Crestwood Medical Center
With 822 employees, Crestwood is a 150-bed, full-service, acute care hospital that blends high-tech medicine with personal care.
Crestwood is a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Tier 1 Facility, and The Joint Commission named it a “Top Performer in Key Quality Measures” for 2011, the only hospital in Madison County to receive this honor. It also has been ranked highly in several other areas, such as knee and hip replacement, spine surgery, bariatric surgery and endoscopy.
Crestwood is opening a 28, 000-square-foot, $7.5 million facility in Madison this year, offering imaging services, digital mammography, lab services, a sleep disorder clinic and physician offices.
Crestwood is the only hospital in North Alabama to offer the da Vinci Surgical System. Physicians use the robot to perform minimally invasive procedures for gynecology, prostate, kidney, gallbladder and ENT. The hospital also has been honored by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for following the society’s guidelines.
Department of Veterans Affairs – Birmingham VA Medical Center
The Veterans Administration plans to combine its two Madison County clinics into a new Community Based Outpatient Clinic on CCI Drive in Huntsville. It will be one of eight Community Based Outpatient Clinics within the Birmingham VAMC, says Jeff Hester, VA spokesman.
The new clinic will offer primary care and mental health services, optometry, audiology and other specialty care services, Hester says. The contract is to be awarded by summer with an opening in late 2015. Officials say the new clinic is expected to curtail the need for veterans to travel to Birmingham for some specialty care.
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama
This facility, located on the Huntsville Hospital campus, is a 70-bed acute care medical rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehab services. Its team approach engages rehab experts from many disciplines that include rehab nursing, occupational, physical and respiratory therapy, psychology, speech pathology, dietary and nutritional counseling and case management. Huntsville Hospital provides ancillary services to the facility.
This 941-bed hospital was established in Huntsville in 1895. It is a community-based, not-for-profit hospital that is the second largest hospital in Alabama and the sixth largest publicly owned hospital system in the nation. It always has been volunteer-led and community owned, with a nine-member governing board, the Health Care Authority of the City of Huntsville, appointed by the city council. It is one of the county’s largest employers.
Huntsville Hospital receives funds to operate by providing patient care and from donations through Huntsville Hospital Foundation; it receives no local, state or federal tax support.
There are about 7, 000 employees who work at Huntsville Hospital, with another 3, 000 employees working for affiliate hospitals and other organizations. The system includes a Women and Children’s facility, Athens Limestone Hospital, Madison Hospital, Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, Decatur Morgan Hospital and Lawrence Medical Center in Moulton. The system also includes clinics and physician networks.
It is the major referral hospital and trauma center for patients throughout the Tennessee Valley and is a teaching facility for UAB’s Family Practice and Internal Medicine residency programs.
Huntsville Hospital Health System went tobacco free on February 1, a policy that applies to all campuses. The hospital also has received several awards and achievements over the years, the most recent being ranked No. 1 in Alabama in heart surgery from HealthGrades in 2012. It also is considered one of the best places to work by the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
The newest hospital in the county, Madison Hospital, is part of the Huntsville Hospital Health System. It opened only a year ago and is a full-service, general acute care 60-bed hospital that can easily expand to about 200 beds.
Services include 24/7 ER, surgery, maternity care, intensive care, general medicine inpatient care, endoscopy, imaging, lab services, physical therapy, sleep disorders treatment and non-invasive cardiology. Its first year has exceeded expectations in several areas, such as emergency services. The hospital has attracted retail and other growth nearby and officials says they hope to add 30 beds in the coming year.
For more information on the hospitals listed in this article visit crestwoodmedcenter.com and hhsys.org.
Text by Lori Chandler Pruitt