Keeping Our Promises

For two-and-a-half years we’ve met or exceeded each of our pledges to the community.

Now, we’re working to make good on the biggest promise of all.

When we purchased ECM and Shoals Hospital in the summer of 2010, we promised to:

  1.  IMPROVE the quality of healthcare in the Shoals
  2.  RECRUIT more doctors to the area
  3.  INVEST in each of our facilities, and the community

Since then, working with our 1,200 remarkable employees, we’ve made good on each of those promises. We have:

  • ADDED 32 new physicians in Cardiology, OB/GYN, Cardiac Surgery, Infectious Disease, Emergency Medicine, Orthopedics, Plastics, Geriatric Psychiatry, General Surgery, Family Practice, and Hospital Medicine.
  • INVESTED more than $11.2 million in capital expenditures, including both new equipment and physical plant improvements.
  • PROVIDED more than $88 million in uncompensated care.
  • EARNED “Most Improved in Patient Satisfaction” awards in the ECM Emergency Department, Ambulatory Surgery, Heart/Vascular Lab and the Endoscopy Center.
  • BEEN RECOGNIZED as one of two top facilities in the State for lowest Central Line Infection rates, based on volume in critical care.
  • PROVIDED $3.2 million in new tax revenue to the City of Florence and Lauderdale County.

BUT THERE’S SO MUCH MORE WE CAN DO by working together, starting with the biggest promise of them all: construction of a new, 300-bed regional hospital that will further improve healthcare and serve as a medical destination for patients in three states.

We’ve begun that process by acquiring property near Singing River Bridge on Veteran’s Drive. We’ve hired architects and planners to design a state-of-the-art facility. And we’ve applied for the necessary Certificate of Need from the Alabama State Health Planning and Development Agency.

The new hospital (to be called North Alabama Medical Center) is a key part of our vision for healthcare in the Shoals.

Others have a very different vision for healthcare in the Shoals.

Today, a hearing begins to determine whether our Certificate of Need will be granted, and construction can begin.

Those who oppose our Certificate of Need—including allies of Huntsville Hospital—would rather see our hospitals become little more than glorified clinics. Instead of a modern, regional hospital, they want us to be a mere feeder for their hospital in Huntsville, giving them a North Alabama monopoly.

At tomorrow’s hearing, community leaders, elected officials, and physicians from our area will share the many reasons they support our plan to build a new regional, 300-bed hospital.

IF YOU BELIEVE THE SHOALS DESERVES to have a new, regional hospital, add your voice to theirs.

If Approved, the New Hospital Will:

  • CREATE 4,500 new jobs for our community
  • ENSURE long-term stability for the hospital our area relies on the most
  • REDUCE the $205 million Shoals families spend on to out-of-town hospital stays each year
  • SPARE hundreds of families the stress of being away from loved ones while they heal

Let us hear from you.

Please share your questions and comments in the way that’s most convenient for you:



Twitter: @OneShoals

Text “Better” to 99000

Or, write us: 205 Marengo St., Florence, AL 35630-6033

With your help and support, we’ll make good on our biggest promise, to the benefit of every family in the Shoals.