Throughout its rich history, Northwest Medical Center has remained intertwined with the growing community it serves.
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.
In addition to the new hospital, the hospital campus has a Wellness Rehabilitation Facility, Physician Office Building, Dialysis Center and an Assisted Living Center.
On April 1, 2009 the facility opened its new Surgery Center on the second level. The hospital is a 71-bed facility serving approximately 2,500 inpatients and 60,000 outpatients annually. Over sixty (60) privately practicing physicians treat and refer patients to Northwest with twenty-six (26) physicians and three (3) nurse practitioner practicing fulltime in the area.
Northwest is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations and is licensed by the Alabama State Department of Health.
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!"
Michael D. Windham, MBA, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer