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Groundbreaking held for what will be only urgent care in East St. Louis metro region

LifeBridge unveiled as Transformation Project name

From left, Larry McCulley, CEO & President, SIHF Healthcare and Touchette Regional Hospital; State Senator Christopher Belt; State Representative LaToya Greenwood; East St. Louis Mayor Robert Eastern III: Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services Medicaid Administrator Kelly Cunningham; Jenna Blackwell, SIHF Healthcare and Emcee; SIHF Healthcare Board Chairman Ethel Manager; Touchette Regional Hospital Board Chair Richard Sauget, Sr.; and Mark Hinrichs, president of Impact Strategies.

SIHF Healthcare and Touchette Regional Hospital held the groundbreaking on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, for what will be the only Urgent Care in the East St. Louis metro region.

“We are extremely pleased to be launching this much-needed service for the residents of the greater East St. Louis metro area,” stated Larry McCulley, CEO of both SIHF Healthcare and Touchette Regional Hospital.

The Urgent Care will be a 5,000-square-foot addition to an existing SIHF Healthcare health center at 2001 State Street, East St. Louis. The addition will include four exam rooms and one procedure room plus lab and radiology services. This will be a $2.8 million investment, partially funded by the State of Illinois.

“As the recipient of a State of Illinois Healthcare Transformation Collaboratives grant, this is the first visible sign to the community of our efforts and is serving as the public launch of our Transformation project, which will be named LifeBridge,” McCulley noted. The LifeBridge campaign is about our actions to connect health and social conditions together for a path to health. The LifeBridge campaign is the umbrella name specific to our Transformation project that will co-exist with SIHF Healthcare, Touchette Regional Hospital, and our partners.

In addition to the construction of the Urgent Care, the Transformation project also includes:

+ Community Health Workers

+ Community Health Hub

+ Affordable and Supportive Housing

+ Improved Access to Specialty Care

+ New Electronic Health Record System at Touchette

“Efforts in each of these areas are well underway with intentions to make additional announcements in 2023,” McCulley stated. “But the benefits to the public are beginning and will continue to grow. As we continue with our Transformation projects, updates will be made public via our website – lifebridgebetterhealth.com.”

Rendering courtesy of Vestal Corporation and Impact Strategies

1 Comment

  1. Carolyn Fennoy on November 25, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    I think this will be great for our East St. Louis community. Much needed.

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