Spotlight on Madison County: Health Care

Madison Hospital

Huntsville Hospital
Founded in 1895, not-for-profit Huntsville Hospital is the second-largest hospital in Alabama, with 971 patient beds. The Huntsville Hospital Health System is among the biggest publicly owned health systems in America, with approximately 15,000 employees and hospitals in Huntsville, Madison, Athens, Decatur, Guntersville, Boaz, Moulton, Red Bay and Sheffield and in Fayetteville, Tennessee.

The main campus of Huntsville Hospital serves as the regional referral center for all of North Alabama and southern Tennessee.

The hospital continues to grow along with the city of Huntsville. A new Orthopedic & Spine Tower is on track to open in the summer of 2021 and is the area’s biggest medical construction project in more than 40 years. The seven-story tower will feature 375,000 square feet of surgical, patient care and specialized physical therapy space.

Huntsville Hospital’s physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other staff have displayed remarkable resolve and bravery during the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospital opened a new Fever & Flu Clinic that became the community’s go-to resource for testing and also coordinated with the city on a series of mobile testing events. When vaccines became available, the hospital stepped up again by creating a Community Vaccination Clinic that administered more than 60,000 doses in just two months. More than 100,000 vaccinations have been given across the Health System.

Huntsville Hospital earns many accolades for quality care, including Best Regional Hospital and No. 2 Hospital in Alabama by U.S. News & World Report, America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery by Healthgrades and Gold Plus for stroke care by the American Heart Association.

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Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children Exterior

Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children
Located on the Huntsville Hospital campus, Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children provides advanced pediatric health care and is the only dedicated facility for women and children in North Alabama and southern Tennessee.

The hospital has an OB emergency department staffed 24/7 with a board-certified obstetrician for pregnancy-related complications. It also is home to the region’s only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), where neonatologists and neonatal nurses care for critically ill babies.

Other dedicated services for women and children include a breast center, pediatric ICU, adult ICU, pediatric emergency room, specialized women’s surgery, Kids Care ambulance service, Alabama’s only St. Jude Affiliate Clinic for pediatric cancer care and the region’s first and only infant nutrition lab.

Madison Hospital
Only 9 years old, Madison Hospital is part of the Huntsville Hospital Health System and is a full-service acute care hospital. Madison Hospital is a strong partner with the city of Madison and communities in western Madison County.

Hospital services include 24/7 ER, labor and delivery, a special care nursery, intensive care and many other services.

The hospital recently opened an outpatient endoscopy center on campus, doubling the space available for GI procedures.   

Huntsville Hospital’s Orthopedic & Spine Tower.

Crestwood Medical Center
Crestwood Medical Center is a 180-bed, acute care community hospital employing approximately 1,300 and has a medical staff of more than 600 physicians. The hospital operates 13 primary clinics across Madison County.

The hospital recently expanded its NICU to provide all private rooms for babies and their parents, plus a special room to accommodate twins.

Other improvements in progress at Crestwood include a maternity center expansion with additional facilities.

Over the last few years, the hospital also has renovated and expanded several areas including surgery, emergency department, cardiac care, women’s services and several outpatient services. 

Crestwood Medical Center

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama in Huntsville broke ground in October 2020. The new hospital is set to open in spring 2022.

The hospital has been at a different site in the community since 1987.

Encompass provides rehab services to help patients recover from strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and complex orthopedic conditions.

The new one-story hospital will offer 76 private patient rooms, including rooms for patients with special conditions.

Department of Veterans Affairs, Birmingham VA Health Care System, Huntsville CBOC
The Birmingham VA Health Care System operates one Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Madison County. The Huntsville clinic is 47,800 square feet and offers primary care, mental health services, optometry, women’s health, radiology, physical therapy, audiology and other specialty care. It currently serves approximately 400 veterans per day.

In fiscal year 2020, the Huntsville CBOC provided care to 16,934 veterans with 113,664 outpatient visits. It has eliminated the need for many veterans to travel to Birmingham for some types of specialty care.

Unity Psychiatric Care, Huntsville
This 20-bed hospital offers comprehensive inpatient mental health care for those 55 and older, as well as outpatient services for all adults. Unity is a division of American Health Partners.

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