The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


April 2, 2012

Business Spotlight: Sara Wood, MedWest Community Care

Name of Business: MedWest Community Care

Location: 7715 U.S. 72 West Athens, AL 35611

Date established: April 2006

Owner: Ashley Wise

Telephone: 256-729-9477

Hours of operation: Mondays –Thursdays 8-5 and Fridays 8-12

Describe what your business offers: MedWest Community Care offers family medicine that includes everything from sick visits to annual physicals. Sara Wood is now seeing school age children.

Brief history of business: Ashley Wise opened this business in 2006 as part of her dream to be a provider in this community. Ashley grew up in this community and still calls it home. The business has grown enough to allow her to expand and include Sara Wood in her dream. Sara began doing some clinical hours with her in 2010 and said it was a perfect fit for her and Ashley to work together. Both were called to be caretakers and feel this is exactly where they are supposed to be. They are now expanding to add several new exam rooms and generally more space for our growing practice.

Background: Sara graduated nursing school from UAH in 2006 and went to work in a surgical/ trauma intensive care unit at Huntsville Hospital as a registered nurse. She later decided to go back to school and earned a master’s degree in nursing as a family nurse practitioner.

She is originally from Huntsville and moved to Athens five years ago when she got married. She is now proud to call Athens home. 

Qualifications: Sara is a certified registered nurse practitioner. She earned her degree at UAH and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

To find out more about business spotlights in The News Courier, contact Lora Scripps at 256-232-2720 ext. 104 or email


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