Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine plan to build a new Siteman Cancer Center location in south St. Louis County, serving the I-55 corridor and southern Illinois. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2011 and last two years.
The 16.28-acre building site is located immediately south and east of the intersection of I-55 and Butler Hill Road. Currently, more than 4,500 cancer patients in the surrounding area come to Siteman for evaluation and treatment. This includes approximately 850 newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.
A 40,000-square-foot, one-story outpatient facility is planned for the site, designed to provide the most advanced cancer care in a convenient and comfortable setting closer to home. The facility will include a linear accelerator for leading-edge radiation therapy and a chemotherapy infusion center. Washington University medical oncologists and radiation oncologists will treat patients at the new facility, and surgical oncologists will provide consults there. Clinical studies will be available to patients for whom standard therapy is not the best option.
Building the $17-million facility will generate nearly 300 construction jobs. Once open, the facility will create approximately 50 new permanent staff positions.