A new $550 million academic medical center in St. Louis is under construction as SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and SLUCare Physician Group break ground on the new facilities.
The new $550 million SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and ambulatory care center features more than 800,000 square feet of space, 316 private patient rooms, an expanded Level I trauma center and emergency department, larger intensive care units, expanded patient parking, green space and areas for future campus expansion.
Employees of SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and SLUCare Physician Group celebrated with a brief ceremony and commemorated the day as they viewed current progress on the “big dig,” enjoyed a specially created cake that is an architectural model of the new campus and were able to take a virtual tour of the new facility.
“Breaking ground on the new SLU Hospital is not only an important step for the city of St. Louis, it’s also important for the patients who come here from all over the region,” says Kate Becker, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital president.
The new SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital campus will be located on 15 acres adjacent to the current facility off Grand Boulevard between Rutger and Lasalle streets. The project is expected to total more than 2.2 million workforce construction hours and a peak workforce team of more than 600.
"Saint Louis University, SLUCare Physician Group and SSM Health St. Louis built upon their expanded partnership by collaborating closely in planning the new facilities," said Robert M. Heaney, M.D., SLUCare Physician Group CEO.
"As a result, our new hospital will provide patients with the best possible healing environment, our students and trainees with an enhanced educational experience and our scientists with expanded medical research opportunities."
The new hospital will continue to focus on high-acuity patients, cardiovascular care, oncology, stroke, transplant and trauma.
The project is part of a commitment made by former SSM Health President/CEO William P. Thompson on the first day the organization assumed ownership of the hospital, Sept. 1, 2015. He announced an ambitious five-year plan to construct a new hospital and ambulatory care center that incorporates national best practices in patient-centered design while delivering an improved patient experience.