University of South Alabama Health is expanding its footprint in Baldwin County, with plans for a new campus on a donated $2 million piece of land.
Currently in Baldwin — one of the state’s fastest growing and most affluent counties — USA Health provides clinical care at the Mitchell Cancer Institute Kilborn Clinic and the USA Health Physicians Group Eastern Shore in Fairhope, and USA Health Endocrine and Diabetes in Daphne.
Plans for the new facilities include a medical office building, with primary and specialty care offices, as well as imaging technologies. USA Health has also filed a Certificate of Need application with the state to build an ambulatory surgical center on the location.
“Through this effort, we will be able to bring to the people of Baldwin County more convenient access to specialty care that is the hallmark of academic health systems,” said Owen Bailey, CEO of USA Health. “This is an opportunity for us to bring a number of specialty care providers to a centrally located facility that enables the people of Baldwin County to stay close to their homes and have their health care needs met.”
Louis and Melinda Mapp are donating eight acres of land for the new campus, located at the southeast corner of Alabama Highway 181 and Alabama Highway 104 in Fairhope. The land is valued at approximately $2 million. It is about five miles from Thomas Hospital in Fairhope.
“As an academic health system, USA Health brings unique subspecialty care to our region,” Louis Mapp said. “Melinda and I are thankful we are in a position to help Baldwin County residents gain access to this level of expertise in a convenient and easily accessible manner.”
Dr. John Marymont, USA vice president for medical affairs and dean of the USA College of Medicine, added, “On this location we will be able to bring together the delivery of specialized healthcare and the training of the next generation of physicians on a campus that also addresses wellness, nutrition and prevention.”
Designed to have multiple water features, walking paths and outdoor educational and gathering areas, the future campus could also contain an indoor educational component that can be utilized for providing patients with nutritional and prevention strategies related to wellness.
The Mapps have been strong supporters of USA Health through the years. In 2018, they donated more than $1 million to establish an endowment to offset the costs of items within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. In 2012, the Mapps donated funds to establish the Mapp Child and Family Life Program at the Children’s and Women’s Hospital. Louis Mapp also often volunteers his time at both the Children’s and Women’s Hospital and at University Hospital.