A $30 million allocation from the University of South Alabama Foundation is a big step forward for a planned renovation and expansion of USA’s medical school building.
The foundation acted on Wednesday, one day after USA Health leaders, in an unrelated action, held a groundbreaking for the healthcare system’s new Mapp Family Campus, a Fairhope site that will include an ambulatory surgery center.
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According to the resolution passed by the USA Foundation board, the money “will support the renovation and expansion of the medical school building.” The $30 million from the USA Foundation adds to $50 million coming from the state; current estimates put the total cost of the project at $120 million.
“We are extremely grateful to the USA Foundation for its commitment to the future of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine,” said Dr. John Marymont, vice president for medical affairs and dean of USA’s College of Medicine. “This $30 million gift, combined with the $50 million in funding provided by Gov. Ivey and the state of Alabama, will allow us to construct a world-class facility that matches the quality of education provided by our faculty and the discoveries made by our researchers.”
“The University of South Alabama continues to be a transformational institution for the Gulf Coast region, the State of Alabama, and the southeastern United States. Its College of Medicine serves as the core to USA Health. One of the basic tenants of the mission of the Foundation is to assist the University in supporting its academic programs,” said John McMillan, Chairman of the foundation’s board of directors. “The Board’s decision to make this significant contribution supports that mission.”
According to the language of the resolution, $10,151,000 will be transferred directly to the university from the foundation within 45 days. A separate transfer of $11 million will come via the city of Mobile’s recent purchase of Brookley property from the foundation. The foundation will then give the university annual allocations of $1,769,800 from fiscal 2023 through fiscal 2027, rounding out the total.
“All of us at the University of South Alabama are thankful to the USA Foundation for this generous gift,” said interim President John Smith. “This support, and that of Gov. Ivey and the state of Alabama, are investments in the well-being of all Alabamians.”
According to information provided by USA Health, the design of the facility should be completed “in the coming months, with construction beginning in early 2022. Work is expected to take about two years.
USA Health’s Mapp Family Campus also has a two-year construction timetable. It will occupy a site at the intersection of Ala. 181 and Ala. 104. Longtime USA Health supporters Louis and Melinda Mapp donated the site, which covers almost eight acres. According to USA Health, about half the population of Baldwin County resides within 15 miles of the location.
The project will cost about $30 million to build over the next two years. According to information provided by USA Health, the planned three-story, 50,000-square-foot office building will house specialists in a range of fields, including neurology, cardiology and surgical specialties pediatric and adult gastroenterology and urology. It also will contain an array of imaging technology, including X-ray, ultrasound, mammography, CT and MRI. The 25,000-square-foot surgery center “is anticipated to eliminate the need for people to leave Baldwin County for surgery, keeping them closer to their homes and loved ones,” according to USA Health.
“I have seen first-hand the impact that academic medicine can have on people,” Louis Mapp said. “We are honored to be a part of bringing that level of care to this part of our region.”
Marymont said the Mapp Campus will also play a role in “educating and training the next generation of healthcare providers.”
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