NEWS FLASHES

Everyone knows that making it in the medical field is no easy feat. For this reason, having the media cover our endeavors in Eufaula throughout the years has been such an honor. We love being covered by the press, especially when the coverage comes from satisfied patient experiences here at Medical Center Barbour. Take a look at some of our recent coverage below.

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Apr 6, 2021

BARBOUR COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL)– Frontline healthcare workers at Medical Center Barbour have seen firsthand how increased vaccinations impact COVID-19 hospitalization numbers. 

When they initially began their vaccine rollout in January, they were seeing the maximum number of COVID patients in-house. 

“At one time we had 15 patients on the same floor that had COVID,” RN Assistant Chief Nursing Officer Katie Hopper said. “Right now we don’t have any in house. We did see one patient in the ER yesterday but thankfully we have started to see that drastically decline.”...continue reading. 

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March 26, 2021

In recognition of National Nutrition Month, Kevin Shiver, Medical Center Barbour’s nurse practitioner of the MCB Wound Care Clinic, explained why eating properly can help heal chronic wounds faster.

“Eating well during wound healing helps a patient to heal faster and fight infection at the same time,” Shiver said. “During the healing process, your body needs more calories, proteins, fluids and vitamins, especially vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc. The best source of these nutrients is found in food. If a patient is not eating enough healthy foods, they may need to take supplements to expedite wound healing.”...continue reading.

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March 23, 2021

Local hospitals, health departments, some primary care and urgent clinics, and pharmacies are now vaccinating people age 55 and older, people with intellectual and developmental disability, people with certain high-risk medical conditions, and additional critical workers identified in vaccination allocation plan’s Phase 1c...continue reading.

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March, 23, 2021

Senior Behavioral Health is a 17-bed unit at Medical Center Barbour that has been serving psychiatric services to its local community and surrounding area for the past 14 years.

Unlike many small towns that don’t have access to mental health care, the MCB Senior Behavioral Health Unit is located within the hospital and enables families to place their loved ones in the care of highly trained mental health professionals who are well-equipped in treating the mental health needs of adults ages 55 and older. Seniors experiencing mental health challenges enter a controlled environment where staff provides around the clock care, which includes access to psychiatrists, hospitalists, nurses, social workers, activity coordinators, intake specialists, and mental health technicians...continue reading.

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March 1, 2021 at 11:43 p.m.

EUFAULA, Ala. (WRBL) – Two medical clinics in Eufaula are following different strategies to administer their COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Medical Center Barbour has more than doubled their number of vaccines given per day. They started out their rollout with 40 vaccines per day. Now they’re doing 88 every day. 

Claudia Balkcom, registered nurse with Medical Center Barbour, says the clinic has not missed a beat as they’ve received more vaccines. 

However, vaccine rollout is not without its challenges. Last Friday, MainStreet Eufaula faced a roadblock when they ran out of second dose vials, which frustrated patients...continue reading.

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January 28, 2021

EUFAULA, AL. (WRBL) – The vaccination effort continues across the country, and Medical Center Barbour has been rolling out vaccinations for people in the Barbour County area. 

From registration to vaccination to observation, the entire vaccination process only takes about 20 to 40 minutes. The clinic is administering about 40 vaccinations per day, all by appointment only...continue reading.

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January 20, 2021

EUFAULA, Ala. (WTVM) - The state of Alabama is now in phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and more hospitals across the state are administering that vaccine, including Medical Center Barbour in Eufaula.

Hospital officials said about 40 people per day are receiving Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine at the hospital’s vaccine clinic...continue reading.

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January 12, 2021

Medical Center Barbour has begun rolling out COVID-19 vaccinations to the Barbour County area and is following the guidelines set by the Alabama Department of Public Health. These guidelines outline phases for different population groups in our community.

Right now, Medical Center Barbour is in Phase 1a of the vaccination process and has already begun vaccinating the Very High Risk and High Risk populations. Vaccinations on the Medium Risk populations began on Monday, Jan. 11...continue reading.

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December 22nd, 2020

Eufaula resident Renay Hurst is happy to be preparing to celebrate a special Christmas and New Year’s.

Hurst, a recently recovered COVID-19 patient, was unsure of her future when she was diagnosed and hospitalized with the virus....continue reading

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November 11th, 2020

BARBOUR COUNTY, Ala. (WTVM) - While coronavirus hospitalization rates across Alabama are on the rise, one East Alabama hospital said its cases are low.

According to Katie Hopper, the assistant chief nursing officer at Medical Center Barbour, the hospital currently has five patients hospitalized for COVID-19. She said the number is about average... continue reading 

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October 18, 2020

Medical Center Barbour has announced that it raised over $2,000 for the Wiregrass United Way through its first Wiregrass United Way Awareness Campaign.

Medical Center Barbour kicked off the week on Sept. 28 with its Community Leaders Dunking Booth, which included community leaders... continue reading

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June 22. 2020

Medical Center Barbour is expanding services offered to the community and is now offering services at its newly improved Outpatient Infusion Center, now located in the hospital’s Specialty Clinic.

Run by Jennifer Price, RN, the clinic is equipped to administer IV therapy and specialty injections prescribed by doctors to patients in a dedicated area of the hospital that allows for easier access for patients...continue reading.

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February 24th, 2020

Medical Center Barbour has named Lynn Mergen as its new CEO, effective Feb. 3. Mergen comes to Eufaula from Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he most recently led 180-bed Hillcrest South.

Mergen, a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, is an accomplished healthcare leader with more than 20 years of executive healthcare administrative experience...continue reading

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