by Bob Shepard
UAB Medicine’s freestanding emergency department and medical office building in Gardendale will open Jan. 15. The twin buildings, on a 6.2-acre site in the Gardendale city center, will provide additional access to UAB medical professionals for residents of North Jefferson County, and provide the only emergency medical services on the I-65 corridor between Cullman and downtown Birmingham.
“The northern portion of Jefferson County has seen dramatic population growth, indicating a need for better access to care and for additional medical facilities along the I-65 corridor,” said Will Ferniany, Ph.D., CEO of the UAB Health System. “Today’s health care calls for enhanced care in outpatient settings with an emphasis on wellness and prevention of disease. Placing health care facilities in the locations where people live supports those efforts, and we look forward to better serving the needs of the northern end of the metropolitan area.”
A ribbon-cutting and preview of the two facilities are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the site, 960 Mount Olive Road at the intersection of Mount Olive Road and Flippo Parkway.Construction of the $33.9 million project began in November 2017. The facilities will begin seeing patients Jan. 15.
“We are excited that the opening of the UAB freestanding emergency department and medical office building in our community is at hand,” said Gardendale Mayor Stan Hogeland. “This is a step forward for Gardendale, one that will enhance our overall quality of life, improve access to medical care and stimulate our economy.
The freestanding emergency department will have 26,700 square feet of space and provide a full range of emergency medicine services staffed around the clock by physicians who are board-certified in emergency medicine. The facility will have an FAA-compliant heliport, advanced MRI/CT/X-ray imaging, 12 exam rooms, a bariatric lift, laboratory services, and a pharmacy. The emergency department will be capable of performing minor trauma care and will have facilities for isolation and decontamination.
The 38,400-square-foot, two-story medical office building will offer primary care, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedics, cardiology, dermatology, urology, nephrology and gastrointestinal services. It will feature a diagnostic imaging suite, lab services, telemedicine and digital public interface kiosks. The facility will also house a UAB Callahan Eye Hospital clinic and optical shop.
Together, the two medical facilities will employ more than 100 staff, including physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, other medical professionals and office staff.
Brasfield & Gorrie is the general contractor. Sims Architectural Studio is the architect for the emergency department, and Gresham Smith & Partners for the medical office building.
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