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Thomas Hospital breaks ground on new ER in Malbis

In addition to the ER, Nix says there will eventually be five or six buildings for physician office space. The ER is slated to open next fall.

Thomas Hospital broke ground on a new free standing emergency department in Baldwin County Monday. The new facility will fill a major healthcare void in the fastest growing county in the state.

It will be located on the south west corner of 181 and 90.

“It’s very important to have close access for cardiac, stroke care as those are the ones that are really more time sensitive,” said Dr. Doug Sharp.

The 22,000 square foot facility will be open 24 hours and have imaging available through MRI and CT scans but will not be considered a trauma facility with surgical care or overnight stays.

“Time is life there and we want to get them here first, get them stabilized, make a determination can they be cared for there entirety there or do they need to be transferred somewhere else. And we can do all of that here,” said Infirmary Health CEO Mark Nix.

The design of the $20 million facility will be in line with its historical surroundings and actually fulfill the wishes of the man who started the Malbis Plantation 110 years ago.

“Today, I was reading the will of Jason Malbis, who is the one who started the Malbis Plantation, and one of the requests in his will and it was written in 1937, was that there be a hospital be built here within these two corners,” said Malbis Plantation Board President Willard Simmons.

In addition to the ER, Nix says there will eventually be five or six buildings for physician office space. The ER is slated to open next fall.

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