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WUMC Showcases Plans for Medical Center Renewal

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 14 Apr 2014
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Image: Artist rendition of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital expansion (Photo courtesy of BJC HealthCare).
Image: Artist rendition of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital expansion (Photo courtesy of BJC HealthCare).
Washington University Medical Center (WUMC; St. Louis, MO, USA) is sharing a first look at its future landscape with renderings of the new Barnes-Jewish Hospital north campus tower and St. Louis Children’s Hospital expansion.

The WUMC is a large scale health-care focused commercial development affiliated with Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL; MO, USA), although most of the institutions, which are frequently ranked among the most prestigious and renowned hospitals in the United States, are independent of the University. The first phase of the campus renewal, funded by the Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation (St. Louis, MO, USA), involves expansion of St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, as well as new space for university faculty practice offices and clinics, parking, and additional green space.

Demolition for the first phase started in mid-2013 and includes the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing and the Kingshighway, Steinberg, and Yalem buildings. Demolition will be complete by Spring 2014, with construction of the first phase starting soon thereafter. Construction at Barnes-Jewish Hospital on the WUMC north campus will consolidate and expand clinical care at the Siteman Cancer Center, as well as in other surgical services and programs; consolidate and modernize the Women and Infants program by making labor and delivery services closer to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU); and will expand diagnostics and support space.

Construction at St. Louis Children’s Hospital will Expand the NICU, which will connect to Barnes-Jewish labor & delivery; expand private inpatient beds; and will also include additional diagnostics and outpatient clinic space. Designed by HOK (St. Louis, MO, USA), a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, the new towers on the north campus of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals are slated to open in early 2018 as phase one of the Campus Renewal Project is completed.

“We had one clear objective when we embarked on our Campus Renewal Project: to create an environment of making medicine better by providing exceptional patient care and an exceptional patient experience,” said Rich Liekweg, president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and group president of BJC HealthCare. “The years of planning are now showing a changing landscape along Kingshighway.”

“Our new patient-care facilities will be attractive and welcoming for our patients but more importantly are designed to incorporate the most advanced approaches to patient care, comfort, healing and safety, while supporting the discovery and educational missions of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals and Washington University School of Medicine,” said Joan Magruder, MBA, president of St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

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Washington University in St. Louis
Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation
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