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Mobile, Ala. (April 29, 2009)
Contact: Bob Lowry, (251) 415-1358

USA CHILDREN'S & WOMEN'S HOSPITAL OPENS NEW LOUISE R. MOORER RADIOLOGY SUITE

 
USA President Gordon Moulton and Monte L. Moorer Foundation Board Chairman Bradley Goodyear Smith opened the new Louise R. Moorer Radiology Suite at USA Children's & Women's Hospital

USA President Gordon Moulton and Monte L. Moorer Foundation Board Chairman Bradley Goodyear Smith opened the new Louise R. Moorer Radiology Suite at USA Children's & Women's Hospital.
 

MOBILE - Radiological exams for babies, children and women at USA Children's & Women's Hospital have greatly improved with the opening of the hospital's new Louise R. Moorer Radiology Suite. The suite formally opened at an April 28 reception at the hospital. It was made possible through a $500,000 gift from the Monte L. Moorer Foundation of Mobile. The support was used to upgrade diagnostic equipment, expand and remodel the radiology department at the hospital.

    
Bradley Goodyear Smith, board chairman of the Monte L. Moorer Foundation, was especially touched by her hospital tour. "It was so moving and I learned how lucky we are to have this hospital in Mobile. It is really a joy to look around and know that you have spent your money wisely."
    

"We think this is a special place," said University of South Alabama President Gordon Moulton. "We certainly want to thank the Moorer Foundation in every way we can for becoming a partner in USA Children's & Women's Hospital. The gift you made and the involvement is important. What's perhaps more important is the buying-in of community leadership in terms of understanding our patients and our staff."

    
From left, Charles S. Jones, vice president and trust officer of Regions Bank; Bradley Goodyear Smith, Board Chairman of the Monte L. Moorer Foundation; and foundation board members H. Taylor Morrisette Jr., Sarah L. Damson and Donald A. Urquhart Jr. tour the new Louise R. Moorer Radiology Suite.

Dr. Becky DeVillier, USA Children's & Women's Hospital administrator, said, "There have been a lot of changes here in the last few years, and it's really been exciting. This gift has made such a difference for our patients already. The Moorer Foundation support, and the support of the community, really does matter."
    
"The suite has improved workflow tremendously by allowing us to utilize two fluoroscopy suites, performing exams one after the other," Eduardo Rel, USA Children's & Women's Hospital technical director of radiology, said. "Before, we had to set up one room for the exam, then clean the room and set it up again for the next patient. This was very time consuming, so the extra fluoroscopy room has made us more efficient to serve our patients."
    
Another improvement has been the environment of the radiology department. When family or patients come to the department, they are relaxed by the colors and friendly tones of the diagnostic rooms. "When the families are comfortable and relaxed, their children are calmer," Rel said.
     
"It's important for us to demonstrate to corporate and major gift donors how well we are using your money," Dr. Joseph Busta, vice president for development and alumni relations at USA, told the Moorer Foundation officials. "We want to be good stewards and give you good quality reports on how your gifts are being used," he said.
       
The Moorer Foundation gift was part of the recently concluded Campaign USA, the University of South Alabama's first comprehensive fund-raising campaign, which generated $93.5 million to support USA's teaching, research, health care and service missions.

USA Children's & Women's Hospital is among less than ten freestanding hospitals in the country dedicated specifically to the health care needs of children and women, offering Mobile's only neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, pediatric oncology outpatient center and high-risk obstetrical care. For more information, please visit www.southalabama.edu/usacwh.
 
 
 
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