As we celebrate National Rural Health Day on Nov. 19 (today), we cannot ignore how the healthcare landscape has changed since last year.

Who could have imagined we would be in the midst of a global pandemic, fighting a deadly virus that has changed the way we live?

The reality of our new normal has taught us many things, but one thing we have learned for certain is that now, more than ever, it is vitally important that we acknowledge the necessity, the importance and the power of rural hospitals.

Alabama’s rural hospitals are the backbone of our healthcare system, showing their power by steadfastly providing care as a pandemic ravages the country.

We’ve kept our doors open and continued to care for residents in and around Marshall County throughout the COVID crisis and will continue to be here in the months and years ahead.

Marshall Medical Centers provides care for local families, neighbors and friends close to home.

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