Frequently Asked Questions for Patients
Is the hospital clean and safe?
Our hospital is clean and safe -- just like it always has been! One of the core elements of properly managing infectious diseases is the cleanliness of our physical facility. Our hospital keeps current on the most effective cleaning and disinfection protocols available in healthcare today. We clean ALL equipment, reception and waiting areas, restrooms, chairs, door handles, carts, call systems, TV remotes, telephones throughout all departments of the hospital and other hard surfaces regularly through the day. Our environmental services team thoroughly cleans and disinfects all surfaces when a patient is discharged from a surgical suite or patient room, beginning with electrostatic foggers and UV light technology before the use of an EPA-registered hospital grade disinfectant. The air systems are inspected, tested and serviced on a regular basis by our qualified technicians. We provide proper air exchanges in accordance with all healthcare regulations.
Do you have the supplies and capacity to accommodate my procedure?
Our clinical team will regularly monitor crucial supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE), medications, blood, space and staffing to ensure that we have enough to comfortably care for those undergoing elective/non-urgent procedures AND accommodate our normal emergency care and potential COVID-19 patients.
We are not booking our schedules to full capacity. Out of an abundance of caution and with the conservation of supplies in mind, we are not starting with a full schedule right away. Should things continue to progress positively, we'll increase our capacity on a week-by-week basis. This is for your safety and ours.
August 9 - 15 is National Health Center Week. The theme for this year is "Community Health Centers: Lighting the Way for Healthier Communities Today and in the Future."
Northwest Medical Center has been proud to have our Wellness Center contributing to the health and well-being of our community for many years. This facility provides a place for area residents to exercise, get personal training assistance, participate in various organized classes and also is a great gathering place to visit with friends as you work out.
If you haven't visited our Wellness Center lately, take a look at the short video tour below. You might be surprised at what all is available at Northwest Wellness Center. We invite you to visit the center and see it all for yourself.
Northwest Medical Center is proud to have Kate Trankina, a second-year student at UAB pursuing a dual Master's in Science in Health Administration and Public Health, working to complete her preceptorship at our hospital.
This summer, Kate has worked with administrators throughout the hospital to learn more about the practice of community-based healthcare. While at NWMC she has been working with Northwest Chief Operating Officer, Keri Moody as they update the hospital's Community Health Needs Assessment. Northwest is proud to play a part in assisting talented young professionals as they pursue careers in healthcare.
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.