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New outpatient care center under construction in south St. Louis County

Patients will have expanded access to specialty care, outpatient surgery, mammography and other services

by Diane Duke WilliamsJanuary 12, 2016

BSA Lifestructures

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) are building a new outpatient facility in south St. Louis County: the Center for Advanced Medicine-South County.

The two-story facility will sit next to Siteman-South County at Interstate 55 and Butler Hill Road. The center will provide a wide range of medical services, including Washington University Physician offices in internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology, neurosurgery, surgery and orthopedics. The facility also will provide outpatient surgery, lab tests, physical therapy, mammography and other imaging.

“We have been able to help many patients at our Siteman Cancer Center facility in south St. Louis County, which opened in 2013,” said James P. Crane, MD, associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs and chief executive officer of Washington University Physicians. “Together with Barnes-Jewish Hospital, we are looking forward to providing more convenient access for the residents of south St. Louis County and southern Illinois to physicians in a wide range of medical and surgical specialties.”

Construction on the 84,000-square-foot building is expected to be complete by April.

“Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine and BJC HealthCare are committed to continuing to provide world-class health-care services to the St. Louis community,” said Bob Cannon, BJH president. “The Center for Advanced Medicine-South County is a continuation of that commitment. It will provide access to specialized health-care providers with advanced diagnostic services and technologies for south St. Louis County and southern Illinois patients seeking a comfortable ambulatory surgery center and medical office building closer to home.”

soutohcountybuilding_wp2BSA LifestructuresBJH and Washington University Physicians have announced the leadership team for the facility.

M. Todd Rice, MD, assistant professor of anesthesiology at the School of Medicine, and Steven R. Hunt, MD, associate professor of surgery at the School of Medicine, will serve as surgical co-directors to lead collaboration and cooperation among subspecialties at the new facility. Rice will oversee day-to-day operations of the operating room. Rice and Hunt also will serve as liaisons between hospital management and surgical departments at the School of Medicine.

Kelley Mullen, senior director of clinical operations at the School of Medicine, will oversee all Washington University operations. Tara Hearns, BJH associate administrator, will serve as site director for all BJH functions, including those related to laboratory work, radiology, operating rooms and mammography.

The new site, at 5201 Midamerica Plaza, will have free patient and staff parking adjacent to the facility. A covered walkway will connect the building to Siteman-South County.

BSA LifeStructures is the architect for the project, and Ross & Baruzzini is the engineer. Paric Construction will manage construction.

Washington University School of Medicine’s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient-care institutions in the nation, currently ranked sixth 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.

Diane retired from Washington University in 2024. While at WashU Medicine, Diane pitched the news of the medical school—about research, patient care and education—and serves as a liaison between reporters and faculty. She also covered obstetrics/ gynecology, emergency medicine and the Institute for Public Health. Before joining Medical Public Affairs, she reported for the Austin Business Journal and wrote patient education materials at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.