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

Six hospitals serve the residents of Etowah, St. Clair and Blount counties

Gadsden Regional Medical Center is the largest employer in Etowah County.

Gadsden Regional Medical Center

Gadsden Regional Medical Center is an acute-care hospital with complete inpatient and outpatient care. It has 346 licensed beds and has almost 2,000 employees, making it the largest employer in Etowah County.

Specialties and services include behavioral health, cancer care, critical care medicine, diagnostic imaging, emergency services, heart care, maternity care, occupational health services, orthopedic, outpatient, rehabilitation, sleep medicine, stroke care, surgical services, women’s health and more. The hospital also operates several clinics throughout the area.

In June 2022, Gadsden Surgery Center, a multi-specialty outpatient medical center, performed its first total knee replacement surgery in an outpatient setting. The new outpatient joint replacement program is the first program of its kind in Etowah County.

The hospital’s childbirth team is using an artificial intelligence-based maternal-fetal early warning system to enhance patient safety during labor and delivery. The hospital delivers more than 800 babies each year. The overall community benefit totaled more than $228 million in 2021.

Riverview Regional Medical Center

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 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, a medical stabilization unit. The hospital offers surgical services, UAB pathology and more.

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden has 44 beds and is an inpatient rehabilitation hospital. It offers comprehensive inpatient services for Etowah County and surrounding counties. The hospital provides 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.

Mountain View Hospital

Mountain View Hospital, in Gadsden, is a private, specialized psychiatric hospital that serves children through senior adults. The hospital has 68 beds and a separate 40-bed residential unit devoted entirely to adolescents. It also operates outpatient behavioral health clinics.

Ascension St. Vincent’s St. Clair

St. Vincent’s St. Clair has 40 licensed beds and is one of the largest employers in St. Clair County with employees at the hospital and at associated facilities such as TouchPoint and Medxcel.

In 2022, the hospital added 3D mammography, eICU/telestroke, pulmonology, primary care, a general surgeon and a urologist.

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

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

Ascension St. Vincent’s Blount

St. Vincent’s Blount, in Oneonta, is licensed for 40 beds and is one of the largest employers in Blount County.

Hospital services include medical/surgical, ICU and a 24/7 emergency room, with services for inpatients and outpatients. The hospital also earned a five-star CMS HCAHP rating.

In 2022, the hospital added 3D mammography, wound care, a new MRI, retail pharmacy, 340B discount drug program, Dispensary of Hope, new x-ray suite, new fluoro suite, new bone densitometer, added an FPM physician and FPM nurse practitioner, nephrology and hospice. It also is part of Ascension.

This article appears in the April 2023 issue of Business Alabama.

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