Hoover will be opening its own Health Care District, the city and its Health Care Authority announced Tuesday.
Alan Paquette, chair of the Hoover HCA, said the health care district will meet the right needs at the right time.
“Hoover has needed a centralized Health Care District for years, and we are pleased to begin this process now to provide for our residents and the surrounding area,” said Paquette. “The Hoover HCA has been actively seeking the right place and the right mix of services to best serve the area.
“We are at that place now and it is good for all concerned.”
The two municipal entities have also now filed a joint letter of intent (LOI) with the State Health Planning and Development Agency for an Ambulatory Surgical Center and Diagnostic Facility that will be in the proposed Riverwalk Health & Wellness Village. The LOI filing is the first step in the Certificate of Need process.
“This is a perfect scenario of the right idea at the right time. The residents have said for years this is what is needed in our city,” Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato said. “This project is unique because it incorporates comprehensive wellness components as well as ambulatory facilities (the ambulatory surgical center and the diagnostic facility) with the latest technology and medical advances.”
State Sen. Jabo Waggoner praised the city’s leadership for its role in creating the district.
“I am especially proud of the Hoover leadership as this is truly a huge beginning for Hoover to answer what its residents need and want in health and wellness services,” he said.
The development will also include 450,000 square feet of corporate offices and the Riverwalk Health & Wellness Center which will provide service for patients of all ages.
Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.