About Brookwood Baptist Health

We’re a community built on care.

Formerly Brookwood Medical Center and Baptist Health System, Brookwood Baptist Health unifies two of the largest resources for high-quality, affordable healthcare for the citizens of Central Alabama. With roots extending nearly a century, the network’s community of care is comprised of five acute care hospitals with more than 1,700 licensed beds: Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Shelby Baptist Medical Center, Walker Baptist Medical Center and Citizens Baptist Medical Center.

Brookwood Baptist Health also provides patients with the largest primary care network in the state, which includes approximately 60 primary and specialty care clinics; approximately 1,500 affiliated physicians; and nearly 7,300 employees. Through innovative and compassionate patient care, our collective effort will strengthen our mission to empower our communities to live happier, healthier lives.

Learn what makes us a Community Built on Care

Taking Care of You

We customize treatments and services based on the needs of each patient, backed by a large network of resources, expertise, innovation and locations. When you come through our doors, you become part of our life and our stories. And by getting to know us, you’ll experience the compassion of doctors, nurses, therapists, and volunteers who are here because we love helping people. Your health matters to us. We’re a community built on care.

News & Announcements

Brookwood Baptist Reintroduces Nurse Navigator Program for Breast Cancer Patients

Sep 22, 2021

Brookwood Baptist Reintroduces Nurse Navigator Program for Breast Cancer Patients

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. - Just ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, learn about a great resource for Breast Cancer Patients at Brookwood!

Meet Our Nurse Navigator for Breast Cancer Patients

Stacey-BessiereName: Stacey Bessiere
Title: Nurse Practitioner, Breast Navigator
How Long with BBH: 22 years
Purpose of the role: To help navigate patients from abnormal mammograms to the breast surgeon for further evaluation, be a resource for breast cancer patients

Why is the nurse navigator position important?
The nurse navigator position is important because it helps bridge the gap between the patient’s OB/GYN (or PCP) and the breast surgeon when it comes to abnormal mammograms and/or breast ultrasounds.

What’s a day in the life of the nurse navigator look like?
Women’s diagnostics will send any abnormal mammograms or breast ultrasounds by fax to the navigator. The navigator then contacts the patient to help them understand the results and to refer them to a breast surgeon. I usually try to explain the biopsy procedure that may be done in a few days after consulting with the surgeon. I keep up with each patient’s appointments, biopsies, and results. If the patient’s biopsy comes back negative then the patient is released. If the biopsy is positive, I contact the patient to see if there are any resources or questions they may have for the next step of their journey.

pink-ribbonWhat would you say is the most enjoyable part of your job?
I enjoy interacting with patients and helping to relieve their fears.

What are things that make Brookwood’s cancer center set apart?
Our cancer center is truly a family of coworkers and our big hearts are what set us apart from others. Most of us have worked here for over ten years together and each of us treat our patients as if they are our own family. To us, a patient is much more than a number to be a treated but is someone’s mother, father, sister, or brother and should be treated with respect.