OPELIKA, Ala. – East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika is the second largest employer in Lee County right behind Auburn University.
The medical center employs more than 3,000 people, and their operations may expand as they are seeking approval to construct a $40 million cancer facility just up the street from the hospital on Village Professional Dr North.
The matter is set to be discussed at a Certificate of Need Board meeting in mid-February.
Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller said that the hospital not only provides top-notch care to the area, it makes an impact on the area in another way too.
“It really is an economic driver because so many people from surrounding areas seek treatment here,” Mayor Fuller said. “They come in while they’re here, sometimes family will stay for a few nights. They shop in our stores. They visit our restaurants.”
Mayor Fuller added that the facility would allow those in the area to receive care they need without having to travel to places like Atlanta and Birmingham.
We reached out to EAMC and they provided us the following statement from Vice President of Clinical Services, Chris Clark:
“As the leader of healthcare services in our community, we are always looking for opportunities to improve the services we provide. We are excited about the possibility of getting approval to pursue a new Cancer Center. We know this would be a great benefit for the patients we serve. It will also help us continue our mission of providing high quality, compassionate healthcare.”