Celebration Marks Start of Construction for Siteman Cancer Center
About 200 people gathered at Memorial Hospital East on February 22 to celebrate the start of construction on a second Medical Office Building on the Shiloh campus that will house Siteman Cancer Center.
The $38 million, 70,650-square-foot, three-story building is expected to open in early 2020 and also will include clinical space for non-cancer care providers affiliated with Memorial and BJC Medical Group of Illinois.
This is Siteman’s first facility in Illinois and will replace a temporary location at 4000 North Illinois Lane in Swansea, where Siteman (formerly the Cancer Treatment Center/IOL) has been operating since last year.
“Our objective on a daily basis is to not only meet, but exceed expectations, to provide the very best care to our patients in an accessible manner,” said Mark J. Turner, Memorial Regional Health Services president. “This means so much to our community.”
Messages of hope
Breast cancer survivor Tracie Kent from Smithton brought tears to the eyes of many as she shared her story. Diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in 2018, Kent, a mother of two young girls, felt
fortunate she was able to conveniently undergo treatment at the Siteman location in Swansea.
Patients and physicians stood together to sign a beam, which was placed in the new structure. In addition, guests were encouraged to write messages of inspiration and hope on colorful ribbons that will
be woven into a tapestry and used as artwork in the new facility.
In addition to Turner and Kent, others speaking at the Growing to Serve Celebration included: BJC Group President Joan Magruder, St. Clair County Board Chairman Mark Kern, Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs at the George and Carol Bauer Dean Washington University School of Medicine Dr. David Perlmutter, and Director of Siteman Cancer Center and the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor at WUSM Dr. Timothy Eberlein.
Pastor Doug Munton, First Baptist Church of O’Fallon and Memorial Hospital East board member, offered the invocation. Tom Calhoun, PA announcer for the St. Louis Blues and Gateway Grizzlies,
served as emcee.
About Siteman Cancer Center
Siteman Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the region.
Based at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Siteman is known for its exceptional cancer care. Its NCI designation recognizes the cancer center’s scientific leadership, resources, and breadth and depth of clinical and laboratory cancer research. Siteman also is one of the top 15 cancer centers nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “2019 Best Hospitals” rankings, which consider survival rates, patient services, and other factors.
“What a privilege it is to be in southern Illinois,” said Dr. Eberlein. “Siteman Cancer Center has long wanted to be an even bigger part of this great community. Siteman at Memorial East will offer a welcoming, calming environment where patients will receive the most advanced cancer care. This includes access to state-of-the-art technology and to hundreds of clinical trials offering investigational cancer therapies, which are largely unavailable elsewhere in the region, except at other Siteman locations.”
The following Washington University Physicians in Illinois, Inc.* healthcare providers, now practicing at Siteman’s Swansea location, will move to the new location when it opens. They will be joined by additional physicians in the future.
Drs. Susan Laduzinsky and Jason Lee and Nurse Practitioner Rhonda McCabe
Drs. William Popovic, Alfred Greco, Guillermo Rodriguez Jr., John Visconti, and Nishant Poddar and Nurse Practitioner, Alicia Carmack
The new facility will accommodate multi-disciplinary care with radiation oncology and chemotherapy services and will provide access to therapeutic clinical trials, which are designed to evaluate the
effectiveness of innovative cancer therapies. By participating in a clinical trial, patients can gain access to investigational the public. For the convenience of patients, the new location also will include
a diagnostic laboratory and a pharmacy.
“We are very excited to bring Siteman Cancer Center to the Memorial East campus,” said Turner. “This will provide convenient, world-class cancer treatment services to residents throughout the
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