SSM Health announces plans for replacement SLU Hospital

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SSM Health has unveiled its plans for a new $550 million academic medical center in St. Louis to replace SSM Health St. Louis University Hospital.

The facility will be located north of the existing hospital's location on Grand Avenue and will better integrate the hospital with neighboring St. Louis University School of Medicine and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.

The 316-bed, 802,000-square-foot replacement hospital and new outpatient care center was developed in partnership between SSM Health and St. 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 future campus expansion. SSM Health continues to explore options for the current Desloge Tower.

"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," SLU Hospital president Kate Becker said in a 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 St. Louis University Hospital will include all-private patient rooms, larger intensive care units and an expanded emergency department. 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 St. Louis University to better train future physicians and health practitioners.

Alberici Constructors, Inc. was selected as the project's construction manager in April and is expected to break ground in fall 2017, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 1, 2020. The replacement hospital and outpatient care center is beyond the hospital improvements under way since SSM Health assumed ownership of SSM Health SLU Hospital last fall, including construction of a new radiation oncology facility.

The project is part of a commitment made by SSM Health President and CEO William P. Thompson on the first day the organization assumed ownership of the hospital on Sept. 1, 2015. He announced a five-year plan to construct a new hospital and outpatient center that incorporates national best practices in patient-centered design while delivering an improved patient experience. 

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