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Service and Facilities among the best in the nation

Quality health and emergency medical care are the cornerstones of any successful community and Blount County has among the best such care in the nation.

Whether its pediatric care for the youngest member of the family, specialists in geriatrics for our time-honored citizens, care for any age in between, or emergency care on the scene of accidents, Blount leads the region in quality and availability.

Beginning with the 22 fire and emergency medical departments scattered throughout the county’s communities, residents can be assured the help they need will be available with only a moment’s notice.  Those departments unite in the Blount Fire and EMS Association to better coordinate county-wide needs and to work closely in responding to their neighboring departments’ calls to make sure no area of the county is ever under-staffed.

And those manning the departments are some of the most highly trained not only in the region, but in the nation.  From high-angle rescue to on-site cardiac care, first responders and paramedics not only receive initial training but must pass stringent continuing education courses and tests to assure the best in care is provided.  The Oneonta Department and Blount’s Hazardous Materials Team boasts some of the first certified in the nation.

Getting those first responders to the many scenes is the responsibility of Blount’s 911 Dispatch. Blount’s Enhanced 911 was established in 1993. Dispatchers, who also receive intensive and continuing training, send the best of medical, fire, emergency medical teams and law enforcement to respond to resident’s varied needs.

Blount EMS Ambulance Service, established in 1995 and headquartered in Oneonta, maintains ambulances in all areas of the county, shifting their locations as needs arrive.

Helicopter Service is provided by Alabama Lifesaver and AirEvac Life team to shorten time in crucial situations.

St. Vincent’s Blount is one of Alabama’s newest state-of-the-art healthcare facilities.

In 2007, Saint Vincent’s Blount joined the St. Vincent’s Health Systems, uniting with a family of exceptional healthcare ministries — SVBirmingham, SV East, SV St. Clair, and St. V. One Nineteen – all of whom are committed to providing quality healthcare.

The current hospital facility was built as a replacement for the aging Blount Memorial Hospital but represents more than a new building for residents.  It symbolizes a new era of healthcare that mirrors exciting new trends in the way medical services are provided.

St. Vincent’s Blount’s 40 beds — located in private rooms with high tech furnishings — provide for medical, surgical, and intensive careservices.  The modern design of the hospital serves as an appropriate backdrop for the technology housed within its walls and creates an exciting environment of sophisticated medical and health services that are second-to-none.

Working hand-in-hand with this exciting new technology is an impressive staff of physicians.

In the multi-story adjacent Professional Office Building, some 26 physicians, representing 12 areas of medical specialization, provide in-depth patient care services. Specialties include anesthesiology, cardiology, family practice, emergency medicine, general surgery, internal medicine, gastroenterology, gynecology, oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pathology, pediatrics, radiology andurology.

SVB’s Emergency Services Department, which sees approximately 15,000 patients each year, is equipped with a specialized TraumaRoom; Orthopedic Services now provides full joint replacement capabilities; Pediatric Services offers a Board Certified Pediatric Neurologist; and expanded services are being implemented in cardiology, ENT (otolaryngology), nuclearmedicine, and gastroenterology.

Realizing that the diagnosis and treatment of illness and disease is only one step along a complete spectrum of care, the entire staff ofSt. Vincent’s Blount pledges its leadership in community wellness, prevention programs, health education, and more. In doing so, it shares with those it serves the promise of an exciting andhealthful future.

Medical Centers in nearby Birmingham, Cullman, Gadsden, and Huntsville offer expanded specialty medical services.  The renowned University of AlabamaBirmingham, medical center and research facilities are accessible within minutes from most areas of the county.

For those needing long-term care, the county has a wide variety of nursing and assisting living facilities.  In Oneonta, TLC and GoldenLiving Centers are complimented by two locally-owned Assisted Living Centers:  the Olive Home and the Magnolia House.

Other Assisted Living Centers include the Jacob’s House and Warden Manor in the Hayden area and Prince Place in the Trafford area.

The Dr. Thomas M. Towns Health department in Oneonta allows for expanded and improved health care of many. Construction of that building was sponsored by the Blount County HealthCare Authority, which also sponsors a prescription drug program there.  The Authority also sponsors The Gym in the general vicinity of St. Vincent’s Blount which includes an indoor pool, rehabilitation therapy, workout facilities, and a daycare.

Dental care is available at sites around the county, with a new pediatric dental clinic recently opened in Oneonta.

Blount residents, as well as their visitors, can be assured that trained healthcare professionals — the majority of whom are their local neighbors — will be available whatever their health or emergency needs.