Construction is currently underway on a new Hampton Inn & Suites in Saraland, according to a news release. Grand opening is targeted for October 2018. 

The 63,500-square-foot property is located on 2.5 acres and part of the Infirmary Health System’s north campus on Shell Street, situated on the northwest side of the intersection of Interstate 65 and Highway 158 in Saraland. 

Hampton Inn & Suites of this size typically generate around 30 new part-time and full-time jobs in the area, per the news release. The hotel site will also be adjacent to a new Publix-anchored shopping center, which will include a new Cracker Barrel restaurant, also under construction.

The $15 million project will be one of the first to feature Hampton Inn’s newest design plan for the brand, offering a significantly new appearance. The hotel will replace a previous Hampton Inn that closed in 2017. It will feature 101 guest rooms and/or suites as well as 900 square feet of meeting space accommodating up to 70 visitors.

Other amenities at the hotel will include an outdoor pool, fitness center, sundry shop, Wi-Fi and business center.

Hampton Inn & Suites is a brand of hotels trademarked by Hilton Worldwide and one of the largest hotel franchises in the country. The Hampton franchise includes more than 2,300 hotels in nearly 20 countries.

USA Medical Center recognized
The Alabama Organ Center recently honored University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile with its 2017 Gift of Life Award, given annually to hospitals demonstrating a commitment to successful organ and tissue programs.

Per a news release, the Level 1 Trauma Center earned the honor because of education provided to patients and their families by staff members, the presence of a donation committee, donor family recognition, participation in National Donate Life Month activities, as well as donation education offered to the community.

Michael Scott, COO of the Alabama Organ Center, presented the award during a management meeting, recognizing USA Medical Center team members for their efforts to help others receive the gift of life through organ donation.

In the United States, more than 123,000 people are on the national organ transplant waiting list, with nearly 3,200 in Alabama, according to the National Organ Center, Alabama’s nonprofit organ and tissue recovery agency.

Despite the need, only 30,000 organs are transplanted nationwide every year, as 22 candidates die daily waiting for a donor.

For more information, and to register to be a donor, visit the AOC website at

As a state-certified Level 1 Trauma and Burn Center, 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, USA Medical Center served patients from 53 counties.

The Medical Center’s designated trauma team — which includes 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. USA Medical Center is a part of USA Health.

Providence Medical Group adds clinical staff
Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner Alexis Allen has joined the clinical staff of Providence Medical Group at Tillman’s Corner, 5100 Rangeline Service Road North, Mobile. She earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Alabama at Huntsville and her master’s in nursing at USA. Allen comes to Providence Medical Group from the Mobile County Health Department. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and has a special medical interest in hypertension, diabetes and women’s health.

Elizabeth Simpson, a physician assistant, has joined the clinical staff of Providence Medical Group at Snow Road, located at 9971 Airport Blvd. in West Mobile. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physician Assistant Studies at USA. Simpson comes to Providence Medical Group from Sunrise Dermatology and has a special medical interest in dermatology and the treatment of acne. She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Providence Medical Group is the area’s largest nonprofit network of primary care and specialty physicians, with more than 20 locations across South Alabama and southern Mississippi and 70 physicians with specialties including family medicine, endocrinology, rheumatology, general surgery and radiation oncology. More information can be found on its website

Medal of Honor Park survey
Promoted as helping facilitate Medal of Honor Park development, the city of Mobile recently rolled out a survey on its website asking Mobilians to assist in helping identify implementation priorities as part of the decision-making process in future plans for the community park.

 The questionnaire has been described as brief, requesting information about preferred types of activities locals may want implemented at the park. Topics include sports, special events and the playground. The survey will also request information on what improvements need to be made, including safety and maintenance. Locals can choose a variety of priorities such as the fields, playground, restrooms and other site amenities.

According to a news release, the survey will help shape implementation plans that will provide a framework for near-term park improvements and future development of facilities over the next 15 years.

“I encourage all of our citizens to take part in this survey, especially those who regularly utilize this park,” Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “We want your insight as we create the vision for Medal of Honor Park for years to come.”

A link to the survey can be found here:, or visit the city of Mobile’s website for more information.