From Illinois Business Journal news services
O’FALLON – Joined by Hospital Sisters Health System leadership, hospital board members, government officials, and civic leaders, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital this week presented and placed a ceremonial last beam on the replacement hospital. Hospital colleagues and those present at the ceremony signed the steel beam.
It was another key step in the planned opening of St. Elizabeth’s $300 million medical campus along Interstate 64 and Green Mount Road in O’Fallon, Ill.
“By us placing the beam, we mark another step in our journey to increase access to care, and align our health care resources to the needs of our patients. We are excited to continue on this major undertaking designed to deliver advanced care to the entire Metro East,” said Mary Starmann-Harrison, president and CEO, HSHS.
Construction has progressed according to schedule. Recent progress includes concrete floor slabs being placed up to the fifth level (top floor) of the hospital, accommodating areas for administration, patient rooms, kitchen, and cafeteria. Wall framing, utility rough-in, and fireproofing are occurring throughout the first level at areas that will house the pharmacy, emergency department, imaging, and building facilities. Precast concrete wall panels are enclosing the west and north elevations. Outside of the building, the parking lots and outer roadways are taking shape. Light poles have been installed and are beginning to be wired.
“I am looking forward to the anticipated opening of our new, state-of-the-art facility, which is just short 19 months away,” said Peg Sebastian, president and CEO, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. “We continue to build our family to serve the ever-changing health care needs of our region through excellence in quality delivered by our dedicated colleagues.”
St. Elizabeth’s received unanimous approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board in April 2015 to begin construction and held the official groundbreaking in June 2015. The location of St. Elizabeth’s replacement hospital will be centrally located for the southwestern Illinois region that it serves. It will also be closer to Scott Air Force Base and the community hospitals that refer patients to St. Elizabeth’s, such as HSHS affiliate hospitals St. Joseph’s in Highland and St. Joseph’s in Breese, as well as other surrounding community hospitals.
The new St. Elizabeth’s is designed for the future of health care delivery. The facility will include 144 private patient rooms, an emergency department, state-of-the art operating rooms, modern birthing suites, an advanced intensive care unit, and inpatient rehabilitation. It will offer a wide array of 21-century health care services. The adjacent ambulatory care center will offer various outpatient services such as lab, imaging and therapy, and include medical office space for more than 100 physicians. The state-of-the art facility is designed to attract a wide array of physician specialists to the Metro East.
The hospital will also continue to provide a range of outpatient services and maintain numerous support functions at its Belleville campus including radiology and laboratory services, primary and specialty care physicians’ offices, and physical and occupational therapy services. Additionally, many administrative services and departments will stay in Belleville.