New report reveals relocating UAB Medical West to Hoover would have $100M annual impact

UAB Medical West
Current UAB Medical West

Earlier this summer, Hoover Mayor Frank Brocato announced the city is pursuing the relocation of then-unnamed project, that he projected would bring more than 1,000 jobs to the city.  At the time, Brocato asked the Hoover City Council to commit $20 million to provide land, building site preparation, utilities and traffic improvements to help lure then-unnamed $300 million project.

Ultimately the council told him they needed to see an economic impact study before making a final commitment to invest that much money. It was later revealed Brocato who hoping to attract the UAB Medical West hospital from Bessemer to his city.

On Monday night results of the impact study were presented to city council that asserts the relocation would likely lead to the “creation of 576 new jobs and have an economic impact of more than $100 million per year after five years of operation,” reported the Hoover Sun.

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Rendering of the relocated UAB Medical West to Hoover, Ala. [Photo via the City of Hoover]

UAB Medical West currently operates a 310-bed hospital in Bessemer and is actively seeking a replacement facility.

“Medical West has proudly served the residents of West Jefferson County — including Bessemer, Fairfield, Hoover, Hueytown, McCalla, Midfield, Tannehill, Vance and other communities — for more than 50 years, and we remain committed to the people of these areas,” UAB said in a statement in June. “While we have made no secret of our long-term intention to construct a replacement hospital for the current Medical West facility, no decision has been reached on how, if, when or where that project might be undertaken. We will continue to evaluate our plans for the future of Medical West so we can best fulfill our mission, which is to provide the highest quality health care to all of our communities in a patient-focused environment.”