Prominent Eastern Shore philanthropists Louis and Melinda Mapp announced their intention to donate a valuable parcel of property in Fairhope to the University of South Alabama this morning, where USA Health will develop a new campus for primary and specialty care providers and eventually include an educational component.
Named the USA Health Mapp Family Campus, CEO Owen Bailey said the eight-acre property at the southeast corner of State Routes 181 and 104 was valued at $2 million. The Mapps previously donated $1 million to USA Health to establish an endowment to offset costs in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and $500,000 to establish the Mapp Child and Family Life Program at Children’s & Women’s Hospital.
“They are selfless, they are caring, they are devoted to the community and the betterment of it, they are difference makers,” Bailey said of the Mapps. “Importantly, I believe our vision for this campus aligns with their vision for what healthcare is all about: a focus on wellness, on prevention, on nutrition and even the design of the campus reflects that.”
Designed by architect Mac Walcott, the campus will be accented with water features, walking paths and outdoor educational and gathering areas. It will include a 30,000 square-foot, two-story medical office building, the 25,000 square-foot surgery center, and a 25,000 square-foot, two story educational facility.
Bailey said many specialists in the USA Health network who don’t have a presence in Baldwin County now will have the ability to see patients at the campus and offer diagnostics, imaging and an ambulatory surgery center.
“I just can’t tell you how excited we are to see what’s going to happen here and see that USA Health will have a campus here long after Melinda and I are not here,” Louis Mapp said. “It’s going to be really great for the citizens of Baldwin County.”
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