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Pregnancy Care Center moves to new location as old St. Elizabeth’s demolition winds down

Pregnancy Care Center still serving new mothers in Belleville

The Pregnancy Care Center has relocated to 180 South Third Street, suite 50 in the medical office building. The volunteer organization offers free supplies and services for new and expectant mothers.
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The Pregnancy Care Center has relocated to 180 South Third Street, suite 50 in the medical office building. The volunteer organization offers free supplies and services for new and expectant mothers.

As the demolition of the former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville winds down, the hospital is wrapping up the relocation of services remaining downtown.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital moved to O’Fallon in late 2017. In Belleville, St. Elizabeth’s is spending $12 million to demolish the hospital buildings and another $8.1 million to renovate its buildings at 180 S. Third St. and 311 W. Lincoln St. The large, main buildings have already been demolished and the work clearing the rubble is scheduled to be finished by the middle of the year.

In the latest move, the private, nonprofit Pregnancy Care Center recently relocated to the medical building at 180 S. Third St.

The Pregnancy Care Center previously was located across the street at 301 W. Lincoln St. but that building is scheduled to be torn down. The center receives free office space and utilities from St. Elizabeth’s.

Since 1983, the Pregnancy Care Center has assisted new and expectant mothers at no charge. The center offers pregnancy testing, counseling and all kinds of clothes and supplies for newborns and children up to age 5. Referrals for medical care, WIC, public aid and adoption services also are available.

When a new mom makes her first visit after giving birth, she is given the “most amazing” layette of all the stuff you need to care for a baby, said Kay Bennett, the group’s director.

Families can then visit the center once a month to get supplies such as diapers, pull-ups, pajamas, books and toys.

The all-volunteer service is open 2 to 5 p.m. on Monday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

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Pregnancy Care Center volunteer Gloria Schwartz looks through the clothing bins. The volunteer organization provides free services and supplies for new mothers with newborns up to 5. The group is known for their layettes, a bag full of supplies and clothing for new mothers. The volunteer organization has relocated to 180 S. Third St., Suite 50 in the medical office building. Derik Holtmann dholtmann@bnd.com

“We would like more volunteers. We would be glad to have more,” said Gloria Schwartz, who has volunteered for about 25 years at the center.

The center, which is in Suite 50 in the lower level, also accepts donations.

“There’s a need out there for people who don’t have diapers, who don’t have the means to buy any of this stuff so we need to do what we can to help them,” Bennett said.

Bennett said she has volunteered for the group for around six years and she has been the director for about two years.

“All my life, I’ve been a pro-life person and so we can’t just keep saying, ‘Don’t get rid of your babies,’” she said. “We have to do something to help them when they decide to keep their babies. We need to be the support for them.”

How to help

Along with monetary donations, suggested donation items for the Pregnancy Care Center include:

Diapers and pull-ups

Clothing, from newborn up to age 5

Baby towels

Crib sheets

Baby wipes

Socks, booties and underwear

For more information, call 618-233-2273.

Renovation and demolition update

The building improvements at 180 S. Third St. and at 311 W. Lincoln St. include elevator, lobby and public restroom renovations, according to St. Elizabeth’s.

Also, $500,000 of equipment such as new X-ray and 3D mammography units were installed and a “micro market” was opened to expand food and beverage options.

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The Pregnancy Care Center is known for their layettes, a bag full of supplies and clothing for new mothers. The volunteer organization has relocated to 180 S. Third St., Suite 50 in the medical office building in Belleville. Derik Holtmann dholtmann@bnd.com

By the time all the rubble is cleared from the site, the hospital will have about 22 acres to market in various parcels.

Demolition of the building at 301 W. Lincoln St. is scheduled to begin in late February and is expected to be completed this spring.

Downtown directory

Here is the latest lineup of services remaining in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital buildings in three sites in downtown Belleville:

180 S. Third St., Belleville

Heartland Women’s Healthcare, Suite 200

HSHS Home Care and Hospice Southern Illinois, Suite 405

HSHS Imaging Center, Suite 101

Offers walk-in X-ray services and 3D mammography. For appointments, call 618-222-4639.

HSHS Laboratory, Suite 102

Offers walk-in lab draws, no appointment necessary. Open Monday-Thursday 7am-Noon.

HSHS Outpatient Services, Suite 30 (have never closed at the Belleville location)

Offers physical therapy/occupational therapy, work conditioning, lymphedema, oncology wellness program, LSVT/Parkinson’s treatment, vestibular (inner ear disorders), hand therapy. For appointments, call 618-234-9152.

Pregnancy Care Center, Suite 50

Duk C. Kim, MD, Suite 100

SIHF Healthcare Convenient Care, Suite 103

Walk-in health services. SIHF’s space was expanded to 16 exam rooms from the four they had previously when the clinic was in the old hospital building. They have been open since the hospital moved, too.

SIHF Healthcare, Suite 104

A primary care office by appointment only

Additional HSHS clinical and support departments also located here include clinical education/staff development with four education classrooms that have movable walls separate the rooms allowing for flexibility in function based on need. Other staff includes information technology, accounting, health information management and cancer registry staff, CVO, the division business office, pre-access/registration department.

311 W. Lincoln St., Belleville

Mark S. Feldman, MD, Suite 100

Metro East Gastroenterology Ltd., Suite 101

Belleville Family Medical Associates Ltd., Suite 200

Two IT training rooms

224 W. Garfield St., Belleville

HSHS Southern Illinois Division executive leadership and support staff, and human resources

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Mike Koziatek joined the Belleville News-Democrat in 1998 as an assistant editor and is now a reporter covering the Belleville area. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee and grew up in St. Louis.
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