Last Monday Infirmary Health hosted an open house ceremony for its new, freestanding emergency department in Saraland, which will open to patients in February.
Mobile Infirmary Emergency Saraland will operate as a 24/7 emergency site as part of Infirmary Health’s long-term initiative to expand its footprint into the North Mobile County area. It is the second freestanding emergency facility to open in the area.
The first stand-alone site was Thomas Hospital Emergency Malbis (an affiliate of Infirmary Health), located at Highways 90 and 181 in Daphne. The development opened in 2017 and is part of a large, ongoing project that sits on some 17.8 acres.
The freestanding projects in both areas have been promoted as being able to provide full-service-type care typically found inside traditional hospital ER settings. They were created to fill an evident gap seen in emergency care services in both Mobile and Baldwin counties.
The 22,000-square-foot facility has 12 exam rooms, two trauma bays, as well as an in-house laboratory and imaging department complete with MRI, CT, X-ray and ultrasound equipment.
The new building also adjoins the existing Infirmary Medical Plaza located at 95 Shell St. on the northwest side of the intersection of Interstate 65 and Highway 158, which houses Diagnostic & Medical Clinic Northside and Industrial Medical Clinic Northside.
Massive warehouse at Mobile Commerce Park
Last week the Industrial Park Board approved allowing a regional developer to bid on three connected parcels of property, covering roughly 14 acres inside Mobile Commerce Park in Theodore, to possibly develop a massive, state-of-the-art industrial and commercial warehouse with a footprint of some 200,000 square feet.
Allan Cameron, principal with NAI Mobile, is the local agent negotiating with the firm around the possible write-up of a letter of intent (LOI) for work at the site on behalf of the Industrial Park Board. If speculation becomes reality, the new facility has the potential to be one of the largest of its kind developed in Mobile County.
Per attendee David Rogers, vice-president of economic development at the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, the closest comparable site is situated in Irvington and currently under contract with Airbus.
To date, noteworthy tenants inhabiting and/or soon moving into Mobile Commerce Park include BASF, Cintas, BR Williams Trucking, Conde Systems, a city of Mobile fire station and Mingledorff’s Inc.
Lydia Franz with RE/MAX of Orange Beach reported locally owned auto detailer and car wash business Pinnacle Car Wash, situated on 3890 Gulf Shores Pkwy. in Gulf Shores, was recently acquired by out-of-state speculators for $2.25 million. Lauren Handley with Local Property Inc. represented the Mississippi-based buyer in the transaction. Franz worked for the seller.
Per city records, a little over seven acres located at 18999 Oak Road W., near The Factory trampoline park and recreation center in Gulf Shores, was recently picked up by the city of Gulf Shores for around $441,000. Expectations with the acquisition are for use as add-on property to expand an existing sports complex in the area.
Health policy center to offer career building classes
Bayou La Batre-based Gulf States Health Policy Center (GS-HPC) has partnered with Regions Bank and the Alabama Career Center to hold career-building classes in their local area. The program is funded by a small grant from the Alabama Power Foundation.
Per a news release, the training classes have been designed to help individuals sharpen skill sets, broaden awareness and possibly fortify financial security by attempting to make smarter choices when leveraging job opportunities.
Sessions will be organized in three areas. The first session will address career preparation, offering tips on interviewing, resumé writing and job searching. Follow-up courses will address money management, touching on subjects such as smart budgeting, building savings, understanding credit, avoiding debt, predatory lending, scams and identity theft. Final classes will be skill labs, offering mock interviews and resumé reviews.
All participants will receive a certificate upon completion.
“Our community members are talented, hardworking, and determined to improve their lives by advancing their careers and their skillsets,” Dr. Regina Benjamin, founder and CEO of the Gulf States Health Policy Center, said. “This program is intended to provide tangible instruction and to help participants set and reach their financial and career goals.”
Led by Bayou Clinic Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center look-alike in Bayou La Batre, GS-HPC partners with The University of Alabama at Birmingham and The University of Southern Mississippi.
It is one of seven Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research (TCC) funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). According to its website, it is also the only TCC based in a community organization.
The program is part of “Bayou on the Move,” GS-HPC’s community initiative that provides free education to improve individual and community health by addressing the social determinants of health (factors outside the clinical setting that impact health).
Classes will take place on Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the GS-HPC office located at 13220 Wintzell Ave. in Bayou La Batre. The program is offered at no cost to participants. For more information, contact the nonprofit via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Baldwin Medical Group adds pulmonology practice
South Baldwin Medical Group recently announced Mark T. Knower, MD, FACP, FCCP, and Kathleen Parks, CRNP, have joined South Baldwin Medical Group — Pulmonology.
Pulmonary and critical-care providers specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of lung and chest conditions and diseases, including asthma, COPD/ emphysema, chest infections sleep apnea and pneumonia.
Knower earned his medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Alton Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans and his pulmonary/critical-care medicine fellowship at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
Parks earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in nursing, as a family nurse practitioner, locally from the University of South Alabama and specializes in pulmonary disease and sleep medicine.
South Baldwin Medical Group — Pulmonology is located at 1711 N. McKenzie St., Suite 102, in Foley and accepts Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans. More information about the practice can be found at SouthBaldwinMedicalGroup.com.
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