– Huntsville Children’s Hospital and Huntsville Health System are cutting the number of hospitalizations for pneumonia in Huntsville from one day a week to two, and the hospital has said it expects to see no additional deaths from pneumonia.
Huntsville has the nation’s second-highest rate of hospitalization for pneumonia, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The hospital says there were no deaths from the condition in 2016.
“The Huntsville community is resilient.
The rate of pneumonia is not increasing,” said Huntsville Mayor Don Aaron in a statement Friday.
“We will continue to make every effort to keep Huntsville one of the safest and most livable communities in the country, and we are confident that we will continue that momentum as we move forward with the community-based efforts we announced last week.”
The hospital is also offering discounted hospitalizations, as well as other services and programs, in an effort to save money.
Aaron’s office said Friday that the hospital is offering $100 discounts for those with incomes of less than $30,000 and $100 for those making less than that.
He said the hospital also is offering a $50 discount for anyone who needs urgent care, a $100 discount for those who have a child younger than six, and a $150 discount for seniors.
The department also is extending the hours of the emergency room to three hours.
The Huntsville hospital has also expanded the number and location of its adult beds to help cope with rising hospitalizations and a growing number of people in the city.