Spotlight on Fayette, Lamar & Marion: Health Care

These three counties are served by three hospitals, with ties to larger health systems.

Fayette Medical Center

Fayette Medical Center

Fayette Medical Center, serving the county and surrounding areas since 1958, has been part of the Tuscaloosa-based DCH Health System since 1984 and has 61 licensed hospital beds and 122 long-term care beds.

The hospital offers a wide range of services, including an emergency department, full-service diagnostic imaging, ICU, swing bed rehabilitation, several inpatient and outpatient surgical services and advanced endoscopic procedures, eye surgery and orthopedic surgery; and a family medicine clinic. The cancer center, an MD Anderson Cancer Center Network Certified Member, regularly hosts a clinic at the hospital.

In March 2021, Fayette Medical Center was included in Newsweek’s list of the World’s Best Hospitals. Newsweek partnered with Statista Inc. for the list, and Fayette Medical Center was one of only four Alabama hospitals on the list. The hospital received the second highest rating in the state after UAB. Additionally, Fayette Medical Center received an A from the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades program.

Northwest Medical Center

Northwest Medical Center in Winfield has 71 beds and serves about 2,500 inpatients and 60,000 outpatients annually. It has about 235 employees, is owned and operated by the Healthcare Authority of Winfield and is affiliated with St. Vincent’s/Ascension and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Health System.

In January 2022, the hospital entered into an agreement with UAB, which allows the two hospitals to also share resources, says Winfield Mayor Randy Price.

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In May 2021, the hospital received
$2.5 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to upgrade its intensive care and emergency units.

Along with emergency care and surgery services, the hospital also includes imaging, lab, rehab, senior care, wound care, dialysis, a wellness center and sleep lab. The center has several affiliated clinics, including the Northwest Regional Cancer Center.

North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton

North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton

North Mississippi Medical Center-Hamilton is a not-for-profit, 49-bed acute care hospital in Hamilton. It is affiliated with North Mississippi Health Services in Tupelo.

The Hamilton center has more than 200 employees and includes a 79-bed nursing home and a wellness center.

Hamilton Primary Care Center, located inside the hospital, offers extended hours and convenient access to primary care providers for adults and children, nursing, billing and other hospital departments when needed.

The hospital offers 24-hour emergency care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, outpatient specialty clinics, lab services, respiratory therapy, cardiac rehabilitation surgical services and radiology services.

The Hamilton facility recently added 3D mammography technology.

In 2021, the hospital received a five-star rating — the highest quality rating — from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The hospital is one of only six hospitals in the state to receive five stars.

And in 2020, the hospital received the QUEST Award for High-Value Healthcare from Premier Inc., for providing outstanding patient care.


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