Innovation at UAB Medical West: First FED

This May, UAB Medical West is celebrating the 8th anniversary of our freestanding emergency department. On May 5th, 2015, we opened our doors to serve the Birmingham community and surrounding areas with the highest quality of medical care. Since then, our mission hasn’t changed. 

In honor of eight years of our innovative, state-of-the-art facility, we’re highlighting the top features and technologies dedicated to emergency care. Learn more about Alabama’s first freestanding emergency department and the benefits of neighborhood emergency care.  

Alabama’s First Freestanding Emergency Department

Our freestanding emergency department is just like any other emergency center. We’re not on a hospital campus, so you can easily experience local, hassle-free medical care. This idea of community-focused emergency
care was new to Alabama, and UAB Medical West was the first team in Alabama to create a freestanding emergency department (FED). Take a look at the premier features of our FED and why neighborhood care is Alabama’s leading choice for emergency care. 

Neighborhood Care

Our FED is conveniently located in your neighborhood community for quick and easy access to emergency care. Instead of navigating confusing parking lots and numerous buildings, you can pull right up to the front door in a time of medical crisis. Whether you’re experiencing abdominal pain, a broken bone, or another ailment, our local emergency department can help you. If you or a loved one is experiencing life-threatening symptoms, call 911 or visit your local emergency center, like UAB Medical West.

24/7 Availability

Like other emergency rooms, UAB Medical West’s FED is open 24 hours, seven days a week, 365 days a year. You’ll receive the same treatment as hospital-based emergency care but at a much quicker rate. If the need arises, our FED is fully capable of a seamless transition to a nearby hospital. Ambulances and helicopters can easily reach our center with our spacious emergency bay and helipad. Our team will coordinate with the receiving hospital so you receive a quick, smooth transition at every hour of the day. 

More Than Just Urgent Care

When you choose UAB Medical West, you don’t have to sacrifice convenience for world-class medical care. Our emergency center is convenient and fully equipped for all your medical needs. This 24,342 square-foot development is complete with ten exam rooms, multiple trauma rooms, board-certified emergency physicians, a full-service laboratory, X-rays, CT scans, general & vascular ultrasound rooms, and more. 

No Appointment Needed

Our FED doesn’t accept  appointments so that we can offer our patients the highest quality emergency care right when it’s needed. We honor the 30-minute pledge like other hospitals in the area—our team will see you within 30 minutes of your arrival time, or your visit is free. Our promise isn’t meant to be a method to speed up your medical care but rather a commitment to high-quality patient care when you need it most. 

Award-Winning Medical Care You Can Count On

Medical emergencies can strike anytime, but luckily, UAB Medical West is available every hour of the day. We can evaluate, diagnose, and treat your medical problem using evidence-based technologies and detail-oriented care. You know your body best, so if you think you’re experiencing life-threatening symptoms, don’t hesitate to visit our freestanding emergency department or dial 911. 

World-Class Emergency Care Near You in Birmingham, AL

Since 1964, UAB Medical West has promoted healthier living in a neighborhood near you, including Hueytown, Hoover, Bessemer, McCalla, Vance, and others. Contact us today by calling (205) 481-7000 or reaching out online!

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