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.
A hospital's value to the community goes beyond local access to the hospital's medical services. Without a hospital in our area citizens would have to drive over an hour to the nearest hospital. This is a critical concern in the case of emergencies. Also, many frail and elderly patients can't drive themselves long distances when ill. Secondly, hospitals provide employment opportunities; Northwest Medical Center is one of the largest employers in the region and employs many positions paying higher professional wages. The hospital also provides employment that attracts the brightest young people back to the community once they complete college or technical school.
Without a hospital in the local community, it's very unlikely that you can attract physician practices to a rural area. In addition, it is nearly impossible to attract any substantial business to a community unless there is a quality school system and a hospital present.
I am proud to again lead Northwest Medical Center as CEO. Along with our professional staff and a dedicated group of employees, we are committed to our mission; To provide patients with excellent care and service. We welcome you to our website and to our hospital where you can experience "Exceptional Care, Close to Home!"
--Robert Henger, CEO