Building for the Future
HSHS St. Elizabeth’s is partnering with regional leaders to bring Metro East residents a medical campus that will serve as a health and wellness destination. St. Elizabeth’s replacement facility will additionally be a full-service hospital that offers a healing environment with state-of-the-art advancements and technology. Plus, an attached medical office building will provide a full range of outpatient services, with room for expansion, to meet the changing heath care needs of Metro East residents.
The new 144-bed inpatient hospital will reduce travel times to necessary health care for area patients, their families, and for critical ambulance transport. It will also be more convenient for patients referred to St. Elizabeth’s from smaller community hospitals, such as our HSHS hospitals in Breese and Highland and other partnering community hospitals in the Metro East.
Throughout the years the needs of Metro East residents have changed. To meet those needs and to provide care for the 21st Century and beyond, the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis undertook an extensive review of the services that have been provided at St. Elizabeth's, as well as the current and projected use. After this process, the Sisters knew that to provide what you need, when you need it a replacement hospital was necessary. The decision to build a hospital in along I-64 reaffirms the Sister's commitment to continuing their healing ministry in the region.
Our replacement hospital will allow us to offer better, more accessible care which is critical to providing life-saving and life-sustaining services for the entire region. Plus, building a new facility that can meet inpatient and increasing outpatient needs for future generations, is a more efficient and responsible use of health care dollars, rather than renovating our current landlocked, aging facility. Overall, the replacement hospital will provide many benefits to the community, but most importantly it will allow St. Elizabeth’s to continue its mission to provide all Metro East residents, including the underserved, with accessible, high quality, region-leading care.
Construction on the $300 million project has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. We also look forward to re-purposing our current campus to continue providing health care services in downtown Belleville.