Clinics such as the Community Free Clinic, Health Established at Local Schools Clinic, the Madison County Health Department and the Surgery Center of Huntsville all provide specialized service, while the University of Alabama at Birmingham offers both medical education and services at venues throughout the state.
Opened in 1895, Huntsville Hospital has become northern Alabama’s largest medical center, and one of the largest, not-for-profit, community owned hospitals in the country. The main campus, Huntsville Hospital East, boasts more than 550 physicians practicing some 65 medical specialties, including cancer and cardiac care and women’s health. The hospital has a staff of more than 650 well-qualified physicians who take care of a large patient base – one half of which are from outside the community.
Huntsville Hospital’s trauma center serves all of northern Alabama with board-certified trauma surgeons on site 24 hours a day and two ambulatory helicopters to bring patients to the center. Another important service is the Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children, which opened in 2003 on the Huntsville Hospital campus. The center offers the region’s only pediatric intensive-care unit (PICU) and pediatric emergency room. The hospital’s pediatric inpatient program has been recognized by Child magazine as one of the top 50 pediatric programs in the country.
The hospital offers the largest obstetrics program in northern Alabama, delivering 4,000 babies in 2003, and also has a level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), one of only five in the state. Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children is the largest facility for breast health in Alabama and has the only physician fellowship-trained physician in breast radiology.
Crestwood Medical Center
Located in southeast Huntsville, Crestwood Medical Center offers personalized care from more than 465 physicians covering 50 different specialties. Established in 1965, Crestwood has maintained a strong focus on family and community service, while staying abreast of technological advances.
Hospital staff also works to develop positive working relationships with physicians and make a point to extend the hospital’s service through community giving. Huntsville is a town that has always been perceived as a high-tech hub, but with a broad range of hospitals, clinics and medical facilities, the area is quickly gaining the reputation as the regional health-care nucleus as well.