Hospitals and health care professionals across the nation are in distress due to the financial and emotional impact of COVID-19. Rural hospitals are especially impacted due to the loss of income from clinics, doctors’ visits, and elective procedures. Expenses continue at the same rate while revenues have plummeted. The financial impact to our hospital and other rural hospitals across the nation will not end at the conclusion of this pandemic.
Despite these challenges, Northwest Medical Center is dedicated to survival. We plan to be here to serve Brilliant, Guin, Gu-Win, Sulligent, Glen Allen, Winfield and our three-county area for many years to come. We are devoted to maintaining our staff, clinics, and services intact and plan to emerge from this crisis in a better position for future growth and development.
To ensure our longevity, we are reviewing all state and government opportunities including the accelerated Medicare Payment Program for acute care hospitals, Paycheck Protection Program, and possibly USDA grants and loans. As opportunities present, we plan to pursue them.
To our State Representative and our Congressman, to community patrons that provide supplies and support for our hospital and community: Thank You! Special thanks to all First Responders in our communities working together on this common mission. Medical-Surgical, ICU, ED nurses and respiratory therapists: Thank You! Nothing could be accomplished without the many support people inside and outside of the hospital going above and beyond to ensure continual supplies are here to meet daily operational needs: Thank You! Special thanks to all our physicians, Nurse Practitioners and clinics that continue to serve on the front lines. From all of us at Northwest Medical Center, we thank you for all you are doing to provide for and support the hospital!
Michael Windham, CEO
April is Autism Awareness Month, a nationwide effort started by the Autism Society. One in 68 children in the U.S. is born with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects people differently and to varying degrees.
While there is currently no known single cause of autism, early diagnosis helps a person receive the support and services that they need, which can lead to a quality life filled with opportunity.
To learn more visit https://www.autism-society.org/
Because ofthe coronavirus outbreak, many blood drives have been cancelled and regular donations are also down severely. On thursday, April 9, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Winfield Internal Medicine will be hosting a blood drive. Please give if you can!
The Winfield Hospital had its official opening in 1949 and since that time has been serving the primary health care needs of Marion, Fayette, Lamar, Walker and Winston Counties.
In this modern era, Northwest Medical Center has added many specialized services reaching beyond our primary service area into a regional service facility. A modern, well-equipped replacement hospital was built in 1998 and compliments the quality of our Medical Staff and patient care.
Digital mammography can detect early-stage breast cancer.
If you're a woman 40 years of age or older, you should have a mammogram every year.
Schedule your mammogram today by calling us at (205) 487-7748. (A physician's order is required).
In the fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea," the heroine cannot sleep because she can feel a very small lump, even though it's covered by dozens of mattresses.
In real life, we are not that lucky. By the time we can feel a lump in our own breasts, a cancerous tumor could possibly have grown larger and spread beyond the breast into other areas of our bodies.
The process for requesting a patient's medical records includes obtaining a medical release of information authorization that is signed and dated by the patient.