The best strategy for the future: Huntsville Hospital Health System

The best strategy for the future: Huntsville Hospital Health System

HH Health System leadership, left to right: David Pryor, President of Athens-Limestone Hospital; David Spillers, System CEO; Paul Storey, President of Helen Keller Hospital; Mary Lynne Wright, President of Madison Hospital; Jeff Samz, System COO; Kyle Buchanan, President of Lawrence Medical Center and Alabama Community Care; and Nat Richardson, President of Decatur Morgan Hospital


Surely and steadily Huntsville Hospital Health System has developed into one of the nation’s leading publicly-owned health systems. In fact, a ranking in the June 22 edition of Modern Healthcare magazine placed Huntsville Hospital Health System number three in the United States. David Spillers, Health System CEO, acknowledges that it seems like it has happened quickly, yet he adds that the process took several years building relationships and trust with the hospitals and communities in our region.”

For Spillers and his team, the development of the Huntsville Hospital Health System is the best strategy heading into a very challenging future. Among smaller hospitals across the nation, the choice is clear—find a partner or risk closing. In the Tennessee Valley, Huntsville Hospital Health System has become the partner of choice for community-owned hospitals.

“We’re like-minded hospitals,” said Spillers of the affiliates in the Huntsville system. “We have a long history of working with each other. Our goal is to help our affiliate hospitals continue to serve their communities.”

The affiliates that Spillers speaks of include Athens-Limestone Hospital, Decatur Morgan Hospital, Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, Red Bay Hospital, Lawrence Medical Center in Moulton, and of course, Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville Hospital for Women & Children and Madison Hospital. Additionally, the System has relationships with Marshall Medical Centers North and South and with Curae Health, which has three hospitals in Russellville, Haleyville and Winfield. All totaled these facilities represent more than 2,000 hospital beds and 12,000 employees.

Hospitals aren’t the only members of the Huntsville Hospital Health System family. “In today’s changing environment we’re moving toward a delivery and payment model in which an organization provides all of the health care services for a given population. Alabama Medicaid is taking this approach with the development of regional care organizations. You have to be able to offer the full continuum of services, including care in the outpatient setting and at home. You also need to have a significant geographical presence throughout a region. We are working with Sentara Healthcare and hundreds of Medicaid providers to offer comprehensive services to Medicaid patients beginning next October,” Spillers said.

Some of those services which Huntsville Hospital Health System offers include home health, home infusion, Hospice Family Care, medical equipment, therapy services, insurance components and physician care.

Click here to read a Q&A about the Health System with David Spillers.