Birmingham Hospital Information
Birmingham, Alabama is well known as a thriving medical community, meaning that Mt Laurel residents enjoy easy access to some of the country's best hospitals. From pediatric to geriatric medicine, these healthcare centers are top-notch in providing both general and specialty services.
A Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce survey showed that Birmingham residents consider Birmingham's medical community one of the area's most valuable assets. Access to cutting-edge health care is one of Birmingham's greatest draws for new residents. Just as UAB provides a great school, the University of Alabama at Birmingham's medical center provides excellent health care and state-of-the-art medical research.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital is the highest-ranked hospital Birmingham has to offer. The UAB Health System is consistently rated among the nation's best medical centers. Its Comprehensive Cancer Center is ranked as expert. UAB Hospital has 8 programs in U.S. News & World Report's annual America's Best Hospitals Top 50 (and 7 in the Top 25). Currently, UAB Hospital is one of only 173 hospitals, or about 3% of U.S. institutions studied, and the only hospital in Alabama or Mississippi, to rank high enough in even one specialty to make the magazine's national Best Hospitals list. UAB Hospital is home to one of the most advanced Heart and Vascular Center facilities in the world and Alabama's Level 1 Trauma Center.
UAB Hospital is recognized as a center for excellence in nursing and is Alabama's first to receive Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credential Center. The journal of the American Hospital Association named the UAB Health System one of the 100 Most Wired Hospitals and Health Networks in its 2006 issue. UAB Hospital was the first hospital in the United States to use color Doppler echocardiography for visualizing internal cardiac structures and the first to use the world's first genetically engineered mouse-human monoclonal antibody to treat cancer.
St. Vincent's Health System is part of Ascension Health, the nation's largest Catholic nonprofit health system. There are 5 facilities in St. Vincent's Health System: St. Vincent's Birmingham, St. Vincent's Blount, St. Vincent's East, St. Vincent's St. Clair, and One Nineteen Health and Wellness. People travel from 40 different ZIP codes to take advantage of their high-touch, high-tech quality care. For instance, St. Vincent's Birmingham's door-to-balloon time average for April 2007-March 2008 was 91% compared with a state average of 74% and national average of 75%. This means that patients got from the door to the operating table after a heart attack 14% faster than the national average and 13% faster than the state average. Low door-to-balloon time means less damage to the heart.
Brookwood Medical Center is an award-winning, full-service medical facility. Brookwood excels in many major specialties, including Women's Services, Cancer, Orthopedics, Cardiovascular Medicine and Surgery, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Psychiatric Services and Emergency Services. In addition to its more than 750 board-certified physicians representing many major specialties, Brookwood employs and manages more than 2,500 workers and volunteers.
Brookwood's Cancer Program earned Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons -- Commission on Cancer. In the realm of Coronary Artery Disease, Brookwood has won the Bronze Performance Award, Silver Performance Award and Gold Performance Award from American Heart Association's Get With the Guidelines SM.
Brookwood won the Bronze Performance Award and Silver Performance Award in the Heart Failure Recognition Program. The Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation awarded Brookwood with the 2007 Gold Award of Excellence for Surgical Care Improvement in a Collaborative Setting. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama named Brookwood a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care and a Tier One Hospital for 2008.
Also, UnitedHealth Premium® designated Brookwood as a Specialty Center for Cardiovascular Surgery, Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Total Joint Replacement and Surgical Spine.
Children's Hospital Health System is a private, not-for-profit integrated child health care network dedicated to providing comprehensive health care to Alabama's children. Children's Hospital is a hospital governed by a volunteer board of trustees and is a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Alabama School of Medicine and the UAB Department of Pediatrics.
Children's Hospital is the only hospital in Alabama dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children. It is one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the nation. Children's Hospital is also the only free-standing acute care pediatric hospital in the state and one of only about 45 in the nation. It's also the nation's 10th-busiest pediatric medical center.
The state's only Level I pediatric trauma center and only pediatric renal care center are at Children's Hospital, as is the Southeast's largest pediatric burn center. Children's Hospital has one of the largest pediatric outpatient centers in the nation. Recently, Children's Hospital achieved Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for excellence in nursing.
Children's Hospital is home to the UAB Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. It is Alabama's single-largest provider of specialized pediatric services for all forms of cancer, leukemia, brain and spinal cord tumors, hemophilia and other blood disorders, and sickle cell diseases. As a result, 95% of the children diagnosed in Alabama with childhood cancers and other blood disorders are treated by Children's Hospital. Part of the reason for this is that Children's Hospital offers the only pediatric bone marrow transplant program in Alabama.