Medical Center showcases Campus Renewal plans

Shown is a rendering of what Barnes-Jewish Hospital north (at left) and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital expansion will look like, as seen from Forest Park.

Washington University Medical Center is sharing a first look at its future landscape with renderings and a virtual tour of the new Barnes-Jewish Hospital north campus tower and St. Louis Children’s Hospital expansion.

The first phase of the Campus Renewal Project includes an expansion of St. Louis Children’s, as well as expansion of Siteman Cancer Center, surgical programs, diagnostics and services for women and infants. It also includes new space for university faculty practice offices and clinics, parking and additional green space.

“The medical school faculty have worked in partnership with our teaching hospitals to develop an exciting plan for the continued growth and long-term sustainability of the Washington University Medical Center campus,” said James Crane, MD, associate vice chancellor for clinical affairs at the School of Medicine. “The new hospital facilities will provide a wonderful environment for patients and their families and enable our physicians, staff and students to accomplish their very best work.”

Demolition for the first phase started in mid-2013 and includes the Jewish Hospital School of Nursing and the Kingshighway, Steinberg and Yalem buildings. Demolition will be complete this spring, with construction of the first phase starting soon thereafter.

Construction at Barnes-Jewish Hospital on the Medical Center’s north campus will:

  • Consolidate and expand clinical care at Siteman Cancer Center, as well as in other surgical services and programs
  • Consolidate and modernize the Women and Infants program; labor and delivery will be close to the St. Louis Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)
  • Include diagnostics and support space

Construction at St. Louis Children’s Hospital will:

  • Expand the NICU, which will connect to Barnes-Jewish labor & delivery
  • Expand private inpatient beds
  • Include diagnostics and outpatient clinic space 

Designed by St. Louis-based HOK, the new towers on the north campus of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals are slated to open in early 2018 as phase one of the Campus Renewal Project.

“We had one clear objective when we embarked on our Campus Renewal Project: to create an environment of making medicine better by providing exceptional patient care and an exceptional patient experience,” said Rich Liekweg, president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and group president of BJC HealthCare. “The years of planning are now showing a changing landscape along Kingshighway.”

Joan Magruder, president of St. Louis Children’s Hospital, added that the new look is designed with patients in mind.

“Our new patient-care facilities will be attractive and welcoming for our patients but more importantly are designed to incorporate the most advanced approaches to patient care, comfort, healing and safety, while supporting the discovery and educational missions of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals and Washington University School of Medicine,” Magruder said.

Phase two of the Campus Renewal Project will focus on
the south end of the campus. It will expand Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s
heart and vascular program, neurology and neurosurgery programs,
transplant, trauma and critical care and general medicine programs.

The entire project will incorporate significant improvements to parking and traffic flow for patients. It will represent one of the most extensive construction projects in the region, creating hundreds of construction-related jobs and having a significant positive economic impact on the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Public displays will be scheduled throughout the campus.

For additional renderings and details, follow this link.

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.