A $30 million allocation from the University of South Alabama Foundation is a big step forward for a planned renovation and expansion of USA’s medical school building.

The foundation acted on Wednesday, one day after USA Health leaders, in an unrelated action, held a groundbreaking for the healthcare system’s new Mapp Family Campus, a Fairhope site that will include an ambulatory surgery center.
According to the resolution passed by the USA Foundation board, the money “will support the renovation and expansion of the medical school building.” The $30 million from the USA Foundation adds to $50 million coming from the state; current estimates put the total cost of the project at $120 million.

“We are extremely grateful to the USA Foundation for its commitment to the future of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine,” said Dr. John Marymont, vice president for medical affairs and dean of USA’s College of Medicine. “This $30 million gift, combined with the $50 million in funding provided by Gov. Ivey and the state of Alabama, will allow us to construct a world-class facility that matches the quality of education provided by our faculty and the discoveries made by our researchers.”