Addition of Drs. Hodges & Coleman in best interest of patients

It's a well-known fact that a hospital is only as good as those who provide its services. This is especially true when it comes to physicians. Highlands Medical Center has been utilizing staff physicians for several years now, but most recently added to its medical team by employing two staples of the community.

Dr. Durwood Hodges and Dr. Hardin Coleman join the staff of medical professionals to provide physician services for Highlands Medical Center and Jackson County Healthcare Authority. While both have served our community as physicians for many years, they will now serve under the umbrella of Jackson County Healthcare Authority.

"Drs. Hodges and Coleman share a passion for excellence and for making decisions based on what is in the best interest of the patient. Aligning Drs. Hodges and Coleman's practices with Highlands Medical Center will help us continue to advance clinical quality, integrate information technology, and retain a solid base of excellent providers," says Kim Bryant, CEO Jackson County Healthcare Authority.

Dr. Durwood Hodges has provided medical services in Jackson County since 1982. Dr. Hodges comes from a long line of physicians, his two great-grandfathers; grandfather and his father were all physicians. His nephew Andrew Hodges is also a physician at Highlands Medical Center, currently as a hospitalist. "Patients should look forward to our merger, it means an even better quality of care through shared resources and technology," Dr. Hodges said.

Dr. Hodges served on The Jackson County Healthcare Authority Board of Directors for 13 years, recently stepping down to become associated directly with Highlands.

"Having served on the board I see first hand how much healthcare is changing, not only from a medical standpoint, but from an operational standpoint as well," Dr. Hodges said. "It is becoming more difficult to practice medicine and keep up with the ever-changing environment of health care."

Dr. Hardin Coleman also comes from physician lineage. His father, Dr. William ‘Bill' Coleman was a practicing physician here in Scottsboro for 30 years. Dr. Hardin Coleman has been in practice for 16 years.

"I see becoming a part of Highlands Medical Center as a way for everyone to grow," Dr. Coleman said. "This is absolutely a change for the better. Highlands Medical Center genuinely has cutting edge technology and wonderful patient care."

"Coming together will enable us to formally align our goals and objectives for providing high quality care to the people in this community," says Coleman.

"For over eighty-eight years, my family has been a major part of providing healthcare services for this community," Dr. Hodges said in reflecting back on his family's role in the history of medicine in Jackson County. "I look forward to working closely with Highlands and continuing to make sure the residents of this community have the best healthcare possible."

The transition will be seamless and will not disrupt patient care. There will be no immediate changes to current practices, staff or systems at the clinics. They will continue to operate under the same name, and at the same locations.

To contact the office of Dr. Hardin Coleman, call 256.259.5537.

To contact the office of Dr. Durwood Hodges, call 256.574.1566.

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