We are committed to your care.
Our goal is to provide the best quality care. To do so, we ask for feedback from patients like you. You may be contacted by phone, email or text and asked to complete a confidential survey. Please take the time to complete the survey. Your feedback will help us know what we’re doing well and where we can improve.
- Bedside Shift Report
- Bedside Technology
- Calling Your Nurse
- Care Team
- Cellphones & Video
- Concerns About Your Care
- Fire Safety
- Gift Shop
- Hearing Impaired
- Hourly Rounding
- Housekeeping Services
- Interpreters and Translation Services
- Lost and Found
- Patient Meals
- Personal Belongings and Valuables
- Public Restrooms
- Vending Machines
- Visiting Hours
Support for Caregivers
We encourage patients to pick a key person to support them during their hospital stay. Whether you are that primary support person, or just one of many people caring for and supporting your loved one, you can play an important role in making sure your loved one gets the safest and best care both here and beyond the hospital.
Patient and Family Care
We participate in patient- and family-centered care. We believe that family plays an important role in ensuring the health and well-being of patients of all ages. Our goal is to create partnerships among healthcare practitioners, patients and families that will lead to the best outcomes and enhance the delivery of safe, quality, efficient, effective, and timely care.
What to Know Before You Leave
Caregivers can help ensure the best outcome for their loved one after a hospital stay by getting the answers to these three questions:
- What is the next step for medical care (home or facility, follow-up with primary care physician or physical therapy, etc.)? Help your loved one arrange the details to make this happen—financial plan, transportation, scheduling, etc.
- What new and former medicines does my loved one need to take? Help your loved one understand the details—timing, dosing instructions, side effects, prescription refills, etc.
- What health warning signs do I need to watch for and what do I do if they happen? Help your loved one by writing these symptoms down as well as the name and contact number to call.
If you feel like you need a break or help, reach out to friends and family. And consult the resources listed here: National Alliance for Caregiving | Family Caregiver Alliance | Caregiver Action Network
Facts About Your Stay
We want you to feel comfortable and cared for throughout your stay, so at each nursing shift change—about every 12 hours—your nurse will introduce your new nurse to you. The team will talk about your progress, medicine and tests scheduled for the day. Ask questions. The more you’re involved, the better and safer your care.
During your stay, you may see your doctors and nurses using computers or tablets. These tools help them care for you by providing around-the-clock monitoring, a variety of resources and quick communication with the rest of your healthcare team. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or nurse.
Location: First Floor
Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
All visitors are welcome to dine in the cafeteria.
Your room is connected to the nursing station via an intercom system. To call for your nurse, press the NURSE call button located at your bedside. If you have any questions on how to use the call button, ask a staff member to show you.
You can call a critical-care response team to respond if your condition worsens and you do not get the immediate care you need. Dial 5555 to request this special service. Ask a staff member to learn more.
During your stay, you may see members of your care team using mobile phones. At North Alabama Medical Center, our staff are permitted to use phones for work-related activities, such as communicating with doctors or other care team members. Employees are not allowed to use phones for non-work-related activities. There are many work related benefits of cellphones and other communication devices, including access to medical references, clinical tools and patient information.
Please speak with your nurse or nursing supervisor if you have any questions or concerns about your care. If your issue still is not resolved, then contact the hospital patient advocate. You also have the right to file your complaint with either:
The Alabama Department of Public Health
Bureau of Health Provider Standards
1201 Monroe Street, Suite 700
Montgomery, AL 36130-3017
Office of Quality and Patient Safety
The Joint Commission
One Renaissance Blvd.
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Website: www.jointcommission.org, then click “Report patient safety event”
Sometimes a healthcare choice can involve an ethical concern—such as a wish to refuse life-saving treatment or a disagreement over advance directives. Our medical ethics committee can help you and those who are here to support you make difficult decisions. For help, contact: Braxton Holloway at Braxton.Holloway@NAMCCares.com.
We conduct fire drills from time to time. If you hear an alarm, stay where you are. In an actual emergency, hospital staff will tell you what to do.
Flowers are delivered to patient rooms by individual florists. Please note that flowers are not allowed in Intensive Care Units.
Location: First Floor
Hours of Operation:
Mon. to Fri.: 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Cash, check and credit cards accepted.
We have services available for people who are deaf or hearing impaired. If you need these services, please contact your nurse.
A nurse will visit you every hour during the day and every two hours at night to check on your comfort, help you change positions in bed, assist with trips to the bathroom, and make sure you can reach your phone, call light, and personal items easily.
Housekeeping services are provided for each room. For more information, including a room cleaning schedule, contact Environmental Services by dialing 1694.
Interpreter services are available for patients. Please contact your nurse for assistance.
To reach the hospital Lost and Found, contact security.
Mail and email sent to our website are delivered to patients Monday through Friday by hospital volunteers. Flowers may be delivered by individual florists, staff or volunteers.
Please do not bring any prescription or over-the-counter medicines to the hospital. All medicines you take in the hospital need to be prescribed, filled and given to you by hospital staff. Tell your doctor about any medicines you regularly take. If you still need them, hospital staff will give them to you.
Patient meals are provided for overnight stays. A select menu is provided and a food service ambassador will come to the patient's room to take their order for the next meal.
Personal care items such as contact lenses, eyeglasses, hearing aids and dentures can be stored in your bedside stand when not in use. Please do not put them on your bed or food tray to help avoid them being lost or damaged. Leave valuables like jewelry or cash at home, or give them to a trusted relative or friend to watch over. North Alabama Medical Center cannot be responsible for replacing personal belongings.
For everyone’s health and safety, we ask visitors not to use patient restrooms. Public restrooms are located throughout the hospital. Ask hospital staff to direct you to the nearest one.
Given the serious health hazards of tobacco use, we have chosen to become a 100 percent tobacco-free campus. No smoking or tobacco products will be used while on NAMC property, parking lots, associated buildings and vehicles. Patients and visitors are asked not to smoke during their hospital visit.
All patient rooms have phones. To place a call within the hospital, dial the four-digit extension. To place a local call outside the hospital, dial 9 followed by the number, including the area code.
Each patient room has a television. Please be considerate of others by keeping the volume down and turning off your TV at bedtime. TVs are controlled by the bedside pillow speaker or side rail controls. Closed captioning is available for the hearing impaired. Ask a staff member if you have any questions on using your TV.
Here you can find beverages and snacks 24 hours a day. Located on the first floor near the emergency room waiting area.
Visiting hours are subject to change. Please ask your nurse for official hours during your stay.
To promote healing and safety and limit infection, some units may limit the number of visitors you can receive at one time.
- General Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Note: Patients have the right to choose to receive visitors from among family, friends or other individuals at any time during their stay.
Overnight visitation with a patient must be coordinated with the charge nurse and/or nurse manager and is only permitted under certain circumstances. We reserve the right to revoke overnight privileges.
Free WiFi is provided by North Alabama Medical Center. To connect, follow these steps:
- Select the WiFi network named "NAMC_Guest"
- Launch a web browser
- Click the button to accept the terms and conditions