Siteman Cancer Center plans for 9-story outpatient facility on Medical Campus – Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
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Facility at Washington University Medical Campus will enhance patient experience and provide a central home for ambulatory cancer care
An artist’s rendering shows a possible exterior design of a planned nine-story, 659,000-square-foot facility for Siteman Cancer Center patients on Washington University Medical Campus. Most of the outpatient cancer care on campus will be relocated to the new building, which is expected to open in the summer of 2024. The project will not affect healthcare at Siteman’s five satellite locations.
Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is planning a new nine-story facility on Washington University Medical Campus dedicated solely to outpatient cancer care. The facility will provide a central home for nearly all aspects of advanced cancer care for outpatients, enhancing the experience and comfort for patients and their families.
While the building’s design and construction details are being finalized — and final approval is pending — plans call for a 659,000-square-foot facility on the southwest corner of Forest Park and Taylor Avenues. The facility is originally scheduled to open in the summer of 2024.
“Our patients are at the center of everything we do, and we take great care in designing a cancer home that is comfortable and easily accessible for patients and their relatives,” said Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, Founder and Director of Siteman , and the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor and Chief of the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine. “As Siteman continued to grow, we envisioned an environment that could accommodate more patients and additional cancer specialists, in an environment that would allow us to continue to provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art outpatient care.”
The innovative, patient-centric design of the new building means that patients can receive the most care in one setting, with fewer visits to different locations on the Medical Campus. Teams of cancer care specialists – incorporating the latest advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment – and support services from social workers, psychologists and others will come to the patients in the new center. Patients will also have access to hundreds of clinical trials.
According to the plans, the outpatient care center is to include 96 examination rooms, 88 IV capsules, radiology and breast imaging services, and hematology and chemistry lab space. An elevated pedestrian link connects the facility to the rest of the Medical Campus.
Patients have easy access to the parking garage in the same building and to public transport. The new facility is also conveniently located next to a hotel for out-of-town patients.
Architectural firms Lawrence Group and Perkins Eastman are designing the project and Clayco, in a joint venture with TW Constructors, will oversee construction. The engineering firm is Ross & Baruzzini.
For two decades, Siteman’s main outpatient clinic has been the Center for Advanced Medicine, also on the Medical Campus, and the growing cancer center needs more space. Siteman now treats 70,000 people, including 12,000 newly diagnosed patients, each year at the Medical Campus and in five satellite facilities. This includes a growing number of patients traveling for treatment from across the country and internationally.
Washington University School of Medicine’s 1,700 faculty physicians also serve as the medical staff of the children’s hospitals of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis. The School of Medicine is a leader in medical research, education, and patient care and is consistently ranked among the best medical schools in the nation, according to US News & World Report. Through its ties to Barnes Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals, the School of Medicine is affiliated with BJC HealthCare.
Siteman Cancer Center, ranked among the best cancer treatment centers by US News & World Report, is also one of the few cancer centers to receive the highest rating from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) – “exceptional.” Siteman, which includes the cancer research, prevention, and treatment programs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, treats adults at six locations and partners with St. Louis Children’s Hospital in treating pediatric patients. Siteman is the only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Missouri and the only state member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Through the Siteman Cancer Network, Siteman Cancer Center partners with regional medical centers to improve the health and well-being of people and communities by expanding access to cancer prevention and control strategies, clinical studies, and genomic and genetic testing, all focused on reducing the burden of cancer.