why not ask before assuming then? are you seriously not aware of uab? think we all still have cows in our backyard and walk to school barefoot? i had a visitor from another country ask me if "everyone still lived on farms" and express surprise that we all wore shoes and had indoor plumbing...i have traveled extensively throughout the us and i can honestly say that while there are parts of alabama/birmingham that i would greatly like to change, we still have it much better here than so many other places that i have visited. and no one in virginia could guess where i was from - since i didn't have a "southern accent".....
here is a brief sniglet of info on uab alone:
the uab health system is committed to providing the highest quality of health care and is consistently rated among the best medical centers in the nation. below is a list of recent awards.
uab hospital among "america's best" in latest u.s. news & world report rankings
nine uab hospital specialty programs are among the nation's top 50-five are in the top 25-of the 16 categories evaluated at america's 5,462 hospitals this year by u.s. news & world report.
uab hospital named one of top two in nation
the american alliance of healthcare providers ranks accredited hospitals based their consumer friendliness, care-related performance and other professional standards.
277 uab physicians included in latest "best doctors in america"
uab physicians comprise 60% or 277 of the 460 birmingham metropolitan area medical specialists listed in the latest "best doctors in america."
uab hospital earns consumer award
university of alabama at birmingham (uab) hospital has been selected as one of america's most customer-friendly hospitals by the american alliance of healthcare providers.
uab school of medicine again ranked among america's best
the uab school of medicine has again been ranked among america's best by u.s. news & world report in its graduate school rankings released march 28, 2008.
no, it's no where near perfect here, but i wouldn't trade it for many other places