Spotlight on Lee, Russell & Macon: Health Care

These three counties are served by four main hospitals and a number of other medical facilities.

East Alabama Medical Center Freestanding Emergency Department.

East Alabama Health

East Alabama Health in Opelika is a major employer in Lee County, with about 3,500 employees. Its largest facility is East Alabama Medical Center, a regional referral hospital with 340 beds that offers comprehensive health care services for patients in 11 counties. The hospital consistently receives awards of excellence in many clinical areas.

Recently, East Alabama Health rebranded its health system, which includes East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, EAMC-Lanier in Valley, the Spencer Cancer Center in Opelika, the Auburn Medical Pavilion and several other key medical clinics and practices.

East Alabama Health opened its new level III neonatal intensive care unit in September, offering 11 patient rooms. It includes a milk lab, pharmacy, a respiratory therapist and developmental therapy room. New lighting features include a touch screen panel with six colored light options to help with newborn eye development and circadian rhythm. The NICU includes a suite for twins, separated by sliding doors, allowing families to visit both babies at once.

The Auburn Medical Pavilion is located inside the Auburn Research Park. Photo by Leslie Parsons Chapman.

In June, the hospital opened a freestanding emergency department in Auburn, part of the Auburn Medical Pavilion in the Auburn Research Park. The 12-bed, Level III trauma center offers patients another option for ER services in the region.


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Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital

Located in Phenix City in Russell County, Jack Hughston Memorial is a 70-bed advanced acute care hospital. It is located across the Chattahoochee River from the main Hughston Clinic campus and offers a range of services that includes orthopedic and general surgery, physical therapy, diagnostic imaging, sports medicine, pharmacy, lab, ICU and a 24-hour emergency room.

The hospital has been ranked in the top 10% nationwide for both orthopedic and joint replacement care. Furthermore, for 11 consecutive years (2012-2022), it has not only been listed among America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopaedic Surgery and Joint Replacement but has also been included by Healthgrades in the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for overall orthopedic services and joint replacement.

The Hughston Clinic also has several satellite locations, some with different specialties such as orthopedics and trauma, throughout the region and surrounding states.


Regional Rehabilitation Hospital

This 58-bed inpatient hospital in Phenix City, a joint venture between Piedmont and Encompass Health, offers comprehensive inpatient services for conditions including stroke, trauma, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, arthritis, chronic pain, neuromuscular disease, amputation and other disabling conditions that have caused loss of functional mobility. It is designed to return patients to the community leading active and independent lives.

Regional Rehabilitation employs approximately 220 health care professionals, including nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; and other support personnel.  The hospital, which treats more than 1,600 patients yearly, has earned specialty certifications for stroke, brain injury and hip fracture.


Central Alabama VA Medical Center – Tuskegee

This 220-bed hospital is part of the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System, which also includes the Montgomery Veterans Medical Center and community-based outpatient clinics in Dothan, Fort Rucker, Monroeville and Columbus, Georgia.

The Tuskegee campus, on 170 acres adjacent to Tuskegee University and Moton Field, offers comprehensive health and medical services. The Tuskegee campus includes a 100-bed Community Living Center and serves as the region’s geriatrics, extended care and rehabilitation service Center of Excellence. The campus also includes a regional office building, with staff providing “one-stop” services of all kinds to veterans.

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