Spotlight on Etowah, St. Clair, & Blount Counties: Health Care

Gadsden Regional Medical Center

Gadsden Regional Medical Center, an acute care hospital with complete inpatient and outpatient care, has 346 licensed beds and has served Etowah County and the surrounding area for more than 110 years. The hospital has about 1,400 employees, making it the largest employer in Etowah County. 

Gadsden Regional Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission and has certification and quality recognition for several other types of procedures, including hip and knee, chest pain, cancer, sleep medicine, pulmonary care and stroke. The hospital has more than 200 physicians. 

The hospital also operates 12 clinics with more than 45 providers throughout the area in family and internal medicine, neurology, cardiothoracic surgery, pulmonology, orthopedics, and obstetrics and gynecology. 

In November 2020, the hospital appointed Justin Bryant as chief executive officer. He has served as interim CEO at the hospital since August 2020. He most recently served as chief operating officer of Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham. 

Riverview Regional Medical Center in Gadsden, with 281 licensed beds, is an acute-care hospital that serves more than 350,000 residents in Etowah and surrounding counties. It is owned by Prime Healthcare. It is one of the largest employers in Etowah County. 

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Riverview Regional is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and offers a full range of services and programs, such as a heart and vascular center, wound care/hyperbaric center, sleep lab and imaging center. It also holds specific accreditation in several other areas of the hospital, such as its laboratory and imaging center. Other services include diagnostic and interventional cardiology, minimally invasive surgery, including laparoscopic and robotic, 24-hour emergency care, a specialized senior care unit and a medical stabilization unit. 

The American College of Cardiology recently recognized the hospital for its expertise and commitment in treating patients who come to a cardiac catheter lab for care. It is one of only four hospitals in the state to obtain catheter lab accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) procedures. 

The hospital was awarded an “A” from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade. The hospital also is ranked among the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for patient safety and is rated four stars from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, making Riverview the highest-rated hospital in the area. 

Ascension St. Vincent’s St. Clair

Ascension St. Vincent’s St. Clair has 40 licensed beds and is one of the largest employers in St. Clair County. 

Services include medical/surgical and ICU units, a 24/7 emergency room, and inpatient and outpatient surgical services, including a GI lab, as well as respiratory care; neurological services; orthopedics and sports medicine; physical, occupational and speech therapy; diabetes education; urology services and pain management.

St. Vincent’s St. Clair also has transitional care, a sleep disorders center and an advanced wound care center.

It is part of Ascension, one of the leading nonprofit and Catholic health systems in the U.S.

Ascension St. Vincent’s Blount in Oneonta is the only hospital in Blount County and is a critical access hospital. It is licensed for 25 beds and is one of the largest employers in Blount County.

The hospital offers several services, including medical/surgical services and ICU units, a 24/7 emergency room and inpatient/outpatient services, and a wide range of specialty care.

The hospital also offers wound care, cardiac stress testing, cardiac rehab, on-site retail pharmacy, speech therapy, radiology, nutritional counseling, geriatric psychiatry and an outpatient clinic. 

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden is a 44-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital providing care to patients who are recovering from stroke and other neurological disorders, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, joint replacement, hip fractures, amputations and general rehabilitation diagnoses, such as arthritis, orthopedic, cardiac and pulmonary conditions. 

Clinical services include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, respiratory therapy, wound care and certified rehabilitation nursing care. 

Mountain View Hospital in Gadsden is a private psychiatric hospital for children and adults. It is accredited by the Joint Commission and offers inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital has 68 beds and a separate 40-bed residential unit devoted entirely to adolescents.

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