South Baldwin Regional expands

The investment is the largest construction project ever undertaken by the hospital

A rendering of the renovation and expansion of South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. The tower, shown at left, will add 200,000-square-feet to the hospital.

South Baldwin Regional Medical Center broke ground yesterday on its largest ever construction project.

The expansion and modernization of the hospital, in Foley in Baldwin County, will impact numerous services, including a new surgical department with dedicated outpatient entrance, a larger intensive care unit and new nursing stations. The new five-story facility is expected to add more than 200,000-square-feet to the hospital. Renovations to the existing facility also will take place to complement the new addition.

Officials with South Baldwin Regional Medical Center, the city of Foley, M.J. Harris, Gresham Smith and others had their shovels ready to kick off the expansion and renovation of the hospital.

“This significant project underscores our commitment to bring quality care and advanced technology to those we serve,” said Margaret Roley, chief executive officer of South Baldwin Regional Medical Center. “We are applying our resources to provide patients with convenient access for more services to support the growing population in our region.”

Lee Eslava, M.D., chief of staff at South Baldwin Regional, added, “More types of procedures will be available locally and the facility will offer patients an enhanced environment supporting their care and comfort.”

M.J. Harris is serving as general contractor on the project. Gresham Smith is the architect. Construction is underway with the new space expected to open in early 2025.

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This project continues the hospital’s largest building program to date. In 2021, South Baldwin Regional opened a 14,000-square-foot free-standing emergency department in Gulf Shores.

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