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Gardendale Opens New Emergency Room and Medical Offices

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UAB Medicine’s freestanding emergency department and medical office building in Gardendale opened for business on 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 was held at 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 began 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.” 

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The freestanding emergency department has 26,700 square feet of space and provides a full range of emergency medicine services staffed around the clock by physicians who are board-certified in emergency medicine. The facility has an FAA-compliant heliport, advanced MRI/CT/X-ray imaging, 12 exam rooms, a bariatric lift, laboratory services, and a pharmacy. The emergency department is capable of performing minor trauma care and will have facilities for isolation and decontamination.

The 38,400-square-foot, two-story medical office building offers primary care, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopaedics, cardiology, dermatology, urology, nephrology and gastrointestinal services. It features a diagnostic imaging suite, lab services, telemedicine and digital public interface kiosks. The facility also houses a UAB Callahan Eye Hospital clinic and optical shop.

Together, the two medical facilities employs more than 100 staff, including physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, other medical professionals and office staff.

Brasfield & Gorrie was the general contractor. Sims Architectural Studio was the architect for the emergency department, and Gresham Smith & Partners for the medical office building.