Our History

In the late 1970’s, Dr. Marvin Mostellar donated the land for a much needed medical facility in South Mobile County. Through his philanthropy and the forming of the Bayou La Batre Area Health Development Board, Inc. (BLBAHDB), Mostellar Medical Center came to life in February 1978.

Upon receiving Federal 330 funding, Mostellar Medical Center became a Federally Qualified Health Center and has provided uninterrupted services to South Mobile County since that time. BLBAHDB was incorporated on February 2, 1978 as a private, 501-C3 non-profit corporation.

In May 1985, the Public Health Service in Atlanta, GA asked the Bayou La Batre Area Health Development Board to become a grantee for troubled F.Q.H.C. in Washington County, AL. As a result, Southwest Alabama Health Services became a part of the Mostellar Medical family.

Originally offering health services in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Mostellar Medical Center, a need for Obstetrics and Gynecology was realized and that division came to fruition in July 1987.

Further expansion occurred in 1995, when BLBADHB added a pediatric dental clinic and oral health services in Bayou La Batre. Today those services are provided for South Mobile County in partnership with Franklin Memorial at the Bayou La Batre location.

In 2005, BLBAHDB became accredited by (JCAHO) achieving a long-term goal of the corporate Strategic Plan. BLBAHDB met all HIPAA program deadlines well before the due dates, and continues to ensue compliance with regulations.

Upon opening, Mostellar Medical Center had one medical provider and a five person support staff. Now, we are the largest Federal Qualified Health Center F.Q.H.C. in South Mobile County with four pediatric physicians, three physicians in our Obstetrics and Gynecology and three physicians in Internal Medicine (Adult). Our medical staff is supported by 90 staff members.

Southwest Alabama Health Services now has one pediatric physician, one internal medicine physician and is supported by 8 staff members.

Today Bayou La Batre Area Health Development Board, Inc. is the governing board for both facilities.