When completed, the 25,000-square-foot facility will have six operating rooms and two procedures rooms. There will be 14 pre-op areas and 13 recovery spaces.
By Casandra Andrews
USA Health today held a ceremonial groundbreaking to mark the start of construction for a freestanding ambulatory surgery center located on the Mapp Family Campus in Baldwin County, at the intersection of state highways 181 and 104 near Fairhope.
“This facility will make it more convenient for people in Baldwin County to receive outpatient surgery and with lower copayments,” said USA Health CEO Owen Bailey, M.S.H.A., FACHE. “This facility will keep patients closer to their homes and loved ones.”
Within the 25,000-square-foot ambulatory surgery center (ASC), surgeons from USA Health and the community will utilize some of the most technologically advanced surgical equipment, including a Mako robotic arm to assist in total joint replacements. Surgical specialists in pediatrics, orthopaedics, urology, general surgery, gastroenterology, ear, nose and throat, and more will care for patients at the new facility.
When completed, the ASC will have six operating rooms and two procedures rooms. There will be 14 pre-op areas and 13 recovery spaces.
The Alabama Certificate of Need Review Board unanimously approved the project last year. USA Health has been working with its partners, Surgery Partners and HHRE, and Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects and the KPS Group to design the facility. Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC, is the general contractor.
The ASC is part of the Mapp Family Campus, which also features a 50,000-square-foot physician office building that will be home to Baldwin Family Medicine and USA Health specialty care providers to better meet the healthcare needs of the people in the region. Specialties will include neurology, cardiology and surgical specialties including pediatric and adult gastroenterology and urology. The building also will house a full array of imaging technology, including X-ray, ultrasound, mammography, CT and MRI.
Louis and Melinda Mapp donated the nearly eight-acres of land that the campus will sit on, and the University of South Alabama named the campus in their honor. The Mapps are long-time supporters of USA Health, as well as volunteers at University Hospital and Children’s & Women’s Hospital.
USA Health anticipates opening the physician office building in the fall of 2022 and the ambulatory surgery center in about a year.