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Memorial, BJC want to build Siteman Cancer Center in Shiloh

Siteman Cancer Center may be coming to Memorial East in Shiloh

In this video from February of 2018, Memorial Regional Health Services President Mark Turner discusses the possibility of Siteman Cancer Center coming to Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh.
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In this video from February of 2018, Memorial Regional Health Services President Mark Turner discusses the possibility of Siteman Cancer Center coming to Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh.

Plans to construct a second medical office building on the campus of Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh are being scrapped to make room to develop a Siteman Cancer Center facility instead, according to a news release.

“We are very excited about the possibility of bringing Siteman to the Memorial Hospital East campus,” said Mark Turner, Memorial Regional Health Services president in the release. “This will provide convenient world-class cancer treatment services to residents throughout our region.”

Turner added, “we think this is a tremendous advancement for our community.”

An application submitted in August for a second medical office building has been withdrawn to make way for the new application filed with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.

Memorial Regional Health Services, Metro-East Services, Memorial Group, BJC HealthCare and Washington University Physicians in Illinois filed the Certificate of Need application to construct a three-story 70,650-square-foot medical office building at an estimated cost of $38.3 million.

“We’re very early in the process. The details of all the services that will be offered are still being worked through,” Turner said.

Mike Constantino, of the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board, said the latest Certificate of Need application was received Monday and could be available for public viewing as early as the end of the week or later.

According to Constantino, the board has 10 business days, or 14 days total to complete its review, but “generally speaking it takes about three or four days.”

Memorial is working collaboratively with BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine to develop a Siteman Cancer Center facility to serve residents of southern and central Illinois.

“We are progressing oncology as the Siteman Cancer Center name is known in our community. It is the only national comprehensive cancer center designated within 200 miles of St. Clair County,” Turner said.

This new facility, if approved, will offer access to many specialists associated with Washington University to include surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncology and other physician specialists and services as well as expand Memorial Medical Group’s primary and specialty care providers, Turner said.

Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier said this is a “huge step for the metro-east.”

“I couldn’t be happier for everyone here in the region. The benefits for the local economy will be big, not to mention the influx of job growth,” Vernier said.

The most important benefit he sees with the advent of a facility of its kind coming to Shiloh near I-64, Vernier said, is “the ease of access for families of and patients in need of treatment.”

“Driving to St. Louis in traffic can, at times, be daunting but to have a leading facility like Siteman on this side of the river is going to just be better for the patients and their loved ones because so many travel great distances to see the experts,” Vernier said.

The application is expected to be reviewed by the state health board at its February board meeting. If approved, construction would begin in early 2018 with completion slated for mid- to late-2019.

Turner said he hopes to “complete the planning process throughout the winter in moving the project forward.”

BJC HealthCare is also seeking approval from the state health board to take over both Memorial hospitals — the one in Belleville and the one in Shiloh. BJC has requested permission to fully control Memorial Regional Health Services, according to an application filed Nov. 17. If that application is approved, BJC will become the sole corporate owner as of Jan. 1.

On Friday, Memorial Hospital announced it bought the Swansea cancer treatment center from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Metro East Services, which is the parent corporation for Memorial Hospital East, finalized an agreement last week with St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to purchase its interest in the Cancer Treatment Center on North Illinois Street in Swansea.

Jamie Forsythe: 618-239-2562, @BND_JForsythe

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