The Hospitalist program offers medical doctors who specialize in the evaluation and treatment of hospitalized patients and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year.
What is a hospitalist?
A hospitalist is a medical doctor who specializes in caring for hospitalized patients. Hospitalists are trained in general internal medicine and other medical specialties. Because hospitalists typically so not maintain an outside practice, they can focus their attention on your medical care inside the hospital.
What are the benefits of having a Hospitalist?
Your hospitalist specializes in the kinds of medical conditions that need to be treated in the hospital. Because the hospitalist typically does not have an outside practice, he or she has added knowledge of other departments and specialties and are very accessible to hospital nursing staff. The hospitalists can help to speed your recovery and shorten your hospital stay by following up on tests and adjusting your treatment plan throughout the day. Hospitalists have systems in place to communicate with your family and your primary care doctor as needed, especially at the time of admission and discharge.
Mr. Henger was originally hired as CEO of Northwest Medical Center by Dr. Robert Carraway in 1995 when the hospital was owned and operated by Carraway Medical Center of Birmingham. During his ten years as CEO the hospital became a regional medical center serving patients from the three-county area. A new hospital was built in 1998 along with a Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. The Cancer Center, owned and operated by Dr. Shelby Sanford, was also constructed on the hospital campus. Later a Physician Office Building and Assistive Living Center were constructed on the north side of the campus. Also, Northwest Hospital was the first rural hospital in Alabama to be approved to purchase an MRI unit. While the hospital grew in service and patient volume, the medical staff also grew to include Primary Care Physicians, Pediatrics, OB/GYN Physicians, General Surgeons, Cardiologists, Emergency Medicine Physicians and Radiologists. Sub-specialists in Podiatry, Orthopedics, Urology and Dermatology rounded out Medical Staff Services.
Primary Care clinics were built or established in Sulligent, Guin, Carbon Hill and Detroit.
The Wound Care Center® at Northwest Medical Center, a member of the Healogics network, is helping raise awareness of chronic wounds during the sixth annual Wound Care Awareness Week, being held from June 3 to June 7. Wound Care Awareness was established by Healogics in 2014 to bring attention to the chronic wound epidemic and the 6.7 million Americans who are currently living with non-healing wounds. Program Directors across the nation will dedicate the entire week to educating physicians, patients and the general public about the chronic wound epidemic and the advanced wound care solutions available. Northwest Wound Care Center & Hyperbaric Medicine located at Northwest Medical Center offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds.
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.