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About Huntsville Hospital

Huntsville Hospital is an 881-bed hospital that was established in Huntsville, Alabama in 1895. A community-based, not-for-profit institution, Huntsville Hospital is the second largest hospital in Alabama and the sixth largest publicly owned hospital system in the nation. Huntsville Hospital employs nearly 7,000 employees and has a Medical Staff with more than 750 physicians. Huntsville Hospital serves as the major referral hospital and trauma center for patients throughout the Tennessee Valley and is a teaching facility for UABís Family Practice and Internal Medicine Residency Programs. The hospital also operates Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children, one of only three pediatric hospitals in the state, and the 60-bed Madison Hospital that opened in February 2012. Affiliates of Huntsville Hospital include the 101-bed Athens-Limestone Hospital, 185-bed Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, 25-bed Red Bay Hospital, 273-bed Decatur General Hospital, 120-bed Parkway Medical Center, 98-bed Lawrence Medical Center in Moulton, The Heart Center, Inc of Huntsville and a multi-specialty physician network. Huntsville Hospital also owns a 70-bed rehabilitation hospital in Huntsville which is managed by HealthSouth. Huntsville Hospital is governed by volunteers through the Health Care Authority of the City of Huntsville.

Who owns Huntsville Hospital?
The hospital belongs to the community. Huntsville Hospital is not a department of the City of Huntsville. The hospital is governed by the Health Care Authority of the City of Huntsville, a nine member volunteer board.

Health Care Authority of the City of Huntsville

  • Philip W. Bentley, Jr., Chairman
  • Mike Goodman, Vice-Chairman
  • Jean Wessel Templeton, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Frank Caprio
  • Bhavani Kakani
  • Macon Phillips, M.D.
  • David Smith
  • Warren Strickland, M.D.
  • Beth Martin

Executive Leadership

  • David Spillers, Chief Executive Officer

Does the hospital receive any tax money?
No. All revenues are generated from services provided by the hospital.

Who appoints the members of the Authority?
Members are appointed by the City Council of Huntsville from a list of nominees which are submitted by the Authority. Alabama state law permits the hospital to interview prospective candidates to determine their interest and understanding of health care issues, their willingness to serve and their availability to attend meetings. The appointment process ensures that the best interests of the community are represented by the board.


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