Work has begun on an East Alabama Medical Health Sciences Facility that will include a freestanding Emergency Department and an Ambulatory Surgery Center.
A ceremonial groundbreaking was recently held to celebrate the new facility, which will help meet the needs of Auburn's growing population.
"We are poised to expand critical medical facilities to serve the needs of our citizens," said Jimmy Sanford, chair of the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation and member of the Auburn University Board of Trustees. "The new freestanding Emergency Department, Ambulatory Services Center and related medical center will provide community members with great access to health services while providing members of the university community with opportunities to collaborate with EAMC physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and staff."
The facility is expected to be completed by December 2020. The freestanding ED will be a Level 3 Trauma Center, providing quick assessment, surgery, injury stabilization and other emergency operations.
The Ambulatory Surgery Center will include four operating rooms and employ 17 physicians, providing services for orthopedics, ear, nose and throat, opthalmology, plastic surgery and endoscopy.
The new medical facility is an example of the hospital's relationship with Auburn University, which is investing about $11 million into the project.
"I'm very proud of the longstanding partnership we have with the university," said Laura Grill, CEO of EAMC. "Our current ED sees about 50,000 visits a year. It's built for 30,000, so we're very proud and we're excited about the access this will offer the members of our community."
Grill also thanked the city of Auburn, which will contribute $2 million to fund the infrastructure needed for the project, such as the construction of a road that will connect Auburn Research Park to Shug Jordan Parkway, providing additional access into the park and to the new facility.
The city will pay the $2 million over the course of 10 years, budgeting an expense of $200,000 a year for the project.