FAIRHOPE — The University of South Alabama Health Center has officially opened its new surgery center at the Mapp Family Campus in Fairhope, providing Baldwin County residents access to advanced medical care.
The 24,000-square-foot facility, located at 21950 Alabama 181, was made possible through a generous land donation from Louis and Melinda Mapp, long-time supporters of USA Health. The couple has actively volunteered at the University hospital and Children’s and Women’s Hospital.
The new surgery center boasts six operating rooms and two additional spaces for procedures. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, USA Health surgeons will offer specialized services in pediatrics, orthopedics, urology, general surgery, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, podiatry, and ear, nose, and throat, among other medical disciplines.
Owen Bailey, CEO of USA Health and senior associate vice president for medical affairs, expressed his excitement about the center’s opening, emphasizing its convenience for the residents of Baldwin County. “This center will improve access to care in a convenient location close to home,” Bailey said.He noted that the establishment of this facility has been in the works for some time.
USA Health is the region’s only academic health system that combines clinical care, research, and education. The Mapp Family Campus, where the surgery center is situated, focuses not only on medical care but also on overall wellness, education, and nutrition. Visitors can experience various amenities, including walking paths, an outdoor educational and gathering area, and an amphitheater.
The center’s grand opening on Aug. 1 was attended by more than 100 people who gathered inside the surgery prepping room, which will soon serve future patients before their procedures. Before the ceremony commenced, Kim Crawford-Meeks, the chaplain and manager of the spiritual department at USA Health, led a prayer for blessings and the success of the center.
University of South Alabama’s President, Joe Bonner, emphasized that their goal is not just to be the biggest health care provider in the nation but to offer the best care possible to families in need. “We want to be the best we can be so when families need our help, they are counting on the very best that there is available,” Bonner said. Jay Robinson, Fairhope City Council president, spoke on behalf of the city and expressed his excitement for this new center.
“Baldwin County is one of the fastest-growing areas in the state and nation,” Robinson said. “USA has long been a partner of the City of Fairhope, and we are incredibly grateful for the Mapps and for USA.”
Source: USA Healt