UAB Medical West's freestanding emergency department (FED) is slated to open its doors in May. Photo courtesy of UAB Medical West.
By mid-2015, residents will no longer need to drive outside Hoover for emergency care. UAB Medical West’s freestanding emergency department (FED) is slated to open its doors in May.
As the first FED in the state, Medical West is treading new ground in creating this medical center. The 24,342-square-foot facility will include exam and trauma rooms, isolation and decontamination units, a full-service lab, a helipad and facilities for diagnostic tests such as CT scans, X-rays, ultrasounds and EKGs. Hoover Executive Director Allen Pate noted that having a nearby FED could become the difference between life and death for victims of car accidents on heavily traveled roads such as I-459 and U.S. 31.