Hospital Woven Into Community

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Since 1954 the Brian Whitfield Memorial Hospital has been serving both the town of Demopolis, Ala. and surrounding counties. Nearly 35,000 people rely on the center for their medical needs.

Originally the hospital had only 29 beds. After undergoing renovations, the hospital now may house up to 99 patients.

"This is a wonderful facility that services many in the area," said Mike Marshall, CEO of Tombigbee Healthcare. "We continue to grow to expand the needs of the entire community."

In the last year the hospitals obstetrics program saw a seven percent growth in deliveries, started construction of a sleep lab, and in April, the hospital will be totally smoke free.

"We have an economic impact of $40 million. We're not the largest industry but obviously one of the most important."

Another great project for the hospital is the lighting of the love tree. It will take place Nov. 28 and will kick off the annual Christmas on the River celebration.

Chairman Linda Burnham says this year’s lighting will be even bigger and better.

"We just want everyone to come out to this," said Burnham. "It will be great."