Education and Community Health

Education is at the center of our mission to the medical community and to our patients. As a part of USA Health, University Hospital plays a vital role in the education of physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians and many others. University Hospital employees can click here to access HealthStream for their online education.

Because of our access to information discovered by recent research, our patients are among the first to benefit from new treatments that have been proven effective.

We also encourage our patients to take advantage of the educational resources located here at the hospital. In particular, the Health Information Resource Center on the third floor provides a full range of information for patients and staff. For more information about the HIRC, please click here.

University Hospital also offers support groups for families and others helping loved ones in their recovery efforts.

On the third Tuesday of each month, the University of South Alabama Regional Stroke Support Group meets at University Hospital. Meetings are free and open to everyone and take place from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. in the hospital's Café Conference Room located on the second floor in the cafeteria. Meetings are highlighted with guest speakers and education to provide insight regarding stroke awareness, stroke prevention, and life after a stroke. The meetings are lively and informative and allow stroke victims and their caregivers an opportunity to network with others who have been affected by a stroke.

Reservations are not required. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Stroke Certification Coordinator at (251) 471-7671 or email sross@health.southalabama.eduUniversity Hospital has achieved recognition as the first hospital in Alabama to receive the Gold Plus, Target Stroke, Honor Roll Elite Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association’s Get With the Guidelines Campaign for the comprehensive level of quality care the hospital provides to stroke patients and as the first hospital to receive this award for two consecutive years. Visit the Stroke Center for more information.

University Hospital hosts a Diabetes Support Group coordinated by USA College of Nursing faculty Dr. Anita King and Emily Beaird from 2-3 p.m. in the 10th floor dining room. Meetings are scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month. For additional information, please call (251) 471-7944.

The Weight Loss Surgery Support Group also meets at the hospital on the first Thursday of each month. Generally, the group meets at two times, for convenience: In the hospital's Third floor conference room at 12:30 p.m. and evenings in the 10th floor dining room at 6:00 p.m. Call (251) 471-7413 for information.


Community Health

Community health needs assessment is both the activity and product of identifying and prioritizing a community's health needs, accomplished through the collection and analysis of data, including input from community stakeholders and residents. It can be used to inform the development of strategies and plans to address prioritized needs, with the goal of contributing to improvements in the community's health.

Community health needs assessment methods and characteristics can vary according to the size and nature of the community, the lead organization or partners and their goals, the resources available and other local factors.

During 2015, USA Health University Hospital (then USA Medical Center), the University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital, and the Mitchell Cancer Institute collaborated in conducting a community health needs assessment for Mobile County, Alabama. Download a copy of the report on that assessment. [Adobe PDF, 1.8MB]


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