University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
January 22, 2009
Contact: Renee Paul, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6640
USA Names Building for Developer Who Created Facility
to Meet Health Needs of Children
Allen Cox Children's Agencies Building 

University of South Alabama President Gordon Moulton, right, praises local developer and philanthropist Allen Cox, left, for Cox's work in coordinating the fund raising and construction of a new building near USA Children's and Women's Hospital for four local children's agencies. In recognition of Cox's work on the project, it will be named the "Allen Cox Children's Agencies Building."

The University of South Alabama recently celebrated the opening of a new center dedicated to meeting children’s health care needs and honored a donor and project advocate who made the facility possible.
The University announced that the “Allen Cox Children’s Agencies Building” will honor the Daphne real estate developer who donated $230,000 toward the project and led an effort to encourage others to give.  As a result, more than 40 donors contributed to the $600,000 building project.

Cox announced today that the building would be donated to USA, which provided land for the facility. The 4,000-square-foot building, which is already complete, is located adjacent to USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital and will house four children’s agencies: the Arthritis Foundation, Autism Society of Alabama, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and March of Dimes.  The organizations will use the building for a wide range of purposes, including meeting with and serving patients and their families.

"One of the crucial missions of the University of South Alabama is to meet the health needs of children, especially through the talent of our physicians and the services provided by USA Children's and Women's Hospital," USA President Gordon Moulton said. "Thanks to the generosity of the Allen Cox family and other donors to this project, our patients and their families will benefit from even closer relationships among USA and the Arthritis Foundation, Autism Society of Alabama, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and March of Dimes."

USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital Administrator Dr. Becky DeVillier said the new building brings together children’s agencies that will enhance the hospital’s campus.


“This facility encourages these agencies to be here on our campus, supporting families and patients in our hospital,” DeVillier said.  “It also provides a central meeting place for these families, a place where they can find camaraderie and receive guidance for additional help and support.”


Cox said the facility will help ease the burden of area families impacted by childhood disease.


“Our hope is that this building will be a wonderful and positive asset to many families in the south Alabama community that are dealing with the pain of their children’s diseases, which they endure on a daily basis,” Cox said.  “This building will be a long-term benefit to many children and families in our community for years to come.

“These important agencies provide information and empathy, which is important to patients and their families,” Cox explained.  “It’s through sharing that you live a life that matters, and this facility will provide a place for people to share with patients and their families their time, talent and gifts.
“More than 40 donors participated in this project, and I want to especially acknowledge Jackie Maclay, a USA graduate who served as volunteer general contractor on the project,” he added.  “We live in a generous community.  Businesses, foundations, families and individuals donated funds, time and services to complete this project.”

In addition to this latest gift to USA, the Cox family has also endowed a neonatal nursing scholarship program in USA’s College of Nursing, donated a sculpture to USA Children’s Park, and made numerous donations to the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute.

The Cox donation is part of Campaign USA, the University’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign for USA programs, faculty, students and construction. Campaign USA was launched in March 2006 and, to date, has raised $76.3 million. Led by Jim Yance, 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 athletic facilities and a campus bell tower.


Organizations located in the Allen Cox Children’s Agencies Building:


Arthritis Foundation

The Arthritis Foundation improves lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. It is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions.  The foundation helps people take control of arthritis by providing public health education; pursuing public policy and legislation; and conducting evidence-based programs to improve the quality of life for those living with arthritis.


Autism Society of Alabama

The Autism Society of Alabama improves the quality of life of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families through education, advocacy, and support.  Every month, the Autism Society of Alabama helps approximately 600 individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their parents, and their service providers, including doctors, therapists and teachers.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit donor-supported organization, is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.  The foundation is the leading organization in the United States devoted to cystic fibrosis

March of Dimes
The March of Dimes improves the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.  It carries out its mission through research, community services, education and advocacy to save babies' lives. March of Dimes researchers, volunteers, educators, outreach workers and advocates work together to give all babies a fighting chance against the threats of prematurity, birth defects and low birth weight.

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