September is recognized as Prostate Health Month and also Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
In the USA, over 160,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, and about 30,000 die from it. Early detection is the key to successful treatment. This awareness period, and the organizations and associations that support it, are responsible for saving an untold number of men’s lives by encouraging them to have a discussion with their healthcare provider about prostate cancer and early detection.
This video helps men understand their prostate cancer screening options.
Northwest Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Phillip N. Madonia to the staff at the hospital's Specialty Clinic.
Dr. Madonia was born in Mobile, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Preprofessional Studies and a minor in Theology. Following his graduation he returned closer to home for medical training. He received a medical degree from the University of South Alabama. Dr. Madonia completed residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, where he served as Chief Resident.
Subsequently, he served two years on the academic faculty in medicine and pediatrics at Louisiana State University, followed by a year as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Nutrition at William Beaumont School of Medicine in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Dr. Madonia completed his fellowship in Nephrology in 2015 at Vanderbilt University and joined Nephrology Associates, P.C., in Birmingham that same year. He is a member of the American Society of Nephrology, Renal Physicians Association, and a board member of Jefferson County Medical Society.
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.
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.