Health Matters: Carrollton calls nurse practitioner home

Health Matters

University Medical Center is ensuring West Alabamians get quality health care in rural areas that are underserved.

UMC Nurse Practitioner Rebecca Richardson said it’s getting harder to find health services in rural areas, including in Pickens County’s Carrolton where she works. In fact, Pickens County Medical Center closed its doors recently, leaving a big gap in coverage.

That’s something UMC is working to remedy, she said.

“I’ve worked in this area for a long time,” she said. “In fact, it was my first job right out of nursing school.”

The closure of the hospital meant residents had to travel to Tuscaloosa or another larger city for medical care.

“We had no hospital open, no emergency department, and it created quite a need that our patients and family members had for health care services,” she said.

When she learned UMC was planning on opening a clinic in Pickens County, Richardson said she knew that’s where she wanted to be.

For all your primary health care needs, visit University Medical Center with locations in Tuscaloosa, Northport, Demopolis, Fayette and Carrollton.

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