The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board has voted to issue a certificate of need permit for construction of a Siteman Cancer Center building on the Memorial Hospital East campus in Shiloh.
The three-story, 70,650-square-foot building represents Phase II of a medical-office project on the 94-acre campus. The estimated cost is $38.3 million. It's expected to be completed in 2019.
"This is a project that I would think everyone would be in favor of because of what it brings to our community and our region," Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier said. "I'm just very happy that the state has approved it, and I'm looking forward to them breaking ground."
"Economically, it's good for us," he added. "But I'm more happy for the patients and the families who will be able to get treated in Shiloh instead of having to drive to St. Louis."
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The new building is a project of Memorial Regional Health Services, Metro-East Services, Memorial Group, BJC HealthCare and Washington University Physicians in Illinois.
Beyond Siteman facilities, the building "also will provide space for physician specialists and services, as well as expansion of Memorial Medical Group’s primary and specialty care providers," according to a Memorial press release.
Memorial applied for the certificate of need permit in December. The application stated that Siteman services in Shiloh would include radiation, medical oncology, community-based preventive programs, direct access to clinical trials conducted by Siteman clinicians and other oncology-related services.
"The proposed program will significantly reduce the need for western Illinois residents to travel to St. Louis for cancer care," the press release stated.
The nine-member Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted unanimously to issue the certificate of need permit Tuesday during a meeting in Bolingbrook.
Memorial President and CEO Mark Turner could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning.
"We are very excited about the possibility of bringing Siteman to the Memorial Hospital East campus,” he stated in the press release. “This will provide convenient, world-class cancer treatment services to residents throughout our region.”