Siteman Plans New South St. Louis County Location

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The 16.28-acre site is immediately south and east of the intersection of Interstate 55 and Butler Hill Road, with access from Butler Hill Road. View a larger version of the map.

July 29, 2010 – Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital have signed a contract to purchase property and filed a Certificate of Need Letter of Intent to build a new Siteman Cancer Center location in south St. Louis County that will serve the Interstate 55 corridor and southern Illinois.

Upon completing obligations related to the sale, zoning and Certificate of Need application and obtaining final approval from Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital boards, construction is estimated to begin in spring 2011, with an opening anticipated in about two years.

The 16.28-acre site is immediately south and east of the intersection of Interstate 55 and Butler Hill Road, with access from Butler Hill Road.  The site is generally construction-ready, having been cleared for construction of an apartment complex that went into foreclosure following the market downturn.

Currently, more than 4,500 cancer patients in the area near the new location come to the Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University for evaluation and treatment. This includes approximately 850 newly diagnosed cancer patients yearly.

The new outpatient center will provide the latest advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment to south county and southern Illinois patients in a convenient, comfortable setting closer to their homes. Barnes-Jewish Hospital will place a linear accelerator in the facility for state-of-the-art radiation therapy. Washington University will operate a chemotherapy infusion center.

Washington University medical oncologists and radiation oncologists will treat patients at the new location, and surgical oncologists will provide consults there. Medical staff at the new facility will be Washington University faculty physicians.

A 40,000-square-foot facility is planned, and Washington University programs will occupy about 70 percent of the space. The one-story outpatient center will operate during daytime hours Monday through Friday.

Siteman, through Washington University, has one of the largest cancer research programs in the nation, providing access to hundreds of clinical studies that greatly expand the options available to patients. Clinical studies also will be offered at the South County location.

Siteman, which encompasses the combined cancer-related programs of Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, is the only cancer center within 240 miles of St. Louis designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute.

Construction of the $17-million facility will generate nearly 300 jobs. Once open, the facility will create about 50 new permanent positions with Washington University’s departments of medicine and radiation oncology or with Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Siteman’s other locations are at Washington University Medical Center in the Central West End area of St. Louis, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital and Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital.