Thursday, November 20, 2014 | 9:11 AM
Russellville, Haleyville and Winfield, Ala. (November 20, 2014) – Curae Health today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire three northwest Alabama hospitals from LifePoint Hospitals. The hospitals, Russellville Hospital in Russellville, Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville, and Northwest Medical Center in Winfield, will be the first to join Curae Health, a not-for-profit health system specializing in positioning rural community hospitals for long-term success.
As part of Curae Health, the hospitals will have a strategic affiliation with Huntsville Hospital Health System, which includes Alabama's largest community-owned and -governed, not-for-profit hospital serving patients throughout north Alabama and southern Tennessee.
“Curae Health was founded to strengthen rural hospitals and improve the healthcare available in rural communities,” said Curae Health CEO Steve Clapp. “I am excited to build our system with these three great Alabama hospitals. Together with Huntsville Hospital Health System, we have great opportunities to improve care across northwest Alabama.”
Through this partnership, Russellville Hospital, Lakeland Community Hospital and Northwest Medical Center will have access to enhanced physician recruiting, continuing education programs and other clinical and operational support through Huntsville Hospital Health System.
“Being the first hospitals to join Curae Health is exciting,” said Cindy A. Nichols, MSN, RN, CEO of Lakeland Community Hospital. “As part of Curae Health, we have a unique opportunity to partner together and with other providers in this region to strengthen healthcare delivery, enhance the care we provide and more effectively address the needs of our patients and communities.”
Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Curae Health will maintain all services currently provided at Russellville Hospital, Lakeland Community Hospital and Northwest Medical Center, and all employees of the hospitals will be retained.
“Russellville Hospital, Northwest Medical Center and Lakeland Community Hospital have been closely affiliated for many years,” said Christine Stewart, CEO of Russellville Hospital and Northwest Medical Center. “By joining Curae Health, we are honored to continue our work of providing excellent health care services for our communities with a superior team of strong employees, physicians and communities.
The final closing of the acquisitions is expected by December 31, 2014.
The acquisitions of Russellville Hospital, Lakeland Community Hospital and Northwest Medical Center by Curae Health will be seamless for patients. All providers and contact information for the hospitals will remain the same.
About Curae Health
Curae Health is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit health system formed to help address the needs of rural healthcare. Dedicated to working with small- to medium-sized sole community providers, its primary goals are to own and operate community hospitals, provide high quality care to the communities it serves, and seek strategic affiliations to ensure its hospitals’ successes. Visit www.curaehealth.org to learn more.
About Lakeland Community Hospital
Lakeland Community Hospital, a Joint Commission-accredited 59-bed facility, serves as the sole acute healthcare provider for Winston County. The hospital provides a comprehensive range of medical services and its medical office building houses multiple physician specialty offices with direct access to hospital services including Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, 24-hour Emergency services, Home Health, Laboratory, Outpatient Surgery, Geriatric Psychiatry and Inpatient Therapy. Its state-of-the-art Diagnostic Center offers Open MRI, Mammography, Bone Density and ultrasonography technology.
About Northwest Medical Center
Northwest Medical Center is a 71-bed acute care facility serving northwest Alabama. The hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission. Among its many services, the hospital provides a 24-hour Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit, Respiratory Therapy, Inpatient and Outpatient Diagnostic and Treatment Services, Rehabilitation Services, Wellness Center, Wound Care Center, Senior Health Services, Surgery and Laboratory.
About Russellville Hospital
Russellville Hospital is a 100-bed acute care facility serving northwest Alabama. The hospital is fully accredited by The Joint Commission. Among its many services, the hospital provides a 24-hour Emergency Room, Intensive Care Unit/ Cardiac Care Unit, Respiratory Therapy, Inpatient and Outpatient Diagnostic and Treatment Services, Rehabilitation Services, Cardiac Catheterization, Ambulatory Surgery, Laboratory and Home Health.