UWA okays partnership with Anderson HospitalBy Jason Cannon Published 2:13pm Monday, September 12, 2011
LIVINGSTON – The University of West Alabama Board of Trustees approved during its Monday meeting plans to establish a health clinic and wellness center through a partnership between the University, the City of Livingston, and Anderson Regional Medical Center of Meridian, Miss.
The primary objective of the project is to provide various medical and wellness services to UWA’s students, faculty and staff, Livingston, and the surrounding area.
“For some time the University has been exploring the possibility of establishing a medical clinic on our campus. This cooperative endeavor will allow us to not only provide needed medical services to the UWA community but to all of West Alabama. In addition, we can expand our wellness programs to greater serve the needs of the region,” explained UWA President Richard D. Holland.
The facility will provide space for the University’s reputable sports medicine program to further serve the needs of its own athletes, area high school athletes, and the community. This facility will also enable the University to provide expanded services by Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Lyle Cain in the West Alabama region.
The City of Livingston will facilitate the funding for the development and construction of the facility. Both UWA and ARMC will lease space in the facility, with ARMC providing health and medical services to the University and the greater West Alabama region.
Livingston Mayor Tom Tartt remarked that the City is excited about the opportunity to work with UWA and ARMC in bringing a state-of-the art medical clinic facility to the city and county.
“Quality rural healthcare delivery is an essential part of our overall future success. Bringing this project to reality will be a giant step forward in providing vital healthcare options to this area,” Tartt said.
A wide-ranging list of services will include a university clinic with a five-bed infirmary for UWA students, faculty and staff. Adjoining the infirmary will be a community medical clinic consisting of up to four physicians, laboratory space and an X-ray facility. Physicians will staff the center during regular clinic hours Monday through Saturday with a nursing staff on-call after hours.
The facility will also include a multi-purpose meeting room for use as a UWA classroom and for community functions.