Infirmary Health to open freestanding emergency department at Malbis

By The Courier Staff
Posted 11/9/16

Thomas Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony last week for the freestanding emergency department at the corner of Highway 181 and Highway 90 in Daphne on the Malbis Plantation property.

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Infirmary Health to open freestanding emergency department at Malbis

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Thomas Hospital held a groundbreaking ceremony last week for the freestanding emergency department at the corner of Highway 181 and Highway 90 in Daphne on the Malbis Plantation property.

The 24-hour, seven-day-a-week emergency department will provide the same full-service care as a traditional emergency department and will help fill a care gap in the Spanish Fort and Daphne areas.

The 22,000 square foot facility will have 12 exam rooms, two trauma rooms and a an in-house laboratory and imaging department, complete with MRI, CT, X-ray and ultrasound equipment.

“This is an area that is void of any emergency services and we’re going to handle that with this facility,” Infirmary Health System CEO Mark Nix said. “It's everything except what you'll see with an in-patient room. There will be 24-hour board certified emergency room physicians here so it's truly going to be a place that sets itself from clinics or urgent cares or other out-patient type facilities.”

Ormand Thompson, president of Thomas Hospital, said the new facility was a further commitment to the well-being of Baldwin County residents.

“We are committed to providing quality healthcare to the communities we serve,” Thompson said. “Baldwin County is the fastest growing county in the state of Alabama and with that growth, we must assure residents that life-saving resources are readily available. The freestanding emergency department will do just that.”

Baldwin County Commission Chairman Chris Elliott praised Infirmary for working with residents in the Malbis area to keep the architecture of the new facility in keeping with the feel of the surrounding historic Malbis area.

"Baldwin County is growing at a break neck pace and it's important while we grow and while we accommodate that growth, to make sure that we remember where we came from,” Elliott said. “Thank you for being true to your word and making sure to represent the historic significance of this particular area.”

In addition to providing care to those in need of emergency services, the new facility will create many healthcare-related jobs.

The project is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017.