Ascension St. Vincent’s East breaks ground on Trussville facility

Construction begins on the $20 million freestanding emergency department in November

Ascension St. Vincent’s East Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dennis Jones, Ascension St. Vincent’s East President Suzannah Campbell, Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat, Ascension St. Vincent’s CEO Jason Alexander and Father Paul Asih break ground for the new freestanding emergency department.

Ascension St. Vincent’s East has broken ground on a 16,800-square-foot freestanding emergency department in Trussville. Construction on the $20 million project officially will begin in November.

“While it’s a very exciting time as we expand our footprint, this project is more than just a ‘bricks and mortar’ milestone — this new facility will fill the critical need for convenient access to life saving emergency services in Trussville,” said Jason Alexander, president and CEO of Ascension St. Vincent’s. “Because Trussville is growing at a rapid rate, we know the need for 24/7 emergency care close to where people live and work is paramount.”

Trussville Mayor Buddy Choat said, “While Ascension St. Vincent’s already has a presence in Trussville, we all know the importance of making sure emergency services are available in our community. This new facility will help ensure our citizens have access to quality medical care close to home when they need it most.”

The facility will feature 12 treatment rooms, decontamination treatment area, onsite lab and imaging including x-ray and CT, and a helipad for air ambulance transfers. Located on Green Drive, the facility will be easily accessible off Interstate 59, Chalkville Road exit 141. The project sits on roughly nine acres, which will allow for future growth as well.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, hospital emergency departments became more essential than ever. While the ED at Ascension St. Vincent’s East has always played a vital community role, the COVID-19 pandemic posed significant challenges,” said Suzannah Campbell, president of Ascension St. Vincent’s East. “It has been our goal to extend Ascension St. Vincent’s East ED services to deliver emergency care closer to our patients. We are grateful for our physicians and EMS teams’ determination to see this project come to life and for the financial support from Ascension St. Vincent’s Foundation, our generous donors and grateful patients.”

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