The only level one trauma center in the region is expanding, all thanks to a generous donation.
The University of South Alabama Trauma Center will more than double in size, especially since this financial gift will join a bond issued by Governor Kay Ivey.
“This gives us the option to do something that’s transformative to the region,” said Sam Dean, hospital administrator, of the multi-million dollar gift to USA.
Longtime USA supporter Herbert Meisler donated $5 million dollars to the trauma center, which will be renamed the Fanny R. Meisler Trauma Center in honor of his late wife.
“This is a capstone gift,” said John Marymont, the VP of Medical Affairs. “With the Governor’s grant for economic development… We have Austal, Airbus, chemical companies, all of which need a trauma center to exist in this region.”
Governor Ivy announced last August, a four-million dollar economic bond will be used for trauma center renovations. Add in the five million dollars from the Meisler’s, and there’s enough money to turn 11,000 square feet into 27,000 square feet of trauma center.
They’re also going to convert 22 private and semi private exam rooms into 41 private exam beds.
“This is truly a transformative gift on a public private partnership that encompasses the well being of the region, our population, of education, and of economic development,” Marymont said.
This is the only level one trauma center in the region, and maybe the best news on this gift, is that USA won’t have to wait long for the plans to take action.
“We have engaged an architect and have already started meetings,” said Dean. “So, now we have to finalize plans and budgets, which we can do within this year, so that hopefully we can break ground by the end of this year.”
Meisler and his wife are long time donors to USA.