Shelby Baptist celebrates 60 years of service

Published 4:39 pm Friday, September 13, 2019

ALABASTER – Several members of the Alabaster and Shelby County community united on Monday, Sept. 9, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Shelby Baptist Medical Center.

The event included a cocktail hour, opportunities for guests to tour parts of the recently renovated hospital and special presentations from local and state government officials.

Alabaster Mayor Marty Handlon presented a proclamation to the hospital in celebration of its 60th anniversary. The hospital also received a commendation from Gov. Kay Ivey and a resolution from the Alabama Senate, which was drafted by Sen. Cam Ward.

Handlon said Shelby Baptist plays an important role in the city, which is a part of the reason why the Alabaster City Council put a lot of energy and effort into creating and protecting the city’s Medical Mile district that runs along U.S. 31.

The city’s proclamation recognized the hospital’s progression from a small community hospital with only 35 beds, eight physicians and 25 nurses, to a cutting-edge hospital with 252 beds and a full range of healthcare services and treatments.

The hospital has physicians located throughout Shelby County, Clanton, Hoover and the U.S. 280 area, according to Brian Pavlick, the hospital’s marketing manager.

“We have transitioned from the era of people having to travel outside of Alabaster to receive high quality care to a time when more and more people outside our community turn to Shelby Baptist Medical Center to meet their every health care need,” the proclamation reads.

While presenting the Senate resolution, Ward said the health of a community can be determined by two things: schools and health care.

“That’s just a truth,” he said. “Looking at this facility, the growth over the years, and how the schools have grown, this community is truly blessed. I’m rooting for your success because it’s vital to our community.”

Shelby Baptist CEO Daniel Listi thanked guests for spending their evening celebrating Shelby Baptist. He also recognized hospital employees and those who paved the way for him.

“I’m just a small piece of what makes Shelby Baptist Medical Center amazing,” he said. “I’ve been here for just one of the 60 years and it’s an honor to be able to work here.”

As a testament to the hospital’s commitment to excellence, it has earned various distinctions including Joint Commission accolades, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Distinction in Cardiac Care Award from 2013-2017, the VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence, Clinical Quality Improvement and Acute Myocardial Infraction in 2009 and the VHA Leadership Award for Clinical Excellence, Patient Experience Superior System Performance in 2009.

The hospital also recently celebrated 25 years of offering women’s services, started an employee benevolence/assistance program, spent about $10 million on renovations throughout the hospital and one of its nurses, Marcy Campbell, recently won The Shelby County Chamber’s Health Care Professional of the Year award.