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SUMMER 2014 | 67 I n the early 1930s, the Tennessee River area, encompass- ing parts of Alabama and six other states, was in sad shape. Erosion and soil depletion had led to bad crop yields, and the best timber had been cut. Poverty was rampant. Then along came Franklin D. Roosevelt, the New Deal and the signing of the Tennessee Valley Authority Act on May 18, 1933. In one of America's largest public projects, the river was dammed in 20 places. Flooding was controlled, navigation improved, electricity generated and several lakes formed, including Lake Guntersville, now Alabama's largest at 69,000 acres. (Locals call it Guntersville Lake.) The makeover, in effect, turned the city of Guntersville into a peninsula. It was the beginning of a climb to prosperity that continues today. Local residents are convinced that almost every activity and enterprise is either in the water, on the water or near the water. Both Gideon Ewing, M.D., and Jonathan Storey, M.D., heartily agree. They're hematology and oncology specialists who have become PH OTO BY JA MEY REED Water, water everywhere Guntersville, Ala. strong friends after arriving two years ago—Ewing from Mississippi and Storey from Florida. They work at the Marshall Cancer Care Center in Albertville but live in Guntersville. In fact, Storey's home has a screened porch overlooking the lake. The cancer center is a component of Marshall Medi- cal Center, which includes hospitals in both Gunters- ville and Boaz. In Albertville, the cancer care center is located in a professional building where other services are provided, such as a pain clinic, sleep disorder clinic and wound healing. All three have pain therapy facili- ties. As for cancer treatment, Storey notes that a recent aff liation with UAB Hospital/Birmingham can help his facility go even beyond its current capabilities. Built in 1990, Guntersville's Medical Center North is the newer of the two hospital facilities. It has four operating suites with an additional option of same-day surgery, offers specialty care in several areas, and has a 22,000-square-foot outpatient rehab and f tness center that includes a 75-foot lap pool. The Boaz location was built in 1956 but has more beds. Its 81 physicians provide care in more than 20 specialties. After just one visit to Guntersville, Ewing decided to Continued on page 69 2 4 3 - S u m 1 4 - L i v e - P r a c t i c e . i n d d 6 7 243-Sum14-Live-Practice.indd 67 6 / 1 3 / 1 4 1 1 : 5 1 A M 6/13/14 11:51 AM

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