Medical West campus acquired for $51M by UAB Health System

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Check out what the UAB Health System has planned for Medical West Hospital. Photo via Medical West Hospital’s Facebook

Big news for Bessemer! The UAB Health System just acquired the Medical West campus in Bessemer for $51.25M. Keep reading for all the details on this acquisition and plans for the space.

A new facility is headed our way

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What do you think about UAB acquiring Medical West? Photo via UAB Medicine’s Instagram

The current site of Medical West hospital in Bessemer has been acquired by UAB Health System for $51.25M. According to a report by the Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ), this deal will help pave the way for construction of the new Medical West hospital off Interstate 459 Exit 1.

Back in November, Medical West Hospital Authority broke ground for a new $400 million full-service hospital. Located at 4501 Bell Hill Road in McCalla, the new facility is expected to open in 2024. Medical West’s campus is a 9.7-acre, 237,952-square-feet and is located at 995 Ninth Avenue Southwest.

It will function as a full-service hospital and include a new surgical and endoscopy suite, state-of-the-art imaging technology and more intensive care beds.

Here’s what to expect for the new facility

According to a UAB spokesperson, this transaction is part of UAB’s plan to lease the campus back to its affiliate during the new facility’s construction process. The BBJ noted that the existing facility may still be used for mental health care, but exact long-term plans have not been finalized.

Medical West’s current property is 57-years-old and has undergone several renovation efforts since it opened. The new McCalla hospital includes:

  • Nine stories
  • 412,000 square feet
  • 200 beds
  • A five-story office building (127,000 square feet)

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Tira Davis
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