In August, University Medical Center added a permanent location in Demopolis, Alabama, adjacent to the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital, within the hospital’s outpatient facility. The establishment of UMC-Demopolis is a way that the College of Community Health Sciences, which also operates UMC locations in Tuscaloosa and Northport, can help that community directly and support the local hospital, while also developing a model that combines a full spectrum rural practice with medical education – all linked to the larger infrastructure of University Medical Center and CCHS.
To celebrate the progress that has been made at the new location, the College hosted an open house October 19 within the UMC-Demopolis clinic. Leadership from CCHS and UMC were in attendance, along with the hospital’s CEO, Arthur Evans, Board Chairman Rob Fleming, and Board Member Don Lilly, who is also Senior Vice Pre
sident of Network Development and Affiliate Operations at UAB.
“It’s important to be here for our entire community. Demopolis has gotten in new business and major employers have made monetary commitments toward our development. We just need a hospital. That’s why there are so many people here. Everyone here is committed to this town.” — Hunter Compton, local civil lawyer
The clinic was packed at the open house with Demopolis citizens, including families with young children, as well as members of the City Council, the Rotary Club and city school representatives. Also attending was state Rep. AJ McCampbell, whose district includes Demopolis.