Cullman Regional seeks to build surgery center in Hartselle

It awaits approval from Alabama’s Certificate of Need Review Board

A rendering of a proposed ambulatory surgery center to be built by Cullman Regional in Hartselle Health Park. Rendering by TRO Jung|Brannen.

Cullman Regional has made its first steps to build an ambulatory surgery center in the Hartselle Health Park. It awaits word from Alabama’s Certificate of Need Review Board.

“An outpatient surgery center in Hartselle is another way to provide south Morgan County with local access to important quality health care services,” said Bill Smith, chief medical officer at Cullman Regional.

Smith added that due to advances in anesthesia and minimally invasive surgical techniques, an increasing number of surgical treatments can now be done in an outpatient setting, like hernia repair, endoscopy/colonoscopy and gall bladder removal.

The proposed surgery center would be built on property owned by Cullman Regional on the east side of Highway 31 and across from Hartselle Health Park’s two physician clinics.

Officials with the city of Hartselle, Cullman Regional and the state of Alabama announce plans to build an ambulatory surgery center in Hartselle. 

Cullman Regional, earlier this month, received CON approval on a separate application to build a freestanding emergency department at Hartselle Health Park. Construction for the ER is set to begin soon. It will offer on-site imaging including MRI and CT, lab capabilities and pharmacy services, in addition to emergency services.

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“The Hartselle community showed tremendous support for the Hartselle Health Park freestanding ER throughout the approval process with the CON Review Board,” said James Clements, Cullman Regional CEO. “We’re so grateful for that and we will need it again to bring an outpatient surgery center to Hartselle.”

Cullman Regional is a 150-bed hospital and health system serving five counties in North Alabama. It has an employed physician group of more than 50 providers and a network of convenient outpatient services including a dedicated health park, urgent care, imaging, surgery, physician specialists and primary care.

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