North Alabama Medical Center (NAMC) recently announced two major equipment investments as part of its continuous efforts to offer the latest in medical technology for patients.
The first – the addition of 3D mammography – bolsters the imaging technology at NAMC’s Tri-State
Center for Breast Health. The advanced technology captures images of the breast from multiple angles
to ensure a more complete and accurate scan. This allows for earlier and more effective detection of
breast cancer and helps reduce the number of return visits caused by false positives.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this advanced technology and further enhance the high quality care we provide to the women in our community,” said Brandon Fisher, Director of Imaging Services at Tri-
State Center for Breast Health. “Our 3D mammography service will help make it possible to detect breast cancer in earlier stages so that treatment can begin sooner, giving our patients a greater chance of
beating the disease.”
NAMC also announced the addition of robotic-arm assisted technology for total hip and total knee
replacement surgeries. This technology transforms the way joint replacement surgery is performed. Rhee
Perry, Director of Surgical Services at NAMC, described how this technology works and why it adds
value for patients and their physicians:
“Using a virtual 3D model, the robot allows surgeons to create each patient’s surgical plan pre-
operatively before entering the operating room. During surgery, they physician can validate that plan and make any necessary adjustments while guiding the robotic-arm to execute that plan. It’s exciting to
be able to offer this transformative technology across the joint replacement service line to perform total
knee and total hip replacements.”
These equipment investments follow the completed renovation of the Sleep Center. Eight private rooms
were updated with new furniture, carpet and décor. The rooms include private baths and queen size
beds. The Sleep Center utilizes licensed sleep technologists and is fully accredited by the American
Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Russell Pigg, Chief Executive Officer, emphasized how these investments – totaling more than $1.8
million – deliver on the hospital’s promise to the community:
“When we opened the doors to North Alabama Medical Center in 2018, the hospital already featured all
the bells and whistles. However, we continue to invest in new medical technology and expanded services for our patients. We are committed to increasing access to higher levels of care so that we meet the evolving needs of our community for generations to come.”
The public is invited to a joint open house for the Sleep Center and Tri-State Center for Breast Health
equipment on Thursday, January 16 from 5 – 7 pm. The Sleep Center and Tri-State Center for Breast Health is located at 2111 Cloyd Blvd. in Florence, Alabama.
To engage and educate the public of the new robot and its capabilities, NAMC is also hosting a
community-wide open house at its surgery center on Saturday, January 25 from 2 – 4 pm. The event will
happen at the main hospital campus at 1701 Veterans Drive in Florence. Members of the NAMC surgery
team and orthopedic surgeons will be on site to answer questions and allow people to see the robot up close.