According to a news release, Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy will be moving across the street Friday from its current 1,700-square-foot site at 571 Dauphin St. downtown to a spacious, new 4,200-square-foot area at 109 S. Cedar St., more than doubling in size to handle a larger influx of high-maintenance patients.  

The 18-year-old pharmacy will close Aug. 28 for the move, but it will be business as usual the following Monday when it reopens to serve the public at the larger center.

The space is being granted to the pharmacy by the Mobile County Board of School Commissioners. The new facility will give volunteers and staff adequate room to serve the 10,000-plus visits the pharmacy handles annually. Patients of the pharmacy, some of whom are heavily dependent on carefully prescribed medications dispensed by the nonprofit, have already been alerted of the venue change.
 
Established in 1998, Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy serves people between the ages of 19 and 65, many of whom have been diagnosed with acute illnesses. In 2014, the organization provided more than 34,000 prescriptions to 1,668 individual, uninsured, underinsured and indigent patients.

The Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy began providing prescription medications at no cost to disadvantaged Mobile County residents in 1998. In subsequent years, service has expanded to Baldwin and Escambia counties. The focus of the pharmacy is on providing life-sustaining maintenance medications for long-term health and life-threatening conditions. Other medications, however, are dispensed as prescribed on an as-needed basis.  

“The mission of the pharmacy is to provide prescription medications at no cost to individuals with no other means of obtaining them. Prescriptions are filled for medically indigent clients by using brand name pharmaceutical samples donated by area physicians, which are supplemented by generic medications purchased through grants and gifts from foundations, physicians, corporations and individuals. These medications are dispensed by registered pharmacists and by prescription only,” Chris Chambers, marketing and development manager for Ozanam, said.

In 2011, Ozanam created its Medication Therapy Management Program. Fourth-year pharmacy student interns spend 45 to 60 minutes a week with patients at the pharmacy to identify possible medication issues. Students also participate in educating patients on various diseases, coordinating these efforts with patients’ physicians.

The unique nonprofit is one of the oldest stand-alone charitable pharmacies in the state as well as one of a few in the nation to focus exclusively on the underprivileged.

Ozanam is funded, in part, by the Mobile and Baldwin county commissions, Alabama Public Health Department, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Catholic Charities, United Way of Southwest Alabama, the city of Mobile, the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission and others.

Information about volunteering or donating can be found on the pharmacy’s Facebook page and website, ozanampharmacy.org, or by calling 251-366-0713

Commercial real estate moves
Sixty acres at Mobile Commerce Park still remain available for commercial use within the 150-acre site for which the Industrial Park Board of Mobile County (IPBMC) recently awarded exclusive marketing rights to NAI-Mobile. Current occupants include Blue Bell Creameries, Cintas Uniform Service, Precision Engineering, MAC Papers, BASF Corporation, Ciba-Geigy, Mobile Fire-Rescue Department and BBB Industries. Allen Cameron and John Peebles with NAI-Mobile are heading up marketing efforts for the property on behalf of IPBMC.  

The former Outback Steakhouse restaurant located at 901 Montlimar Drive was recently purchased for $700,000 by Briquettes Steakhouse owners Bryan and Rebecca Payne. Plans are in place to renovate the property into a second Briquettes restaurant in the near future. John Vallas with Vallas Realty and Coldwell Banker Moore & Company Realty handled the transaction for buyer and seller.

Angela McArthur, broker associate with Stirling Properties, recently closed on two new sites for the Arlington, Virginia-based Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchise in Florida. The first locale will open in downtown Pensacola this fall at 440 E. Chase St. next to a Newk’s restaurant recently redeveloped from a former Mobile-based Wintzell’s Oyster House. The second fast-casual eatery will be located at 4796 U.S. Highway 90, Suite 3, in Pace, Florida, and will open in spring 2016. The buildings are being developed by Pensacola-based Trademark Properties and groundbreaking for the first site is planned for early September.

All Around The House Inc. consignment store is leasing 9,100 square feet of retail space at Blakeley Square in Spanish Fort with plans to open in the fall. Matt Cummings with Cummings & Associates Inc. handled the transaction. The current 3,600-square-foot store at 4400 Old Shell Road in Mobile is currently available for lease, according to Cummings.

USA Mitchell Cancer Institute to build new clinic in Fairhope
The University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI) has announced plans to construct a $2.8 million clinic in Fairhope that will house its Baldwin County operations, currently located at Thomas Hospital.

MCI Director Dr. Michael A. Finan, newly appointed to the position in May, said the USA Board of Trustees has purchased 1.75 acres adjacent to the Baldwin County Satellite Courthouse on Fairhope Avenue for the project. Plans call for the construction of a 9,600-square-foot clinic that will include exam rooms, physicians’ offices and an infusion suite, to be completed by early 2017.

“This clinic will offer many advantages for patients,” Finan said. “It will be a convenient, pleasant clinic environment with ease of access and room for us to grow.”

Acreage for the project was purchased from the Arthur Corte family of Fairhope. “We feel very fortunate to be able to help expand the Mitchell Cancer Institute presence on the Eastern Shore,” the Corte family said in a news release.

Finan said MCI is committed to treating patients in Baldwin County, one of the fastest-growing counties in Alabama. “Our patients on the Eastern Shore don’t have to drive to Mobile to see their doctor, in most cases,” Finan said. “With the completion of the new clinic, they’ll be able to park right outside the door.”
WHLC Architecture, located on Section Street in Fairhope, is handling design services for the project.

Headquartered in Mobile, the USA MCI is the only academic-based cancer research and treatment facility in the upper Gulf Coast region. The institute operates three research and clinic facilities, one near USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital on Springhill Avenue in Mobile, a Baldwin County clinic currently located in the medical office building at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope and a third treatment center at Monroe County Hospital in Monroeville.