Science & Health
9:39 pm
Sun August 31, 2014

Hartselle Seeking Stand-Alone Emergency Room

The mayor of an Alabama community that lost its hospital is interested in pursuing a stand-alone emergency room.

Hartselle Medical Center closed several years ago, leaving the town without a hospital or emergency medical care
Hartselle Medical Center closed several years ago, leaving the town without a hospital or emergency medical care
Credit The Huntsville Times/Dave Dieter

Hartselle Mayor Don Hall told WHNT-TV that his town has lobbied Huntsville Hospital to re-open some form of emergency care.

Huntsville Hospital bought the Hartselle Medical Center after it closed several years ago, but announced it was not practical to reopen the facility. That left Hartselle without a hospital or emergency medical care.

But in Birmingham, state officials have licensed a $13.5 million stand-alone emergency room. Hall said such a facility might work in his community, too.