fertility Specialists, each patient is treated with the understanding and compassion that their complex reproductive problems require. They offer the most up-to-date methods of diagnosis and treatment including ovarian stimulation, microsurgery and in vitro fertilization, and they have an on-site comprehensive state-of-the-art reproductive laboratory. “In treating such intimate medical issues, we really get to know our patients,” says Karen Hammond, AFS nurse practitioner. “We realize that medical care is only one aspect of dealing with reproductive problems.”
“By supporting WBHM, we truly feel that we are giving back to a community that has been so supportive of our practice,” Dr. Steinkampf says. “We are fortunate to have this radio broadcast that provides interesting and educational information, as well as entertainment for people in our area.”