Prattville Baptist Hospital Helps Heal the Community in Many Ways

Prattville Baptist Hospital Helps Heal the Community

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Wes Aldridge

Prattville Baptist Hospital is a picture of good health. Recently named a "Best Hospital" by U.S. News & World Reports, the 85-bed Baptist Health facility offers comprehensive medical services ranging from interventional cardiology to oncology and obstetrics.

Out and About in Prattville

While some 30,000-plus patients come through their doors each year, Prattville Baptist staff also can be found at screenings, health fairs and community events throughout Autauga and Elmore counties.

Health screenings are offered at multiple community venues including Prattville City Fest and employer-sponsored health fairs. From smaller start-ups to sizeable employers like Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, Prattville Baptist offers on-site screenings for cholesterol, glucose, heart rate, blood pressure and sleep disorders. More than 1,000 people participate in the hospital's community screenings each year.
 
"Through these screenings we've found individuals who have needed immediate intervention to address a health issue," says Ginger Henry, R.N., (former) chief executive officer of Prattville Baptist Hospital. "The screenings and interventions really help to improve outcomes."

A graduate of Auburn University Montgomery, Henry is leading Prattville Baptist's 250 employees by example. She serves on the board of directors of the Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce, YMCA and United Way, and is involved in multiple civic organizations in support of the Prattville community.

Preventative Care

The hospital also provides education regarding health services and disease prevention in conjunction with multiple civic groups and area schools. And career fair participation is provided to help give students a glimpse into the diverse field of medicine.

Prattville Baptist also serves as a weigh-out site for the Scale Back Alabama statewide weight-loss contest; an annual 10-week competition led by area employers and health officials. And to fight the nation's growing diabetes epidemic, Prattville Baptist plans to offer a grant-funded community education diabetes program in coming months.

"We provide these services to help promote health education in the community," Henry says. "We also do it to educate patients about how to gain access to the health-care system, not just how to take care of themselves."

Leading the Way

In 2011, Baptist Health was named among Thomson Reuters' annual 100 Top Hospitals based on quality of care, efficiency and patient satisfaction. The Montgomery-based hospital group operates acute care, behavioral health and diagnostic imaging centers throughout central Alabama.

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Melanie Hill is an independent writer, editor and public relations specialist based out of Franklin, Tenn. She began writing for Journal Communications in 2003, shortly after reloc... more

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