When hospital president Mary Lynne Wright opened the doors of the new Madison Hospital on Feb. 28, 2012, more than 50,000 people lived within a five‑mile radius.
Surely, they would come.
And they have. In droves.
As Madison Hospital celebrates its fifth anniversary, Wright said the growth has exceeded even her own lofty expectations.
Hospital staff are on track to treat 52,000 emergency patients, deliver 1,000 babies and perform 3,600 surgeries this year. The hospital hopes to add 30 new rooms for medical-surgical and intensive care patients. The ER is being expanded for the fourth time in five years. The hospital’s opening-day staff of about 300 nurses and other employees has swelled to more than 500.
“We’re honestly ahead of where I thought we would be after five years, and that’s a testament to this community,” said Wright. “They were very vocal about wanting a hospital of their own, and they have supported us from the get-go.”
Even before it opened, Madison residents showed their support by serving as mock patients during staff training exercises.
Construction of Madison Hospital helped spark a commercial boom in the rolling cotton fields along U.S. 72 West. The neighbors now include Target and
Walmart, the Merrill Gardens community for seniors, and dozens of retail shops and restaurants.
Many of the area’s leading medical practices have also opened offices near the hospital including The Orthopaedic Center (TOC), North Alabama Surgical Associates, OB/GYN Associates, Heart Center, Clinic for Women, Huntsville Hospital Lung Center, North Alabama ENT, Huntsville Hospital Digestive Disease Center and North Alabama Hospitalists.
Despite all the growth, the hospital maintains its commitment to family-centered care.
“From nurses to environmental services, we’re all about customer service,” said Wright. “We really try to treat patients and visitors like they are our own family.”