USA Health breaks ground on ambulatory surgery center

The facility, in Baldwin County, will utilize the latest in technological surgical equipment

Dr. Williams Richards, a surgeon at USA Health and professor and chair of the surgery department at the USA College of Medicine, welcomes guests at the groundbreaking ceremony for the ambulatory surgery center in Baldwin County.

USA Health has broken ground on a freestanding ambulatory surgery center on its Mapp Family Campus in Baldwin County near Fairhope.

“This facility will make it more convenient for people in Baldwin County to receive outpatient surgery and with lower copayments,” said Owen Bailey, CEO of USA Health.

The 25,000-square-foot center will be staffed with surgeons from USA Health and will utilize some of the most technologically advanced surgical equipment, including a Mako robotic arm to assist in total joint replacements. Surgical specialists in pediatrics; orthopaedics; urology; general surgery; gastroenterology; ear, nose and throat and more will care for patients at the facility.

The facility will have six operating rooms and two procedure rooms, as well as 14 pre-op areas and 13 recovery spaces.

A rendering of the freestanding ambulatory surgery center.

Brasfield & Gorrie LLC is the general contractor, with Surgery Partners and HHRE, Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects and KPS Group rounding out the design team.

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The ambulatory surgery center is part of the Mapp Family Campus, which also features a physician office building that will be home to Baldwin Family Medicine and USA Health specialty care providers. The building will also house an array of imaging technologies. The physician office building is set to open in the fall of this year.

Louis and Melinda Mapp donated the nearly eight acres to USA Health for the campus.

The ambulatory surgery center is expected to open in about a year.

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