Metro-East News

SSM Health unveils plan for new $550 million academic medical center

SSM Health on Wednesday announced plans for a new $550 million academic medical center in St. Louis, a 316-bed, 802,000-square-foot replacement hospital and new outpatient care center for SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.

Developed in partnership between SSM Health and Saint Louis University, the plan establishes a footprint for the new hospital campus and facilities, including location, size, patient services, expanded parking and green space, along with areas for any future campus expansion.

The new complex will be located on the north side of the existing facility between Rutger and Lasalle streets, adjacent to the hospital’s current location on Grand Avenue, with plans to better integrate the hospital with neighboring Saint Louis University School of Medicine and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital. SSM Health continues to explore options for the current Desloge Tower, but no decisions have been made.

“This plan shows our commitment to the city of St. Louis and to an improved patient experience that supports our mission to provide exceptional care,” Kate Becker, SLU Hospital president, said in a released statement. “We will not only provide world-class health care for patients throughout the Midwest, but also ensure they are treated in a more comfortable healing environment.”

The new SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital includes all-private patient rooms, larger intensive care units and an expanded emergency department.

More metro-east hospitals including Memorial and St. Elizabeth’s hospitals in Belleville now have all private rooms for patients, and Anderson Hospital in Maryville is moving toward more private rooms.

The new outpatient care center will expand outpatient surgery services and provide additional clinical space for SLUCare physician practices. Dedicated educational space throughout the facility will allow Saint Louis University to better train future physicians and health practitioners.

“This state-of-the-art facility represents the health care of tomorrow and will benefit the entire region,” said Robert M. Heaney, SLUCare Physician Group CEO. “Most importantly, it ensures our patients have the best possible environment, one that incorporates the latest technology and best practices in patient care. In addition, our new facilities also will enhance the education of future medical and healthcare professionals, while strengthening medical research that leads to lifesaving treatments.”

Alberici Constructors, Inc. was selected as the project’s construction manager in April and is slated to break ground in the fall of 2017 with an estimated completion date of Sept. 1, 2020.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville is constructing a $253 million replacement hospital near Interstate 64 in O’Fallon. The hospital is expected to be completed in 2017. It will have 144 private patient rooms.

Memorial Hospital in Belleville recently opened Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh. It has 94 private patient rooms.