• News Release: 4/8/2021

    For more information, contact:
    Lindsey P. Dossey, Vice President
    Marketing & Public Relations
                              (256) 737-2069 
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             
    April 7, 2021
    Cullman Regional To Open First Health Park in Alabama
    Bringing Integrated Services to Community
    Cullman Regional announced plans to open the first of their planned “health parks.” This is a new concept that assembles many different types of health services into a single setting. The arrival of health parks should be viewed from the perspective of the many delivery models that share the goal of delivering integrated clinical care to patients.
    “Health parks are one-way health systems can respond to both the demand for integrated care and the need for access to customers,” Cullman Regional CEO James Clements said.
    The new Cullman Regional – Hartselle Health Park is designed to offer a large number of outpatient services in the same area in order to meet both existing and future patient demand. Health parks are one response to the steady increase in the demand for outpatient care that is not tied to a hospital.
    “The trend in healthcare is to focus on access, cost structure, and convenience,” Cullman Regional VP of Marketing Lindsey Dossey said. “Developing innovative outpatient campuses addresses all of these objectives.”
    Cullman Regional’s new Hartselle Health Park is located to provide convenient access to the community. The concept is to use the health park to bring services into the community, eliminating the need for people to drive long distances to hospitals. Also, patients can immediately get follow-up tests after a doctor's visit. They won’t need to drive to another location to have their specimen collected.
    Another benefit of the health park is that it is cheaper to build. Hospitals are usually congested in terms of the density of buildings and structures. This often forces people to build vertically – which is more expensive to build.
    Cullman Regional’s First Health Park will open in Hartselle in May of 2021, with a Phase 1. Phase 1 will feature a specialty physician clinic to provide much-needed specialty care to Hartselle and the surrounding communities.
    Phase two of the Hartselle Health Park will feature an Urgent Care Center and an Imaging Center to offer Imaging Services not currently available to the Hartselle Community.
    “Health parks are a step toward integrated care,” Clements said. “This means the model is consistent with the care integration requirements of medical homes and accountable care organizations. The real benefit to the community is that Health Parks can be built to accommodate the health care needs of each community.”

    For more information about Cullman Regional, call at (256) 737-2000 or visit online at www.CullmanRegional.com.
    About Cullman Regional
    Cullman Regional is a fully accredited 145-bed medical center that covers a six-county service area of 175,000 residents and has been a part of the community since 1939. Cullman Regional is dedicated to promoting wellness by providing excellent healthcare services in the most efficient manner and exceeding the expectations of those we serve. For more information on the services provided by Cullman Regional, visit www.cullmanregional.com.