Thomas Hospital’s birth center campaign received its largest donation to date in the amount of $1,004,000 from the Fairhope Single Tax Corp.

“Baldwin County is tied for the eighth fastest growing county in the United States and we want to be well prepared for the growing number of births,” Ormand Thompson, president of Thomas Hospital, said. “In addition, families deserve a comfortable place to deliver their babies. An expanded birth center will ensure Thomas Hospital continues this level of care.”

The new birth center is projected to expand Thomas Hospital’s floor plan by nearly 29,000 square feet and increase its current capacity by more than 40 percent. According to insiders, this larger space is critical when looking at population projections for Baldwin County. Per a news release, between 2014 and 2018 it is estimated that the number of people between ages 20 and 39 living in the Eastern Shore and nearby areas will grow by 10.5 percent.

“The residents of our community depend on Thomas Hospital and need the birth center to grow as the population increases. Fairhope Single Tax wants to support our community by helping Thomas Hospital grow,” Lee Turner, president of the Fairhope Single Tax Corp., said.

To date, Thomas Hospital provides approximately 1,000 local jobs with an average daily payroll of $100,000. For more information on Thomas Hospital or the “Life … It’s Worth Giving” birth center fundraising campaign, visit its website.
Commercial real estate moves
Burton Clark with Cummings & Associates recently sold the 206 to 210 sections of commercial property on Government Street to a group of local investors for $1.4 million. In total, the property encompasses 46,600 square feet of land and 28,000 square feet of buildings. There are several existing tenants on the site and Hargrove Controls + Automation, a division of Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, will predominantly occupy the area. Cummings & Associates also reported having a 4,000-square-foot area of office space still available for lease, most recently occupied by Springhill Health.

Irby & Clanton Accounting recently signed a lease for a 1,400-square-foot office space at 7335 Airport Blvd. inside the Airwest Retail Center, according to Buff Teague and Christy Chason with JLL. The tenant plans to open later this year.

According to Robert Cook with Vallas Realty, a local investor has purchased 219 acres off Mason Ferry Road in west Mobile County for $357,483. The property was formerly lender-owned. Plans for future development were unknown at press time.

Allen Cameron with NAI-Mobile reported 2,500 square feet of office space was recently leased by Keith Mitchell of Liberty National Life Insurance at 1141 Montlimar Drive inside the 40,776-square-foot Paramount Center. Gavin Bender Jr. of Bender Real Estate Group worked for the landlord. Cameron represented the tenant.

Moe’s Original Bar B Que leased 3,700 square feet of restaurant space at the Forum Shops, located at 3385 Schillinger Road N. in Semmes. Jill Meeks, senior leasing executive with Stirling Properties, handled the transaction. The new eatery plans to open its doors for business in November.

Per Ralph Neal with Inge & Associates, a 6,000-square-foot office warehouse located in Theodore and adjacent to Rangeline Commercial Park on Abigail Drive was recently leased by Society Hill, South Carolina-based construction services firm PPM. The company provides facility maintenance, process maintenance and a variety of construction services in the pulp and paper, chemical and fossil fuel industries, among others.

Infirmary Health recognized with food and nutrition services award
Morrison Healthcare, a leading contract food and nutrition services provider to over 600 hospitals and health systems across the U.S., has named Mobile Infirmary a regional account of the year.

The Mobile Infirmary account team is one of 13 Morrison accounts being recognized as part of parent company Compass Group North America’s annual Be-A-Star recognition program. The program is an initiative that recognizes companies in various sectors that achieve business excellence set forth during a fiscal year.

As part of the Be-A-Star program, Infirmary Healthcare had to achieve 3-star status. To do so, it had to complete a series of requirements associated with key business and community service initiatives. Benchmarks included implementing a patient and guest satisfaction plan and partnering locally with the Ronald McDonald House to support a community service activity.

“We are very excited about our food service team being named one of Morrison’s Be-a-Star accounts,” Alan Holley, Infirmary Health vice president of materiel management and support, said.

White-Spunner Construction earns key safety awards
Locally owned White-Spunner Construction Inc. recently received two high-level safety awards, according to a news release.

The recognition from Associated Builders and Contractors includes the 2016 Safest in the Industry Gold Award and the 2016 Platinum Level STEP Award. In 2015, over 175,000 hours were worked without a lost-time incident, bringing the company’s overall total to 2.425 million consecutive safe hours worked, year to date.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for our continued commitment to safety,” John White-Spunner, president and CEO of White-Spunner Construction, said.

White-Spunner attributes the company’s recent strong track record of workplace safety to the hire of WSC safety director Ross Moyer over two years ago. “With Ross on board, our culture of safety has expanded as evidenced by the numerous awards we receive and the number of safe hours worked,” he said. “Ross is among the youngest professionals to be named Safety Director of the Year by the AGC Mobile Chapter in 2014.

“Utilizing technology, new inspection techniques and new ideas, we’ve been able to take the next step with our safety program,” Moyer continued. “We educate and encourage our employees on ways to remain safe and healthy, not just on the job, but outside of work while at home with their families.”