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Mobile, Ala. -- Following a tour of the University of South Alabama Medical Center on Wednesday, Aug. 9, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that $4 million from an economic development bond issue will be directed to the cost of renovating and expanding the hospital’s Level 1 Trauma Center.
The funds will allow USA Medical Center to expand and modernize the current space, enhancing the hospital’s ability to accommodate patients with traumatic injuries and respond to mass casualty situations in the region.
Surrounded by community and business leaders, Ivey recognized the need for expansion of USA Medical Center’s existing Emergency Department.
“We are proud to support the work of USA Medical Center as the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center,” Gov. Ivey said. “We depend on this care for our citizens. This service is also vital to our state’s economic development efforts, as corporations demand this level of care when they look to relocate to our state.”
USA Medical Center is the only hospital in the region where patients can receive the highest level of care when a traumatic injury occurs. A dedicated trauma team of specialized physicians and staff is on standby at the hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week, ready to help patients at a moment’s notice.
USA leaders praised Gov. Ivey’s announcement and her acknowledgment of the unique role played by USA Medical Center and USA Health.
“We are grateful Gov. Ivey and state lawmakers recognize the importance of an expanded Level 1 Trauma Center in our region and the role our dedication to quality healthcare has in attracting more businesses here,” said University of South Alabama President Dr. Tony Waldrop.
About USA Medical Center
As a state-certified Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center, University of South Alabama’s USA Medical Center serves as the major referral center for patients with traumatic injuries from southern Alabama, southeast Mississippi, and portions of northwest Florida. Last year alone, USA Medical Center served patients in 53 counties. The Medical Center’s designated trauma team - which includes around-the-clock trauma surgeons, cardiovascular surgeons, and neurosurgeons - treats an average of five critically injured patients a day, which is more than 1,700 people a year. As the go-to facility for the area’s toughest emergencies, USA Medical Center is capable of providing total care for every aspect of injury, from prevention through rehabilitation. USA Medical Center is a part of USA Health.
About USA Health
With more than 3,800 employees, USA Health is unlike any other health care organization on the Alabama Gulf Coast. It includes USA Medical Center, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital, USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, USA Physicians Group and USA College of Medicine. At least one-third of local physicians, some 2,500, received their training at USA Medical Center. More than 10,400 nurses and 5,600 allied health professionals received training at USA hospitals. USA Health has an annual economic impact of $791 million annually.
About the University of South Alabama
The University of South Alabama is a global teaching and research university that provides students with an exceptional education in business, the liberal arts, education, engineering, computing, the sciences and health care. USA’s commitment to student success includes small class sizes and hands-on research opportunities in more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs offered through 10 academic colleges and schools. For more information, visit the University of South Alabama website, www.southalabama.edu.
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