Updated Visitation Policy (8/11)

Effective October 14, 2021 at 7:00 AM, we have updated both hospitals' Visitation Policy: Non-COVID inpatients are now allowed two nonrotating support person during the day. Read the full policy for details here.

RMC in the News

RMC Foundation sponsoring ‘Farm Fest’ party for frontline workers

Posted 3/5/21

After a year of working through the COVID-19 pandemic, Regional Medical Center staff and some first responders will be treated to a night out in June, the hospital announced this week.

As COVID numbers drop, RMC, Stringfellow to allow patients two visitors

Posted 3/5/21

Starting Saturday, patients at Regional Medical Center and its sister hospital, Stringfellow Memorial, will be allowed two visitors at a time, RMC officials announced Friday.

Spotlight on: Bridgette Magouirk, RMC Covid Response

Posted 3/3/21

Bridgette Magouirk is Director of Regional Medical Center Occupational Health, Wellness, Wellness Extension and Employee Health. She is also an instrumental person in our area’s response to the pandemic.

Local doctors encourage COVID-19 vaccinations at Zinn Park event

Posted 2/27/21

Dr. Benjamin Bailey has seen the same thing happen over and over: Someone will have tried to get the COVID-19 vaccine, failed and then caught the virus.

That’s why, Bailey said, it’s important for everyone to get the vaccine as soon as they possibly can.

Regional Medical Center reopens to visitors as COVID cases decline

Posted 2/17/21

Regional Medical Center in Anniston announced Monday that the hospital is once again open to visitors, as the winter wave of COVID-19 continues to recede.

As of Monday morning, an RMC official said there were 22 people in the hospital with coronavirus, compared to the 80-plus in hospital beds when the disease peaked in January.

Local appointment portal reopens Friday as frustrating COVID vaccine rollout continues

Posted 2/4/21

It took all of 75 minutes for Calhoun County residents to snap up more than 4,000 slots for COVID-19 vaccinations on Thursday morning. 

More chances to get the vaccine will be up for grabs Friday — but only because a telephone hotline crashed before health care workers could set all the appointments. 

Smoother Shots: Local officials working out the kinks as vaccination campaign set to ramp up

Posted 2/2/21

“It went a lot better than last time,” Lee said. “I didn’t have to wait. Last time I was in line for four hours.”

The scene was orderly in part because everyone there was indeed getting a second shot — and was in fact guaranteed one if they had the first one in January. There was no need to jockey for a position in line with limited supplies.

Louis Bass, a key leader in the fight against COVID, is The Star’s 2021 Citizen of the Year

Posted 1/29/21

In the first few weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, volunteers in Calhoun County sewed 100 cloth facemasks and delivered them to Regional Medical Center.

Louis Bass, chief executive officer of RMC, waved off any skeptics and accepted the masks graciously. And, yes, they did wind up on the faces of medical workers — not in the coronavirus unit, but at local testing sites.

Inside the COVID Unit: RMC nurses speak about fear, exhaustion and patients dying

Posted 1/23/21

After months as nurse manager in one of Regional Medical Center’s COVID-19 units, Cindy Justice thought she understood the emotional impact of a serious case of coronavirus.

Patients would enter the ward, typically short of breath and often fearful for their lives. For days or weeks, their only companions were nurses and the flat faces of loved ones on the screen of an iPad. Some said their final goodbyes that way.

RMC gets better protective equipment for COVID unit workers

Posted 1/12/21

When nurses and doctors intubate patients — placing a tube down the windpipe of someone with a severe case of coronavirus to help them breathe — they typically wear protective N95 masks, according to George. The PAPR (pronounced “papper”) is a big step up from that.

Hospital flooded with patients as coronavirus vaccine effort moves forward

Posted 1/8/21

Doctors at Regional Medical Center have treated COVID-19 patients on stretchers in hallways in recent days as coronavirus hospitalizations reached record numbers, doctors said Wednesday.

“I’ve been practicing for 25 years,” said Dr. Almena Free, vice president for medical affairs at RMC. “I have not seen anything like this in all my days.”

Born in Anniston — and in 2021, thank goodness

Posted 1/8/21

For 31 hours, stretched across three days and the calendar’s turn from one year to the next, Trina Scarlett Moody made her parents wait, which her family may remember as either a childhood tantrum or a stroke of sentimental genius. 

Both could be true.

First COVID shots for 75 and up in Calhoun County begin after surprise announcement

Posted 1/5/21

When David and Connie Spellman woke up Tuesday, they didn’t expect to be vaccinated for COVID-19 any time soon. But when they heard that vaccines were available for free to people aged 75 and older at Anniston City Meeting Center, they headed right down. The couple lives in Anniston; he’s 87, she’s 86.

RMC halts non-emergency surgeries to make space for COVID surge

Posted 12/30/20

Non-emergency surgeries and procedures have been canceled at Regional Medical Center in Anniston to free up staff and space to treat more COVID-19 patients, the hospital announced.

Local ‘vaccine strike team’ preparing for Moderna distribution next week

Posted 12/19/20

Members of the strike team include Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center personnel, first responders, physicians, municipal personnel and Jacksonville State University representatives.

RMC warns ambulances away as COVID-19 fills ICU beds

Posted 12/14/20

Regional Medical Center in Anniston is urging ambulance crews to take patients to other hospitals because COVID-19 has filled the hospital’s intensive care facilities to capacity, the hospital’s CEO said Monday.

Gov. Ivey Extends Mask Order to January 22nd

Posted 12/09/20

Ivey’s move was widely expected, as the state undergoes a post-Thanksgiving surge in COVID-19 that far exceeds the infections Alabama saw over the summer.

RMC postponing elective surgeries as COVID cases rise

Posted 12/09/20

Regional Medical Center in Anniston is beginning to postpone some elective procedures to free resources to deal with an influx of coronavirus patents, one of the hospital’s doctors said in a Wednesday press conference.

Regional Medical Center preparing for COVID-19 Thanksgiving surge

Posted 12/04/20

Hospitals across the state are expecting a COVID-19 Thanksgiving surge in the next few days. Regional Medical Center’s Infectious Disease Specialist, Dr. Raul Magadia, said the hospital has seen an increase in COVID-19 patients in the last few weeks.

Free’s Promotion A Big Deal For RMC

Posted 11/14/20

In no particular order, Almena Free is an Anniston physician, a person of faith, an identical twin, a Hoosier (then) and an Alabamian (now), a hospital administrator and a dancer so accomplished that she’s downright famous for it.

How are local health experts planning to celebrate Thanksgiving?

Posted 11/12/20

Local health experts are planning to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, but on a smaller scale this year.

They said the holiday’s traditional festivities, involving large family gatherings, may be risky in the midst of rising numbers in the COVID-19 pandemic and urged locals to stay home or find alternate ways to celebrate.

Local COVID hospitalizations spike during weekend

Posted 11/12/20

“It’s like the floodgate opened,” said Dr. Raul Magadia, who runs the coronavirus ward at RMC. 

Health officials say it is a sign of how fast the situation can change as the pandemic spreads. And they can’t rule out the arrival of a long-predicted second wave of the virus as the weather cools.