Spotlight on Greene, Hale, Marengo & Sumter: Health Care

Four hospitals serve residents and visitors of Greene, Hale, Marengo and Sumter counties

Whitfield Regional opened a new emergency department last fall.

Whitfield Regional Hospital

Whitfield Regional Hospital in Demopolis, with 99 beds, has more than 420 employees and includes a specialty clinic and two rural health clinics. It is one of the largest employers in Marengo County and has an operating agreement with UAB Health System.

A new emergency department opened in fall 2023, and the Whit Specialty Vein Clinic also opened, helping people with chronic leg pain from vascular disease.

One of the biggest investments in recent years has been in the radiology department, which now has a new fluoroscopy room, 3D mammography and a 120-slice CT Machine with AI.

Whitfield Regional became the first ICU in the state to be directly linked to UAB intensivists via telehealth, helping Whitfield’s most critical patients receive the care within the community.


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Hill Hospital of Sumter County

Hill Hospital in York provides general medical and surgical care for inpatient, outpatient and emergency room patients. Services include ambulance, anesthesia, assisted living, cardiopulmonary, food services, gynecology, hospitalists, ICU, lab, orthopedics, pharmacy, psychiatry, radiology, surgery and urology. It is operated by the York Healthcare Authority.

In 2022, the hospital received $575,000 from Congresswoman Terri Sewell’s appropriation funds for new construction and equipment, as well as funding from the USDA to develop a telehealth program and purchase vehicles.

The hospital serves the community beyond the hospital walls, providing free meals to more than 200 residents during Thanksgiving, toys and gift cards to more than 200 children at Christmas, and — in partnership with the Rural Alabama Prevention Center — access to blood pressure medication and related resources.

The Hale County Hospital Clinic provides services to all ages.

Hale County Hospital

Hale County Hospital has 163 employees making it one of the largest employers in the county. The hospital offers inpatient, swing bed, respite, emergency, inpatient/outpatient physical therapy, laboratory, home health and radiology services. It also has outpatient clinics in Greensboro and Moundville that provide primary care and psychiatric services.

According to an Alabama Hospital Association economic impact report, Hale County Hospital has a $27 million economic impact in its home county — from the hospital alone, not including home health and clinics.

Greene County Health System has upgraded its security system.

Greene County Health System

Greene County Health System — operating a hospital, clinic and nursing home — continues to grow in its efforts to serve the people of Greene and surrounding counties. It is presently focusing on security upgrades. It has installed an upgraded camera security system in its 20-bed hospital, 72-bed nursing home and rural health clinic. All exit signs have also been replaced with edge lit LED signs for better visibility.

The health system has upgraded its email system to help assure HIPAA compliance and to prevent phishing.

Besides the IT enhancements, the health system is working to upgrade its physical security systems through the installation of a new door badge system. The system requires badge use for entry and exit, monitors usage and allows activation and de-activation of staff badges.

This article appears in the June 2024 issue of Business Alabama.

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