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Proposed South County Facility Receives Certificate of Need Approval

June McAllister Fowler

Nov. 12, 2010 – At the Nov. 8 meeting of the Missouri Health Facilities Review Committee, the application of Siteman Cancer Center to develop an outpatient facility in south St. Louis County received unanimous approval, with one committee member abstaining because of a conflict.

The volunteer committee serves as the administrator of the Missouri Certificate of Need Law, an effort to contain costs, improve quality and increase access to health-care services across Missouri. The committee approved the Certificate of Need following a finding by staff that the Siteman application met all required criteria and that there was need for additional cancer services in south county.

The Siteman Cancer Center, which encompasses the combined cancer-related programs of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, is an international leader in cancer treatment, research, prevention, education and outreach. It is the only cancer center in Missouri and within a 240-mile radius of St. Louis to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.

The proposed outpatient facility will be developed in the southeast quadrant of Interstate 55 and Butler Hill Road. Earlier this year, the St. Louis County Council approved the rezoning of the site from residential to commercial to facilitate development of a freestanding cancer center that will provide state-of-the-art cancer care for patients in a convenient and comfortable setting. In Phase I, a 40,000-square-foot, one-story building will be constructed that will house chemotherapy and radiation therapy facilities as well as laboratory and other cancer support services. Washington University medical oncologists and radiation oncologists will treat patients at the new location, and surgical oncologists will provide consults there. All doctors working at the center will be Washington University physicians.

The south county location will be the fourth Siteman facility developed in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The primary Siteman location is adjacent to Barnes-Jewish Hospital on the Washington University Medical Center campus in St. Louis’ Central West End. The other two locations are at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in Creve Coeur and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in St. Charles County.

Siteman is owned and operated by Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Barnes-Jewish Hospital is a member of BJC HealthCare.