For Your Health's Sake


As the country moves toward implementing reform, it is imperative that the citizens of our area be kept up-to-date with the latest news and the significant impact that these changes will have on our local medical community. In an effort to provide our patients with “up to the minute” information regarding changes at the national and local levels, we have decided to submit a weekly column to the Huntsville Item called, For Your Health’s Sake. It is my hope that this weekly column will be a resource for those who are concerned about what reform means to our community as well as how the changes will personally affect each and every one of you. Health care as we know it is being drastically changed by state and federal legislation.


Since 1927, we have provided charitable health care services, delivering quality healthcare to the residents of Walker County and the surrounding communities. Our talented team of medical staff members is focused on staying up to the minute with the latest technologies and treatment solutions, while still providing you with friendly, down to earth service that you've grown to expect from your neighborhood hospital. No matter what changes the government has in store for us, our mission and vision will never change.


So catch us every week as we attempt to unravel the many strings tied around health care reform. It will most definitely be a challenge, but one that Huntsville Memorial is willing to take head on.


Shannon L. Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Huntsville Memorial Hospital





March 2011

March 27th: Weekly Column For Huntsville Memorial Hospital: For Our Healthâï¿�™s


April 2011

April 3rd: Huntsville Memorial Hospital Works To Beef Up ER Patient Screenings

April 10th: Some Discover That Medicare Advantage Plans Are To Their Disadvantage

April 17th: Some Cuts Don't Heal

April 24th: The Ripple Effect Of Non-Emergent ER Visits


May 2011

May 1st: Understanding The Concept of Medical Necessity In Health Insurance

May 8th: Nursing Shortage Across The US: HMH Meets The Challenge

May 15th: The Importance of Childhood Immunizations: The HMH Clinic Can Help

May 22nd: Physician Employment Trends

May 29th: What Electronic Medical Records Will Mean To You


June 2011

June 5th: The Importance of Good Kidney Health

June 12th: House Adds To The Big Medical Bill

June 19th: This Father’s Day, Give The Gift of Heart Health

June 26th: Obtaining Your Family’s Medical History: Do You Know Yours?


July 2011

July 1st: Health Care Bill Finally Passes; Special Session Adjourns

July 10th: Solutions For Expediting Patient Care

July 24th: Why Is �œQuality” Healthcare So Important?

July 31st: How Huntsville Memorial Hospital’s Quality Compares


August 2011

August 7th: Talking About End of Life Treatment Options

August 14th: Concussion Legislation-What It Means For Local Athletes

August 21st: Making an ImPACT on Athletic Concussions

August 28th: Rover RX



September 2011

September 4th: Turning Up The Heat

September 11th: Preparing For Local Disasters and Remembering a National Disaster

September 18th: Award Winning Care

September 25th: C.A.R.E. Enough About Recovering



October 2011

October 2nd: Don't Be The 1 Out Of 6

October 9th: Educating Women About Breast Cancer

October 16th: The Importance of Early Detection

October 30th: Staying Healthy During Halloween-Boo! 



November 2011

November 6th: Prescription PainKILLers Leading To An Epidemic

November 13th: One Happy Place To Be

November 20th: Staying Healthy This Thanksgiving

November 27th: Preparing For The Joint Commission



December 2011

December 4th: Quality Lessons-The Patient Comes First

December 18th: An Early Christmas Gift For The Community





January 2012

January 1st: Changing Financial Patterns In 2012

January 14th: Expanding Our Services To Meet The Needs Of Our Patients

January 22nd: Understanding Your Health Insurance Plan

January 29th: Summary Plan Descriptions-Checklist For Your Health Insurance Plan 



February 2012

February 12th: Chronic Care Patients and Case Management

February 19th: Honor Your Health During Black History Month

February 26th: Be One In A Million This American Heart Month



March 2012

March 4th: Managing The Care of Aging Parents-From A Distance

March 11th: The Value of Effective Leadership In Healthcare

March 18th: The Harsh Reality of Smoking

March 25th: Is There Still A Nursing Shortage?


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