History of Decatur Morgan


Decatur Morgan Hospital has been meeting the health and wellness needs of those we serve for 100 years. It all began in 1888, when the Ladies of the Benevolent Society came together to care for members of the community affected by the Yellow Fever epidemic. When the epidemic passed, the need for a hospital was clearly evident and the Ladies began selling surplus supplies to raise the necessary funds. In 1915, Decatur General opened its doors and began caring for patients.

The hospital formerly known as Parkway Medical Center also has a long history of care in Morgan County. Parkway Medical Center opened its doors to the public in its current location in 1974, but its origins date back to the Great Depression when Dr. W.P. Baugh opened his medical practice on Grant Street. He was later joined by Dr. J.B. Wiley, Sr., and Dr. J.T. Smith, Jr., and the practice became known as Baugh Wiley Smith Hospital. In 1969 the hospital was purchased by Hospital Affiliates, Inc., and plans were made to move the facility to its current location on Beltline Road.

Both hospitals have seen growth and expansion over the years. Decatur General grew into a 273 bed acute care hospital with an additional 64 bed behavioral health facility, with a medical staff of more than 200 physicians and more than 1000 employees. Parkway Medical Center, also an acute care facility, became licensed for 120 beds, with a medical staff of 175 physicians and more than 400 employees. Each hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and together serve more than 250,000 people in 5 counties. Despite this growth, in early 2012, it became clear that there was a need for one unified, not-for-profit healthcare delivery system in Morgan County. Huntsville Hospital System, purchased Parkway Medical Center, and later entered into a lease arrangement with Decatur General to form Decatur Morgan Hospital. The entity currently has four locations in Morgan County - the Decatur General Campus, Parkway Campus, West Campus and the Danville Road Campus and there is room for continued facility growth. The goal is to provide the best, most effective healthcare that meets the needs of our community while reducing duplication of services. As the organizational structure continues to evolve, one thing is certain; our customers can rely on the same high quality care and services that they have always known.

Decatur Morgan Hospital Specialties/Services

  • Emergency Services at two convenient locations
  • General and acute inpatient care
  • Numerous surgical specialties
  • Behavioral Medicine including inpatient programs for adults, adolescents children and senior adults
  • Sleep Disorders Center including pediatric sleep studies
  • Breast Health Services including digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and ultrasound
  • Outpatient Services including Lab, Radiology/Imaging Services, Nuclear Medicine, and CT
  • Inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy
  • Women’s Services including Urogynecology
  • Labor and Delivery
  • Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • Wound Care
  • Urology
  • New Vision - medical stabilization for adults with drug, alcohol and related health issues
  • Senior Services, Lifeline and Volunteer Services
  • Community outreach and education
  • Health and Wellness Center

Even though the delivery of healthcare has and will continue to change, our mission has not. We are committed to caring for our patients. With the help of our physicians, nurses, healthcare professionals, and volunteers, we will continue to deliver the highest quality and most compassionate health services for our community. Caring for you is a privilege we take seriously. Thank you for your continued support of Decatur Morgan Hospital and the Huntsville Hospital Health System.