Unlike many communities its size, New Albany is fortunate to have modern health care facilities with Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. At a time when many community hospitals are closing their doors, Baptist continues to expand its range of services, specialties, and physician base.
Founded in 1966 as Union County General Hospital with a 65-bed capacity, the Baptist complex has subsequently grown to a 153-bed facility featuring 24-hour emergency services, a state-of-the-art surgical unit, comprehensive and advanced diagnostic and therapeutic services, a Women’s Center, pediatric services, outpatient surgery, and more.
The Emergency Room treats over 20,000 people annually, and includes trauma and cardiac rooms. Renovated in 2008, the Women’s Center provides the latest in birthing techniques and features 10 labor/delivery/recovery suites, 28 post partum rooms, Cesarean delivery suites, expanded nursery and waiting room. Each year, over 1,100 babies are born at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County offers a comprehensive range of services including CT, MRI, mammography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, laboratory services, general and laser surgery, orthopedic surgery, urology, otolaryngology, rehabilitation services, respiratory services, and an intensive care unit. The Multi-Specialty Clinic provides local access to specialties such as podiatry, pain management, and neurology.
The Baptist Healthplex offers fitness, rehabilitation, and health education activities in a 33,900 square foot wellness facility in addition to over 4,200 sq. ft. of Outpatient Rehabilitation services. The Healthplex is equipped with a variety of exercise equipment, indoor swimming pool, indoor walking track, racquetball court, basketball court, and aerobic room. A variety of classes are offered including pediatric and adult swim lessons, Spin, Zumba, dance, yoga, body sculpting, and Fit Kids. Child care and massage therapy are also available. Individual, family, and corporate rates are available.
Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County is a part of the Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, named one of the Top 100 Integrated Health Care Systems in the country. If referrals are necessary, other hospitals in the Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation, especially nearby Oxford and Memphis, are readily available. According to the Mississippi Hospital Association, Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County has an overall economic impact of more than $74 million.
North Mississippi Medical Center (NMMC), a 650-bed regional referral center, is located about 25 miles from New Albany in Tupelo. It is the largest non-metropolitan hospital in America with over 40 medical specialties represented on the staff. It is designated as a Level II trauma center by the Mississippi State Department of Health. North Mississippi operates a system of medical clinics including one in New Albany. NMMC won the 2006 Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award.