SSM Health announces plans to build new hospital on SLU campus

SSM Health will spend $500 million to build a new replacement hospital and outpatient care center on the campus of St. Louis University.

The new facility will be built within the next five years and will be located near the current SLU Hospital -- now known as SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital.

The announcement was made Sept. 1 as SSM Health and St. Louis University marked the official start of their expanded partnership, which includes St. Louis University Hospital joining SSM Health St. Louis. In June, SLU announced it would reacquire the hospital from Tenet Healthcare Corporation and contribute the facility to SSM Health in exchange for a minority financial interest and governance rights in SSM Health St. Louis.

"While the current hospital has served the community well, we have the opportunity to construct state-of-the-art academic facilities that incorporate the best practices in patient-centered design," said William P. Thompson, president and CEO of SSM Health. "This significant investment will enable us to deliver an improved patient experience and even better care for our community."

In addition to the planned construction, SSM Health will make capital investments in the current facility to ensure continued exceptional care.

"We are excited about what these projects will mean for health care in St. Louis and for medical and health education at Saint Louis University," said SLU president Fred P. Pestello. "We are eager to work even more closely with SSM Health -- an organization with shared values and a similar mission -- to forge a healthier future for the St. Louis region."

For the past several decades, St. Louis University's physician practice, SLUCare Physician Group, and SSM Health have partnered to provide pediatric and maternal-fetal medicine services to patients at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital and SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital.

The relationship between SSM Heath and the university extends back more than a century. In 1903, SSM Health's founding congregation, the Sisters of St. Mary (now known as the Franciscan Sisters of Mary) welcomed SLU School of Medicine students into their hospitals for education and training. In 1928, the University and the Sisters worked together to establish SLU's School of Nursing.

In 1933, the Sisters and SLU opened a hospital on South Grand Boulevard. The hospital continued to be owned and operated jointly until 1959, when the Sisters donated their share to the university. SLU sold the hospital to Tenet in 1998.

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