Metro-East News

Memorial, BJC file application to build medical office building in Shiloh

Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh opened to patients on April 12.
Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh opened to patients on April 12.

Less than a month after Memorial Hospital East opened, the next phase of growth at the hospital is already in the works.

Memorial Hospital and BJC HealthCare have filed a certificate of need application with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board to construct a $22 million medical office building adjacent to Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, which opened to patients in April.

The application was filed by Memorial Regional Health Services, Metro-East Services, Inc., Memorial Group, Inc. and BJC HealthCare.

“Construction of a medical office building in Shiloh always has been a strategic priority for this site in order to support demand for outpatient services at Memorial Hospital East,” said Mark Turner, president of Memorial Regional Health Services. “Our strategic affiliation with BJC HealthCare allows us to begin this project sooner than expected.”

Memorial and BJC HeathCare’s strategic affiliation became official in January. The affiliation established a new nonprofit jointly owned parent organization, Memorial Regional Health Services, which oversees hospitals in Belleville and Shiloh as well as outpatient facilities and the community foundation.

Turner said physician practices currently located within Memorial Hospital East will relocate to suites in the new medical office building, along with new physician practices and services.

Steve Lipstein, BJC president and CEO, released the following statement: “BJC is pleased to work with Memorial in expanding access to health care services in southern Illinois.”

Shiloh Mayor Jim Vernier said, “It’s great news for Shiloh and great news for people that use Memorial Hospital services.”

He said it means more employees in the area.

“It’s good for everybody,” Vernier said.

Swansea-based Holland Construction Services has been selected to build the three-story, 70,500-square-foot building on the 94-acre site, which is owned by Memorial Regional Health Services. The architect is Archimages, based in Kirkwood, Mo.

The certificate of need application is expected to be reviewed by the state health board at its August meeting. If approved, construction would begin later this year with completion slated for fourth quarter 2017.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville is currently constructing a 144-bed hospital off Interstate 64 on North Green Mount in O’Fallon. Once open in 2017, St. Elizabeth’s plans to close its 303-bed hospital in downtown Belleville. The cost of the project is $253 million.

Jamie Forsythe: 618-239-2562, @BND_JForsythe