Groundbreaking for new UAB ER, physicians office in Gardendale

GARDENDALE, AL (WBRC) - Groundbreaking was held Thursday in Gardendale where UAB will build a new medical facility. The cost of the new facility - a new free-standing emergency room department and primary and special care physicians office - is about $34 million.

"Absolutely it can make a difference, but it's also for people who find it tough to navigate downtown Birmingham," said Dr. Selwyn Vickers, UAB Dean of the School of Medicine.

Governor Kay Ivey says the medical buildings could bring 600 patients a day to the area from the northern part of the county. "This is big for quality of life to the area that is welcomed and is going to be 100 extra jobs. More jobs and that is putting our people back to work," Ivey said.

Gardendale Mayor Stan Hogeland expects to see more people and businesses come to the area because of medical care. "We are going to see additional spinoffs, not just in medical facilities like this, but different material products," Hogeland said.

Construction is expected to start any day and should be finished by spring 2019.

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