Spotlight on Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Escambia & Monroe: Health Care

These five counties are served by eight hospitals, some with ties to larger health systems.

Thomasville Regional Medical Center.

Thomasville Regional Medical Center

The much-anticipated Thomasville Regional Medical Center in Clarke County opened in early 2020. It is a 29-bed inpatient and outpatient facility.

The hospital has added TRMA primary care into the facility and most recently Encore Rehabilitation moved in. The hospital has added three more surgeons to its staff.

The hospital offers high-tech services including 3D mammography, 64 Slice CT, general radiology, stress test, two endoscopic rooms, two operating rooms and more.

Choctaw General Hospital

Choctaw General Hospital in Butler is affiliated with Rush Health Systems. It is a 25-bed critical access hospital that continues to grow and offer more programs and services.

In June 2021, Rush Health Systems and Ochsner Health announced a merger that will be finalized in mid-2022. This agreement builds on an existing strategic partnership agreement between the two health systems in 2019.

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Choctaw General offers a wide range of inpatient, outpatient and emergency services, including telestroke services with Ochsner neurology. The hospital also offers a swing bed program for those who are recovering from surgery, stroke and other conditions.

D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital.

D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital

D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital (DWM) is governed by the Escambia County Health Care Authority. DWM is an acute care hospital that has been a part of the Brewton community for more than 60 years. With 350 staff members, the Brewton hospital is one of Escambia County’s largest employers.

The hospital’s facilities include an eight-bed intensive care unit; a 24-hour emergency room; general medical, surgical and pediatric services, digital mammography, and a unit dedicated to women and infants.

In addition, DWM provides services for home health, durable medical equipment, digital imaging, lab facilities and physical therapy. DWM also owns and operates the Flomaton Medical Center and D.W. McMillan Medical Center, both certified rural health clinics, as well as D.W. McMillan After Hours Clinic and D.W. McMillan Primary Care.

In December 2021, DWM added 3D mammography to its Women’s Center.

Atmore Community Hospital.

Atmore Community Hospital

Governed by the Escambia County Healthcare Authority, Atmore Community Hospital (ACH) is a 49-bed, 200-employee acute care hospital serving several communities in Escambia and Monroe counties in Alabama, as well as parts of nearby Escambia County, Florida. ACH has been a part of the Atmore community for more than 50 years.

The hospital’s facilities include an intensive care unit; a 24-hour emergency room; general medical and surgical services. In addition, ACH services include home health care, walk-in clinic, three family practice clinics and specialty physicians, surgery, intensive care, imaging and lab facilities, plus physical therapy.

In 2022, ACH will open a new urgent care that replaces a walk-in clinic. The new facility will be staffed by mid-level providers with a physician medical director, with plans to add more provider coverage, programs and specialty care. This new urgent care includes a lab, x-ray equipment, a pharmacy and wellness care.

Also, in December 2021, the hospital has entered into an agreement with UAB Medicine to provide UAB eMedicine Tele-Stroke coverage. It allows any patient coming to the hospital’s ER with stroke systems to have a UAB neurological specialist physician via telemedicine to work directly with ER physicians.

Evergreen Medical Center

Evergreen Medical Center is a privately-owned, 58-bed acute care hospital in Conecuh County. It has 155 full-time employees and offers inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and surgical services that include a 24-hour community wellness and fitness center.

The hospital completed a new 24-hour emergency room in spring 2021, is the only Medicare-certified 4-star hospital in the region and operates rural health clinics in Evergreen and Georgiana.

Also, the LifeFlight helicopter is located on campus to help deliver regional healthcare to all five counties. And the hospital recently received a new 128-slice CT scanner.

Grove Hill Memorial Hospital

Grove Hill Memorial Hospital, with 50 beds, has been in business more than 60 years. It is governed by a local board of directors and has about 160 employees.

GHMH is the only “delivering” hospital (for newborns) in a five-county area, delivering about 200 babies annually. It also has a sleep lab, a nine-bed inpatient geriatric psychiatric unit and offers outpatient psychiatric services. Other services include all types of imaging, respiratory therapy, radiology, laboratory and pediatrics. It operates a rural healthcare clinic in Grove Hill.

Jackson Medical Center

Jackson Medical Center is located in Clarke County and is a 35-bed acute care facility. It offers general medical and surgical care for inpatient, outpatient and emergency room patients.

A new emergency room and renovations are planned, with funding to come from a one-cent sales taxes approved in January by the Jackson City Council.

The hospital’s services include inpatient care, emergency care, home health, a wide range of outpatient services, lab services, swing bed, radiology services including MRI, CT, mammography, and ultrasound, physical therapy and outpatient surgical services.

The hospital has an urgent care center, a family medical clinic and a specialty clinic.

Dr. David Stallworth at Monroe County Hospital performs general surgery services.

Monroe County Hospital

This hospital in Monroeville has 94 beds and is one of the largest employers in the community. It offers a comprehensive range of medical and surgical services, including cardiopulmonary, chemotherapy/oncology, ICU, emergency, labor and delivery/lactation, lab, progressive home care, hospice and radiology.

The hospital operates a rural health clinic and, in early 2020, completed a new emergency room.


This article appeared in the March 2022 issue of Business Alabama.


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