USA Health Receives $4 Million Grant
MOBILE, Ala. (1/6/2021) -- USA Health has received a grant for approximately $4 million from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to purchase and install a full-load generator system at University Hospital to ensure full electrical capacity during a power failure.
“These funds will ensure that the healthcare services the people and businesses of our region rely on USA Health to provide will continue even during natural disasters or other power disruptions,” said John V. Marymont, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs and dean of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. “We are very thankful to Sen. Richard Shelby and his staff, as well as U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and his staff, who have worked with us on this request.”
“I am pleased that the University of South Alabama hospital has been granted these funds for a badly-needed emergency generator system,” Shelby said. “The Mobile hospital is located in the alley of numerous hurricanes and storms every year. This generator will safeguard the region’s only Level 1 trauma center and pediatric emergency department, allowing the hospital to continue treating patients during severe weather and power outages.”
“This investment will ensure that the University Hospital, a designated Federal Safety Net Hospital, will continue to provide consistent medical services in the event of long-term power disruptions created by natural disasters or other power interruptions,” Ross said.
The project creates a more sustainable and resilient economy within the Mobile area by providing improved and modern infrastructure for the upper Gulf Coast’s only academic health system, which houses the region’s only Level 1 trauma center. These improvements will make southwest Alabama more competitive for recruiting and retaining new industry and manufacturing to the area.
“Through this grant and resulting electrical back-up system, University Hospital will become the only hospital in the region to have full electrical capabilities during a natural disaster or local utility failure,” said Owen Bailey, M.H.A., F.A.C.H.E., chief executive officer of USA Health. “Our former head of facilities, Lawrence Gardner, had been working for the past several years to upgrade our reserve energy system. Even though he retired a few weeks ago, the positive outcome of this grant application is a tribute to his efforts and planning.”
The project, which will take about 18 months to complete, includes installing a new full-load generator and modernizing the entire electrical system associated with the generator.
Mobile is the region’s economic hub with a diverse economy including sectors in manufacturing, healthcare, education, seafood, water recreation, hospitality and much more.