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MEDIA ADVISORY: Siteman Cancer Center celebrates new construction at Memorial Hospital East on Feb. 22

Community, Washington University and BJC HealthCare leaders to speak at 10:45 a.m. event at Shiloh, Ill. medical campus

February 22, 2019

BJC HealthCare
Siteman Cancer Center’s newest location, at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, Ill., will open in 2020. The facility will replace temporary space at 4000 N. Illinois Lane in Swansea, Ill.

What: Siteman Cancer Center, based at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, will celebrate the kickoff of construction of its newest facility at Memorial Hospital East. The event will feature cancer patients and their physicians coming together to sign a steel support beam that will become part of the building.


  • Mark J. Turner, president of Memorial Hospital East
  • Joan R. Magruder, group president of BJC HealthCare
  • Mark A. Kern, St. Clair County Board chairman
  • David H. Perlmutter, MD, executive vice chancellor for medical affairs and dean of Washington University School of Medicine
  • Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, director of Siteman Cancer Center and head of the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine

Special Guests: Scott Air Force Base 375th Medical Group Color Guard and U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. (retired) Keisha Gwin-Goodin, who will sing the Star-Spangled Banner; broadcaster Tom Calhoun, the voice of the St. Louis Blues and Gateway Grizzlies, will emcee the event.

Where: Memorial Hospital East, 1404 Cross St. in Shiloh, Ill. (map)

When:10:45-11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 22

To attend: Media should contact Jim Goodwin at 314-680-8251 if planning to attend.

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Washington University School of Medicine’s 1,500 faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is a leader in medical research, teaching and patient care, ranking among the top 10 medical schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare.

Washington University Physicians in Illinois, Inc. (WUPI) is the corporate entity that governs Washington University School of Medicine’s clinical practice in Illinois.

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health care organizations in the United States, and is focused on delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. BJC serves the health care needs of urban, suburban and rural communities and includes 15 hospitals and multiple community health locations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care and hospice.

Siteman Cancer Center, ranked among the top cancer treatment centers by U.S. News & World Report, also is one of only a few cancer centers to receive the highest rating of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) – “exceptional.” Comprising the cancer research, prevention and treatment programs of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Siteman treats adults at six locations and partners with St. Louis Children’s Hospital in the treatment of pediatric patients. Siteman is Missouri’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and the state’s only member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Through the Siteman Cancer Network, Siteman Cancer Center works 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 aimed at reducing the burden of cancer.

Memorial Regional Health Services (MRHS) is a non-profit organization which is part of BJC HealthCare. It is the parent organization of Memorial Hospital BellevilleMemorial Hospital EastMemorial Care Center. Mark J. Turner serves as president. Memorial is integrated with BJC HealthCare, one of the largest non-profit healthcare organizations in the United States with annual net revenues of $5 billion and more than 31,000 employees in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois, and mid-Missouri regions. Serving the healthcare needs of urban, suburban, and rural communities, BJC includes 15 hospitals and community health service organizations. Services include inpatient and outpatient care, primary care, community health and wellness, workplace health, home health, community mental health, rehabilitation, long-term care, and hospice. Memorial Hospital East is a 94-all private bed MAGNET designated hospital located in Shiloh, Illinois.  Memorial Hospital East offers a 24/7 emergency department, medical, surgical and diagnostic services including cardiac catheterization, imaging and laboratory.  The Family Care Birthing Center features 16 spacious LDRP suites, two dedicated C-section rooms and neonatology coverage.