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Siteman Cancer Center plans 2020 opening at Memorial Hospital East

Illinois location to provide multidisciplinary care, clinical trials

by James GoodwinDecember 11, 2018

BJC HealthCare

Siteman Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the region, has received all necessary approvals to construct a new facility at Memorial Hospital East in Shiloh, Ill., slated to open in early 2020. Washington University Physicians In Illinois, Inc., will provide specialty cancer care to patients at the Memorial East location.

Siteman – based at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis – 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.

“We look forward to welcoming patients to this new facility,” said Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, Siteman director and the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor at the School of Medicine. “At Siteman, we’re committed to delivering outstanding cancer care to patients, in a comfortable and convenient setting. We believe strongly in a team approach to cancer care, and our Washington University physicians provide unparalleled expertise and experience in treating all types of cancer, even those that most physicians would consider to be rare.”

Preparations are underway to break ground officially on the $38 million, 70,650-square-foot medical office building at Memorial Hospital East, 1404 Cross St. in Shiloh, that will house Siteman’s sixth location overall. The facility will replace temporary space at 4000 N. Illinois Lane in Swansea, where Siteman has been operating.

The following care 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.

The new facility will accommodate multidisciplinary 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 therapies that are not widely available to 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 Mark J. Turner, president of Memorial Regional Health Services, which includes Memorial Hospital East and Memorial Hospital Belleville. “This will provide convenient, world-class cancer treatment services to residents throughout the entire region.” 

The project now has all necessary approvals from the Illinois Health Facilities & Services Review Board, BJC HealthCare, which owns and operates Memorial Hospital East, and Washington University Physicians In Illinois, Inc. The three-story building also will include clinical space for non-cancer care providers affiliated with Memorial and BJC Medical Group of Illinois.

Other Siteman Cancer Center locations at BJC-affiliated facilities include:

  • Washington University Medical Campus in St. Louis, home to Siteman’s main outpatient facility and the new Barnes-Jewish Hospital Parkview Tower for cancer patients who require hospitalization.
  • South St. Louis County, near Interstate 55 and Butler Hill Road.
  • Christian Hospital in north St. Louis County.
  • Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital in west St. Louis County.
  • Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital in St. Charles County.

Registered nurses coordinate care at all Siteman facilities through the Patient Care Coordination Center. To make an appointment, call 800-600-3606 toll-free from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays, or visit www.siteman.wustl.edu.

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.

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 seventh 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.

Memorial Regional Health Services (MRHS) is a non-profit organization operated by BJC HealthCare. It is the parent organization of Memorial Hospital Belleville, Memorial Hospital East, Memorial Care Center and Memorial Foundation.

BJC HealthCare is one of the largest nonprofit health-care organizations in the United States, delivering services to residents primarily in the greater St. Louis, southern Illinois and mid-Missouri regions. Serving the health-care needs of urban, suburban and rural communities, BJC includes 15 hospitals and multiple health service organizations.