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HSHS St. John’s Hospital Breaks Ground on New Outpatient Center for Women and Children

HSHS St. John’s Hospital broke ground Tuesday, June 27, 2017, on its new outpatient center for women and children that will house providers from SIU Medicine, HSHS Medical Group and St. John’s Hospital.

The new 85,000-square-foot outpatient center will provide comprehensive services for women and children that will improve care coordination by providing numerous services under one roof. Patients will be able to see their physicians, receive follow-up and diagnostic services with easy access to St. John’s Hospital and St. John’s Children’s Hospital.

“Providing access, convenience and the best possible care for our patients has been at the forefront of our minds in this planning process,” said Charles L. Lucore, president and CEO of HSHS St. John’s Hospital. “We want to provide an optimal outpatient environment for women and children to receive care and physicians to practice as we carry on the mission of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis.”

This $48.4 million project includes a four-story medical facility, parking garage and a sky bridge across Ninth Street that will connect to St. John’s Children’s Hospital. Patients and families coming to the new outpatient center will have access to a lab and pharmacy; pediatric rehabilitation with an expanded therapy gym; pediatric cardiology services and diagnostic testing; mammography and other imaging tests; pediatric orthopedics and general surgery; maternal-fetal medicine; pediatric multi-specialty clinic; plus obstetrics and gynecology.

“This facility will allow our physicians to coordinate in-patient and out-patient specialty care and primary care for women and children in a convenient location to ensure all aspects of care are done effectively and efficiently,” said Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH, dean of SIU School of Medicine and CEO of SIU Medicine.

A café and healing garden will also be part of the new facility.

“Landscaping will provide a quiet, healing garden that will incorporate elements to memorialize the 1908 Springfield Race Riots,” said E.J. Kuiper, MHA, DPT, FACHE, HSHS Central Illinois Division president and CEO. “We are also planning a formal remembrance inside the building to highlight the importance of the site that remains to the south of the site and the HSHS Sisters’ role in the healing process for the victims and the community.”

The planning committee for the building is still working on interior design concepts but is hoping to identify a way to integrate children’s artwork into the final design.

“HSHS Medical Group is pleased to collaborate with our fellow HSHS ministry, St. John’s Hospital, as we continually seek to offer patient-first care to the communities we serve,” said Melinda Clark, CEO of HSHS Medical Group. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with St. John’s Hospital and SIU Medicine in the new women and children’s outpatient center.”

The HSHS St. John’s Hospital Outpatient Center for Women and Children is expected to be complete in August 2018.


About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Institute, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.

About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.

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