New medical office building expands services offered to patients at USA Health West Mobile campus.
By Michelle Ryan
USA Health celebrated the official opening of the Medical Office Building on its West Mobile Campus on Dec. 19, 2023. The campus also is the site of a freestanding emergency department and state-of-the-art imaging center.
Standing three stories high, the building houses Mobile Diagnostic Center, along with USA Health specialty care including psychiatry, asthma, allergy and immunology services.
The Mobile Diagnostic Center (MDC) — a fixture in the area since 1982 — is comprised of providers who focus on internal medicine, rheumatology, diabetes management, and lipidology. Twenty-three healthcare providers with MDC will record approximately 66,000 patient visits annually in the new facility.
“More than six years ago, we developed a relationship with Mobile Diagnostic Center to combine a strong community-based primary care group with the specialized medicine of our academic health system to best serve the needs of our patients,” said Owen Bailey, MSHA, FACHE, chief executive officer for USA Health and associate vice president for medical affairs. “We’re proud that Mobile Diagnostic Center is certified as a patient-centered medical home, which ensures, among other things, that those in our care have the opportunity to participate in the development of their individualized treatment plans, which often leads to better health outcomes.”
The Medical Office Building is located just east of the Freestanding Emergency Department (FED) and USA Health imaging center. The FED is a full-service emergency department, bringing vital services to residents of west Mobile. The imaging center, in the same building as the FED, has a full range of technology including X-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, mammography, echocardiography, and now bone scanning for the detection of osteoporosis.
“As the only academic health system on the upper Gulf Coast, we remain focused on helping people lead longer, better lives,” said John V. Marymont, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine. “This new 90,000-square-foot building will be another important location for educating and training the next generation of healthcare providers.”
Robert Israel, M.D., F.A.C.P., an internal medicine physician for more than 40 years, said the new medical building is a tangible demonstration of the positive impact USA Health is having on healthcare in the region. “With this as a new home for our practice, we are now able to provide care even more efficiently to our patients in a single location that is convenient to them,” Israel said. “We are connecting them to the specialists they need, with the diagnostic equipment on the same campus for a true patient-centered experience.”