The City of Hoover will soon be home to a new free standing emergency room as well as a new retail center.
It will be located directly across from the Grove Shopping Center at the intersection of John Hawkins Parkway and I-459.
It sounds like an unlikely pairing, a fully functional emergency room sharing space with a shopping center. However, that's exactly what Hoover city leaders are in the process of making a reality.
The new development, which will contain one of the first free standing emergency rooms in the state, will sit directly across the street from the Grove Shopping Center on Highway150.
"We're the only city in the state that has over 60,000 people that doesn't have a hospital. It's not a hospital but it's a start," said Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey.
The Hoover Fire Department's Executive Officer Rusty Lowe says the new ER will allow his crews to increase response time and provide quicker and more efficient medical care.
"If we need to get someone to a physician or an emergency room quicker, either to get them stabilized or treated, where they might not necessarily need to stay in the hospital they would be at this facility, treated and released. But they'll see a physician first and we'll be able to get them to that physician quicker," said Lowe.
The new facility will be managed by UAB Medical West. If patients suffer extensive injuries they'll still be taken downtown to the main UAB hospital.
However, Lowe believes the Hoover facility will be able to handle most medical emergencies.
"They will be just like a hospital emergency room with the same facilities with the exception of being attached to a hospital."
As for the retail side of the development, "Sprouts," a supermarket chain based out of Arizona, is planning on opening a store. There are also several restaurants looking to set up shop.
The emergency room has already been approved by the city council. The retail part of the development is expected to pass at the next council meeting.
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