The story of Gadsden Regional Medical Center is dramatic and inspiring. From a modest beginning, the hospital has steadily grown to its present size and position of eminence. This has been due in large measure to the spirit of cooperation that has existed among the administration, Board of Trustees, medical staff, employees, and the communities of Gadsden and surrounding areas.
Founded in 1906, The Ralls Sanitarium was a small 25-bed hospital until 1944, when the name was changed to Baptist Memorial Hospital. A new facility housing 199 beds was dedicated at the present site on property donated by the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 1963. Over time the hospital has grown to meet the needs of our community.
Today, Gadsden Regional Medical Center offers a full compliment of services, including a Women’s and Children’s Center, Women’s Resource Center, orthopedic services, Wound Care Center, neurosurgery and stroke care, comprehensive cardiac services, rehabilitation and speech therapy, an outpatient imaging center, pulmonology/critical care, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology as well as the Emergency Department that provides care for greater than 40,000 patient visits a year. In 2020, the Gadsden Surgery Center – a 13,800 square foot ambulatory surgery center with four operating rooms and two gastrointestinal and procedure suites was added.
Currently, the hospital is a nine-story, 700,000+ square foot facility located on 40 acres with 346 licensed beds, 1,300 employees, and over 175 providers on staff. The facility is home to three critical care units, three behavioral health units, 18 operating rooms, two catheterization laboratories, and five gastrointestinal rooms.
Gadsden Regional is accredited by The Joint Commission and has their certification for Hip and Knee Surgery. The facility is also an American College of Cardiology Chest Pain Center, a Healthgrades Pulmonary Care Excellence Award winner for 2021, maintains accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, accredited by the American College of Radiation, and has received a “Get with the Guidelines: Stroke” Gold Plus Achievement Award from the American Heart Association.