USA Health has announced plans for a new, free-standing emergency department in West Mobile, adjacent to the University of South Alabama campus.
Construction is set to begin this summer or early fall and is expected to take about a year.
“When this facility is completed, the people who live in West Mobile will have easier access to some of the most advanced care in our region,” said John Marymont, M.D., MBA, University of South Alabama vice president for medical affairs and dean of the USA College of Medicine. “Patients will be able to come to a state-of-the-art facility with a full complement of imaging services and be seen by board-certified practitioners.”
USA Health anticipates about 15,000 patient visits a year at the center, which will offer imaging services, including a CT scanner, MRI, x-ray and ultrasound. It will also be served by a helipad.
The facility will also be part of USA’s residency program for new doctors beginning specialized training in emergency care.
Adjacent to the university campus, the site is about a mile and a half from Providence Hospital and about four miles from Springhill Hospital, both of which have emergency rooms. It is just over six miles from USA Health’s University Hospital, where the system’s existing emergency department is located as well as its specialized trauma and burn units.
USA Health won approval from the state’s Certificate of Need board in 2018.