University Medical Center’s new Northport location will hold its grand opening on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place 5 p.m. at University Medical Center-Northport, located in the Fitness One building at 1325 McFarland Blvd, Suite 102, and it will be followed by an open house for the community.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will be sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. The open house, which will include patient information sessions on health-related issues, will allow members of the community to familiarize themselves with the services offered at UMC-Northport.
Both University Medical Center and UMC-Northport are operated by The University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences. Since its soft opening on July 1, UMC-Northport has provided comprehensive patient-centered care in family medicine and obstetrics.
“We are very excited about the positive impact UMC-Northport has had and will have on our patients, learners and the community,” says Dr. Richard Friend, chair of Family Medicine for the College. “It is important to continue to find ways to improve the health of our patients and the community.”
The opening of UMC-Northport was a relocation of UMC-Warrior Family Medicine, UMC’s location in Fairfax Park in Tuscaloosa, which closed in late June. Patients and providers from UMC-Warrior Family Medicine moved to UMC-Northport.
Dr. H. Joseph Fritz is clinic director at UMC-Northport, and he practices alongside Drs. Ray Brignac, Jennifer Clem, Catherine Skinner and nurse practitioner Lisa Brashier. Resident physicians Drs. Shawanda Agnew, Carrie Coxwell, Eric Frempong, Brianna Kendrick, Cheree Melton, Aisha Pitts, Efe Sahinoglu and Amy Wambolt, all of whom are part of The University of Alabama Family Medicine Residency, also see patients.
UMC and UMC-Northport provide comprehensive, patient-centered care to the University and West Alabama community. Patients of all ages can receive care for the full spectrum of needs—from preventive care and wellness exams to management of chronic conditions, to treatment for acute illness and accidents.
UMC-Warrior Family Medicine was formed in 2014 after Fritz and his practice, Warrior Family Practice, joined the College. Fritz had been in private practice in Tuscaloosa since 1978.