Lemak set to open new Alabaster clinic

Published 2:42 pm Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A new sports medicine and orthopedic clinic near Shelby Baptist Medical Center will provide a central location for athletes across the Birmingham metropolitan area, said the new facility’s chief executive officer.

Lemak Sports Medicine and Orthopedics will open its newest facility off U.S. 31 Feb. 22.

The Alabaster location will replace Lemak’s current location near the Pelham Racquet Club, and will benefit greatly through its partnership with its neighboring Shelby Baptist Medical Center, said Lemak CEO Matthew Lemak.

“It’s very nice to be on campus at the hospital,” Lemak said. “We have a great partnership with Shelby Baptist, and the city of Alabaster has been fantastic in working with us.”

The 6,985-square-foot facility, which was previously a bank, will house Dr. Mike Patterson and Dr. Heath Hale, who are “two of the most premier physicians in the region,” Lemak said.

“This is a world-class facility, and we have the professional talent to match that,” Lemak said. “I don’t think we could have asked for a better location or better visibility.”

Hale and Patterson will be able to diagnose and treat a wide range of ankle, knee, elbow, hip, shoulder and other sports-related injuries.

“We will be able to treat everyone from the 12-year-old with tennis elbow to a 68-year-old who needs a new joint,” Lemak said.

Because the sports medicine facility routinely helps many high school athletes, its Alabaster location will provide a central location near many of the area’s largest schools, said Lemak.

Lemak’s new facility will also benefit Shelby Baptist, said Shelby Baptist director of business development April Weaver.

“This really will be a one-stop shop where you can get the most efficient medical care available,” Weaver said. “There is no reason for athletes to drive into Birmingham to get medical care when they can get it all right here.

“This is another completed piece in (Shelby Baptist’s) master plan,” Weaver added.