Rich in history, RMC dates back to pre World War I when local leaders realized the need for some type of health care system for their community. Initially named Anniston Memorial Hospital in 1944 with 100 beds and 16 physicians, the facility has steadily grown over the decades in its programs and services, equipment and space. By the mid-1970s, the newly named Regional Medical Center of Anniston embarked upon a multi-million dollar modernization and expansion program to better meet the changing health care needs of the now five-county service area it serves. Today, RMC boasts 338 licensed beds, 185 physicians and over 1,400 staff administering advanced programs and services unavailable at any other hospital in this part of the state.