University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations

September 12, 2007
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman , USA Public Relations Office, (251) 460-6360

Monte L. Moorer Foundation Gives USA Children's & Women's Hospital $500,000 Toward Radiologic Suite

University of South Alabama's Children's & Women's Hospital has received a $500,000 gift from the Monte L. Moorer Foundation of Mobile to update and modernize its radiologic diagnostic testing of neonatal, pediatric and obstetric patients.

The new Louise Moorer Radiographic/Fluroscopy Suite will include diagnostic equipment that will allow radiologists to visualize and test what was going on inside a patient's body.

Bradley Goodyear Smith, chair of the Moorer Foundation's distribution committee, said, "We wanted to make a significant impact on the health care of the region through our gift. It is an important part of our mission to improve the well-being, on every level, of the people across the region."

Dr. Becky DeVillier, USA Children's & Women's Hospital administrator, said, "This suite and its associated diagnostic equipment allows us to provide the lowest dose of radiation possible to detect diseases, an important consideration when conducting radiological examinations of neonatal, pediatric and pregnant patients. This gift will help our patients tremendously."

Dr. Joseph F. Busta, Jr., vice president for development and alumni relations, said the Moorer gift was an important aspect of Campaign USA.

"This is one of the more significant foundation gifts we have received, and it's tied to one of the most important programs the University has at USA Children's & Women's Hospital," Busta said.

The Moorer Foundation's gift is part of Campaign USA, the University's first comprehensive fund-raising campaign that seeks to raise $75 million for USA programs, faculty, students and construction over three years. Campaign USA was launched in March 2006 and, to date, has raised $56.4 million. The Campaign USA Leadership team is comprised of local civic, business and national leaders, many of whom are alumni.

Campaign USA will enrich all aspects of USA, from its academic colleges and schools to its hospitals, athletic programs, libraries and campuses. The money raised will be used to fund such items as undergraduate and graduate scholarships, professorships, classroom and laboratory equipment, and health care innovations. Funds will also be used for capital enhancements to USA’s track and soccer programs and a campus bell tower.

For information on Campaign USA, visit or call (251) 460-7032.

The University of South Alabama

Since its founding in 1963, the University of South Alabama has been one of Alabama’s fastest growing universities, currently enrolling more than 14,000 students in a wide range of academic programs in Allied Health Professions, Arts and Sciences, Mitchell College of Business, Computer and Information Sciences, Continuing Education and Special Programs, Education, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The University has awarded 60,000 degrees.

In addition to teaching and research, USA is one of the largest health care providers in the Mobile region, with its faculty physicians and two hospitals – Children’s & Women’s and USA Medical Center ­­– involved in more than a quarter million patient encounters annually.

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