Within a short time after having a procedure done by our Surgery Team, patients are contacted by an independent survey comapany that asks a series of questions about the care received by the patient while in our hospital. We want to know how our patients feel about the service we provide, where we excel and also where we need improvement. This survey information also tells how we stack up against other hospitals and the industry as a whole.
For the second quarter of 2019, Northwest Medical Center is proud to recognize our Surgery Team for achieving an overall rating of 97.14%, which is better than 90% of the hospitals included in the survey. Congratulations to our Surgery Team! We are proud of each of you!
(Based on Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey. CAHPS is a series of patient surveys rating health care experiences in the US.)
On July 23, 2019 Northwest Medical Center employees honored Ms. Betty Marchbanks for her years of service to Northwest Medical Center. Ms. Betty joined Northwest Medical Center on July 15, 2006 and retires at 72 years young.
Ms. Betty has 7 children (5 girls and 2 boys) along with 16 grandchildren and 16+ great-grands.
She has been exceptionally dedicated to Northwest Medical Center and definitely keeps all of us in line. She takes excellent care of our patients and loves her family and her work family dearly.
When asked for words to describe Ms. Betty, her co-workers offered the following:
Mother to all
Ms. Betty is an exceptional employee. She is dependable, loyal and very valuable. 3rd floor patients as well as staff will miss her tremendously. When she retires, she plans to travel to see her family and enjoy spending time with them. Her first trip will start the week after retirement. We thank you for your service to Northwest and we love you Ms. Betty!
By Amanda Godsey, FNP-C
Amanda Godsey is a Nurse Practitioner in our Northwest Primary Care Clinic. Nursing has been Amanda's passion now for 18 years. She loves caring for people and helping them be able to achieve their maximum health benefits throughout their lifetime. You can reach Amanda at Northwest Primary Care Clinic, 200 Carraway Drive, Suite B2, Winfield, AL 35594 or call 205-487-7556.
Summertime is when more rashes occur than at any other time throughout the year. People contract poison oak, poison ivy, sumac rashes, scabies, and even eczema may become more prevalent during the summertime as well. There is one rash that is encountered more often this time of the year. It is not transmitted by plants or animals but is transmitted by people. It is viral in nature and is known as hand-foot-mouth disease, or HFMD. Although this rash can occur any time of the year, it is more prevelant during the warmer months. We have already noted this rash in our clinic this summer.
HFMD usually affects children less than 5 years old but adults also may get this disease as well. It usually begins with fever, decreased appetite, sore throat, and fatigue. One to two days after the fever begins, a painful rash can develop in the mouth, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet. The rash normally looks like flat red spots but can develop blisters that may rupture and drain. Not everyone will experience all the above symptoms. Some patients may only have one or two of them. The rash can spread to the entire body, as well, but usually presents to the hands, feet, and mouth in the beginning.
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.