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Welcome to Northwest!

Northwest Medical Center is committed to promoting healing, comfort, and hope in a safe environment for our patients and families.

Senior Health Services

Northwest Medical Center offers a variety of healthcare services for patients over 65 years of age. Our goal is to provide effective, comprehensive care that enhances the health and well-being of our seniors.

Wellness Center

Northwest Wellness Center is a medically driven facility designed to provide individuals with respect, attention, and knowledge to implement safe, effective, and successful strength and conditioning programs to enhance ones’ physical, physical, psychological, vocational and social well-being.


Wound Care Center

The Northwest Medical Center's Wound Care Program provides individuals a comprehensive approach to the care of chronic, non-healing wounds. Chronic wounds have many causes including diabetes, venous and or arterial insufficiency and pressure from immobility.

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Below is a reprint of an article that recently ran in the Journal Record newspaper. The article was written by Bob Henger, Northwest Medical Center CEO and it outlines some of the challenges faced by rural hospitals, but more importantly, explains the tremendous value our hospital provides to the community and the importance of the hospital's survival.

The Economic Value of Rural Hospitals
By Bob Henger, CEO Northwest Medical Center

Bob Henger, CEOThe Alabama Daily News Digest recently featured an article by columnist Matthew Stokes. In the article he writes about “The Hamilton Project,” a significant initiative by the Brookings Institution. The project examines the vitality index of every county in America, weighing factors including median household income, poverty rate, unemployment rate, life expectancy, home vacancy rate and prime-age unemployment to population ratio. To no one’s surprise, almost every county in Alabama ranks low on this vitality index.

The article goes on to say that rural industries leave an area for a variety of reasons and, in time, rural residents with higher degrees and training leave the area as well due to a lack of job opportunities and the amenities offered by larger cities. When they leave, they take with them their money, civic energy, organizational know-how and leadership. Put crudely, this phenomenon causes many of our rural areas to suffer from a significant brain drain.

The decline of rural industry and closing of factories has led to a massive migration of educated Americans to cities. A look at the State of Alabama on the Hamilton Project reveals strong vitality numbers in Autauga, Baldwin, Madison and Shelby counties while the rest of the state flounder from bad to worse. The problem is that too many of our state’s best and brightest are increasingly congregating in intense clusters, leaving the rural and even some suburban areas bereft of the human capital that could enrich them. While this situation has been occurring nationwide, it is worse for a state that is experiencing a stagnant population.

The Hamilton Project’s vitality index is a measure of a location’s economic and social well=being. The indicators and their relative weights are as follows:

  • Median household income (45%)
  • Poverty rate (24%)
  • Life expectancy (13%)
  • Prime-age employment-to-population ratio (9%)
  • Housing vacancy rate (5%)
  • Unemployment rate (4%)

Counties with a vitality rate index that is above zero are doing better and those with vitality scores below zero are doing worse. The Hamilton Project’s vitality index scores compare Marion County, Alabama, to the State of Alabama and to the national index scores.

Level Vitality Index Median Household Income Poverty

Employment Rate (age 25-45)

Housing Vacancy Rate Life
National 0 $57,700 14.6% 6.6% 76.6% 12.2% 79.1 yrs.
Alabama -0.8976 $46,500 18% 7.4% 71.4% 16.8% 75.6 yrs.
Marion -1.2699 $35,700 17.5% 5.5% 70.7% 15.9% 74.5 yrs.
*2017 Statistics

What can be done to stem the decline of rural America, in particular, rural Alabama? All rural counties seek to bring in new industry and secure current companies and jobs. In order to attract new industry to a rural area, at least two quality institutions must be in place; a highly regarded education system and a hospital. We are fortunate to have in Marion County excellent education systems and two hospitals on either end of the county.

Unfortunately, rural hospitals in Alabama are disappearing one by one due to out-migration of populations and poor reimbursement to rural hospitals. Beyond the fact that our citizens would not have access to local healthcare and would need to drive an hour or more to the closest hospitals or emergency service, what would it mean to the local economy and social well-being of Winfield and Hamilton without our hospitals? A hospital is a major industry in any rural town, employing hundreds of people in higher-paying jobs. Without a hospital in place, it’s almost impossible to attract physicians to rural towns. As an example, Northwest Medical Center in Winfield employees ten physicians and five nurse practitioners, while 11 other internal medicine and family practice doctors have their individual practices in the Winfield area, and they employ an additional five nurse practitioners. A total of 21 physicians and ten nurse practitioners would probably not be living in this community without the hospital. Furthermore, ten out of the twenty-one doctors and most all of the nurse practitioners were born and raised in this area and have come back home after medical training to serve our hospital and community. These are highly-educated professionals with six-figure jobs. The Hamilton area has a similar story to tell.

Besides physicians, hundreds of nurses are employed by the two hospitals and physician practices. Other high-paid professionals working in hospitals include pharmacists, dietitians, radiology and lab technicians, cardiopulmonary technicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, audiological therapists, social workers, IT specialists, accountants, business office specialists, executive and middle managers, skilled maintenance workers, medical records specialists and several other specialists.

Our hospital campus has also attracted several other medical facilities and services, such as the Cancer Center, Wellness and Rehabilitation Center, Sports and Occupational Clinic, Dialysis Center and assisted living facilities. Without the hospital as the hub of medical services, ambulance service, hospice, home health agencies, pharmacies and rehabilitation therapists might not exist in the community.

The impact of losing these professionals would be devastating to the local economy and businesses. From a social well-being standpoint, many elderly people and uninsured citizens might go without proper healthcare. Our civic and social clubs as well as churches would experience a great void in membership and leadership. I have always been impressed with the number of great families that live in Winfield and from one generation to the next their children set high standards and performance in our school system and later go on to become the human fiber of what makes Winfield such a unique community.

Without adequate reimbursement for the services rendered in our two hospitals, it will be difficult to survive. And, the only way we will survive is for our communities to believe in our hospitals and utilize our services. The combination of poor reimbursement and our citizens seeking their healthcare elsewhere simply means our rural hospitals will not survive. Remember, the very people who work in our hospitals are your family members, friends and neighbors. Put your trust in them and receive your healthcare locally. I can tell you without any doubt, the physicians, healthcare professionals and managers we employ at Northwest Medical Center provide outstanding care and service and can meet or exceed any hospital elsewhere.


History of Northwest Medical Center
Throughout its rich history, Northwest Medical Center has remained intertwined with the growing community it serves.

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.

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About Us
Digital Mammography

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.

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Patient Medical Records
Patient Medical RecordsNorthwest Medical Center's Health Information Department (Medical Records) creates, maintains and protects patient medical records. The Medical Record staff works diligently by completing "Release of Information" requests for patients and providing accurate medical chart information for insurance payments, while protecting private patient information.

Medical Release of Information

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.

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Patients and Visitors
A Word From Our CEO
The City of Winfield took a very proactive position in establishing the Hospital Authority Board and purchasing Northwest Medical Center from the previous owner.
Under the supervision of the Hospital Authority, Northwest Medical Center is now able to operate the hospital independently, much like in the days when Carraway Hospital of Birmingham managed Northwest. During that era the hospital became a medical hub, providing regional medical services for the three-county area. Once again it will be possible to grow and provide the best quality of care to the communities the hospital serves.
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