Hoover looking to bring UAB Medical West Hospital into the area

HOOVER, AL (WBRC) - WBRC FOX6 News has learned from sources that Hoover is looking to lure UAB Medical West Hospital to property located off of Stadium Trace Parkway. This week Mayor Frank Brocato announced the city was looking to lure a business that would mean a $300 million dollar investment and a thousand jobs to the city.

The mayor said the city needed to raise $20 million dollars as a part of the incentive package. The mayor proposed tax increases in sales tax, lease and rental taxes to raise the money and to help ease the city's looming financial deficit.

Earlier Medical West was looking at property in McCalla off of I-459 at exit one. WBRC has reached out to the hospital and the city of Bessemer for comment.

Mayor Brocato's office said it could not comment, being under a non-disclosure agreement.

UAB Health Services released the following statement on plans involving Medical West:

Medical West has proudly served the residents of West Jefferson County — including Bessemer, Fairfield, Hoover, Hueytown, McCalla, Midfield, Tannehill, Vance and other communities — for more than 50 years, and we remain committed to the people of these areas. While we have made no secret of our long-term intention to construct a replacement hospital for the current Medical West facility, no decision has been reached on how, if, when or where that project might be undertaken. We will continue to evaluate our plans for the future of Medical West so we can best fulfill our mission, which is to provide the highest quality healthcare to all of our communities in a patient-focused environment.

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