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In 1962 Monroe County Hospital opened its doors for patient care with 35 employees. Since that time, growth and development have been continuous with major building additions in 1967, 1974, 1980 and 2000. Recent renovations throughout the hospital on the inside and out have given a much-needed facelift to the hospital. In the fall of 2015, a plan for new expansion began to come together to provide a new Oncology area at MCH. This new treatment area will allow easier access for patients and care givers — also offering a more open and modernized plan. The community has proven it is very supportive of this new expansion and within months had already donated well over $100,000 towards this project. This new oncology wing will allow for more patients to receive their cancer treatments in a comfortable and convenient environment close to home.

For over 50 years, Monroe County Hospital has been delivering a high level of quality care while being responsive to the needs and values of patients, physicians and employees. MCH understands that caring for your health is a team effort. You are more than just a name on a chart. To MCH you are a neighbor and that is how you will be treated. As a patient, MCH is dedicated to providing you with excellent care. As a guest, MCH want you to feel at home. MCH is a 94-bed facility with employees committed to providing exceptional hospital and home health care. MCH continues to offer modern medical and surgical services. A full range of medical services is offered in a clean, safe environment that is also close to home.

The Intensive Care Unit at Monroe County Hospital is newly renovated and holds eight beds that are all staffed by experienced RNs. This ICU staff is proficient when taking care of a realm of patients from pediatric, adult, geriatric and surgical patients. MCH’s Medical-Surgical unit offers quality care to patients of all ages.

MCH also features a full-service Emergency Department with 24 hours a day, seven days a week nursing and physician coverage that has over 180 years experience. The staff is here to ensure that the very best in evidence-based practices are delivered to patients. They also guide patient safety and care practices, lead quality improvement efforts and promote solutions to prevent patient safety events.

The Cardiopulmonary Department provides inpatient and outpatient treatment and diagnostic testing. These include respiratory therapy, sleep studies, cardiac testing and cardiovascular imaging. Monroe County Hospital also has a Radiology Department that provides state-of-the-art CT, MRI, ultrasound, digital mammography, diagnostic imaging with digital fluoroscopy and bone density. They also have a PACS (picture archive communication system) for image storage.

MCH has a modern birthing unit that consists of spacious birthing suites, a postpartum unit and nursery. MCH offers childbirth and breastfeeding classes for expectant mothers and provides lactation consultation from a certified lactation consultant. MCH also encourages a breastfeeding mom’s support group for the local area.

MCH offers surgical services including obstetrics, orthopedics, ear, nose and throat (ENT), gynecology, breast surgeries, endoscopy and colonoscopies. The Chemotherapy/Oncology Department services 16 surroundings counties and has an oncologist available on Tuesdays from USA Mitchell Cancer Institute for clinic appointments. MCH has staffed four chemotherapy certified registered nurses and a patient reimbursement specialist to assist patients with treatment assistance.

The lab at MCH is a full service laboratory providing hematology, chemistry, coagulation, blood bank, urinalysis, serology, microbiology and drug monitoring. The lab is staffed 24 hours and provides outpatient services between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. It is inspected and meets The Joint Commission Accreditation for hospitals.

Monroe County Hospital also has a Pharmacy Department that provides medication services to both inpatients and outpatients including the oncology clinic, diabetes education and ambulatory infusion patients. The pharmacists and pharmacy staff work along with the physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals to provide the most appropriate drug therapy for each patient. The pharmacists are available to teach the patients and family members and caregivers about safe and effective use of their medications while in hospital or after discharge.

MCH has a group of dedicated physicians that provide care and support to the patients of Monroe County and surrounding counties. These offices include:

DOCTORS’S CLINIC

Dr. Charles Eddins
Family Practice

Dr. Bert Boroughs
Family Practice

MONROEVILLE MEDICAL CLINIC

Dr. Sage Smith
Family Practice

LANE MEDICAL GROUP

Dr. Thomas H. Lane
Internal Medicine

Dr. Pamala Gibbs
Internal Medicine

Dr. Anthony House
Internal Medicine

PRIMARY CARE CENTER

Dr. Angela Powell
Family Practice/OB

Dr. Thomas Broughton
Family Practice/OB

The Auxiliary of Monroe County is consists of a large group of volunteers dedicated to supporting the hospital and its employees. These volunteers orchestrate numerous fundraisers throughout the year and run a wonderful gift shop within the hospital. It would be difficult to operate the hospital without their undying support. They assist patients and employees throughout the day by offering directions, answering questions and assisting patients with wheelchairs. One of the largest fundraisers the Auxiliary provides is the Tree of Love. This as an opportunity for people to memorialize or honor loved ones with their contributions. If you would like additional information on the Tree of Love or the MCH Auxiliary, write to: P.O. Box 886, Monroeville, AL 36461.

The Monroe Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, is able to receive tax deductible donations for continued support for the health education needs of Monroe County and surrounding areas. Diabetes education and support, and providing scholarships for diabetes camp for children of Monroe County are a few of the areas of focus for the Health Foundation. General support and health education and community outreach are other areas of endowment provided by MHF. T-shirts, cookbooks and raffles are ways to support the foundation throughout the year. MHF also provides an annual holiday benefit the first weekend in December and a 5 K run to support diabetes which is typically held in the spring. Sponsorships and memorials and honorariums are available during the year through the Monroe Health Foundation. Donations may be directed to the Monroe Health Foundation P.O. Box 886, Monroeville and AL 36461.

Monroe County Hospital appreciates the continued support of the citizens, patients, doctors and employees. MCH is ready and waiting on the hill to serve you and all your health care needs. n

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