Upward of 200 gathered March 6 at the University of South Alabama Medical Center to mark the completion of the renovation of the main entrance and lobby.

“Our new entrance is just one example of how we are transforming the patient experience at USA Medical Center,” said administrator Sam Dean, who led renovation efforts. “As the region’s only academic medical center, we already offer the highest quality care. We want our facilities to match the strength of our staff.”

The updated front entrance and lobby, funded by USA, includes a new front desk more centrally located so that staff members may offer assistance more quickly to visitors and patients. Where the front desk used to stand is a wall highlighting the people and organizations that support the mission of USA Medical Center: To help people lead longer, better lives.

The lobby renovations were completed just days after the announcement that USA Medical Center received a $5 million private gift for its Level 1 trauma center from local philanthropist Herbert Meisler.

The gift, combined with $4 million in grant funding from the state, sponsored by an economic bond issue earlier announced by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, will fund the Fanny Meisler Trauma Center — renamed in honor of Meisler’s late wife.

Meisler’s financial contribution will facilitate USA trauma center’s efforts to expand its floor plan from 11,000 to 27,000 square feet and convert the current 22 private and semi-private exam rooms to 41 private exam beds. The renovation will serve to meet the increasing demands placed upon the region’s only Level 1 trauma center.

“The USA Medical Center serves thousands of people each year and saves the lives of our citizens every day,” Meisler said. “The expansion of its Level 1 trauma center, the only one of its kind in the region, is vitally important to our community. I am so pleased to be able to give back to the University of South Alabama and to the USA Health System in this way.”

Dr. John V. Marymont, vice president for medical affairs and dean of USA’s College of Medicine, said this investment is transformative for this region and the state.

“Mr. Meisler’s generous gift is the capstone of a partnership with the state and USA Health that will transform trauma care in this region, enhance economic development and provide future emergency medicine physicians for Alabama,” Marymont said. “USA Health has committed to starting an emergency medicine residency to help fulfill the need for board-certified emergency medicine physicians in our state, and our expanded trauma center will greatly enhance those efforts.”

“The USA Medical Center’s Level 1 trauma center is critical to our state’s Gulf Coast region,” Gov. Ivey said. “Not only is it a vital economic draw for corporate development, a facility of this caliber is imperative to our citizens who rely on receiving life-saving care. Mr. Meisler’s generosity will allow the trauma center expansion to move forward and become a reality.”

Meisler and his late wife, Fanny, have been longtime benefactors of the university and USA Health. Their support of trauma care at USA began more than three decades ago with a gift to establish the Ripps-Meisler Endowed Chair in the USA College of Medicine.

Additionally, the Meislers’ philanthropy enabled the university to establish the Fanny and Bert Meisler Endowed Professorship in Jewish Studies and to name USA’s student services building Meisler Hall.

Financing secured for Retreat at Fairhope Village

Colliers International – Atlanta recently arranged for both the equity and construction financing for the $38 million development of The Retreat at Fairhope Village, a 240-unit luxury apartment community in Fairhope. The construction loan was placed with a pair of banks on behalf of the partnership led by Leaf River Group LLC.

Individual units at The Retreat at Fairhope Village will feature quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, plank flooring, bay windows and have an average unit size of nearly 1,100 square feet. Site work begins in late March and the project is expected to be substantially completed by mid-2019, according to a news release.

The site adjacent to The Shops at Fairhope Village, a Publix-anchored shopping center located on Highway 98 near its intersection with Veterans Drive. The Colliers equity and debt placement team included Forrest Speed and Ron Cameron.

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Martin joins Mobile branch of Warren Averett

Birmingham-based accounting and technology firm Warren Averett recently announced Todd Martin has joined the company’s Mobile office as a supervisor. Martin previously worked in Nashville for Ernst & Young as a tax senior in the private client services practice division.

He comes to Warren Averett with experience in compliance, advisory and other tax services related to individuals and pass-through entities. At Warren Averett, Martin will play an active role in increasing the firm’s footprint in South Alabama.

He is originally from Mobile and received bachelor’s degrees in accounting and finance from Spring Hill College, as well as a master’s in tax accounting from The University of Alabama.