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FAIRHOPE, Alabama (1/22/2018) -- University of South Alabama leaders and supporters celebrated the grand opening of the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute Kilborn Clinic in Fairhope on January 19, 2018, flanked by elected officials, employees, patients and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin.
“Many of you watched the building go up brick by brick,” said USA President Tony Waldrop, addressing the crowd. “Today, it’s certainly fulfilling the mission of providing the very best in cancer care close to home for residents of Fairhope and beyond.”
The 17,896-square-foot building, located adjacent to the Baldwin County Satellite Courthouse on Fairhope Avenue, offers a full range of cancer services, including doctor’s visits, chemotherapy, radiation treatment, genetic counseling, access to clinical trials, support groups and educational sessions. It more than doubles MCI’s previous space at Thomas Hospital.
“You’re looking at a guy who’s living a dream,” said Fairhope attorney Vincent F. Kilborn III, a longtime supporter of USA and the Mitchell Cancer Institute, for whom the building is named. “This facility is the most state-of-the-art facility in the Southeast. That is such a huge thing.”
Kilborn said he decided to support cancer research and treatment in south Alabama because he had lost several family members to the disease. “It was Mayer Mitchell’s dream to bring the opportunity for cancer treatment here,” he said, referring to the longtime USA trustee and donor.
In April 2016, USA leaders broke ground on the treatment center, which blends Fairhope architectural styles with the streamlined design of the Mitchell Cancer Institute in Mobile. Part of USA Health, MCI operates a third office in Monroeville.
At the grand opening, Daphne Assistant Principal Fletcher Comer shared his cancer journey with the crowd. Comer moved to Fairhope from North Carolina in 2014, not long before doctors discovered a large malignant tumor in his chest, he said. Today, his cancer is in remission. “What a gift it was to receive treatment in Fairhope just down the road from my home,” Comer said.
Part of USA Health, USA Mitchell Cancer Institute is the only academic cancer research and treatment facility on the upper Gulf Coast corridor.
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